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Buckeyes best in Brackman’s bracket

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 17, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Andrew Brackman played in two NCAA tournaments at North Carolina State. In the Yankees clubhouse, he’s as much of a college basketball expert as anyone.

His pick to win this year? Ohio State.

And it drives him crazy.

Brackman was born in Cincinnati, but he was never an Ohio State fan. He didn’t want to admit it, but Brackman said he likes what he’s seen from the Buckeyes.

“I feel like they’re going to be the one to win it,” he said. “They play with a lot of energy. They play together. They have everything they need to win.”

Showed a little NC State bias, Brackman said it seems Duke gets an easy draw every year, but then he shook his head and agreed that bit of expert analysis was probably tainted.

“I don’t want Carolina or Duke to win it,” he said. “That’s all I care about.”

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71 Responses to “Buckeyes best in Brackman’s bracket”

  1. Mell March 17th, 2011 at 8:49 am

    He’s got nothing to worry about on UNC. Duke? Well, they could win it, especially if Irving can be a legit contributor.

  2. MTU March 17th, 2011 at 8:52 am

    If I were him I’d just concentrate on getting to the Majors.

    Never mind the hoops.

    :)

  3. MTU March 17th, 2011 at 8:56 am

    I got a question.

    Before Swisher was a ballplayer was he a hurdler, or a gymnast ?

    We all know he drinks too much “red bull” but that guy is gonna hurt himself if he’s not careful.

    Save it for a real game guy.

  4. Fran the original March 17th, 2011 at 8:57 am

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone.

    I played in 3 pools and took 3 different teams (Kansas, Duke, Ohio State) to win because I couldn’t decide.

  5. upstate kate March 17th, 2011 at 8:58 am

    I really think it is going to be Ohio, so I mostly picked them, but I had to do a few w/ Syracuse winning it all!

  6. blake March 17th, 2011 at 8:59 am

    Brackman is still stuck win that inferiority complex that plagues so many wolfpackers.

    Mell, based on the way the Heels played last week….no. but they can beat anybody when they play. The likelihood of them doing that 6 games in a row is slim though. Duke is too 3 point oriented I think…..they have an off shooting night and they’ll lose. Can they makes 3′s consistently for 6 straight games…..?

  7. Mell March 17th, 2011 at 8:59 am

    “I really think it is going to be Ohio, so I mostly picked them, but I had to do a few w/ Syracuse winning it all!”

    I put Syracuse in the Final 4, beating OSU to win the East Regional.

  8. Triple Short of a Cycle March 17th, 2011 at 9:00 am

    I got Texas winning it all

  9. MTU March 17th, 2011 at 9:03 am

    Blake-

    That just doesn’t make any sense.

    How can a guy who is 6′ 11″ and growing have an “inferiority” complex ?

    He towers over most humans.

    :)

  10. Fran the original March 17th, 2011 at 9:04 am

    Kate,

    I like Syracuse too. I have friends who attended there. I took them into the final 4.

  11. Triple Short of a Cycle March 17th, 2011 at 9:05 am

    I have Syracuse getting knocked out in the sweet sixteen where they always lose

  12. Mell March 17th, 2011 at 9:06 am

    Blake:

    2 wins against Top 50 teams all year. Probably the softest UNC schedule in decades, althought it’s due to how putrid the ACC has become rather than their unwillingness to play a tough non conference schedule (which they always do and did again this year). I’m just not buying them aganst the iron.

  13. Bronx Jeers March 17th, 2011 at 9:37 am

    Happy St Pat’s Day all.

    I’m watching Good Day New York and they’re talking to Jennifer Beals.

    First off I think she’s pushing 50 and she’s still smokin hot. Secondly she looks like Minka Kelly’s older twin sister.

    http://www.buddytv.com/article.....eals-6.jpg

  14. blake March 17th, 2011 at 9:43 am

    Mell,

    The tough out of conference games they played early in the year were when they were a very different team. The ACC isn’t as bad as everyone thinks either….

    MTU,

    More about the school he attended than the height ;)

  15. blake March 17th, 2011 at 9:44 am

    The Heels could lose to Washington in the second round….I wouldn’t be shocked. They are probably too inexperienced to go really far this year…….now if everyone stays then next year might be a different story.

  16. Mell March 17th, 2011 at 10:01 am

    “The ACC isn’t as bad as everyone thinks either”

    Been an ACC fan all my life Blake. This year is the worst it’s ever been by a wide margin. It was terrible. It’s like Big 10 football in the old days when it just Ohio State and Michigan and nobody else. If this wasn’t the worst NCAA field since the 64+ team format, they’d have gotten only two teams in.

    “The Heels could lose to Washington in the second round”

    They better not. I’ve got them winning……against Georgia. :)

  17. JCPD March 17th, 2011 at 10:04 am

    Would love to see Syracuse win it all, but only have them getting as far as the final four in one pool. I have Ohio State over Pitt in one pool, Notre Dame over San Diego State in another. Let the games begin.

  18. Mell March 17th, 2011 at 10:12 am

    “I’m watching Good Day New York and they’re talking to Jennifer Beals”

    Flashdance actress from back in the 80′s? Haven’t seen her in anything in ages.

  19. blake March 17th, 2011 at 10:16 am

    Mell,

    What I mean mainly is that no matter how down the league is….road games were still tough in hostile environments. (See Duke at blacksburg). Can’t argue that it was top heavy….but with regards to how UNC and Duke will do in the tourney I don’t think it will matter much.

  20. pat March 17th, 2011 at 10:16 am

    Gossip Break:

    Doreen and Betsy weren’t the only ones planning trips to Disney this week.

    http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20474129,00.html

    A search of Twitter provided no photos but there were lots of comments about being on rides with them and talking to them. Seeing them at Breakfast with the Princesses is a particularly amusing visual to me. :smile:

  21. blake March 17th, 2011 at 10:17 am

    You could argue the ACC has been down the last two years as a whole as well…..didn’t stop UNC and Duke from winning the tourney

  22. Erin March 17th, 2011 at 10:18 am

    Bronx Jeers March 17th, 2011 at 9:37 am
    Happy St Pat?s Day all.

    I?m watching Good Day New York and they?re talking to Jennifer Beals.

    First off I think she?s pushing 50 and she?s still smokin hot. Secondly she looks like Minka Kelly?s older twin sister.

    ***************************
    She does look like Minka-I never noticed that before.

  23. Erin March 17th, 2011 at 10:22 am

    Mell March 17th, 2011 at 10:12 am

    Flashdance actress from back in the 80??s? Haven?ft seen her in anything in ages.

    **************************
    I saw her in The Night Before the Night Before Christmas on the Hallmark Channel in December. LOL

  24. Erin March 17th, 2011 at 10:23 am

    pat-too bad they didn’t get pictures! :)

  25. stuckey99 March 17th, 2011 at 10:24 am

    She was on Showtimes “The L Word” for a few years.

    She isn’t just resurfacing.

  26. Erin March 17th, 2011 at 10:25 am

    cgrand14 happy St. Patrick’s Day… Please be safe today and tonight everybody!

  27. West Coast Yankee Fan March 17th, 2011 at 10:29 am

    Many people will find this article hard to believe. This article made my stomach turn — and then made me realize how good some people are.

    Anyone who follows basketball knows that Clipper’s owner Donald Sterling is the worst owner in sports hands down. And he’s not much of a human being either.

    Seven years ago, former Clippers head coach Kim Hughes was stricken with cancer. NBA players Corey Maggette Marko Jaric, Chris Kaman and Elton Brand all chipped in to pay for expensive life-saving surgery for Hughes, after Donald Sterling, an incredibly wealthy man declined to cover the costs.

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/bl.....=nba-wp184

  28. pat March 17th, 2011 at 10:31 am

    Feel good Yankee related story

    http://extratv.warnerbros.com/....._dream.php

  29. West Coast Yankee Fan March 17th, 2011 at 10:38 am

    The Yankees, both management and player are known for being generous and compassionate you hear about that all the time. I think many sports organizations are as well. This Donald Sterling is the polar opposite. It’s one thing for an owner to run a franchise into the ground until it’s the laughingstock of the NBA — it’s quite another to refuse to pay $75,000 (chump change for him) to help save the life of a former coach.

  30. Doreen March 17th, 2011 at 10:40 am

    pat -

    Those princess breakfasts were some of the best memories I have with my girls. :) Of course back in those days they didn’t have the “Bibbiddy Bobbiddy Boutique!”

    :)

  31. Mell March 17th, 2011 at 10:43 am

    WCYF:

    Had read that stroy the other day. Sterling has long been known as a crap weasel, but this goes well beyond even that. Man has no heart.

    With regard to professional sports owners/organizations, I think Sterling is quite clearly the exception rather than the rule in matters such as these.

  32. Rich in NJ March 17th, 2011 at 10:45 am

    “Flashdance actress from back in the 80?s? Haven’t seen her in anything in ages.”

    The “L” Word…

  33. pat March 17th, 2011 at 10:46 am

    Doreen

    I don’t know what the “Bibbiddy Bobbiddy Boutique!” is but the visual of Alex sipping tea with the Princesses has now been replaced with him wearing a tiara doing it because I’m imagining the boutique has something to do with buying outfits for the breakfast. :wink:

  34. Erin March 17th, 2011 at 10:46 am

    stuckey99 March 17th, 2011 at 10:24 am
    She was on Showtimes ?The L Word? for a few years.

    She isn?t just resurfacing.

    **********************
    She’s on that new show The Chicago Code

  35. backbench March 17th, 2011 at 10:47 am

    Sorry to interrupt the March Madness blog, but FYI,

    “April 8: New York: Lackey
    April 9 New York: Buchholz
    April 10 New York: Beckett

    Per Pete Abe

  36. Erin March 17th, 2011 at 10:47 am

    Doreen March 17th, 2011 at 10:40 am
    pat -

    Those princess breakfasts were some of the best memories I have with my girls. Of course back in those days they didn?t have the ?Bibbiddy Bobbiddy Boutique!?

    **********************
    OK, the Bibbiddy Bobbiddy Boutique sounds adorable. How come that wasn’t there when I was a kid??? lol

  37. West Coast Yankee Fan March 17th, 2011 at 10:50 am

    Mell you’re right I think most sports organizations are heavily involved in charitable giving. And what’s so admirable about what the players did, aside from the act itself, is that they wanted it kept quiet. Sterling is just terrible for the Clippers and the NBA. I’m sure they would love for him to disappear.

    I don’t know of any team that expands their efforts like the Yankees do with Hope Week.

  38. Triple Short of a Cycle March 17th, 2011 at 10:51 am

    So far this Spring Training Arod looks totally locked in and I think he could be
    in for a monster year. Does anyone remember how Arod looked last year at this time?

  39. Rich in NJ March 17th, 2011 at 10:52 am

    Sorry to interrupt the March Madness blog, but FYI,

    “April 8: New York: Lackey
    April 9 New York: Buchholz
    April 10 New York: Beckett

    Per Pete Abe
    __

    Nothing beats a super tedious Yankee/RS series in April.

    That aside, I think the Yankees will take 2 out of 3.

  40. Erin March 17th, 2011 at 10:56 am

    BryanHoch Teixeira was just asking about him ~ RT @jimbaumbach: Switch-pitcher Pat Venditte will be called up from minor-league camp for tonight

  41. 108 stitches March 17th, 2011 at 10:57 am

    The old adage applies again. Some of the best deals you make are the ones you don’t make.
    See Johan Santana and Cliff Lee for reference. Cashman wasn’t willing to go the extra mile to get those deals done but thought the better of it by getting C.C. and Teixeira.
    One month ago, nobody would have figured that the toughest decisions to make with the pitching is the No. 4 & 5 spots and and long man in the bullpen because of what’s been seen thus far.

  42. pat March 17th, 2011 at 10:57 am

    jimbaumbach Switch-pitcher Pat Venditte will be called up from minor-league camp for tonight’s Yankees game, a high-ranking Venditte family member says.

  43. West Coast Yankee Fan March 17th, 2011 at 10:58 am

    A nice recap of the end of the Cliff Lee saga by Benjamin Kabak. Lee hatred is quickly approaching Curt Schilling proportions and rightly so.

    http://riveraveblues.com/2011/.....ion-44754/

  44. Doreen March 17th, 2011 at 11:01 am

    pat -

    You would be correct. If you go to WDW, you will see every little girl under the age of about 6 or 7 dressed in princess finery with appropriate princess hair, glitter and tiara, of course! It’s adorable, BUT I am very happy it wasn’t “in vogue” when my girls were little. Mainly because they’re highly impractical for a theme park!!!! But they are absolutely adorable.

  45. 86w183 March 17th, 2011 at 11:01 am

    Amazing to realize there’s a worse owner than James Dolan out there, isn’t it?

  46. Rich in NJ March 17th, 2011 at 11:01 am

    We know Cash didn’t want to trade Santana and that Hank was the driving force behind it.

    I suspect that Cash didn’t want to trade Montero for Lee either, but was forced to by ownership.

  47. Erin March 17th, 2011 at 11:03 am

    ColinCurtis425 Happy St. Patrick’s day everyone! Have some fun

  48. Mell March 17th, 2011 at 11:05 am

    “I suspect that Cash didn’t want to trade Montero for Lee either, but was forced to by ownership.”

    Doubt this is case. If it were truly ownership driven, adding a piece like Nunez doesn’t stop the deal from happening IMO.

  49. Doreen March 17th, 2011 at 11:06 am

    And pat – no doubt Alex would be wearing the tiara, as all good fun-loving dads will! :)

  50. Mell March 17th, 2011 at 11:06 am

    “Amazing to realize there’s a worse owner than James Dolan out there, isn’t it?”

    Dan Snyder. Peter Angelos.

  51. MTU March 17th, 2011 at 11:09 am

    108-

    The Yankees have dodged several bullets in recent days but I’m sure that kind of thing happens to all teams once in a while.

    2 more come events come to mind, one older and one of more recent vintage.

    Times where we just got lucky.

    When we lost Nova to the rule 5 and he was returned, and when the Cano trade was refused.

    Let’s face it sometimes good luck is way better than skill.

    :)

  52. ac1 March 17th, 2011 at 11:13 am

    SI_JonHeyman AL scout: “I don’t see how #redsox lose al east.”

    ___

    Yeah? Just watch!!!

  53. MTU March 17th, 2011 at 11:19 am

    I don’t think Heyman can “see” anything with his head buried so far up Boras’s a*s.

  54. Rich in NJ March 17th, 2011 at 11:20 am

    “Doubt this is case. If it were truly ownership driven, adding a piece like Nunez doesn’t stop the deal from happening IMO.”

    I think the issue with Nova was a diversion. Jack Z was using the Yankees all along and had no intention of making a trade.

  55. Rich in NJ March 17th, 2011 at 11:21 am

    In fairness to Dolan, who sucks, he never said anything as stupid as what Hank said about Jeter’s house being a distraction.

  56. blake March 17th, 2011 at 11:22 am

    I can see lots of ways the Sox lose the AL east.

    In hindsight Im very glad Jack Z backed out because I feel one of the following will occur 1) Montero rakes for the Yanks and becomes a cornerstone bat for their future 2) Montero is traded for a better and younger pitcher in Hernandez.

  57. MTU March 17th, 2011 at 11:25 am

    Blake-

    How about there was good chance we would have traded Montero for a rental ?

    If we ever get to go for Felix I would not include both Banuelos and Montero in the same deal. How about you ?

    ;)

  58. Rich in NJ March 17th, 2011 at 11:27 am

    As for the Heyman and the scout, in fairness to Heyman (which pains me), he said that he didn’t agree with the scout.

  59. Mell March 17th, 2011 at 11:29 am

    “In fairness to Dolan, who sucks, he never said anything as stupid as what Hank said about Jeter’s house being a distraction”

    I’ll take moronic quips over a guy who turned the keys to the kingdom over to Isiah Thomas.

  60. Dionysius Thelxinoe March 17th, 2011 at 11:30 am

    Rich in NJ says:
    March 17, 2011 at 11:21 am
    In fairness to Dolan, who sucks, he never said anything as stupid as what Hank said about Jeter’s house being a distraction.

    ———–

    I’d much prefer he said the stupidest things ever than run a bedrock franchise of the NBA into the ground.

  61. Rich in NJ March 17th, 2011 at 11:32 am

    “I’ll take moronic quips over a guy who turned the keys to the kingdom over to Isiah Thomas.”

    “I’d much prefer he said the stupidest things ever than run a bedrock franchise of the NBA into the ground.”

    If Hank was the sole person in charge, I think he would be as bad as Dolan, or worse.

  62. blake March 17th, 2011 at 11:32 am

    MTU,

    If Lee had come to NY you’d like to think thy would have been able to re-sign him…..but there is no.way to know that.

    As for including both Montero and Banuelos in a deal…..no way.

  63. Dionysius Thelxinoe March 17th, 2011 at 11:32 am

    MTU, who took Nova in the Rule 5? Didn’t know that.

  64. tom tresh 15 March 17th, 2011 at 11:32 am

    Got to Agree with Brackman. Been a Wolfpack fan since the days of David Thompson. Would be interesting to hear his take on Lowe’s replacement

  65. Dionysius Thelxinoe March 17th, 2011 at 11:34 am

    Blake, it seems there’s plenty of reason to believe that the Yankees WOULDN’T have re-signed Lee.

  66. MTU March 17th, 2011 at 11:34 am

    DT-

    I think it was the Padres but I’d have to look it up.

  67. MTU March 17th, 2011 at 11:38 am

    DT-

    Just checked. It was the Pads.

    Here’s the link :

    http://padres.scout.com/2/820419.html

  68. MTU March 17th, 2011 at 11:39 am

    New thread ==>

  69. Mell March 17th, 2011 at 11:41 am

    “Got to Agree with Brackman. Been a Wolfpack fan since the days of David Thompson. Would be interesting to hear his take on Lowe’s replacement”

    David Thompson. Those were the days. 1974 ACC Tournament Final between Thompson’s NC State team and Maryland (with John Jucas, Len Elmore and Tom McMillan) remains to this day the best college basletball game I’ve ever seen.

  70. Erin March 17th, 2011 at 11:41 am

    New Post: Bunting with Brett Gardner

    :arrow:

  71. RS March 17th, 2011 at 11:42 am

    I don’t mind scouts thinking the Red Sox have the division locked up. That just takes pressure off the Yankees and probably makes the players even more hungry to win.

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