I didn’t attend University of Michigan, but as I’ve always said, if you grow up in Detroit, the Wolverines are your best chance for a football win, or at least some quality play. That’s because the Lions — not counting the Barry Sanders years — were rarely competitive, let alone good.
So, after so many years of Ohio State running roughshod over Michigan, it’s a joy to see headlines like this today:
Now here’s something unexpected: I’m interested in the NBA again and specifically the home team, the Suns.
This developing story began during the NBA’s playoff bubble last summer when the Suns went 8-0 and still didn’t qualify for the playoffs.
In the offseason the team traded for the ageless and brilliant Chris Paul to mentor young star Devin Booker and it’s been a lot of winning ever since.
Tonight I’m watching the Suns play the Clippers with a chance to clinch a playoff berth — the team’s first since … a long time ago*.
*Not that many years ago I would have known this.
It’s fun to watch this team play and, to my surprise, I watch them every chance I get.
According to the flashing signage around the Suns’ arena, the team’s battle cry is “Rally the Valley.”
I dig it.
Inexplicably, I have five teams still alive in the men’s tournament and I’m in 7th place in my bragging-rights pool.
I wonder how all the upsets this year will affect next year’s Auto-Fill Historical Random option.
Here’s my bracket heading into the Elite Eight:
Sixteenth place out of 20 brackets in the pool.
Actually, I’m tied for 16th place with four others which effectively puts me in 19th place.
This is not surprising.
When the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament rolls around, I usually fill out a bracket in my friend’s challenge and select winners based on criteria ranging from:
- Is the school from Michigan?
- Do I like the coach?
- Which team has the better uniforms?
This year I decided to choose Auto-Fill Historical Random:
The only other decision I had to make was a tie-breaker guess at the total points in the Championship game. I went with 156.
My robo-bracket has Kansas and Illinois facing off in the final, with Illinois winning it all. Jeez, I hope that’s not the case.
Here’s the full bracket: