Braggin’ Rights Bracket Contest Update

Heading into the Elite Eight, it’s a tight three way contest for the prestigious honor of the HW Braggin’ Rights, and the elimination of Ohio State means the contest is coming down to the wire.

Chris Sabino, Anthony Escuadro, and Ed Fians (a former adjunct, now living in New Jersey and working as a Road Scholar) are bunched at the top with Sabino and Fians tied with 202 points apiece and Escuadro just six back.

Sabino, who has made the most correct picks thus far (38) picked three of the eight remaining teams, but only has one of those teams winning another game (UConn in the Final Four). Fians, meanwhile, picked only 1 of the last 8 teams, but he has them (NC) going to the finals and winning it all. He’s at the top despite having picked the least number of correct games (35) on the strength of some effective upset picking with a few low ranking seeds.

Anthony Escuadro, meanwhile, lies in wait with Kansas and his pick of them to make the finals. Anthony picked 36 games correctly, and was the early leader, riding frequent upset picking (10 of 32 in the first round, five of which were correct–easily the most upsets picked and the most correctly predicted) to the front along with effective second round prognostication (10 of 16 Sweet Sixteen teams) before the fates quashed his bracket.

So, the scenarios are as follows:

If North Carolina reaches the finals, Fians wins. It is not even necessary that they win. If NC makes it to the final four but loses AND Kansas makes it to the finals, Escuadro wins. If NC and Kansas both lose in the Elite Eight, Sabino wins.

In other news, Jenny Armendarez took the “Faculty Caboose” spot, with a disappointing showing, picking only 32 games correctly out of 56 and NOT picking Kentucky. Terrible.

But though she may have been the worst picking faculty member, she wasn’t the worse picker in the bunch. That honor went to our new President and Braggin’ Rights rookie, Don Laackman, with 31 correct picks, including 3 teams of the Elite Eight.

Faculty 1, Administration 0.

Props to all for playing, though. Award notifications will be made next week.

18 thoughts on “Braggin’ Rights Bracket Contest Update

  1. I was all ready to bask in the glory of leading my first bracket after the 2nd round since college, but I kept quiet and held my tongue; I didn’t want bad karma to doom my bracket. Unfortunately, karma somehow sensed my unspoken hubris, and since that first weekend, I’ve gone 2 for 8 (not counting tonight’s games when I obviously did not have any of the Elite Eight teams).

    Sigh. Oh well, go UK and KU!

    • That’s why I always recommend (and indulge in) immediate and comprehensive trash talking–one never knows how long the opportunity will be available…

        • I didn’t see that one coming, I must admit.

          Hell, I didn’t even pick them to beat Southern California in the play in. I guess that’s why they play ’em.

          The good news is that you locked up third place. There’s a prize in it for you, sir…

    • That would be correct-ish (there’s an s on the end), indeed, if I meant the prestigious Oxford fellowship. If, however, one is referring to the life of an adjunct, it’s spelled the other way, at least among those prone to punning.

      • As a correction to prove your point, Fians only WORKS in New Jersey. He lives in Conneticut, and drives through three states every day to teach.

  2. First, PhiloDave….you suck. Nuff said.

    Second, we all failed in the brackets.

    Third, it doesn’t matter who won the bracket competition, who is the ONLY HWC member who graduated from a 2011 FINAL FOUR TEAM?

    That’s right,

    Jamin’ Jivin’ Jenny!

    • Talking smack from the (near) bottom of the standings…impressive. A little pathetic, but impressive nonetheless.

      -Signed, I-Might-Suck-But-I-Finished-Higher-Than-You-In-The-Standings

        • Person who sucks to infinity > Person who loses competition to person who sucks to infinity


          • Just in case you don’t believe me (or in case Heirapparent is looking for someone to prove something) here’s the evidence that what I say is true!

    • If anyone can find one, I’ll put it up. I haven’t been able to find one though, and I’m not smart enough to run/set up my own…

  3. I’m not much for smack talking (or smack anything for that matter other than perhaps Honey Smacks cereal). I’ll keep my bragging to myself and only wear my “HWC Braggin’ Rights Bracket Contest Champion” t-shirt in the comfort of my home.

    • Oh, I see…taking the high road. That is nuanced trash talking. Impressive. Jedi-like.

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