The last entry I made on the NCAA tourney was risky.
I told people to look at my picks and laugh until they cried, but I also said we'll see who's really laughing and crying in the end.
I said my bracket strategy was backward and that if it worked it would be the funniest thing to happen since Hank Haney said he could fix Charles Barkley's golf swing.
I did take a blow to the chin in Memphis' misfortune with Missouri. I had them in the championship game, sure. And yeah, I had UNC losing to Oklahoma — more of a hope than anything when you want nothing but the worst team making it further down the line to face your pick for the national champion.
After Saturday the story will unfold. It's yes or no, apples or oranges. I had Michigan State making it as far as they now have, but with Villanova as my Cinderella pick to win it all, I now need Michigan State to do serious work out there this weekend.
The beauty in the brackets is always the double-whammy in a loss or win. If Michigan State and Villanova were to win, my bracket could be one of the best around simply because only a handful of self-proclaimed "stategic" people like me don't have UNC in the championship. What's good for me is another's pitfall.
I still don't understand how I've not heard from at least one person who thinks their bracket is the best there is — I've been asking to hear from all for the last couple weeks. But the more I think about it, it is a brave step. I felt like the least bright crayon in the box for posting my sweet sixteen and great eight picks, but only until a good majority of them came true and my to-be national champs steered clear of two rounds of trouble.
Good luck to everyone this Saturday. I know I'll need it, and would imagine there are others out there that need it too.