On Day 2 of the Big Dance, I ruefully reflect on Day 1

Milwaukee — I broke Rule 1 of Bracketology about 16 hours ago: I started bragging.

“Haven’t missed a game,” I told Randy Waters of 11Alive yesterday after Georgia Tech’s open practice.

“You had Murray State?” he said.

“Yes,” I said. “And keep going. I also had St. Mary’s and Old Dominion.”

I was unbeaten through the afternoon games even though the day’s first three games all looked to be going against me. (Old Dominion, BYU and Villanova each won narrowly, the latter two in overtime.) I thought to myself: “You could have the 16-0 day you’ve always dreamed of having.”

Dream on, moron.

The night’s doings: UNLV lost to Northern Iowa, and I’d picked the Rebels because of their coach, who used to be the Atlanta Hawks’ coach; Marquette lost to Washington late, and I’d picked the Eagles because they played in the Big East, and then Ohio wiped out Georgetown, and I’d picked against the Bobcats because I’d forgotten how dangerous Mid-American teams can be. Anyone remember Miami (Ohio)?

And then, just after midnight EDT, Wake Forest’s Ish Smith hit a last-second shot to beat Texas in overtime. I didn’t like Texas, but I think the Deacons are awful. Not awful enough, alas.

So my dream day wound up being only pretty good. I was 12-4. But, because I committed the sin of pride by bragging, I know I’ll be 2-14 on Day 2. Let this be a lesson, kids: When going good — and when it comes to predicting, I’m almost never going good — keep your mouth shut.

Logistics: The first game of the day — Xavier against Minnesota — is about to begin across the street, but we’re not going to do a live chat off that because I can’t imagine it would be of much interest to you. The chat is being saved for Georgia Tech’s game with Oklahoma State. We’ll get going around 6 — the game commences at 7:15 — and we’ll keep going until the Jackets are in Round 2. Come back, won’t you?

47 comments Add your comment

Traver

March 19th, 2010
12:19 pm

Traver

March 19th, 2010
12:19 pm

Borke the same rule Mark. Ended the day 11-5.

Go Jackets!

March 19th, 2010
12:22 pm

3rd? This would be a first for me.

Go Jackets!

March 19th, 2010
12:23 pm

I thought I was doing ok but I did awful yesterday especially with Georgetown being wiped out.

Traver

March 19th, 2010
12:23 pm

Richmond, Ohio, Marquette, and the Demon Dummies hurt me. You have known better to pick against Butler.

Traver

March 19th, 2010
12:24 pm

I am pretty jacked about being First too. That is a first for me.

MightyQuinn

March 19th, 2010
12:26 pm

Man I hate it when work interferes with March Madness!

Concerned

March 19th, 2010
12:26 pm

Keep going until the Jackets are in Round 2? Did I miss something? Has Hewitt been fired?
Since Tech is destined to keep Hewitt forever – and since everyone will be turning pro – it could be years until Tech reaches Round 2. That is one really long blog.

Nurse Ratchet

March 19th, 2010
12:29 pm

I look for the jackets to be one and done folks. Of course they at least made the dance unlike the poor puppies who could not win in a forfeit on the road.

Mark Bradley

March 19th, 2010
12:34 pm

Kudos, Traver. (About being first, not 11-5.)

Pi$$onaDawg

March 19th, 2010
12:35 pm

The best brackets have to be some woman’s. She liked the pretty uniform, handsome coach, or the cute mascot. Picking a great day with those outcomes would not have been because of reasoning and sound judgement.

Benjamin

March 19th, 2010
12:38 pm

My bracket, for the record:

Marquette in the Final Four (sleeper)
Georgetown in the Elite 8
Richmond and Vandy in the Sweet 16
Notre Dame, SDSU, and Texas all going to the second round…

Thank God for Braves baseball.

Pi$$onaDawg

March 19th, 2010
12:43 pm

Well, I guess I didn’t do to bad I went 11-5 as well. 2-2 in South, 3-1 in East, West, and Midwest, but some of my L’s I had going to far in the whole Bracket.

Pi$$onaDawg

March 19th, 2010
12:47 pm

MB you are not already at the Arena are you? That is a long day of all that noise to write your column. I would rather watch in my Hotel or that Bar and Be a little more relaxed, but I guess you have to do what you have to do when you are being paid right?

Boise Dawg

March 19th, 2010
12:49 pm

Mark,

When we all the talking heads learn that most years the Big East is severely overrated? I seem to notice they always get too many teams in the tournament and are often over seeded. Notre Dame as a 6 and Georgetown as a 3 are good examples this year. I got burned on Georgetown… but thank goodness Syracuse is the only team from the Big East I have advancing past the sweet 16 and I feel good about not having any Big East teams in my final four!

sugarpikegang

March 19th, 2010
1:01 pm

Bold statements (re. “Round 2″). We’ll see…go Jackets!

Let's Go Bravos!

March 19th, 2010
1:08 pm

you meant Xavier vs. Minnesota right, Mark?

Mark Bradley

March 19th, 2010
1:16 pm

Yes, Let’s Go Bravos! Freudian slip on my part — Marquette is based in this town.

SOUTH GA DAWG FAN

March 19th, 2010
1:27 pm

I have refused to look at my bracket since one of my final four teams lost on day one , my hope now hinges on tech making it to the sweet sixteen (me hoping for tech thats a tough one )

Fed Up With Wren (Again)

March 19th, 2010
1:29 pm

I had the same day in reverse. 12-4, but looked like it was going super badly for me early with Florida, Vandy, and ND going down. I rallied late with my picks of Northern Iowa, Wake, and Washington. Teamed up, we could have been 15-1.

SOUTH GA DAWG FAN

March 19th, 2010
1:32 pm

i just checked my bracket to be sure I was 9-7 , that stinks even for me . maybe I will make a run for honor today but then its over
GO BRAVES !!!!!!!

Alan

March 19th, 2010
1:33 pm

I went 15-1 about 10 years ago on day 1. And the reality kicked my bracket’s butt and I went 8-8 the next day. LOL I went from a commanding lead to middle of the pack from Thursday night to Friday night.

Alan

March 19th, 2010
1:33 pm

ASHEVILLE DAWG

March 19th, 2010
1:34 pm

I have a poor 10-6 going into today. My powers of prognostication have left me in the dirt.

Alan

March 19th, 2010
1:35 pm

About 10 years ago I went 15-1 on thursday but then reality came in and took me down friday to 8-8. LOL. I went from first to middle of the group in a day. I came in 3rd and missed the money by a point. Ugh!

oldfart

March 19th, 2010
1:41 pm

Go Braves!

’nuff said.

TMoney

March 19th, 2010
1:43 pm

I thought about breaking the rule, but decided against it. Still got flattened by Georgetown and Texas. Still, I’ll take 14-2 any day of the week.

leland

March 19th, 2010
1:50 pm

Dear Mr. MB–me, I have never reflected ruefully. I have smiled ruefully, however.

Smiling ruefully is to smile in a begrudging way, barely parting the lips before turning them down at the corners. At the same time, one glances down or downward to the left (if righthanded) but only briefly and then tries to change the subject. Tiger Woods smiled ruefully at his press conference, so-called.

How does it feel to regret ruefully, and how does one do it? Do you think Tiger Woods had been eating any rue before his press conference, and, if so, had it caused him to reflect ruefully while he was digesting it?

Your pal, Leland

OSCAR

March 19th, 2010
1:52 pm

Who cares????

Arron

March 19th, 2010
2:04 pm

The games on now are boring.

Old School

March 19th, 2010
2:06 pm

Hey, I’m #2,987,188 in the ESPN Tournament Challenge pool!! Don’t think I am quite that far down in Mark’s Final four Fiasco. How many people do you have entered, MARK? My wife is very proud, especially since.She loves to watch basketball all day and night. But hey, my 10-6 record is better than 1,547,158 other people. I choose to look at it that way. At the end of the first 16 games, I noticed that there are 56 people out of the 4 1/2 million in the pool who went 16-0. One final comment, why would our $7 million coach wait to rip the press until 3 days before the Big Dance. Still can’t believe all that crap he spewed.

Barnacle Bill Bavasi

March 19th, 2010
2:21 pm

leland is clever enough to be Chris Broe, but I don’t think he is.

Arron

March 19th, 2010
2:30 pm

Mark how could you miss big red cornell? Haha

Golden Tornado

March 19th, 2010
2:34 pm

Mark, don’t let your sin of pride crush your forecasting spirit. Everybody suffers last-minute defeats. I thought it was horrible last fall when Tech lost a grid squeaker to Georgia, just as they were heading downfield to win it. Then the sorry Dawgs did their mess the other night on Russ Chandler field in front of everybody, walking in the losing run (which made me feel better).

heartofdarkness

March 19th, 2010
2:40 pm

Jordan Crawford looks like a difference maker for Xavier. Could give the X-men an advantage in close games down the road.

Golden Tomato

March 19th, 2010
2:44 pm

I’m Golden Tornado’s wife. When are you going to put in my husband’s last comment? It was a great one.

Pi$$onaDawg

March 19th, 2010
2:48 pm

Golden Tornado’s wife: your husband is just BLOWING Wind up your Blummers. Tell him to take his teeth out and really shake the Shack.

Dude

March 19th, 2010
3:03 pm

I really don’t like cbs.

Chad

March 19th, 2010
3:21 pm

Pitt 3 points in 6 minutes. another big east implosion waiting to happen

mmgtfan

March 19th, 2010
3:26 pm

Georgia Tech isnt the only one with turnover problems. Clemson has 12 in 15 minutes

Chad

March 19th, 2010
3:37 pm

Clemson’s 3 point shooting is keeping them in the game.

Chad

March 19th, 2010
3:38 pm

Rebounds too. This game smells like one of those down to the wire buzzer beaters

Blewitt strikes again

March 19th, 2010
5:52 pm

Do you really think anyone cares that much about your bracket (ditto to the posters above)? Just curious. I’d rather hear about what the atmosphere is like in MKE and at the Bradley Center. Any interesting notes from practice yesterday?

CatsFly

March 19th, 2010
6:03 pm

Mark, why can’t UGa, Clemson, and Alabama (to name a few) seem to have any success in basketball? Is it because of their long and miserable bb history? I know those schools have had a very limited success at times, but all in all, they are miserable. Clemson seems to get to the trough every now and then, but it only gets a nibble then gets nudged out.

bruce

March 19th, 2010
6:05 pm

Mark,
Just posted the following over on your March 5 Braves blog about Jason. here is the link:
http://blogs.ajc.com/mark-bradley-blog/2010/03/05/why-jason-heyward-might-not-be-here-on-opening-day/comment-page-3/#comment-199531

Mark,
What say you now… time for a new story on the braves to get this one off the braves page, kinda embarrassingly outdated, unless of course you still think your suppositions are still valid. Curious. Throw us a bone, please (when you get a chance) Thanks, Bruce

Skeezix

March 19th, 2010
6:06 pm

Well Mark- Your 12 of 16 is better than my 11 of 16. Couldn’t believe G-Town. They looked like they didn’t want to be there. Maybe Monroe is already counting his NBA money.

Rabun Dawg

March 19th, 2010
6:19 pm

It is tough to be a Clemson fan! I live 42 miles from that campus, and try to pull for them, but they crash and burn when it counts! And, CatsFly, can’t speak for Alabama, but UGA has never made a real commitment to Bball. Had Tubby stayed, they might have been on the right track, but since then it has been a disaster. Coach Fox seems to be able to coach, but can he get quality players to come to UGA? And, up until now, fan support has been bad, with good reason because of the product. Hopefully Fox can turn it around,but that remains to be seen. Clemson, well they get to the well, but usually fall in!