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Thursday, March 24, 2005
Sweet Sixteen Thursday II.

I decided to go to another post for the next session.

CBS has it on West Virginia vs. Texas Tech.  Blah.  All of the good games involve West Coast teams tonight, and CBS is gonna give it to the teams that in closer proximity.

West Virginia is up by five.  Pretty much no kind of defensive stands by either team so far in this game.  The college basketball legend, Pittsnoggle, is leading the way.  24-19.

10:45:  Texas Tech had cut the game to one until WV hit a three on the baseline.  Before that, WV was pretty cold from the arc.

CBS said West Virginia has played their seventh game in 16 days.  That's a tough schedule.

Tech has tied the game up, 30-30.

10:50:  West Virginia and Texas Tech are tied at halftime with 32 a piece.  CBS has changed coverage to Oklahoma State/Arizona.  After a huge Arizona lead at the beginning of the game, Oklahoma State has stabilized things and now are down by only 2, 38-36, with 1:24 to go.

11:20:  Nothing big.  West Virginia continues to make big baskets, while Tech attacks the boards and plays it safe.  WV leads by two, and Zona is up by five.

11:45:  This hasn't been a pretty game, but both teams have stayed competitive down the stretch.  Meanwhile, Arizona's been able to create a bit of space between them and Oklahoma State.  WV's up by five with less than four minutes to go, and and Zona's up by three with eight minutes to go.

11:55:  Ugh.  This game is entertaining, but it's got to be frustrating to basketball fans because it seems as if both teams are just playing really ugly.  WV seems like they are imploding right now.  Then after WV called the timeout they allowed 13 ticks to get off before they finally fouled Pittsnoggle.  Sad sad sad.  They need him to miss one of these two fts, which is possible.

12:00:  Both Texas Tech and West Virginia imploded at the end.  Unfortunately for Texas Tech, theirs was worse and at the wrong time.  Tech pulls off one of the ugliest tournament wins I ever seen, 65-60.  Now on to the Zona/OK State game, where Ok State leads by two with 3:30 left.

12:05:  Salim Stoudamire just hit a three pointer while floating to his side.  That's unreal.  And there are people saying JJ Redick is the best shooter in the nation?  Yeah right.  Zona is now up by one with less than a minute to go in the game.

12:10:  Oklahoma State got away with murder when throwing the shoulder to knock down a Zona defender to take the lead.  But that one-man wrecking crew named Stoudamire took care of business with a fadeaway jumper to lead by one with 2.8 seconds left.

- Arizona 79, Ok State 78.  Eddie Sutton has played his last game tonight.  Illinois vs. Arizona should be a barn burner.

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Sweet Sixteen Thursday

No, I haven't forgotten about sports this week.  In fact, I may do a little liveblogging of tonight's games.

Since I don't have much time before they start, and I'll probably will be dividing my time between 850 The Buzz's blog and Yoco's blog (both are in my sidebar) and here, I'll just give you my picks:

- Louisville over Washington

- West Virginia over Texas Tech

- Illinois over Wisconsin-Milwaukee

- Arizona over Oklahoma State.

Upsets are highlighted yellow.  I'll be back.

7:30:  Wooooow.  I was about to complain when CBS switched coverage from Louisville/Washington to Illinois/Wisconsin-Milwaukee, but I just saw one of the best shootouts over a three-minute period that I've probably ever seen in basketball.  It looked like a real version of NBA Live.

Milwaukee got the worst of the exchange, but it was pretty impressive, and they aren't behind by much.  The score is 12-14, with Illi going 6-8 from the field and Milwaukee going 5-6.

7:44:  Milwaukee's taking too many shots beyond the arc.  The start of the game was good, and shows they are hyped, but they need to keep their heads and concentrate on working it inside and concentrate on defense.  21-17.

8:00:  Milwaukee is not getting control of things.  Attacking the basket, making turnovers and getting a number of fast breaks.  Illinois looks to be a little off at this moment after a very fast start.

The refs are doing so-so.  Caught Milwaukee with a goaltend, but missed the intentional foul on the next series.  Illinois is up by four with Milwaukee at the line coming out of the time out.

8:05:  Just wanted to mention Louisville is up by 12 at halftime after being down by seven early in the first half.  Not good for Washington.  Illinois has went on a 7-0 run to lead by ten.  I doubt Milwaukee can endure this run. 

Hold on...a basket and the ft cuts the lead to seven.

8:13:  39-32 Illinois at halftime.  Milwaukee needs to come out aggressively in the second half.  They don't want to have to fight off an Illini double digit lead down the stretch.  They also struggled from the field during the last couple of minutes of that half as well.

8:31:  CBS switched coverage to Washington/Louisville.  Washington are trying to place all of their eggs into one basket by coming out shooting threes in the second half.  Louisville's playing smart by feeding it inside and putting it on the glass.

CBS sent it back to Illinois/Milwaukee.  Ugh.

8:45:  Both Washington and Milwaukee are running out of time, as both are behind by double digits.  It seems as it's a stalemate in both games at this point in time, with Illinois and Louisville doing enough to keep the game at a distance.  Illinois is up by 11; Louisville is up by 10.

9:00:  CBS switched coverage to Louisville/Washington.  Good.  I love how Louisville is attacking the basket, grabbing offensive rebounds, working the paint, and Louisville's Velacio (sp?) has a great first step that's punishing Washington anytime they apply pressure on him in the front court.

Milwaukee's trying hard, but they need to put up a run.  They're down by 10 with 10:13 left, and Washington's down by nine with 7:10 to go.

9:15:  The nails are being placed in the coffins of both Milwaukee and Washington.  Milwaukee simply can't match the offensive firepower of Illinois, and Washington's struggling on the offensive end and really hasn't done anything since that run early in the first half. 

Hold up...as I speak, Milwaukee cuts it to single digits.  Maybe it isn't over.  Down 61-70 with just over 4:00 left.  Washington is about done, tho, as they are down by 13 with only 3 minutes left.

9:30:  Both games are over.  Illinois and Louisville are the first two teams into the Elite Eight with solid wins.  Louisville won 93-79, and Illinois won 77-63.  Neither team had any trouble from halftime on.

I had to laugh, because Washington talked all this smack about wanting to challenge the ACC.  They're better off working that pole at the Blue Oyster (I swear, once I find that picture, I'll show yall what I'm talkin about).


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Death....and the left.

Reading different blogs and discussion boards hearing the arguments leftists and pro-death advocates are making about Terri Schiavo are quite peculiar.  They seem to come under a common theme...

"she's brain dead"

"she's a vegetable"

"let her die"

It's fairly typical stuff, as most leftist arguments are.  It centers around an ideology that we've seen for decades on end.  Their egotistical and elitist mindset gives them the impression that their opinions are so obviously logical and widely supported that something has to be mentally wrong or corrupt with the ones who have the opposite viewpoint.

Thus, Terri Schiavo should die because they would want to die if they were in her position.  Nevermind the fact that they don't have hard evidence to support this; mere hearsay stemming from her husband, his brother, and his brother's wife is more than enough.  Nevermind the fact that the family that raised her never heard anything like that being said by her; their right-wing biases and pro-life convictions disqualifies them from using rational logic. 

It would never occur to any of them that a sane person could possibly not wish to die if in they were disabled like Terri, in the hopes of finding a cure.  Of course, I'm sure nobody wants to live life in that condition, but that doesn't mean they would take death as an alternative.  That doesn't mean they are afraid of death.  It simply means they want to continue their life until a cure is possibly found or death naturally calls for them.

The central problem with the long-term effects of this case is that it provides a prescedent to euthanize disabled patients.  People talk about Congress setting a bad prescedent with legislation that granted Schindler v. Schiavo to be reviewed by federal courts, but what about the prescedent established by Florida Superior Court Judge George Greer?

Florida's law is set so that anyone being fed artificially is classified as being on life support.  That means if you are hooked to an eating machine and your guardian can get a doctor that can persuade a trial judge that your condition is irreversable, you can be starved to death.  The fact that the vital organs are still intact and your senses operating are just minor details.

It's amazing how the definitions of life and death have changed in the past 30 years since Roe v. Wade.  You're not alive until you are out of the womb, and if you are ever hooked up to a machine, you're considered to be living artifically.  It seems as if the window of life draws more and more narrow with every court ruling.

How far will Schindler v. Schiavo go in allowing guardians and the government in terminating the lives of disabled patients?  Although evidence was presented in court by numerous doctors testifying through affidavits that she was not legally classified as being in a persistent vegetative state and that it was possible for her condition to improve, the order to starve her to death went through anyway.  The time where judges won't have to consider PVS for a death order to stand is coming sooner rather than later.

Federal and state judiciaries in this day and age have stood the rule of law on it's head, so that a mere court trial can be applied in every state in this nation, thus forming a quasi-constitutional amendment.  If leftist judicial activists don't mind using decisions and interpretations from foreign courts to justify their rulings, they certainly won't mind using a trial court case in another state under an entirely different process in order to throw out a state law.

There will be some in the euthanasia movement who won't be satisfied until a quasi-eugenics society is created where a class of disabled citizens are killed off much in the same way as communist societies implemented, and some still do, in the past.  You may think this is a stretch, but equal rights amendment advocates in the 70's didn't think gay marriage would be legalized through their law either.  When you have an activist judge looking for a legal prescedent to merit his opinion instead of making an opinion based on legal prescedent, it doesn't take much.

I'm not pro-life, but I understand the dangers of unelected men to be given absolute authority without any kind of accountability by the populace or their elected representatives.  The Republicans who helped frame the Constitition - Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, etc warned the country about the dangers of a judiciary run amuck.  It's a shame that most of the country won't take heed of their words today.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2005
More on the memo.

More evidence is starting to surface hinting that the Democrats were indeed behind the unsigned memo.

From the New York Times:
As tensions festered among Republicans, Democratic aides passed out an unsigned one-page memorandum that they said had been distributed to Senate Republicans. "This is an important moral issue and the pro-life base will be excited that the Senate is debating this important issue," the memorandum said.
Interesting.  So now there is at least one witness to the memo being in Democratic hands, and on Capitol Hill, no less.  As far as anyone can tell, this is the earliest anyone has noted seeing the memo.

We also have the Washington Post breaking the story about a memo that was first seen in the hands of Democratic staffers claiming it came from the Republicans and an actual copy of the memo was first posted on the internet NOT by WP or ABC News, but a left-wing news website.

And Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) is jumping on this by calling for an investigation as this could be a possible violation of Senate rules.

Something stinks, folks.

Now the next question:  Will the New York Times disclose which Democratic staffers were passing the memo around?  I think considering the information they've already given and the evidence that's stacking up, I'd say that isn't an unreasonable request.

UPDATEIn the Agora is on top of things.  Joshua Clayborn contacted some ABCNews sources that are saying they never meant to imply that the memo came from Republican staffers.  And he's busted Kate Snow for directly accusing Senate Republicans for the memo on Good Morning America.

Hindrocket thinks they are starting to back off of their original claim that this was "GOP Talking Points" and they probably don't know where the memo originated.  That sounds about right.

UPDATEHindrocket is back again with a source that's backing up Clayborn's story (Although I wonder how in the world that source got the job after looking at the spelling errors.  There's hope for me yet.) 

Also, The American Spectator reports on a behind-the-scenes investigation carried out by Senators Rick Santorum and Mitch McConnell as well as their staffs to trace the memo back to it's author.  According to their sources, they believe a Democratic research office created by Democratic Minority Leader Harry Reid created the memo and started all of this mess in order to sabotage the Democrats.

I'll give Reid's office the benefit of the doubt until more information comes in, but I wouldn't be surprised if this wasn't the case. 

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Who wrote the memo?

Last week, a memo popped up on the Senate floor being sent to Republicans weighing the political implications of Congress moving on the Schiavo case.

Here's the memo (via Powerline).  There's no doubt this was sent to Republican senators, and I'm sure they took heed of it.  But the question is, who wrote it?  And who is/are the source(s) of the Washington Post and ABC News, who broke this story? 

You see, this memo was unsigned.  No letterhead, no signature, no nothing.  Thus anyone could have typed it, and according to an email by Powerline's John Hinderacker, anyone could have had access to the Senate mail system and placed it in the Senators' boxes.  Is it possible this was another effort to sabotage the Republican Party, as 60 Minutes tried to do with the National Guard documents?

Mike Allen, the reporter who broke the story for the Washington Post, claims his source was valid, or else he wouldn't have published it.  Of course.  Journalists always think the benefit of the doubt should be given to them until proven otherwise.  Sorry, but in today's world the media's credibility is shattered, and it's going to take more than a journalist's word in order for a story to stick.

A perfect example why the public can't take the mainstream media at it's word is how they are distorting this story.  Despite no clue of where the memo came from or who wrote it, the media is characterizing this as "GOP talking points", as ABC News did,  claiming it was distributed by "a GOP strategist", as the irresponsible Cynthia Tucker stated, or even accusing "Republican leaders" of sending it, as the Boston Globe said.  They're definitely not the only ones guilty of this, but if I tried to grab them all it would take all day long.

There is already proof surfacing that it is indeed a hoax.  Hinderacker had another emailer point this out:
Why the "GOP Schiavo memo" is a fake: The Real S.529 is a bill introduced by Grassley on 3-3-05 to establish a US anti-doping agency. No competent staffer would create a talking points memo with the wrong S. number on it.
He's right
.  However, I'll give the writer of the memo the benefit of the doubt for the moment, because the actual Schiavo bill was originally S.539. Thus, maybe they just got a number wrong. *shrugs* The bill that ended up passing after a compromise was reached was S.686.

Believe me, we haven't heard the end of this.  I might have some more info later this morning.

UPDATE:  Ha.  Guess where they traced it.

Most of the memo was traced back to the Traditional Values Coalition website.  Either this is indeed a hoax or that has to be the laziest staffer in Washington.  And that came from a commenter on The Raw Story, a left-wing blog/news site.

I was around when the Sixty-First Minute blew up on Powerline.  Something tells me we're going to have that kind of a day.  I'm surprised Reynolds hasn't jumped on this yet.

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Denied.

The 11 District Court of Appeals denied the Schindler's appeal this morning around 2 am.

It's kind of ironic, because five years ago I was awake when I received the breaking news that Janet Reno sent federal agents to raid the Gonzalez home in Miami, Florida to snatch Elian Gonzalez through an illegal search warrant around 4:30 or so before dawn.  I even saw the Pulitzer Prize winning picture of the federal agent pointing the gun at Elian and Lazaro hot off the presses.

I feel just as powerless now as I did then, because you knew without a shadow of doubt that an evil injustice was being committed as you watched, and the one who was doing this would get away with it and there was nothing you could do about it.  It leaves an empty pit at the bottom of your stomach, and reminds you that at times this is a very cruel world.

But these are the rules we play with.  It would be nice to have a justice system where every guilty person would be punished and every innocent person would get justice, but as with anything that is controlled by men, it is never foolproof.  This is one of the times where the problems with the system become more glaring than ever.

Terri Schindler didn't do a thing to anyone.  She didn't kill anyone, try to swindle money from anyone, nor did she commit a crime.  But people who did will get more due process than she's getting.

The Schindlers probably have one more chance, and that's the Florida legislature stepping in with a law making it illegal for disabled people to be denied food (actually, it's already a law, but a legal loophole allows Michael Schiavo to do it anyway).  But by the time that's passed and signed, Terri may be dead already.  It's a shame.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2005
I've been silent long enough.

It's time to talk about the Schiavo case.

As with the Eason Jordan scenario, I wasn't that interested in it.  I initially thought it was a simple euthanasia case, but the more I started reading about it and seeing some very peculiar behavior, I realized that there is more to this story than is on the surface.

I think it comes down to one conclusion:  Florida Superior Court Judge Robert Greer entirely screwed this case up, and should be impeached for it.

Greer's incompetence - or bias - set this case up to be a conjumbled mess.  Appointing doctors who spent little more than 10 minutes with Terri Schiavo to come up with a prognosis of PVS (persistent vegetative state), allowing testimony of mere hearsay from Michael Schiavo, who has engaged in dubious behavior ever since the argument started between him and the Schindlers (Terri's parents), dismissing evidence of negligence of Terri's medical care under Michael's supervision, and ignoring testimony under oath in the medical malpractice trials of Michael saying he would take care of Terri for the rest of his life all points to a judge that really has no excuse for allowing this to become the circus that it has become.

It would be one thing if Schiavo had written a will or statement that expressed her desire to die if she was in that state.  It would also be another if she was on life support.  However, Terri is living on her own, and it is directly by Greer's hand that she will die.  All of the appellate courts are virtually powerless to stop it due to the the laws put in place by the state of Florida. 

I have read U.S. District Court Judge Whittemore's decision (PDF), and with the possible disagreement on two counts - count II (3) accusing Greer of failing to personally evaluate Terri's responsiveness and count IV stating the 14th amendment had been violated - he is correct in his assessments. 

Although I think he never intended to place a temporary stay and retry the case or else he would have ruled on this last night, he is essentially powerless to stop it.  Besides, I think the lawyers (and I'm using constructive criticism here, not lashing out) did not make a compelling argument to Whittemore in the first place.  Trying to use religious arguments in order to force another trial won't work, and arguing that Greer wasn't impartial without hard evidence to back it up didn't help things either.

I am glad, however, that he did recognize right off the bat that what Congress did was totally legal, and they have the right to send cases from state courts to federal review.  There has been a lot of criticism placed on Republicans in Congress for engaging in this behavior, claiming they are hypocrites for using federal power to usurp authority from the states.  However, since when did states' rights trump individual rights?  Not only is it the option of Congress to act upon what they see as a violation of individual rights (in which the right to life is specifically written in the Constitution), but it is their OBLIGATION to step in and intervene.  Congress through Article III in the Constitution has the right to delegate which court cases the federal courts can and can not review.

Congress's act does not qualify as a bill of attainder either.  A bill of attainder is a legislative act that actually passes judgement over an individual or a group of people.  For example, Congress can not pass a law placing someone in jail, or fining someone "x" amount of dollars, etc.  All Congress did was allow judicial review at the federal level and allowing them to decide whether or not it is constitutionally legal before Greer's judgement is carried out.

I really hope the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta is able to find a possible constitutional problem with this issue and thus orders a temporary stay in favor of keeping Terri alive.  However, the chances of the court remanding the case back to Whittemore in order to start a federal trial are very slim.

As for why I feel there should be another trial, the people over at Liberals For Terri probably explain it better than I do:

The euthanasia hoopla is a sideshow. This isn't about euthanasia or letting Terri "die with dignity": She can swallow food but the husband won't let her. She can speak but her husband won't let anyone see her do it. Eyewitness reports are dismissed. Competent doctors are stonewalled. Her settlement money is spent on legal fees supporting her "right" to death by dehydration. And, most importantly, the husband may have caused her current condition. So let me ask you: would you want that man making your life-and-death decisions? Would you still want him as a spouse?

Apparently the feeling is mutual. He has moved on to a new "common-law wife" and two new kids. Her care is being provided free of charge by a
terminal-patient hospice run by his lawyer's cronies at no expense to her husband or her vanishing estate. The only condition is that he continue to support the "decision" to kill her - something he apparently has no problem doing.

Am I the only one who thinks this is a case for CSI Tampa, not euthanasia court? If they manage to kill Terri Schiavo,
Franz Kafka is reportedly coming back from the grave to write another book.

The Terri Schiavo question is not about the Right To Life or the Right To Death with Dignity. It is really about the Right To Indemnification from acts of Mortal Treachery, Medical and Legal Fraud. It is also about the Right To Have Our Mortal Wishes Respected.

We can argue the larger point all day long, but we can't let those that engage in incriminating and fraudulent behavor make life-or-death decicisions - whichever way they may go - on behalf of someone who may have been set up from the beginning. The truth is in there somewhere, and it's time to take a long, hard look at it before it's too late.

That's what it's ultimately about.  The abortion/right to life issue is a smokescreen for a negligent husband that is doing everything he can to kill his own wife.  And he had the nerve to insult Republicans this weekend, specifically Tom DeLay?

Regardless of whether the courts actually allow Terri to be killed - and that's exactly what's happening; they are killing her - one fact is certain:  Michael Schiavo is one of the lowest forms of scum on this planet.  And that's my word.

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March Madness Round 2 Sunday Recap

Well the field of Sixteen is set, and there were a couple more surprising entrants added Sunday.

First, NC State is red hot, adding Connecticut to it's list of victims as they pulled the upset, 65-62.  Julius Hodge is playing as if he wants an NBA contract, and Elian Etimov is simply deadly from the arc.  A lot of people said Herb Sendek needed this win in order to keep his job.  I disagree.  NC State fans are just disgrunted because they think they are entitled to a national championship and a consistent Sweet Sixteen berth.  Sorry guys; Jim Valvano doesn't coach that team anymore.

Villanova beat Florida handily, but is that really an upset?  Yeah; the Gators are the SEC Champions, but (1). That's not a great feat considering there's only one SEC team that made it to the Sweet Sixteen (I'll talk about the SEC and the Big East later this week), and (2).  They've had Kentucky's number since February.  That the equivalent to the Tampa Bay Bucs consistently beating the Atlanta Falcons.  Beating Kentucky doesn't make Florida a great team because they do it often, yet don't play well against equal or better talent.

North Carolina is pretty much the most dangerous team in the tournament, destroying Iowa State by 27.  I'll admit; I fell asleep watching the game.  Hell, Carolina was up by 20 in the second half, and I felt it was a done deal.  I didn't think the score was going to be this bad though.

It's funny, because going into the tournament everyone thought the Syracuse bracket was the toughest of the four.  Now, they're saying North Carolina has the easiest trip to the Final Four.  UConn, Kansas, Florida all fell over the weekend, and Friday UNC faces a Villanova team that just found out that their premiere inside player is gone for the rest of the tournament.   If/Once they win that, they then face the winner of NC State/Wisconsin.  Things are looking pretty good on Franklin Street, but if they make the Final Four will they be battle tested when they finally face a considerable challenger?  Who's to say.

So here's my rankings for the final 16 teams:

1.   North Carolina
2.   Arizona
3.   Illinois
4.   Washington
5.   Oklahoma State
6.   Louisville
7.   Duke
8.   Kentucky
9.   Michigan State
10. West Virginia
11. Texas Tech
12. NC State
13. Utah
14. Villanova
15. Wisconsin
16. Milwaukee

I ranked them by the strength of their wins vs. their situation coming into this weekend.  No doubt North Carolina is the hottest team in the tournament right now, and they're playing some tough basketball.  Arizona is playing great too, and Washington has grown on me a bit.  I haven't been impressed by either of Duke's wins, and while NC State/Wisconsin will be a tough game, it's doubtful if either beats the winner of UNC/Nova to get to the Final Four.  Villanova is ranked so low because of Sumpter's injury, and that's the last thing they need when facing a beast like Sean May.

I'll give a review of the Sweet Sixteen matchups later this week.

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Monday, March 21, 2005
Blog note.

After what has been a very LONG weekend, where I was officiating a basketball tournament down east and was visiting family at the same time, I didn't have the chance to do any blogging yesterday.  I'm home now, so I should be able to catch up with some things that have been going on lately.  So later this week you'll see my recap of Sunday's games in the NCAA tournament (tonight) and also a recap of The Contender (tomorrow). 

In the next day or two I'll also write about Terri Schiavo, as I've been able to keep up with that story over the weekend, albeit I'm just starting to learn bits and pieces about it.  Possibly in a seperate one I'll discuss the conflict between the judiciary and elected representatives.

And I haven't forgotten about the Congressional hearings either.  I'll probably discuss that around the end of the week just before Thursday's Madness games.

But I'm not dead, guys.  I just have some catching up to do. *shrugs*

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Sunday, March 20, 2005
March Madness Round 2 Saturday Recap.

Well folks, close to every bracket has been butchered half to death between Friday and Saturday upsets.  Don't feel bad; I am the same way, and I accurately picked three of the four Final Four members last year along with the eventual national champion, Connecticut.

The biggest upset was West Virginia's double overtime win over Wake Forest.  I swear I heard bracket sheets being ripped up and thrown in the trash all over North Carolina when the buzzer ended that one.  A lot of people had Wake Forest going to the Final Four out of Albuquerque.  Yeah; I was one of those too.

The second biggest upset had Boston College completing their end of season collaspe by falling to Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  To put it bluntly, Wilwaukee was facing a BC team that was exposed in February and have been ripe for defeat.  Both Wake Forest and Boston College can't be happy with how their seasons ended.

On top of that, Washington routed Pacific today by 18.  I thought Pac would at least show up, but that's what I get for placing a top West Coast team over a mid-major one.  Gonzaga was just an exception to the rule in the 90's.  Speaking of which, the Zags were upset by Texas Tech.  Whenever Gonzaga has had a high seed, they end up having a short tournament.  They need to stay underdogs.

Tomorrow should be an interesting day, as Friday's surprises now have to once again pull upsets to get into the Sweet 16, and the four ACC teams have to show they are for real, as they face serious challenges.  Here are my picks:

Syracuse:

- #1. North Carolina over #9. Iowa State

- #10. NC State over #2. Connecticut

- #5. Villanova over #4. Florida (SEC vs. Big East.  This should be interesting.)

- #6. Wisconsin over #14. Bucknell (Bucknell will give em a fight, tho.)


Austin:

- #1. Duke over #9. Mississippi State (This should be a battle.)

- #5. Michigan State over #13. Vermont


Chicago:

- #2. Oklahoma State over #7. Southern Illinois


Albuquerque:

- #4. Louisville over #5. Georgia Tech

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