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-Day 6 & 7 recap-
JT, Vitale rise from the ashes
Either Charles or Leta Corwin (Senor Wences and Momma Mia,
respectively) has been at the top of the leader board since the second
day of competition. Their battle for bracket supremacy enthralled the
Chippens Nation as we watched their struggle threaten to break the
bonds of love that were forged nearly 40 years ago in a small Methodist
church in Hart, Michigan. It seemed only right that in the end one of
them should be able to wear the most prestigious crown in spectator
sports. But now, in a bitter twist of fate that not even the likes of
Shakespeare could dream up, neither of them can win. Oh, unhappy
In their places stand two unlikely heroes, Justin Thompson and Mike Theune
(JT and Vitale), with JT one point ahead of Vitale, 130-129. Both
players are the only players left in the tournament who still have all
their Final Four teams viable. Only one other player, Susu, even had
Villanova in the Final Four.
The trip to the top of the standings has been nothing less than epic
for both JT and Vitale. At the end of the first weekend, JT was
languishing in 21st place while Vitale was all but forgotten in 46th.
Now, each man is one of only seven players left who still have a shot
at the ultimate glory.
Yes, only seven gifted players can still win. The biggest underdog of
the seven has to be Man of Achievement, who is currently in 42nd place
but can still win it all if Louisville beats North Carolina in the
Many dreams will either die or gain new life when the final buzzer
sounds at the end of Sunday’s MSU-Louisville matchup. This situation is
especially true for our two leaders, for JT has Michigan State and
North Carolina filling out his Final Four while Vitale has Louisville
and North Carolina.
Veteran Chippens competitor and 2005 runner-up Blizzard T. Husky (Nick
Schultz) also has a lot riding on the Spartans. If they lose in the
finals to UNC, Husky will no doubt have a smile on his face that will
be visible from Houghton all the way to Birch Run.
The two players rooting for Oklahoma tomorrow will be Adam Lombard and
Matt Fowler. Lombard has the Sooners going the distance, while Fowler
has them losing in the finals to Louisville.
The only person among the seven contenders rooting for Connecticut the
rest of the way will be Meggie Byrne. The Chippens rookie has a