Blue Ribbon Baby
Not So Clueless?
Waltzin To Victory?
No Chicken Dinner
BabyÕs Is Coming
(Khair Sadrud-Din) has the crib all to himself, at least for now. The
seventh-year player used close wins by Michigan, Baylor, North Carolina, and
Oregon to steal the lead from Susu Willis.
WillisÕs incredible upset
pick of South Carolina over Duke came through for her, but it was only enough
to put her back into second place, one point behind Baby. Nobody puts Baby in a
Clueless is the only
player in the tournament to correctly pick Wisconsin over Villanova and South
Carolina over Duke. And, she also
took Michigan over Louisville. You might be wondering, then why is she in 72nd
place? Well, she also had some ambitious picks that didnÕt work out, like
Minnesota in the final game and Creighton in the Final Four.
After all those upsets,
only one player in the tournament still has a fully-intact Elite 8, and that
player is none other than Walter Waltz, III (Waltzin to Victory).
If you follow Wally on
Facebook, you know this international man of mystery could be dining at a
Michelin three star restaurant in Europe one day and jetting down to pick up
some hot wings from a towny bar in Bloomington, Illinois the next.
If heÕs not having
luncheon with Bill Gates, itÕs probably because heÕs busy having a Champaign
toast on a yacht in the Mediterranean. Or getting a tour of a luxury watch
factory somewhere in the south of France.
I donÕt follow Wally on
Facebook, because IÕm not on Facebook—but I still somehow get his status
updates. ThatÕs Most Interesting Man material right there. His aura permeates
the ether like pungent cologne dandered into the atmosphere off finely peacocked
chest hair. One canÕt help but be exposed and duly impressed.
Of course, there is still
one gaping hole on WallyÕs resume: A Chippens title. (He doesnÕt always fill
out a March Madness bracket, but when he does . . . .)
For 12 years, Wally has
tried, and for 12 years he has been denied. His best finish is 28th in 2007.
But if the stars were ever
to align for Wally, they would align precisely as they have for him this year
in this tournament. His biggest hurdle will be passing Bridget Snider (M), who is
currently 16 points up on him. Wally and M both picked Arizona to win it all,
but DukeÕs loss has left Wally with extra opportunities to catch her.
Wally is not the only one
still with a chance to win. In fact, 66 players still have a shot for the Grand
Prize and many more are still in the running for prizes. Unfortunately, both Winner Winner Chicken
Dinner and Winner,
Winner, Chicken Dinner! will be going hungry.
Check out Player Scenarios
(just posted) to see your best and worst possible finishes and who you should
root for the rest of the way.
YouÕll have to access Player Scenarios
from the link above until games conclude next Thursday night. It wonÕt be
listed in the ÒReport PackageÓ until then.