This year I have been inspired by the NCAA College Basketball tournament. This is the time of year when 65 teams compete for one National Championship. One team remains at the end, and that is our National Champion. It is one of the best ways to determine a national champ; despite some debates along the way.
The Tournament Bracket becomes a big deal as basketball fans try to predict which teams will make it to the next round. Lots of money is wagered by people hoping to have the right picks going all of the way to the finals. This year’s Men’s national Semi-Finals (aka The Final Four) will be played in Indianapolis. By now, many a college hoops fan has pulled out their hair because the tournament is unpredictable, and a sure thing can quickly become a bust.
This year I did not bother to fill out a bracket. I know better. Instead, I decided to create a different kind of tournament bracket. A national sports radio personality has created a Super Hero/Super Villains tournament.
I have created a Blogger’s Tournament Bracket. It is a field of 65 local blogs that I put together. I used the model the NCAA has in place for filling in their brackets. The field of 65 is broken into 4 regions of 16 blogs. Blogs are ranked from #1 to #16. A low number by a blog name is good, because it means it is ranked higher. The NCAA has a committee that crunches numbers, and determines how teams are seeded in the brackets. I had to do the same. Of course, as a committee of one, I did the best I could based on purely subjective concepts. Bottom line, I guessed where I thought each blog should be ranked. Since it will be mentioned at some point: a few blogs did not make the field of 65. As with the NCAA, there are schools who are left out of the dance. Please feel free to post your complaints. Perhaps the committee will do better next time.
Just like the NCAA, I have named the four regions. The Arkley Regional is where the Humboldt Herald will be placed as the #1 seed. The Glass Regional is where the North Coast Journal Blogthing will be placed. The Neely Regional is where the Humboldt Mirror will be placed. Last but not least, the Gallegos Regional is where SoHum Parlance will be placed.
As is done in the Men’s NCAA Tournament, the field of 65 teams will be trimmed down to 64 by virtue of a play-in game:
The winner of the “play-in” game will face the Humboldt Herald in the first round of the tournament.
I tried for the past several days to find a tournament bracket I could upload with all of the Blog names on it. I failed. If you would like a file sent to you from a Micrsoft Works document I used to fill in the brackets, I will e-mail it to you. Just send an e-mail request to the address under Contact Us from the top of this page.
As you scroll through the match-ups below, remember a lower number by the blog name means a higher rank.
Round 1- Arkely Regional
1 Humboldt Herald vs. 16 Bumblebee Nation/Tree Sitters Blog
4 Humboldtia vs. 13 Forrest Defender’s Blog
Round 1- Glass Regional
1 NCJ Blogthing vs. 16Bay of Rezanov
5 Radio Radio Radio vs. 12 Planet Tapperass
4 Eureka Standard vs. 13 Compulsive Proofreader
Round 1- Neely Regional
1 Humboldt Mirror vs. 16 Brenda Lou’s Blog
4 299 Opine vs. 13 Humboldt Homestead
Round 1- Gallegos Regional
1 SoHum Parlance vs. 16 Lost Coast Daily Painters
4 Cheaper Than Therapy vs. 13 Dreaming up Daily
As you will quickly see, all of the #4 seeds are beloved blogs now absent from the scene. They were allowed in by the committee. So again, if you want a copy of the actual tournament bracket, I will e-mail you a file. Enjoy, and check back for results.
Who will the Final Four be??? Stay tuned!