We got a cool link in the inbox today from Josh Centor, the Coordinator for New Media Communications at the NCAA. He is live-blogging the proceedings of the NCAA’s annual Mock Bracketology event where sportswriters and other college basketball media are invited to Indianapolis to go through the grueling process of selecting 65 teams. This way, the idea goes, the media will actually know what to blather on about when it comes time later this month to discuss bubble teams, strength of schedule ratings and stock-up/stock-down trends.
We wonder, though, whether Josh recognizes the profound irony of his position as HBIC (Head Blogger In-Charge) for the NCAA. But that’s another discussion for another time.
So yesterday the slovenly crew of sportswriters were invited, including such luminaries as Steve Wieberg (USA Today) and Mike DeCourcy (Sporting News). After twelve hours of debate, several gallons of coffee, and untold levels of stink, the group came up with this bracket (you’ll have to click once here and once on the page that opens to make it large enough to view):
We don’t have time to break down the bracket at the moment, but the commenters on Josh’s page do a pretty good job.
Today’s group are the less slovenly but more bombastic television media, including the standards Joe Lunardi, Andy Katz and Jerry Palm; but also including guys like Steve Lappas and Tom Brennan. It’s a travesty that Ken Pomeroy isn’t invited to this thing, by the way.
Maybe if we get some more time, we’ll do a quick and dirty comparison of how the two brackets turned out. Our money’s on the sportswriters over the television guys.