The Sports Talk Florida Brackets

Our own experts (and non-experts) weigh in

It’s that time of year again, the time for coin flips and decisions based on uniform color.  That’s right, welcome back to March Madness!

Sports Talk AM 1040 is Tampa Bay’s radio home for NCAA action through Westwood One, and the Tournament has us all in a basketball mood.  Here is a collection of our brackets, between Sports Talk Florida, News Talk Florida, AM 1040, AM 820, and 98.3 FM Pinellas County.

Today when you’re watching the tournament, think for just a moment of the person who got you to fill out a bracket, perhaps as a competition. I learned this week that this is not the easiest thing to do, and there’s nothing like running around an office asking people to take time from their workday to fill out a bracket.

I’ll start with my own bracket, complete with a brief explanation.

Tim Williams, managing editor, Sports Talk Florida

Mostly, I went chalk. After an entire college hockey season of jokes that ended in the phrase “poor Sparty,” I picked Michigan State out of the midwest, but everybody else was a 1 seed. When picking upsets, I didn’t even consider College of Charleston since they ripped out the hearts of my alma mater Northeastern in the CAA Championship. They’ve had enough joy, thank you.

Rock Riley, host, The Rock Riley Show

Tyler Bradley, producer, The Rock Riley Show

Dan Maduri, host, Florida Live

Nick Abramovitz, producer, Florida Live and The Erik Kuselias Show

Kurt Shriner, news updates, News Talk AM 820 and 98.3 FM Pinellas County

Kurt Shriner abstains from filling out a bracket, citing a lack of interest.

Tim Mallard, board operator, Sports Talk 1040 AM Tampa Bay

Chris Lynch, movie critic and hockey analyst, News Talk Florida and Sports Talk Florida

Virginia is missing their sixth man and won’t have the steam to survive long. Calipari will pull some magic out of his hat and lead Kentucky on a run a’la 2014. But Villanova is the best program going right now and Jay Williams is the best college basketball coach in the business. We’ll have another Philly title.

Steve Kinsella, Rays and Lightning analyst, Sports Talk Florida

Kip Michalak, Orlando Magic analyst, Sports Talk Florida

Ryan Grabig, college sports analyst, Sports Talk Florida

Jim Williams, senior contributor, News Talk Florida and Sports Talk Florida

Britneé McCoy, Florida Gators analyst, Sports Talk Florida

For added reference, we scoured Twitter to see some picks from the celebrity, sports, and political realms.

Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States

Biggest first-round upset: (13) Hawaii over (4) Cal

Final Four: Kansas, Texas A&M, UNC, Michigan State

Champion: Kansas

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CNN’s Wolf Blitzer

Biggest first-round upset: (14) Buffalo over (3) Miami

Final Four: Kansas, Duke, UNC, Virginia

Champion: Virginia

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PGA TOUR golfer Jordan Spieth

Biggest first-round upset: (14) Fresno State over (3) Utah

Final Four: Kansas, St. Joseph’s, West Virginia, Michigan State

Champion: Kansas

Yahoo’s Katie Couric

Biggest first-round upset: (15) Weber State over (2) Xavier

Final Four: Kansas, Duke, Kentucky, Virginia

Champion: Virginia – She was a cheerleader at UVA.

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Country singer Tim McGraw

Biggest first-round upset: (11) Michigan over (6) Notre Dame

Final Four: Kansas, Texas, UNC, Virginia

Champion: UNC


Tim Williams has been covering sports since his days as a student at Northeastern University covering events such as the Beanpot. In the thirteen years since, he has covered college hockey, the NFL, Major League Baseball, the PGA Tour, and the National Hockey League. A native of the Tampa Bay area, Tim has returned home after living much of his life in the northeast, including sixteen years in the Boston area. These days the Managing Editor of Sports Talk Florida can be found on Florida's golf courses when he's not working.