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
CNN’s Wolf Blitzer
Biggest first-round upset: (14) Buffalo over (3) Miami
Final Four: Kansas, Duke, UNC, Virginia
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
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.
Country singer Tim McGraw
Biggest first-round upset: (11) Michigan over (6) Notre Dame
Final Four: Kansas, Texas, UNC, Virginia