Sunday, March 16th, 2008

March Badness

Are you a fan of college basketball and crave the NCAA Tournament? Could you not care less about brackets and office pools? Do you think the "Big Dance" is a reality show on the CW? Perhaps you fall somewhere mid-spectrum. Either way, I think I found a new way to enjoy March Madness with March Badness.

Regardless of your opinion about the tournament, Boers and Bernstein from The Score (670-AM in Chicago) have brackets for everyone. Without question, this is my favorite radio program next to my old college radio show. Last Friday afternoon, Boers and Bernstein tipped-off the "Tournament of Bad" with a special play-in game. How does it work?

The "Tournament of Bad" is simple. The guys developed a field of 64 divided into four regions just like the NCAA. Well okay, a field of 65 if you consider the play-in game. Each match-up consists of two things (people, items, fan base, abstract concept, etc.). The "team" that advances is the "most bad" of the two. Here's an example.

Friday's play-in game featured a match-up between "Having a hole in your sock" versus "Relish." Personally, I can tolerate having a hole in my sock, so I would vote via text or the website for relish. The final results had "Having a hole in your sock" advance. They are now the 16 seed matched up against top seed "Slacks."

Interested? Here are a few additional first round match-ups.

Matt Abbatacola Region
The Tyra Banks Show (6) vs. Mama's Family (11)
Generic Soda (7) vs. Blue Collar Comedy Tour (10)

Dan Bernstein Region
Bobby Knight Fans (8) vs. Paula Deen (9)
Bozo (3) vs. Stuart Scott (14)

Terry Boers Region
Bike Messengers (2) vs. Garbage Throwing Cubs Fans (15)
Airport Security (6) vs. Oprah's Big Give (11)

Jason Goff Region
Gary, Indiana (4) vs. Butterscotch (13)
Coogi Sweaters (7) vs. Northwestern Basketball (10)

Download your own printable brackets, and may the most bad win. Come to think of it, I'm not sure how my old college radio show missed the cut. I'll have to send them old air-checks for next year.

Bill, nothing is as good as your old radio show. I agree, the Tournament of GOOD.
ozthegreat   Sunday, March 16, 2008
My Final 4 are as follows...

Anything Tyler Perry Presents
Bob Knight Fans
Bob Knight
Jay Mariotti

This was tough as Fans of Bob Knight edged out Stuart "Boo Ya" Scott for a spot in the Final 4 in the Dan Bernstein region. Hole in your sock made a strong run through the field of 65, but Tyler Perry put it back in it's place with a lopsided win in the Regional Finals. I rounded out my Final 4 with the clear favorites on both sides of the bracket, Bob Knight and his fans. Have you seen Knight doing studio analysis? Wow. Talk about someone who has absolutely nothing intellegent to add to a broadcast. At least hit someone with a chair for God sake! One word...Dumbass. In one of the most competitive finals in years, Bob Knight beat his fans (not literally as much as he probably wants to) in a nailbiter. It came down to who was a bigger mouth-breather and Knight stood above all. In summation I really enjoyed the tourney and hope it's only the beginning of a love affair with Badness.
ozthegreat   Sunday, March 16, 2008
I enjoy the potential of a final match-up of Bobby Knight versus Bob Knight fans. My Final Four is completely different:

Mama's Family, Jim Belushi, Garbage Throwing Cubs Fans, and Meatball Chicago Sports Fans.

It was a tough call, but I gave it to the Meatballs. I'm glad they ultimately clarified that Meatballs referred to clueless local sports fans and not the Bill Murray movie. That changed everything because I would have advanced Henry Burris.
Bill Pearch   Sunday, March 16, 2008
I hope you will join the humzoo NCAA pool!
Betsy   Monday, March 17, 2008
I'm in.
Bill Pearch   Monday, March 17, 2008
Some of the Tournament of Bad's first-round match-ups are completed. For updated brackets, visit The Score's website:
Bill Pearch   Thursday, March 20, 2008
Update! The Boers and Bernstein "Tournament of Bad" has a winner. Yesterday, Anything Tyler Perry Presents matched up against People Who Claim They Can't Find Work. In a close vote, People Who Claim They Can't Find Work won.
Bill Pearch   Saturday, March 29, 2008
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