After the first round of our SBC Voices NCAA Baptist Bloggers Tournament, there has only been one thing proven beyond a shadow of a doubt. We have no business in the business of picking NCAA brackets.
I had a brutal day yesterday, missing on nearly half of the games. If Baptist bloggers were the sports experts we would like to think we are, I’d be down there in Paul Thompson territory (sorry, man, but you know its true!). In my other bracket challenge, I am squarely in LAST PLACE, where I deserve to be. But in the Bloggers challenge, I’m only 20 points out of FIRST PLACE!
I’ve made terrible picks and you guys are almost as bad as I am. You should be ashamed.
Thank God he called us to minister in his name instead of opining on ESPN!
Some observations from round 1:
1) Three unfortunates chose Duke as their national champions. While two of them (Doug Hibbard and Ryan Perz) are actually tied for the lead right now, they are doomed. If your national championship pick loses, that costs you points every round.
2) There are a lot of people who think Florida will win, 17 of 42 who entered brackets. If they go down (and all people of good will hope they do) a lot of brackets will go down with them.
3) Michigan State, Arizona, Louisville, and Wichita State all have their share of supporters (I’m a Michigan State guy – not because I love them so much, but out of loyalty to the Big Ten).
4) Liberal Baptists have abhorrent, aberrant theology, but evidently some really good basketball. Both Baylor and Mercer won big games. We can all give thanks that Mercer brought down that evil known as Duke. The coaches of both of these teams are evidently strong men of God who put Christ first. After an article I read about the mini-revival among the players on Baylor’s team this year, I’d love to see them get all the way to the Final Four.
5) My favorite name in the tournament is “Juan Shining Moment.” Don’t know who it is, but great name. Not great choices, but great name.
6) The evil that is Duke was slain, but there is still more work for the forces of righteousness to do. If someone could please defeat the evils masquerading under the names North Carolina, Kentucky, Florida and UCLA, it would be fantastic.