As I look at my bracket today, I'm reminded by my wife that it's a good thing I'm not a gambling man. Boy, I'd lose everything if that were the case. My Final Four picks were Duke (doesn't everyone pick Coach K every year?), Tennessee (OK, they were overrated,) Boston College (still a chance) and Gonzaga (I thought Adam Morrison was the next Larry Bird.) Tennessee lost early, but I felt OK because I still had three teams in the finals. Then, yesterday, Duke and Gonzaga totally messed up my bracket. I even had Gonzaga as winning the entire thing (that was a stretch, but I thought it was do-able.)
So, what does this mean? Actually nothing, other than that I do not pick winners well.
Now, when it comes to women's basketball, I'm doing much better. Three of my Final Four teams are still dancing. I picked Tennessee (they could beat the men's team,) Florida (they lost the first game,) Michigan State, and Oklahoma. I have Tennessee winning it all.
Here's why I pick Tennessee Lady Vols to win it all:
1. Pat Summitt - she's the greatest coach in women's basketball history. She, in fact, has won more games than any other coach in collegiate history (men or women). And, she's mad. She is angry that the NCAA seeded the Lady Vols as a number 2 seed in their bracket.
2. Candace Parker - she's the only woman to slam dunk in a tournament game. She did it twice against Army. Now, these weren't Michael Jordan or LeBron James dunks, but nonetheless intimidating.
3. Shanna Zolman - an incredible player with a strong faith in Christ.
4. Sidney Spencer - great 6th "woman" and strong, outspoken Christian (and a Baptist.) She was featured in the January issue of Sports Spectrum (www.sportsspectrum.com)
Regardless of my picks, this has been an incredible basketball month - both for men's and women's teams. Here's hoping my women's tourney picks pan out. Go Lady Vols!