29 March 2012

The Greatest Catch Ever

14 March 2012

One Shining Moment

It's the most wonderful time of the year. I have brackets on brackets on brackets. I know the stigma of "too many bracket guy", and how douchey of a move it is to have more than one. This year I deemed it appropriate to have 5 brackets based on complete nonsense. I tried to find Obama's bracket just to see how he does, but either it's a confidential national security measure to not release it until Thursday, or my google skills are lacking. At any rate, here are some highlights of my asinine brackets:

1. Mascot Fierceness - My Cinderella story, in this case, was the Wichita State Shockers. I don't know what the mascot is exactly, but it's either a guy sticking a fork in a electrical socket, or the old thumb-over-ring-finger, two in the pink one in the stink move. Either way, a solid, fierce mascot.

My Elite 8: Kentucky, Duke, MSU, Florida, Kansas State, Florida State, Michigan and NC State

Winner: Kentucky Wildcats. Same mascot as my beer league hockey team. Fiercest. Mascot. Ever. #Meow.

2. Coin Flip - My roommate flipped a coin for every matchup, and it was fairly good news for University of Detroit fans. I'm pretty sure this might be the only bracket out of all of the documented brackets to have the Titans going to the championship game, only to suffer a heartbreaking loss. Hey, they had a 50/50 chance.

My Elite 8: Kentucky, Lehigh, Memphis, Murray State, Wisconsin, Cincinnati, Michigan, and Detroit

Winner: Memphis

3. Blindfold Bracket - I believe this to be the most interesting selection process. Wall Street Journal put together a way to pick, giving each team an alias, a range of their possible seed and ranking several categories (size, experience, 3-point shooting, etc.), so you can pick an unbiased bracket with your head and not your heart. Check it out for yourself.

My Elite 8: Kentucky, Duke, MSU, Missouri, Wisconsin, Ohio State, UNC, Kansas

Winner: Kansas. Normally I think Kansas is perennially the most overrated team in the country, but now that I think about it, they are very well balanced and Thomas Robinson is a beast. They could make a deep, deep run. Still not picking them in my money league.

06 March 2012

Guillen Hangs Em Up

Well this is The Coalition's second number hanging in the rafters (The Worm being the first). Carlos Guillen decided to call it quits today, retiring as a member of the Seattle Mariners. Sure the guy wasn't a spectacular player, but lets give credit where credit's due here. My man was always one of my favorite Tigers. That's a fact! This guy was just dripping Swagu. From the golf ball-sized wad of dip he had in at any given time (even on the streets on off nights) to the more recent Jered Weaver shot; who wouldn't love this guy? Sure, his last few seasons were plagued with injury after injury, but when he came back he had a flair that many other players on the team didn't have. Most notably Ryan Rayburn. God I hate Rayburn.

I digress.

Guillen was the last Tiger to hit for the cycle, and the first to do so in God knows how long (free shot of minz to the first person who can give me an accurate stat here). Do you know how hard it is to hit for the fucking cycle? Real hard, yeah! Well on behalf of the bros here at the Coalition, I'm gonna hang that big number 9 up from our virtual rafters and give it a Stone Cold Steve Austin style salute. Slamming 2 diesels and throwin in a pinch of Cope. Here's to you Carlos