Ever wonder how the collective knowledge of MGoBloggers stacks up against the big names and professional blowhards of the business?
As many of you know, Saint_in_Blue has once again set up a bracket contest at ESPN for the blog. There are 440 entries (well, 455, but 15 of them are blank and I'm going to ignore them).
ESPN and CBS have posted "celebrity brackets" at their websites and here's how we measure up after the first weekend. (Scores are normalized to the standard 1-2-4... pts/game method used at CBS and most private contests--ESPN multiplies these scores by ten, to no effect.)
- 436 of 440 have scores of 33 or better. (Jimmy Kimmel)
- 424 of 440 have scores of 36 or better (Fran Fraschilla)
- 418 of 440 have scores of 37 or better (Gregg Doyel)
- 349 of 440 have scores of 40 or better (Colin Cowherd)
- 221 of 440 have scores of 43 or better (President Obama)
- 181 of 440 have scores of 44 or better (Jay Bilas, Dick Vitale, Dennis Dodd)
- 133 of 440 have scores of 45 or better (Doug Gottlieb)
- 37 of 440 have scores of 48 or better (Andy Katz, Jim Cramer--yes, that Jim Cramer)
Yes, it's true...four of you are doing worse than Jimmy Kimmel.
I won't name names.
Colin Cowherd ripped Drew Sharp about his column today in the Detroit daily that cannot be named. Drew has written that RR needs to win the Big 10 championship next year or he should be let go. Colin said this idea is ridiculous and that Sharp needs to do better. Colin said sports writers at newspapers are like sports talk radio in 1984 iin that they write bombastic fiction.
Colin Cowherd just said that the Big Ten needs Michigan to win and that OSU should be rooting for UM to go 11-0 into the last game.
He also said that unlike the SEC, the Big Ten has no second team to "carry the mantle" of the conference.
He also said "The offense is a nightmare, and now you're not getting West Virginia athletes, you're getting Michigan athletes. I'm here to tell you, if Rich Rodriguez, and I really believe this. If they give him a chance there and give him 5 or size years, Michigan's winning a national title."
While I am always on the fence about being interested or taking national attention as an utmost important thing to tell my diary about at night ("Omg but then we had meatloaf for lunch again bleh") but when Michigan is not getting hit in the head by a chair thrown by Bob Knight, who apparently believes PSU and Auburn were more deserving, they're getting ESPN praise in the form of... Colin Cowherd?
Michigan was chosen by Cowherd as his dark horse (or is it darkhorse?) for the tournament. Besides the normal Duke, UCLA, Purdue fluff, he was quick to point out UM could have beaten UConn, a 1-seed, and that he could legitimately see them making it to the elite eight. What was nice to hear, though, was him acknowledge the coaching behind the effort.
What does this mean? Absolute shit. The man is a walking "morning talk show radio zoo OHMANELISHADUSHKUISTHEHAWTEST *cue spring boi-oi-oing*" - complete with "Breakfast of Champions - which cereal will win" bracket - but he's also been a huge d-bag to the football program. A reader was quick to point out his dark horse (darkhorse?) - fuck it, I'm referring to it as Darko from now on - has always played Clemson for the past couple years. Let's just say that's true.
The question remains: even if we are everyone's Darko, does it make noise in the Palace when we miss all our shots and lose by 15?
Because that's what a Darko does. Let's be
The Answer Billups.
Colin just mentioned M-Zone while he was talking about the whole Jim Calhoun vs. random reporter incident. He was just talking about how a person in public view can't and shouldn't respond to an average person trying to provoke them, because it's not an even playing field. The public figure will always lose. His quote was "The guy at M-Zone from Michigan who e-mailed me, Do you know his name? No. You know mine!"