I know that there was a thread a few days ago lamenting the challenge of the #8 seed, but this article in the New York Times is a wonderfully comprehensive look at why the 8 or 9 seed is a big disadvantage for teams seeking to get past the second round. For those of you who love stats and charts (the Diary Mafia of bits and bytes) this is gold.
mesmerism! presidential assassinations! circuses on fire!