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Phil

OK. I did it. Prepare to kick my ass.

Marianne

OK, I got intimidated when I had to enter a new bracket. A wotsit who now? Does this mean I win the prize for being the most sports unsavvy person in the universe?

Jerry

The "new bracket" just means that you're about to pick what teams you think will win each game in the tournament. The pairings are arranged in brackets, and for each game you click on one team. That first screen just wants you to give a name to your bracket -- I just called mine "Jerry," for example. You can leave the other stuff on that page alone (we don't need to see your e-mail address, and you may not want the Yahoo! sports newsletter, and you may not want to enter their contest). Click "submit" and you'll go to the first selection page, where you'll start clicking on team names to advance them. The numbers next to the team names show how they're "seeded" in the tournament; roughly, it means that the lower the number, the better the team is.

Don't be intimidated. We are all friends here, on this giant Internet.

minty

I'm in. I've run a pool at my workplace for the past five years (the past three on Yahoo, which cuts out all the manual labor), so I'm prepared to kick Phil's ass!

Marianne

OK, I think I did it, Mr. Commissioner sir. Do you get gold braided epaulettes and white gloves with that title?

Jerry

It would appear that you have done it. Congratulations!

I am a Commissioner of the people. No trappings of power; only Army fatigues and a cigar. Just like Castro!

Stew

I'm scared. Hold me.

Elrond Hubbard

I just filled it out, my first bracket ever. If only all that "filling out" had been toward starting my taxes. Somehow, I decided Duke would win it all. I lent Brian Davis my calculator once, in econ class, after all.

Phil

Like Marianne, I was thrown at first by the "New Bracket" field. It wasn't clear whether I was supposed to enter Jerry's name or some line of code or whatnot. I took a guess that they meant, "your name here", and whifft -- nothing but net.

Jerry

You've all done just great so far. I'm so proud of all of you!

There's still time to register your picks -- you've got until noon today, I think. The first games start around 12:20.

mykull

i'm so bummed i missed out on this! i was gonna vote for elon, davidson, durham tech, and east chapel hill high for the final four!

pinky

Would Jesus really hold the ball away from a kid like that? Dang, Jesus!

minty

Pinky, I think Jesus is getting ready to do a jump ball. So he's like the ref, and therefore is (theoretically) not partial to either team, even though the team that wins will probably think he helped them.

The one where Jesus is playing hockey (scroll down) is even more disturbing. Oh hell, who I am I kidding--ALL these statues are creepy.

Jerry

Nobody fucks with the Jesus.

(I'm a little surprised I beat Minty to that reference.)

Marianne

Since when is ballet a sport? What - is Jesus GAY or something?

Phil

Jerry -- thank you for the quote from The Big Lebowski. I didn't really enjoy the movie (and couldn't even finish it), but praise God that I got to the bowling alley scene before I signed out.

Re: the Yahoo brackets -- I really like the stats that show how we're doing with respect to the bajillion other people who have entered brackets. The only thing I wish they had was a "possible points remaining" stat which might also show "best possible percentile among entrants."

Elrond Hubbard

Some of y'all talk a lot of smack about sucking at this, but it looks to me like y'all doing okay. How did you know Duke would lose so fast? You just hatin' 'cause of lacrosse? And what was the Big Lebowski reference? My old housemate G and I used to watch that, 15 minutes at a time, during breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We got through it, like, 5 times that way. Ate a lot of pasta and beans too. Get tired of that, ain't no need to worry, just change the bean. Navy to red. Red to black. That's all you gotta do.

Elrond Hubbard

Maybe I don't understand this, but if I have 32 correct picks out of possible 48, that's "fair," I would say. And most of y'all are doing significantly better than "fair." I think there is a lot of reverse snobbery going on with this group. Y'all try to act like you're common folk, oh don't worry about me, I speak for the little guy who, in the case of this Idiom Savant microcosm, does not know jack about basketball. Then, y'all come out with these scores, and you express your wishes for further statistical data from Yahoo, and I'm like, what do you mean you don't know jack about these things? You know all kinds of jack. Alright, I see the hustle here. Y'all eatin' a lot of arugula for folks who don't know salad. Y'all hearin' a lot of Stockhausen for folks who don't know music. I hope I make myself clear.

Marianne

Well, Elrond, you're whupping my ass. So I stand behind my declaration of jackitudinal ignorance.

Jerry

"Y'all eatin' a lot of arugula for folks who don't know salad."

OH SNAP.

Seriously, that's just about the best call-out I've ever heard. Note the date and time: At 12:36 AM on March 19, Elrond Hubbard made the Internet a little more awesome.

However, I will say this: It seems like it would be a little easier to do well in the early rounds. It's not hard to pick the winner of a matchup between the 1st-ranked team and the 16th. We'll probably all start to suck more as the games proceed.

It wasn't so much that I knew Duke would lose so fast, it's that I so very much wanted them to lose so fast, to punish them for having a coach who looks like Fredo Corleone.

I offer no apologies for not being as inept as I thought. I can only offer bemused surprise.

"Nobody fucks with the Jesus" is the Big Lebowski reference. That's how Jesus Quintana (played by John Turturro) taunts his bowling opponents.

Elrond Hubbard

Coach Kryzewski looks like Fredo Corleone? Oh, no you di'n't! Did I spell Shishevski right? Who cares, he's out! Honk. Okay. I'll stop now. Really, The Dude abides. I'm a Duke fan. They don't call me Edward Kennedy Elrond "Go Duke" Ellington Hubbard for nothing. Thanks for liking my arugula thing. I can't tell what the arugula is in my salad mix, but I get the salad mix 'cause someone said it would be good for me.

minty

Well, I don't know if I know all kinds of jack, but I know a little jack, and maybe a little arugula as well. I also didn't "know" Duke would lose in the first round, but I had great hope that they would. I am one of those "anybody but Duke" fans (but don't tell the people who sign my paychecks).

I filled out two brackets--for this one I went with my first instincts and sometimes my fervent hopes; for the other one, which involves money, I did a lot more research on what Dickie V and all the other media types said before making my picks. So far I'm doing much better on the researched one, but we'll see how it turns out in the end.

I can't get enough of The Big Lebowski. The Dude does indeed abide.

Stew

Elrond...it's pure luck. I haven't looked at my standings in a while, but basically my choice came from a "hm, do i like this team at all? any positive associations with them?" If so, they won. If not, they lost.

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