Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

The Official Awl NCAA Bracket Challenge: Our Winner Revealed!

I was rooting for the Detective Geese.Believe it or not, it's been almost a month since we embarked on this magical journey that is the Official Awl Tournament Bracket Challenge. There have been ups, there have been downs, but like everything, it's run its course and now's the time to say goodbye. But you know what they say, if you really love something, let it go and if it comes back to you, it's yours forever.

So Duke won the actual tournament in a pretty exciting game that ended with (slight) underdog Butler missing the last shot in regulation to push the game in the overtime. It was a somewhat exciting finish to a very exciting tournament. I think we can all say that we really got our money's worth! (We paid zero dollars, so really, we would have come out ahead either way.)

More impressive than Duke's victory to become this year's best college basketball team in the world, though, was T. Keiser's ability to go into the Final Four weekend with the lead and hold off the rest of the field to win two Jock Jams CDs of his choice from those available for purchase at Amazon.

In no particular order (except by points), here is your top ten:

1. Mid-Major Major Major Major 2, T. Keiser
2. DetectiveGoose 1, J. Elliott
2. daedalus72 1, c. hollow
4. mgw, M. Withers
5. PDXDavidJ 1, D. Jacobs
6. yeetar 1, S. Bressack
7. Comfy Sweater, A. Dobbins
8. FaceYourFace 1, A. Skildum
9. Vitale Organ Meat, R. Iracane
10. bradluen, B. Luen

The highest Awl contributor was Kathleen "Katie Bakes" Baker, who after spending the first two weeks in the dregs, came out of nowhere (because, I mean, she's a girl, and it's not like this is a pie baking bracket tournament challenge, right?) to claim the contributor title.

The biggest surprise of the tournament however was probably Awl editor Choire Sicha's second page finish, for which he completed a bracket that was more correct than almost 3/4 of all of the other brackets in all of America, even while he has never watched college basketball in his entire life. Just think about that for a second.

And so I guess that rounds up the first annual Awl Tournament Bracket Challenge. Special thanks goes to Sorry Your Heinous (Ross, commenter #246) for his suggestion for us to even do this, and many thanks to all of the people who participated!

55 Comments / Post A Comment

conklin (#364)

Goddamn Big East. Fucking Duke.

conklin (#364)

Oh and congratulations to everyone who didn't get suckered in by the goddamn Big East and who believed in fucking Duke.

David Cho (#3)

F Duke.

FU Duke.

kneetoe (#1,881)

Word in re Big fucking East (and Duke).

David Cho (#3)

F the Big East.

Bittersweet (#765)

Sixthed. Big East bastards.

jolie (#16)

So when do we get to have The Awl Fucking Cook-off Challenge?

kneetoe (#1,881)

I barbecued brisket this weekend that was, quite simply, to die for. I ALREADY WON THE COOK-OFF.

HiredGoons (#603)

I will murder you all in such a thing as this.

kneetoe (#1,881)

Your lack of copper pans will spell your demise.

I come at you with my fish spatula. Prepare to eat humble taco.

cherrispryte (#444)

I will kick all y'alls skinny asses in this. And hell, I will travel to NY just to compete!

jolie (#16)

(I secretly hate competing against people I like and am sitting here having a panic attack so I'm annointing myself Judge and Chief Punch Maker-slash-Server and going to sit in the corner with my tears and neuroses.)

(The only reason for having a cook-off is so we can all eat ourselves into comas, which is why nobody ever cares who wins. So don't panic. But do make punch. LOTS OF PUNCH.)

jolie (#16)

@Ramona: Bless your heart

KarenUhOh (#19)

Perhaps a Fantasy Baseball League is in order. THAT kind of 'Fantasy.'

HiredGoons (#603)

Um, yes.

keisertroll (#1,117)

If that happened I'd pick Chase Utley and Ryan Howard while everyone else guns for Tinkerbell and Zeb Atlas.

Br. Seamus (#217)

The seminal Mariah/Ol'Dirty duet?

garge (#736)

Wow, I just squealed like Howard Dean when I saw my own, ahem, 57th place, second page finish.

garge (#736)

Maybe someone can explain how you can jump like 200 places in a week? I feel like the movie Hoosiers.

You must have had either Duke or Butler in the final game. The people you hopped either had nobody, Michigan State, and/or WV in the Final Four. In other words, they didn't get any points over the weekend and you did, and the FF games are worth lots of points each (usually, I didn't play).

petejayhawk (#1,249)

Iracane in the top ten?


hockeymom (#143)

aka "Rock You Like An Iracane"?

keisertroll (#1,117)

Seeing Rob Iracane's name below mine is a pretty good feeling.

NicFit (#616)

I was wondering which third tier quasi religious college would win this.

conklin (#364)

The Jesuits forgot how to ball this year.

Abe Sauer (#148)

But Katie had to pick Duke to win so really she lost.

Hah, that was how I consoled myself. Plus! I managed to beat Katie without picking the correct champion, so I'm like the tallest midget or something. It's a proud day in my household.

katiebakes (#32)

They're not booing, they're saying Duuuuuuuke!

kneetoe (#1,881)

Actually, that last shot would have been a 3-pointer and Butler would have won.

Hamilton (#122)

CORRECT. Shameful erosion of sports reporting standards here at The Awl.

kneetoe (#1,881)

Yes, but after reviewing my bracket one last time, I will never claim to know anything about sports ever again.

Murgatroid (#2,904)

Which Jock Jams CDs is Keiser going to get, is all I care about.

keisertroll (#1,117)

At this point, they could just give me some breakup mixtapes they have lying around and write JOCK JAMS on them, and I would be happy.

David Cho (#3)

People give each other mixtapes to breakup with each other? That seems not right.

keisertroll (#1,117)

I'm new to winning AND mixtapes.

HiredGoons (#603)

@keisertroll: are you the lamp from Dave Bry's acid story!?

keisertroll (#1,117)

No but I had a torrid relationship in the 70's with Brick Tamland.

keisertroll (#1,117)

I was actually bummed that Hayward's shot missed, but today I'm quite satisfied; I even have that "Sweet Victory" song from SpongeBob playing as I type this. This one goes out to all the gays with a Tumblr!!!


keisertroll (#1,117)

I'd also like to thank everyone involved in this bracket, especially Sorry Your Heinous for suggesting this and being my wingman for this, and David and everyone at The Awl. I can't wait to do this again.

garge (#736)

Yes, congrats! I feel that you should make the picture of the trophies your avatar, or a picture of whatever a jock jam may be.

Jock jam sounds nasty.

keisertroll (#1,117)

They sell it at my local Acme, right next to Mitch Williams' "Wild Thing" Salsa.

ericdeamer (#945)

God that is a great Spongebob! Thank you so much for making this reference.

keisertroll (#1,117)

Done and done. The Major Award is my avatar.

I had a speech prepared too.


Ron Obvious (#351)

Hey, I finished 14th! Thanks, dumb luck and the demon Mike Krzyzewski sold the vowels in his surname to in exchange for basketball success. Now, I must go apply club soda to the stains on my soul.

That last shot not going in was one of those "there is no God" moments.

keisertroll (#1,117)

Knowing that I would've won either way makes me proud to be an agnostic.

Also, Congratulations Mr. Keiser! You may have dashed my winning hopes early, but you couldn't have been nicer about it. And David, Choire, and Alex, thank you for taking this simple suggestion and really running with it. I know I had a lot of fun and I hope everyone else did. Everyone that entered, thank you!

keisertroll (#1,117)

Don't mention it. Next year, I hope to pit myself against a Russian and see who wins.

The last shot was to win, not tie.

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