That is Why They Play the Games!
The UCLA Bruins were a tad upset that they did not receive a full invitation to the big dance. Because of their lackluster record, they had to play a playin game against St. Bonaventure. They lost, and they had to come home.
Everyryone with a computer knew that the University of Virginia, with its number one rating, would easily dispose of the Maryland Baltimore County Retrievers. This tournament always gives hors d’oeuvres to it’s highest-ranking teams.
There were some fans who wondered if the retrievers would even show up, and honorably take their beating. Someone forgot to tell them that they were not supposed to win, which they went out and did. By doing so, I suspect that they eliminated at least 95% of the selections that had been made by bracketologists. As Virginia was being trampled, they must have wondered,
“Who are those Guys?”
By the way, Tiger Woods is almost back. He did not win last week, but he played well enough to frighten his opponents, and to give hope to his millions of fans.
Warren Buffett was aware of the fact that it is nearly impossible for anyone to predict the outcome of March Madness. There are 64 teams playing, and predicting the outcomes of all these games is nearly an impossibility. Mr. Buffett promised to pay $1 million a year for life to any of his employees, who could correctly ﬁ ll in all the brackets. It is not impossible to do so, but for all practical purposes, it can be done.
Meanwhile, back on the home front, things look fairly bleak. The USC Trojans were not invited to the big dance, but they were invited to the smaller NIT. They felt very insulted by having to play a relatively unknown team like Western Kentucky. They would have been better advised to focus on playing well, since they lost the game by a score of 79-75.
In watching the games, I have concluded that the PAC-12 teams do not usually match the intensity of the teams from other conferences. The players on those teams run faster and play harder, for the entire game. From the West Coast, only Gonzaga plays at that level. If only John Wooden was here to straighten things out.
Venus defeated Serena in their match in the BNP Parabis Open, at Palm Springs. It was the ﬁrst match for Serena, since the birth of her baby daughter. It was easy to see that Serena was not yet in shape to play well. Her next matches are likely to be much, much better. Venus was later defeated by Naomi Osaki, who later won the Championship. The world is waiting for the ﬁrst match between Naomi and Serena. This year, or very soon, the world of women’s tennis will be dominated by Naomi.
However, if she wants to be the new queen of tennis, she will have to take it from a very determined Serena. Everyone who loves tennis, as I do, is eagerly awaiting this battle of champions.