Far be it from us to drop names but Joe Lunardi (of bracketology fame) and Charles Fischer (of analysis video and GQ fame) are actually one and the same. Too modest to brag but too accomplished for just one area of expertise, Joe/Charles (or as we call him, Loon Fish) predict the NCAA Tournament bracket with astounding accuracy each and every year.
I’m not sure why folks haven’t figured this out before.
But it’s the possibilities heading into March that has basketball fans at the edge of their seat. Who will make it to AT&T Stadium (pictured above) for the Final Four? Is my team in? Is my team out? Why so formal Stephen F. Austin? Will Quinnipiac make it in, because I want to hear Dick Vitale have to say it on the air?
But what caught my eye early this week is the bracket placement for your Oregon Ducks. The 11th seed, in the Memphis Region, playing in the Raleigh pod . . . against Texas.
How badly do you suppose the Longhorn fans would like to get another crack at Oregon?
We know that there is a long way to go, but here at FishDuck Headquarters in St. Tropez, we like to be ahead of the game. So here is how we predict the Memphis Regional to transpire.
Oregon will take down Texas due to sterling guard play, particularly by Damyean Dotson who plays older than his years and almost as old as his I.D.
Florida will take down Western Michigan because Michigan consists of Detroit in the East, Ann Arbor a little to the West, Lansing a bit further west and then this…
Virginia Commonwealth will upset Stanford because they have a cooler name. Also my wife thinks Shaka Smart is cute.
Louisville will beat Harvard because the Crimson have more important things on their mind than March Madness.
Finally Duke will beat Georgia State, because there isn’t one among us that doesn’t want to see Duke play Syracuse one more time . . . and because it probably was a block.
Ladies and gentlemen today is March 1st. Let the Madness begin. And, as always, Go Ducks!
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Kim Hastings is a 1984 graduate of Northwest Christian College. He cut his journalistic teeth as sports editor of a paper in his home town of Fortuna, CA, and, later as a columnist for the Longview Daily News in Longview, WA.
He saw his first Oregon game in 1977 and never missed a home game from 1981 until a bout with pneumonia cut his streak short in 1997. He was one of the proud 3200 on a bitterly cold night in Shreveport, Louisiana in 1989 for the Independence Bowl, and continues to be big supporter of Oregon sports. He is an active participant on the various Oregon Ducks messageboards as “TacomaDuck.”
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