categories: Cocktail Hour
Here it is, folks. You voted and your vote counts. And now we ask you to vote again on the comments page of this post. Only one vote per person per school this round please. But if you like you can vote for two schools, yours and another. This next round of voting will determine the final 2! Because how long can we really keep this up?
Observant fans will note that some of the results make no sense. Teams won that were never in the bracket, teams lost and then reappeared elsewhere, etc… Well, what can we say? In the spirit of Seth Abramson, we have decided to follow a logic all our own. (And we wanted to make sure that the top 16 vote getters made it in.)
For more about the match-ups and to vote, keep going:
Iowa vs. George Mason
The top-seeded Iowa barely squeaked by a scrappy Florida Atlantic squad, and now face the write-in George Mason, the Washington, D.C. upstart, and their hordes of rabid fans.
Arizona vs. Arizona State
This in-state rivalry is getting ugly. And bloody. The two battled to a virtual tie in the first round, inspiring us to throw out the rules and pit them against each other again in the Sweet Sixteen. Sheriff Arpaio, where are you?
Penn State vs. Alabama
Who doesn’t love plucky Penn State, fighting on valiantly even though their program is going into the crapper? Meanwhile Alabama dominated the early rounds, the Tide garnering more votes, and rah-rah spirit, than any other school. They also used the word “dick” a lot. Does that mean that they are the country’s best writing school? You decide.
The New School vs. San Diego State
The New School surprised everyone by digging in for tough wins, even with the crowd chanting “What’s so new about you, what’s so new about you, you were founded in 1919, boo-hoo!” Their curious alliance with The Ohio State University team (it’s the THE, said retiring great OSU coach Lee K. Abbott) no doubt helped their game. San Diego State, no article to speak of, came out of nowhere to dominate, and only the one incident to mar their performance. You know what I’m talking about, Staties. Also, our niece Rosalie (yes, Bill and Dave’s is an uncle, and many times over), attends SDSU as an undergrad, really our only chance at some nepotism here.
Vermont College vs. Goddard
From the land of Saint Bernie Sanders, also gods Ben and Jerry, a blistering rivalry between two fine low-res programs in the Green Mountain State. But fans have found that low-res means hi-intensity! Brother against brother, sister against sister, this stands to be one of the fiercest face-offs of the century. And folks, that’s twelve whole years!
Virginia Tech vs. Ashland
Tiny Ashland is winning hearts all over the country, dominating from its rusty berth in post-industrial northern Ohio. But the bigger, if equally lovable, Virginia Tech, might be sending Cinderella home in a pumpkin driven by rats.
UNCW vs. THE Ohio State University
It’s true that UNCW has the homecourt advantage here, but their performance in the first rounds was tepid. Now they’ll set out to prove they deserve the name THE University of North Carolina at Wilmington. And let us not forget where Bill taught for many years: Ohio State. Can Cocktail Hour survive the strain?
Bowling Green vs. McNeese State
Eleven votes apiece? That’s a solid matchup. We suspected some hanging chads on this one, and sure enough, the vote-counting mainframe didn’t know what BGSU stood for. But what fight from an underlooked organization, and a PhD program too. Can we talk about McNeese? There’s no state called McNeese, unless maybe it’s in Ireland! But coaches Fleury and Taylor have built from the brilliant success of John Wood, and after 30 years in the biz, the McNeese squad rules. Oh. Okay. This just in. McNeese State is in Louisiana.
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