The Confidential’s All-Time Pitt Team

Suppose you had to play one game… for all the marbles… and you could use your time machine (or TARDIS) to put together a team of 12 players at their peaks.  Who would you pick?  Well, the Confidential does not know who YOU would pick.  But here is who the Confidential would pick for Pitt:

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The Confidential’s All-Time Duke Team

Suppose you had to play one game… for all the marbles… and you could use your time machine (or TARDIS) to put together a team of 12 players at their peaks.  Who would you pick?  Well, the Confidential does not know who YOU would pick.  But here is who the Confidential would pick for Duke:

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The NCAA is Going Bowl Crazy

Earlier this week, there was a report that the not-for-profit NCAA is considering the addition of four new bowls to its already bloated bowl schedule.  That generated ample discussion on social media, of course, as it would open the door for some sub .500 teams to potentially go bowling.  Now, news out of NCAA headquarters (i.e. Coach K’s lap) is that the NCAA is strongly considering a change to the bowl format to allow every single FBS program to attend a bowl!  Every. Single.  Team.  Consider this the NCAA’s diving head first into the “every player gets a trophy” deep end of the mediocrity swimming pool.  It is official.  The NCAA is going bowl crazy.

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Three Divisions for ACC Football?

With the likely elimination of the strict championship game rules, the table is set for the ACC to go way out of its way to make football more competitive.  In fact, one option is to go to three divisions.  From there, the two best teams could play for the ACC Championship.  The  Confidential loves this idea.  First, it paves the way for ND football to be more intertwined with ACC football.  Second, it increases the likelihood that the two best ACC teams play for the right to move on to the playoffs.  Here are the Confidential’s other thoughts…

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Congrats to Duke and Coach K…

As a Syracuse fan and now an ACC fan, I have always had a loyalty to Jim Boeheim and a healthy degree of healthy, spirited dislike for Coach K and Duke.  I am not saying that Duke is not a great program.  I would be hard-pressed to make an argument that any other coach in college basketball is superior to Coach K.  1,000 wins and (now) five championships speak for themselves.  Still, to me, Duke is the New York Yankees of college basketball… when you meet a non-alum fan living outside the region, you cannot help but think “fair weather.”   And it is beyond debate that Duke seemingly “gets the calls” as much as any team in any sport.  Somewhere along the way, Dick Vitale converted from a basketball knowledge savant to a Coach K agent and Duke promoter, which grew intolerable.  So, if any praise for Duke and Coach K comes from this writer, it is a brand new feeling.  But here it goes… props to Coach K and Duke for the national championship this year.

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Final Bracket Contest Standings–Congrats to Gross Misconduct!

Final Standings

Round
Rank
Owner
Bracket
1
2
3
4
Semis
Finals
Bonus Pts
Total Pts
1
50
30
20
24
26
Wisconsin
12
162
2
48
36
30
16
13
Kentucky
17
160
3
38
27
30
24
13
21 (Duke)
6
159
4
54
27
30
24
13
Kentucky
3
151
5
48
30
30
24
13
Kentucky
3
148
6
48
30
25
16
13
Wisconsin
15
147
7
38
24
25
32
13
Kentucky
10
142
8
46
27
25
24
13
Kentucky
6
141
9
42
33
30
16
13
Kentucky
6
140
10
50
36
25
16
Kentucky
12
139
11
48
36
30
8
Kentucky
12
134
12
44
33
25
16
Virginia
12
130
13
44
27
25
16
13
Kentucky
3
128
14
50
27
20
16
Kentucky
13
126
15
38
24
30
16
13
Kentucky
3
124
16
46
27
30
8
Arizona
12
123
17
46
24
20
16
13
Kentucky
3
122
18
46
24
25
16
Kentucky
6
117
19
46
21
20
16
Kentucky
12
115
20
52
27
25
8
Virginia
3
115
21
50
27
10
8
13
Baylor
6
114
22
42
24
25
16
Villanova
6
113
23
40
27
20
16
Kentucky
6
109
24
40
30
20
16
Arizona
3
109
25
44
24
25
8
Kentucky
3
104

Gross Misconduct Wins Confidential Tourney Bracket Contest/Prize!

Although there is one more game to play, Gross Misconduct has an insurmountable lead and will win the contest.  If Wisconsin wins tonight, he will get 21 more points.  If Duke wins, the entrants with Duke winning cannot catch him.  So congrats to M Caffrey–Gross Misconduct–on winning the bracket contest & prize.  And thanks to all that entered….

Standings

Rank
Owner
Bracket
Correct Picks
Points
Bonus Pts
Total Pts
1
44
150
12
162
2
45
143
17
160
3
46
148
3
151
4
44
145
3
148
5
42
132
15
147
6
37
132
10
142
7
41
135
6
141
8
41
134
6
140
9
44
127
12
139
10
38
132
6
138
11
43
122
12
134
12
40
118
12
130
13
39
125
3
128
14
40
113
13
126
15
36
121
3
124
16
39
111
12
123
17
38
119
3
122
18
38
111
6
117
19
36
103
12
115
19
41
112
3
115
21
38
108
6
114
22
36
107
6
113
23
35
103
6
109
23
36
106
3
109
25
36
101
3
104