By popular demand, I'm taking up more of your bandwidth and time. Day Two of the tournament proved to be a bracket buster for some (mostly just D-Train), while other movers and shakers were emboldened by the conclusion of the finest opening round in ten years.
1st (tied) - E. Nielson with 250/320 points. Nielson finished a generally strong open round by missing out only on Northern Iowa, Michigan State, Kansas, and Iowa. A tough day for the Hawkeye State manifested itself in Nielson's bracket, as Georgetown and Northwestern State (!) proved to be too much. Nevertheless, Nielson remains in first place in the Bloggernacle and can look forward to a potentially profitable weekend.
1st (tied) - J. Crawford with 250/320 points. Crawford was solid on Day Two, missing out on UAB, Iowa, Kansas, and Michigan State (all understandable losses. Nevertheless, Crawford also lost an Elite Eight team today, as he had UAB making a Cinderella run to the regional final. Repeat after me: no hyphenated schools past the Sweet Sixteen. A potential disaster awaits, however, as Crawford had Kansas in the Elite Eight. Phog Allen and Crawford are crying into their beer, but Final Four picks Duke, Bucknell, UNC, and Florida can make it all better. Actually, Phog, order up another cold one. He's gonna need it. However, if these upsets materialize, we can all pretty much pack it up by next weekend.
2nd (tied) - B. McKay with 240/320 points. McKay struggled today, missing out on California, KU, Iowa, Southern Illinois, and Michigan State. McKay's Elite Eight remains intact, but he is missing three Sweet Sixteen schools. The prognosis is good, but it will likely take a Boston College run to keep Brett's hair shining as a beacon of hope to metrosexuals everywhere.
2nd (tied) - K. Kage (240/320). Kage had a tough outing, as Northern Iowa, Wisconsin, KU, Southern Illinois, and Kansas all let her down. 11-5 on a very difficult day with a lot of upsets is really no shame, but Kage lost a Sweet Sixteen Cinderella in SIU and a Final Four participant in the Baby Jayhawks. J. Crawford and K. Kage, remember who you are. It's just the beer and Phog talking.
10th (tied) - D-Train at 220. It's not my fault. My mom did a LOT of crack. The Train went 8-8 on the day, with SIU, Wisconsin, Iowa, Arkansas, Kansas, UNI, MSU, and UAB letting him down. Amazingly, the Train had all of these teams losing in the second round, meaning that his Sweet Sixteen still is only missing three and the Elite Eight is unblemished. The Train is moving downward now, but there is a lot of upside in this bracket. Whether D-Train's foolishness will hurt him is yet to be seen, but it is clear that he doesn't even deserve to be at OU, much less a real school. Utter nonsense.
Next to last (tied) - M. Anderson at 190. It's a shame his bracket can't come up as big as his ass at a feeding trough. UAB, MSU, Northern Iowa, Wisconsin, Kent State, Arkansas, Iowa, and KU all let Mike down today. The Kent State pick is the only real noodle scratcher, but Mike is also decently positioned for the future, with only three Sweet Sixteen picks gone and a clean Elite Eight.
Next to last (tied) - M. Marian at 190. A tough day for Marian, as two Elite Eight picks (Iowa and Michigan State) bite the dust. The Big Ten proved to be the Big Zero for Marian, as the overachieving Iowa and underachieving Spartans burn her big. With five Sweet Sixteen picks out of the picture, Marian will be desperately hoping that her Final Four of Connecticut, Duke, Florida, and Gonzaga materializes. This combination would be One Shining Moment for this cellar-dweller, but the picture is grim.
Next to last (tied) - Kaimi Wenger at 190. Wenger's day was, well, difficult. Being a Sooner, I've long loved Kaimi, as he's the only T&S permablogger who I can actually understand. Spelling is tough enough without stupid "names" like "Heidegger", "Kierkegaard", and "Paul". What I cannot understand, however, is Kaimi's inclusion of California and Kansas in the Elite Eight. These picks have cost him heavily and he may be left unable to pick up the slack. SIU, Iowa, Arkansas, Kent State, and Wisconsin also bit the dust, leaving Kaimi with eleven Sweet Sixteen entries. While a Duke, UCLA, Connecticut, and Ohio State Final Four would not be that outlandish, nobody else seems to be on board, indicating that there is room for Wenger to move up the table in the remaining games.
Dead last - J. Nelson-Seawright at 180. JNS/RT improved today, missing out on only MSU, KU, Arkansas, Cal, Iowa, and SIU. His Sweet Sixteen is already missing six teams, while Iowa's inclusion in the Elite Eight may prove fatal. Duke, Memphis, UNC, and Villanova is still looking like a viable Final Four, so JNS may be heard from yet. However, I wouldn't bank on much unless his second round can improve dramatically on his first.