You may not believe this, but I absolutely saw this coming.
First of all, easy for me to say now, and I think I forgot to write this, but I did NOT feel good about my bracket.
And after I heard/saw Villanova struggle all afternoon against Robert Morris, and saw that Notre Dame lost to Old Dominion, I started to suspect I had put too much stock in the Big East.
I was right.
I told this to a number of different people. I was talking to two co-workers when I voiced my Big East fears.
I was on the phone with Dave in Brighton on Wednesday when I told him I didn't pick many upsets, which probably meant this year would feature a bunch. I also told him I did not feel good about my bracket...particularly Georgetown getting to the final.
But those were my picks, so I'll deal with it.
Thursday night was so bad I didn't even stay up until the end of the last group of games. I wait all year for this weekend and I may have already lost interest. (I'm a sucker, though, so I'm not counting out a Friday rally.)
I don't think I've ever been so out of the tournament after just 12 games - starting out 5-7 with one finalist already gone. (8-8 after one day.)
Contrast that to the embarrassment of my 3-year-old going 9-3 in those same first 12 games, and looking like a genius for picking Murray State ("Like Murray from Sesame Street!"), Ohio, and 11-seeds Washington and Old Dominion. (Not to mention nearly shocking the world with Robert Morris.)
It's the pitfall of keeping such close track of my brackets all these years. I not only realize I'm doing bad in the moment, but I might be reminded of it for years to come.
Watch out, 2006 bracket, with your 28 wins overall (20-12 in the first round). 2010 might be pushing you out of the basement.