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Friday, April 12, 2013

Master of March Madness

This post is about a week late.  The Louisville Cardinals captured the men's basketball championship on Monday night.  But, it didn't take that long for J.B. Errico to win the 2nd annual Banshee Bracket Bonanza.  Errico picked Louisville to win the title and had things wrapped up when Louisville defeated Syracuse in the semi finals.

In an email to me, Errico revealed a little bit about his process for picking the brackets but confessed that luck plays a big part in it.  Since I failed to predict any correct teams for the Final Four, I whole-heartedly agree with the "luck" analysis.  But, in all seriousness, J.B. has been playing fantasy sports for a good long time.  He won his fantasy football league way back in 1998 thanks to a late season pick-up of Jake Plummer and a cheap $1 draft pick of rookie Randy Moss (and yeah, that $1 was straight cash, homie!).  He's also a sports industry kind of guy who who actually does some of the official scoring for the Yankee's Triple A affiliate, the Scranton Wilkes-Barre Rail Riders.

I'm especially excited that Errico won the 2nd Banshee Bracket Bonanza because it marks an expansion of Banshee Sports' online persona.  J.B. and I only know each other through Twitter. He was one of the first people I followed when I first started to explore the Twitterverse.  In addition to J.B., there were three sports writers in this year's Bonanza who only know Wild Banshee through the Internet.  But, there was still a little family flavor to the top of the leader board.  Jerry Wetzel, my father, finished in second place.  Since J.B. already had a subscription to ESPN the Magazine, both he and Jerry will receive their favorite movie from the Banshee Sports top movie list.  J.B. picked Hoosiers.  Jerry picked Cinderella Man.

So, congratulations to J.B. and Jerry.  And thank you to everyone else who entered and helped to make this a fun competition.  Can't wait for next year.

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