COLUMN: My bracket ruined my life

Esteban Ramirez, Sports Editor
March 28, 2012
Filed under Sports

It only took the first round of the NCAA men’s tournament for brackets all around the country to be busted when two 15-seeded teams got two huge upsets over a pair of number two-seeded teams.

Sure, every year every person picks that one “Cinderella” team that will steal the show at the big dance and cause a sensation, but I doubt that anyone really expected to see Norfolk State University beat Missouri University and Duke University losing to Lehigh University in the first round.

With three of the four top seeds being eliminated, everyone has to be looking at the University of Kentucky as the favorite in the Final Four. The other Final Four teams are the surprising fourth-seeded Louisville squad and a pair of two seeds, Kansas and Ohio State. With my pick, the North Carolina Tarheels, out, and the fact that I don’t like Kentucky or Ohio State, I would really like to see the underdog, Louisville, win it all.

Bounties

Recently, the NFL suspended New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton for the 2012 season for failing to stop and covering up a three-year bounty system.

As much as I don’t like the idea of a team putting bounties on certain players of an opposing team, I’m sure that the Saints aren’t the only team doing it.

I wouldn’t be surprised if high school teams and collegiate teams do it as well. I also believe that the majority of the NFL teams do it, they just haven’t been caught yet.

Two of the quarterbacks that they played during their championship run in 2009 never really recovered from dangerous hits against the Saints. This is something that isn’t needed in the game because they’re sending the wrong message to any kid out there that trying to severely hurt someone just to get the win is acceptable.

Suspending Payton was a smart decision by the NFL because they have to make sure everyone understands that this isn’t right.

From a Colt to a Bronco

After going through Tebowmania this past season, many believed that the Denver Broncos would’ve kept Tim Tebow as their starting quarterback, but everything changed when the Indianapolis Colts released quarterback Peyton Manning.

Soon after, the Broncos put all of their attention to bringing a proven quarterback in the pocket. They signed Manning and traded Tebow to the New York Jets.

MMA

Mixed martial arts needs a new scoring system. Although the 10-9 system might work in boxing, it doesn’t work in MMA. A perfect example of this is the bantamweight fight between Demetrious Johnson and Ian McCall. Although Johnson had the advantage in the standup, McCall had the advantage on the ground. This fight ended up being a majority draw and that’s why I think they need to account for every aspect of MMA. They need to account for striking, wrestling, the clinch and jiu-jitsu so that the scoring system works for MMA.

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