Monthly Archives: March 2011

The 2011 Mid-Major Conference

Refer to this post if you don’t know what this is about or to catch up on the rules. This year, four conferences produced multiple bids to the NCAA Tournament: the MWC, A-10, CAA, and C-USA. These conferences are guaranteed one spot each in the Mid-Major Conference. Five┬áteams reached the Sweet 16, and for the […]

I blame the conversation between Elan and Tarquin for the slowdown.

(From The Order of the Stick. Click for full-sized firing squad.) Everyone who reads Da Blog knows about my love affair with The Order of the Stick. I’ve called it one of the best webcomics ever made and able to stand up among the great works of literature. Yet I’ve realized recently that I could […]

Get out of my head, Randall.

(From xkcd. Click for full-sized ghost in the machine.) I’m sick, it’s very late and I’m probably not very coherent right now, but it’s not as late as it was Tuesday night. First a clarification: I stand by most of what I said in my original xkcd review yea so many years ago. I don’t […]

Bracket Ladder Post-Mortem

Well, that was fun, but I’m never doing it again. Over the last two months or so of the college basketball season, I engaged in a project I called Bracket Ladder – attempting to show how meaningful the college basketball regular season really is through my own attempt at “bracketology”. I knew it was probably […]

Bracket Ladder for March 8, 2011

Much of the uncertainty surrounding the seed ranges of teams on the ladder in the past reflected the uncertainty of conference tournaments – namely, who you would face in the conference tournament. All the conference tournament brackets are now set, so we can begin to determine solid seed floors – and seed ceilings, for that […]

Bracket Ladder for March 5, 2011

Conference tournaments are starting to get into gear, so better late than never to add the remaining 19 or so auto bids to the ladder. (I don’t actually have write-ups for them because this is late enough as it is.) I used to marvel at the committee’s ability to sort out fairly weak teams no […]

Bracket Ladder for March 2, 2011

Take a look at the list of colors below. You’ll see a veritable kaleidoscope of colors mentioned: gold, silver, bronze, purple, blue, green, yellow, orange, and red. Many of these colors were intended to keep to a theme; the Olympic medals were obvious, but the bubble colors were also intended to resemble a “traffic light” […]