March 16, 2007

WAS THE BRACKET WRITTEN IN JAPANESE?:

Dice-K likes Tar Heels in NCAAs (AP, March 16, 2007)

How widespread is the public's fascination with the NCAA basketball tournament? Even Daisuke Matsuzaka, the much heralded newcomer to the United States, filled out a bracket sheet.

"You know he doesn't know" much about college basketball, Red Sox manager Terry Francona said, "but it's good. You get people involved and guys have fun with it." [...]

The team Matsuzaka picked to win it all, North Carolina, beat Eastern Kentucky 86-65 in a first-round game Thursday night.

"I know he was the only guy that went from winner to back," Francona said.

While most people who fill out brackets -- players, businessmen or students -- start making their picks in the first round and move toward the Final Four and then the championship game. Matsuzaka picked his champion first and worked backwards.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 16, 2007 5:54 PM
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