Eric D’s First Bracketology of 2013

East Region(Washington, DC)                               West Regional(Los Angeles, CA)
1. DUKE(ACC)                                                          1. ARIZONA(PAC 12)
16. CAL-POLY(Big West)/UNC-Ash(Big. So.)      16.)SOUTHERN(SWAC)
- Wells Fargo Arena(Philadelphia,PA)                       – HP Pavilion(San Jose,CA)
8. UCLA                                                                      8.Temple
9. Kentucky                                                                 9.OhioState

5. Notre Dame                                                            5. Wichita State
12. Indiana State/Florida State                                  12.Oregon
-DaytonArena(Dayton,OH)                                        - HP Pavilion(San Jose,CA)
4. BUTLER(A-10)                                                      4. NEW MEXICO(Mtn. West)
13. CANISIUS(MAAC)                                              13. UTAH STATE(WAC)

3. Indiana                                                                    3. Illinois
14. HARVARD(IVY)                                                  14. TULSA(C-USA)
-DaytonArena(Dayton,OH)                                       -SprintCenter(Kansas City,MO)
6. VCU                                                                        6. Miami(Fl)
11. ColoradoState                                                     11. BYU

7. KansasState                                                           7. UNLV
10. BUCKNELL(Patriot)                                          10.St. Louis
- WellsFargoArena(Philadelphia,PA)                        - Energy Solutions Arena(SLC,UT)
2. SYRACUSE(BIG EAST)                                        2. GONZAGA(WCC)
15. VERMONT(AM. EAST)                                      15. WAGNER(NEC)

South Regional(Arlington, TX)                               Midwest Regional(Indianapolis, IN)  1. Kansas                                                                    1. MICHIGAN(B1G)
16. TOWSON(CAA)                                                  16. NSU(MEAC)/ USC UPST.(ASUN)
- SprintCenter(Kansas City, MO)                               – Palace Auburn Hills(Auburn Hills, MI)
8. Marquette                                                                8. Baylor
9. Maryland                                                                  9. BoiseState

5. MichiganState                                                         5. Cincinnati
12. OKLAHOMA(BIG 12)                                         12. DAVIDSON(Southern)
- Energy Solutions Arena(Salt Lake City,UT)             -FrankErwinCenter(Austin,TX)
4. NC State                                                                 4.Missouri
13. TENNESSEE STATE(OVC)                              13. DETROIT(Horizon)

3. FLORIDA(SEC)                                                     3. CREIGHTON(MVC)
14. SF-AUSTIN(SOUTHLAND)                               14. WESTERN MICHIGAN(MAC)
- Rupp Arena(Lexington,KY)                                     -FrankErwinCenter(Austin,TX)
6. Wyoming                                                                6. San Diego State
11. Pittsburgh/Memphis                                            11. MTSU(SUN-BELT)

7. OklahomaState                                                      7.Georgetown
10. Colorado                                                              10.North Carolina
-Rupp Arena(Lexington,KY)                                      – Palace Auburn Hills(Auburn Hills,MI)
2.Louisville                                                                 2.Minnesota
15. MONTANA(BIG SKY)                                        15. WESTERN ILLINOIS(Summit)

Last 4 IN: Pittsburgh, Indiana State, Florida State, Memphis
Last 4 OUT: Tennessee, Massachusetts, Murray State, California
Next 4 OUT: Wisconsin, Belmont, La Salle, Ole Miss

Bids By Conference:
(7) Big East
(6) ACC, B1G, Mtn. West
(5) Big 12
(4) A-10, Pac 12
(3) MVC, SEC
(2) C-USA, WCC

 

2013 Dead Pool

It’s that time again.  2012 was a pretty epic year for celeb deaths. With any luck, 2013 will be just as exciting.

Here’s a reminder of the rules:

Each player submits a numeric list of 10 celebrities they think will kick it in 2012. The order listed determines the points available.

ie:

1. Celeb A (10 points)
2. Celeb B (9 points)
3. Celeb C (8 points)
4. Celeb D (7 points)
5. Celeb E (6 points)
6. Celeb F (5 points)
7. Celeb G (4 points)
8. Celeb H (3 points)
9. Celeb I (2 points)
10. Celeb J (1 point)

If a celebrity on your list shuffles off, you may then replace them in the same numeric spot on the list with another name not already on your list. EJSIC is NOT responsible for replacement picks that go unpicked. All participants are responsible for giving a replacement pick in the comments section below or by sending capnwacky a personal message on the EJSIC message board once their pick requires a replacement.

As with last year, there will be an added 10 point bonus awarded for any correct pick made of celebrity under the age of 40 who actually dies. The bonus points will be given in addition to the points from one’s list.

All submissions need to be posted by 11:59:59pm on January 2, 2013. All picks at that time are final. Picks prior to that deadline can be edited. Play continues until the end of December. Player with the most points at the end of 2013 wins*.

Get out there and pick some winners!

* – Nothing.

The Entries

capnwacky (9 points)
1. Nelson Mandela
2. Bonnie Franklin, Hugo Chavez
3. Nancy Reagan
4. Billy Graham
5. Bob Barker
6. George H.W. Bush
7. Christopher Lee
8. Luise Rainer
9. Mickey Rooney
10. Ke$ha

Prophet (3 points)
1. Hosni Mubarak
2. George Beverly Shea
3. Luise Rainer
4. Carla Laemmle
5. Alicia Rhett
6. Eli Wallach
7. Zsa Zsa Gabor
8. Bonnie Franklin,
9. Bel Kaufman
10. “Professor” Irwin Corey

Flop Floppenhauffer (1 point)
1. George H.W. Bush
2. Harper Lee
3. Kirk Douglas
4. Billy Graham
5. George Wendt
6. Zsa Zsa Gabor
7. Nelson Mandela
8. Jake Lamotta
9. Stephen Hawking
10. Patty Andrews, Eli Wallach

BlueDog (0 points)
1. Erich Priebke
2. Harper Lee
3. Eli Wallach
4. Billy Graham
5. Fidel Castro
6. Herman Wouk
7. Olivia de Havilland
8. Kirk Douglas
9. Hugo Chavez
10. Hosni Mubarak

angryauton (0 points)
1. Abe Vigoda
2. Billy Graham
3. Hugo Chavez
4. Kirk Douglas
5. Dean Smith
6. Jerry Lewis
7. Bashar Al Assad
8. Nick Nolte
9. Muhammad Ali
10. Jimmy Carter

ttt (0 points)
1. Hugo Chavez
2. Clive James
3. Jerry Lewis
4. Fidel Castro
5. Bert Reynolds
6. Zsa Zsa Gabor
7. Harper Lee
8. Ronnie Biggs
9. Harold Camping
10. Kirk Douglas

zachroyse (0 points)
1. Harper Lee
2. George H.W. Bush
3. Kirk Douglas
4. Billy Graham
5. Zsa Zsa Gabor
6. Aretha Franklin
7. Nelson Mandela
8. Muhammad Ali
9. Bobby Bowden
10. PSY

EstebanBugatti (0 points)
1. George H.W. Bush
2. Lil Wayne
3. Fidel Castro
4. Ja Rule
5. Muhammad Ali
6. Benzino
7. Billy Graham
8. Stephen Hawking
9. Lindsay Lohan
10. Charlie Sheen

godzillabj (0 points)
1. Jack Pardee
2. Hugo Chavez
3. Nelson Mandela
4. Zsa Zsa Gabor
5. Penny Marshall
6. Bashar Al-Assad
7. Fidel Castro
8. Fred Phelps
9. Eli Wallach
10. Lindsay Lohan

wxgurl (0 points)
1. Queen Elizabeth II
2. Kirk Douglas
3. Zsa Zsa Gabor
4. Nelson Mandela
5. Margaret Thatcher
6. Harper Lee
7. Abe Vigoda
8. Don Rickles
9. Cloris Leachman
10. Barbara Bush

Beano (0 points)
1. Bernie Madoff
2. Bob Dole
3. Don Pardo
4. Michael Douglas
5. Walter Mondale
6. Richard Attenborough
7. Don Rickles
8. Stephen Hawking
9. George Jones
10. Tracy Morgan

AZCats1993 (0 points)
1. Nelson Mandela
2. Zsa Zsa Gabor
3. Roger Moore
4. Vin Scully
5. William “Fridge” Perry
6. Don Pardo
7. Cloris Leachman
8. Margaret Thatcher
9. Mary Kate Olsen
10. Hugh Hefner

accownsu (0 points)
1. Dean Smith
2. Zsa Zsa Gabor
3. Dick Cheney
4. Bernie Madoff
5. Nelson Mandela
6. Artie Lange
7. Fidel Castro
8. Chuck Berry
9. George H.W. Bush
10. Jerry Lewis

forsythal (0 points)
1. Olivia de Haviland
2. Eli Wallach
3. Maureen O’Hara
4. Reverend Sun Myung Moon
5. Abe Vigoda
6. Jonathan Winters
7. Helmut Schmidt
8. Christopher Plummer
9. George Jones
10. Rick Ross

Penny (0 points)
1. Zsa Zsa Gabor
2. George Wendt
3. Fidel Castro
4. Kirk Douglas
5. Abe Vigoda
6. Lindsay Lohan
7. Aretha Franklin
8. Merle Haggard
9. Ronnie Biggs
10. Macauley Culkin

josekortez (0 points)
1. Zsa Zsa Gabor
2. Kirk Douglas
3. John Madden
4. Lou Holtz
5. George H.W. Bush
6. Barbara Bush
7. Angela Landsbury
8. Betty White
9. Bob Dole
10. Larry King

cbatower (0 points)
1. Roger Ebert
2. Fidel Castro
3. Zsa Zsa Gabor
4. Jake LaMotta
5. Nelson Mandella
6. Kirk Douglas
7. Aretha Franklin
8. Lindsay Lohan
9. Merle Haggard
10. Frankie Muniz

ltaccfan (0 points)
1. Nancy Reagan
2. Kirk Douglas
3. Jerry Lewis
4. George H. W. Bush
5. Muhammad Ali
6. Queen Elizabeth II
7. Charlie Sheen
8. Pope Benedict XVI
9. Fidel Castro
10. Dick Cheney

rockchalk010 (0 points)
1. Phil Pressey
2. Tony Criswell
3. Corey Haith
4. Keion Bell
5. Dominique Bull
6. Frank Haith
7. Laurence Bowers
8. Earnest Ross
9. Alex Oriakhi
10. Jabari Brown

angryapple (0 points)
1. Larry King
2. Hugh Hefner
3. George H.W. Bush
4. Madeline Albright
5. Sepp Blatter
6. Gary Bettman
7. Snoop Dogg
8. Paris Hilton
9. Lindsay Lohan
10. Mario Ballotelli

Eric D’s First Bracketology

East Region(Washington, DC)                         West Regional(Los Angeles, CA)
1. DUKE(ACC)                                                    1. Arizona
16. WILLIAM & MARY(CAA)/PV A&M(SWAC)  16. UC-SANTA BARBARA(Big West)
- WellsFargoArena(Philadelphia,PA)                   – HP Pavilion(San Jose,CA)
8. Pittsburgh                                                          8. VCU
9. Xavier                                                                9. Maryland

5. Creighton                                                           5. GONZAGA(WCC)
12.Iowa                                                                 12.Wyoming
- HP Pavilion(San Jose,CA)                                  - Energy Solutions Arena(SLC,UT)
4. BUTLER(A-10)                                                 4. NEW MEXICO(Mtn. West)
13. CANISIUS(MAAC)                                         13. LOUISIANA TECH(WAC)

3. Indiana                                                               3. Minnesota
14. HARVARD(Ivy)                                              14. SOUTHERN METHODIST(C-USA)
-DaytonArena(Dayton,OH)                                    - Palace at Auburn Hills(Auburn Hills,MI)
6. Notre Dame                                                       6. North Carolina
11. BYU/Stanford                                                  11.Charlotte

7. Miami(Fl)                                                            7. MURRAY ST(OVC)
10. BUCKNELL(Patriot)                                      10.California
-SprintCenter(Kansas City,MO)                            - Rupp Arena(Lexington,KY)
2. Kansas(Big 12)                                                  2. Louisville
15. SF-AUSTIN(Southland)                                 15. GARDNER WEBB(Big South)

South Regional(Arlington, TX)                          Midwest Regional(Indianapolis, IN)
1. SYRACUSE(Big East)                                      1. MICHIGAN(B1G)
16. MOUNT ST. MARY’S(NEC)                          16. NSU(MEAC)/WEBER ST(Big Sky)
- Wells FargoArena(Philadelphia, PA)                   – Palace at Auburn Hills(Auburn Hills, MI)
8. Kentucky                                                             8. Temple
9. Oregon                                                                9. Alabama

5. COLORADO(PAC 12)                                        5. OklahomaState
12.BoiseState                                                         12. Northwestern
- Energy Solutions Arena(Salt Lake City,UT)          -Frank Erwin Center(Austin,TX)
4. Georgetown                                                         4. Missouri
13. DAVIDSON(Southern)                                    13. WESTERN KENTUCKY(Sun Belt)

3. Ohio State                                                            3. Cincinnati
14. ALBANY(Am. East)                                          14. CENTRAL MICHIGAN(MAC)
-Dayton Arena(Dayton,OH)                                     -Frank Erwin Center(Austin,TX)
6. NC State                                                               6. WICHITA STATE(MVC)
11. ILLINOIS-CHICAGO(Horizon)                        11. Wisconsin/St. Louis

7. Michigan State                                                       7. San DiegoState
10. Baylor                                                                 10. Marquette
-Rupp Arena(Lexington,KY)                                     -Sprint Center(Kansas City,MO)
2. FLORIDA(SEC)                                                    2. Illinois
15. FGCU(A-SUN)                                                   15. WESTERN ILLINOIS(Summit)

Last 4 IN: BYU, Stanford, Wisconsin, St. Louis
First 4 OUT: Memphis, UCLA, Ole Miss, Virginia
Next 4 OUT: Tennessee, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Virginia Tech

Bids By Conference:
(9) B1G
(6) A 10
(5) ACC, Pac 12, Big East, Mtn West
(4) SEC
(3) Big 12
(2) WCC, MVC

EJSIC College Basketball Top 25 – Week 4

Pre-Season  |  Week 4

Four weeks is enough time to see some separation between teams, right? Right. Duke was obviously the big winner, with two wins over top 5 teams and wins over VCU and Minnesota. Meanwhile, UCLA blows goats. Just awful.

Remember that this poll is generated via a combined ballot from the polls submitted by EJSIC Message Board posters. If you would like to have your poll included in the combined ballot, post it on the Message Board in the appropriate thread. If you can’t find the thread, you probably shouldn’t be voting…

So… Without further ado… Here’s our poll.

1. Duke (9) – 173 (6)
2. Indiana (3) – 162 (1)
3. Michigan (7) – 160
4. Ohio St (4) – 156
5. Florida (10) – 145
6. Louisville (1) – 139
7. Syracuse (13) – 138
8. Kentucky (2) – 119
9. Arizona (8) – 114
10. Gonzaga (21) – 106
11. Kansas (5) – 101
12. Creighton (16) – 97
13. Michigan St (14) – 91
14. Cincinnati (NR) – 84
15. North Carolina (12) – 79
16. Oklahoma St (NR) – 73
17. Missouri (20) – 47
18. NC State (6) – 45
19. Colorado (NR) – 41
20. Georgetown (NR) – 28
21. UNLV (15) – 26
21. Illinois (NR) – 26
23. Alabama (NR) – 23
23. Connecticut (NR) – 23
25. Minnesota (NR) – 20

Also receiving votes: New Mexico (16), San Diego St (15), UCLA (13), Ohio (6), Wichita St (5), California (4)

Dropped out (Rk): UCLA (11), Baylor (17), Memphis (18), Wisconsin (22), Notre Dame (23), Murray St (24), VCU (25)

EJSIC College Football Top 25 – Week 12

This poll accounts for the games of week 12.

As always, if you disagree, feel free to whine about it in the comments section.

WEEK 1  |  WEEK 3  |  WEEK 4  |  WEEK 5  |  WEEK 6  |  WEEK 8  |  WEEK 9  |  WEEK 11  | WEEK 12

1. Notre Dame – 146 (5)
2. Alabama – 144
3. Georgia – 135
4. Oregon – 124
5. Florida – 120
6. Florida St. – 107
6. Texas A&M – 107
8. Kansas St. – 105
9. LSU – 93
10. Clemson – 92
10. Stanford – 92
12. South Carolina – 84
12. Ohio St. – 84 (1)
14. UCLA – 81
15. Oklahoma – 72
16. Nebraska – 69
17. Oregon St. – 56
18. Texas – 48
19. Louisville – 36
20. Michigan – 33
21. Oklahoma St. – 23
22. Mississippi St. – 21
22. Rutgers – 21
24. Northwestern – 17
25. Kent St. – 10

Other receiving votes: USC (9), Wisconsin (7), Utah St. (4), Washington (4), Arizona (3), Vanderbilt (2), Northern Illinois (1)

EJSIC College Football Top 25 – Week 11

This poll accounts for the games of week 11.

As always, if you disagree, feel free to whine about it in the comments section.

WEEK 1  |  WEEK 3  |  WEEK 4  |  WEEK 5  |  WEEK 6  |  WEEK 8  |  WEEK 9  |  WEEK 11

1) Kansas State – 197 (6)
2) Oregon – 191 (1)
3) Notre Dame – 182 (1)
4) Alabama – 173
5) Georgia – 165
6) Texas A&M – 141
7) Ohio State – 137
8) Florida State – 136
9) LSU – 134
10) Florida – 130
11) Clemson – 123
12) Oklahoma – 116
13) Stanford – 108
14) South Carolina – 107
15) Nebraska – 89
16) UCLA – 78
17) Oregon State – 71
18) Texas – 60
19) USC – 56
20) Louisiana Tech – 41
21) Louisville – 36
22) Texas Tech – 26
23) Rutgers – 22
24) Michigan – 21
25) Kent St – 14

Others receiving votes: Mississippi State (12); Wisconsin (12); Oklahoma St (11); Arizona (4); Cincinnati (3), Northwestern (3); Northern Illinois (1)

EJSIC College Football Top 25 – Week 9

This poll accounts for the games of week 9.

As always, if you disagree, feel free to whine about it in the comments section.

WEEK 1  |  WEEK 3  |  WEEK 4  |  WEEK 5  |  WEEK 6  |  WEEK 8  |  WEEK 9

1). Alabama – 222; @ (5)LSU
2). Kansas State – 216; vs Oklahoma St
3). Oregon – 206; @ (19)USC
4). Notre Dame – 199; vs PITT
5). LSU – 184; vs (1)Alabama
6). Georgia – 173; vs Ole Miss
7). Florida – 168; vs Mizzou
8). Ohio State – 156; vs Illinois
9). Florida St – 142; BYE
10). Clemson – 133; @ Duke
11). Oklahoma – 126; @ Iowa St
T12). Oregon St – 116; vs Arizona St
T12). South Carolina – 116; BYE
14). Louisville – 111; vs Temple
15). Texas A&M – 105; @ (16)Miss St
16). Mississippi St – 83; vs (15)A&M
T17). Nebraska – 74; @ Michigan St
T17). Stanford – 74; @ Colorado
19). USC – 62; vs (3)Oregon
20). Boise St – 60; vs SDSU
21). Arizona – 59; @ UCLA
22). Texas Tech – 53; vs Texas
23). Louisiana Tech – 32; vs UTSA
24). West Virginia – 19; vs TCU
25). Northwestern – 18; BYE

Others receiving votes: Toledo (16); UCLA (14);
Oklahoma St (12); Michigan (7); Texas (4);
Kent State (3).

EJSIC College Basketball Preview: Illinois Fighting Illini

NOTE: We will be previewing select college basketball teams for the upcoming season. The following Illinois preview was submitted by EJSIC poster aaeismacgychel. If you would like to preview a team for the EJSIC, send us an email or post it here on our message board.

Illinois Fighting Illini
Champaign, IL, Big 10 Conference

Last Season - 17-15(6-12), 0-1 BTT, No postseason

Notable Players Gone: Meyers Leonard, Sam Maniscalco, Crandall Head

Returning starters: Brandon Paul, DJ Richardson, Tracy Abrams, Joseph Bertrand

Extended roles: Nnanna Egwu, Mycheal Henry, Sam McLaurin, Tyler Griffey, Mike Shaw, Devin Langford, Ibrahim Djimde

Notable Newcomers:
John Groce- Coach
Sam McLaurin- Coastal Carolina Transfer

Preseason Ranking: NR

Preseason Bracket Projections :N.otI.nT.ourney

Early Season Tournament: Maui Invitational, USC and Texas/UNC/Butler/Marquette possible

Projected Starting 5:
PG: Brandon Paul/Tracy Abrams
SG: Brandon Paul/DJ Richardson
SW: Joseph Bertrand
F: Myke Henry
C: Nnanna Egwu

Preview:

It’s NIT or bust for the Fighting Illini

The Illini have fallen on some hard times of late and are no longer the perennial contender for conference champion they once were. After starting last season 15-3, including big wins over Gonzaga and Ohio State they were considered one of the B10′s surprise teams and appeared destined for not only a spot in the dance but a high seed. Unfortunately, the bottom fell out as they went 2-12 the rest of the way losing their ticket to the dance, losing their N.I.T. congratulatory call, and ultimately losing longtime coach Bruce Weber along with the rest of his coaching staff.

So after a half bungled if not fully bungled coaching search, in comes John Groce to try and give what has been a manically bipolar and underachieving team some stability. Groce certainly has some talent on his roster with several high 4* starters and bench players including the dynamic Brandon Paul who should be near the top of the B10 in scoring this year, but with no true point guard on the roster and the giant void left in the frontcourt by lottery pick Meyers Leonard’s early exit, this appears to be a rebuilding year for Illinois in a tough B10.

In fact, this team is projected to finish 10th at best in conference this year, above only Penn State and Nebraska. But that might be just what Illinois needs to get some stability- a year where they start far under the radar with little to no expectations. And if teams overlook this team, the Illini can certainly stun them, as the only thing Illinois did better than losing in stunning and brain hemorrhaging fashion the last fwe years was knocking off elite teams in electrifying fashion.

For Illinois to be successful this year they need Brandon Paul to duplicate his play from last year where at times he was almost unstoppable on offense and extremely pesky on defense. The problem is he didn’t do this consistently. But to truly have success, Illinois is going to need DJ Richardson to start making open threes and playing the defense he’s capable of. He has not been anywhere near the player who won the B10 Freshman of the year award three years ago. And that’s not even going into how much Nnanna Egwu and Sam McLaurin will have to step up this year as Illinois does not have any significant interior presence returning form last year or the fact that Illinois was one of the worst ball-handling teams in the NCAAs last year… So can Illinois be successful this year? Yes, but it’s unlikely and the success will be muted.

My Predictions:
2012-2013 Regular Season Record:
17-15 (7-11 B1G Record, 8th place finish)

Postseason:
#8 seed in BTT: 1-1 Record
NIT Berth- Loss in quarterfinals