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(The TV Page)   TV actor James Van Der Beek ('Dawson's Creek') admits he knows nothing about college basketball -- and proceeds to prove it by picking Kansas, St. Louis, San Diego State and St. Josephs as his Final Four   (thetvpage.com) divider line 50
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2014-03-19 02:58:44 PM  
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2014-03-19 03:10:18 PM  
Alphabetically by second letter?

If God had a sense of humor, this would be the only perfect bracket filled out this year.
 
2014-03-19 04:22:14 PM  
Geez, how easy is it to just pick your brackets using seed/rank?
 
2014-03-19 04:38:31 PM  
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2014-03-19 04:47:48 PM  
As wide-open as the field is this year, why not? Kansas isn't playing a school whose name starts with a "B" in the first round, are they?
 
2014-03-19 04:50:22 PM  
The best i can remember is one year, a coworker picked mighty, legendary NCAA hoops factory IONA to cut down the nets as Iona was her grandma's name.
 
2014-03-19 04:54:01 PM  
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2014-03-19 04:54:17 PM  
I don't want your bracket!
 
2014-03-19 05:01:18 PM  
I was just going over the work pool I run and the guy who makes coffee too weak picked Michigan to win it all, MSU out in the first round, and has a 16 beating a 1.
 
2014-03-19 05:09:18 PM  

skybreaker: a 16 beating a 1.



the next will be the first.....although if i recall Duke had a scare about 3-4 years ago when they were down something like 7 with 2-3 minutes left but managed to pull it out.

ehhh.  possibly KY.  one of the pardon the pun, "bluebloods" of NCAA hoops that wears blue.
 
2014-03-19 05:17:11 PM  
I have no faith in the guy since after Dawson's Creek he was't dating Katie Holmes.

/although myself would have chosen Meredith Monroe instead
 
2014-03-19 05:19:56 PM  
One of his picks is good (KU) and another isn't all that terrible (SDSU).
 
2014-03-19 05:27:56 PM  

skybreaker: I was just going over the work pool I run and the guy who makes coffee too weak picked Michigan to win it all


Doubtful but not completely ridiculous, really.

MSU out in the first round

Obviously very doubtful, but it's possible.  MSU may be the tourney darling, and they are definitely in the easiest bracket, but they're still a 4 seed that has to play 4 seed competition.  Delaware's not terrible.

and has a 16 beating a 1.

I wouldn't pick it, but I'm not alone in hoping he's right.  That would be awesome.  For some odd reason, I think that two of the 1 vs. 16 games this year will be close.

But f*ck that guy anyway.  No need to make weak coffee.
 
2014-03-19 05:30:50 PM  

Solid State Vittles: skybreaker: I was just going over the work pool I run and the guy who makes coffee too weak picked Michigan to win it all

Doubtful but not completely ridiculous, really.

MSU out in the first round

Obviously very doubtful, but it's possible.  MSU may be the tourney darling, and they are definitely in the easiest bracket, but they're still a 4 seed that has to play 4 seed competition.  Delaware's not terrible.

and has a 16 beating a 1.

I wouldn't pick it, but I'm not alone in hoping he's right.  That would be awesome.  For some odd reason, I think that two of the 1 vs. 16 games this year will be close.

But f*ck that guy anyway.  No need to make weak coffee.


MSU is a horrid matchup for Delaware. They run a 4 guard lineup. MSUs starting lineup is 6'1" 6'4" 6'6" 6'7" 6'10"
 
2014-03-19 05:41:09 PM  

skybreaker: Solid State Vittles: skybreaker: I was just going over the work pool I run and the guy who makes coffee too weak picked Michigan to win it all

Doubtful but not completely ridiculous, really.

MSU out in the first round

Obviously very doubtful, but it's possible.  MSU may be the tourney darling, and they are definitely in the easiest bracket, but they're still a 4 seed that has to play 4 seed competition.  Delaware's not terrible.

and has a 16 beating a 1.

I wouldn't pick it, but I'm not alone in hoping he's right.  That would be awesome.  For some odd reason, I think that two of the 1 vs. 16 games this year will be close.

But f*ck that guy anyway.  No need to make weak coffee.

MSU is a horrid matchup for Delaware. They run a 4 guard lineup. MSUs starting lineup is 6'1" 6'4" 6'6" 6'7" 6'10"


I have them bringing the Payne in my bracket

/not like I use reason
//and really no one should
 
2014-03-19 05:41:42 PM  

PainInTheASP: Alphabetically by second letter?

If God had a sense of humor, this would be the only perfect bracket filled out this year.


Yeah, I don't know jack shiat about college basketball either, so if someone hands me a bracket, I just randomly pick stuff to shut them up.
 
2014-03-19 05:42:24 PM  

skybreaker: I was just going over the work pool I run and the guy who makes coffee too weak picked Michigan to win it all, MSU out in the first round, and has a 16 beating a 1.


For a work pool that's silly... but I always fill out a fun bracket at ESPN or whatever, and always take a stab at a 16 beating a 1.

It *is* going to happen someday, and I'd love to be one of a handful of people who "predicted" it.
 
2014-03-19 05:42:25 PM  

skybreaker: Solid State Vittles: skybreaker: I was just going over the work pool I run and the guy who makes coffee too weak picked Michigan to win it all

Doubtful but not completely ridiculous, really.

MSU out in the first round

Obviously very doubtful, but it's possible.  MSU may be the tourney darling, and they are definitely in the easiest bracket, but they're still a 4 seed that has to play 4 seed competition.  Delaware's not terrible.

and has a 16 beating a 1.

I wouldn't pick it, but I'm not alone in hoping he's right.  That would be awesome.  For some odd reason, I think that two of the 1 vs. 16 games this year will be close.

But f*ck that guy anyway.  No need to make weak coffee.

MSU is a horrid matchup for Delaware. They run a 4 guard lineup. MSUs starting lineup is 6'1" 6'4" 6'6" 6'7" 6'10"


I did say "very doubtful."  Michigan State might score 100 on them, really.
 
2014-03-19 05:44:51 PM  

downstairs: It *is* going to happen someday, and I'd love to be one of a handful of people who "predicted" it.


You can always do what the shiatty talking heads say after monumnetal upsets:  "you know.....i had a kind of funny feeling about this game and, the more i think about it, this is not as big of an upset as we thought.  I had a funny feeling about this game all along."
 
2014-03-19 05:46:15 PM  

Solid State Vittles: skybreaker: Solid State Vittles: skybreaker: I was just going over the work pool I run and the guy who makes coffee too weak picked Michigan to win it all

Doubtful but not completely ridiculous, really.

MSU out in the first round

Obviously very doubtful, but it's possible.  MSU may be the tourney darling, and they are definitely in the easiest bracket, but they're still a 4 seed that has to play 4 seed competition.  Delaware's not terrible.

and has a 16 beating a 1.

I wouldn't pick it, but I'm not alone in hoping he's right.  That would be awesome.  For some odd reason, I think that two of the 1 vs. 16 games this year will be close.

But f*ck that guy anyway.  No need to make weak coffee.

MSU is a horrid matchup for Delaware. They run a 4 guard lineup. MSUs starting lineup is 6'1" 6'4" 6'6" 6'7" 6'10"

I did say "very doubtful."  Michigan State might score 100 on them, really.


Incorrect. They'll look like the best team evar and go on a 40-2 run in the first quarter followed by nearly winning in double ot.
 
2014-03-19 05:48:20 PM  

rickythepenguin: downstairs: It *is* going to happen someday, and I'd love to be one of a handful of people who "predicted" it.

You can always do what the shiatty talking heads say after monumnetal upsets:  "you know.....i had a kind of funny feeling about this game and, the more i think about it, this is not as big of an upset as we thought.  I had a funny feeling about this game all along."


"I never doubted Florida Gulf Coast, I knew all along how dangerous they were.  I've been following them all season."
 
2014-03-19 05:52:42 PM  

rickythepenguin: downstairs: It *is* going to happen someday, and I'd love to be one of a handful of people who "predicted" it.

You can always do what the shiatty talking heads say after monumnetal upsets:  "you know.....i had a kind of funny feeling about this game and, the more i think about it, this is not as big of an upset as we thought.  I had a funny feeling about this game all along."


Yes, but that would open them up to be sued by Pat Robertson, since that's his thing.
 
2014-03-19 05:57:16 PM  

rickythepenguin: skybreaker: a 16 beating a 1.


the next will be the first.....although if i recall Duke had a scare about 3-4 years ago when they were down something like 7 with 2-3 minutes left but managed to pull it out.

ehhh.  possibly KY.  one of the pardon the pun, "bluebloods" of NCAA hoops that wears blue.


In 2012, 2-seed Duke did lose to 15-seed Lehigh. In fact, there's been a 15 vs 2 upset the last three years in a row.

Kansas and Gonzaga both narrowly won as 1-seeds vs 16-seeds last year.
 
2014-03-19 05:59:43 PM  

downstairs: skybreaker: I was just going over the work pool I run and the guy who makes coffee too weak picked Michigan to win it all, MSU out in the first round, and has a 16 beating a 1.

For a work pool that's silly... but I always fill out a fun bracket at ESPN or whatever, and always take a stab at a 16 beating a 1.

It *is* going to happen someday, and I'd love to be one of a handful of people who "predicted" it.


Its also a $50 a bracket pool, so not exactly fun money
 
2014-03-19 06:02:28 PM  
Watched ESPN for an hour today and came away with the following:

Don't sleep on North Dakota St., Stephen F. Austin, North Carolina Central, or Harvard

Colorado, Providence, NC State, and Nebraska are all solid sleepers

Louisville, Michigan State, San Diego State, and UCLA are the best No. 4 seeds in years

Florida, Virginia, Arizona, and Wichita St. could all be cutting down the nets before it's over

Pitt, St. Joe's. Arizona St. and Oklahoma aren't getting the respect they deserve

VCU, Cincinnati, UMASS, and Oklahoma St, have all been to the Final Four before and could be there again

Tulsa, UCONN, St. Louis, and Wisconsin can all play at a pace that will give their opponents a tough time

Creighton, Carnegie Mellon, John Hopkins....(started dozing about here).

Hope this helps.
 
2014-03-19 06:04:34 PM  

Agent Nick Fury: Watched ESPN for an hour today and came away with the following:

Don't sleep on North Dakota St., Stephen F. Austin, North Carolina Central, or Harvard

Colorado, Providence, NC State, and Nebraska are all solid sleepers

Louisville, Michigan State, San Diego State, and UCLA are the best No. 4 seeds in years

Florida, Virginia, Arizona, and Wichita St. could all be cutting down the nets before it's over

Pitt, St. Joe's. Arizona St. and Oklahoma aren't getting the respect they deserve

VCU, Cincinnati, UMASS, and Oklahoma St, have all been to the Final Four before and could be there again

Tulsa, UCONN, St. Louis, and Wisconsin can all play at a pace that will give their opponents a tough time

Creighton, Carnegie Mellon, John Hopkins....(started dozing about here).

Hope this helps.


HA!  So basically everyone.

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2014-03-19 06:25:58 PM  
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\ I love vandermemes
 
2014-03-19 06:34:02 PM  

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\ I love vandermemes


It's the reason I like Van Der Beek. There's a vandermeme for every occasion!
 
2014-03-19 06:40:15 PM  
yeah, i remember that episode of Cheers when Diane won the football pool by picking every matchup based on who had the prettier state flower.

/good times
 
2014-03-19 07:05:02 PM  

Solid State Vittles: "I never doubted Florida Gulf Coast, I knew all along how dangerous they were. I've been following them all season."


that is just about perfect.


jdjoker: In 2012, 2-seed Duke did lose to 15-seed Lehigh. In fact, there's been a 15 vs 2 upset the last three years in a row.


no, I get the 15-2 upset (we call that "The Arizona Wildcat"), but brotherman was talking about the mythical 16-1, and there was UNLESS I"M MISTAKEN a near 16-1 as I said;  I think Duke, as a #1, was trailing very, very late and all the coverages went from the local game to that game.  I'll check later on to see if i'm right.  I'm saying 3, perhaps 5 years ago this was.  Pretty sure it was Duke but not certian.

anyone?  the 16-1 game going more or less down to the wire?
 
2014-03-19 07:27:14 PM  

Detz: rickythepenguin: downstairs: It *is* going to happen someday, and I'd love to be one of a handful of people who "predicted" it.

You can always do what the shiatty talking heads say after monumnetal upsets:  "you know.....i had a kind of funny feeling about this game and, the more i think about it, this is not as big of an upset as we thought.  I had a funny feeling about this game all along."

Yes, but that would open them up to be sued by Pat Robertson, since that's his thing.


I think Pat Robertson's thing would be more like saying that teams lost because they supported homosexuality.
 
2014-03-19 07:31:51 PM  

FLMountainMan: Detz: rickythepenguin: downstairs: It *is* going to happen someday, and I'd love to be one of a handful of people who "predicted" it.

You can always do what the shiatty talking heads say after monumnetal upsets:  "you know.....i had a kind of funny feeling about this game and, the more i think about it, this is not as big of an upset as we thought.  I had a funny feeling about this game all along."

Yes, but that would open them up to be sued by Pat Robertson, since that's his thing.

I think Pat Robertson's thing would be more like saying that teams lost because they supported homosexuality.


San Francisco Dons won two titles in the '50's then..........nothing
 
2014-03-19 07:32:47 PM  
What's wrong with Kansas? I just did my 100% random pool and it has KU beating Duke in the finals. If I need new random numbers please let me know.

/guaranteed 100% knowledge free. I just rolled dice based on the winning percentage of each matchup ranking.
 
2014-03-19 07:37:44 PM  
Man, Cal Poly is murdering Texas Southern.

Glockenspiel Hero: What's wrong with Kansas? I just did my 100% random pool and it has KU beating Duke in the finals. If I need new random numbers please let me know.

/guaranteed 100% knowledge free. I just rolled dice based on the winning percentage of each matchup ranking.


The fact that they're missing Joel Embiid, and even when he comes back he's not guaranteed to be 100%
 
2014-03-19 07:58:27 PM  

skybreaker: The fact that they're missing Joel Embiid, and even when he comes back he's not guaranteed to be 100%


If he does come back and he's anywhere near 100%, they'll be a hard out.  The guy is double teamed every time he touches the ball down low.  He demands that kind of respect on every single possession.  With Wiggins playing so aggressively as of late, those double teams will create a lot more chances for him.  That said, I'm a KU alum and I still don't see them getting past Florida, and I'm already prepared to blame Naadir Tharpe.  Hope I'm wrong.
 
2014-03-19 08:03:15 PM  

Solid State Vittles: skybreaker: The fact that they're missing Joel Embiid, and even when he comes back he's not guaranteed to be 100%

If he does come back and he's anywhere near 100%, they'll be a hard out.  The guy is double teamed every time he touches the ball down low.  He demands that kind of respect on every single possession.  With Wiggins playing so aggressively as of late, those double teams will create a lot more chances for him.  That said, I'm a KU alum and I still don't see them getting past Florida, and I'm already prepared to blame Naadir Tharpe.  Hope I'm wrong.


That's a big IF.

I mean, it took Adreian Payne 4 games to get comfortable again, and even though Embiid has a higher ceiling, Payne is the better player right now.
 
2014-03-19 08:26:48 PM  

skybreaker: Solid State Vittles: skybreaker: The fact that they're missing Joel Embiid, and even when he comes back he's not guaranteed to be 100%

If he does come back and he's anywhere near 100%, they'll be a hard out.  The guy is double teamed every time he touches the ball down low.  He demands that kind of respect on every single possession.  With Wiggins playing so aggressively as of late, those double teams will create a lot more chances for him.  That said, I'm a KU alum and I still don't see them getting past Florida, and I'm already prepared to blame Naadir Tharpe.  Hope I'm wrong.

That's a big IF.

I mean, it took Adreian Payne 4 games to get comfortable again, and even though Embiid has a higher ceiling, Payne is the better player right now.


Of course, Payne is the better player right now, he's the only one of the two that's actually PLAYING this week!  That said, Embiid demands so much attention in the low post that even at 70-80% he'll create big problems for opponents.  And on defense, it was frustrating watching Iowa State's Georges Niang dominate the low blocks last weekend.  No way a 6'7" guy with a 5" vertical gets looks like that with Embiid in there.  Niang is crafty, but that was ridiculous.
 
2014-03-19 08:47:23 PM  

Solid State Vittles: skybreaker: Solid State Vittles: skybreaker: The fact that they're missing Joel Embiid, and even when he comes back he's not guaranteed to be 100%

If he does come back and he's anywhere near 100%, they'll be a hard out.  The guy is double teamed every time he touches the ball down low.  He demands that kind of respect on every single possession.  With Wiggins playing so aggressively as of late, those double teams will create a lot more chances for him.  That said, I'm a KU alum and I still don't see them getting past Florida, and I'm already prepared to blame Naadir Tharpe.  Hope I'm wrong.

That's a big IF.

I mean, it took Adreian Payne 4 games to get comfortable again, and even though Embiid has a higher ceiling, Payne is the better player right now.

Of course, Payne is the better player right now, he's the only one of the two that's actually PLAYING this week!  That said, Embiid demands so much attention in the low post that even at 70-80% he'll create big problems for opponents.  And on defense, it was frustrating watching Iowa State's Georges Niang dominate the low blocks last weekend.  No way a 6'7" guy with a 5" vertical gets looks like that with Embiid in there.  Niang is crafty, but that was ridiculous.


Guards can play at less than 100%, bigs at less than 100% aren't as effective. That's what I'm saying.

Watching Payne in his first games back was painful.
 
2014-03-19 09:28:19 PM  
St. Louis? Really? They're not bad on defense, but with as brutally efficient as TJ Warren has been of late I can't see them holding State to under 80. And they don't have the offensive firepower to keep up. I'd be really surprised if they didn't get bounced tomorrow night.
 
2014-03-19 09:54:11 PM  

rickythepenguin: Solid State Vittles: "I never doubted Florida Gulf Coast, I knew all along how dangerous they were. I've been following them all season."

that is just about perfect.


jdjoker: In 2012, 2-seed Duke did lose to 15-seed Lehigh. In fact, there's been a 15 vs 2 upset the last three years in a row.

no, I get the 15-2 upset (we call that "The Arizona Wildcat"), but brotherman was talking about the mythical 16-1, and there was UNLESS I"M MISTAKEN a near 16-1 as I said;  I think Duke, as a #1, was trailing very, very late and all the coverages went from the local game to that game.  I'll check later on to see if i'm right.  I'm saying 3, perhaps 5 years ago this was.  Pretty sure it was Duke but not certian.

anyone?  the 16-1 game going more or less down to the wire?


I'm inclined to think you're referring to the Duke-Belmont heartbreaker from 2008 or 2009. Alas, it was not a 1 vs 16 game since Duke was a 2.

Closest one I remember was Pete Carroll and Princeton almost taking down Alonzo Mourning's Georgetown. Princeton did finally back cut and back screen their way to a huge tourney win in 96 when they took down defending champs UCLA as a 13 seed. I will never forget that game. Poetry in motion. The bar I was at was going totally bananas too. I love March.
 
2014-03-19 09:57:00 PM  

UNC_Samurai: St. Louis? Really? They're not bad on defense, but with as brutally efficient as TJ Warren has been of late I can't see them holding State to under 80. And they don't have the offensive firepower to keep up. I'd be really surprised if they didn't get bounced tomorrow night.


I haven't seen the line but I'd be surprised if SLU is favored given how they finished the season.
 
2014-03-19 10:01:15 PM  
Just checked and SLU is -3. Gimme the Wolfpack +3. Actually, fark that, money line NCSU.
 
2014-03-19 10:41:20 PM  

Glockenspiel Hero: What's wrong with Kansas? I just did my 100% random pool and it has KU beating Duke in the finals. If I need new random numbers please let me know.

/guaranteed 100% knowledge free. I just rolled dice based on the winning percentage of each matchup ranking.


Keep in mind San Diego State beat them during the season...WITH a healthy Embiid...IN Kansas.
 
2014-03-19 11:04:57 PM  
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2014-03-20 05:07:45 AM  
I've given up on actually trying too hard on my brackets. The ones I put work into have never turned out better than the year where I decided, "A Florida/Ohio State rematch of the football national title game would be kind of cool," and filled out my bracket accordingly without putting much thought into the rest. That one landed me in the top 10,000 in the country in, I think it was CBS' contest.
 
2014-03-20 10:26:50 AM  
I roll with Dawson?
 
2014-03-20 10:57:24 AM  

Solid State Vittles: 'm inclined to think you're referring to the Duke-Belmont heartbreaker from 2008 or 2009. Alas, it was not a 1 vs 16 game since Duke was a 2.



huh. i stand corrected.  i thought that was a 1-16 situation.  ehhh.
 
2014-03-20 11:00:23 AM  
For my billion dollar Bracket, I did a "In Nate (Silver) We Trust" bracket, based on his 538 bracket % odds, and the "upset" facts of previous years for the first two rounds.... 4 of the past 5 years 10 underdogs have won in the 64 team round, and between 5-8 below 4 seeds each of the last 4 years have made it to the Sweet 16... based on the odds presented, picked the most likely upset teams for those two rounds.  After sweet 16, went with the overall best odds, which still put MSU in the final 4, and Louisville winning the whole thing.
 
2014-03-20 11:54:43 AM  
The same year as the Georgetown/Princeton game #1 Oklahoma beat #16 East Tennessee State 72-71
 
2014-03-20 01:32:19 PM  
In 2003 had a work colleague pick her pool based on uniform colors (which ones she liked) and had Syracuse winning it all (because she liked orange)...we scoffed.

And then Syracuse won.

And we all probably looked like Pat Sajak after that guy won on WOF last night.
 
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