My colleague Tom Sorensen and I like to pick games against each other. We have a contest every year regarding who will pick the Carolina Panthers' final record most accurately. In 2010, I'd say we both lost -- the Panthers went 2-14. I picked them 7-9 and Tom picked them 9-7.
Hopefully our Final Four picks will be a bit better. Here's Tom's, from his column today, in which he wrote that Ohio State, San Diego State, Pittsburgh and Notre Dame would make the Final Four. Then: "Ohio State beats San Diego State and Pitt beats Notre Dame. The Panthers upset the Buckeyes. Pitt is your unlikely national champion."
OK, so here's mine: Ohio State, Duke, Kansas and BYU.
Then I've got Kansas beating BYU, Ohio State beating Duke, and Ohio State edging Kansas for the national title.
Three of our four Final Four picks are different -- Ohio State is the only overlap.
And I know I picked three No.1 seeds and a No.3 for the Final Four. The only time I won a large-scale bracket contest, though, I also picked three No.1 seeds. If you fall too in love with upsets, it's difficult to win a bracket in my opinion.
Incidentally, in Charlotte, Duke and UNC will both win a couple of games this weekend. I have the Tar Heels going out to Ohio State in the Elite Eight.