Another week has past, and we have finally whittled the field down to the Final Four. Those of you whose brackets had a Final Four of Doug Sauter, Clark Matthews, Blake Rambo and Andrew Gilman are surely licking your wounds. Better luck next year, Clark. I mean, whoever it might be that had that bracket.
We’ll have a quick recap of this week’s action and preview of the Final Four as soon as we hear from our sponsor, Soundtrak electronics.
The Elite 8 started off in very competitive fashion, as Sam Bradford barely edged out an eight-vote win over Sunni Kate Golloway. Bradford’s appearance in the Final Four is something of a shock, and many will complain that it was an over-seed and an easy draw that allowed him to make it as far as he has. He is probably the biggest longshot of the four remaining contestants.
Bradford will have a chance to silence his critics, however, when he battles KWTV anchor Amy McRee, who just eeked out a four-vote win over Mayor Mick Cornett. The mayor is said to be taking the loss well, but indulging in some Buffalo Wild Wings as comfort food.
The midwest region featured our only blowout this week, as Lauren Richardson defeated the inspiring and surprising Brent Skarky by a margin of 65%-35%. Skarky used some controversial tactics, but in the end his Cinderella story won over the hearts of everyone in Oklahoma’s indian casinos. Is he poised to make another run next year? We can’t wait to find out.
Richardson will go up against Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne, who defeated rising star Jessica Shambach by the slimmest of margins, a mere two votes. The contrasting styles of Richardson and Coyne are sure to make this one of the most interesting games of the entire tournament.
The early lines are out, and here they are (by percentage point, and for entertainment purposes only, of course):
Amy McRee -13 Sam Bradford
Wayne Coyne -1.5 Lauren Richardson