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“1/1 so far with my bracket lol.” Good start.” – @Aundrea_Elise

“Brackets day 1. #Epic Fail” – @DClay83


And with that, Day one of the Madness is underway. It was everything you really expect for a first day of the Tourney to be, and nearly everything you’d never expect. It took #1 Syracuse  38 minutes to put away the #16 seeded UNC-Asheville (and even then took a bit of “striped intervention” from the zebras) and avoid making the absolute worst kind of history ever. A few bracket busters went head to head, and on the other end it last year’s small juggernaut VCA made their business as usual (“VCU is putting hands on Wichita State – @Skarface Nupe”) . And there will definitely be a new champion this year, as 2011 Champs UConn got quick work made of them by Iowa State.

There was a lot at work, and in the DESCENT INTO MADNESS, the top of the board shows just how anything is possible….and the Twitter wires show that the seeds of the mania are already sprouting in our bracketeers heads with only half of round 2 done. Here’s just a few of the slides into the fever of the Madness from Day One.

“I inserted my bracket. Can you see me?” @MoDivine

“Shaka looks like a light-skinned Tupac.”@LakishaJackson

“Take the white dude off the court if he isn’t gonna hit shots.” @IDOKICKS

“Baylor gotta get the hell up outta here with these county jail roadside cleanup fits man…” – Me


Me and My Pop’s (Rampage) Tourney Convo of the Day (via IM at work)

Me: “Man, Montana? What the hell was that?”

Him: “I thought they had something in them to pull it off.”

Me: “They pulled something out on you it looks like. Now clean ya self up.”


Here’s the “Unintentional Sequence Tweet Off” of the day….

“UConn isn’t anywhere near out of that game. Second half is what counts.”@CheapSeatFan (Me)

Followed shortly by a far more appropriate comment….

“Can I get a 20 ball for my Cyclones over UCONN right now!!! #ISU” – Followed by….

“ISU had no business being a damn 8 seed!!!” – both courtesy of @Diggame

I think D. Frie won that point pretty clearly. Moving right along….


“I got the University of the United States winning the whole thing.”@SkarfaceNupe

I don’t know if that team made it onto my bracket, but B. Holmes pulled a lot magic out his various hats over the years, so making a squad magically appear in the tourney wouldn’t surprise me at all. Watch out for him later in the brackets for real, for real.

In a sign of the times tweet, “So Yahoo has locked me out of my account until tomorrow, so I can’t check my bracket….I got the paper version so I’ll survive.”@Kells713

I think she’ll like what she finds. But before we move on, this deserves special acknowledgment as well…

“Graphic design never fails. I picked my entire bracket based purely on logos and colors and I’ve only missed one game so far. #marchmadness”@FindingChizz

And actually, that’s true as hell. So with that, let’s take a quick glance at the leader board. As expected, there’s a 9-way at the top after Day One, with eight of those brackets all having the same maximum point potential still, so there’s so scrapping and separating to pull out this weekend still. At a certain point yesterday, the top 3 spots were all held down by the ladies that entered the tourney, which was a huge thrill to me. Now I won’t disrespect them by calling that the #16 over the #1 that UNC-Asheville couldn’t pull off yesterday, but oh man, I’d love to see the faces of the fellas if they get beat out in a few weeks in the same fashion.

And in that spirit, I bring you the DESCENT INTO MADNESS, Part Deux, tweet of the day. I poignant take on the happenings of Thursday…

“I will cherish this number 1 ranking in @CheapSeatFan’s bracket group because I don’t know if I’ll ever see it again lol.”@CHEL_seeyaa.

YOLO, young Ms. Drake, YOLO. That’s all I can really say there. You made it to the mountain top dammit.

But finally, the Tweet of the Day That Has Nothing To Do With Sports: “It is categorically impossible to take a candid picture of yourself. #petpeeve” – @FindingChizz


Enjoy Friday, and with Mizzou playing today I already know tomorrow morning’s edition will be major with the commentary game. For that and more from all of these “DESCENTORS”, follow me on Twitter at @CheapSeatFan.

There’s no better weekend of sports than the first weekend of March Madness. And because the Lord is kind, he has brought this weekend back to us all again. Here in the CHEAP.SEATS, the NCAA Tournament is also something bigger: it’s my annual open house. It’s when I invite everybody that frequents the area here, partake in bar convo with me or just follow my misadventures on Twitter to come on over and feel the burn here.

And with that I present to you the second annual bracket challenge here at CSP – DESCENT TO MADNESS, PART DEUX.

The title explains it all and there’s no more aptly named event than March MADNESS, because before too long it removes rational thought from most folks that take part in. The mania starts early, with the pick making process. Whether you’re making your choices by strategically breaking down every inch or every team that you’ve either watched for months….or didn’t know existed until today. Or if you’re looking for every little upset or just running with the powerhouse. Or if you’re picking squads by strongest mascot, best logo or baddest cheerleaders, it doesn’t matter. The craziness is taking you in.

By Sunday, some part of your well thought out or barely attention paid method will be ruined, and the slowly the madness will seep in, and then it can only get worse from there. And all along the way, I’ll be watching and documenting it here’s. That’s the point of DESCENT INTO MADNESS, for each participant’s fall into the pit of bracket-induced despair to be chronicled each day in a daily recap here.

But there are a couple of twists here: you’re the one that writes this. Via your Tweets, Facebook posts or even having random convo with me, I’m taking notes and reposting each high, low and WTF moment you choose to share with the world each day, the next morning. I’ll be watching down over your output like a Gargoyle in Gotham  City, so be careful….you might make yourself play the fool, or the genius.

The next twist: I’M GIVING AWAY FREE STUFF AGAIN. To this year’s winner, I’m giving away TWO free “Cheap Seats” to the game of your choice. It’s the best place to watch a game, so I want to share my world with you, on my tab*. Everyone (except for me) is eligible for this, but there’s a twist: In order to win the prize you have to log into CSP and check, then comment on at least one post of DESCENT TO MADNESS after each round. It’s an open house, so come through and check yourself out. You do that, then hit the comment box, and follow through with a win? I gotta give you something for that, and it’s all up to you.

Time is getting short if you haven’t signed up yet, but don’t fear, registration is still open and here’s the link:

It’s the best sports Tournament in the world, so get into it here and watch yourself lose your mind over it…or whatever you had left in the first place. Cheers.


To watch the mania sweep over me as well, follow me on Twitter at @CheapSeatFan.


*Terms & Conditions: Ticket winner is eligible for up to two tickets totaling $60 dollars combined. Will not be honored as an individual ticket price, a) because that’s selfish as hell, b) that’s not a cheap seat anymore and this sit isn’t called “MediumToExpensiveSeatsPlease.Com”, & c) because I said so. Please give at the least a two week window before requesting prize and there is a 6 month window to make claim of prize.

Butler's at it again...

“I’m glad I gamble for the thrill and not the money, because I would have to rob a cat after this bracket BS” – Brennan Duvall

If there is any statement that shows the Descent to Madness is well underway, this is it. And there’s not like a #1 seed falling in weekend one to push a few folks off a few ledges.

There have been a select few times in my life when I’ve looked at a scenario play out on any court, diamond, field, etc where I’ve legitimately looked at a play/moment & completely been in awe at the stupidity of it. Robby Alomar spitting in John Hirschbeck grill, Brad Miller pushing Shaq in the back, Chris Webber’s TO, Mike Tyson’s entire career. This list could go on, but these are at the pinnacle of “Mount Stupiditous”.

Well, Nasir Robinson, welcome to immortality. You felt the need to drop the hammer on Matt Howard while he heaved a shot from basically the upper deck of the Verizon Center with under ONE SECOND LEFT, you both knocked Pitt from the tournament, cause the first top 3 seed in any bracket to fall & may have got your house burned down back in Pitt.

Once again, Pittsburgh takes the early dive out the dance, and this year burns the most. They were in the easiest bracket in the tourney for a number one. It also continues the free fall of the lust affair with the Big East, once again, in the March spotlight (6 of 11 teams eliminated in the first 3 days, including their only #1 seed). Pitt has officially become the dance partner every school wants. They skeezers of the brackets that will spread the winnings early & often to the underdog who wasn’t supposed to get a win that night, so he didn’t bring any gum or a glove.

At any rate, very few brackets went uneffected by the stroke of genius that Mr. Robinson showed last night, but the top tier still is basically the same as yesterday still in the pool:

1. “@Milesfan79” (Bleek) – 32 out of 40/32 points/170 points possible left

Took it on the chin with an upset pick gone wrong in West Virginia over Kentucky, but continues to ride the Richmond train into the Sweet 16. He’s ahead by a comfortable 3 point margin, the biggest of the dance so far. He also inspired one of the funniest turns of opinion thus far in the whole tournament, but we’ll get to that in QOTD’s.

2. “Wayne’s Bracket” (Wayne) – 30 out of 40/ 30 points/ 167 points possible left

Still riding clean & went undefeated in games he had predicted yesterday. Perfect East bracket in play & the West is still in great shape. This is the Tim Duncan of brackets basically, no thrilling picks or drama, but highly effective and will be in the mix the whole way. It’s gonna be hard to overtake this one honestly without something happening that hurts every other bracket at the same time.

3. Two teams are tied here, but most importantly, I’m still posted up here in 3rd place. So all of those on Team “Let Matt Drink his own Drank in the Final Four”, stand up (but don’t bring cups).

As a sidenote, there’s some trouble lingering right outside the top 3 in the form of Mr. Nielson Chapman of the Kansas City area & his “Konz Donz”. He’s pulled 28 of 40 right so far, but most importantly has 177 points possible left, so he can make a run because of the top contenders, he is the only one who had Wisconsin in the Final Four. Yep, he benefited more from the boneheaded play of the year more than anybody & the longer the Badgers live on, the more he profits. A black guy that doesn’t play for the Packers benefitting from a Wisconsin win. Don’t see that every day.


“I think Pitt goes out & recruits the biggest, ugliest cats. So they’ll be hungry out there because bad basketball will definitely = no heauxs.” – Oates via Twitter

“Bracket busted like a $2 hooker!” – Brennan via Twitter

As for my favorite showing of the Madness setting in yesterday, we turn to our leader in the clubhouse headed into Sunday….

“Shoutout to everyone who had all #1 seeds in Final Four, that’s only happened once you silly rabbits”…..

Which was quickly followed by….

“Everyone’s Southeast bracket is destroyed.”

Which was THEN followed by….

“Damn, I spoke too soon the bracket I did at last minute had Pitt coming out of SE….” 

All quotes by our leader headed into the end of the weekend, so if anything proves the madness is real & it’s spreading, I don’t know what does.


DESCENT TO MADNESS, vol 4: The Come Up

Posted: March 19, 2011 by The Cheap Seat Fan in Gaming, NCAA
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The round of 64 is over, and the now the majority of the wild & crazy, “I’ve never seen em, but their style of play and mascot just screams upset” games are over. (However, if this is your method, such as “By Logos & Colors” aka Ted bka Tearrance unabashedly said, you’re given a exception and the CHEAP SEATS Medal of Freedom for your bravery). Some boats are on the way down, summed up best here:

“Laughing at my brackets thus far…one is very well and one is blowing….the art of guessing…LOL” – Kelli via Twitter

You gotta love the ladies. But that says it all for a lot of those that believed in the upset as the road to the promised land. Basically, they are cool to pick, but are one point games. A well placed one is good to show your “genius” mostly gets evened back out today & it’s no surprise that the best brackets in the mix so far have some of the highest seeded picks. Before I get to the updated top 3, lets look at the BOTTOM three for why a lot of little holes & slow leaks in your boat can sink you just quickly as hitting a major glacier, a la Louisville….

“I Squoze It Myself” (Mike B.): His bracket is looking like Officer Alex Murphy in the first 10 minutes of RoboCop right now. Memphis, Belmont & Mizzou were early upset tragedies, with later upset picks Texas A&M & St. John’s sealing his fate. Speaking of RoboCop, this bracket is kinda looking like Detroit right about now….yeah, that bad.

“Baracka Flocka Flame” (Brennan): An aptly named bracket now, that features some failures that are on par with Waka Flocka’s grasp on the English language & Obama’s approval with the Muslim conspiracy theory community. With the exception of Kansas, he got the ENTIRE Southwest bracket wrong & over half of the Southeast. “I f**ked my money up”, may be a more appropriate tagline for this bracket now (and would still keep the same Flocka/Obama inspired ties, who’d have thought it…)

“Akummodation” (I have no idea): I’m not sure who’s bracket this is, but since they have UConn & Pitt in the Championship game, I think that says more than enough about what you need to know about this one. The hyjinxs should continue for some time.

And now that that’s over, lets move up the updated penthouse of “DUNKS AND DRANK”….

1. “@milesfan79” (Bleek)-26 out of 32/26 points/186 possible left

The title of today’s first DIM is a credit to this bracket, because he moved up really easy from 3rd place into the champagne room yesterday, and by a comfortable margin as well. This happens when you pick a perfect bracket (the East), only pick one L in another (the West) AND make the smart homer upset pick for your alma mater (VCU). Has a safe bracket today, save for the Gonzaga/BYU upset pick (which may actually not be that at all). Well played sir.

2. “Wayne’s Bracket” (Wayne)-25 out of 32/25 points/183 possible

More of the same as above. Perfect East, one wrong West. Only wrong pick being VCU which keep it out of first. Took tough L’s from Texas A&M and fell on the 30 point hull-out of Tennessee. However, no of them were going far & he’s intact for a good set up weekend.

At number 3 there is a five-way tie currently, however there is one bracket that made moves yesterday that I feel needs some spotlight shined on it a bit…..


3 (tied): “The CHEAP SEAT FAN” (me): 24 out of 32/24 points/180 possible points left

Yesterday I started off my day to the theme from Rocky & some eggs (scrambled though, never in a glass. I stopped pledging looooong ago) in order to inspire my bracket to greatness, and they responded by going 12 for 15 yesterday and shooting me into the top 3. Only one loss in the East & West and today I’ll probably be the biggest Jimmer fan in the country outside of the “No Skins in the Dorm Room” community aka the “Driest Campus in the Land”.

But finally, the QOTD:

“The @CheapSeatFan draft really has me caring about basketball. I still don’t care to watch the game, but I care about the outcome.” – Tearrance (@LumberJackNupe) via Twitter

Excellent. Bring all comers in the CHEAP SEATS. Lets get it in.

Follow me on Twitter @CheapSeatFan for my on going tournament takes and outtakes….and anything else that strikes me at the moment.


Hello there again,

I’m going to be off from new posts until Monday, February 28th. This was supposed to be a week off in full, but Carmelo Anthony’s nuptials on Monday forced my hand into posting similar to how he did the Nuggets all winter. Taking some time to align my March posts and get ready for baseball season, where there will be close to, at the least, one post a day for my Preview to MLB 2011. Also, I’ll be dropping my first entries in my take on the Top 60 players in NBA history, my disdain for NCAA basketball this year and why I haven’t put together one word about it this year and even some homage paid to WrestleMania (it was a sport to 7-year-old me, and dammit I’ll write about it at 27 briefly too!).

Coming up soon, I’m going to be looking for even more “Voices from the Stands”, as I’m looking to do an NBA Contraction Fantasy Draft, and I need a few visiting GMs to take part in it.

Also, I want to know what you want to know about the upcoming baseball season. From topics to info to rankings even to why I still believe in the Wainwright-less St. Louis Cardinals! Everything, so reply to this, email me (, tweet me (@CheapSeatFan and @Twit_Starter212), even call/text me (not happening here) or even clap pigeons. I don’t care how it happens, just let me know. Think of me as your sports blogging take out service, I’ll deliver whatever you want (as long as it doesn’t require me to pay homage to the Chicago Scrubs, Mike Krysthaothaiohski or the kansas jayhawks, we don’t do that around here).


So sit tight, take a look at old articles and I’ll be back on Monday with some info on Major League Baseball exhibition kickoff, and be followed quickly by 60-51 of the NBA greatest ever and why college basketball sucks worse than the Cardinals (and therefore all of St. Louis’) luck so far this year.

Also, I’m going to be writing a few more editorials than I before, so I’ll call this fair warning to the North Side of Chicago, Alex Smith’s family and the entire state of kansas as well. Alright? Alright.

Nobody better sit in my seat while I’m gone!