There’s no denying our obsession with the NCAA tournament. And the cause of our obsession is the bracket. It’s flexibility allowing for competition outside of sports is unrivaled.
So without further adieu, here are the first round, left side bracket results from the inaugural primatomma TV Show Sweet 16:
Today’s action provided a lot of excitement but just one upset. Unlike it’s NCAA brethren, we’ve already spared the faux excitement of early round Cinderellas who inevitably fall apart under the bright lights. (And for all of you purests, we’ve magically re-seeded the survivors to show rankings of 1-16.)
The biggest blowout of the day belongs to (1) House of Cards and their complete undressing of over-matched (16) Girls. Frank and Claire barely worked up a lather in dispatching this pretender that somehow has gained mass viewership by airing naked scenes of folks who should remain clothed. The route allowed the ‘House’ bench to gain valuable experience for Doug Stamper (leading scorer – 24 points), Remy Dalton (10 boards) and even President Petrov (8 assists, but stole 5 from the Jordan Valley and is officially credited with 13). Such experience will be valuable indeed as they await the winner of the 7 vs. 10 match-up…
(7) True Detective vs. (10) Shades of Blue saw the rare occurrence of Vegas favoring the lower seeded ‘Shades’. And right they were as the 9 point victory was really never that close. Woz and Harlee executed the high pick and roll to perfection while ‘Detective’ threw at them varying combinations of Rust Cohle/Marty Hart and Ray Velcoro/Frank Semyon to no avail. Not surprising as ‘Detective’ limped into the tournament with a disappointing second season. Onto the Great 8 for ‘Shades’!
A very controversial 14 seed, Narcos, gave the previously unheralded (3) Peakey Blinders about all they could handle. Trailing by 2 with 2.3 seconds to go, Tommy Shelby gathered a perfect pass at midcourt from Aunt Polly thanks to a very questionable moving pick from brother Arthur (who was swaying from his time-out Irish Whiskey refreshment), wheeled and swished a three-pointer ala Christian Laettner to secure their advance to the Great 8. All that was left was Pable Escobar’s tears as he slipped on a mound of narcotics.
Another thriller featured (5) Billions vs. (12) Ballers. A defensive struggle throughout, Spencer Strasmore set the tone early with a devastating technical foul in the opening minutes when Chuck Rhoades took a perfect pass on a backdoor cut from Mike “Wags” Wagner. Strasmore sent Rhoades sprawling into camera row with a well placed elbow. The benches briefly emptied but cooler heads prevailed when Billions’ Head Coach Wendy Rhoades gathered players from both teams at mid-court and reminded all of their higher purpose. The game teetered back and forth with the largest lead being a mere 6 points by Ballers at the half, but MVP candidate Bobby Axelrod’s 18 points proved too much for the valiant defensive effort put forth by Ballers Ricky Jerret, who held “Axe” well below his 26 point season average.
The right side of the bracket tips tomorrow at noon … sure to be a drain on GDP as America tunes in to another day of fast-paced action of shows with daydreams of a Final Four appearance in their future ratings.