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March 16, 2007

TERPSTRA’S TWO CENTS: My sheet of integrity

They come out of hiding every year about now and try to enter my world — and yours.

I know these “people” and you know these “people”. Maybe you’re one of them. They’re scary and make me feel inadequate.

These bastions of athletic understanding walk up to your desk and say, ‘Hey, are you having an office pool this year for the NCAA Basketball Tournament’?

My reply?

“I haven’t heard anything, but if I do, I’ll let you know.”

They’ll get in some office pool, but hopefully not mine.

Reason — because every pool I’m in, they end up winning it.

That’s the beauty of the tournament and these “stupid” brackets — anybody can win. Zero sports knowledge apparently equals expert in March Madness terminology.

I was asked the other day about what I thought about Gonzaga and whether this person should pick them over UCLA in the second round. The Bruins are the NCAA’s defending runner-up finisher and No. 2 seed. Gonzaga is seeded seventh and lost one of its best players to suspension.

I told them to go with the ‘Zags, — at least that’s what my insiders are telling me.

Now watch that actually happen.

The NCAA Tournament started yesterday, (actually on Tuesday with the play-in game) but I have my brackets filled out. Mike Greenberg of ESPN, who teams up with Mike Golic for the ESPN radio show Mike and Mike in the Morning, talked about these brackets the other day.

Greenberg prefers to fill out just one sheet, while Golic fills out many. I go the route of Golic, because the more the merrier, right?

Greenberg calls his picks for the tourney the “Sheet of Integrity.”

I wish I would have come up with that name, because it’s cool. Did I just sound like John Travolta right there? Oh well, there is no integrity, that’s why Greenberg laughs every time he says it.

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