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March Madness Has Arrived

by: The Cold Hard Truth


The bracket is out! This is one of my two favorite days of the year, the other day being Thursday, the first round of games. It really doesn't get any better than this. We get to watch our favorite blue blood teams, who mysteriously has been positioned within the tournament bracket with the perfect setup to win it all. Of course, we can always cheer for our mid-major favorites, who are seeded unfairly as to achieve an early exit. Finally, we have a new category of teams this year to watch. It's sort of mix between a traditional team Power 5 team and a mid-major team. Yes, you guessed it. We call these teams Pac-12 teams. They really have no chance of winning.

Yes, the Pac-12 Conference and the previous Pac-10 used to be loaded with good teams. Those days are history. Last year, the conference placed Arizona, Arizona St., and UCLA in the tourney. After Round 1, they were all gone. This year, Arizona St. makes a proud return to the play-in game. Washington, who won the league by 3 games, is a 9 seed, and Oregon, who won the conference tournament is a 12 seed. The intriguing thing about the Ducks is that they have won 8 in a row, including two wins each against Washington and the Sun Devils. They might be the best team in their league. However, I wouldn't be shocked if all these teams are gone early again.

What about the "Best in the West"? It was nice to see the committee rewarded Gonzaga, even after losing to St. Mary's in their conference tournament. This team beat Duke by 2 on a neutral court, lost to Tennessee by 3, and lost to North Carolina by 11. They're 30-3 this year. I remember all those years where the committee would find an excuse to lower the Zags seed. This year they got it right. What they got wrong is making Duke the #1 overall seed. Carolina beat them twice. The Zags beat them too. I guess when you have Zion on your team, it is tough for the committee to stay objective. Duke shows flashes of brilliance, but they also are vulnerable against big, experienced teams.

After Gonzaga, I would have to put Nevada and Utah State as the two best teams in the west. Personally, I think Nevada got a raw deal this year. They've consistently been in the top 10 all year. Getting a 7 seed after their performance last year in the tournament and their 28-3 record this year seems wrong. Then again, if the Wolf Pack hadn't lost to Loyola by a point last year in the Sweet 16, I would have won the CBCC. Maybe they deserve everything they are getting!

Do you remember early in the season when Furman took down Villanova? I made a bold prediction and told my oldest son that Furman would make the tournament and only lose 2 games all year. He said I was wrong - common occurrence - and said Furman would lose at least 5 games. Well, I was totally wrong. The Paladins went 25-7, and 13-5 in league. That is a great year, unless you happen to be in the same league as Wofford and UNC Greensboro. Wofford hasn't lost since December 19! Are they worthy of a 7 seed? Who knows? I can tell you that their offense is really good, and they have won 20 straight games. They certainly have a chance to win against Seton Hall. We'll see what happens. In terms of Greensboro, it is a shame that a team with 28 wins with in-conference losses to Wofford twice and Furman doesn't get into the tournament. They deserved a shot more than any other team that was left out.

There are so many good stories this year. Houston went 31-2.They have been overlooked for the most part. How good are they? The Buffalo Bulls, the MAC champs, are also 31 game winners. They have tournament experience. Can they make a run this year?

I love the first round matchup between Marquette and Murray State, a game that will feature two of the best guards in American with Markus Howard and the Racers' Temetrious (Ja)Morant. Murray State has won 11 in a row, mostly because Ja is a total stud. However, I was very happy that the committee rewarded Belmont for their great season too, giving them a play-in game matchup against Temple. Two teams from the Ohio Valley Conference made the tournament. That is terrific!

LSU won the SEC. Apparently that doesn't matter. They are seeded lower than Kentucky and Tennessee. Will the disappointment of the seeding affect them? Auburn seems to be coming together at the right time. Can they make a run?

Finally, the Big 12 has had a quiet season. They have beat themselves up in-conference. Kansas appears slightly down with Udoka Azubuike injured. However, let's not forget the talent in this league. I think the Big 12 and the Big 10 are deep conferences with teams capable of making a run. The ACC is obviously very strong, but could it be a team like Florida State or Virginia Tech who surprises us in the end? When we get to the Final 4, are we looking at Blue Bloods or will this be a year for another mid-major to make a run like Loyola did last year? I can hardly wait to find out!

March Madness has arrived once again. Best of luck on your brackets. While I wish you the very best, I have continued hope that my personal bracket will be at least one point better than all of yours!

March Madness Has Arrived

by: The Cold Hard Truth


The bracket is out! This is one of my two favorite days of the year, the other day being Thursday, the first round of games. It really doesn't get any better than this. We get to watch our favorite blue blood teams, who mysteriously has been positioned within the tournament bracket with the perfect setup to win it all. Of course, we can always cheer for our mid-major favorites, who are seeded unfairly as to achieve an early exit. Finally, we have a new category of teams this year to watch. It's sort of mix between a traditional team Power 5 team and a mid-major team. Yes, you guessed it. We call these teams Pac-12 teams. They really have no chance of winning.

Yes, the Pac-12 Conference and the previous Pac-10 used to be loaded with good teams. Those days are history. Last year, the conference placed Arizona, Arizona St., and UCLA in the tourney. After Round 1, they were all gone. This year, Arizona St. makes a proud return to the play-in game. Washington, who won the league by 3 games, is a 9 seed, and Oregon, who won the conference tournament is a 12 seed. The intriguing thing about the Ducks is that they have won 8 in a row, including two wins each against Washington and the Sun Devils. They might be the best team in their league. However, I wouldn't be shocked if all these teams are gone early again.

What about the "Best in the West"? It was nice to see the committee rewarded Gonzaga, even after losing to St. Mary's in their conference tournament. This team beat Duke by 2 on a neutral court, lost to Tennessee by 3, and lost to North Carolina by 11. They're 30-3 this year. I remember all those years where the committee would find an excuse to lower the Zags seed. This year they got it right. What they got wrong is making Duke the #1 overall seed. Carolina beat them twice. The Zags beat them too. I guess when you have Zion on your team, it is tough for the committee to stay objective. Duke shows flashes of brilliance, but they also are vulnerable against big, experienced teams.

After Gonzaga, I would have to put Nevada and Utah State as the two best teams in the west. Personally, I think Nevada got a raw deal this year. They've consistently been in the top 10 all year. Getting a 7 seed after their performance last year in the tournament and their 28-3 record this year seems wrong. Then again, if the Wolf Pack hadn't lost to Loyola by a point last year in the Sweet 16, I would have won the CBCC. Maybe they deserve everything they are getting!

Do you remember early in the season when Furman took down Villanova? I made a bold prediction and told my oldest son that Furman would make the tournament and only lose 2 games all year. He said I was wrong - common occurrence - and said Furman would lose at least 5 games. Well, I was totally wrong. The Paladins went 25-7, and 13-5 in league. That is a great year, unless you happen to be in the same league as Wofford and UNC Greensboro. Wofford hasn't lost since December 19! Are they worthy of a 7 seed? Who knows? I can tell you that their offense is really good, and they have won 20 straight games. They certainly have a chance to win against Seton Hall. We'll see what happens. In terms of Greensboro, it is a shame that a team with 28 wins with in-conference losses to Wofford twice and Furman doesn't get into the tournament. They deserved a shot more than any other team that was left out.

There are so many good stories this year. Houston went 31-2.They have been overlooked for the most part. How good are they? The Buffalo Bulls, the MAC champs, are also 31 game winners. They have tournament experience. Can they make a run this year?

I love the first round matchup between Marquette and Murray State, a game that will feature two of the best guards in American with Markus Howard and the Racers' Temetrious (Ja)Morant. Murray State has won 11 in a row, mostly because Ja is a total stud. However, I was very happy that the committee rewarded Belmont for their great season too, giving them a play-in game matchup against Temple. Two teams from the Ohio Valley Conference made the tournament. That is terrific!

LSU won the SEC. Apparently that doesn't matter. They are seeded lower than Kentucky and Tennessee. Will the disappointment of the seeding affect them? Auburn seems to be coming together at the right time. Can they make a run?

Finally, the Big 12 has had a quiet season. They have beat themselves up in-conference. Kansas appears slightly down with Udoka Azubuike injured. However, let's not forget the talent in this league. I think the Big 12 and the Big 10 are deep conferences with teams capable of making a run. The ACC is obviously very strong, but could it be a team like Florida State or Virginia Tech who surprises us in the end? When we get to the Final 4, are we looking at Blue Bloods or will this be a year for another mid-major to make a run like Loyola did last year? I can hardly wait to find out!

March Madness has arrived once again. Best of luck on your brackets. While I wish you the very best, I have continued hope that my personal bracket will be at least one point better than all of yours!

PFCC 2018 Wrap: Gary Petti/Going Up For the TD Claim Crowns

by: Sugar (March 16, 2019)


The dirty-dawg directors apologize for the time lapse between the end of the PFCC and this season summary. Our senior writer fell asleep during Super Bowl 53 and just woke up! It's pretty sad when the most exciting thing about the game was Maroon 5 at halftime. And the commercials. Oh, and Tom Brady led New England to another Super Bowl Championship. Hey, we love dynasties here at dirty-dawg.com, but this was a yawner, no matter how you look at it.

But, thanks to the PFCC, the longest of the dirty-dawg contests, the Super Bowl Blowout was anything but a yawner with just 17 points separating the final three bone earners, and a whisper-thin 7 points separating the Super Bowl Blowout (SBB) itself!

Gary Petti from Weeki Wachee, Florida is the 2018 dirty-dawg.com PFCC Champion! Gary hung around the top of the standings most of the season and was sitting at #2 going into the Super Bowl Blowout. Gary notched 256 SBB points to take home all of the PFCC glory for 2018 with 1171 points. Congratulations, Gary. Enjoy the Gold Bone for the rest of your dirty-dawg career and you will have the respect of dirty-dawgers everywhere, forever.

Mark Didrick of Fort Wayne, Indiana is the 2018 runner-up, finishing with 1165 points, just 6 behind Gary. Mark notched 251 SBB points to claim second place and his first dirty-dawg bone. Congrats, Mark! Asam Michael also gets a bone, finishing 3rd overall with 1154 points and a stellar 262 SBB points. The rest of the Top 10 includes Mike Johnson, who was only 3 points out of 3rd place. Some earlier week, probably during graveyard shifts, a bad 2 confidence pick sealed Mikey's boneless fate. John Leibold, who owns 2 Bronze Bones (2013, 2017) finished in 5th place, while Kent Ross wrapped up in 6th. Last year's Silver Bone winner, Linda Kunches had another great year with a 7th place overall finish. Jane Banks, Ed Tannehill and Melissa Harral round out the Top 10 performers for 2018. Great job all!

For the SBB itself, we saw one of the tightest races in a long time with Lori Orosco, from Colorado Springs, Colorado finishing at the top of the standings with 290 points. When you have 12 on the Super Bowl winner and 11 on the runner-up like Lori did, it helps your score. A lot. But, it took some premier confidence placement on the other teams as well as only 7 points separated all of the Top 10 SBB finishers. Congrats, Lori! Joe Baskin from Lorena, Texas, wound up as runner-up by one lousy point at 289. Those 1 confidence picks during the season can come back to bite you! Joe also had 12 on New England and 11 on the Rams. Chris McKinney was 3rd, 2 points back. The 9 he put on LA was the difference. Robert Stonefield had the right confidence factors in the right place and finished 4th overall. Jeff Vitale was 5th and had 11 and 12 on the Super Bowl teams, but in the wrong order. Jeff's name would be at the top otherwise. Bill Gargan, Chuck Wolfe, Cindy Boyd, Stephen Bilodeau and LCH Harrall were the other Top 10 finishers for the SBB in order.

For Group Play, it is always a long slog in the PFCC. Lot's of weeks. Early games across the pond. It isn't easy keeping a team on track for about half the year. So, let's all congratulate Going Up 4 the Touchdown, which took home the 2018 Group Play championship with an outstanding average score of 1057 points. Not far behind was Hailraisers with 1051.83 points and several points off the championship pace, but still good enough for 3rd place was perennial group play powerhouse, Boomerbacks at 999.22.

We hope you all enjoyed the 20th year offering of the PFCC. We have been around so long that some of the founders of this whole deal are getting close to retiring from their real jobs and will be able to put more time into something more productive and enjoyable! In the meantime, don't forget the College Basketball Confidence Contest coming very soon and then we will be back in September for the marathon dirty-dawg contest, PFCC 2019. Have a great spring/summer from all of us at dirty-dawg.com!

CFCC 2018 Wrap: Who Can it Binau?

by: Sugar (January 9, 2019)


Another incredible season of college football is in the books and that brings dirty-dawg.com's 2018 College Football Confidence Contest to another close. And to all but about 46 dirty-dawgers' surprise, the Clemson Tigers handed the Alabama Crimson Tide its worst loss of the Nick Saban era in the National Championship game. Now Clemson may have (temporarily) ended the Crimson Tide dominance, the same cannot be said for the Binau family domination of dirty-dawg.com's CFCC! Seth Binau from Clarksville, OH maintained a fairly comfortable lead for the last several weeks of CFCC 2018 and hedged on the championship game with 14 on the Tide. Seth remained in 1st place throughout 14 Bowl Blowout games, but Seth's relative, Sam Binau, also from Clarksville, OH is the 2018 CFCC Champion after roaring from 37th place on 129 Bowl Blowout points to take home the championship. Sam had a big fat 25 on Clemson in the final game to power himself to victory with 817 points. It was a tough year for CFCCers and that is reflected in the fact that 817 points is the lowest winning score ever. Congratulations, Sam. Great pick on Clemson and you will be forever honored by dirty-dawgers everywhere. Enjoy the gold bone next to your name!

Seth did hang on for runner-up honors and earned his first bone, despite being an annual dirty-dawg force. Seth finished with 775 points, 42 points back. The bronze bone for 2018 went to Alisha Mize from Buda, TX, who finished with 762 points and an outstanding 150 wins. Congratulations to Seth Binau and Alisha Mize for their stellar seasons.

Just outside the Top 3 we find another Binau powerhouse, Aidan Binau, owner of the 2016 championship and 2014 runner-up CFCC bones. Aidan plays from Billings, MT and was only 3 points away from becoming just the 2nd dirty-dawger with 3 bones. In 5th place was Lubbock, Texas player Joe Merchant, who finished 2nd for the Bowl Blowout, also powered by 25 points on Clemson. Joe finished with 755 overall points and was up 150 slots after a 152 point, 15-9 Bowl Blowout resume. And speaking of 3 bones, we find that owner, in the form of Oxford, Michigan's Bryan Tilley, in 6th place overall with 753 points, just 9 points from earning an unprecedented 4th bone. Bryan was up 90 spots after a 16-8 blowout.

Pete Fickenscher finished 7th overall and Jeri Adams was 8th. Trinna Patterson from Memphis, TN finished 9th and Mark Didrick of Fort Wayne, IN finished 10th. We always talk about how dirty-dawg is a confidence contest and it is all about the points. However, if your name is Mark and you live in a city that is part of a fort you apparently have an advantage in picking winners. Look no further than the aforementioned Mark Didrick of Fort Wayne and Mark Wiley of Fort Worth who both finished with a contest high 151 wins. While Mr. Didrick finished in 10th place with 741 points, Mr. Wiley finished in 26th place with 689 points. Yes, the confidence factors rule, but congrats to the Marks nonetheless for straight up picking game winners.

For the Bowl Blowout, John Malone from Henderson, TX was the big winner with an incredible 209 points on an 18-6 record. And he had Alabama as the champion. Joe Merchant was the Bowl Blowout runner-up with 152 points. Dale Lininger from Buda, TX finished 3rd with 143 points. Dick Wagenmaker was 4th overall for the Bowl Blowout with 137 points and a blowout best 19 wins. This stellar performance made Wagenmaker the biggest mover for the Bowl Blowout, rocketing 216 spots up to #37 overall. Very impressive Wag! Charlie Woodrum was 5th overall with 137 points on 16 wins.

For the popular Group Play competition, Do We Really Have Time for This? took home the honors with an average score of 676.40 points. They were powered by Buda, TX players Alisha Mize (Bronze Bone) and Matthew O'Neill (12th overall). All in the Family was group runner-up with 650.5 points and the Binau/Schomaker dynasty and multi-year group play winners Bucknutz finished 3rd with 636.56. High Plains Drifters were 4th with 626 points and Morass of Ordinary Effort finished 5th with 612.17.

That's another wrap for the 20th overall season of dirty-dawg.com's CFCC. We hope you all enjoyed the contest and a big thanks goes to the dirty-dawg directors. It takes several dawgs, with other real jobs, to pull this off every season and they know who they are. We'll be back in fall 2019 with another version of the best contest on the web. Have a great winter, spring and summer from all of us at dirty-dawg.com!

CFCC Top dawgs

Final Standings

Place Player Pts W L
1 Sam Binau 817 141 76
2 Seth Binau 775 145 72
3 Alisha Mize 762 150 67
4 Aidan Binau 759 141 76
5 Joe Merchant 755 135 82
6 Bryan Tilley 753 147 70
7 Pete Fickenscher 750 142 75
8 Jeri Adams 747 144 73
9 Trinna Patterson 742 149 68
10 Mark Didrick 741 151 66
Full CFCC Standings

PFCC Top dawgs

Through Week 18

Place Player Pts W L
1 Gary Petti 1171 161 79
2 Mark Didrick 1165 159 81
3 Asam Michael 1154 160 80
4 Mike Johnson 1151 156 84
5 John Leibold 1150 158 82
6 Kent Ross 1149 161 79
7 Linda Kunches 1143 156 84
8 Jane Banks 1141 161 79
9 Ed Tannehill 1139 161 79
10 Melissa Harral 1138 159 81
Full PFCC Standings

CBCC Top dawgs

2019 Contest

Place Player Points
Full CBCC Standings

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