My second annual mascots/nickname bracket is complete.
This year offered some interesting choices, but ultimately some immutable truths end up dictating things.
Number one? Mother nature is tough to beat. That helped lead to a surprising No. 10 seed making it all the way to the Final Four, but it also gave us a very real possibility of picking the real national champion. Win some, lose some, right?
I tend to favor ferocious animals, too, but even Lions and Tigers (Missouri, Memphis) and Bears (varying varieties from Belmont, Montana, California, UCLA) have a hard time facing opponents bearing firearms. Swords are another story, though. That makes things more interesting for Aztecs and Spartans and the like.
Really, though, I’ve concluded the key to picking the best mascot/nickname bracket is knowing how much faith to put in big cats.
In the end, its all good fun — unless this bracket ends up better than my real picks…