Here's some real good distraction for any free time you have today. During March of every year I have memory for, I remember hearing at least something - and I remember losing at least a little cash over - this thing called 'bracketology.'
But I had never even considered something like this.
I must say, it leads me to some intriguing matchups, from whence I realized rather quickly that I would have seeded the entire brackets a little differently.
I mean, having to face off two shuttle disasters in the Where Were You When Moments Bracket in the round of 16 was just heartwrenching.
My final four for the Moments: Hurricane Katrina v. Oklahoma City bombing; San Francisco World Series Earthquake v. Shuttle Challenger exploding. All four I watched on television screens. You all can pretty much guess which one ended up lasting through the whole bracket, and that deal was sealed when I had to pick it over the Berlin Wall falling.
My final four for the Film Deaths was much tougher, especially in the loaded bottom bracket. I mean, in the Elite Eight, I had the birth of Alien v. the opening scene of Jaws; Darth Vader striking down Obi Wan vs. Tom Hanks' "earn this" death in Saving Private Ryan? That's a personal final four right there, and that's after the tough desicions against Dr. Strangelove, Platoon and Thelma and Louise. But we still had to deal with the top seeds from the upper bracket: Bridge on the River Kwai and Raiders of the Lost Arc. (I also wonder what it says that Alec Guiness showed up in two of my final four choices, as well as movies directed by Speilberg and two starring Harrison Ford?)
Anyone who knows me well enough can guess which one ended up standing alone here. Yes, it was Darth Vader and Obi Wan. Kiss my geek rear end.
I must go out and get that book.