Week in review (4/3): The legend of Joe Pearlman dies

wesI thought you were a genius, Joe Pearlman.

You were one of only two people out of nearly six million in the ESPN Tournament Challenge to correctly pick all Final Four teams. Out of those six million brackets, 70.3 percent of those brackets didn’t pick a single Final Four team (including yours truly). On top of that, only 0.6 called the Bulldogs and 0.1 had VCU.

“I wanted to pick one of the bubble teams,” Pearlman (who self-admittedly doesn’t follow college basketball) said to the New York Times. “I backed into the right one.”

Actually, Pearlman didn’t even pick VCU. According to that New York Times article, Pearlman actually had USC winning the play-in game. But since the play-in games on ESPN just lumped VCU and USC into one selection, Pearlman still looked like a prophet.

But not anymore. Connecticut beat Kentucky and Butler defeated VCU to form the 2011 title game. Joe’s bracket had VCU beating Kentucky in the finals.

Now, I have nothing left to believe in!

Joe, you were supposed to be the next Paul the Octopus! Now, I’m putting you in the same category as Leon the porcupine and Crocodile Harry of Australia.

That’s all for this week, folks. See you at the same time, same place next week.


Wesley Cheng
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Wes has worked for Rivals.com covering the New York Knicks, as well as for Scout.com covering Syracuse athletics. Wes has also been a contributing writer for the South China Morning Post (Hong Kong), for SportsNet New York (SNY) as a news desk writer covering all of New York professional sports, and reported on the NBA and MLB for the New York Sportscene. A native of Long Island, New York, Wes graduated from Syracuse University in 2005 with a degree in journalism. Contact him at wes[at]sujuiceonline.com.