Looking at the Data: Coyne builds solid lead heading into Sweet 16

by: The Cold Hard Truth

After the first two rounds, we've all picked 48 games. If you are in a March Madness pool this year and have successfully selected the winner in three-quarters of those games, you're probably close to the top, if not leading your competition. Heading into the Round of 16, Mike Coyne from Mansfield, Texas has a commanding 83 point CBCC. At this point, he has correctly chosen 36 games. So what's his secret?

Okay, I don't know Mike's secret method of picking games, but I can tell you that I'm a "gut feeling" kind of guy. Using that method, I've slip into the...
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The Stories: March Madness for some; March Sadness for others

by: The Cold Hard Truth

March Madness always brings with it the feel-good story that warms our heart. We love to hear about Florida Gulf Coast, Butler, VCU, George Mason, and all the underdogs year to year that surprise us and go a little deeper in the tournament. It really is a great time of year.

One reason I love college basketball so much is that the stories didn't just begin on March 13. Various teams have been writing their story since the beginning of the season. Let's take a closer look at a few of these stories.

Monmouth and Iona: The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conferen...
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Wire-to-Wire: Coyne on Fire

by: The Cold Hard Truth

As I was sitting here watching the final round of the Masters, two things struck me. First, I forgot to write the final CBCC story...and secondly, it is hard to go wire-to-wire in anything. Mike Coyne of Mansfield, Texas has accomplished something unheard of in Dirty-Dawg CBCC history - he successfully capped off an incredible wire-to-wire championship. As Villanova was draining the final three to sink the Tar Heels in one of the best championship games we've seen in three decades, Mike was defeating Gregory Forrester of Glasgow, Montana by a mere 24 points.

It was like Secretariat winning the Belmont by 31 lengths. It was like Edwin Moses winning 122 straight races in the 400m hurdles. It was like Jordan Spieth - last year - winning the Masters. It was wire-to-wire and except for a few moments when Syracuse was pretending to play basketball, Mike had this thing wrapped up.

I'd also like to give a shout out to Jimmy Orsag from Rochester, PA for being the only person in this contest to pick Villanova to win it all. Still, Jimmy was only able attain 13th place, 131 points behind our chsmpion. The moral of the story - you have to be able to pick winners throughout the tournament to do well. It takes both skill and a little luck. I will remember this as the year that Gonzaga had Syracuse on the ropes and couldn't finish the job. This will be the year we talk about OU "sort of" making it to the Final 4; the year that Northern Iowa won on a miracle shot, then returned that miracle a game later to Texas A&M. Go back and take a look at that three point shot by Marcus Paige that looked like it would send the championship game into overtime. The still image of that shot is fantastic. Paige is probably 40 inches off the ground as he released the ball. It is a reminder that there are much better athletes in this world than we have ever dreamed of being. ...
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Uptime Report for dirty dawg: Last 30 days

College Football

As of Week 14 of the 2015 Competition
1 Albert Greenhut960 151 69
2 Tina Fausey950 151 69
3 Mike Zwier934 151 69
4 Johnnye Peacock930 148 72
5 Jeff Raberding926 152 68
6 Brian Sadler920 151 69
7 Seymour Moseley917 149 71
8 Johnny Vegas912 151 69
9 Russell Barker911 151 69
10 Darone Jones910 152 68
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Pro Football

As of Week 18 of the 2015 Competition
1 Andrew Schmidt1002 158 81
2 Steven Tensfeldt995 158 81
3 Jon Zeitler990 154 85
4 Caiden Orosco980 159 80
5 Ed Calianese975 151 88
6 Martha Hilgeman962 157 82
7 Tina Fausey962 149 90
8 Kenneth Entremont953 154 85
9 John Werner952 153 86
10 Doug Nave950 146 93
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March Madness

For the 2016 Competition
1 Mike Coyne7797
2 Gregory Forrester7773
3 Bob Wagner7743
4 Rodney Hinson7712
5 Richard Miner7702
6 Francis Kredensor7695
7 Hank Bauer7688
8 Pat Vesper7685
9 Dale Dues7683
10 Steve Beaver7677
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