I like to say that I closely followed the 2016 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Season for the most part. Thank god for the DVR capability these days! :o) When the ‘Selection Sunday’ came out on ESPN, I had Maryland, who was ranked #1, as my #1 to win it all on Memorial Day. My Final Four prediction was Maryland, Brown, Notre Dame and Denver.
As the post-season went on, I didn’t expect: Navy to beat Yale, Loyola to beat Duke, Towson to upset Denver, Marquette scare North Carolina, as well as Brown go on a “see-saw” with Maryland. And just this past Monday, I was shocked to see North Carolina take it in OT over my pick. Crazy and amazing!
I told somebody that the 2016 semi-final between Brown and Maryland went toe-to-toe with the 2005 semi-final between Hopkins and Virginia. And that the 2016 final between North Carolina and Maryland went toe-to-toe with the 2010 final between Notre Dame and Duke.
I didn’t fill out a bracket this year because I was firm that Maryland was going to win their first title since 1975. They just looked so good during the season. But competition and emotion had other things in mind, that “armchair analysts” could NEVER forecast. And my lesson looking back at “my bracket” (even if I filled one out) is plain and simple, yet so true in any competition, whatsoever:
EVERYBODY HAS A CHANCE.
I love this commercial from Nike. It’s so true.