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Using tournament brackets to pick next Pope
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On February 27, 2013 @ 10:00 am In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Chris Chase, USA TODAY Sports
For many Americans, this March Madness will be the same as ever: brackets, ruined brackets, buzzer beaters and praying Duke doesn’t win.
Unlike in years past, the NCAA tournament won’t be the only March Madness competing for headlines. Sometime next month, the College of Cardinals will meet at the Vatican to begin their conclave, which will select the successor to Pope Benedict XVI.
Because brackets are the greatest invention since the printing press, the folks at religionnews.com fused the two competitions and put together a tournament of 16 leading contenders for the papacy. They called it “The Sweet Sisteen,” which makes me think someone came up with that awesome name first, then decided to fill in the brackets.
Now, we can’t identify our favorite Pope Pius and know more about the Louisville Cardinals than the College of Cardinals (though both teams have players who wear red and leaders in white). But if the papal brackets are anything like the tournament brackets, we’ll be able to use the process of elimination to find out who will be the next pope.
1. In wide open brackets, the favorites rarely win. The last two tournaments with no pre-tourney consensus pick (2011 and 2006) were chaotic and led to upset victories by Connecticut and Florida, respectively. Thus, if you’re a betting line favorite to ascend to the papacy, don’t start measuring your finger for the Ring of the Fisherman quite yet.
Sorry: Peter Turkson (5/2 favorite), Angelo Scola (7/4) and Marc Oullet (4/1), Leonardo Sandri (15/2)
2. The last 12 winners of the national title are Kentucky, UConn, Duke, UNC, Kansas, Florida, Florida, UNC, UConn, Syracuse, Maryland, Duke. You’ll notice there are no Mississippi Valley States or UC-Santa Barabaras in the mix. The takeaway? Short names are in, long names are out.
Sorry: Norberto Rivera Carrera, Joao Braz de Aviz, Oscar Rodrigues Maradiaga, Odilo Pedro Scherer, Luis Antonio Tagle
3. No saint has made a Final Four since St. John’s in 1985, unless you live in Durham and have already canonized Mike Krzyzewski. If you have the same Anglicized name as a saint, you’re not going to … [For more on Using tournament brackets to pick the next Pope, click here.]
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