http://www.ftmeade.army.mil12 SOUNDOFF! March 20, 2014
It’s a week full of decisions for Mr. Jones.
It started March 13 when I had the 11th pick
in a 12-team fantasy baseball league.
FYI, if you are in a league full of Orioles
fans, do not have a team name that insults Saint
Cal unless you want to draft late.
But you know what? If folks had an ounce
of objectivity, they’d see that former Detroit
Tigers shortstop Alan Trammell was Cal Rip-
ken Jr.’s daddy. bit.ly/1dlQxYi
The good news regarding O’s fans’ lack of
objectivity is that Chris Davis and Adam Jones
were grabbed in the first round, so I was able
to fill my middle infield with the best second
baseman, Robinson Cano bit.ly/1izPEAm, and
shortstop, Troy Tulowitzki bit.ly/1ifppyw, with
my first two picks.
This weekend, I am making my annual
March pilgrimage to Michigan so I can pick
fourth in “The League” with Cousin Claw at
Slows Bar B-Q in Detroit. I should be able to
grab Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen
or Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Gold-
The real decisions will come later in the
draft when I have nine picks in Rounds 5-10.
So if I play my picks right, I should be able to
control the middle part of the draft and start
a premature run on closers or catchers so that
more talented players fall to me.
And today, I’m writing Jibber two days
before the real start of the NCAA tournament.
I am not counting Tuesday and Wednesday’s
play-in games. So the most important decisions
I am making involve a bracket and my Sheet of
For those of you reading this Thursday
morning, you still have a few hours to register
for a chance to win a $100 gift card in the
Meade TV and Corvias Military Living Tour-
But since I am such a magnanimous Prince
of Prognostication, I’m going to make Phil,
Rona and the gang get you this week’s dose of
Jibber a little early on the Fort Meade Face-
book page. That way, you can take advantage
of my knowledge and hopefully bring home the
cash — or card, if you want to be all literal.
• Cinderella: Stephen F. Austin
The Lumberjacks are small, but they have
four players who average double-digits in scor-
ing and have won 28 straight.
They should be able to handle VCU’s pres-
sure and take advantage of UCLA’s lack of
defense on its way to the Sweet 16.
Western Michigan will beat Syracuse in the
• Sweet 16: Flor-
ida, SFA, Ohio
State and Kansas
• Elite 8: Florida
will defeat Kansas
• Cinderella: St.
lead a tough team, and head coach Phil Martel-
li knows how to coach in the tournament. The
Hawks will run past their Big-5 rival, Villanova,
and make their way to the Elite 8.
• Sweet 16: Virginia, Michigan State, North
Carolina, St. Joe’s
• Elite 8: Michigan State will defeat St. Joe’s
• Cinderella: I’m going chalk in the West,
but Nebraska could beat Creighton and get to
the Sweet 16.
Also, if Oklahoma State gets by top-seed
Arizona in the Round of 32, they could easily
shake off their mid-season slump and dance all
the way to the Final Four.
• Sweet 16: Arizona, San Diego State,
• Elite 8: Arizona defeats Wisconsin
• Cinderella: Kentucky
I know it is hard to consider the preseason
No. 1 as a Cinderella, but the Wildcats have
more than enough talent to make up for a poor
regular season, and as much as I dislike John
Calipari’s style, the dude can coach.
Kentucky will beat tourney favorite Lou-
isville and make it to the Elite 8. Also, don’t
be surprised when Iowa makes it out of the
play-in game and upsets Duke to make it to
the Sweet 16.
• Sweet 16: Kentucky, Louisville, Iowa and
• Elite 8: Michigan will defeat Kentucky
Michigan State will defeat Florida. Arizona
will defeat Michigan.
Tom Izzo’s Spartans are healthy, ready and
too much for anyone to handle.
Good luck with your brackets ...
And if you have comments on this or anything
to do with sports, contact me at chad.t.jones.civ@
mail.mil, or hit me up on Twitter @ctjibber.
Which way to go
Chad T. Jones,
Jibber Jabber - OpinionSports Shorts
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