March Madness: Welcome To The Best Day Of The Year

Jabari smith

Welcome to the best day of the year. With all due respect to my Irish brothers and sisters, today belongs to March Madness. I’m more excited than a kid on Christmas. I want to sit at the top of my steps and wait until 12 PM to come down and see what Santa left for us basketball fans in the opening slate of games. As the great Jon Rothstein likes to say, “This is March.”

Last year, the tournament returned to our lives after COVID robbed us in 2020. Without huge crowds, however, the tournament felt different. Plus, it started on a Friday, which was the worst move in sports since the ghost runner on second base in the MLB. Thankfully, the tournament is back to its normal start day on Thursday* and the crowds will be rocking.

*I still don’t count the First Four as part of the tournament. I might get their one day, but it won’t be today.

Take a step back and appreciate what we’re about to experience over the next 96 hours. It all starts with wall-to-wall coverage from 12 PM – 12 AM. Arguments about which 12-seed will beat a 5-seed will dominate your group chats. Buzzer beaters will go viral and light up social media. TUMS will be out of stock at your local CVS due to indigestion caused by wings and beer.

Is this heaven? No, it’s ̶I̶o̶w̶a̶ March Madness.

Now I know what you’re all thinking. Where are my picks? Everyone might fill out a bracket, but have they ever won a competition where they got to spend time on a national radio show?

In my best Norman Osborn voice, “You know, I’m something of a scientist myself.”

There is some science to the bracket. Some numbers to keep in mind:

  • All four 1-seeds haven’t made the Elite Eight since 2016.
  • Look at offensive and defensive field goal percentages – champions typically fall inside the top 30 for both offensive and defensive field goal percentage.
  • A 13-seed has beaten a 4-seed in 8 of the last 11 tournaments.
  • Multiple 12-seeds have beaten 5-seeds in five of the last nine tournmanets. In 2019, three 12-seeds defeated 5-seeds.

Numbers are important, but it truly all comes down to luck. The phrase “better lucky than good” could not be more true during this tournament. I rely on a few “feelings” when completing my bracket. Here are some things I look for in a championship team.

  • Veteran guard play
  • At least one future lottery pick
  • If they lost in their conference tournament, was it a fluke, or a sign of what’s to come?
  • When in doubt, chalk.
  • Worry about the Sweet 16, not the first round upsets. If you have 11-12 of 16 teams left after the weekend with one being your champion, you’re in great shape.
  • Fill out two brackets. Screw the “integrity” crowd. Those people probably have multiple fantasy football teams. I always make two brackets so plan accordingly.

My First Final Four

  • Gonzaga over Kentucky
  • Auburn over Arizona
  • Championship: Gonzaga over Auburn

My Second Final Four

  • Duke over Baylor
  • Kansas over Tennessee
  • Championship: Duke over Kansas

Enjoy the tournament!

Tweet us your predictions at @unafraidshow, or let us know in the comments!

UnafraidShow Fearless Friday Picks: 12/3/2021

Welcome to the UnafraidShow.com 2021 Fearless Friday Picks contest between George Wrigshter and Ralph Amsden.

Every week, George and Ralph will make five picks, either against the spread or the total, for the upcoming sports weekend. Each participant will start with $1000, and must risk a minimum of $20 on each pick, but can up each selection to a maximum of $100. Each winning pick pays 1:1, and we’ll keep the total throughout the season.

George Wrighster

Current total: $895

Overall record: 33-36-1 (3-2 last week, +$75)

Oregon (+2.5) vs Utah (risking $75)

Oklahoma State (-5.5) vs Baylor (risking $75)

Georgia (-6.5) vs Alabama (risking $75)

Michigan (-10.5) vs Iowa (risking $75)

Cincinnati vs Houston (+10.5) (risking $75)

This week’s picks:

Ralph Amsden

Current total: $1415

Overall record: 35-33-1 (2-2-1 last week, +$0)

This week’s picks:

Oregon vs Utah OVER 57.5 (risking $75)

Louisiana (+3) vs Appalachian State (risking $100)

Oklahoma State vs Baylor OVER 46.5 (risking $75)

Cincinnati vs Houston (+10.5) (risking $75)

Wake Forest vs Pittsburgh (-3) (risking $75)

Have a take you’d like us to address? Email us at immad@unafraidshow.com and we’ll read your take on a future Wrighster or Wrong podcast.

UnafraidShow Fearless Friday Picks: 11/26/2021

Welcome to the UnafraidShow.com 2021 Fearless Friday Picks contest between George Wrigshter and Ralph Amsden.

Every week, George and Ralph will make five picks, either against the spread or the total, for the upcoming sports weekend. Each participant will start with $1000, and must risk a minimum of $20 on each pick, but can up each selection to a maximum of $100. Each winning pick pays 1:1, and we’ll keep the total throughout the season.

George Wrighster

Current total: $820

Overall record: 30-34-1 (3-2 last week, +$75)

This week’s picks:

Oregon State at Oregon (-7) (risking $75)

BYU (+7) at USC (risking $75)

Oklahoma at Oklahoma State (-4.5) (risking $75)

Penn State at Michigan State (+1.5) (risking $75)

Notre Dame (-20.5) at Stanford (risking $75)

Ralph Amsden

Current total: $1415

Overall record: 33-31-1 (3-2 last week, +$100)

This week’s picks:

BYU (-7) at USC (risking $100)

Ohio State at Michigan (+8.5) (risking $50)

Florida State (+3) at Florida (risking $50)

Arizona at Arizona State OVER 52.5 (risking $100)

Pittsburgh at Syracuse OVER 59 (risking $50)

Have a take you’d like us to address? Email us at immad@unafraidshow.com and we’ll read your take on a future Wrighster or Wrong podcast.

UnafraidShow Fearless Friday Picks: 11/19/2021

Welcome to the UnafraidShow.com 2021 Fearless Friday Picks contest between George Wrigshter and Ralph Amsden.

Every week, George and Ralph will make five picks, either against the spread or the total, for the upcoming sports weekend. Each participant will start with $1000, and must risk a minimum of $20 on each pick, but can up each selection to a maximum of $100. Each winning pick pays 1:1, and we’ll keep the total throughout the season.

George Wrighster

Current total: $745

Overall record: 27-32-1 (3-1-1 last week, +$150)

This week’s picks:

USC vs UCLA (-3) (risking $75)

Utah vs Oregon (+3) (risking $75)

Ohio State vs Michigan State (+19.5) (risking $75)

Kansas State vs Baylor (+2.5) (risking $75)

Wisconsin vs Nebraska (+10) (risking $75)

Ralph Amsden

Current total: $1315

Overall record: 30-29-1 (2-3 last week, -$50)

This week’s picks:

Utah State (-5.5) vs Wyoming (risking $100)

Wake Forest at Clemson OVER 56.5 (risking $100)

Washington at Colorado OVER 43.5 (risking $100)

USC vs UCLA (-3) (risking $100)

Stanford vs Cal (-2.5) (risking $100)

Have a take you’d like us to address? Email us at immad@unafraidshow.com and we’ll read your take on a future Wrighster or Wrong podcast.

UnafraidShow Fearless Friday Picks: 11/12/2021

Welcome to the UnafraidShow.com 2021 Fearless Friday Picks contest between George Wrigshter and Ralph Amsden.

Every week, George and Ralph will make five picks, either against the spread or the total, for the upcoming sports weekend. Each participant will start with $1000, and must risk a minimum of $20 on each pick, but can up each selection to a maximum of $100. Each winning pick pays 1:1, and we’ll keep the total throughout the season.

George Wrighster

Current total: $595

Overall record: 24-31 (2-3 last week, -$75)

This week’s picks:

Arizona State at Washington UNDER 45.5 (risking $75)

Mississippi State at Auburn OVER 50 (risking $75)

Purdue at Ohio State OVER 62.5 (risking $75)

Washington State at Oregon (-14) (risking $75)

Oklahoma at Baylor (+5.5) (risking $75)

Ralph Amsden

Current total: $1365

Overall record: 28-26-1 (3-2 last week, +$25)

This week’s picks:

Notre Dame (-5) at Virginia (risking $100)

Notre Dame at Virginia OVER 64.5 (risking $100)

Purdue (+20.5) at Ohio State (risking $50)

Arizona State (-6) at Washington (risking $50)

Iowa State at Texas Tech (+10.5) (risking $50)

Have a take you’d like us to address? Email us at immad@unafraidshow.com and we’ll read your take on a future Wrighster or Wrong podcast.

UnafraidShow Fearless Friday Picks: 11/5/2021

Welcome to the UnafraidShow.com 2021 Fearless Friday Picks contest between George Wrigshter and Ralph Amsden.

Every week, George and Ralph will make five picks, either against the spread or the total, for the upcoming sports weekend. Each participant will start with $1000, and must risk a minimum of $20 on each pick, but can up each selection to a maximum of $100. Each winning pick pays 1:1, and we’ll keep the total throughout the season.

George Wrighster

Current total: $670

Overall record: 22-28 (2-3 last week, -$75)

This week’s picks:

Oregon (-7) at Washington (risking $75)

Ohio State (-14.5) at Nebraska (risking $75)

Baylor (-6.5) at TCU (risking $75)

Auburn (-4.5) at Texas A&M (risking $75)

Tennessee (-1) at Kentucky (risking $75)

Ralph Amsden

Current total: $1340

Overall record: 25-24-1 (3-2 last week, +$150)

This week’s picks:

Missouri (+39.5) at Georgia (risking $50)

Oregon (-7) at Washington (risking $50)

California at Arizona UNDER 49.5 (risking $75)

Michigan State (-3) at Purdue (risking $100)

Wake Forest (+2.5) at North Carolina (Risking $50)

Have a take you’d like us to address? Email us at immad@unafraidshow.com and we’ll read your take on a future Wrighster or Wrong podcast.

UnafraidShow Fearless Friday Picks: 10/29/2021

Welcome to the UnafraidShow.com 2021 Fearless Friday Picks contest between George Wrigshter and Ralph Amsden.

Every week, George and Ralph will make five picks, either against the spread or the total, for the upcoming sports weekend. Each participant will start with $1000, and must risk a minimum of $20 on each pick, but can up each selection to a maximum of $100. Each winning pick pays 1:1, and we’ll keep the total throughout the season.

George Wrighster

Current total: $745

Overall record: 20-25 (2-3 last week, -$75)

This week’s picks:

Colorado at Oregon (-24.5) (risking $75)

Michigan at Michigan State (+4)(risking $75)

Georgia at Florida (+14.5) (risking $75)

Penn State at Ohio State (-18.5) (risking $75)

Texas at Baylor (-2.5) (risking $75)

Ralph Amsden

Current total: $1190

Overall record: 22-22-1 (1-4 last week, -$130)

This week’s picks:

Iowa at Wisconsin OVER 37 (risking $50)

Ole Miss (+2.5) at Auburn (risking $50)

North Carolina at Notre Dame OVER 62.5 (risking $50)

Washington State (+15.5) at Arizona State (Risking $100)

Penn State (+18.5) at Ohio State (Risking $100)

Have a take you’d like us to address? Email us at immad@unafraidshow.com and we’ll read your take on a future Wrighster or Wrong podcast.

UnafraidShow Fearless Friday Picks: 10/22/2021

Welcome to the UnafraidShow.com 2021 Fearless Friday Picks contest between George Wrigshter and Ralph Amsden.

Every week, George and Ralph will make five picks, either against the spread or the total, for the upcoming sports weekend. Each participant will start with $1000, and must risk a minimum of $20 on each pick, but can up each selection to a maximum of $100. Each winning pick pays 1:1, and we’ll keep the total throughout the season.

George Wrighster

Current total: $820

Overall record: 18-22 (2-3 last week, -$100)

This week’s picks:

Oregon (+1) at UCLA (risking $75)

Northwestern (+23.5) at Michigan (risking $75)

Oklahoma State (+7) at Iowa State (risking $75)

USC (+7) at Notre Dame (risking $75)

LSU (+9.5) at Ole Miss (risking $75)

Ralph Amsden

Current total: $1320

Overall record: 21-18-1 (2-3 last week, -$75)

This week’s picks:

Washington at Arizona UNDER 46 (risking $100)

Clemson (+3.5) at Pittsburgh (risking $60)

Nevada at Fresno State (-3.5) (risking $50)

LSU (+9.5) at Ole Miss (risking $70)

Oregon at UCLA UNDER 60 (risking $50)

Have a take you’d like us to address? Email us at immad@unafraidshow.com and we’ll read your take on a future Wrighster or Wrong podcast.

UnafraidShow Fearless Friday Picks: 10/15/2021

Welcome to the UnafraidShow.com 2021 Fearless Friday Picks contest between George Wrigshter and Ralph Amsden.

Every week, George and Ralph will make five picks, either against the spread or the total, for the upcoming sports weekend. Each participant will start with $1000, and must risk a minimum of $20 on each pick, but can up each selection to a maximum of $100. Each winning pick pays 1:1, and we’ll keep the total throughout the season.

George Wrighster

Current total: $920

Overall record: 16-19 (2-3 last week, -$100)

This week’s picks:

Cal at Oregon (-13.5) (Risking $100)

Oklahoma State at Texas (-4) (Risking $100)

Kent State (+21.5) at Georgia (Risking $100)

Arizona State at Utah (+1) (Risking $100)

Florida (-11.5) at LSU (Risking $100)

Ralph Amsden

Current total: $1395

Overall record: 19-15-1 (3-2 last week, +$100)

This week’s picks:

Oklahoma State at Texas (-4) (risking $50)

Ole Miss (-2.5) at Tennessee (risking $50)

Iowa State at Kansas State (+6.5) (risking $50)

Arizona at Colorado UNDER 46.5 (risking $75)

Arizona State (-1) at Utah (risking $100)

Have a take you’d like us to address? Email us at immad@unafraidshow.com and we’ll read your take on a future Wrighster or Wrong podcast.

UnafraidShow Fearless Friday Picks: 10/8/2021

Welcome to the UnafraidShow.com 2021 Fearless Friday Picks contest between George Wrigshter and Ralph Amsden.

Every week, George and Ralph will make five picks, either against the spread or the total, for the upcoming sports weekend. Each participant will start with $1000, and must risk a minimum of $20 on each pick, but can up each selection to a maximum of $100. Each winning pick pays 1:1, and we’ll keep the total throughout the season.

George Wrighster

Current total: $1020

Overall record: 14-16 (1-4 last week, -$245)

This week’s picks:

Oklahoma (-3) at Texas (risking $100)

Georgia at Auburn (+15.5) (risking $100)

Alabama (-18) at Texas A&M (risking $100)

Oregon State (-3.5) at Washington State (risking $100)

Florida State (+17.5) at North Carolina (risking $100)

Ralph Amsden

Current total: $1295

Overall record: 16-13-1 (3-2 last week, +$150)

This week’s picks:

Penn State at Iowa OVER 41 (risking $100)

Boise State (+5.5) at BYU (risking $100)

Florida State (+17.5) at North Carolina (risking $100)

Arkansas at Mississippi UNDER 66.5 (risking $100)

Oregon State (-3.5) at Washington State (risking $100)

Have a take you’d like us to address? Email us at immad@unafraidshow.com and we’ll read your take on a future Wrighster or Wrong podcast.