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Lakers March Madness (on two levels), plus an observation

Madness At long last, it's the final round of Lakers March Madness! 

Together as a blogosphere, we've laughed, cried and- dare I say- grown as worthy contenders like "Lamar Odom's fashion," "Von Wafer's rookie card on eBay" and "Pau Gasol from the elbow" have fought valiantly to stay alive.  I've poured out some frosty brew in remembrance of these fallen soldiers, whose brave efforts surely will not be forgotten. 

The Final Four was staged yesterday and two landslide victors emerged upon the dust settling.  In a victory certain to please pfunk36, Kobe Bryant's fadeaway decidedly beat down Phil Jackson's zen by a margin of 74%.  The Mamba will do battle with his ol' buddy and fellow Threepeat member Derek Fisher, he of the sage gravitas, which bested Shannon Brown's redunkulous hops.  The people spoke and awarded 59% of their love to Fish.  Kinda fitting that the two Lakers with the longest and most successful careers would outlast all challengers. 

I'm guessing the final poll to determine a champ is more "formality" than exercise in suspense, but I am curious to see how the numbers shake out while reaching the inevitable conclusion.

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Lakers March Madness- Final Four

(What, you thought we forgot?)

Apparently, it's an important weekend in some big college basketball thingy.  Maybe.  I don't know.  That's really none of my business.  Why?  Because I'm neck deep in Lakers March Madness Bracketology.  After two exciting opening rounds, and a stirring flurry of competition in the Round of Eight, it's down to the Final Four, and the competition is stiffer than a left-handed Kwame Brown jump hook. 

Without further ado, your matchups:

Ceballos Bracket

#5 Phil Jackson's Zen vs. #7 Kobe Bryant's fadeaway

So appropriate.  The spiritual core of one of the great coaches in NBA history (who defeated Kwame Brown's calves and Adam Morrison's facial hair en route to this point) against one of the Association's greatest closers, slayer of both LO's fashion and Pau Gasol from the elbow.  This is gonna be like Gandalf vs. Aragorn.*  Break out your 20-sided die for this one-- you'll need at least that many angles to figure this one out.**

Reid Bracket

#4 Shannon Brown's hops vs.
#2 Derek Fisher's gravitas
Brown beat out We Want Tacos! in round one, then edged out Andrew Bynum's physical therapist in the Elite Eight.  The man can jump.  Over backboards, over buildings, over birds (flying birds specifically, otherwise it wouldn't be that hard).  But can he jump over the monumental gravitas of Derek Fisher?  Luke Walton's Y and R appearance couldn't, and neither could Sasha's headband. 

Voting below. 

BK

*Or maybe it isn't.  I was thinking of a battle between a sage wizardly type and an honorable, athletic man of action.  If the comparison isn't "Tolkien accurate," I apologize and respect your enthusiasm, but really don't want angry letters in the mailbox from die hards for this.  Thanks in advance for your cooperation.

**Along those lines, I realize I'm mixing LotR and D'n'D here.  Again, nerdlingers please hold the emails.

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Lakers March Madness, Elite Eight!

NOTE: Because of a technical glitch, this was posted earlier today much deeper down the page.  If you've already voted, treat it like a Chicago election, and feel free to vote again.  Sincerely, Management.

Round one is in the books in both the Cedric Ceballos and JR Reid Brackets, and I think it's fair to say the level of competition was nothing short of stunning.  We had upsets, we had buzzer beaters, we had dominant performances by elite... um... arbitrarily created competitors.  We had all that, and coin flips (to break the tie between Adam Morrison's facial hair and Trevor Ariza's tattoos).  The highlights, of course, will be later captured in the Official Lakers March Madness One Shining Moment montage.

But we can't live in the past.  It's time for the Elite Eight!

Cedric Ceballos Bracket:

#1 Adam Morrison's facial hair vs. #5 Phil Jackson's zen
It was a narrow escape for the top seed in the first round.  Can the thin 'stache/chin whisker combo hold up against a strong challenge from the unflappable five seed?  If it does, will the zen limit whatever playing time might be available for AmMo's facial hair and the face attached to it?

#6 Pau Gasol from the elbow vs. #7 Kobe's fadeaway

The Spaniard's feathery face up game KO'd the brawn of DJ Mbenga's martial arts skills, while Kobe's trusty fadeaway buried Lamar Odom's fashion in a result that, if we might for a moment be completely frank with each other, disappointed me greatly. 

JR Reid Bracket:

#4 Shannon Brown's hops vs. #8 Andrew Bynum's physical therapist
Yes, we lit a candle at Lakers Blog HQ after Von Wafer's rookie card on eBay bit the dust, but given the interest in Andrew Bynum's health, I get it.  Can AB's knee whisperer take down the shocking athleticism of Shannon Brown without pulling a Tonya Harding?

#2 Derek Fisher's gravitas vs. #3 Sasha Vujacic's headband
We talk a lot about Sasha's hair, and whether or not he'd be best to cut it (I say yes).  Either way, none of the vitriol directed at 18's locks have damaged the reputation of the band that keeps it in place.  Nobody (if I might for a moment humanize an inanimate object) turned in a more dominant performance than Sasha's headband, who ripped Jerry Buss' unnaturally orange hair with 74% of the vote. 

This one's gonna be epic.

So there you have it.  16 becomes eight, which will soon be four.  Voting below.

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Lakers March Madness, Elite Eight!

Round one is in the books in both the Cedric Ceballos and JR Reid Brackets, and I think it's fair to say the level of competition was nothing short of stunning.  We had upsets, we had buzzer beaters, we had dominant performances by elite... um... arbitrarily created competitors.  We had all that, and coin flips (to break the tie between Adam Morrison's facial hair and Trevor Ariza's tattoos).  The highlights, of course, will be captured in the Official Lakers March Madness One Shining Moment montage.

But we can't live in the past.  It's time for the Elite Eight!

Cedric Ceballos Bracket:

#1 Adam Morrison's facial hair vs. #5 Phil Jackson's zen
It was a narrow escape for the top seed in the first round.  Can the thin 'stache/chin whisker combo hold up against a strong challenge from the unflappable five seed?  If it does, will the zen limit whatever playing time might be available for AmMo's facial hair and the face attached to it?

#6 Pau Gasol from the elbow vs. #7 Kobe's fadeaway

The Spaniard's feathery face up game KO'd the brawn of DJ Mbenga's martial arts skills, while Kobe's trusty fadeaway buried Lamar Odom's fashion in a result that, if we might for a moment be completely frank with each other, disappointed me greatly. 

JR Reid Bracket:

#4 Shannon Brown's hops vs. #8 Andrew Bynum's physical therapist
Yes, we lit a candle at Lakers Blog HQ after Von Wafer's rookie card on eBay bit the dust, but given the interest in Andrew Bynum's health, I get it.  Can AB's knee whisperer take down the shocking athleticism of Shannon Brown without pulling a Tonya Harding?

#2 Derek Fisher's gravitas vs. #3 Sasha Vujacic's headband
We talk a lot about Sasha's hair, and whether or not he'd be best to cut it (I say yes).  Either way, none of the vitriol directed at 18's locks have damaged the reputation of the band that keeps it in place.  Nobody (if I might for a moment humanize an inanimate object) turned in a more dominant performance than Sasha's headband, who ripped Jerry Buss' unnaturally orange hair with 74% of the vote. 

This one's gonna be epic.

So there you have it.  16 becomes eight, which will soon be four.  Voting below.   

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March Madness round 2 results

The second round is in the books.  Here's how you voted.

  • #8 seed Andrew Bynum's physical therapist (69%) defeats top seed Won Wafer's rookie card on eBay (31%).  Major upset of two arbitrarily seeded entries!!!
  • #2 seed Derek Fisher's gravitas (58%) defeats Luke Walton's appearance on "The Young and the Restless" (42%). 
  • #3 seed Sasha Vujacic's headband smokes Jerry Buss' unusually orange hair.  74% vs. a scant 26%. 
  • #4 seed Shannon Brown's hops garners 60% to take down #5 seed "We want tacos."  Tightest battle of the bracket.

The next round of voting on a date TBA.

AK

Lakers March Madness, Round 2

Some define this month's "madness" as the college roundball tourney being played as we speak.  As I said during our recent 710 ESPN podkast, Smush Parker fancying himself a credible critic of the "Playing With Kobe Bryant Experience" brings new meaning to the phrase "madness."  But here at Lakers Blog, we offer our own, highly purple and gold-centric version of March Madness.  Round one's results are in the books and here are your winners:

Kobe Bryant's fadeaway over Lamar Odom's fashion sense
Pau Gasol from the elbow over DJ Mbenga's martial arts
Phil Jackson's zen over Kwame Brown's calves
And after a tie at required overtime action (for our purposes, a coin flip)... Adam Morrison's facial hair over Trevor Ariza's tattoos.

Today, the J.R. Reid region of the bracket. And without further adieu...

#1 Von Wafer's rookie card on eBay vs. #8 Andrew Bynum's physical therapist
The players in question entered the league as 2005-2006 rooks.  Wafer became a Lakers Blog icon through a combination of unquenchable gunning impulse, horrible aim and uniquely wild play (more or less reigned in upon becoming a productive bench player for the Rockets).  Bynum could enjoy hugely iconic status if he can reemerge healthy in enough time to bolster a playoff.  Thus, a nod to the guy running Drew's rehab.   

#2  Derek Fisher's gravitas vs. #7 Luke Walton's "Young and the Restless" appearance.

The former is the sports equivalent of sage wisdom and thought provoking introspection.  When Fish talks, people listen and it was generally worth the time.  The latter is pure babble masquerading as deep insight, however just as riveting in its own right.  Like a car crash, you can't help but look as Luke delivers gems like, "It's gotta be a woman."  Also fantastic is that bad an actor as Luke may be, he smokes his "professional" counterpart.  Dude's SAG card should have been immediately revoked.    

#3 Sasha’s
headband vs. #6 Dr. Buss’ unnaturally orange hair

Interesting pairing, since I'm not always sure how truly enthusiastic most fans are about either entry.  Yes, the band harnessing Sasha's locks has sparked such delight among some that a "headband watch" on his personal website and a documentary about said "watch" appeared the next logical step.  On the flip side, there's a brewing consensus that The Machine spends far too much time futzing with the band and should consider a date with a military barber.  Having said that, what the hell is that thing on the good doctor's head?  

#4 Shannon Brown's hops vs. #5 "We want tacos!!!"
Here, on the other hand, comes a clash of two undisputed crowd favorites.  The new Laker doesn't get much burn, but whenever Shannon Brown does hit the hardcourt, there's a strong chance you'll see an amazing display of pure athleticism.  As BK once noted, if 82games.com kept a stat for Youtube worthy moments per minute, Brown likely leads the league.  But if you're talking crowd faves, ain't no party like a "we want tacos" party because a "we want tacos" party don't stop.  The Staples faithful makes no bones about their desire to nab a voucher for free Mexi grub and a mere sniff of the possibility whirls crowds into a chanting frenzy. 

Polls remain open (and below the jump until the conclusion of tonight's game against the Bulls.  Have at it!!!

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Lakers March Madness, round one!

Here it is.  The first half of the opening round of the first annual (maybe) Lakers March Madness Tourney.  Try not to get in trouble at the office because you're too deeply invested in the results here.  Remember, just about everything involved in this process is totally arbitrary, therefore the seeding committee doesn't want any guff from the peanut gallery.  Today, the Ced Ceballos Region.

#1 Adam Morrison's Facial Hair vs. #8 Trevor Ariza's tattoos.
Strong matchup, indicating the depth of this side of the draw.  AmMo owns the sort of scraggly, all-too-thin 'stache/beard combo (seemingly connected to each other only as acquaintances) oft seen on dudes you went to high school with.  On the other hand, it's a signature look.  TA has ink all over his body, including the neck... but like most of his game, it's kind of subtle. The ink doesn't leap out, but it's there, and it brings its A game.  Always the A game.

#2 LO's fashion vs. #7 Kobe's fadeaway
A powerhouse matchup.  Much has been made of LO's unique style- we mentioned last night his red/white striped, short sleeved, button down complete with hood and cuff links- which (much like the player himself) is often spectacular and occasionally mind boggling.  At the same time, Kobe's fadeaway is a thing of beauty.  Still, 24's J enters the tourney having slumped in its previous two games.  Did he work too hard to get himself off the bubble? 

#3 DJ Mbenga's martial arts skills vs.#6 Pau Gasol from the elbow

Force vs. finesse.  Strength vs. savvy.  Two very tall men enter, only one very tall man leaves.

#4 Kwame Brown's calves vs. Phil's zen
We know how one member of the Lakers Blog family would vote...

Click below for the poll boxes. Voting closes, let's say... 6:00 pm PST. 

BK

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