Reese’s NCAA March Madness Picks

Hey Readers!

I’ve done it!  After many attempts, I have buckled down and put together my NCAA March Madness tournament bracket.  It was heart breaking for me not to have picked my two favourite NCAA college basketball teams to win it all this year (sorry Syracuse University and University of Michigan), but I will be cheering them on to win every game they have during this tournament as though I did pick for them to go all the of way!

Actually, I did two brackets, but my official bracket will be with University of Arizona Wildcats winning it all this year!  I know, most people think it is University of Florida’s Gators’ turn at hoisting  the Wooden NCAA National Championship trophy, but I’m just not sure it will happened this way.  I have not ill-will towards the Gators, but I just can’t see the tournament going down this way.

In my back-up bracket, I chose my arch-rival school, the Michigan State Spartans, as the winners.  I know! I totally turned my back on U of Michigan by picking them as my back-up winner, but they have a great team this year, and I have to tip my hat to their squad for beating my Wolverines last weekend during the finals of the Big 10 Tournament.

My picks to make it to the Final Four are: the Florida Gators (South) vs the Michigan State Spartans (East), and the Wichita State Shockers (MidWest) vs the Arizona Wildcats (West).  In my primary bracket, I have the the Gators vs the Wildcats, and in my secondary bracket, I have the Spartans vs the Shockers.

So, Readers, there are my March Madness picks this year.  I know there will be a Cinderella team that takes out some higher seeded teams, but that is part of the magic and fun of this tournament!  If you are big NCAA college basketball fan like I am, you can’t wait for the tourney to begin.  I hope your picks do well this year!

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese.

SURVIVOR Season #28 – New Cast, Same Country

Hey Readers!

It is T-Minus six days and counting until the newest season of SURVIVOR™ begins! The producers have selected a new crop of Castaways for this round of fun and games, but we are still located in the Philippines.  This time, they are in Cagayan, which is located in the northeast part of the country, instead of on one of the islands.

This season, the theme is Brains vs. Brawn vs. Beauty.  When this season’s theme was announced, I wasn’t too crazy about it. Just about any one of these individuals could hold all three of these qualities, yet they’re being labelled as a ‘brain,’ a ‘brawn’ or a ‘beauty.’ For me, these categories are a bit misleading.  Sure, you can be an engineer, but you could also be very anti-social.  Being social in this game is probably the most important attribute you can have, and all of the math skills in the world will not make up for lacking in this area where other people hold your fate for most of the game.  Beauty and brawn will also carry you so far as well.  You can be voted off for being good-looking, and your strength may not translate into the endurance you need to be living out in the elements and without proper food and water for a few days.  Since this game has been won by all kinds of people, you need to have a good balance of all three to be successful at SURVIVOR™.

Enough preaching, now onto my picks to win SURVIVOR™ Cagayan! Below are my three picks to win it all!

LJ McKanas (Beauty Tribe) and my #1 Pick

– He seems as though he is a down-to-earth type of person and doesn’t mind getting dirty.

– I like how he spoke about the misconception of those on the Brawn tribe.

– He can fish, which is important when you don’t have your fishing gear yet.

Con – He sees himself like Boston Rob.  So many peoplewant to model their game after him, and they have to realize that other Castaways will be targeting you if you try to emulate a former player’s game-play.

Sarah Lacina (Brawn Tribe)

– She didin’t over inflate her ego when she spoke of herself, which speaks volumes to me.

– She is not modelling herself after any past Castaways, so she knows she has got to win the game in her own way.

Con – She thinks she is going to dominate the game.  You can never know just how well you are going not do until you are out there playing the game and have won.

David Samson (Brains Tribe)

– He seems as though he can rally people together as a team well.

– He knows you need to have more than one of the aforementioned traits to win this game ,nor is he relying on just one of them to help him win.

Con – I can see him turning out to be a Russell Hantz later on down the road in this game. This will be the kiss of death for him if this does happen.

Now that my picks to win have been shared, here is my pick for the first to be voted out:

Brice Johnston (Beauty Tribe)

– He seems to be the type that will have a hard time adjusting to life in this game without the ‘creature comforts’ of home. He’s worried about the B/O of others, as well as his own when you’re out in the middle of essentially nowhere for 39 days. This should not be your primary concern in the game of SURVIVOR™. In his defense, there were a few other new Castaways that were worried about having to smell bad breath from other people. He just took it further with the B/O issue.

– He compared himself to Colton as a player.  Really?! IF the B/O issue wasn’t bad enough, comparing yourself to Colton as a player in this game is almost like packing your bags early! Colton is, arguably, the worst Castaway ever to have played this game due to his attitude. If he turns out to be compared to Colton by other Castaways, he very well may be the first to go!

Even though I have pretty much written Brice off as being the first to leave the game, I did the same thing to Cochran on his first time out in the game.  He lasted FAR longer than almost anyone, including himself, expected. He even came back for a second kick of the can and won!  You can never be sure how things will play out in the game of SURVIVOR™!

So there you have it, Readers.  This is how I think the game will unfold for this season’s Castaways.  It will be another season willed with action, adventure, and of course, drama! Can’t wait for all of the fun and games to begin next Wednesday night!

Who do you think will win SURVIVOR™? Who do you think will be first to be sent packing?  Let me know. I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese.

Survivor Season #27 Impressions Before the Premiere- It’s Time for More Cut-Throat Action!

Hey, Readers!

I’m glad to have you back for CBS’ 27th season of Survivor!  Yeah, it feels as though it’s bee FOREVER since their last season.  For those of you who don’t know, this year’s big twist is that former Castaways will be battling it out with, or against, their loved ones!  Yep, family members, wives, husbands, fiancé(e), boyfriends and girlfriends!  I guess the producers wanted to have a variety of relationships represented on the show.  For this installment of  Survivor, they have bee split into two tribes: Returning Players vs. Loved Ones.  I also think they love the Philippines, because they filmed this season on Palaui Island, Cagayan Valley, Philippines.

Here are my impressions of this season’s cast as a whole:  It’s alright.  Nothing to write home to mom about or jump out my chair over.  Here are some of the notable pairs competing this season:

  • Aras and Vytas (Brothers) – Aras won Survivor: Panama – Exile Island.  It would be interesting to see if the other players will hold that against him and his brother.
  • Colton and Caleb (Engaged) – Colton didn’t have the greatest experience the last time he played the game (spoiled rich kid attitude rubbed Castaways the wrong way, then had to leave the game early), but maybe his partner will help to mellow him out.
  • Kat and Hayden (Dating) – I don’t remember Kat too much from Survivor: One World, but her boyfriend, Hayden, won Big Brother 12.  His previous success could put a target on their backs in this game.
  • Rupert and Laura (Married) – Oh, one of Survivor’s favourite Castaways has come back, again, for a third shot at winning the million-dollar prize.  He and his wife, Laura will be targeted because he is so popular, their a bit older than most of the other players this season, and he has already won a million dollar just for being on Survivor: All-Stars for being the fan favourite.

Who are my picks to win Survivor: Blood vs. Water?  It would probably be Aras and Vytas.  They both look like they could last all 39 days in the Philippines, and since Aras knows what it takes to win, all he and his brother have to do is make it through both of their separate tribes to the Merge to, and they should be golden.  My other pick would be Kat and Hayden.  Mixed gender teams work well together in competitions like this, and Hayden was a hell of a competitor on BB 12.  Overall. I think Hayden, if he doesn’t ruffle too many feathers, would be my #1 pick to win it all.

Who will be the first person voted out of Survivor: Blood vs. Water?  If the Loved Ones’ tribe is strategic, they should vote Rupert’s wife, Laura, off first.  It would mess with Rupert’s head, as he has been known to be a Castaway that plays with his heart in this game, and getting Laura out of the game would certainly throw him off his game!

Well, Readers, this is how I see Survivor: Blood vs. Water playing out.  If you have been following my track record, I’m horrible at picking who’s going to win and who will leave a reality competition first, but hey, you can’t blame me for trying!  Let me know what you think of my picks for this season of Survivor, as well as who your picks are to win!  Can’t wait to get this season started!

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese.