Are you playing in the “Bracket of Death?”

Tuesday will be a big day for the Turbo Bocce league.  As you read this article, thirty-two teams have a chance to win it all (and I mean a good chance . . . last year the 24th seed won it all), but after what is sure to be an intense day of bocce next Tuesday, only 16 will remain to fight it out in one huge winner-take-all tournament for the title.

I am sure that by now you are wondering how easy your road to the championship is.  Lets break it down mathematically.

Our bracket is set up by BCS, so according to that matrix, every bracket is equally difficult.  But there is more than one way to judge the quality of a team.

Lets try to figure out which bracket is the toughest using some of the other methods of determining team strength.

First, lets take a look at which teams are competing in which bracket. I will label each bracket by the top ranked team in it.

In the New Bocce Order bracket the following teams will be competing (with their wins and losses – not counting automatic losses – shown in parentheses next to them):

New Bocce Order (27-3) vs. Teachers Union (10-20)

2 Balls On Your Ace (20-10) vs. Ball Busters (18-12)

Puzzles (15-15) vs. Salty Bocce Balls (14-16)

Omnipotence (14-16) vs. Sweet Italian Bocce Balls (18-12)

In the Mark & Robb bracket the following teams will be competing:

Mark & Robb (18-12) vs. Snakes on a Pallino (11-19)

Thunderballz (14-16) vs. The Moppines (18-12)

Rolling Blackouts (19-11) vs. Big LaBocce (14-16)

Off Everyday (12-18) vs. Landlords (20-10)

In the Droppin Balls bracket the following teams will be competing:

Droppin Balls (22-8) vs. Opportunity Knocks (7-23)

Bushwhackers (15-15) vs. Lord of the Balls (17-13)

Knickerbocces (17-13) vs. The Clydesdales (14-16)

Some Innuendo (10-20) vs. Kentucky Bourbon (18-12)

In the South Beach bracket the following teams will be competing:

South Beach (20-10) vs. Beer United (15-9) or Busting Balls (9-21)*

Ball Don’t Lie (15-15) vs. SMACtion (21-8)

Neighborhood Balls (22-8) vs. KPP (16-14)

One Eyed Fish (16-14) vs.  Breakfast of Champions (18-12)

This is the trophy everybody is competing for (lets call it the Stanley Keg) on first glance which bracket do you think is most difficult?

Have you guessed yet?  If so, lets put some stats to this argument

Overall win/loss record seems like a pretty good way to determine which bracket is the best, doesn’t it?

The New Bocce Order bracket has a win/loss record of 136-104, or a .567 winning percentage.

The Mark & Robb bracket has a win/loss record of 126-114, or a .525 winning percentage.

The Droppin Balls bracket has a win/loss record of 128-112, or a .533 winning percentage.

The South Beach bracket has a win/loss record of 143-90, or a .614 winning percentage.

*The Beer United vs. Busting Balls play-in game is a week behind so I assumed the higher seed would win for my calculations.

We know that according to the BCS all brackets are relatively equal.  We now know the win/loss records of the teams in each bracket.  What other creative ways can we come up with to determine which bracket is toughest?

How about which bracket has the leaders in each individual statistical category (point, bocce, ace)?

The New Bocce Order bracket has the points leader in it.

The Mark & Robb bracket has no individual leaders in it.

The Droppin Balls bracket has no individual leaders in it.

The South Beach bracket has the bocce leader and the ace leader in it.

Even though only one team has managed to repeat as champion, it still sucks to play a team with a lot of experience.

Lets look at how many previous championships have been won by players in the four brackets.

The players in the New Bocce Order bracket have combined to win 3 previous championships.

There are no previous champions in the Mark & Robb bracket.

There are no previous champions in the Droppin Balls bracket.

The players in the South Beach bracket have combined to win 4 previous championships.

Well there  you have it.  All the relevant information you need to determine which bracket is the dreaded Bracket of Death!

Don’t be afraid to comment on which bracket you think is the most difficult or vote in our Facebook poll HERE.

  • Its ah dah POPE

    The blessed Mother “mary”,”Isis”,”Diana”,”Ishtar,”The Black Madonna” have brought to my attention that the most important factor in determining the most difficult bracket has been left out, which is the BCS standings. By adding the BCS of the 7 best teams from each bracket and dividing them by 7 its easy to see which team or teams has the “bracket of death”. #1 The New Bocce Order bracket with a BCS of 1.115, #2 Droppin Balls 1.091, #3 South beach 1.079, #4 Mark & Robb 1.074. As you can see our Blessed Mother is not wrong The New Bocce Order bracket is the most difficult and if I was on that side I would pay my penance to get out. Good luck.