There’s still one game left before the 2014 NCAA March Madness Final Four, and President Obama’s Barackets is already done! With Michigan State going out to the Cinderella-ish UConn Huskies, da Prez’s Barackets has no potential points left. He still has Florida in place, but he had Michigan State beating them in the national semi-finals so he has no points left.
It now only remains to be seen how many behind him still have some teams left who can get points. After the Michigan state game, the President is still ahead of 74.7% of entries on ESPN’s Tournament Challenge. That lead is the only thing the President still has going for him to salvage some sort of decent final placement, which he may still get depending on who wins from now on. Only 0.4% of brackets had UConn getting more points, 5.7% had Wisconsin, 2.1% had Kentucky, but 15.4% still has Michigan to get more points, and 41.1% still has Florida to get more points. So the President can still finish respectfully, to completely tank!
I’m in not much better shape with only Florida remaining. However, I am ahead of the President… and I have Florida to win it all so if they do, I can really smoke the President, and many others. Unfortunately, UConn was the last team who beat Florida so that should be some rematch! UConn is playing better than they did then, and it only remains to be seen if Florida has improved as much. Mathematically, though, I have beaten the President and that is 5/6 years now. 🙂
I am currently ahead of 87.7% of brackets on ESPN. But by having Florida, if you look at the math above of teams remaining still able to get points, take out the Florida part and I’m going to finish at least at a respectable level. Yay!
The deal to move the Atlanta Thrashers to Winnipeg seems to be all but done as I write this. I’m going to gamble that it will happen in writing this post and move on to the next big question of whether the new Winnipeg team should be called the Jets?
Where the Wild Things Are is an award winning and well-loved children’s picture book written in 1963 by American author Maurice Sendak. Just 338 words and 18 pictures long, it is about the wild adventure of a boy named Max who is sent to his room without his supper by his mother as punishment for misbehaving. There, he has adventures where he meets strange creatures, the “wild things”, while in his wolf costume. It is an endearing favourite, and has won the Caldecott Medal in 1964, among many other awards. However, it is the general population’s love for it which has made it a masterpiece.
Out of this short book comes a highly anticipated full-length movie due in theatres, including IMAX giant screen theatres, on Oct 16 2009.
Beyond the appeal for children, this story has a lot of appeal for adults as well. There have been an incredible number of articles, popular and academic, analyzing everything from its mythology to psychology. Two examples include a favourite of mine, Monsters Ink (Boston Globe, Oct 4 2009), and one I chuckle at for being over the top called Where the Wild Things Are: Sendak’s picture book and the monsters personified, sanctified and glorified (PDF) by P. Fitzsimmons. Mind you, if you think that’s over the top, you should see what the Anti-Twilight crowd does to thrash Twilight books!
Anyway, despite all the anticipation around this movie, I wonder if it’ll get the same kind of fan base as Transformers, GI Joe, Twilight and such who will do things like carry its image around on their iPhones, iTouch, iPod Touch, Blackberries and Palms. I have my doubts, but the only way to find out is to put it out there to see. There’s a cute little child and some furry monsters, nothing charismatic like the human actors in those other movies, or fancy robots. But we’ll see. Regardless, I’m going to have to get out and see what the hype to this movie is all about. The trailers above looked great and fun. It’s taken them a long time to get the film produced the way Maurice wanted (story), but it looks like they’ve got it right. I really like the song, too! It’s called Wake Up, by the Arcade Fire.
These backgrounds were made from images I found on the Internet, touched up, removed crap on, cropped and resized for the iPhone, iTouch, iPod Touch, Palm Pre and Blackberry Bold 9000. I grabbed some from trailer screen captures as well so there are some “new” graphics here. To get the backgrounds, please:
- Click on an image to see it full size.
- Right click and choose Download or download in whatever ways your browser does.
- Click Back to go back to this page or click a thumbnail below the large picture to move on to the next one.
You’re on your own to put it on your iPhone, iTouch, iPod Touch, Palm Pre or Blackberry, I’m afraid, cause I can’t justify the need for me to spend money on one so I haven’t got a clue how to do it!
While you’re decorating your iPhone or other cell phones, redo your voice mail with a singing message if you don’t have to worry about getting professionals calling you.