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Saturday, August 30, 2014

KnickerBlogger 2005 NBA Playoff Brackets Contest

Welcome to the second annual KnickerBlogger NBA Playoff Brackets Contest. This long standing tradition dates back to last year, where a field of 8 NBA experts donned their Carnac the magician hats before gazing into their crystal ball. These sages dared to envision the future, and use their vast hoops knowledge to predict the next NBA champion. Unfortunately none of the soothsayers chose the Detroit Pistons to take the title, but that hasn’t deterred us from trying again this year.

This year I’ve widened my search in the hopes that someone can get the darn thing right. The benefit for mainstream writers to join this motley group would be to gain “street cred” by rubbing elbows with the buzzword of last year (“blogger”). Meanwhile bloggers can brag to their friends from their windowless basement apartment by being associated with people that actually get paid for their writing.

Two notables from last year’s contest that aren’t competing this year are John Hollinger and Scott from RaptorBlog.com. Scott decided to retire after winning last year’s contest. He was interested in preserving his place in the KnickerBlogger record book with an insurmountable career winning percentage of 1.000. On the other hand the prolific Hollinger said he’d get his picks in as soon as he finished writing his ESPN Insider column, a piece for the New York Sun, next year’s Pro Basketball Forecast, his taxes, the grocery list for the supermarket, and that homework assignment he forgot to finish in the 4th grade.

To replace Hollinger, we had to resort to two writers. Kelly Dwyer is from Hollinger’s former employer, SI.com, while John’s co-worker at the New York Sun, Martin Johnson, represents the print media. Venturing outside of the blogosphere, I’ve invited Roland Beech who runs 82games.com and Justin Kubatko of basketball-reference.com who will fight it out for stat site honors. This year we’re graced by an overseas basketball blogger, the mysterious author of basketblogger.com from France. Finally, we’ve extended our reach outside of basketball, as Aaron Schatz of the immensely informative footballoutsiders.com and Brian Bassett who covers my favorite NFL team.

I’ve added a little wrinkle to this year’s contest. Not only do participants have to choose the winner in each series, but they also must guess the number of games the series goes. Each correct team will net the contestant with 5 points, and if they correctly guessed the number of games they’ll receive a bonus of 2 points. No points will be awarded for forecasting the number of games without guessing the proper team. This year’s winner will receive the inflated sense of self esteem comes with winning such nonsense.

And now for the moment you’ve all been waiting for… THE PICKS!

EAST

Name URL
ER1T1
ER1T2
ER1T3
ER1T4
ER2T1
ER2T2
ECC
Kelly Dwyer sportsillustrated.cnn.com
MIA in 5
DET in 6
IND in 7
CHI in 7
MIA in 4
DET in 7
DET in 6
Aaron Schatz www.footballoutsiders.com
MIA in 6
DET in 5
IND in 6
CHI in 7
MIA in 5
DET in 5
MIA in 7
Brian Bassett www.thejetsblog.com
MIA in 4
DET in 5
BOS in 5
CHI in 5
MIA in 6
BOS in 7
MIA in 6
Jeff www.CelticsBlog.com
MIA in 5
DET in 6
BOS in 5
CHI in 7
MIA in 6
BOS in 7
MIA in 6
Kevin Broom www.RealGM.com
MIA in 6
DET in 5
IND in 7
WAS in 6
MIA in 4
DET in 6
MIA in 7
Larry Fleisher knicks.mostvaluablenetwork.com
MIA in 6
DET in 5
IND in 7
CHI in 6
MIA in 6
DET in 7
DET in 7
Mr. BB www.basketblogger.com
MIA in 4
DET in 5
IND in 5
CHI in 6
MIA in 4
DET in 4
MIA in 4
Ron Hitley www.hornets247.com
MIA in 5
DET in 5
BOS in 6
WAS in 6
MIA in 5
DET in 6
MIA in 6
Matt Bernhardt bulls.blogspot.com
MIA in 6
DET in 4
IND in 7
CHI in 7
MIA in 4
DET in 6
DET in 5
Roland 82games.com
MIA in 6
DET in 5
IND in 6
WAS in 7
MIA in 5
DET in 7
DET in 6
KnickerBlogger www.knickerblogger.net
MIA in 5
DET in 4
BOS in 7
WAS in 6
MIA in 5
DET in 6
MIA in 5
Justin Kubatko www.basketball-reference.com
MIA in 5
DET in 5
IND in 7
CHI in 6
MIA in 5
DET in 6
MIA in 7
Kevin www.supersonics.com
MIA in 6
DET in 6
IND in 7
CHI in 7
MIA in 5
DET in 6
MIA in 7
Martin Johnson www.nysun.com
MIA in 7
DET in 4
IND in 6
CHI in 7
MIA in 5
DET in 5
DET in 7
Kurt www.forumblueandgold.com
MIA in 6
DET in 5
BOS in 7
CHI in 7
MIA in 5
DET in 5
DET in 6

West

Name URL
WR1T1
WR1T2
WR1T3
WR1T4
WR2T1
WR2T2
WCC
Kelly Dwyer sportsillustrated.cnn.com
PHO in 6
SAS in 6
SEA in 5
DAL in 7
DAL in 7
SAS in 7
SAS in 7
Aaron Schatz www.footballoutsiders.com
PHO in 5
SAS in 7
SEA in 7
DAL in 5
DAL in 6
SAS in 7
SAS in 7
Brian Bassett www.thejetsblog.com
PHO in 4
SAS in 6
SAC in 7
DAL in 6
PHO in 6
SAS in 5
SAS in 6
Jeff www.CelticsBlog.com
PHO in 4
SAS in 7
SAC in 6
DAL in 7
DAL in 6
SAS in 6
SAS in 6
Kevin Broom www.RealGM.com
PHO in 5
SAS in 4
SAC in 7
DAL in 7
PHO in 7
SAS in 5
SAS in 6
Larry Fleisher knicks.mostvaluablenetwork.com
PHO in 5
SAS in 6
SEA in 6
HOU in 7
PHO in 7
SEA in 6
PHO in 7
Mr.BB www.basketblogger.com
PHO in 4
SAS in 4
SAC in 6
DAL in 4
PHO in 5
SAS in 6
SAS in 6
Ron Hitley www.hornets247.com
PHO in 4
SAS in 7
SAC in 5
DAL in 7
PHO in 6
SAS in 5
SAS in 6
Matt Bernhardt bulls.blogspot.com
PHO in 4
SAS in 4
SAC in 6
DAL in 6
DAL in 6
SAS in 4
SAS in 5
Roland 82games.com
PHO in 5
SAS in 6
SEA in 7
DAL in 5
DAL in 6
SAS in 7
DAL in 6
KnickerBlogger www.knickerblogger.net
PHO in 5
SAS in 6
SEA in 6
DAL in 5
PHO in 7
SAS in 6
SAS in 6
Justin Kubatko www.basketball-reference.com
PHO in 5
SAS in 6
SAC in 7
DAL in 6
DAL in 7
SAS in 5
SAS in 6
Kevin www.supersonics.com
PHO in 6
SAS in 7
SEA in 7
DAL in 6
PHO in 7
SAS in 6
SAS in 7
Martin Johnson www.nysun.com
PHO in 7
SAS in 6
SAC in 6
DAL in 7
DAL in 6
SAS in 5
DAL in 6
Kurt www.forumblueandgold.com
PHO in 4
SAS in 7
SAC in 6
DAL in 6
DAL in 7
SAS in 5
SAS in 7

FINALS:

Name URL
CHAMP
Champ Score
Kelly Dwyer sportsillustrated.cnn.com
SAS in 6
92-83
Aaron Schatz www.footballoutsiders.com
MIA in 7
89-84
Brian Bassett www.thejetsblog.com
MIA in 7
105-98
Jeff www.CelticsBlog.com
SAS in 6
97-86
Kevin Broom www.RealGM.com
SAS in 7
92-86
Larry Fleisher knicks.mostvaluablenetwork.com
DET in 6
103-99
Mr. BB www.basketblogger.com
MIA in 5
94-89
Ron Hitley www.hornets247.com
MIA in 7
91-84
Matt Bernhardt bulls.blogspot.com
SAS in 6
90-82
Roland 82games.com
DAL in 6
115-98
KnickerBlogger www.knickerblogger.net
SAS in 6
94-85
Justin Kubatko www.basketball-reference.com
MIA in 7
91-86
Kevin www.supersonics.com
SAS in 6
91-84
Martin Johnson www.nysun.com
DET in 7
85-79
Kurt www.forumblueandgold.com
SAS in 7
86-74

Good Luck!

[EDITED: to add Kurt from Forum Blue & Gold. Sorry Kurt!]