Former reliever Eddie Watt attended the University of Northern Iowa. I had no connection to the University of Northern Iowa until yesterday, when I picked the 12th-seeded Panthers to advance to the Sweet Sixteen in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. This was a "sleeper pick", or an "upset pick". It's what smart people do.
UNI lost their first-round game this afternoon to 5th-seeded Purdue, 61-56. Just like that, my chances of winning the office pool took a big hit. I also picked Maryland, the only team that I've followed closely all year (and a team that pleasantly surprised me with their success in the ACC tournament), to lose in the first round to a vulnerable Cal team. So Eddie Watt stands here tonight as a testament to my stupidity, as I once again remind myself why I don't spend much money on the gambling arts.