The NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament picks up full steam this weekend, and once again offices become less efficient as everyone tracks their brackets through March and April. The Dynamo locker room is no different, as North Carolina grad Corey Ashe has reportedly put together a team bracket challenge. We caught up with a few of the participants to see who they've got going to the Final Four in Arlington (champion in italics).
Corey Ashe: Florida, Arizona, Michigan St., Michigan
Will Bruin: Florida, Arizona, Michigan St., Louisville
Anthony Arena: Kansas, Arizona, Michigan St., Wichita St.
Mark Sherrod: Kansas, Wisconsin, UConn, Louisville
Tony Cascio: Florida, Arizona, Virginia, Louisville
AJ Cochran: Florida, Arizona, Michigan St., Duke
Tyler Deric: Florida, Arizona, Michigan St., Duke
Eric Brunner: Florida, Arizona, Iowa St., Louisville
Looks like the players are pretty heavy on Florida winning it all. Surprisingly, there wasn't much alma mater bias in their Final Four picks. Ashe and fellow UNC alum Tyler Deric have the Tar Heels (No. 6 in East Region) falling before the national semifinals, while Eric Brunner expressed disappointment in Ohio St. already bowing out in an upset loss to Dayton. Tony Cascio (UConn) and AJ Cochran (Wisconsin) didn't put their schools in the Final Four either, but apparently Mark Sherrod has more faith in their teams. Our condolences do go out to Will Bruin and Anthony Arena as neither Indiana nor Wake Forest reached the Big Dance this year. Perhaps their absence will allow a little more objectivity in their picks.
How do your picks line up with the players'?
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Dynamo broadcaster Glenn Davis is back on the air tonight with a new episode of Dynamo All-Access, presented by Houston Community College. The show will air on Yahoo! Sports Radio 1560 AM from 7-9 p.m.
Glenn has a packed lineup tonight, with Dynamo midfielder Andrew Driver, defender Kofi Sarkodie, head coach Dominic Kinnear and more. Call in and give Glenn your thoughts on the Dynamo's perfect start to the season!
The call-in number for the show is 713-439-1560.
When you win each of the first two weeks by not giving up a goal and scoring five, you are doing well. That's exactly what the Dynamo have done, and they've been rewarded by jumping to the top of the MLSsoccer.com Power Rankings (also the top of the actual standings, which is more important probably). Here's what the Power Rankers had to say about the Dynamo's performance to get them to the top so far:
"Had to rely on Tally Hall (and Kofi Sarkodie, who is the Pelé of goal-line clearances) for a couple of big moments. But they got another three points, got another goal from Will Bruin, and got themselves to the top spot here."
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Another week, another win, another Dynamo player on MLSsoccer.com's Team of the Week. This time it's Kofi Sarkodie, who came through in the clutch to clear yet another ball of the line and preserve a second straight shutout for the Dynamo defense. Here's what they had to say about the young right back:
"Cleared yet another goal off the line, and nearly scored a beautiful one of his own, while playing a strong two-way game vs. the Impact."