NCAA Final: Fact or Fiction

What’s cooler a Kansas Jayhawk or a Memphis Tiger? A Jayhawk is apparently a fictional bird, a cross between a blue jay (bastard!) and a sparrow hawk. The term goes back to the 1850s and gets mixed up with the Civil War and cattle rustling. The fantastic avian fella has given rise to some pretty great drawings including this one, above left, from 1912 and some others here.

The Memphis Tiger nickname is not quite as interesting (It comes from some kids back in 1914 yelling, “We fight like Tigers”). But they’ve got a real tiger, above right, and a rap video. “Winnin’ baby. Yeah, that’s Coach Cal’s game.”

It’s a toss-up.

Meanwhile, Josh Dean, who as far as I know does not have a rap video, is in the driver’s seat in the pool. Plus he has Kansas!

Rank Name 1st Rd 2nd Rd Sweet 16 Elite Eight Final Four Championship Total
1 Josh Dean 27 20 22 20 8 0 97
2 Emily Thompson 24 22 22 20 8 0 96
3 Amparo McDowell 29 23 19 15 8 0 94
4 David Gendelman 27 18 22 15 8 0 90
5 Ben Cramer 28 22 19 20 0 0 89
5 Dan O’Hara 20 22 19 20 8 0 89
7 Mike Stevens 25 21 22 20 0 0 88
8 Sophia Kelley 25 20 19 15 8 0 87
9 Laura Kelley 27 25 22 10 0 0 84
9 Connie Reber 27 23 16 10 8 0 84
9 Sean Murphy 25 21 15 15 8 0 84
9 Tony Arroyo 24 18 19 15 8 0 84
13 Bill Brink 26 22 19 15 0 0 82
13 Joe Kelley III 23 26 15 10 8 0 82
15 Donna Kelley 26 20 18 15 0 0 79
16 Jacob Craycroft 25 23 15 15 0 0 78
16 Greg Dobbins 27 22 16 5 8 0 78
16 Sean Janda 24 18 13 15 8 0 78
19 Joe Kelley II 24 20 19 10 0 0 73
19 Pope Leo 21 18 16 10 8 0 73
21 John Grady 27 16 19 10 0 0 72
22 Steve McClure 23 17 12 10 8 0 70
22 Tyson Smith 24 16 12 10 8 0 70
24 Austin Kelley 24 22 13 10 0 0 69
24 Jessica Cohen 23 19 9 10 8 0 69
26 Mikey Reber 27 19 15 5 0 0 66
27 Matthew McKown 26 16 12 10 0 0 64
28 Ben McGrath 27 14 12 10 0 0 63
29 Brian Schwartz 23 19 15 5 0 0 62
30 Dina Basile 23 18 9 10 0 0 60
31 Roddy Reber 22 16 6 5 8 0 57
32 Christie Flamm 29 16 6 5 0 0 56
32 William Dantona 21 18 12 5 0 0 56
34 Sarah Trigg 27 11 3 5 0 0 46
34 Meems Dantona 19 16 6 5 0 0 46
36 Lionel Stander 24 11 3 0 0 0 38
36 Lancelot Brown 22 10 6 0 0 0 38
38 Lilith Iverson 15 12 3 5 0 0 35
39 Jonathan Hart 21 10 3 0 0 0 34
40 Marquis de Lafayette 20 10 3 0 0 0 33
41 Princess Louise 14 10 3 0 0 0 27

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