The Wall Street Journal published a basketball bracket, using the same teams in the same seeds as the actual tournament. But the criterion for advancement is the strength of 5 alums from each school, as picked by the Wall Street Journal. The only exclusion in picking the alums was that they could not be players, coaches or commentators.
The Wall Street Journal picked the first 2 rounds (sorry, 3 rounds in NCAA new math). Next week the readers get to vote at the following site-
Here is the UCLA team- Jim Morrison, Francis Ford Coppola, James Dean, Carol Burnett and Ben Stiller.
In the 1st (sorry, 2nd) round, UCLA took out Tulsa (Dr Phil, Rue McClanahan from "Golden Girls", JIm Imhofe (climate change? senator from Oklahoma), Mary Kay Place from "The Big Chill", and Chad "Corntassel" Smith, the Principal Chief of Cherokee Nation and owner of the coolest moniker in the tourney).
In the next round, UCLA took out Stephen F. Austin, who had defeated VCU in the opening round. Stephen F. Austin's team was Don Henley, Rodney Crowell (who is a Grammy winning country musician, for those like me who did not know), Joseph Kennedy (the discoverer of plutonium- very cool), Will Jennings (the songwriter of "My Heart Will Go On"), and Bill Owens (former Governor of Colorado).
Next up for the Bruins- Colorado. Colorado's team is Robert Redford, Trey Parker/Matt Stone (the creators of "South Park"- only my UCLA loyalty would steer me away from the South Park team), Steve Wozniak (co-founder of Apple), Lynne Cheney (Dick's wife and a force for good or evil, depending on your point of view, but definitely not a shrinking violet), and Dalton Trumbo (an Oscar winning screenwriter who was blacklisted during the McCarthy era).
Looming on the horizon if we get past Colorado is an Elite Eight date with Stanford. Stanford's team is loaded- Herbert Hoover, Sally Ride, John Steinbeck, Sandra Day O'Connor, and Larry Page/Sergey Brin (the co-founders of Google).
Vote early and vote often, starting next week.
I am also curious who the community thinks should have been included if the alums were only drawn from the ranks of players and coaches.
Here is my top 5, just off the top of my head-
Go Bruins !!