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Breaking Down the Charlie Cardinal Athletics Regional

Charlie Cardinal AthleticsIt’s time for the first-ever Card Madness tournament, where you, the fans, will decide who is deserving of the honor of being the de facto champion of Ball State-ness. This field is 68-strong of some of the most impressive graduates and friends of the university there are. Captains of industry. Stars of the silver and small screen. International political figures. Journalism heavyweights. Pizza chain CEOs and brewtastic entrepreneurs. It is literally the most impressive collection of Cardinals this side of the Vatican.

You can check out the details of the Card Madness Tournament and the entire bracket here. For now, it’s time to Bracket Breakdown the Charlie Cardinal Athletics Regional!


The Charlie Cardinal Athletics Regional features perhaps one of the most diverse and wide-spectrum field of participants in the entire bracket. The qualifications for this region were successes on the playing field or court for BSU athletics. Coaches were left out and we attempted to cut as wide a swath as possible through all of our various sports programs. Our participants (in alphabetical order):

  • Larry Bigbie (Baseball)
  • Blaine Bishop (Football)
  • Tamara Bowie (Basketball)
  • Bryan Bullington (Baseball)
  • Nate Davis (Football)
  • Phil Eatherton (Volleyball)
  • Greg Garnica (Football)
  • Reggie Hodges (Football)
  • Brad Maynard (Football)
  • Amanda McCormick (Volleyball)
  • Chris Miller (Football)
  • Mike Neu (Football)
  • Dee Nocero (Soccer)
  • Sally Northcroft (Field Hockey)
  • LaTasha Jenkins (Track & Field)
  • Bernie Parmalee (Football)
  • Bonzi Wells (Basketball)

Our Play-In Game is for the right to the 12th seed in the region and will feature Mike Neu and Reggie Hodges in a football smackdown. Voting for the play in contest will begin on 9am on Friday, March 15th.

The bracket for this region and the seeding is:
Charlie Cardinal Athletics Regional

Friday March 15th –  Play in Game: Mike Neu vs. Reggie Hodges
Monday March 18th – Round 1: (1) Bonzi Wells v. (16) LaTasha Jenkins
Monday March 18th – Round 1: (8) Tamara Bowie v. (9) Phil Eatherton
Monday March 18th – Round 1: (7) Greg Garnica v. (10) Chris Miller
Monday March 18th – Round 1: (2) Blaine Bishop v. (15) Amanda McCormick
Tuesday March 19th – Round 1: (5) Bryan Bullington v. (12) Play In Winner
Tuesday March 19th – Round 1: (4) Nate Davis v. (13) Bernie Parmalee
Tuesday March 19th – Round 1: (6) Larry Bigbie v. (11) Dee Nocero
Tuesday March 19th – Round 1: (3) Brad Maynard v. (14) Sally Northcroft

Round two will be on March 21 and 22.

Bracket semi-final opponent: Emens Entertainment Regional Champion


2 Responses

  1. As far as I can tell, only one national champ on this list, and you relegated her to the 16th seed??

  2. Great comment, Scott. I think we balanced lasting memory, campus awareness, and the like. It definitely wasn’t easy and I will freely admit we probably slanted it a bit for the revenue sports and recent memory. Far from an exact science.

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