Sure, the NCAA basketball brackets came out last night, but for BSU fans, the bracket that counts has been out for a week now and it is tip-off time for the Ball State themed 64-person battle royale. Our play in games? Wildly successful, and we saw four winners advance into the field of 64 to face the likes of Dave Letterman, Papa John, Bryan Bullington and Don Shondell. Could a play-in game winner advance in VCU-like fashion to capture a title in the first annual Card Madness tourney? Only you, the fans, can decide that. Our full 64-person bracket can be seen here with our play in winners added in and some fancy design. Bully for us.
Today, though, isn’t about us or the play-in game winners. It’s about the 32 alums on the docket for today. Round 1, Day 1 features 16 matchups (4 per region) that will advance their winners into Thursday’s 2nd round. Yes, it does run like the NCAA Tourney in that today’s winners will be back in action again on Thursday as they attempt to play their way in to the Sweet 16.
Need a refresher on what Card Madness is all about? Click here. Need a bracket breakdown for the 4 different regionals? Check out the Charlie Cardinal Athletics Regional here, the Emens Entertainment Regional here, the Beneficence Campus Admin Regional here, and the Frog Baby “Other” Regional here. Ready to read about our competitors and vote? More after the jump…
ROUND 1, DAY 1 CARD MADNESS TOURNEY GAMES
EMENS ENTERTAINMENT REGIONAL
(5) Anthony Montgomery v. (12) Andy Devine
In a battle of Hollywood stars, old meets new as Anthony Montgomery and Andy Devine square off. 5th seed Anthony Montomery is best known for his role on Star Trek: Enterprise as Travis Mayweather. He is also a musician, producer, and martial arts student. 12th seeded Andy Devine was a notorious cowboy sidekick actor. He does have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and was mentioned in the Jimmy Buffett song “Pencil Thin Mustache”
(4) Joyce DeWitt v. (13) Angelin Chang
In the age-old battle of film versus music, our 4-13 matchup today writes the newest chapter. 4-seed Joyce DeWitt was Janet Wood on Three’s Company and though not the most memorable of the cast, she had a long and fruitful career, one that I think was highlighted by her guest voice on an episode of Pinky and the Brain. 13-seed Angelin Chang is a Grammy Award-winning classical pianist and current professor at Cleveland State. Of special note, Chang is a Muncie native and a Burris Lab School alum in addition to a BSU alum.
(6) Brian Collins v. (11) Dawn Swain
Though 6-seed Brian Collins probably never thought he would be known for anything other than telecommunications, his foray into fame came at the expense of some laughter at not with. Collins best known for this viral video has certainly helped me remind people that while they may not know what or where Ball State is, they at least know a few alums. 11-seed Dawn Swain has also used a non-traditional way to grab they eye of the world. She is a medical specialist on the G4TV reality show Human Wrecking Balls, where two dudes break things with their bare hands. She’s also a working nurse in LA.
(3) Doug Jones v. (14) Bill Wallace
We had film vs. music above, this one is more film versus force. 3-seed Doug Jones has left his mark on Hollywood, starring in Buffy the Vampire Slayer on television, the Hellboy series on the big screen, and playing the Silver Surfer in the most recent Fantastic Four. Quite the impressive resume for our 3-seed. 14-seed Bill Wallace is a professional martial artist who at one point won 23 consecutive fights. He parlayed that career into numerous books and films about martial arts. Fun fact: known as “Superfoot” and also once lost a testicle in a match.
BENEFICENCE CAMPUS ADMIN REGIONAL
(1) John Worthen v. (16) Tracy Roller
In an almost cross-section of regionals, we have campus administrators who have without question left their mark on BSU athletics as well. 1-seed John Worthen was a 16-year president of Ball State and oversaw tremendous growth and progress on the campus. Worthen saw the University build the Bell building, the Ball Communications Building, the Indiana Academy, Frog Baby, the Health and Physical Activities Building, and University Arena, which would later bear his name. 16-seed Tracy Roller is the winningest coach in women’s basketball at BSU, and during her 7-year tenure led the Cardinals to four MAC West titles and three 20-plus win seasons. Before her resignation, Tracy Roller was the highest paid coach in the athletic department.
(8) Paul Schudel v. (9) Chris Taylor
Our 8/9 matchup is perhaps the best example of old school versus new school. 8th seed Paul Schudel’s ten seasons as football coach for the Cardinals were arguably the best ten in school history. An overall record of 60-48-4 was bolstered by two MAC Championships and two Bowl berths, the first two in program history. 9th seed Chris Taylor currently oversees Ball State’s nationally renowned SportsLink program that is the best in immersion programs for communication. Taylor’s work has allowed the students’ work to appear on national broadcasts through Fox and ESPN. He’s also saw the program handle production duties for the NCAA Tournament and even the Olympics. And oh by the way, Taylor’s also a BSU alum.
(7) Kay Bales v. (10) Anthony Edmonds
In higher education there’s always a small amount of tension between those in the classroom and those who work in the auxiliary services the campus provides. This matchup is a microcosm of that as a campus leader for Student Affairs takes on a distinguished professor. 7th seeded Kay Bales is the current VP of Student Affairs and is ultimately responsible for the student experience at BSU. A BSU doctoral degree holder, Bales was previously responsible for student activities and leadership programs at BSU. 10th seeded Anthony Edmonds is the Ball Distinguished Professor of history at BSU and will retire this year. One of the most well-known faculty members at BSU, Edmonds has spent time speaking to freshmen and parents, as well as writing a book about the history of BSU.
(2) JoAnn Gora v. (15) Karen Fitzpatrick
Our 2/15 matchup features two of the most notable women in BSU history. 2-seed JoAnn Gora is our current President and has led the University through massive overhauls, upgrades, renovations, and change. Ask any alum who goes back to campus and they will say it looks remarkably different, considerably better, and impressively awesome. That is thanks in no small part to President Gora. 15th seed Karen Fitzpatrick had a 21 year tenure as head field hockey coach at Ball State and built the Cardinals into one of the premier programs in the country, accumulating a 285-130-11 mark. Her 285 victories placed her in the top five nationally among active Division I head coaches at the time of her retirement. Fitzpatrick was head coach from 1980 through 2000 and the Cardinals produced a .500 or better record in all but two seasons.
CHARLIE CARDINAL ATHLETICS REGIONAL
(1) Bonzi Wells v. (16) LaTasha Jenkins
Mention BSU athletics to someone in the know and they’ll point to Bonzi Wells as the standard-bearer for Cardinal athletics. Hence, his top seed in the Charlie Cardinal Athletics regional. When Wells left Muncie for the NBA he was the MAC leader in points and steals, and managed to lead the conference in steals all four years. He was awarded the MAC Freshman of the Year after his first season and was selected 11th overall in the 1998 NBA Draft and would go on to have a fruitful NBA and international career. His jersey hangs in the Worthen Arean rafters. 16-seed LaTasha Jenkins is a BSU Hall of Fame member and was a champion track and field athlete. She won the 1999 NCAA Championship in the 200m and is also a world record holder for her participation on a relay team. She also went on to numerous international medals.
(8) Tamara Bowie v. (9) Phil Eatherton
8th seeded Tamara Bowie helped put the BSU women’s basketball program in the spotlight by her play. She is the school record-holder in career points and blocks, is 7th in MAC history in points, and was one of six MAC women to win MAC Player of the Year at least twice. She was selected in the 2003 WNBA Draft by the Washington Mystics. 9th seed Phil Eatherton is a legendary BSU volleyball player who helped the Cards to a 3rd place NCAA finish in 1995 and went on to help Team USA in international competition several times. He was inducted into the BSU Hall of Fame in 2008. He was also a contestant on the Price is Right.
(7) Greg Garnica v. (10) Chris Miller
7th seeded Greg Garnica was named MAC Defensive Player of the Year three times during his career, the only player to ever do so. He also set a school record for tackles and is a BSU Hall of Fame member. 10th seeded Chris Miller continued the strong tradition of punter U as he was named to the Playboy Preseason AllAmerican Team in 2008 and holds BSU’s punt average record. He was the punter for the magical 2008 undefeated regular season.
(2) Blaine Bishop v. (15) Amanda McCormick
2nd seeded Blaine Bishop is also a BSU Hall of Fame member and 4-time NFL Pro Bowler. While at BSU, was named All-MAC second team and was drafted in 1993 to start a 9-year NFL career where he was known as one of the hardest hitting safeties in the league. 15-seed Amanda McCormick certainly collected her fair share of hardware while in Muncie and a member of the women’s volleyball team. She was named CVU.com Libero of the Year, CVU.com Stellar Spiker First Team, Mid-American Conference Defensive Player of the Year, and First Team All-MAC. She also holds numerous team and NCAA records.
FROG BABY “OTHER” REGIONAL
(5) Mike Lopresti v. (12) Tom Davis
5th seeded Mike Lopresti is an award-winning national sportswriter and a member of the BSU Journalism Hall of Fame. He is a national columnist now with Gannett News Service. Lopresti has been honored with the Jim Murray Outstanding Sportswriter Award, the Corky Lamm Indiana Sportswriter of the Year Award, the Gannett William Ringle Career Achievement Award and he has won more than 20 Best of Gannett and Well Done Awards. 12-seed Tom Davis has become the go-to columnist of record when wanting local coverage of the football Cards. A member of the Ft. Wayne News-Sentinel staff, Davis has stepped up the coverage of the Cardinals to previously unheard of levels and his access and information on football related news is second to none.
(4) Kent “Oz” Nelson v. (13) Richard Mourdock
4-seed Kent “Oz” Nelson is the retired chairman and CEO of everyone’s favorite brown-uniformed delivery service, UPS. He has also served in numerous charitable capacities as chairman of the Annie E. Casey Foundation and United Way of America and Atlanta. Nelson was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award and has been elected to BSU’s business Hall of Fame. 13th seeded Richard Mourdock is the current Indiana State Treasurer and was a candidate last fall for the US Senate. He has also completed 9 marathons, including one on his 60th birthday.
(6) Angela Ahrendts v. (11) Brent McMillan
6th-seeded Angela Ahrendts is the current CEO of Burberry and was the former President of Donna Karan. This fashion mogul has been named to numerous awards and humanitarian endeavors, including being named to Fortune Magazine’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business and Forbes’ 100 Most Powerful Women in the World. She has been the commencement speaker at BSU and in 2010, she was named European Business Leader of the Future at the CNBC European Business Leaders Awards. 11th seed Brent McMillan is the current Executive Director of the Green Party of the United States. He has been published and profiled numerous times, and is a double degree holder from BSU.
(3) Scott Wise v. (14) Sam Smith
3rd seeded Scott Wise, or more affectionately known as “Scotty” is making a name for himself throughout the state of Indiana as an entrepreneur and business-owner. The man behind Scotty’s Brewhouse in Muncie has taken his concept throughout the Hoosier state as there is a Brewhouse in West Lafayette, Bloomington, Muncie, three in Indianapolis, and coming soon to Mishawaka. He also opened Three Wise Men brewing company and restaurant in Indianapolis and has become a sought after motivational speaker. And let’s be honest… Brewhouse Dill Chips are the stuff of dreams. 14th seed Sam Smith is one of the utmost authorities on Chicago Bulls basketball, writing exclusively for the Bulls’ website after a lengthy Chicago Tribune career. He also has been published twice in long form and is a New York Times Best Seller author.
Voting for these games will be open until 4:30pm, winners will be back in action on Thursday. Good luck to our competitors, thanks for your vote, and follow @OverThePylon on Twitter to get up to the minute results.
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