From 68 to 4, here we are in the semifinals of Card Madness. Much like “real life”, only one #1 seed has advanced to the Card Madness Final 4, as David Letterman won the Emens Entertainment Regional. Letterman is joined by and will play 10-seed Chris Miller, the Charlie Cardinal Athletics Regional Champion, as well as 3-seed and Frog Baby “Other” Regional Champion Scott Wise and 9-seed and Beneficence Campus Admin Regional Champ Chris Taylor who will square off against each other in the other Card Madness semi-final.
We’ve seen social media play a huge role in this tournament. It was nearly responsible for an epic first-round upset of #1 overall seed David Letterman as 16-seed and play-in game winner Bridget Bobel lost a heartbreakingly close contest and two double-digit seeeds advanced to the Elite 8 and one to the Final 4. The moral of that story is anyone is capable of winning this thing with the right amount of fanfare. Facebook it, Tweet it, email it, whatever you need to do to make people aware that your favorite needs their support.
Today, we decide who joins the aforementioned first half of the Final 4. You can check out round 1 results here and here, our round 2 results here and here, Sweet 16 results here as well as our regional finals here and here, and our most updated bracket here.
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…
CARD MADNESS SEMI-FINAL VOTING
SEMI FINAL #1
(1) David Letterman vs. (10) Chris Miller
In what has become an age-old battle, a Hollywood legend takes on an athletic champion. Overall top-seed David Letterman really needs no introduction, does he? He is the former 12:30am talk show host on NBC, the current 11:30pm talk show host on CBS, and is the namesake of the telecommunications and media building on campus. Arguably no other alum is more visible, vocal, and known than David Letterman. Dave defeated 16-seed Bridget Bobel in a significantly closer than expected round 1 match 57%-43%, defeated 8-seed Scott Halberstadt 87%-13% in round 2, beat 4-seed Joyce DeWitt 79%-21% in round 3, and earned his spot in the Final 4 by defeating 2-seed Jim Davis 78%-22% in the Emens Entertainment Regional Final. 10-seed Chris Miller was the punter of record for 2008 which gets a bit of a bonus with the Cards knocking on the BCS door and all. Miller was also a Playboy Preseason All American and a 2-time coaches All American while in school. He also broke the aforementioned record held by Maynard and is BSU’s and the MAC’s all-time leading punt average record holder at 44.7, ranking top 5 all-time in the NCAA. Miller upset 7-seed Greg Garnica 81%-19% in round 1, upset 2-seed Blaine Bishop 71%-29% in round 2, upset 3-seed Brad Maynard 64%-36% in round 3, and earned his Final 4 berth by upsetting top-seeded Bonzi Wells 79%-21%.
SEMI FINAL #2
(3) Scott Wise vs. (9) Chris Taylor
3-seed 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. Wise defeated 14-seed Sam Smith 93%-7% in round 1, 6-seed Angela Ahrendts 68%-32% in round 2, Mark “Hot Dog Man” Carter 59%-41% in round 3, and earned his Final 4 berth by beating Papa John Schnatter 71%-29% and becoming the Frog Baby “Other” Regional champion. 9-seed Chris Taylor currently oversees Ball State’s nationally renowned SportsLink program that is the one of 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. He defeated 8-seed Paul Schudel 79%-21% in round 1, beat 1-seed John Worthen 78%-22% in round 2, knocked off 4-seed Brady Hoke 63%-37% in round 3, and earned his Final 4 berth by beating Rick Majerus 75%-25% and becoming the Beneficence Campus Admin Regional champ.
Polls will be open until 8pm, and our winners will square off on Wednesday for our Card Madness Championship. Spread the word, support your favorite, vote away.
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