Posted: 3:49 pm Thursday, April 10th, 2014

The 2014 Fiasco champ is Ronnie Turner of Vidalia 

By Mark Bradley

Our Bracket Fiasco winner. (Photo courtesy Ronnie Turner)

Our Fiasco winner. (Photo courtesy of Ronnie Turner)

The 27th edition of Bradley’s Bracket Fiasco was true to its name. For most of the 3,253 entrants, predicting the winners was indeed a forlorn hope. For Ronnie Turner of Vidalia, an NCAA tournament that all but defied prognostication somehow became easy pickings.

Turner, 57, picked 25 of the 32 second-round winners correctly, 11 of the Sweet Sixteen, five of the Elite Eight and three of the Final Four. He tabbed Kentucky, a No. 8 seed, as the 2014 national champion, which didn’t seem likely when the Big Dance began but darn near happened. For such inspired forecasting, Turner is our Fiasco winner and receives the traditional sweatshirt plus a Samsung Galaxy S4 smart phone from Verizon, our sponsor.

“I’m a Georgia fan,” Turner said. “I have been all my life. I watched Herschel … But outside Georgia, I’ve always been a Kentucky fan.”

His support for the Big Blue — and many other sagacious selections as well — enabled Turner to finish 305th among upickem’s 213,367 national entrants, placing him in the 99th percentile. This would seem quite an achievement, but Turner has a history of knowing what he’s doing. Every year since 1998, he said, he has picked more than 100 correct winners in the Georgia high school football playoffs.

Turner has entered the Fiasco many times but saved his best effort for a year that saw a No. 7 and a No. 8 seed play for the title, which had never happened. In what might have been the hardest NCAA tournament to pick, our winner aced the exam.

Others, alas, fared less well. None of our 3,253 Fiascans picked the correct Final Four, and none picked UConn to win it all. But a good time was had, if not by all or even most, then at least by me. Thanks again to everyone for playing along.

21 comments
kimmargolis
kimmargolis moderator

i bet mark bradley hates us

bjbethel
bjbethel

If you remember the 60s, you weren't there.

hmcnabb
hmcnabb

I also agree with Maggie.

MaggieShort
MaggieShort

My auto pick bracket did much better than my manual bracket. So much for doing all that research. Next year, I'm going to go by mascot.

JimmyLarrabee
JimmyLarrabee

Hello Mark,


I have always admired your work as a writer. Keep up the good work buddy.



- SEC Fan from Ohio

BarbClark
BarbClark

Many bracket busters this year, mainly Dayton.

MaggieShort
MaggieShort

Dayton Flyers shocked a lot of people

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

JackClemens to replace David Letterman.

Ted_Striker
Ted_Striker

Congrats to Ronnie. Thanks to the sponsors. And thanks to Mr. Bradley. 

JackClemens
JackClemens

Oh, and kudos to me too, apparently.

JackClemens
JackClemens

Congrats Ronnie. South Georgia represents! I worked with two guys, one who had never been to Vidalia and one from Paducah, who had actually worked there. The one who had never been there kept calling the town Vuh-dal-ee-uh, until one day the one who worked there got red in the face and declared: It's VIE-DAY-YUH! Funny stuff.