Pausing from his early morning routine of calibrating RPI and strength of schedule metrics, ESPN Bracketologist Joe Lunardi lapsed into a momentary state of despair while recalling his inaccurate projection of Winthrop’s final seeding in 2008.

“Stupid. Stupid,” Lunardi barked at himself before lightly smacking his forehead with the palm of his hand. “You’re stupid, Joe. You’re a stupid little man.”


Lunardi had anticipated that Winthrop would receive a 12-seed and face 5-seed Notre Dame. His prediction would prove catastrophically wrong – Winthrop was given a 13-seed and was placed against 4-seed Washington State. He spent the following month parading around Rock Hill, South Carolina with a paper bag over his head.

“Don’t do this again, Joe,” Lunardi told himself Friday while sitting in his dimly lit, undecorated apartment, a single tear streaming down his face. “You’re a good boy. You’re a smart boy.”

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