Mule Madness - Bracketology

Mule Madness

Mule Madness – Bracketology – The Results are in

Mike Bruckner, Vice President of Public Relations

Down went Kentucky...and down went the women's volleyball team, which had been crushing its opponents throughout the 2015 Mule Madness campaign. The wrestling team went from last to first, an amazing accomplishment, to claim the 2015 Mule Madness title. The wrestlers had a last minute surge and registered a 140.17%-133.95% victory over the volleyball team. In the consolation bracket, softball took out the men's lacrosse team 36.36% to 28.71%.

Top Seeds: How the mighty have fallen. Football and track&field/cross country, the champions the past two years, were eliminated early. Thank goodness, the upstarts, volleyball and wrestling came through. Is it a coincidence that wrestling coach Sean Lally is in his first year?

The Sleeper: No brag, just fact, but at the start of Mule Madness, the Swami picked the wrestling team as his sleeper. Admittedly, he did not think a worst to first was possible, but he picked them for a top three finish. The women's basketball team made the semi-finals, and then lost in the consolation bracket, but not a bad pick overall.

Upset Alert: The crystal ball shattered on the upset alert. Let's just say the Swami picked volleyball and wrestling to lose in the semi-final and then picked volleyball to beat the wrestling team for the title. Let's just call it "providing extra motivation," when the teams read that the Swami picked against them.

Overview: Once again, more than 950 Mules, parents and friends participated in Mule Madness. Wrestling (350+) and volleyball (225+) accounted for more than half of the individual gifts. Here's an early prediction from the 2016 crystal ball – football and track will come roaring back and battle it out. I like the softball team to make another deep run as well.

The Final Big Shoutouts: Once again a HUGE shout out goes to the great Jerry Galgano ’80 P’11, P’14. Once again, he stepped up BIG TIME for the DIII Challenge and all of us appreciate his generosity and tremendous loyalty to the Muhlenberg athletic program. The second big shout out goes to all of the coaches, current student-athletes, alumni and parents who made Mule Madness a HUGE success.

Real March Madness: Take a bow Swami, take a bow...Remember, the Swami picked Duke to win it all. And he picked a 64-62 victory in his pools. Not too shabby. Michigan State scared the Dukies and the Swami. Then, when Wisconsin beat Kentucky, the Swami was quite nervous and having second thoughts. But, Duke pulled through. March Madness and Mule Madness – two classic events. Go Mules!

For last week's report, visit "Mule Madness Bracketology - Week Two Continues the Fun"