Mule Madness - Bracketology

Mule Madness

Mule Madness Bracketology
The Results Are In

The Results Are In…drumroll please…The track and field and cross country teams overwhelmed the women’s softball team 93.24% to 59.38% in the championship match to win the Mule Madness 2014 title. The winners received a whopping 66.75 bonus points throughout the tournament. In the consolation bracket, the football team fought its way back to knock off women’s basketball 78.03% to 41.27%.

Top Seeds: Similar to the Division I NCAA tournament, all of the top seeds fell early. Unlike the NCAA, teams were allowed to claw their way back through the consolation bracket. Kudos to the football team for putting up a valiant defense of its title and winning the consolation bracket.

The Sleeper: No brag, just fact, but at the start of Mule Madness, the Swami picked the cross country and track teams as his sleeper. = And they won the whole enchilada. Thanks to Brad Hackett, the current student-athletes and all the alumni who made the Swami look good. Someone has to. Oops, for those of you who go back and read the archives, the Swami also picked softball to knock off the track/cross country team in the finale. One out of two is really not bad, especially this year.

Upset Alert: The soccer teams were the upset alert. Disappointing. I guess they are just too excited about the World Cup. Maybe soccer alumni can only get excited about a tournament every four years or nil-nil is exciting? The crystal ball was shattered and so were the Swami’s hopes and dreams of picking the longshot.

Overview: Football and track tied with 247 total donors each. Four other teams – men’s soccer, baseball, field hockey and men’s basketball -- all had more than 100 donors. Before the start of Mule Madness in 2013, the average participation rate for all teams was hovering around 12 percent. I am pleased to report that in 2014 every team exceeded 18 percent and the softball team registered a 34.63% overall participation rate. This year, Mule Madness was responsible for 1502 total donors and the average participation from all 16 sports was just a shade under 25 percent. DOUBLE what it was two years ago. In addition, there were 226 NEW first-time donors, contributing nearly $11,000. Great work Mules.

The Final Big Shoutouts: The first big shout out goes to my man Jerry Galgano ’80 P’11, P’14, which if you count all four of his daughters graduating this year, he is the man with more numbers after his name than anyone outside of San Quentin. He stepped up BIG TIME for the D-III 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. Every full-time head coach at ‘Berg participated and added a bonus point to his/her team.

Division I Madness: How about those UConn Huskies? And then Husky nation completed the Daily Double with the women winning the national championship, too. Did you know that the Swami is from the Nutmeg/Constitution State, now to be known as the State of Hoops? No one had the UConn men getting to the Final Four. Everyone’s brackets were busted before the Final Four. I had Florida all the way and they looked great, until running into Kevin “Muhammad” Ollie and his troops. Nothing is certain except change. Until next year, Swami Out.

For last week's report, check out Week IV by Mike Bruckner, VP of Public Relations.