The Madness Is Spreading
A lot happened over the weekend—and not just the near-fatal damage to your March Madness bracket. Weâ€™re thinking of St. Patrickâ€™s Day chaos in Canada, a new German president and, perhaps most importantly, the worldâ€™s first official case of death by pinto bean.
EVERYONEâ€™S BRACKET IS RUINED: After two rounds of play, this yearâ€™s March Madness has produced two 15-2 upsets (that would be Lehigh over Duke and Norfolk State over Missouri). Saturday night, we added another bracket-buster to the list, as the 11-seed NC State triumphed over the third-ranked Georgetown, prompting the Wall Street Journal to dub them â€śthe Monet of choke artistsâ€ť—although given their shooting, Jackson Pollock might be more appropriate. See the full bracket for the rest of the scores.
SEA OF GREEN: St. Patâ€™s arrived on Saturday, and in a stunning twist, Bostonâ€™s annual parade was placid and well behaved, while London, Ontario, descended into Gaelic chaos, including a torched car. Sometimes the news throws you a curveball like that.
HAIL TO DER CHIEF: As of last night, Germany has a new president. Former Lutheran pastor Joachim Gauck won the congressional election on Sunday with 991 out of 1228 votes. German politicos describe him as a right-leaning moderate, an activist and a silver fox.
Consider this your Monday morning wake-up call.
- — Russell Brandom