Our friends at Black Heart Gold Pants have acknowledged their old-school-tie support for Iowa linebacker and Chrotchtangle Regional No. 15 seed Pat Angerer, who upset No. 7 seed Furious Bradley in the first round. They've even acknowledged that the Hawkeye has an uphill battle in his regional semi-final against No. 3 seed Pencilman Jeffries.
Helmets off to you, Black Heart Gold Pants. It's not easy to set aside homerism in this or any competitive endeavor. But NOTY is a sacred trust. Your objective choices on these epic round-by-round questions will determine not just a "winner" but onomastic greatness.
Angerer, by the way, has his head on straight, too. He was asked recently how much of a dream it was growing up to make a NOTY ballot:
I think it’s every kid’s, but it wasn’t such a reality until I started believing in it.
OK, he was actually asked about playing in the NFL someday. But we don't see much of a difference.
This wraps up the Sweet 16 match-ups. Vote now, and please spread the word.
No. 16 Charity Beaver: “To learn that I really do make a difference in the lives of others is a good feeling.”
No. 4 Spartacus Bernstein: Taught cooking classes for men in 1973!
No. 3 Pencilman Jeffries: Drug dealer, murderer.
No. 15 Pat Angerer: Indianapolis Colt.