It’s been a long month here in Boston. We’ve seen the Duke Blue Devils triumph over the Wisconsin Badgers; we’ve seen winter think about turning into spring, start heading in that direction, and then give up and go back to winter again. And here at the BBA, we’ve been counting the votes to see who would come out on top in our School March Madness series. A huge thanks for voting week after week; and for the individuals casting their votes for one particular school, that spirit has paid off. Without further ado, the winner of our own March Madness series and thus the school that can claim to have some of the most spirited alums in Boston is…
UMass, we are super excited for you! Congratulations on being so awesome that you finished on top. Virtually offering you a huge high-five:
And that concludes our first annual Boston School March Madness! Look forward to more interactive options coming your way on Voices of the Bar for the future.
This shouldn’t have been a surprise, but the second round of March Madness was even closer and more tense than the first. Northeastern staged an upset over BC, and the neck-and-neck race between MIT and UMass only broke at the last minute to see UMass edge into the final four.
But the biggest shock came from the Greater Boston bracket:
An unexpected tie!
We do have a tiebreaker rule, however, and we’re sad to say it’s not looking good for the Crimson, although we applaud their valiant effort. The fairest way to determine who advances was to count the total number of votes between two rounds, which left Harvard with 26 and Tufts taking the lead with a solid 30.
So we’ve moved from our Elite 8 to the Final 4. Who’ll take it all the way to the end?
March Madness is upon us — maybe literally, considering how stir-crazy we are after the winter. But we’re thinking of a different Madness: the yearly basketball frenzy that descends in a sudden plague of brackets at this time of year.
We might not know much about basketball, but that doesn’t stop us from wanting to get in on the fun; and when it comes to higher education, Boston reigns supreme. We’re willing to bet that many of our members have attended undergraduate programs or law school here – or even sent their kids to a school nearby. Which bring us to the big question…
Who Has the Most School Spirit?
It’s time to find out with a head-to-head challenge! We’ve set up a bracket with sixteen major schools in the Greater Boston area, with pairings arranged by drawing names out of a bowl. Don’t believe us? Check out the photo evidence of our highly scientific process below, featuring BBA Director of Communications Kerry Crisley:
So How Is This Going to Work?
Vote in the first round for your school, your former school, your kid’s current school, or a school you really like, by the end of Wednesday, March 18. We’ll publish the results with new match-ups in the next day’s BBA Week. Lather, rinse, and repeat every week until we’re down to the final two!
What Do We Win?
The last school standing earns the pride and joy of knowing they have some of the most enthusiastic students and alums in the area – but, we hasten to add, in this bracket, everyone wins.
Can I Vote More than Once?
If your school pride is split among multiple area institutions that are in different ‘brackets,’ feel free to vote more than once…just know that it may come down to some tough decisions in the final round!
So who will it be? We mean it one hundred percent when we say: it’s up to you to decide.
New England School of Law vs. Emmanuel College
New England School of Law (73%, 16 Votes)
Emmanuel College (27%, 6 Votes)
Total Voters: 22
Boston University vs. Simmons College
Boston University (83%, 20 Votes)
Simmons College (17%, 4 Votes)
Total Voters: 24
Boston College vs. Suffolk University
Boston College (58%, 14 Votes)
Suffolk University (42%, 10 Votes)
Total Voters: 24
Northeastern University vs. Emerson College
Northeastern University (71%, 12 Votes)
Emerson College (29%, 5 Votes)
Total Voters: 17
Outside of Boston
Umass System vs. Brandeis University
Umass System (62%, 13 Votes)
Brandeis University (38%, 8 Votes)
Total Voters: 21
Massachusetts Institute of Technology vs. Bentley University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (53%, 9 Votes)