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Thursday, April 9, 2009

Et Tu, Brackman? Former State Star Picks Heels In Bracket


It's tough to knock it, though...he was right.

Dammit.

Actually, this is the kind of stuff that would royally piss me off 10 years ago, but nowadays -- a wife and three kids later -- this barely registers a blip on my "Give a Sh*t-O-Meter." At least he acknowledges it was tough to do:
Andrew Brackman can barely bring himself to say the words out loud.

The former North Carolina State power forward actually picked North Carolina to win the national championship in his NCAA Tournament bracket.

"I hated playing against those guys because we got beat by 25 points every time we went to Chapel Hill," said Brackman, who played baseball and basketball for the Wolfpack in 2005 and '06. "I wasn't surprised that (North) Carolina won it all. I hate to say it, but I picked them in my bracket. It's hard for me to say it having gone to (N.C.) State, but they were the best team in the country."
The good news for Brackman is that he's got bigger fish to fry these days than worrying about bracket pools.

After a successful Tommy John surgery in '08 to repair some damaged ligaments in his throwing arm, Brackman's fastball is back up in the mid 90s and the pain is gone for good. He's also worked on adding some setup pitches to his arsenal that will hopefully land the big man in majors soon.

Says Charleston RiverDogs' manager Torre Tyson, "Andrew has a plus, plus curveball and when you combine that with a 95 mph fastball, he should dominate this league. We're happy to have him and hopefully for his sake he's not here very long. But for my sake I hope he's here for the entire season."

You can track Andrew's stats throughout his time with the RiverDogs here.

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