Play, predict, arm-chair coach along here! We're already in the Sweet Sixteen!
The Ironic Catholic's "Catholic Theologian-Educators Madness"
(Really, it's interactive!)
The match-ups and (patent pending) IC predictions!
(1)Paul of Tarsus v.
(16)Francis de Sales
--The Salesians have their strengths, but Paul tends to plow through the court like the acropolis. Paul should roll.
--One of the more unusual matchups, from very different leagues. The defenses may be unfamiliar to both teams. Anselm by 3.
(9)Therese de Lisieux v.
--Therese brings a joy to the game that is a thrill to watch, but Athanasius suffered through one of the toughest leagues in history. Honed by multiple games with the Arians, Athanasius should win by 8.
(5)Catherine of Siena v.
(4)Ignatius of Loyola
--These two actually have similar styles of play in many ways, as well as a spiritual depth, and a recognition of the centrality of the papacy but also holding the chair of Peter to account. A toss-up.
(2)Augustine of Hippo v.
(15)Gregory the Great
--Pope Gregory excels when he rushes the basket through the seven deadly sins, but Augustine is the quintessential total player. Augustine by 16.
(7)Teresa of Avila v.
(13)Bernard of Clairvaux
--Another pairing of teams with similar spiritual depth and insight, but Teresa has more direct experience with trials through her complications with the Spanish Inquisition. Bernard could stay in the game if not rattled by the crowd noise (a challenge to his vow of silence). Teresa by 5.
--Another close match-up. Peter Abelard has many strengths, but tends toward an emotionalism that sometimes hurts his game. Bonaventure likewise has great depth, but can get lost with the angels, and needs to stay on the ground to stay in this game. Bonaventure by 2.
(3)Thomas Aquinas v.
(8)John of the Cross
--Possibly the most interesting game this week. Thomas has a lot of sympathy for the way John runs the court, and when John shoots, he scores the big three pointers. Thomas' overall game is generally able to compete with John on his own terms, as well as add new tricks of his own: he really covers every inch of the court. Thomas Aquinas by 3.