Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Junto Bracketology: Here are My First Round Picks in Brackets Three and Four

Here are my first round picks (Brackets 3 and 4) in the Junto March Madness Tournament

BRACKET THREE:
Lyons over Rockman
Gordon-Reed over Rothman
Edelson over Brown
Burnard over Jarvis
Smallwood over Hammond
Brown over Foner
Johnson over Waldstreicher
Gallay over Snyder

BRACKET FOUR:
Freeman over McDonnell
Breen over Griffin
Zabin over Edling
Maier over Bouton
Zagarri over Brewer
Irvin over Cotlar
Furstenburg over O'Brien
Wood over Holton

Comments:
  • I think Maier has the best chance to win the entire tournament
  • Holton over Wood will be the popular pick among the left-leaning academic establishment, but Wood's Empire of Liberty is magisterial
  • Gordon-Reed will crush the competition in Bracket Three.  I don't expect her to have a close match until the Final Four
  • Breen wins the battle of Northwestern over one of his best students.
  • I like Freeman's Affairs of Honor, but not as a #1 seed.  She will lose to Breen in the second round.  The same goes for Rockman. 

3 comments:

Michael Hattem said...

Interesting, John. I think you're right about Gordon-Reed. As for Freeman (putting my advisor bias aside), she got the no. 1 seed because she tied for having the most nominations and seconds along with Alan Taylor's book on 1812.

Jimmy Dick said...

Ah, I wondered why that book was a number one seed. I think it is an outstanding book, but I'm not sure it was a number one seed with the others in the bracket. Of course, that is what makes this so interesting.

By the way, I plugged this tournament to the University of Missouri Press folks at the Missouri History Conference yesterday during lunch. They thought it was pretty interesting.

K Engel said...

I'm with you on many of those, but I'm really rooting for Bouton, despite the obvious strength of Maier's book. Bouton's book cohesively makes a great argument, and its extremely effective at generating good discussion in the classroom.