The Smackdown has been going on for 17 years.
If you do something long enough, odd things begin to happen. Last
year, for example, for the first time in Smackdown history, no one
in the field picked the correct National Champion.

Andrew “Big Dog” Farhat ran
the table with 228 points on 39
correct choices.

John “Little Dog” Wittmayer
finished JUST behind the Big Dog with 227 points on 38 correct
choices. Does Wittmayer second guess himself for having come so
close? Nah. Wittmayer knows that he occasionally gets things
wrong. Another bit of proof of his fallibility probably doesn’t
faze him at this point.

After the top
two, the number of points dropped dramatically.
Bruce “Top Three” Miller
rounded out the top three with 209 points on 34 correct choices.

After another
small drop, John McFarlane
and his mom, Aron Rider, led
the next wave of finishers with 196 points each on 36 correct
choices.

Slim “The” Dog finished
sixth with 194 points on 24 correct choices, by picking a
significant number of exotic upsets, as evidenced by his choice
of Nebraska for his national champion.

Katherine Simmons,
David McFarlane and
Mark Vetter finished in a
threeway tie with 190 points.

Rand Simmons underwhelmed
with 186 points on 39 correct choices – the same number of
correct choices as the Champion Big Dog, but 42 points less.
This would be the likely result of doing the opposite of picking
the right upsets.

John Augusto finished with
185 points, also on 39 correct choices.

Patrick Smith finished with
184 points on 35 correct choices.

Todd Thummel finished with
183 points on 37 correct choices.

Mike Chastain finished with 181
points on 36 correct choices

Paul Lehmkuhler finished
with 180 points on 37 correct choices.

Wayne Simmons got 38 correct
choices – the same number as John
Wittmayer who finished in second place – but with 48
fewer points (179). And still he finished 14 places ahead of
Derek.

Scott McLoughlin finished
with 178 points on 38 correct choices.

Longsuffering
Craig Kurtz, faintly
recalling the respectfulness of his 7th place finish in 2012,
finished with 173 points on 36 correct choices.

Sean Heston finished with
171 points on 36 correct choices.

Tifani Keith finished with
162 points on 34 correct choices.

Alex Simmons finished in a
tie with Clif Jefferis with
160 points each.

Michael Bird was repaid for
his tremendously bad judgment in choosing Iowa State as his
champion by finishing in 19th place with 158 points on 35
correct choices. The Basketball Gods have spoken, Michael. Pay
heed.

Ann Vetter, dropped from the
rarified air of being the 2013 Smackdown Champion to 20th place
this past year with 156 points on 36 correct choices. Welcome to
our world, Ann.

Bryn
Wittmayer followed up with 153 points on 35 correct choices.

Art Gepner was just a little
off his game with 149 points on 30 correct choices.

Perhaps the best
news of the 2014 Smackdown was how the vast majority of the
field finished above the Derekdoza line. Of course, this
was likely due to just how low the Derekdoza line was in 2014.
Derek Simmons somehow
managed to stumble to 147 points on 34 correct choices.
Michael Dome had the
ignominious fate of tying with Derek. Keep your chin up, Mike.

Unusually, the
Smith Clan had a remarkably bad finish as a group last year.
Barry “I Suck the Least” Smith
finished with 143 points on 31 correct choices.

Alejandro “An Honorary Smith” Augusto
finished with 136 points with 24 correct choices.

Paul Smith finished with 129
points on 31 correct choices.

And
Amy Smith was the 2014 Anchor
Woman with 116 points on 22 correct choices.
As the 2015 Smackdown fires up, hope springs
eternal. Pick Kentucky and a couple of upsets and you too could win
it all. Unless you are Derek; life is beautiful.