|The thrill of victory...|
|The agony of defeat...|
And with that dramatic, double-ovetiue victory, Joe Lacy brings home his first ever WHSHP Title. Riding the crest a perfect 26-for-26 opening round that caught everyone's eye, the soft-spoken Lacy proved to all the doubters that there's still room on The Big Ice for quiet dignity and an ardent love of dachshunds. Lacy could not be reached for comment at his rural Belleville home at press time but has scheduled a press conference for later in the week.
A mystery man even in victory's sweet spotlight, Lacy (far right)
appears to be already pondering next year's brackets at a small
victory gathering at his local race track.
It was a heart-breaking loss for Lucas Rudy, one of the few bracketeers with the testicular fortitude to choose Wausau West to repeat in 2012. But as we've seen time and again with this pool: The Big Ice doesn't build character; it reveals it. You have a long life ahead of you, kid. Take solace in that fact that your pain has given a middle-aged former tuba player in rural Wisconsin some much needed glory.
A bitter Lucas Rudy fends off reporters moments
after Appleton's overtime goal.