66ers are 0-1 before season begins

If you’ve ever taken part in an NCAA Basketball Tournament pool, you know that the 5-12 matchups are ripe for upsets.

And that’s what the Inland Empire 66ers were victims of on Thursday, the dreaded 5-12 upset. It’s rough being the favorite.

On cnbc.com, Darren Rovell is conducting a 64-team NCAA Tournament-style battle between minor league baseball logos. Rovell seeded all 64, between 1 and 16, based on his own preferences. But fans then voted who would win each “matchup.” Winning logos advance until there is one ultimate champion.

As soon as I saw the Sixers’ first-round matchup, I knew it was a tough one, against the Wichita Wingnuts. While the Sixers’ logo is unusual, a logo that includes a wingnut on top of a head was going to get the votes. With 2,414 votes, the Wingnuts got 71 percent of the vote. A dominating win, but not completely surprising.

Regardless of who won, I liked the winner between the Sixers and Wingnuts to defeat the winner between the No. 4 Savannah Sand Gnats and the No. 13 Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. The Sand Gnats won, 59-41 percent. I’ll stick with that. When they do the second round next week, I like the Wingnuts to continue the Cinderella run, and beat the No. 4 seed en route to the Sweet 16.

The question is, will the Sixers root for other California League teams still alive? On Friday, No. 1 Modesto Nuts were winning big, but No. 14 Visalia Oaks were going down big. The Nuts appear to be the last league team standing after the Sixers, Oaks and Lake Elsinore Storm went down in the first round.