Today will be a family affair for Sid Brown, CEO of NFI, as he watches the Hoyas face the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles at the Wells Fargo Center, in Philadelphia. Brown, a Georgetown '79 grad, will be cheering with his sister; his wife, Sandy; their son, Jake; and two of Jake's friends.
That's quite a crowd to bring to the second round of NJBIZ Brackets, which pits Garden State executives against one another as they root on their almae maters in the tournament.
Brown, who predicts the second-seeded Hoyas will make it to the Final Four, seems to envy his son, currently a student at Georgetown.
"Jake is a lucky guy. He gets to go to all the games," Brown wrote in an e-mail.
Brown may not be the only NJBIZ Brackets contestant bringing his family to Philadelphia for the game, either. Gregg Lally, a 2009 graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University, is trying to get tickets to see his alma mater play Georgetown. If he makes the trip to Philadelphia, it will be with his two sisters, who played basketball at FGCU, and their father.
"It would be really cool to see them win," said Lally, at Birdsall Services Group. "It's a small school and a young school, so to see them on the national stage is great. This is one team where an upset can happen."
Lally said his sisters are actually more into the tournament than he is.
"I've always been a sports fan but I don't go absolutely nuts glued to the television," he said. "But it would be kind of neat for all of us to go there tonight."