March Madness

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  1. Pima

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    It's that time of the yr again.

    I have Louisville against Miami.


    Our dog is registered too. Bandit has Harvard :eek: against UNC. UNC winning.
    I have to say he has a strong final 4, except for Harvard. Louisville, UNC and Indiana.

    He selected by which treat he went to 1st!

    So what do you all have?
     
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  2. Luigi59

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  3. osdad

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    Georgetown (69) over Louisville (63)

    Pure guess work! :confused:
     
  4. Melitzank

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    I have Gonzaga over Georgetown...we'll see...
     
  5. buff81

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    A few of us did this last year and it was fun 'competing' against our fellow SAF members.

    So, join us!
    There is still time to submit your bracket!
     
  6. Luigi59

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    I left the groups as a "Unlocked" group so even if you discover this post AFTER the start of the games, you can still join it.
     
  7. EDelahanty

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    Bragging rights for you, maybe.

    I expect to win the $50,000 side bet.

    A Big East final with Louisville over Georgetown.

    The new Pope is calling for an all-Jesuit NC game with Gonzaga v. Georgetown. Let's see if that infallibility thing is working yet.
     
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  8. Luigi59

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    2 years ago my son finished in the "100th percentile" in the ESPN pool. Despite being in that elite group, he was in ~10,000th place. I think that year there were close to 3 million people playing.

    No one has ever picked a perfect 64. The odds are almost incalculable. Even picking the favored or higher ranked team in each game leaves about a 1 in a billion chance.

    Only once (2008) has there ever been a Final 4 with all #1 seeds.
     
  9. Pima

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    I read somewhere that the odds are 1 in 9 quintrillion.
     
  10. buff81

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    Let the games begin!!
     
  11. osdad

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    One year (when I actually followed BB) I was well ahead in the 100 person office pool. I had even had 7 of the elite 8. Alas, I had none of the final 4 and finished a distant 3rd. :frown:

    Also, one time I talked my wife into joining the contest but she claimed zero knowledge so picked North Carolina to play CAL in the NC (her two home state schools) then just pick the team from the state that started with the letter most toward the end of the alphabet. I, on the other hand, did a thurough analysis of each teams strengths and weaknesses, schedule, injury status, etc...yup, you guessed it, she won and I finished dead last. :eek: :shake:
     
  12. buff81

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    ^^^^
    Sounds like how PIMA picked her schools last year. Although, I think she picked according to school colors and her dog may have had some input.
    I think she did pretty well with her strategy as I recall. :shake:

    I have Indiana and Duke in the finals.
    Unlikely but hey - what do you expect from me - West Point connections with both schools! :wink:
     
  13. Luigi59

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    7,806,621 entries in the ESPN Tournament Challenge this year.

    Only 6 in the SAF group so far...
     
  14. Pima

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    I pick by school colors and mascots, and yes, last yr I won the office pool. The yr before that I came in 3rd place. Bullet has yet to win, but I think this is his yr.

    Our dog Bandit picks by biscuits... same biscuit but it is about if he takes the left or right biscuit. Bandit took his 1st hit because he had Bucknell.

    I already took my 1st hit. Valpariso, and unless Pitt turns it around, I will be in big trouble. Bandit will be beating me!

    Bullet also had his 1st hit because he too took Bucknell.
     
  15. Luigi59

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    After the Oregon victory over OK State, only 5.5% of the 7.8 million entries are still perfect after 8 games.
     
  16. FlyingFuzz

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    I'm not in the group, but I'm 8/8 so far though Gonzaga, Memphis, and Marquette gave me a scare. As far as Oregon goes, there is always a 12 seed that upsets a 5 seed, but the only reason I picked Oregon to be the one to do it is because we have alums in the family! :shake:

    Got to keep the perfect bracket going!
     
  17. Pima

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    I got killed yesterday, 1 entire bracket is gone. NM and Pitt were my final 4.

    Oregon hurt me too.

    Didn't see the Harvard game, but Bullet and I are laughing our arses off because Bandit picked Harvard.

    I would think the Oregon upset knocking off so many people, the Harvard win had to kill a lot more. I would be surprised if there is more than 1% that have a perfecr bracket.
     
  18. FlyingFuzz

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    After going 8/8 in the beginning I wasn't so hot the rest of the day. Lost New Mexico, UNLV, and I think one other. Who'd have thought that Harvard would get their first ever tournament win? :redface:
     
  19. Luigi59

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    I believe the number is less than 200 still perfect out of almost 8 million entries.

    My best sheet had 12/16 yesterday, which is in the 84th percentile, and puts me solidly in a tie for 1,319,904th place. :eek:
     
  20. Pima

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    Flyingfuzz,

    Our dog did :rofl:

    I am out of it, although I had 10 right, I only can have a possible 104 pts. Bullet is tied with Bandit with 121 points. (Office pool).

    I am going to have Bullet try today to put Bandit in for SAF. I won't lie, I know Bandit won;t win, but if Harvard goes to the sweet 16, point wise, he will beat both Bullet and I. It is worth rooting for him just to see how he ranks out in the end. Losing to me because I pick on colors and mascots, is one thing. Losing to a dog that chose by taking the biscuit on the left over the right is another!

    This is why I love March madness, you really don't have to follow the teams, and know their strengths and weaknesses for the 1st few rounds. There is always that insane upset like Harvard that changes everything.

    Luigi, our DS also had 12 too. He is number 3 in Bullet's office pool...tied. Only 1 had 13 out of 16.
     

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