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Beethoven9th
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February 18th, 2014 at 1:10:26 PM permalink
How many of you will be filling out brackets this year? Also, how have your past predictions turned out?

I've been doing brackets for years now, yet my March Madness record has been significantly worse than my NFL and NBA picks, for whatever reason. I'm sure the same pathetic result will happen again this year. lol
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michael99000
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February 18th, 2014 at 1:34:42 PM permalink
My biggest concern is where to hedge for half a billion $ if I get the first 62 games right
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February 18th, 2014 at 1:52:11 PM permalink
I definitely want to do brackets; it's one of my favorite sports things of the year, and Creighton has one of the best players ever, so I'll be watching. I'm hoping there might be a WoV Bracket Challenge??? Anybody? Buehler? Ferris Buehler? Not to mention the Buffett entry. In fact, I think we should use the same entries for both, if we do one here.
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endermike
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February 18th, 2014 at 3:32:59 PM permalink
Quote: michael99000

My biggest concern is where to hedge for half a billion $ if I get the first 62 games right



This brings up an interesting question. At what point in the tourney do you go to vegas and start hedging against your up-to-that-point-perfect bracket?

I haven't really thought about it but I'm guessing if I had a perfect first weekend (48 games) I would be booking flights. I'm not sure exactly how I would hedge the S16 games, but I'm sure I would be laying heavy money on Saturday and Sunday (regional finals).
bushman
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February 18th, 2014 at 3:38:14 PM permalink
Always do a bracket at ESPN. Lately, I have stunk it up. Of course, when you get the one upset in the 1st or 2nd (or, should I now say, 2nd or 3rd) round, one gets really hosed. I believe it will be a tough bracket this year. While Syracuse and Arizona seem to be the *edit: "cream of the " crop, I don't buy the kool-aid. Competition is not nearly as strong this year (hmm...seems lately that the parity is a lot better over the last few years.) Of course, there are the perennial contenders: UNC; Duke; Fla; Syracuse; Mich. St. But let's look at WSU; SDSU; KU. It's anybody's to win, this year.
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Beardgoat
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February 18th, 2014 at 3:48:45 PM permalink
I always fill out a bracket. I've picked the winner probably twice in the last 15 years. But it is always fun.
GWAE
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February 18th, 2014 at 6:05:01 PM permalink
I was hoping someone would put together a bracket on here. I would organize it but I am not allowed to take paypal (long story) so it is always tough for me to take payments.
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endermike
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February 18th, 2014 at 6:18:41 PM permalink
Here are some other fun games besides the standard pool:

games

I run a spread dread each year with people local to me. We pay out things like s16 and f4 teams along the way. It's good even EV fun.

If we were to run a pool on WoV I recommend:
-Crazy Eights because I think it is a fun mix of strategy and bball knowledge. I also think it's more interesting than a standard pool. -Great Eight because the drafting process can be really fun. Also following the teams you own is great.
onenickelmiracle
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February 18th, 2014 at 6:19:16 PM permalink
Nope and won't have to endure any burden watching games or trying in vain to beat the odds. I hate basketball.
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MidwestAP
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February 19th, 2014 at 11:15:30 AM permalink
I asked and received permission from the Wizard to run an NCAA basketball tournament this year for members of this site. In the next couple of weeks, I'll start a new thread with contest rules, deadlines, stakes, etc. As the contest administrator, I will not be financially participating in the pool, but will be playing along just for scoring purposes.

There will be a contest fee that will be distributed in its entirety to first and second place (approx 65%/35%) or three winners (approx 50%/30%/20%) depending on the size of the prize pool. And like the NFL spread pool that Mission previously ran, the contestants in this will be on their honor to pay the prize winners directly. The Wiz is not responsible for any payment, and likewise, I'm not comfortable with holding any entry fees.

It will be structured so that the losers, err, non-winners, will only need to pay one person, and not split up payments. More on this later once I kick off the official thread.

So I have a couple questions for those who might play.

1) What is a reasonable entry fee? I was thinking somewhere between $10-$25?

2) What are your thoughts on multiple entries?

3) Are there any preferred formats? I originally only considered a common bracket challenge (potentially leveraging a common web site to handle the entry and the scoring), but endermike presented some other interesting possibilities in a previous post on this thread games. In particular the Crazy Eights looks like fun and would be fairly simple to administer.

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