March 20, 2008


Only a couple hours left and we've got stacks of books just waiting to be given away....

How To Avoid Embarrassment in Bracket Pool (JOHN HOLLINGER, March 19, 2008, NY Sun)

Let me guess … you walked into work this week innocently enough, and then, out of the blue, Bob from finance asked you to join the NCAA tournament pool and promised it would be loads of fun.

Now you're staring at this 64-team grid, and you don't want to embarrass yourself and look like a buffoon in front of your co-workers.

Don't worry, I'm here to help. Today we'll review some of the basic rules that lead to a good tournament bracket.

By a "good" bracket, I don't necessarily mean "successful" — because of the tournament's single-elimination format, random flukes can and do mess things up, which is why the person who knows the least about basketball often ends up winning the office pool. The idea, instead, is to give yourself a chance to win. Remember, if 50 people enter the pool, you only have a 2% chance of winning. Even if my genius quintuples your odds, you'll still only win once a decade. Don't say you weren't warned.

Here's another word to the wise, please do join our NCAA pool,,
and the Brothers Judd group, but if Chris Rohlfs challenges you to a game of Scrabulous, duck him. He's treating me like W does Harry Reid....

And our friends at FSB just donated another book, a sci-fi -- for the libertarians -- Jeanette Winterson's Stone Gods, filled with steamin' hot robot sex :

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 20, 2008 6:20 AM

My basketball maven roomie picked the teams for one pool using his superior knowledge and I picked the teams on another pool by picking the top teams on each bracket all the way through to the final for east and west and the bottom teams for the south and midwest. No doubt the best "man" will win and it won't be either of us.

I still don't understand how when we had three of the final four teams last year, but not the eventual winner, we were about at the bottom of the listings?

Posted by: erp at March 19, 2008 5:23 PM

I just joined Facebook and missed the cutoff or entering the bracket challenge.. Brackets had to be completed by 11:55 EST. I missed it by THAT much.

Posted by: Patrick H at March 20, 2008 11:24 AM