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Posted: March 21, 2014, 10:06 pm - IP Logged

Down to 1 perfect bracket through 27 games.

There were 3 perfect brackets, but they all chose GW....which lost. LOL

That 1 perfect bracket you see is in Yahoo's tournament, but actually not in the Quicken billion dollar contest. To see standings for the contest, you have to visit the sub-board for the pool's standings, link here: https://tournament.fantasysports.yahoo.com/quickenloansbracket/group/bdbc

The highest ranked brackets there have 26 of 27

If the chances of winning the jackpot are so slim, why play when the jackpot is so small? Your chances never change, but the potential payoff does.
If a crystal ball showed you the future of the rest of your life, and in that future you will never win a jackpot, would you still play?

2016: -48.28% (13 tickets) ||
P&L % = Total Win($)/Total Wager($) - 1

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    Posted: March 22, 2014, 8:15 pm - IP Logged

    There were 3 perfect brackets, but they all chose GW....which lost. LOL

    That 1 perfect bracket you see is in Yahoo's tournament, but actually not in the Quicken billion dollar contest. To see standings for the contest, you have to visit the sub-board for the pool's standings, link here: https://tournament.fantasysports.yahoo.com/quickenloansbracket/group/bdbc

    The highest ranked brackets there have 26 of 27

    You're right! can't believe he didn't sign up for the Quicken loan contest. He is currently perfect on the first 36 games.

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      Posted: March 22, 2014, 8:38 pm - IP Logged

      You're right! can't believe he didn't sign up for the Quicken loan contest. He is currently perfect on the first 36 games.

      He may have signed up for the contest...he mentioned it in the Twitter feed. I know he has 3 different brackets running and their categories are hidden.

      His other brackets aren't doing so well, 81% and 17%. That adds up to 98% so I wonder if he hedged his brackets Naughty

      IMO it's an amazing feat so far, but not as amazing as if he had only filled out one bracket. He's basically had 3 chances to get it right. I filled out one and have 29 of 36 (94% rank), and two of those losses would have been avoided had I paid better attention to my choices on the West/Midwest.

      I've gotten a kick out of the statistics professor with half a class over 90%. He charged people to hear his lecture for ranking methods. And here a random joe has a better bracket. I think it isn't hard to beat most of the crowd, because the majority just choose the favorites or what they hear on ESPN.

      If the chances of winning the jackpot are so slim, why play when the jackpot is so small? Your chances never change, but the potential payoff does.
      If a crystal ball showed you the future of the rest of your life, and in that future you will never win a jackpot, would you still play?

      2016: -48.28% (13 tickets) ||
      P&L % = Total Win($)/Total Wager($) - 1

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        Posted: March 22, 2014, 11:41 pm - IP Logged

        He may have signed up for the contest...he mentioned it in the Twitter feed. I know he has 3 different brackets running and their categories are hidden.

        His other brackets aren't doing so well, 81% and 17%. That adds up to 98% so I wonder if he hedged his brackets Naughty

        IMO it's an amazing feat so far, but not as amazing as if he had only filled out one bracket. He's basically had 3 chances to get it right. I filled out one and have 29 of 36 (94% rank), and two of those losses would have been avoided had I paid better attention to my choices on the West/Midwest.

        I've gotten a kick out of the statistics professor with half a class over 90%. He charged people to hear his lecture for ranking methods. And here a random joe has a better bracket. I think it isn't hard to beat most of the crowd, because the majority just choose the favorites or what they hear on ESPN.

        "And here a random joe has a better bracket."

        He had Oregon being in the final four which now makes his bracket below average. There is nothing unique about getting lucky by picking some first round upsets, but in the second round, Brad picked 7 seed Oregon over 2 seed and home team Wisconsin.

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          Posted: March 22, 2014, 11:45 pm - IP Logged

          "And here a random joe has a better bracket."

          He had Oregon being in the final four which now makes his bracket below average. There is nothing unique about getting lucky by picking some first round upsets, but in the second round, Brad picked 7 seed Oregon over 2 seed and home team Wisconsin.

          True, he will likely finish worse than many who were imperfect for the first 2 rounds. I was mainly poking fun at the professor. He got wiped out early.

          Dayton bit me again with Syracuse but I'm now at 95%.

          If the chances of winning the jackpot are so slim, why play when the jackpot is so small? Your chances never change, but the potential payoff does.
          If a crystal ball showed you the future of the rest of your life, and in that future you will never win a jackpot, would you still play?

          2016: -48.28% (13 tickets) ||
          P&L % = Total Win($)/Total Wager($) - 1

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            Posted: March 23, 2014, 5:11 pm - IP Logged

            True, he will likely finish worse than many who were imperfect for the first 2 rounds. I was mainly poking fun at the professor. He got wiped out early.

            Dayton bit me again with Syracuse but I'm now at 95%.

            The experts come out every March and only difference this year is the billion dollar challenge. Anyone participating in the office pool brackets knows the key is getting lots of teams into the sweet 16 and hopefully you'll pick the final four.

            I wonder how many people had to decide between Dayton and Stanford on their bracket?

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              Posted: March 30, 2014, 9:33 am - IP Logged

              You're right! can't believe he didn't sign up for the Quicken loan contest. He is currently perfect on the first 36 games.

              I've lost 12 games, 46/58, and 79%, but with five games left, if Michigan State beats U Conn and UK beats Florida, I should be in the top 20. They divided the contest into six rounds with a possible 32 points up for grabs each round and a total of 192 points. If a bracket was perfect, but lost the final game, they have 160 points and even though I lost 12 games, if I correctly picked the final four, the final two, and the champion, I'll have a 172 points.

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                Posted: March 30, 2014, 10:03 pm - IP Logged

                I've lost 12 games, 46/58, and 79%, but with five games left, if Michigan State beats U Conn and UK beats Florida, I should be in the top 20. They divided the contest into six rounds with a possible 32 points up for grabs each round and a total of 192 points. If a bracket was perfect, but lost the final game, they have 160 points and even though I lost 12 games, if I correctly picked the final four, the final two, and the champion, I'll have a 172 points.

                You're doing better than me as I have lost 16 games. I only have Florida and Wisconsin left and am in the running at my club's bracket pool so it's still enjoyable.

                Michigan State lost but good luck on your Quicken bracket!

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                  Posted: March 30, 2014, 10:43 pm - IP Logged

                  You're doing better than me as I have lost 16 games. I only have Florida and Wisconsin left and am in the running at my club's bracket pool so it's still enjoyable.

                  Michigan State lost but good luck on your Quicken bracket!

                  The 8 points I lost when U Conn lost might be the difference because the best I can get is 164 points.


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                    Posted: March 30, 2014, 11:20 pm - IP Logged

                    If I do really well in the bracket, but dont meet the JP criteria, can I get 20% off on my car insurance?

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                      Posted: April 5, 2014, 3:59 am - IP Logged

                      If I do really well in the bracket, but dont meet the JP criteria, can I get 20% off on my car insurance?

                      It's really simple for me; UK beats Florida for the championship and Warren Buffet owes me $100 grand.

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                        It's really simple for me; UK beats Florida for the championship and Warren Buffet owes me $100 grand.

                        My bracket didn't do to well but I will root for UK to upset Florida even though I chose Florida to win it all. It would be nice to see someone from LP win something.

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                          Posted: April 5, 2014, 8:00 pm - IP Logged

                          The billion dollar madness is just that..MADNESS. Anybody who thinks he/she can win it might as well be classified as a raving lunatic.

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                            Posted: April 6, 2014, 12:22 am - IP Logged

                            My bracket didn't do to well but I will root for UK to upset Florida even though I chose Florida to win it all. It would be nice to see someone from LP win something.

                            I'm out now with the Florida loss. The player in first place has 14 losses and it just shows it's probably impossible to have a perfect bracket.