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Title: Let's succumb to this March Madness
Post by: foolsgold on March 11, 2015, 09:38:32 AM
March is a great time to showcase how little you think you know about NCAA basketball and what better way to highlight than by participating in the Great Randomville March Madness Basketball Tournament of Destruction, Domination, Acumen, Blind Luck, Cool Uniforms and/or Mascots, Humiliation and Stuff tm

FAQ      

1. But Foolsgold, I don’t know anything about college basketball: Doesn’t matter.  I’ve been running the office pool for 10 years now and 7 of those years were won by people with either no interest in the sport or they only followed their alma mater.
2. Will this take much of my time: It shouldn’t.  As little as 10 minutes to fill out the bracket and a couple minutes a day checking results. 
3. What is the prize for winning:  I dunno.  Bragging rights?  I guess I could set up some Paypal thing where everyone kicks in a couple of bucks to go to the winner, but I’d only do that if y’all want that kind of thing.
4. Who can play: Ideally, all or most of you.  This is the sort of thing that benefits from a larger pool of people.
5. Any tips: a 12 seed always seems to beat a 5 seed.  A 1 or 2 seed wins it all most of the time.  A 16 seed never wins anything.
6. Strategies, what about strategy: There are several ways to go about this.  You could exhaustively research each team comparing stats and trends.  You could pick by which team has the cooler mascot.  You could pick teams alphabetically.  You could pick by your favorite color.  Doesn’t matter.
7. When do I have to have the bracket filled out: By March 17th before the tip-off of the first game.

Here is the link to the site: http://r-ville.mayhem.cbssports.com/ PW: foolsgold

Let me know if there are any problems and good luck.
Title: Re: Let's succumb to this March Madness
Post by: Dan on March 11, 2015, 10:01:34 AM
I'm in.

I tried to sign up and I got this:
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This is a private fantasy league. You are logged in with userid 'mistergugi', which does not have access to this league. If you think this is wrong, please contact the league commissioner and ask for an invite.
To log in as another user, click here.

Maybe I am an idiot and did something wrong?
Title: Re: Let's succumb to this March Madness
Post by: foolsgold on March 11, 2015, 10:40:50 AM
I'm likely the idiot.  I guess I need to send invites first, duo either leave your email here or PM or it to me.
Title: Re: Let's succumb to this March Madness
Post by: Rafe on March 11, 2015, 06:45:08 PM
I will participate. Internet access permitting, I may even cheerlead a bit.

I have the suspicion I may look favourably on Gonzaga.
Title: Re: Let's succumb to this March Madness
Post by: trixi on March 11, 2015, 10:45:00 PM
In.

trixil7@yahoo

Starting the trash talk:
Down with Gonzaga


:-D
Title: Re: Let's succumb to this March Madness
Post by: foolsgold on March 12, 2015, 08:33:09 AM
Sweet, so far, it's Cuddly, Trixi, Dan, Butter, Rafe, and me.  Come on the rest of you motherfuckers.  Get it in gear.
Title: Re: Let's succumb to this March Madness
Post by: Kwyjibo on March 12, 2015, 08:43:48 AM
I'm in.  The e-mail link under my avatar is current.
Title: Re: Let's succumb to this March Madness
Post by: daytime drinking on March 12, 2015, 05:43:47 PM
i'm in.  i gotta warn y'all, i'm pretty good 
Title: Re: Let's succumb to this March Madness
Post by: daytime drinking on March 12, 2015, 09:46:46 PM
let's make this interesting.  what about a mix cd from all the contestants for the winner?  second place gets a $10 gift card to blockbuster from foolsgold
Title: Re: Let's succumb to this March Madness
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on March 13, 2015, 12:43:44 AM
I want in! eehowell at gmail. Thanks!
Title: Re: Let's succumb to this March Madness
Post by: foolsgold on March 13, 2015, 09:23:20 AM
Let me know if anyone hasn't received an emailed invite yet. 
Title: Re: Let's succumb to this March Madness
Post by: mik on March 13, 2015, 11:01:31 AM
I'd like to be in please -
kenmikk@hotmail.com

Thank you!
Title: Re: Let's succumb to this March Madness
Post by: daytime drinking on March 13, 2015, 12:09:59 PM
ooh!  weylerka@gmail.com
Title: Re: Let's succumb to this March Madness
Post by: Rafe on March 15, 2015, 03:50:39 PM
Is tonight the night for picks?

I'm looking forward to it from afar.
Title: Re: Let's succumb to this March Madness
Post by: trixi on March 15, 2015, 07:20:44 PM
Is tonight the night for picks?

I'm looking forward to it from afar.
yes
Title: Re: Let's succumb to this March Madness
Post by: va-vacious on March 16, 2015, 01:00:17 AM
I want in, too!
vkhowell at hotmail
Title: Re: Let's succumb to this March Madness
Post by: foolsgold on March 16, 2015, 12:39:44 PM
I was wrong.  You have until the 19th to get these filled out.
Title: Re: Let's succumb to this March Madness
Post by: c-lando on March 16, 2015, 01:33:33 PM
I'm in!
Title: Re: Let's succumb to this March Madness
Post by: foolsgold on March 18, 2015, 12:54:08 PM
I just want to make sure that everyone who asked to play received an invite and offer up a last chance to join in.
Title: Re: Let's succumb to this March Madness
Post by: Rafe on March 18, 2015, 06:41:14 PM
Right, I'm ready for battle.

I spent at least seven minutes, possibly eight, choosing my bracket.

So, watch out.

I always loved the name Providence   :D
Title: Re: Let's succumb to this March Madness
Post by: Butter on March 19, 2015, 08:44:39 AM
They are playing my alma mater, Dayton... so if we could keep the Providence love to a minimum, that'd be GREAT.
Title: Re: Let's succumb to this March Madness
Post by: kcneon on March 19, 2015, 11:10:54 AM
if you happen to check before tipoff - kcneon@gmail.com
Title: Re: Let's succumb to this March Madness
Post by: foolsgold on March 19, 2015, 11:36:57 AM
Check your email, KC.
Title: Re: Let's succumb to this March Madness
Post by: kcneon on March 19, 2015, 11:48:33 AM
Got it. Thanks!
Title: Re: Let's succumb to this March Madness
Post by: va-vacious on March 19, 2015, 04:43:13 PM
I picked Dayton to win at least one round (because of people like you, Butter)
I picked Georgia State to win, because they are my neighbor and I don't like Baylor. That was a surprise win!  I have them losing in the next round, though.

Yeah! Go, sports!
Title: Re: Let's succumb to this March Madness
Post by: Rafe on March 19, 2015, 06:59:50 PM
I'm pretty certain I'm already fucked at this stage in two divisions.

Next time, I'll spend up to 15 minutes picking my bracket.

Fucking Baylor.
Title: Re: Let's succumb to this March Madness
Post by: Kwyjibo on March 19, 2015, 08:05:45 PM
A lot of people picked Baylor, Rafe.  I don't think that's particularly damning at this stage.
Title: Re: Let's succumb to this March Madness
Post by: euro60 on March 19, 2015, 10:49:42 PM
Terrific games so far. Nice win for X, and what about that insane nailbiter that UC pulled out? Cincy teams RULE!
Title: Re: Let's succumb to this March Madness
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on March 20, 2015, 12:40:22 AM
Woo hoo! Number 1 with 13 correct picks - but I doubt it will last.

CBS let me have 3 more  brackets. The first one has 10 correct, the second bracket has 7 correct, and the third 5 correct. I really went downhill on my choices!
Title: Re: Let's succumb to this March Madness
Post by: Rafe on March 20, 2015, 07:46:09 AM
Fucking Wofford.
Title: Re: Let's succumb to this March Madness
Post by: Dan on March 24, 2015, 09:41:03 AM
I'm pretty certain I'm already fucked at this stage in two divisions.

Next time, I'll spend up to 15 minutes picking my bracket.

Fucking Baylor.

I don't know - you picked Gonzaga and no one else did. If they win it all* then you're most likely to win this thing.



*Their chances of winning it all are as good as any other team not named Kentucky.
Title: Re: Let's succumb to this March Madness
Post by: Kwyjibo on March 24, 2015, 09:42:58 AM
Shockingly, I'm not doing too badly.

What exactly does the score mean?  How is that calculated?  I tried to look it up in the FAQs but I still don't get it.
Title: Re: Let's succumb to this March Madness
Post by: Dan on March 24, 2015, 10:56:52 AM
(I think it's) 1 point for a round 2 game correct winner.
2 points for round 3 correct winner.
4 points for Sweet 16 correct winner.
8 points for Elite 8 correct winner.
16 points for a final four correct winner.
32 points for having the correct champ.
Title: Re: Let's succumb to this March Madness
Post by: Rafe on March 25, 2015, 06:22:26 PM
I'm pretty certain I'm already fucked at this stage in two divisions.

Next time, I'll spend up to 15 minutes picking my bracket.

Fucking Baylor.

I don't know - you picked Gonzaga and no one else did. If they win it all* then you're most likely to win this thing.



*Their chances of winning it all are as good as any other team not named Kentucky.

Thank you for humouring me. I've looked at it today, and it seems pretty clear that you guys who know you salt are backing a winner in Kentucky.

It's fun to take part in it all again, though
Title: Re: Let's succumb to this March Madness
Post by: c-lando on March 30, 2015, 11:17:40 AM
Oh, Irish. You were so close. I think you didn't win because I was kicking myself for not picking you to go all of the way in the tournament.
Title: Re: Let's succumb to this March Madness
Post by: Rafe on March 30, 2015, 01:38:09 PM
Oh, Rafe. You were so close. I think you didn't win because you are a clueless bastard that picked teams because their names sound filthy when you put emphasis on the "Woff" bit, and other stupid criteria

Modified to reflect my own thoughts  ;D
Title: Re: Let's succumb to this March Madness
Post by: cuddlyevil on March 30, 2015, 02:24:41 PM
So, holy crap how'd I manage to do that? I was sure my bracket was totally busted.
Title: Re: Let's succumb to this March Madness
Post by: Dan on March 30, 2015, 05:30:08 PM
Congrats!
Title: Re: Let's succumb to this March Madness
Post by: kcneon on April 04, 2015, 06:23:28 PM
I'm pretty certain I'm already fucked at this stage in two divisions.

Next time, I'll spend up to 15 minutes picking my bracket.

Fucking Baylor.

I don't know - you picked Gonzaga and no one else did. If they win it all* then you're most likely to win this thing.



*Their chances of winning it all are as good as any other team not named Kentucky.
I always count on Rafe picking Gonzaga. :)  And I agree with him that it's always fun to play with you guys each year!
Title: Re: Let's succumb to this March Madness
Post by: Zafer Kaya on April 04, 2015, 11:27:19 PM
That would have been a great game had the refs not blown pretty much every single call in the last 8 minutes.

I would be all "How can you not go back and review whether they beat the shot clock?"  Except they reviewed Lyles slapping a guy in the face and did nothing so it wouldn't have mattered anyway.
Title: Re: Let's succumb to this March Madness
Post by: euro60 on April 04, 2015, 11:34:57 PM
So Kentucky loses... there had been so many comparisons to the last undefeated team (Indiana in 1976, 32-0) but that is just not fair. Somehow, in the 19 years since then, the schedule has grown by a whopping 25 percent, so a chance to lose a game grew accordingly.

Speaking of which, if the math keeps up, by 2044, college basketball teams will be playing 48 games. All for the greater glory of TV money.
Title: Re: Let's succumb to this March Madness
Post by: mik on April 06, 2015, 01:26:34 PM
On Wisconsin!!
Title: Re: Let's succumb to this March Madness
Post by: cuddlyevil on April 06, 2015, 01:45:55 PM
I love this, in one pool I'm #1 and in my work pool I'm at the bottom.

I was one of two people at work who chose Wisconsin to win, everyone else picked Kentucky to win.
Title: Re: Let's succumb to this March Madness
Post by: Butter on April 06, 2015, 02:02:16 PM
Oh, Irish. You were so close. I think you didn't win because I was kicking myself for not picking you to go all of the way in the tournament.

If you think you were sad, Ethan picked Notre Dame to win the National Title... if they had managed to beat Kentucky, he was practically a shoo-in to win my work pool, for which first place is about $600.  He was about the only one who had ND in the title game, and he correctly picked all 8 of the Elite 8 teams.  Unfortunately for him, he only got 2 of the Final 4 right and neither of the Finalists correct.  He'll finish top-20 (out of approx. 200) but out of the money.

He was pretty disappointed.  I was glad he didn't actually see the game and how close it actually was.

$600 to a 14 year old probably seems like a million dollars to an adult.
Title: Re: Let's succumb to this March Madness
Post by: Kwyjibo on April 07, 2015, 08:07:09 AM
Congrats Cuddles!  Were you as clueless/lucky with your picks as I was?
Title: Re: Let's succumb to this March Madness
Post by: foolsgold on April 07, 2015, 08:23:27 AM
Well done, CE!
Title: Re: Let's succumb to this March Madness
Post by: cuddlyevil on April 07, 2015, 08:35:41 AM
Congrats Cuddles!  Were you as clueless/lucky with your picks as I was?

Yes I was :) The only picks I put any thought into was picking Dayton to move up a bit and Kentucky to lose (sorry Poolio).

Thanks!
Title: Re: Let's succumb to this March Madness
Post by: mik on April 07, 2015, 02:00:28 PM
Congrats cullyevil. Would have looked nice for our brackets if UW had pulled out the win!
Title: Re: Let's succumb to this March Madness
Post by: cuddlyevil on April 08, 2015, 10:26:51 AM
Mik, it would've been amazing.

As an aside, my department chair decided Monday afternoon to pack up the wife and kid and head to Indy for the game (he's a Duke alum). He could barely speak Tuesday morning LOL.
Title: Re: Let's succumb to this March Madness
Post by: mik on April 08, 2015, 11:25:50 AM
Sounds like fun!
I had entertained the notion of driving up for the game but decided against it due to some work I had to get done. I've been up to Indy twice to watch the Badgers win the Big 10 football championship (luckily I skipped last year's schaclacking by OSU) at Lucus Oil Stadium. That city knows how to host major events!!
Title: Re: Let's succumb to this March Madness
Post by: cuddlyevil on April 08, 2015, 01:32:38 PM
Yeah, they seemed to do a great job with it this year.
Title: Re: Let's succumb to this March Madness
Post by: frizgolf on April 11, 2015, 07:39:52 PM
The roommate won $1200 in his pool. He won it outright at the final four by having the correct four teams.