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Second Weekend Of Games Is Here

Posted by Steve Cuddihy On Wednesday, March 25, 2015 0 comments
We are back in action Thursday night. Rounds three and four of our bracket contest, with sixteen teams remaining. I enjoyed the first weekend of games as usual. Thursday was quite crazy and hurt a lot of brackets, while Friday was almost to script with only one lower seed team winning. Were there any surprises, perhaps UCLA was to me, yet I know a few pick sheets selected them. I listened to the experts that said they shouldn't have been included, so naturally I have them losing in the first round. But think about it, you just gave a team inspiration by telling them they shouldn't be there. Hindsight, it makes sense that they were victorious.

With the pending two rounds of games, increases the Points Scored per game, five and eight points respectfully. If you are behind, this is where you can catch up. I've been doing this for nineteen years now, almost every year someone in the middle of the pack will win if they can keep their final four teams intact. And if you still have a shot at first place (or the top five for that matter), you obviously are still in the hunt. If you check the Player Scenarios link (will be active soon), you can see what your best place finish, your worst place finish and who you need to root for. It's a very valuable link to see how you fair against the other brackets.

If we look at the Current Standings, tops in points with 87, are three pick sheets, Eva Sanders, Drew Wittchow 1 and Mitch Hahn. Yet, one has Kentucky and one has Duke.

All of the office pool contest links can be found in the right column under the Office Pool Menu.

We topped out at 421 pick sheets this year, with 243 selecting Kentucky as their champion. Which I believe is down by ten to twenty from the 2014 contest.

Enjoy the games and I'll see you on the other side of the weekend....

2015 Office Pool Contest Has Begun

Posted by Steve Cuddihy On Sunday, March 15, 2015 0 comments
Deadline: Tip-Off, March 19 @ 12:30 PM [EST]
Entry Fee: $0.00

Make sure you hit the SUBMIT PICKS button at the bottom of the page or your picks will not be entered into the pool.

NOTE: When entering multiple times, please place a number after your name to make it unique [or it will over write you last submitted picks] For example: Timmy 1, Timmy 2, Timmy 3

2015 Tournament Office Pool Brackets
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2015 Tournament Schedule

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Pre-Tournament Events
March 15 - Selection Sunday @ 5:00 CST on CBS

First Week Of Games
March 17-18: 4 Play-In Games
March 19-20: Round One Games
March 21-22: Round Two Games

Second Weekend Of Games
March 26-27: Round Three Games
March 28-29: Round Four Games

Final Weekend Of Games
April 4: Round Five, Semi-Finals
April 6: Round Six, Championship Game

NCAA Division I Men's Tournament Dates (2014). Retrieved from http://www.ncaa.com/final-four/future-dates-sites

And Then There Was One

Posted by Steve Cuddihy On Monday, April 7, 2014 0 comments
That's it, we have our tournament champion, the University of Connecticut Huskies, or Yukon for short. Thank you Twitter for that one.

Watching the championship game, was it just me, or was UConn passing a bit to hard at times? Or passing a bit careless, an under the legs pass of the opponent that didn't connect, really? Granted, they still won, but yeow, it made me feel a bit nauseous during the game.

I wasn't sure who I wanted to win tonight, since both teams are in the final game quite often, and UConn had their NCAA violation, Kentucky has all Freshman starters who are one and done, but in the end, I went for UConn. Mainly because they had star players that have been on the team longer than one year. Blah to the one and done. Give me three, four or five starting seniors and I'll put you far in my bracket.

Notes from the game:

I never saw a camera shot of Ashley Judd, did I miss it or was she not there tonight?

UConn went 101-115 on free throws throughout the tournament, 10-10 tonight. Wisconsin went 19-20 and lost by 1....ouch!

On ESPN's contest, 27,203 had UConn as the winner out of 11 Million+ (0.3%) Our bracket contest had 3 of 431 pick sheets. Someone do the math for me as a comparison and email me. (.007% - Thank you JC for the email)

Which brings me to our bracket contest results. Congrats goes out to Jason Peterson with 144 points. He is our 2014 OfficePool64 Bracket Challenge winner! And I mean no disrespect, but with a terrible 65% pick percentage and only correctly picking three of the final eight teams, he pulled off a miracle finish to win our contest. I'll give you a minute to let that sink in, you only correctly pick 3 of the final 8 teams and win the tournament.

Other notable pick sheets:

Bernie of West Linn, OR with 73% correct
Doug Force of Huntington, the only one to pick 3 of the last 4 teams.
Brent Dilk of MFI's bracket contest, welcome to my bracket contest MFI, see you next year.
R Beyer 2 of Cincinnati, OH, correctly picking UConn.
Jason Calabrese of Watertown, CT, correctly picking his homer team UConn.
Grand Master Flash of Funky, MN, for having such a cool name.

And last but not least, David Letterman is finally retiring!

It's Been Fun, It's Been Real

Posted by Steve Cuddihy On Friday, April 4, 2014 0 comments
Our bracket contest is nearly completed. I'm always bummed when the final weekend of games arrives, however it's 48 more short weeks until the next bracket contest begins. We sadly have three games remaining with eight tournament scenarios left. There are only four teams that have not been eliminated: Florida, UConn, Wisconsin, Kentucky

The semi-final games are Saturday on TBS, not CBS!! With the championship match up Monday, this time on CBS.

Florida #1 vs UConn #7 at 6:09 ET
Kentucky #8 vs Wisconsin #2 at 8:49 ET

From my quick look, only one pick sheet had three of four correct. There were a quite a few 2 of 4 correct and a ton of 1 of 4 correct.

After the first weekend of games, I was away for my 20th wedding anniversary vacation and had the current standings on autopilot. Aside from my pick sheet, all went as planned. I did get to see a few of the games, but not enough to create a blog post about it. A big thank you to my wife, yet again, for putting up with this tournament during our anniversary week. I just cannot convince the NCAA to move the March tournament to dates that don't interfere with my anniversary. I'm kidding, my wife actually will sit and watch the games with me because I enjoy it so much.

As I mentioned, there are exactly eight tournament scenarios remaining, they are as follows:

If Florida beats Wisconsin
If Wisconsin beats Florida
If Florida beats Kentucky
If Kentucky beats Florida
If UConn beats Wisconsin
If Wisconsin beats UConn
If UConn beats Kentucky
If Kentucky beats UConn

Best of luck to ya people!