Monday, March 27, 2006

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Hello, I'm the one-eyed king of my NCAA pool

I'd like to thank the Florida Gators for beating the Villanova Wildcats yesterday. This clinched my victory in my family March Madness pool.

[Uh... aren't there some more games to be played?--ed.] Yes, but because everyone (including myself) had number one seeds like UConn, Duke, or Villanova winning the Final Four games, no one can earn any more points. I didn't do great in my predictions, but as the saying goes, in a land of blind men, the one-eyed man is king.

I do take comfort from the fact that according to, there are very few two-eyed people out there right now:

The Final Four looks nothing like the users of's Tournament Challenge predicted.
More than 1.5 million people participated and of the more than 3 million entries submitted only four -- that's right, four -- picked a Final Four including Florida, George Mason, LSU and UCLA before the tournament started. Over 66 percent of entries had none of the Final Four teams correct and better than 29 percent had exactly two teams correct.

As you probably guessed, George Mason is the team that busted the most brackets. The Patriots were picked in 1,853 entries to make the Final Four, with only 677 putting them in the championship game and only 284 predicting George Mason winning the national championship. UCLA, on the other hand, got the most support -- more than 24 percent of all entries have the Bruins advancing to Indianapolis.

This result also confirms that I know next to nothing about either health care reform or the quadrennial defense review.

UPDATE: It turns out that one of those four correct predictions was an accident -- the person confused George Mason with George Washington.

posted by Dan on 03.27.06 at 05:55 PM


We're all Mason all the time over at my blog this week. And we're not talking solely about b'ball. Yes, we're thrilled and stunned and deliriously happy, but Mason is known for a few more things--like writers! Come over and see why! --tHB

posted by: The Happy Booker on 03.27.06 at 05:55 PM [permalink]

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