Here are the standings of our bracket challenge. I have been light on blogging because I have been on the road for 2 straight weeks, which has left me both underwater with work and a bit out of sorts.
Wow, did I ever stink it up with my brackets over the weekend. Worst I have ever done, and it had nothing to do with missing the two 15-2 upsets (everybody missed those). The only good news is that I am ahead of my son Nic. My traditional bias against all schools Ohio definitely hurt me.
Anyway, congrats to those who were far more prescient:
I am not sure who does it, but we have a reader who faithfully enters the President's bracket into the pool each year, and I must say that Barack does seem to know his college hoops.
UPDATE: Special congrats to Mike Langan, who due to the vagaries of the CoyoteBlog traditional scoring system is in second, but his bracket based on number of correct picks is actually in the top 50 of 88,000+ brackets at PickHoops.com.
Todd Ramsey has won our annual bracket contest - actually, he had it locked up last week statistically, but I did not want to discourage everyone. Yours truly had his worst finish every, coming in *cough* mumble mumble, but importantly placed ahead of my son Nic, which is all that matters around our household. The full rankings can be found here.
I thought the finals were great, and I am sure Butler fans will be replaying that last shot in their heads for years, in the same way I can still see Alonzo Mourning or this backdoor cut in my sleep.
For the first time in five years, I am apparently mathematically eliminated after the first weekend, with my best possible finish in 7th. Congratulations to our current leaders, who navigated through an incredible series of upsets far better than I did:
Perhaps even more incredibly, Todd Ramsey is shown to have a 71+% chance of winning it all, which are pretty unprecedented odds in our pool this early in the tournament.