$1 Billion Dollars for a Perfect March Madness Bracket
Our Experts Discuss college Basketball
- by Andy Paul,
- Senior Columnist
Do you remember how close you've come to having a perfect bracket? How much more frustrating would it be if there was a BILLION dollars on the line? With the odds of having a perfect bracket one in 9.2 quintillion, it's obvious why Buffet would make such a proposal. What are some of the great upsets that made or destroyed your bracket?
@Andrew Paul I have been watching college basketball for a long time, and I can see why Warren Buffet is offering a billion dollars for the perfect bracket. According to numbers you have a better chance at winning the lottery. Now is this a big incentive to try? Of course, but you need a crystal ball for this to happen. There are to many unknown varibles to consider that cannot be calculated. There are teams that you will never see in the entire season and not to mention possible injuries to key players. The NCAA tournament is not based on talent alone, but who is the better team that day. It is also a game of match-ups. So is this possible? Yes, just highly improbable, but that won't stop anybody from trying, which makes that much more interesting and more to participate in.
If the odds are actually what you say they are, my odds of becoming a billionaire just improved dramatically.
I honestly thought my bracket 2 years ago was gonna be great
There are over a billion different ways to fill out a bracket. If every single person on the earth filled out a bracket differently, it still wouldn't cover the odds. However, there can always be a strange stroke of luck. I think more people will be filling out brackets this year to give themselves a chance.
As for some of the greatest upsets that destroyed my bracket, I think back to Florida Gulf Coast last year, and Northern Iowa upsetting Kansas a few years ago. Ali- Farokhmanesh.....
I have filled out over 30 brackets the last few years, thinking at least 1 of them will be perfect for a few days. It never happens, and I end up throwing out all the brackets after the first day! It's so frustrating, yet I love to fill them out anyway. With this extra incentive, I'm sure more people will be on board this year. Do you have to send Buffett your bracket before the competition starts, or how will he know if you didn't cheat? How many brackets are you allowed to fill out, to still be granted the money? I would like to know the specific rules.
I honestly thought my bracket 2 years ago was gonna be great. But then Norfolk State and Lehigh came along. I'm going to try and fill out as many brackets as possible, because, well, it's a billion dollars!
A fun one was back in 2001 when I entered Playboy's tournament pool. They had an interesting point system where you were rewarded the same amount of points as the lower seed if you picked that seed correctly to pull the upset. So, since my dad was teaching at Hampton at the time, I picked them to beat Iowa State in the first round - and picked up a nice 15 points for one game! Ended up leading that pool until the Elite Eight.
The amount of teams that have made the Final Four when I picked them to lose in the first round and teams I had going to the Final Four that ended up losing in the first round is hysterical. I had both Butler and VCU losing in their first games the year they both went to the Final Four. I thought USC was going to beat VCU in the play-in game and make the sweet 16, but I switched my pick after USC lost. Also, a couple years ago I had to root against myself in the bracket pool because I would've won if Uconn lost the championship game. Loyalty above all.