Yes Virginia, There’s Still Some Perfect Brackets – Not Anymore [UPDATE]
Some interesting news this afternoon in regards to the March Madness brackets. Whether or not you filled out a bracket, this story will come as either a surprise or just plain humorous.
[Update] Dayton is the team that killed the last perfect bracket in the nation. The really bad news, it was not even in the running for the one billion dollars. So who had it?
Yahoo Sports said the last bracket standing Saturday belonged to 23 year old Illinois man, Brad Binder. So how far did he get? Yahoo Sports wrote this:
Millions filled out brackets and entered challenges – on Yahoo Sports, on ESPN, on CBS Sports – but only Binder’s entry in Yahoo Sports Tourney Pick’em went 32-for-32 through the round of 64. (His bracket was not entered in the Billion Dollar Bracket Challenge.)
The 15 minutes of fame for the 23-year-old from Buffalo Grove, Ill., continued Saturday as his perfect bracket rolled on.
Florida won. 33 for 33.
Louisville won. 34 for 34.
Michigan won. 35 for 35.
San Diego State? Yeah, it won, too. 36 for 36.
And then … Dayton, an 11 seed, beating Syracuse, the former No. 1 team in the country, 55-53. It seemed like a lock until it wasn’t.
Syracuse had a shot to take the lead with under 10 seconds to play, but missed a jumper, then another 3-pointer at the buzzer that hit the back of the rim and out.
And just like that, no perfect brackets remained.
So Warren keeps the billion for another year.
The question that remains is: Will anyone EVER win it? The odds are never in our favor.
Earlier today when #14 Mercer pulled the upset of the tournament by beating #3 Duke 78-71, some co-workers and I began talking about how there was no possible way anyone would still have a perfect bracket.
Everyone was in agreement that after today, no one would be eligible to win the Quicken Loans Billion Dollar Bracket Challenge, and that Warren Buffet would be keeping his money this year.
Now, here’s where the story becomes interesting. In a story posted on Yahoo! Sports, as of 4:33 p.m. Eastern Time this afternoon (Friday), there were still 16 perfect brackets remaining in the Quicken Loans Challenge.
Yes, you read that correctly – sweet 16 perfect brackets remain.
Considering the various upsets that have occurred since Thursday – including wins by Dayton, Harvard and North Dakota – wouldn’t you be curious to see how these individuals picked the rest of the tournament?