March Madness Final

March Madness Complete

@circusjohnson defeated Jesse Andreozzi to win the March Madness tournament.  Thanks everyone for playing, and I’m looking forward to the next one.  I think I’ll make this a monthly event, i.e. April Madness, May Madness, etc.  If you didn’t play in this one and want to play in future tournaments, send me an e-mail.  I’ll try to be fair, and my criteria will be based on the following (in no particular order):
1. Expressed desire to play
2. TCL performance
3. Consistently playing rounds without missing them
4. Participation in the Pick ‘Em challenge

Pick ‘Em Rd 6

Congratulations to @jonmatte, who won the Pick ‘Em challenge.  Matthew Gorter got 2nd, and @circusjohnson got 3rd.

March Madness Round 5

March Madness Round 5

Congratulations to @circusjohnson and Jesse Andreozzi, who will face each other for the March Madness championship.  They were both #1 seeds and popular picks to win it all, and they managed to avoid the upsets that were so prominent in the rest of the bracket.

Pick ‘Em Rd 5

Matthew Gorter and @jonmatte are tied for the lead, but they had opposite picks for the champion.  The final standings will be one of the following: Pick ‘Em Rd 6 circus or Pick ‘Em Rd 6 Jesse.

March Madness Round 4

March Madness Round 4

The Final 4 consists of @circusjohnson (#1), @murrman.362 (#6), Matthew Gorter (#7), and Jesse Andreozzi (#1).

Pick ‘Em Rd 4

I retained my lead in the Pick ‘Em challenge, but now that we’re in the Final 4, there are 8 possible scenarios.  The top 3 in each of the scenarios is listed below (scenarios are listed based on championship game result):

circus over Matthew – jonmatte, circus, Matthew
circus over Jesse – jonmatte, Matthew, circus
murrman over Matthew – Joel, Matthew, jonmatte
murrman over Jesse – Joel, Matthew, jonmatte
Matthew over circus – Matthew, jonmatte, Joel
Matthew over murrman – Joel, Matthew, jonmatte
Jesse over circus – Matthew, Mike, Randy
Jesse over murrman – Matthew, Randy, Joel

March Madness Round 3

March Madness Round 3

We’re now down to the final 8.  Two #1 seeds were upset by the remaining #12 seeds, and the seeds in the Elite 8 are 1, 1, 3, 6, 6, 7, 12, and 12.

Pick ‘Em Rd 3

I’m still leading the Pick ‘Em game by 3 points.  I went outside the box on a few picks, so I need @circusjohnson to get upset soon to have a chance to hold on for the win (I had him losing to @binkyblue in this round).  @jonmatte and Matthew Gorter are 3 points behind me, and if it comes down to them, the difference will be their championship pick.  @jonmatte has @circusjohnson over Jesse Andreozzi, while Matthew has the opposite.

March Madness Round 2

March Madness Round 2

The Sweet 16 is set, with all but one of the #1 and 2 seeds advancing.  I was upset by Matthew Gorter to become the first #2 seed to be knocked out.  I either overseeded myself or choked under pressure :).  The good news for everyone else is that I’m more motivated to do this again to get some redemption!

The biggest underdogs to advance were #13 @taloneal, #12 Brian D Moore, and #12 Mike Halliday.  Since the seeds were based mostly on season 1 and both #12 seeds joined the TCL for season 2, it’s pretty clear they were underseeded.

Pick ‘Em Rd 2

I’m currently leading the pick ’em challenge by 3 points, but since I over-confidently picked myself to win it all, I’ll probably be caught.  Douglas Goodman, @jonmatte, and Matthew Gorter are tied for 2nd.  For anyone who cares to follow along, everyone’s picks are attached here: Picks

March Madness Round 1

March Madness Round 1

Pick ‘Em Rd 1

The 1st round of the March Madness tournament was a success, with the results actually pretty similar to a typical NCAA tournament.  All of the #1 and #2 seeds advanced, while the other seed results were as follows:

3 vs. 14: 3-1
4 vs. 13: 3-1
5 vs. 12: 2-2
6 vs. 11: 3-1
7 vs. 10: 1-3
8 vs. 9: 2-2

In the Pick ‘Em challenge, Dante Golio, Randy Meyer, and I are tied for the lead with 25 correct picks in Round 1.