**I will be covering March Madness for the “Louis Live” show on TLV1.fm. Check back here for weekly updates on March Madness. This is the second post in the series. Click here to read the first post.**
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Let’s get this out of the way before any of you get too excited: nobody is going to win a Billion Dollars. While the chances of winning are listed as one in nine quadrillion, the odds are even worse than that because Quicken Loans, Warren Buffett (who is underwriting the prize) and partner Yahoo! Sports limited the spots to 15 Million entries. Additionally, there is no way to quantify the heightened level of play, amount of buzzer-beaters and all of the other intangible factors that contribute to March Madness being the greatest sporting event of the year–in any year.
As I’m writing this, I–along with hundreds of thousands of other fans–have already been eliminated from contention for the Billion Dollars due to Ohio State’s upset at the hands of in-state foe, Dayton. I genuinely wish those of you who are still in contention the best and hope you win the Billion Dollars, but don’t get your hopes up. I would be very surprised if anybody is perfect after the round of 32 (heading into the Sweet 16).
Pools, Pools & More Pools…& My Bracket
Luckily, although none of us will be placed into the highest tax bracket as a result of the Tourney, many of us are still in pools that give us the opportunity to win some money. March Madness is universally loved because everybody can fill out a bracket, regardless of basketball knowledge. There are stories of people winning their pools because they picked all of the Catholic Schools to win, picked schools with the mascots they liked best, or picked their favorite uniform color combinations. All of these have proven to be winning strategies and this adds to the excitement. There is something special about the way people come together to root for (and against) teams, and there is something for everybody in March. As OMG Poetry fan Alex Poolda put it, “I’m in way too many [pools] currently. Haha I’m gonna go broke.”
Whether you have filled out a bracket for yourself for fun, a $5 per entry office pool, or spent all of your money on pools, there are thousands of options for casual fans to get involved in March. As usual, I have joined the “Israel Sports Radio” pool on Yahoo! Sports. My bracket is located below for your viewing pleasure. I have shared my Bracket Soul with you, please be gentle with it.