Possibly the Greatest Idea I've Ever Heard
A Local Poll voter, whom I won't identify because he's an important law school student and shouldn't be wasting his time on such trifles, sent me an e-mail last night that set my heart a-racing. Why not have pools for every conference tournament, he and his genius friend wondered? More importantly, why not have a massive pool involving every DI conference tournament, the NCAA tournament and the NIT tournament, filled with scoring quirks and multipliers and Excel spreadsheets and, with any luck, decimal points and seven-part tiebreakers? Personally, I'd have added the DII and DIII tournaments and all the women's tournaments, but who am I to argue with true genius? This is from his e-mail (and if you want to accuse me of not having a lot to say today, I wouldn't particularly argue, but I'm saving my energy for the Shaq-visits-the-White-House event later on this afternoon):
There are daytime midweek college basketball games starting this week. Neither of us have enough money to gamble heavily enough, but we want some flesh in the game, so to speak.
So....we bring you the ultimate challenge: pick every D-1 tournament game in March: all the conference tournaments, the NIT and the NCAA tournament. Regular point system. (If four rounds, one point for first round, two for quarterfinals, three for semis and four for final. If there are 9- or 10-team tournaments with play-in games, those play-in games count as one point, as do the first-round games. We'll clarify for weird tournaments like the Horizon and MEAC.)....
We'll triple the NCAA point totals and double the NIT, which [name redacted] considers the true national champion. He's old school.
Think about it...cheering from your cubicle or in the library when a buzzer-beater in the Atlantic Sun quarters goes in....that's closer to paradise as Christopher Cross ever got on his sailboat.
The cost? NOTHING. The prize? GLORY....and a VHS copy of Blue Chips. (Again...old school.) Shipping is at our expense, domestic only.
Seriously, my heart is still racing, and it's been more than an hour since I first looked at the e-mail. I've always felt that filling out NCAA brackets was sort of like a job, requiring intense research and at least three or four different colored pens. Now, with such genius as this, the job becomes a virtual full-time gig for five weeks. And the best part is, unlike you, I'm actually getting paid to do this. The conference tourneys start tonight. The e-mail said to forward the offer to any interested friends. Since I consider all of you my friends, I'll.....well, actually, lemme check with the law school student before I invite you all, but I invite you all to be very jealous, in any case.
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