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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.

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 27, 2007; 12:32 PM ET
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I WANT IN. im grad student too. but i have plenty of time to waste....i hope my boss doesnt read this blog.

Posted by: Ed Lee | February 27, 2007 12:38 PM | Report abuse

sounds awesome. lets go for it. All tournaments, all the time. The ultimate winner will be crowned!

Posted by: Eric Holmberg | February 27, 2007 12:38 PM | Report abuse

i am so in for this...i need more distractions at work

Posted by: codemonkeymaster | February 27, 2007 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Local Poll voters should be invited at the very least, right? not that i need to spend any more time on college basketball, but i'd love to have a rooting interest in games like Youngstown St vs. Wisconsin-Green Bay.

Posted by: jamie | February 27, 2007 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Listen, I got a meeting with the Bobs in a few, but you can count me in...

Posted by: GTB | February 27, 2007 1:27 PM | Report abuse

It does have an impressive scope. But why stop at Mens hoops? How about the women? Or why stop at Basketball? The Frozen Four tourney is happening, too.

And I'm uber-impressed that he worked in a Christopher Cross sailboat reference.

Posted by: Kim | February 27, 2007 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Get that .xls file out into the Blogosphere! I have to fill one out, even if it leads to divorce consideration from the Mrs.

Posted by: Kev | February 27, 2007 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Blue Chips VHS - nice prize. But the real prize should be your old hat.

Posted by: jhorstma | February 27, 2007 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Dan - me and my friends at school did it last year, with our brackets taped up all over their apartment. You could walk all over that apartment and with the exception of the kitchen, there were brackets EVERYWHERE.

Posted by: Josh | February 27, 2007 1:59 PM | Report abuse

I have nothing to contribute to this competition besides a burning desire to beat all of you, badly. Can I play? I heart teh brack3ts. This truly is a great idea.

Cheese Boy 1, Mr. Tony 0

Posted by: bryc3 | February 27, 2007 2:11 PM | Report abuse

I need this. Please include me, as I need another reason to blow off time at work.

Posted by: smperk | February 27, 2007 2:31 PM | Report abuse

So last place would get a week of trying to interview Andray Blatche?

Posted by: TG | February 27, 2007 2:36 PM | Report abuse

I am in.

Posted by: Skin Patrol | February 27, 2007 4:13 PM | Report abuse

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