It’s that time of year again when friends and coworkers across the country are getting together to fill out brackets for March Madness. I am one of those guys who watches the selections shows, surfs ESPN for their advice, and buys two different newspapers to read before filling out my bracket. A couple days later, I find I can’t get through the first round undefeated. But then again, very few get through Thursday and Friday with a perfect bracket.
The thing I love about March Madness is that it brings people from different walks of life together. You have your diehard sports fans filling out brackets, as well as people who don’t follow sports but love to fill out a bracket. I have had friends who don’t follow sports who make their picks based on the mascot or even team colors.
Several years ago, I joined a unique March Madness office pool at work created by my buddy who’s nickname is “The Flo” and have been hooked ever since. What I like about this office pool is that it is something different than your normal “fill out a bracket” office pool. It is a pool for hard-core college basketball fans as well as people who have never watched a game.
You need 16 people to do the pool. After the teams are announced on Selection Sunday you take the 64 teams (the teams in the play in games are both grouped in one team..see pic below) and split them into 4 groups. The groups as shown in the pic below are the following:
#13 – #16 seeds low
#9 – #12 seeds mid-low
#5 – #8 seeds mid-high
#1 – #4 seeds high
Each of the 16 people in your pool each get a team out of the 4 groups listed above. You could put the teams in 4 hats and do a random draw or you could use a computer to generate the pics. It is a fair pool, since everybody ends up with a low, mid-low, mid-high, and high seed. If one of your 4 teams is the winner of the NCAA Tourney, you win the pool.
As you can see, this is a unique office pool. I myself take a sharpie and scratch out the teams as they are eliminated from the tournament. There is no better feeling as a Duke fan than marking out North Carolina from the pool as they get eliminated. With Selection Sunday already completed, this is another pool you can do along with filling out the brackets.
We here at Duke Report have created the pool with the 6 Duke Report guys @Jim0828, @DukeOfHoops, @davidmaldridge, @BdotEdot, @DukeNBA, and @Skeelow22
As well as 10 Twitter followers who responded to a request to join. @leentvaar_7, @CaroseljJ, @JdotKimmy, @CharlietheCrazy, @2Dukegirl34, @Codeman10, @Butley270, @KonaBound_2010, @AubreyWright3, and @TeddyMoberg
Here are the results after randomly selecting the picking order as well as randomly selecting everybody’s 4 teams from the 4 groups listed below.
Winner to receive a small Duke prize. Enjoy March Madness and Go Duke.