Worms and Flowers

The Final Four!

Posted in Sports by Lzyjo on April 3, 2009

Most of the March Madness games have been played, leaving the Final Four and Championship games remaining. The two Final Four games will begin on Saturday afternoon and the Championship will be played on Monday.

Not only did I do way better than I expected, I did great! So far, I have scored 960 points, which puts me in the 97th percentile. I am currently ranked 116,108 in over 4 Million who participated on the ESPN website. My score of 960 puts me at 190 points higher than Obama. (I’m not trying to say anything here.) And higher than most of the top sports analysts, Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic, of Mike and Mike in the Morning, Tony Kornheiser and Mike Wilbon, of Pardon the Interruption, and almost everyone on Around the Horn. I am tied with Jackie McMullan, the only female analyst on Around the Horn, a daily convergence of the top sports journalists from across the country.

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I would never claim to be as smart as, or smarter than the analysts. Nearly everyday they astound me with statistics as weird as scores from 1980s Women’s Basketball.

Frankly, I’ve never heard of some of the teams and I definitely have no clue who even plays on which team. It just shows the pure LUCK involved with making picks. This is exactly why a monkey can make predictions. If I tried to repick my bracket, I could never possibly do it. It was just luck.

Unfortunately, two of my Final Four participants were upset before this round, so my National Champion pick has been knocked out, but luckily I still have a chance to pick the other Final Four winner.

It was fun while it lasted and there were a ton of uber-competitive games and shocking upsets and I can remember until next basketball season.

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March Madness — Are You Doing The Brackets?

Posted in Sports by Lzyjo on March 19, 2009

I may not seem like the type to be a sports fan, but I am, and I do enjoy some entertainment that does not require any skill. Filling out the brackets for the winners of March Madness is a fun way to be part of the fun, even without being a hardcore fan or statistical analyst.  Monkeys actually have a good record with Superbowl predictions, so don’t hold yourself back! ESPN has a tourney sweepstakes with prizes, if you enter your bracket before noon today. The first round games start today and go until the Championship final on April 6.

All you have to do is fill in the winners on the ESPN site and sign up for a free ESPN account to be entered to win.

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Here is a screenshot of my brackets. The ESPN site shows team stats for every match up and team seeds, for each division are marked with the little number on the side.

If you don’t care about the prizes and just want to fill out the brackets for fun, Yahoo has a blank bracket form you can fill out with a pencil, or the New York Times has an interactive bracket you can fill-out online. It makes the games more fun!