I just finished registering my entry in the $1 Billion Dollar Bracket Challenge and Warren Buffett is smiling at my idiocy.
Warren’s the guy that’s fronting the billion, guaranteeing the payout to whoever can beat the 1 in 9,223,372,036,854,775,808 odds.
For those of you that may have a tough time figuring out exactly what that number actually is, it’s roughly 1 in 9 quintillion. Yes, quintillion. I don’t even know how many billion billions that is but I think it’s pretty safe to say that the world may explode before anyone on the planet could ever conceivably correctly pick all 63 games of the NCAA tournament.
I already know that I’ll probably be eliminated before Thursday evening rolls around.
I watch a lot of college basketball and I’m fairly knowledgeable about the rankings, the conferences, RPIs and power conferences. It doesn’t matter.
Last night on ESPN’s Bracketology, all four experts picked Michigan State to win it all – which made me immediately decide to not pick Michigan State to win it all.
When it comes to this tournament, the experts are rarely right on the mark – and when all four are barking up the same tree, it seems all the more obvious that Tom Izzo’s bunch may make it to the Final Four but something unexpected is bound to derail them.
In the meantime, Mr. Buffett is limiting the number of entries to the first 15 million to keep the odds down of Berkshire Hathaway having to pay out any insurance claims on the potential billion giveaway.
To sign up, I had to use my Yahoo! email address and answer a few questions about mortgage loans which I’m sure will result in some junk mail landing in my spam filter in the very near future.
According to Jay Farmer, Quicken’s President and Marketing Chief (Quicken Loans is sponsoring the contest), “the people that are playing the Billion Dollar Bracket kind of fit our demographic.”
Yes, we’re all idiots.
(Quote and odds listed are courtesy of David Sarno, who wrote, “Don’t Take Warren Buffett’s Bracket Challenge” for Slate (http://www.slate.com/articles/sports/sports_nut/2014/03/)
When I have way better odds of winning Powerball or Mega Millions, I know that me filling out an entry is a complete waste of time.
But I did it anyway as it’s always fun to see how quickly I go down.
I know I just provided a little more publicity to Mr. Buffett and perhaps a few more people might sign up for his Billion Dollar Bracket as a result of this post.
If you’re interested, here’s the link:https://tournament.fantasysports.yahoo.com/quickenloansbracket/challenge/?qls=BDB_B14qlb03.qlredirect
What am I getting in return from Mr. Buffett for this plug?
Which is exactly what I’ll get as a result of entering the contest.
Bring on Thursday and the Madness.
Go Wichita State and Go Billikens.
As for my Final Four?
Florida, Michigan State, Wisconsin and Wichita State with Florida beating Wisconsin in a slow, defensive-minded battle.