Monday, March 24, 2014

It Was Fun

My sorry bracket: if it's red, it's wrong.
Though the odds were infinitesimal (actually, 1 in 9 quintillion) against winning, the idea of receiving $1 billion for 15 minutes of "work" overwhelmed rational thinking. Last Wednesday I filled out the Quicken Loans $1 Billion bracket challenge.

The probabilities were about the same whether I devoted 15 minutes, 15 hours, or 15 days, so I expended the minimum effort by using a random-number generator and giving greater weight to the higher seeds.

I was quickly eliminated on the first day and ended up picking only 29 out of 48 games correctly (no one is still in contention--the top entry scored 44). With 4 million people doing better than I so far, there's no chance to win one of the twenty $100,000 consolation prizes.

Nevertheless, it was fun and I'd do it again next year. Maybe I just have to adjust the random numbers for strength of schedule.....

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