3/28/10 - Day 8: And we have a Final Four

The tournament is narrowed down to four teams, and the pool is narrowed down to four people. Wes and Greg are guaranteed money, it's just a matter of how much. And I'm battling a 2 year old to get 2nd place, but only if West Virginia gets to the title game.

I have once again updated the Google Docs file if anyone is interested in the final 8 possible scenarios. Final scenarios

Name Points Tiebreak
Wes May-hem 67 145
Greg Walker 65 145
Nash Horton 63 143
DJ Walker 61 148
Cristi Walker 61 150
Chris Horton 59 156
Whitney Walker 58 167
Tim Shelton 58 0
Kyle Raible 56 156
Blake Bumgardner 55 144
Michael Huffman 55 130
Kylah Van Horn 55 161
Stephen Shirley 54 135
Phillip Walker 53 154
Craig 1 52 170
Matt Arnold 51 153
Donna Bumgardner 51 148
Nick 51 137
Randy Spellins 50 141
Geoff Owens 2 49 135
Jason Harmon 49 1061
Mike Bumgardner 49 157
Jared Selby 49 150
Uncle/Gary Reynolds 48 166
Craig 2 46 170
Kent Bryant 46 150
Jessica Walker 46 154
Geoff Owens 1 43 127
Eric Chilton 42 143
John Albritton 39 148

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3/27/10 - Day 7: Narrowed down to a few hopefuls

After today's games, the money is down to basically 4 people: Wes, Greg, Nash, myself. Of course, I am relying solely on West Virginia winning their next game. There is still a small chance for Cristi, Kylah or Michael to place 3rd, but all the other scenarios have those four. Here are the standings as of now.

Sorry about the issue this morning with the Google doc link, I fixed it this morning and have updated it with today's results. Here is the link again: March Madness Breakdown

Name Points Tiebreak
Greg Walker 61 145
Wes May-hem 59 145
Nash Horton 59 143
DJ Walker 57 148
Cristi Walker 57 150
Blake Bumgardner 55 144
Chris Horton 55 156
Whitney Walker 54 167
Tim Shelton 54 0
Kyle Raible 52 156
Donna Bumgardner 51 148
Kylah Van Horn 51 161
Michael Huffman 51 130
Stephen Shirley 50 135
Jason Harmon 49 1061
Phillip Walker 49 154
Craig 1 48 170
Uncle/Gary Reynolds 48 166
Nick 47 137
Matt Arnold 47 153
Randy Spellins 46 141
Jessica Walker 46 154
Mike Bumgardner 45 157
Geoff Owens 2 45 135
Jared Selby 45 150
Geoff Owens 1 43 127
Craig 2 42 170
Eric Chilton 42 143
Kent Bryant 42 150
John Albritton 39 148

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3/26/10 - Day 6: The Elite 8 is finalized

I took the time (lots of time) to play out all 128 possible finishes and see who would win what kind of money. I stored it in a Google Docs file here. You don't need any special software, just click the link and view away. Basically, there is a small subset of people who can still win, but there are lots of different possibilities.

Name Points Tiebreak
Wes May-hem 59 145
Greg Walker 57 145
Cristi Walker 57 150
Blake Bumgardner 55 144
Chris Horton 55 156
Nash Horton 55 143
Whitney Walker 54 167
Tim Shelton 54 0
DJ Walker 53 148
Kyle Raible 52 156
Michael Huffman 51 130
Stephen Shirley 50 135
Jason Harmon 49 1061
Uncle/Gary Reynolds 48 166
Craig 1 48 170
Nick 47 137
Matt Arnold 47 153
Kylah Van Horn 47 161
Donna Bumgardner 47 148
Randy Spellins 46 141
Jessica Walker 46 154
Mike Bumgardner 45 157
Phillip Walker 45 154
Geoff Owens 2 45 135
Geoff Owens 1 43 127
Craig 2 42 170
Eric Chilton 42 143
Kent Bryant 42 150
Jared Selby 41 150
John Albritton 39 148

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3/25/10 - Day 5: Elite 8 begins

I don't care who you are, the Xavier - Kansas State game was incredible to watch. Granted, I needed Xavier to win, but whatever the case, it was a great game to witness.

Name Points Tiebreak
Cristi Walker 54 150
Wes May-hem 53 145
Nash Horton 52 143
Blake Bumgardner 52 144
Greg Walker 51 145
Jason Harmon 49 1061
Chris Horton 49 156
Whitney Walker 48 167
Uncle/Gary Reynolds 48 166
Tim Shelton 48 0
Michael Huffman 48 130
Stephen Shirley 47 135
DJ Walker 47 148
Kyle Raible 46 156
Matt Arnold 44 153
Donna Bumgardner 44 148
Kylah Van Horn 44 161
Jessica Walker 43 154
Geoff Owens 1 43 127
Randy Spellins 43 141
Craig 1 42 170
Mike Bumgardner 42 157
Geoff Owens 2 42 135
Nick 41 137
Eric Chilton 39 143
Phillip Walker 39 154
Jared Selby 38 150
Craig 2 36 170
Kent Bryant 36 150
John Albritton 36 148

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3/21/10 - Day 4: The standings are upside down

I'm not sure what to think about the brackets right now. Our leader is a consistent bottom feeder in the final standings (no offense Wes), 2nd place goes to my wife who doesn't exactly keep ESPN in her TV watching cycle, and 3rd place is a tie with one being a 2 year old. It is still too early to play out any scenarios, so as far as I'm concerned, it is still pretty wide open (at least for those that didn't pick Kansas to win). More games next Thursday.

Name Points Tiebreak
Wes May-hem 47 145
Cristi Walker 45 150
Blake Bumgardner 43 144
Nash Horton 43 143
Whitney Walker 42 167
Greg Walker 42 145
Michael Huffman 42 130
DJ Walker 41 148
Jason Harmon 40 1061
Chris Horton 40 156
Uncle/Gary Reynolds 39 166
Tim Shelton 39 0
Kylah Van Horn 38 161
Matt Arnold 38 153
Stephen Shirley 38 135
Jessica Walker 37 154
Geoff Owens 1 37 127
Kyle Raible 37 156
Mike Bumgardner 36 157
Phillip Walker 36 154
Craig 1 36 170
Geoff Owens 2 36 135
Eric Chilton 36 143
Nick 35 137
Donna Bumgardner 35 148
Randy Spellins 34 141
Kent Bryant 33 150
John Albritton 33 148
Jared Selby 32 150
Craig 2 30 170

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3/20/10 - Day 3: I think a few people are doomed

Only 3 people still have their Final Four team from the midwest bracket. And 12 brackets lost their predicted champion. Sadly, I'm one of those, which means there is a good possibility that my wife is going to beat me.

Name Points Tiebreak
Eric Chilton 34 143
Wes May-hem 33 145
DJ Walker 33 148
Blake Bumgardner 31 144
Cristi Walker 31 150
Michael Huffman 30 130
Greg Walker 30 145
Jason Harmon 30 1061
Whitney Walker 30 167
Matt Arnold 30 153
Chris Horton 30 156
Jessica Walker 29 154
Nash Horton 29 143
Tim Shelton 29 0
Uncle/Gary Reynolds 29 166
Geoff Owens 1 29 127
Kyle Raible 29 156
Mike Bumgardner 28 157
Kylah Van Horn 28 161
Phillip Walker 28 154
Stephen Shirley 28 135
Geoff Owens 2 28 135
Donna Bumgardner 27 148
Kent Bryant 27 150
Nick 27 137
Craig 1 26 170
Randy Spellins 26 141
John Albritton 25 148
Jared Selby 24 150
Craig 2 24 170

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3/19/10 - Day 2: Not nearly as exciting

Name Points Tiebreak
Wes May-hem 25 145
DJ Walker 25 148
Michael Huffman 24 130
Greg Walker 24 145
Stephen Shirley 24 135
Phillip Walker 24 154
Eric Chilton 24 143
Blake Bumgardner 23 144
Geoff Owens 1 23 127
Cristi Walker 23 0
Jason Harmon 22 1061
Matt Arnold 22 153
Geoff Owens 2 22 135
Kylah Van Horn 22 161
Whitney Walker 22 167
Chris Horton 22 156
Mike Bumgardner 22 157
Kent Bryant 21 150
Jessica Walker 21 154
Kyle Raible 21 156
Nash Horton 21 143
Tim Shelton 21 0
Uncle/Gary Reynolds 21 166
Randy Spellins 20 141
Craig 1 20 170
Nick 19 137
Donna Bumgardner 19 148
John Albritton 19 148
Jared Selby 18 150
Craig 2 18 170

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3/18/10 - Day 1: There is a reason they call it madness

Not much to say. I just love this time of year.

Name Points Tiebreak
Michael Huffman 12 130
Wes May-hem 12 145
Blake Bumgardner 11 144
Greg Walker 11 145
Geoff Owens 1 11 127
Eric Chilton 11 143
Nick 11 137
Phillip Walker 11 154
DJ Walker 11 148
Stephen Shirley 11 135
Jessica Walker 10 154
Jason Harmon 10 1061
Matt Arnold 10 153
Kyle Raible 10 0
Cristi Walker 10 0
Chris Horton 10 156
Geoff Owens 2 9 135
Donna Bumgardner 9 148
Kent Bryant 9 0
Whitney Walker 9 167
Kylah Van Horn 9 161
Mike Bumgardner 9 157
Nash Horton 9 143
Uncle/Gary Reynolds 9 166
John Albritton 9 148
Jared Selby 8 0
Randy Spellins 8 141
Tim Shelton 8 0
Craig 2 8 170
Craig 1 8 170

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3/15/10 - March Madness 2010 is basically here.

March Madness is here. As in years past, my time is stretched pretty thin. I'll do my best to collect all the brackets and money before the first tip-off (not including the play-in game), but some might be collected Thursday evening. We will have to run on the honor system, and those that I anticipate receiving that evening, are very honorable people. If you have any issues with this, leave your concerns in the comments section. I will also accept brackets via snail mail postmarked by Wednesday. This is actually the preferred method of receiving brackets as it requires no effort on my part.

I'll put my address, phone number and email address at the end of this section. All you will need to do is print out the bracket from this link (ESPN is my preferred bracket), fill it out, put the bracket and either cash or check for your entry fee (still only $5 a bracket) in an envelope and send it to me.

Daily updates (daily as in game day) will be made on this website with the most up to date scores. I will not longer be doing daily emails, you'll just have to check back here to see who's winning (or how bad your are doing).

Contact Information
DJ Walker
148 Feldspar Drive
Sherwood, AR 72120
GravyTrain6@gmail.com
501-412-7634

  1. A completed bracket should contain the following information:
    • A prediction for all 63 games of the tournament (the play in game does not count)
    • The entrants name, phone number, email and tiebreak point prediction. The contact information is only used for payouts. Don't worry about spam, I hate it as much as you do.
  2. To be eligible for the pool money, an entry fee of $5.00 is required.
    • This fee must be received before tip off of the first game on Thursday (exceptions do apply as explained at the beginning of this post) or in an envelope postmarked by Wednesday before the first game.
    • Other brackets are readily accepted, however if the fee is received after the tipoff, no prize money will be rewarded to the entry.
    • All brackets received will be listed among the leaders and prize money eligibility will be denoted. I have found it interesting to see how individuals do, regardless of their interest in college basketball or pools.
  3. Multiple brackets can be entered per person.
    • Each individual can have no more than 4 brackets eligible for prize money.
    • For every bracket entered, the entry fee is required in order to be eligible. If only a portion of entered brackets should be eligible, I have to be informed before the first game, otherwise, I will denote the eligible brackets based on the order I enter them in the system.
  4. Prize disbursement will be determined as follows:
    • 1st Place receives 60% of the final pool rounded up to the nearest whole dollar.
    • 2nd Place receives 30% of the final pool rounded up to the nearest whole dollar.
    • 3rd Place receives 10% of the final pool rounded off to complete the total prize pool.
  5. Points will be awarded for winning picks as follows:
    • By picking the winner of a 1st round game, 1 point is awarded.
    • By picking the winner of a 2nd round game (correctly placing a team in the Sweet 16), 2 points are awarded.
    • By picking the winner of a Sweet 16 game (correctly placing a team in the Elite 8), 3 points are awarded.
    • By picking the winner of an Elite 8 game (correclty placing a team in the Final Four), 4 points are awarded.
    • By picking the winner of a Final Four game (correclty placing a team in the Championship game), 5 points are awarded.
    • By picking the winner of the Championship game (correctly predicting the NCAA National Champion), 6 points are awarded.
  6. Tie Breaker
    • In the case of a tie at the end of the tournament, a tiebreak will be determined by the entry correclty guessing the TOTAL number of points scored by both teams in the Championship game.
    • If a tiebreaker is not provided at the time of bracket submission, a default tie breaker of 0 will be used.
    • The winning entry with the closest prediction to the actual total (whether going over or not) will receive the winning prize money. If both entries are equally close, the individual who chose lower than the actual total will be awared first place.
    • In the case that none of the "Winners" submit a tiebreak predictions (or if the predictions are the same), the prize money will be split between the winners. If Entry A and B both have 99 points after the championship game, and both failed to submit tiebreak points, they will split the prize money of 1st and 2nd place, each will receive 45% of the final pool.

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3/2/10 - I'm afraid my website might go away for a little while

Google recently made a change to the way that you can publish your website. I'm in the less than 1% of people who uses the ftp functionality which they are doing away with. I'm still trying to figure out how I want to go forward with the website, so I haven't gotten around to doing anything.

If the website does go away, it will be back, although I'm sure everyone has been excited about the one post per month rate that I've on.

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