14 March 2007

My Bracket.


Very lame, I realize, to put all four #1 seeds in the Final Four, but I just couldn't figure out where any of them might lose. As with term papers in college, I applied the F.L.O.D. method (first, last, & only draft).
ESPN reduces the Madness to numbers:
  • $1.5 billion: Amount of lost workplace productivity due to the tournament, according to the consulting firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas
  • $2.5 billion: FBI's estimated amount of illegal wagering in office pools and other bets
  • $37.39: Cost for a half-case of HammerMill color copy paper at Staples
  • $109.99: Cost at Staples for a two-pack of toner cartridges for a Canon ImageRunner 9070
  • 9,223,372,036,854,775,808 to 1: Odds on picking a perfect bracket according to Pregame.com
  • $15,452.75: Average annual cost to attend the No. 1 seeds if you live in state
  • $28,101: Average annual cost to attend the No. 1 seeds if you live out of state
  • $14,469.75: Average annual cost to attend the No. 16 seeds if you live in state
  • $19,734.75: Average annual cost to attend the No. 16 seeds if you live out of state
  • $70,322,772: Average athletic budget at the No. 1 seeds according to Blue Ribbon
  • $9,056,728.75: Average athletic budget at the No. 16 seeds according to Blue Ribbon
  • $1.36: Salary you wasted your employer by reading this list
 

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