Along with a number of other area bloggers, I’m participating in the “First Annual Pittsburgh Celebrity Bloggers NCAA Pool.”
My involvement would seem to indicate that the term “Celebrity” is being used very loosely here, but the two dozen or so other participants are rather impressive.
I watch very little basketball. I do usually tune in during the Big Dance for a game or two, but I have no knowledge to help in picking teams for this competition. I could just pick teams at random, or always choose the higher seed, but of course that’s not enough fun. Instead, I’m going with the vaunted Wacky Scheme method of picking winners.
Here’s my formula:
- For each matchup, list the people I know who attended each school. Pick the school with the bigger number of Friends of Cindy (FOC).
- If the FOC count is the same, give more weight to people closer to me. Close friends are worth more than acquaintances; relatives are worth more than friends.
- If the weighted FOC is the same, then consider whether either school has at any time rejected an application from me. If so, pick the other school. (Stanford is the biggest loser on this one. (Although ultimately I have been glad to have gone Sloan instead.))
- If I’ve never been rejected by either school, have I ever visited the school, or the state the school is in? Pick the school I’ve set foot on or near.
- If none of the above applies, is there anything interesting about the school name? For example, I selected Butler in the first round because I live in Butler, PA.
Repeat the process for each round, and here’s what I get.
Note that Georgetown, a #2 seed, legitimately makes it all the way to winning the championship in my scheme because my dear Aunt Ann and Uncle Greg both attended there, I lived near DC for a while and spent lots of time in and around campus, and I saw Ben Folds Five perform a concert there in 1998. Ohio State, in contrast, falls because they turned down my application to get an MFA there.
I feel quite good about my chances of winning this pool.
Think you have a better/smarter/weirder method of picking the winners?
There’s still time to enter, if you hurry. Whoops, sorry. Games have already begun. See how much I know about this thing? I’m still gonna win though.