With another 2.2% picking Villanova to go all the way, 1.6% picking Georgetown and 0.3% picking New Mexico. Add together the other teams picked by people to win it all and you’ve basically have half the brackets all but busted since picking the winner is worth 320 points on its own! The only way these brackets can have any chance of winning would be if the other #1 and #2 teams start falling really fast!
And remember, I’m only reporting part way through Day 1 of 2 in the second round!
Congratulations to the University of Northern Iowa Panthers and other teams upsetting so far!
President Barack Obama has finally revealed his 2010 NCAA Brackets today in a much anticipated event. I know how anticipated it was. My posts on his similar actions last year has been getting lots of hits since Sunday from people searching for Obama’s picks this year.
Printable version of President Barack Obama’s 2010 NCAA Barackets
2009 Barackets for reference
My Picks for ESPN’s Tournament Challenge (no value for upsets)
My Picks for the Score Challenge (potential bonuses for upsets)
Looking at the Barackets this year, Obama has generally played it safe again. Where he has upsets, I can see reasons why like Sienna over Purdue with the Boilermakers not playing well right now. Obama has picked all the #1 seeds to go to the final four except Duke, despite the general opinion out there that Duke has the easiest road to the Final Four. I suspect that Duke elimination pick has something to do with Obama’s fondness for North Carolina, who he had rightly picked to win it all last year, and had played some hoops with them. Of course, Duke will be seeing Villanova for a third time if it comes to that, when the Prez has the Wildcats beating the Blue Devils this time around, so it’s not just some pick out of the blue. Still, not a lot of experts are picking Duke to lose to ‘Nova. Obama has also picked #1 overall Kansas Jayhawks to win, despite having played hoops with Kentucky on Jan 27 2010. Keep one thing in mind, though, playing it safe with the rankings in March Madness is a risky move because it’s not called March Sanity for a reason!
So, looking at Obama’s Barackets, I want to know if you think your brackets are better than his, or if you’ll be taking some advice from him? I’m going to assume that if you’ll take some advice from him, you’ll be intending to make your brackets better than his so don’t claim it as being better if you used some advice from his picks… unless you’ve already submitted and are now having second thoughts, hehehe.
Now, last year, I kept track of Obama’s performance through several popular point systems, each of which would cause you to pick very differently. I’m going to do the same after each round again so please do come back and see how you fared against da Prez, pending which scoring system you will be playing (if you play one of the systems below)!
We’ll see what you’ll be saying then!
Oh, btw, I’ll be making my picks soon and coming back to share. I’ll compare them to Obama’s Barackets to see if I’ll change anything.
(32 points per round like CBS Bracket Challenge, or 320 points per round like ESPN)
If you are in a betting pool with your NCAA brackets, chances are you are using this scoring system. This system rewards 1 point for a win in the first round, 2 in the second, 4 in the third, 8 in the fourth, 16 in the fifth and 32 to the ultimate winner. Upsets gives nothing extra. ESPN uses 10 points instead of 1 per game. I don’t know why. Maybe they think their audience is better at math or something???
The maximum points is 192 for CBS, and obviously 1920 for ESPN.
Scoring System 1 + 1
(scoring system 1 + 1 point for each upset)
Some pools reward upsets in a minimal sort of way with one point for each upset. It’s not much but it could make the difference between similar results of correct games picked.
Scoring System 1 or D
(scoring system 1 or ranking difference for upsets)
This system is used by the Canadian channel The Score in its pool. It allows you to get some separation in the first few rounds by picking the upsets because it’s not worth it to risk the upsets in the latter rounds, where the high seed teams tend to go through so their ranking difference is minimal, meaning you’d get the same points if you pick the higher or lower team.
Scoring System 2
(1 point per game)
This European style scoring system values the overall judgment and minimize fluke results of someone selecting the correct ultimate winner despite performing not so great otherwise.
The maximum points for the first four rounds is 63.
Congratulations to all the teams, and the Kansas Jayhawks for the overall #1 seed.
With the brackets announced, we’re ready to go with March Madness, so below are a few fun polls for you to answer. You can also share these with your friends by each poll or for the entire blog post. Please use the “Share” buttons as you see with each poll or at the bottom, respectively. You’ll only be able to vote once since the polls are blocked by cookies, unless you cheat and do some techie fix on your machine. As a result, I can leave some polls for the entire tournament! I will add more as results come in and new match ups appear, and close out some that no longer apply.
You can see the voting results by clicking on View Results for each poll. The first bunch of people will have to come back to see more meaningful results as the numbers pile up.
Personally, I will use the results here by rank as a guide to construct some wallpapers for various schools in the upcoming weeks so there’s just a little at stake for me here.
Of course, upsets are what makes March Madness so fun. So let’s start with the #1 teams.
What about the #2 teams?
And the top 4 teams (in each bracket) NOT making the Sweet 16?
There is usually at least one #12 over #5 upset in the first round. You can pick as many answers as you think apply.
How’s about the #10 and #11 team upsets?
Any teams #13 and below you expect to win in the first round for a bigger upset?
And let’s not forget the #8 and #9 teams which are the closest match-ups, but not always the closest games for some reason.
Which #1 seed would you least like to see win?
And to round out the business…
Any other thoughts, advice or comments you’d like to share? Maybe a “Cinderella” team? There are too many teams for me to poll, and too vague a definition of how far one needs to go to be called a “Cinderella”. Maybe I can poll that later once a few team emerges, if a few team emerges.
Below are 170NFL team logo wallpapers the giant 2560 x 1600 pixels in size, which also make for good big resolution graphics of those logos if you want to use them for something else. Other sizes can be found on this blog through these links, with some unique designs for every size:
I didn’t have enough resolution on these wallpapers to create full screen ones for all the versions, but the ones I have all are high resolution. Some of these wallpapers are quite detailed so they are a few MB in size so please be patient if you want to see or download some of these wallpapers.
If you love your NFL teams, you probably don’t have enough stuff with team logos on it to display it “everywhere” to show your support. Well, here’s a real cheap solution.
These files can be printed as 6″ x 4″ photos. At less than a quarter apiece these days, it’s a cheap way to get lots of your favourite NFL team logos to display wherever you want. Put them in your locker, your binder, your car window like a parking pass, all over your room, at the office like on your desk, on your door. You can even decorate someone else’s office, who despises your team, with your team’s logos cheaply for a practical joke!
To get the printable cards, please:
Click on an image to see it full size.
Right click and choose Download or download in whatever ways your browser does.
Open and print, whether in your photo editing program or import into another program like MS Word, or take it to a store printing machine to print out in higher quality. It doesn’t cost much these days for those prints.
You can print these as large as 9″ x 6″ and still be able to get a reasonably nice quality print, but I don’t recommend sizes larger than that.