As it quickly approaches midnight up here in the clouds, I realize that we are minutes away from madness. In any other month it would be just another Thursday. However tomorrow is the start of one of the greatest times of the year. I am talking about the start of March Madness. This is the time of year when everyone checks their email inbox for that ever so important invitation to fill out a bracket. March Madness is a time of year where everyone studies their “Bracketology” and listen to so-called experts reveal their pick. Hell, even the POTUS (President of the United States) gets into the action. It is a joyous time where office printers get flooded with bracket printouts. The NCAA basketball tournament gives both men and women a fair shake at winning their pool and the bragging rights.
I cannot even contain myself while I type. Why do you ask? Well simply because this year seems to be different than previous years. The excitement that comes along with winning your pool has been trumped by one man with deep pockets. Yup that’s right, I am talking about Warren Buffet’s Billion (with a capital “B”) dollar bracket challenge. Mr. Berkshire Hathaway (not the Margaritaville guy) is ponying up 1 billion to anyone that can complete a perfect bracket. A perfect bracket means that you predict the winners of all 63 games. Sounds easy right? Wrong! According to my calculations (that I borrowed from another article), the odds of winning are 1 in a quintillion. I know you are reading this asking yourself what the hell is a quintillion? You mean to tell me that there are numbers larger than a billion? That is correct. A quintillion has 18 zeroes. That’s right I said 18 zeroes. Just imagine how lucky someone must be to complete a perfect bracket. Well you can certainly ask me how it feels after I win (said every poor sap that thinks they have a shot). So, I thought to myself why not give it a shot. Without further delay, I give to you my billion dollar bracket! Wish me luck. If I won, I may actually buy you something nice!