Who ya’ got?
For the past 22 years (older than some of you on this board :)), I’ve been in an NCAA pool that picks every game as it happens and the point spread of that game. So if you pick FSU to win by 3 and they win by 7, you get 4 points (points are bad)…so the further you are away, the more points you get. If you are exact on the score then you get minus-3 points. And if you have the wrong team, then you are penalized further by the addition of a penalty (2 points for the “first” round, 4 for the 2nd, 8 for this round, 16 for the regional finals, 24 for the FF and Final). For instance, I had Duke to beat Zona by 7 last night. Zona wins by 16, so I got 31 points added to my score (23 points for being off on the score plus 8 for a “third” round loss).
It’s a great pool and the only one I care about. It makes all the others where you pick at the beginning and just sit there and watch your teams die on the vine (Duke, anyone?) and then you’re out of it, look kind of remedial. With this pool, you’re not really out of it until Final Four week, even after you lose your champion. In fact, I almost got into the money last year by riding Butler through the Final Four, even though I lost my champion a week before (oh yeah, if your pre-tourney champion wins, that’s minus-40 points…and any of your pre-tournament FF team that make it you get minus-5 and if all four FF teams make it that’s minus-20 doubled to minus-40). Sounds complicated, but it’s not. Makes every game worth watching and every minute of every game worth watching. My buddies and I are the only kooks in a bar yelling over a worthless three-pointer that goes in at the buzzer, just because we hit an exacta (minus-3) on one of our games. It’s quite silly.
ANYWAY (you still with me ;D)…I have to pick between FSU and VCU…who do you like…and why?