And the joke continues.
Of the 8.15 million brackets created by users for ESPN.com’s Men’s Tournament Challenge, the winning bracket belonged to...an imaginary person?
The bracket was created by user Craig Gilmore, whose picks garnered him (or her, can never be too careful these days) a whopping 1,660 points in the bracket challenge, tying them for first place overall with user DiKimbrell34.
Gilmore ended up winning the tiebreaker with a projected final score of 76-69. ESPN’s entry rules state the following concerning the tiebreaker between the Kekua bracket and DiKimbrell34 (via ESPN):
Tiebreaker #1 - An Entrant's predicted Tiebreaker Game Score is compared to the actual game score. The differences (absolute values only) between the predicted score and actual score for each team are added together into a combined total. The entry with the smallest total is considered the winning entry.
As you can see, Lennay Kekua’s entry was remarkably spot-on. Louisville was picked to beat Michigan in the championship game, and the bracket correctly chose three out of the four teams in the Final Four, missing only the Cinderella run by Wichita State.
The whimsically named bracket also took a chance on Florida Gulf Coast University, correctly anticipating the No. 15 seed’s second-round monster upset over Georgetown. In hipster fashion, it might be safe to say Lennay was into Dunk City before they became mainstream.
Gilmore's profile says he is from Amissville, Virginia, and graduated from Longwood College 1995. Knowing this, we might assume Gilmore didn’t have an alma mater to cheer for in the tournament or to cloud his judgement while making bracket picks.
But despite his judgement and apparent ability to see into future, it would appear that Gilmore’s prize for having the best bracket is as big of a hoax as the namesake of said bracket.
Despite having the No. 1 overall bracket, Gilmore and Lennay have only a chance at being drawn for the grand prize of a $10,000 Best Buy gift certificate. A winner will be drawn at random from the top one percent of entrants based on overall points.
Yup, ESPN is great.
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