Glamorous Dolls, we have a little diddy that will brighten your Friday, and make you smile. If you're going to Vegas this weekend, Alex Hermann might be the perfect gambling companion to come along! The story we're about to tell is absolutely mind boggling, yet insanely fantastic at the same time.
This has been the most unprecedented and unpredictable NCAA tournament we've seen in a years. Chicks, you'd be hard pressed to find someone who's been mediocre at best in their bracket challenge. Even the most die hard basketball fans have crumpled their bracket print out at least once, maybe twice. Yuppers, all those NCAA trivia 'I won't lose' folks, except for one.
Alex Hermann, a 17 year old Autistic teen from Illinois had a perfect bracket going into the Sweet 16. That's right, he was 48 for 48.
While filling out his brackets just under two weeks ago, Alex chose Northern Iowa to beat Kansas, Saint Mary's to beat Villanova, and yes, even Cornell to beat Wisconsin. The odds one could choose a perfect bracket? Try 1 in 13,460,00. Alex and his brother filled out their brackets on CBSsports's NCAA challenge. Alex chose to play a non-prize bracket, however, if he would have played the Vegas odds, this brilliant teen might have walked away with $13 million dollars in his pocket.
Alex, who suffers from Autism since childhood, has studied the Minuit details on every team throughout the basketball season. He literally memorizes stats when watching games, and then applies the material he's stashed in his mind to create a mathematical equation that would have Einstein scratching his head. Thus, Alex knows the secret to choosing a perfect bracket.
We can't help but compare Alex's incredible memory to that of Raymand Babbit from the movie Rainman. In the movie Babbit exhibited a different form of autism, called savantism. The Wisconsin Medical Society wrote a study on Savantism, to help us better understand. While not a medically recognized condition, Savant Syndrome is a rare condition in which those who suffer with developmental disorders of sorts, tend to have one or more area of expertise, ability, or brilliance to contrast with the individuals overall limitations. Perfection in math and memorization often coincides with those who employ the syndrome.
When asked how he knew how to fill out a perfect bracket, Alex simply answered "I'm good at math... I'm kind of good at math." We'd like to differ, kind of good? No. Mind blowing? Absolutely.