You want to win a billion dollars? You can by entering the Quicken Loans Billion Dollar Bracket Challenge is about to go underway in just one day, at the time of this writing. Just in time for March Madness, Quicken Loans and Billionaire Warren Buffett have teamed up for this once in a lifetime challenge. The challenge is: if you can create a perfect bracket for March Madness, meaning if you can correctly guess the outcome of every single game, you win a cool billion bucks. But for people, like myself, who know nothing about sports outside of NBA 2K14, should you even bother entering?
David Sarno over at Slate wrote a piece about why you shouldn’t enter. He brings up that the chances of winning are 1 in 9,223,372,036,854,775,808; you have a better chance of winning the lottery. Should you enter? The short answer to the questions is ‘most definitely.’ However, for someone who is very sport illiterate, where do you begin?
Research is always key when trying to learn about something new or foreign. In sports, the better team will always defeat the weaker team. However, you have to calculate for error. Who knows, maybe that one team everyone forgot about managed to be the underdog.
Research isn’t always a clear-cut way to figure out who’s going to win. Remember, there are 64 games to account for.
No matter how many times you hear that ‘if you don’t learn from history, you’re doomed to repeat it.’ Let’s face it, history repeats itself multiple times. Look at how other brackets are structured and work from there. There hasn’t been a 100% successful bracket but the closest to perfection came from an autistic boy in 2010; He successfully guessed the first 48 games.
Just Do It
There isn’t much here to do except to pick and pray. Sarvo stated that it’s nearly impossible to guess all sixty-four games correctly. He continues by saying that in ESPNs 13 year history for hosting brackets, not one person has ever come close.
Quicken Loans may be holding this event to try to sell home loans, but you can opt out of that fairly easily to complete your bracket. Also hidden in the fine print, the top 20 people with the winningest brackets will win $100,000.
What’s the worst thing that can happen by entering? You waste a few minutes filling out your bracket on a Sunday afternoon.