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thecubsfan
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#1 Posted on 12.3.14 1332.06
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We probably need a non-Yahoo home for this. I went to sign up for another league, and noticed it demanded my phone number for "verification." I tried to get around this, couldn't, and wanted to see what verification actually meant...


    SMS/Text Messages
    Submitting your mobile phone number and clicking on “Send SMS” also constitutes your electronic signature and consent to receive not more than 2 automated, marketing text messages, per week from Yahoo. Providing your consent to receive these text messages is not a condition of purchasing any property, goods, or services. To participate in the free Yahoo Sports Tourney Pick‘em 2014 or Quicken Loans Billion Dollar Bracket Challenge with Yahoo Sports, you must initially agree to receive text messages from Yahoo, if you provided a mobile phone number. However, you can text STOP at any time or use this link to opt out of further text messages. Message and data rates may apply.


(The blurb acts as if there's an option not to give your phone number, but all I'm seeing is Send SMS or Cancel.)

There are ways to get around this, but this is dumb, I don't want to support this even indirectly, and there are a billion other places to do the same tournament brackets without signing up for text messaging advertising. Does ESPN work for everyone, or is there a better choice?
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#2 Posted on 12.3.14 1500.33
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I created a group on ESPN. It does require you to be registered with ESPN to participate. (Registration is free, of course, and I think only requires an email address and a username/password).

TheWBracketology (games.espn.go.com)
password: crzformayor

Not sure if the link above will take you there if you are unregistered. You could also search for it under Fantasy & Games --> Tournament Challenge --> Create or Join Groups.

The group is "unlocked," which I think means you can swap brackets in and out during the tournament. I wasn't sure about this setting, and I think we can turn it to locked later.

Everyone is allowed 2 brackets.

p.s. Forgive my obnoxious username, I was apparently 17 when I created this account.

EDIT: In my excitement, I did not realize that Cubs was not inviting people to create a group on ESPN, but merely asking if it worked for everyone. I did not mean to step on any toes. If Cubs wants to be the moderator, we don't have to use this group. Sorry for the confusion.

(edited by used2bcool on 12.3.14 1506)
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#3 Posted on 12.3.14 1644.12
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Nah, that'll work fine.
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#4 Posted on 13.3.14 0445.08
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You mean it's time for me to pick teams based on the zero games I watched this season? YAY!
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#5 Posted on 13.3.14 0703.32
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    Originally posted by StaggerLee
    You mean it's time for me to pick teams based on the zero games I watched this season? YAY!


As if that's ever a prerequisite for winning these things.
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#6 Posted on 13.3.14 1410.27
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Look at it this way, StaggerLee: there's a very, very slight but possible chance someone will win a billion dollars from Warren Buffett for getting a perfect bracket. And I don't care what they will tell you, that perfect bracket will be based on a ton of pure luck and randomness. It might as well be one of us winning it just so we could see the reactions here in the W.

If anything, from what I have seen this year with college basketball, it really has been a highly competitive and unpredictable season. It leads me to believe that these brackets could very likely have a lot more 'upsets' than ever before.
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#7 Posted on 13.3.14 2329.51
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    Originally posted by Reverend J Shaft
      Originally posted by StaggerLee
      You mean it's time for me to pick teams based on the zero games I watched this season? YAY!


    As if that's ever a prerequisite for winning these things.


I think I had watched maybe two halves of separate games the year I won the challenge. Haven't seen any basketball this year. But hey, a billion dollars? I'll fly you all to Beale Street to celebrate!
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#8 Posted on 16.3.14 1700.49
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You guys watch that SEC Tournament final? What a heartening performance from a Kentucky fan point of view, but makes life more difficult when choosing winners in the damn bracket.

EDIT: Hey, those brackets are now out. If you haven't yet joined the league, do so! I think we will lock the group on March 20th, when the main bracket play starts (not the first four), if that's okay with everyone.

Also, Louisville is a 4-seed? Are you kidding me? This is the 5th best team in the nation, 2nd best according to KenPom. A 4-seed?!

(edited by used2bcool on 16.3.14 1740)
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#9 Posted on 17.3.14 0619.37
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    Originally posted by used2bcool
    You guys watch that SEC Tournament final? What a heartening performance from a Kentucky fan point of view, but makes life more difficult when choosing winners in the damn bracket.

    EDIT: Hey, those brackets are now out. If you haven't yet joined the league, do so! I think we will lock the group on March 20th, when the main bracket play starts (not the first four), if that's okay with everyone.

    Also, Louisville is a 4-seed? Are you kidding me? This is the 5th best team in the nation, 2nd best according to KenPom. A 4-seed?!

    (edited by used2bcool on 16.3.14 1740)


From the POV of a UK fan, it made me not want to join any pools. That team is "this close" to going on a run and winning it all. It's also "this close" to losing in the first round.

Florida is obviously the team to beat, but long winning streaks are a bad thing.

Wichita was given the bracket of doom.
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#10 Posted on 17.3.14 0936.08
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    Originally posted by Rudoublesedoublel
    Wichita was given the bracket of doom.


You aren't kidding. The Midwest region is murder. I had fun picking those, and it's probably the region that's the most different in my two brackets. The East and the West are fairly easy, and the South is all about going with your gut feeling in which version of some of the teams (Kansas, Syracuse) is going to show up.
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#11 Posted on 20.3.14 0911.59
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So our little group has 21 entries (so far. Others *should* join!). The games start in two hours. Are you hyped yet?!

I'll have a score update here after every round, I think.
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#12 Posted on 20.3.14 1000.41
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I'm in.

I took Shawn Merriman's bracket as my own.
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#13 Posted on 22.3.14 0404.03
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The final three unblemished brackets fall in the Quicken Loans Billion Dollar Bracket Challenge

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/ncaab-the-dagger/there-are-no-longer-any-perfect-brackets-left-in-the-billion-dollar-bracket-challenge-003853949.html
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#14 Posted on 22.3.14 1410.30
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Sorry, I had a computer tragedy last night and so wasn't able to update the scores as the round finished.

Max points possible in each round are 320. The number in the parentheses is the maximum points potential of your bracket, out of 1920 (I think).

Standing | Bracket Name | Points | Max Possible

1 WhatEverAndEverAmen1 270 (1500)
2 Al Bundy 260 (1520)
3 Treborrv1 250 (1540)
3 Rider Nation 250 (1500)
3 Canadian Bacon Hoops 250 (1480)
3 2ndbiggestloser1 250 (1400)
7 Keeper 240 (1560)
7 Craft for Three! 240 (1540)
7 AWARulz1 240 (1540)
7 Kevin2655164-1 240 (1540)
7 Pieman's Disaster Picks 240 (1540)
7 TheCubsFan21-1 240 (1480)
7 Doc Whiskey 240 (1420)
7 NeerajIsGod2 240 (1420)
15 Joecar316-1 230 (1540)
15 NeerajIsGod1 230 (1500)
15 PackmanV2-1 230 (1500)
15 Joecar316-2 230 (1480)
19 WpJob1 220 (1540)
19 RecklessE2-1 220 (1480)
19 leeandrew15 220 (1420)
19 DublDownDrew#2 220 (1220)
23 Don't Follow 210 (1500)
24 The Picks of Pain 200 (1480)
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#15 Posted on 24.3.14 0919.58
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Results after the round of 32:

(The format is the same. The ** after your maximum potential score indicates that the team you picked to win it all has been eliminated.)

1 Treborrv-1 490 (680**)
2 Al Bundy 460 (1200)
3 WhatEverAndEverAmen-1 450 (1160)
3 Rider Nation 450 (600**)
5 Craft For Three! 440 (1200)
5 NeerajIsGod-2 440 (1200)
5 AWArulz-1 440 (1080)
5 Kevin2655164-1 440 (960)
9 Keeper 420 (1120)
9 leeandrew15 420 (1120)
11 NeerajIsGod-1 410(1240)
11 Packman_V2-1 410 (1160)
11 joecar316-1 410 (1080)
11 2ndbiggestloser-1 410 (1040)
11 joecar316-2 410 (600**)
16 RecklessE2-1 400 (1200)
16 Pieman's Disaster Picks 400 (1120)
16 TheCubsFan21-1 400 (1000)
19 Don't Follow 390 (560**)
20 Wpjob-1 380 (1120)
20 DublDownDrew #2 380 (680)
22 Canadian Bacon Hoops 370 (800)
23 Doc Whiskey 360 (1040)
24 The Picks of Pain 340 (1000)
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#16 Posted on 26.3.14 1414.08
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The one pool I picked Kansas to beat Florida in...dang it
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#17 Posted on 29.3.14 0846.46
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#18 Posted on 30.3.14 1829.44
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Quick clarification on the number in parentheses. I thought it was the maximum possible points you could get for your bracket. It's actually the maximum possible points remaining for your bracket.

Results after the Elite Eight:

1 Craft For Three! 800 (160**)
2 NeerajIsGod-1 770 (480)
3 Pieman's Disaster Picks 760 (480)
4 Rider Nation 730 (0**)
5 Al Bundy 700 (0**)
6 WhatEverAndEverAmen-1 690 (160**)
7 NeerajIsGod-2 680 (160**)
7 Kevin2655164-1 680 (0**)
9 Keeper 660 (480)
9 leeandrew15 660 (480**)
11 joecar316-1 650 (0**)
11 joecar316-2 650 (0**)
11 Packman_V2-1 650 (0**)
11 Treborrv-1 650 (0**)
15 TheCubsFan21-1 640 (480)
15 RecklessE2-1 640 (160**)
15 AWArulz-1 640 (160**)
18 2ndbiggestloser-1 610 (480)
18 Where Brooklyn Decker At 610 (0**)
20 Wpjob-1 580 (160**)
21 Canadian Bacon Hoops 570 (480)
22 Doc Whiskey 560 (480)
23 DublDownDrew #2 540 (480)
23 The Picks of Pain 540 (160**)
25 Don't Follow 510 (0**)
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#19 Posted on 30.3.14 2125.42
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As Craft For Three!, after seeing two of my Final Four lose today (including my projected national champion)... It was a good run, and I'll see you all in hell!
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#20 Posted on 31.3.14 1241.37
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Amazing - in this bracket and the Billion $ bracket, I went with what I thought were more realistic picks

In my "homer" bracket, I picked UK over Florida in the finals. Why couldn't I have gone with my heart here as well.

Oh well, Go Big Blue!
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