It wasn't long, of course, before I got my first loss of the tournament. It was all downhill from there, and I finished somewhere between "mediocre" and "flipping coins" that year.
All of which to say that March Madness is not a mad dash, but rather some kind of mad marathon*. Still, it's never to early to jump to conclusions! Let's take a look at the scoreboard and discuss the results of day one:
- There are, I'm sure, thousands upon thousands of perfect brackets remaining. None in this showdown, though: Eddie Timanus and Peter Tiernan's medium-risk bracket each got 15 points for the early lead (both missing only Wichita State).
- It was a good day for the higher seeds, as a pure-chalk bracket (picking just the higher seeds) would have netted you 14 points. As a result, nine chalk-heavy brackets are tied for second. Barack Obama, for instance, missed just two (West Virginia and UNLV), giving him a better score on the day than Nate Silver (12 points). Am I the only one who enjoys that matchup? Okay fine.
- Bringing up the rear are four brackets tied with 10 points each, including LeBron James'. That's funny: I assumed he was going to be great in the early rounds, and then fall apart at the end.
*-Maybe like a triathlon, or an ultramarathon or something. Those are pretty crazy.