This is virtually impossible. The odds are 1 in 281,474,976,710,656.
This might be the best bracket ever
A person playing the NCAA’s official bracket game may have done what no person has ever done before: pick every game of the tournament’s first two rounds correctly. They have somehow managed to pick all 48 games correctly and will head into the Sweet 16 with an unblemished record.
The set of picks is called “Center Road” and was entered on BracketChallenge.NCAA.com. It has No. 1 seed Gonzaga beating No. 2 Kentucky in the national championship game.
The odds of this happening are absolutely astronomical. If we assume every pick is a 50-50 shot, then the odds of getting all 48 right are 1 in 281,474,976,710,656.
The bracket is likely the only one of the internet era to pick the first 48 games correctly. A teenager’s 2010 bracket was purported to be perfect through two rounds, but his picks were entered in a game that allowed them to be changed retroactively. NCAA.com has been tracking the pursuit of the perfect bracket since 2016 and has never seen more than 39 consecutive correct picks in any of the major online bracket games.
There were only two perfect brackets after Saturday’s action and the other one (“Court Stormers” on Yahoo) bowed out when Buffalo lost to Texas Tech. SI.com’s bracket game didn’t even have anyone who correctly picked the whole first round.
This year’s tournament has been unusually devoid of upsets, with only two No. 4 seeds eliminated. The Sweet 16 features every No. 1, 2 and 3 seed, two No. 4 seeds, fifth-seeded Auburn and No. 12 Oregon. "Center Road" only picked one more upset for the rest of the tournament: No. 2 Kentucky beating top-seeded North Carolina in the Elite Eight. If there ever was a year when someone would end up with a perfect record, it would be one as chalky as this.
UCF was that close
UCF, led by 7'6" Tacko Fall, gave Duke everything it could handle in a second-round matchup. The matchup between Fall and Zion Williamson lived up to the hype, and Zion turned it on when it counted to help Duke escape with the win after the Knights had two last-second attempts go in and out. (The failed alley-oop didn’t do UCF any favors.)
The scene in the locker room after was incredibly emotional.
Easily the best buzzer beater of March
Nothing from the NCAA tournament will top Jeremy Lamb’s desperate heave from halfcourt after a broken player against the Raptors. The stakes were nearly nonexistent for the Hornets, but there’s no denying that’s an all-time great game-winner.
It looks even cooler from this angle, where you can see Kemba Walker look away in apparent frustration after Lamb launches the shot.
Gronk goes out on top
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It all started at 20 years old on stage at the NFL draft when my dream came true, and now here I am about to turn 30 in a few months with a decision I feel is the biggest of my life so far. I will be retiring from the game of football today. I am so grateful for the opportunity that Mr. Kraft and Coach Belichick gave to me when drafting my silliness in 2010. My life experiences over the last 9 years have been amazing both on and off the field. The people I have meet, the relationships I have built, the championships I have been apart of, I just want to thank the whole New England Patriots organization for every opportunity I have been giving and learning the great values of life that I can apply to mine. Thank you to all of Pats Nation around the world for the incredible support since I have been apart of this 1st class organization. Thank you for everyone accepting who I am and the dedication I have put into my work to be the best player I could be. But now its time to move forward and move forward with a big smile knowing that the New England Patriots Organization, Pats Nation, and all my fans will be truly a big part of my heart for rest of my life. It was truly an incredible honor to play for such a great established organization and able to come in to continue and contribute to keep building success. To all my current and past teammates, thank you for making each team every year special to be apart of. I will truly miss you guys. Cheers to all who have been part of this journey, cheers to the past for the incredible memories, and a HUGE cheers to the uncertain of whats next.
After flirting with retirement last year, Rob Gronkowski is walking away from the NFL just before his 30th birthday. He’s simply one of the best tight ends to ever play, as dominant as a receiver as he was as a blocker. It’s a shame his body didn’t allow him to have as long a career as Tony Gonzalez or Antonio Gates but the nine seasons he played were more than enough to make him a Hall of Famer.
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God bless Willians Astudillo
Remember when portly Twins catcher Willians Astudillo said last year that he hoped by hustling to score from first he could prove “chubby people can also run?" Well, look at him motor around from first to score again, and also leg out an infield single!
Gronk isn’t the only superstar who retired yesterday
Former Chiefs and Eagles receiver Jeremy Maclin announced his retirement at his wife’s baby shower.
How cool is this?
Canada’s Sportsnet broadcast last night’s Canadiens-Hurricanes game in the language of one of the country’s biggest indigenous populations. Sportsnet also does regular broadcasts in Punjabi, serving Canada’s large immigrant community from northern India. Who can forget this classic Punjabi call?
These Hurricanes celebrations keep getting crazier and crazier
With a swing like this, you deserve to lose your bling
Rapper Lil Pump hit up Top Golf this weekend and almost walked away without a ring worth $100,000.
“I hit the ball so hard that my ring fell off,” Pump said. Actually, he barely hit the ball at all.
You are actually allowed to pass the ball in front of you
He really tried to play it off
This man’s job is to make teenagers think he’s cool
Sorry, buddy. It was the real deal.
Phillip Diehl said he thought the trade was a prank because he cut CC Sabathia in line for a haircut this morning. He had to ask Boone, “Is this for real?”— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) March 23, 2019
Amazing thread here from Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle
Every year during Spring Training we pick our nicknames for our Players Weekend jerseys. Baseball has a long history of great nicknames and it’s a great way for players to show their personality. We come up with some good ones but nothing compares to old timey baseball nicknames pic.twitter.com/O3BOdxhvS5— Sean Doolittle (@whatwouldDOOdo) March 22, 2019
A scientist is allowing an insect to grow under his skin in his back. ... Dr. Dre’s attempt at bragging about his daughter getting into USC failed miserably.
This is an amazing photo
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Photo by @stevewinterphoto | A caiman eats a catfish in the Black Creek in Brazil's Pantanal region. The caiman is the No. 1 food source for jaguars in this area. When the rains are good in the Amazon and the rivers rise in the Pantanal, the animals are abundant, and jaguars have a huge food court of prey to choose from, as nature is all connected. The Amazon provides 20 percent of the oxygen we breathe, so we could say that every 5th breath is from the Amazon. Rainforests provide 40 to 50 percent of the oxygen on the planet; mountains, grasslands, and forests provide 75 percent of our fresh water. If we save the homes of big cats we can help save ourselves. “When the buying stops, the killing can too.” @wildaid To see more images of big cats follow me @stevewinterphoto
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