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Welcome to

Hope everyone is enjoying the tournament so far. I appreciate all of you who have returned from previous years and welcome those of you who are new to the pool. If you haven’t visited Fantasy Island yet, please take a look so you know who to root for now that the games have started up again.



317 x $5.00=$1585.00

Less fees

Turbo Tourney: $19.00

Domain Charge: $11.00

Hosting fees: $7.16

Editorial Content: $10.00

Charitable Contribution: $79.25

PayPal fees: $10.00 (estimate)

Total: $1448.59 (estimate)

First Place: $1448.59 x 75%=$1086.44 (estimate)

Second Place: $1448.59 x 25%=$362.15 (estimate)


First thank you to those who have already sent in their payment. Can’t remember if you sent your payment in ? That’s OK – there are three reports that indicate your paid status – Player Listing, Current Standings & Potential Standings. So if you have a “No” next to your entry, won’t you please send your payment in today?

Here are the three options for payment, in order of your humble pool administrator’s preference:


Seriously people . . . you were able to enter a bracket online but can’t figure out PayPalYou’ve been meaning to give PayPal a try, so why try it now? I’ll be your guinea pig. Costs you nothing! Save you postage, checks and envelopes. It’s a win-win. So go and set up your account up and then just send your payment to


Always works. But prefer PayPal – I don’t have to write down or guess who handed me the cash, nor do I have to take it to the bank.


If you are old school you can actually mail me a check:

Joe Mares

161 Edith

Oxford, MI 48371

This is the one thing I hate about the pool – having to sign and write my name on all the checks. Then I still have to take them to the bank. Save me the trouble and just PayPal the money!


If you haven’t checked the website there are a number of reports available to you throughout the tournament

Beginning Bracket : The original bracket, back when Duke still had a chance

Champions Summary : A list of the teams and the number of times they were picked to win the tournament

Unpaid Players : An alphabetic listing of the players who have yet to pay.

Players Summary : A grid listing of each players picks.

Tournament Results : Bracket view of the tournament to date. If you click on the little icon (I think they’re pencils, not sure why) it will pull up a list of who picked which team in that game .

Tournament Summary : A list of each team and the number of times they were picked each round.

Current Standings : The current standings sorted on the number of points you have

Potential Standings : The current standings sorted on the number of potential points you can get.


Next time you visit the website, don’t just click through to the standings. Take a moment and check out the insightful analysis of Matt Pietrangelo. If nothing else, check out the captions he puts on the pictures! Give him a Facebook “like” or leave a comment to let him know you you appreciate his efforts.


A special thanks to you all for helping raise a little cash for the charity I selected. As soon as i had the total number of brackets I sent the payment to them. What I hadn’t planned on was the fact that some of you have thrown in a some extra money for them with your payments! So once all the money is collected I will send them the extra funds collected. Stay tuned for how next year’s charity donation will be handled.

Again – thanks for playing and thanks for paying – good luck – enjoy the rest of the tournament – may you finish 1 point behind me!

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