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    Lightbulb Knockout Game: NCAA Tournament Knockout Pool

    Remix 2014. Accepting entries at $10 per entry (down from $20 last year, hopefully to encourage more re-buys). If you don't know the rules, here you go:

    CS.com Knockout Pool Rules:

    • $10 per entry


    • You have to send in your picks via PM before the start of the first game on Thursday. No exceptions.


    • For Thursday of Round 64, you have to pick TWO WINNERS. Not against the spread, just outright winners — again, both teams just have to win. If either loses, you’re out … but you can buy back in for another $10 (and if you buy back in, you have to pick FOUR winners on Friday, not two).


    • For Friday, same thing if you advanced … you have to pick TWO more winners. Both teams have to win. If either of them loses, you’re out … but you can buy back in on Saturday for another $10 (only now, you have to pick FIVE winners that day and go 5-for-5 to stay alive).


    • You can only buy back in a maximum of three times (and you can’t buy in after the conclusion of Saturday’s games).


    • You cannot pick the same team twice. Even if you get knocked out and buy back in, you can’t reuse a team. One and done.


    • If you nailed your Friday pick (or picks), you only have to pick one winner on Saturday.


    • If you lose your Saturday pick (or any one of your Saturday picks), you can buy back in for Sunday’s games for the final time … only now, you have to pick SIX winners that day and go 6-for-6 to stay alive. And again, you can’t pick a team you already used.


    • If you nailed your Saturday pick (or picks), you only have to pick one winner on Sunday to advance. Can’t be a team you already used.


    • If you make it out of the weekend alive, you only have to pick one winner per day after that. (Again, you can’t buy back in after that first Sunday.) Remember, you can’t use the same team twice. I hate to keep harping on this, but you’d be amazed how many times it’s been screwed up in our pool.


    • Once you run out of teams to pick, you advance to the next day but automatically lose. For instance, let’s say you already used Duke in Round 1 and Kentucky in Round 2, then they met on Sunday in the Elite 8 … only you had already picked every other team playing that Sunday. In that scenario, you automatically lose on the next day of games (in this case, Saturday of the Final 4). You are out of teams.


    • Important wrinkle for that last point: Even if you’re out of teams and headed for an automatic loss, you still have to be beaten by another contestant who made a successful pick that same day. An “automatic loss” and “a pick that became a loss” means the same.


    • Last man standing wins. Winner takes all. Second-place prizes are for wusses.


    • If more than one person is left standing, they can either split the pot or agree to keep going until someone wins … which is obviously the manly thing to do.
    Provide me with your picks via PM and I'll create a spreadsheet. I'll also reply and provide you info re: payment. Here's to knocking last year's champ--that cocky bastard Clark Addison--off his college basketball high horse.
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    List of participants so far:

    Surfah
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    Quote Originally Posted by Donuthole View Post
    List of participants so far:

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    C'mon big money!

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    I am in. I will send you my picks today.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Donuthole View Post
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    Just sent my picks.

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    I am tempted to retire on top, but a first round exit seems more satisfying, somehow. I'm in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Donuthole View Post
    List of participants so far:

    Surfah
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    flystripper


    C'mon folks. Still haven't received pick from some of last year's participants, including HFN and sons, AV, CA, JIC, CJF, ER, Eddie Jones, and Coach.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Donuthole View Post

    C'mon folks. Still haven't received pick from some of last year's participants, including HFN and sons, AV, CA, JIC, CJF, ER, Eddie Jones, and Coach.
    Since you saw fit not to acknowledge as if you don't care that I am not in, I am not going to get in. I will be sulking for several days.

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    Speaking of Eddie Jones, what kind of sports fan travels to Europe during football season and then takes a cruise during March Madness?
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    Quote Originally Posted by byu71 View Post
    Since you saw fit not to acknowledge as if you don't care that I am not in, I am not going to get in. I will be sulking for several days.
    You didn't play last year. But you, your money, and your senility are certainly welcome to join us this year!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Donuthole View Post
    You didn't play last year. But you, your money, and your senility are certainly welcome to join us this year!
    Senility, well I guess there is now proof. I thought I won it last year.

    Can I get in tomorrow before the games start? I am leaving to play golf in a half hour and it takes me a while to get everything together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by byu71 View Post
    Senility, well I guess there is now proof. I thought I won it last year.

    Can I get in tomorrow before the games start? I am leaving to play golf in a half hour and it takes me a while to get everything together.
    Yes, if you get your picks in early tomorrow, you're good. Just in case you didn't read the opening post, this is not a bracket challenge, it is a knockout pool. But your participation is no less welcome.
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    There are three rules that I live by: never get less than twelve hours sleep; never play cards with a guy who has the same first name as a city; and never get involved with a woman with a tattoo of a dagger on her body. Now you stick to that, and everything else is cream cheese. --Coach Finstock

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    Quote Originally Posted by Donuthole View Post
    Yes, if you get your picks in early tomorrow, you're good. Just in case you didn't read the opening post, this is not a bracket challenge, it is a knockout pool. But your participation is no less welcome.
    I will read through it in the morning or tonight. Might be too complicated for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by byu71 View Post
    I will read through it in the morning or tonight. Might be too complicated for me.
    I understand you are really old, but it's not complicated. You pick two teams you think will win on Thursday (pretty easy, right?), then you send $10 to DH (even easier!).

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    Quote Originally Posted by byu71 View Post
    I will read through it in the morning or tonight. Might be too complicated for me.
    Relax. It is easy. Very little "deep thinking" involved. Pick two outright winners for tomorrow's games and send them to me in a PM. I'll reply and send you the paypal info.

    Have a good round. I feel a birdie on number 8 coming your way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Donuthole View Post
    Relax. It is easy. Very little "deep thinking" involved. Pick two outright winners for tomorrow's games and send them to me in a PM. I'll reply and send you the paypal info.

    Have a good round. I feel a birdie on number 8 coming your way.
    Great. I will be more than happy to send you the $10. Get me your address. Paypal and I had a major disagreement.

    Birdie would be awesome. If I do I will send you $20.

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    I am in!
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    Quote Originally Posted by byu71 View Post
    Great. I will be more than happy to send you the $10. Get me your address. Paypal and I had a major disagreement.

    Birdie would be awesome. If I do I will send you $20.
    Check your PM.
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    Some of you have submitted picks which are actually Friday games. As great as those picks may be, they are destined to cost you $10 and two additional picks unless you get me some Thursday winners. (I am not specifically directing this post at SMR, but if he reads it, it will certainly be to his benefit).

    The Thursday games to pick from are as follows:


    (11) Dayton vs (6) Ohio State*
    (15) American University vs (2) Wisconsin*
    (9) Pittsburgh vs (8) Colorado*
    (12) Harvard vs (5) Cincinnati*
    (14) Western Michigan vs (3) Syracuse*
    (10) Brigham Young vs (7) Oregon*
    (16) Albany vs (1) Florida*
    (13) Delaware vs (4) Michigan State*
    (10) Saint Joseph's vs (7) Connecticut*
    (15) Wofford vs (2) Michigan*
    (12) North Carolina State vs (5) Saint Louis*
    (12) North Dakota State vs (5) Oklahoma*
    (15) Milwaukee vs (2) Villanova*
    (10) Arizona State vs (7) Texas*
    (13) Manhattan vs (4) Louisville*
    (13) New Mexico State vs (4) San Diego State
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    There are three rules that I live by: never get less than twelve hours sleep; never play cards with a guy who has the same first name as a city; and never get involved with a woman with a tattoo of a dagger on her body. Now you stick to that, and everything else is cream cheese. --Coach Finstock

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    Quote Originally Posted by Donuthole View Post
    Some of you have submitted picks which are actually Friday games. As great as those picks may be, they are destined to cost you $10 and two additional picks unless you get me some Thursday winners. (I am not specifically directing this post at SMR, but if he reads it, it will certainly be to his benefit).

    The Thursday games to pick from are as follows:


    (11) Dayton vs (6) Ohio State*
    (15) American University vs (2) Wisconsin*
    (9) Pittsburgh vs (8) Colorado*
    (12) Harvard vs (5) Cincinnati*
    (14) Western Michigan vs (3) Syracuse*
    (10) Brigham Young vs (7) Oregon*
    (16) Albany vs (1) Florida*
    (13) Delaware vs (4) Michigan State*
    (10) Saint Joseph's vs (7) Connecticut*
    (15) Wofford vs (2) Michigan*
    (12) North Carolina State vs (5) Saint Louis*
    (12) North Dakota State vs (5) Oklahoma*
    (15) Milwaukee vs (2) Villanova*
    (10) Arizona State vs (7) Texas*
    (13) Manhattan vs (4) Louisville*
    (13) New Mexico State vs (4) San Diego State

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    I am in. Think of me kindly when you spend my money.
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    Up to 14 participants now. Keep 'em coming, peeps.
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    Is it blind or do we know who gets knocked out along the way, etc?
    I have nothing else to say at this time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Donuthole View Post
    Up to 14 participants now. Keep 'em coming, peeps.
    Everyone jump in. This kind of pick em is mindless and fun. I put a sticky on this thread so people could find it easier.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Surfah View Post
    Everyone jump in. This kind of pick em is mindless and fun. I put a sticky on this thread so people could find it easier.
    Amen. We should have 30 people, minimum, doing this thing.

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    I'm in. Thanks DH.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Parrot Head View Post
    Is it blind or do we know who gets knocked out along the way, etc?
    Blind submissions (some people don't want to be copied) but once the first game tips I'll post the complete list of today's picks.

    It looks like I have a dozen PMs re: new participants, but I have to run to a court hearing. I'll update the spreadsheet while I'm waiting for my case to be called.
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    There are three rules that I live by: never get less than twelve hours sleep; never play cards with a guy who has the same first name as a city; and never get involved with a woman with a tattoo of a dagger on her body. Now you stick to that, and everything else is cream cheese. --Coach Finstock

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    I don't remember a first day like this before. Only one #1 and #3, three #2 and 4 playing today. Seems like it has always been two of everything in the past.

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