8 still alive in Times pool

For the first time ever, the men’s Final Four will feature four #1 seeds. And for the first time ever, a Living Room Times NCAA pool will enter the final weekend with a different potential winner for each remaining scenario — meaning eight people are still mathematically alive to win the contest.

Currently, Alex Whitfield (a.k.a. “CORNHUSKERS 94 95 97”) leads the 13th annual Times men’s pool presented by the UCLA Bruins with 327 out of a possible 412 points. But Whitfield will only win the pool in one scenario: if Kansas beats Memphis in the title game. In the each of the other seven scenarios, someone different will overtake him.

The other contestants still alive are Joseph Hiegel (currently in 2nd place), Chuck Wessell (3rd), Robert Dokes (4th), Amy Greca (T-9th), Chris Mulvey (T-9th), Shari Long (T-9th) and Keith Evans (T-20th).

Complete standings, possible outcomes, what-if scenarios and other information after the jump.


Ryan Morgan (5th) and Mark Gardner (T-7th), who were first and second last night, were mathematically eliminated today when Memphis beat Texas. In fact, Morgan, who picked the Longhorns to win the championship, is guaranteed to be passed by so many people that he cannot finish in the Top 10. Steve Hartranft (T-28th) was also eliminated by Memphis’s win, while Lisa Velte (T-15th) was eliminated by Kansas’s win.

Here’s the breakdown of who will win under which scenario. The links go to complete standings for that scenario:

• Shari Long (a.k.a. “Fresh Girl”), a Union University alum and resident of Memphis, Tennessee (and fan of the Memphis Tigers), wins if UNC beats Memphis in the title game.

• Joseph Hiegel of Greenfield, Wisconsin, wins if UNC beats UCLA in the title game.

• Alex Whitfield (a.k.a. “CORNHUSKERS 94 95 97”), a Duke alum and Nebraska fan who lives in Brooklyn, New York, wins if Kansas beats Memphis in the title game.

• Chuck Wessell, an N.C. State alum and current Ph.D. student there, wins if Kansas beats UCLA in the title game.

• Chris Mulvey, a Florida State alum currently living in Dubai, wins if Memphis beats UNC in the title game.

• Amy Greca of Newington, Connecticut, the wife of pool logo designer (and 2005 pool champion) Tom Greca, wins if Memphis beats Kansas in the title game.

• Robert Dokes of Beverly, Massachusetts, a Gordon College alum, wins if UCLA beats UNC in the title game.

• Keith Evans of Severna Park, Maryland, a Stephen F. Austin alum and a Marine, wins if UCLA beats Kansas in the title game.

Here are the current standings, as of the end of the Elite Eight.

13th annual men’s NCAA pool presented by the UCLA Bruins
1. Alex Whitfield – 327
2. Joseph Hiegel – 325
3. Chuck Wessell – 324
4. Robert Dokes – 317
5. Ryan Morgan – 316
6. Ken Inadomi – 315
7. Mark Gardner – 314
7. Dan Port – 314
9. Amy Greca – 312
9. Chris Mulvey – 312
9. Shari Long – 312
9. Ernesto Lopez – 312
13. Russell Caplin – 309
14. Jennifer Elam – 308
–. *ALL FAVORITES BRACKET* – 307
15. Lisa Velte – 304
15. Bridget Saviola – 304
15. Dean Thornton – 304
18. Jason Rogers – 302
18. Rachel Wetherill – 302
20. Tom Caputi – 300
20. Jeff Morrison – 300
20. Gary Kirby – 300
20. Keith Evans – 300
20. Jeremy Gist – 300
20. Tony Gjolaj – 300
26. Gary Atkinson – 299
26. Kevin Hauschulz – 299
28. Khalil Aboukhaled – 297
28. Steve Hartranft – 297
30. Weston Cross – 295
31. Danielle Thomsen – 294
32. Mike Deeds – 293
32. Jeffrey Ferguson – 293
34. Jeff Dickens – 292
34. John Chung – 292
34. James Devine – 292
34. Dave Whelan – 292
34. Liz Janelle – 292
39. Matt Scarborough – 290
39. Ted Zak – 290
39. Ginny Zak – 290
39. Patrick Cullen – 290
39. Jay Eysol – 290
39. Logan Pugh – 290
45. Ben Eng – 288
45. Matt Kagan – 288
47. Jeff Vaca – 287
47. Danny Pilz – 287
49. Sharon Lee – 286
50. Joe Resper – 285
50. Trent Kelso – 285
50. Derek McDonald – 285
53. Matthew Thomsen – 284
54. Charles Susano – 283
55. Jeff Cultrera – 282
55. Conor Sullivan – 282
55. Jeff Belisle – 282
55. Andrew Hunter – 282
59. Ken Stern – 280
59. Brian Rogers – 280
59. Kay Torg – 280
–. *AGGREGATE PICKS BRACKET* – 280
62. Bill Reece – 279
63. Scott Paine – 278
63. Ryan McBride – 278
63. Cam McLachlan – 278
66. Nick Surmacz – 277
66. Scott Robertson – 277
68. Randy Styles – 276
69. Joshua Krause – 275
69. Marlene Saviola – 275
69. Dennis Chow – 275
69. Bea Duque Long – 275
69. Rick Boeckler – 275
69. Jon Schoenwetter – 275
75. Blake Hanson – 274
76. Chris Aemisegger – 273
76. Akash Patel – 273
76. Jon Benski – 273
76. Willie Wheaten – 273
80. Kristy McCray – 272
80. Tyler Condon – 272
80. Kevin Pilz – 272
83. Esteban Coca – 271
83. Greg Plank – 271
83. Hannah McLaughlin – 271
86. Jackie Wilson – 270
86. Nathan Evangelista – 270
86. Paul Lucht – 270
86. Tom Greca – 270
86. Mark Saviola – 270
86. Drew Smith – 270
92. Dave Roberts – 269
92. Denise Reidy – 269
94. Dave Martins – 268
94. Keith DeMonstoy – 268
94. Abby Smagula – 268
94. Ryan Dalidowitz – 268
94. Patrick Roach – 268
99. Leanna Loomer – 267
100. Lauren Taylor – 266
100. Michael Hale – 266
100. Cody Groeber – 266
103. Joshua Carpenter – 265
103. Cath Doo – 265
103. Eric Soskin – 265
103. Quvondo Johnson – 265
103. Stephen Copenhaver – 265
103. Jay Johnson – 265
103. Brian Kiolbasa – 265
103. Pat Caplin – 265
103. Joe Swiderski – 265
103. Andrew Long – 265
113. Duane Homan – 264
113. Justin Vale – 264
115. Jeff Freeze – 263
115. Brian Neudorff – 263
115. Brian Dupuis – 263
115. Dan Dinunzio – 263
119. David Mathues – 262
119. Amir Sadaghiani – 262
121. Rachel Luberda – 261
121. Matt Higgins – 261
121. Rick Garnett – 261
124. Christopher Drewry – 260
124. Kelly Strutz – 260
124. Emily Wood – 260
127. Kevin Curran – 259
127. Ken Wagner – 259
129. Gordon Strickland – 258
129. Lauren Moy-Kim – 258
129. Jessica Fortuna – 258
129. Mike Marchand – 258
133. Soren Hammerschmidt – 257
134. Joel Thrift – 256
134. Jake Burke – 256
134. Jaime Duque – 256
134. Matt Wiser – 256
134. Colleen Duggan – 256
134. Gerry deSimas – 256
–. *JOHN MCCAIN’S BRACKET* – 256
140. Dmytro Aponte – 255
140. Peter Timbrell – 255
140. Ian Drayton – 255
140. Colin Son – 255
140. Mark Jordon – 255
–. *BARACK OBAMA’S BRACKET* – 255
145. Tom K. – 254
146. Jeremy Kwock – 253
146. Jenna Auriemma – 253
146. James McGinnis – 253
146. Michael Tran – 253
150. Larry Caplin – 252
151. Frank Rooney – 251
151. Stacey Dubois – 251
151. Carol LaPlante – 251
151. Greg Kagan – 251
155. Sean Sullivan – 250
155. Michael Rosenkrantz – 250
155. Brian Newbold – 250
155. Pat Gonzales – 250
159. F. X. McGahee – 249
159. Brandon Minich – 249
161. Melanie Peralta – 248
161. Katrina Lewonczyk – 248
163. Jim Wall – 247
163. Chai Park – 247
165. Barry McGinnis – 246
166. Johanna Cummings – 245
167. Trisha Neudorff – 244
168. Steve Koppitsch – 243
168. Joey Perucki – 243
168. Roger Snyder – 243
168. Eric Gobel – 243
172. Scott Loomer – 242
172. Jay Schwartz – 242
172. Jeff Sklar – 242
175. Diane Krause – 241
175. Greg Shtraks – 241
175. Bill Pancoast – 241
178. Crys Dalangin – 240
178. Steve Leys – 240
180. Oanh Tran – 239
180. Michael Walsh – 239
182. Phillip Price – 238
182. Darby Shaw – 238
182. Adam De Guire – 238
185. Kristin West – 236
186. Antonia Namnath – 235
187. Rob Atherton – 233
187. Rosalie Town – 233
187. Bob Lutts – 233
187. Beth Milewski – 233
191. Kristen Wall – 228
191. Jessica Cowans – 228
191. Marty West – 228
194. Tristin Thomsen – 227
195. Jon Caplin – 226
196. Joe McDade – 225
196. Keith Stefanczyk – 225
198. Sandy Berman – 224
198. Meredith Steffen – 224
200. Mike Wiser – 223
200. Chris Evans – 223
202. Robin Crocker – 222
203. Brendan Loy – 221
204. Lauren Davis – 219
204. George Heidkamp – 219
206. Jim Hu – 218
206. Neil Waechter – 218
206. Carolyn Blessing – 218
209. Nick Genco – 216
209. Steve Duvernay – 216
209. Brian Nicholson – 216
212. Joanna Rubin – 213
212. Becky Loy – 213
214. Chris Bravo – 211
214. David Kreutz – 211
214. Mike Dagen – 211
214. Ian Auzenne – 211
218. Scott Schmidt – 208
218. Andrew Hiller – 208
220. Don LaPlante – 207
220. Josh Rubin – 207
222. M.T. Swanson – 206
222. Kristy LaPlante – 206
224. Neil Rampal – 204
224. Andrew Leyden – 204
226. Susie Ogden – 202
227. A.J. St. John – 201
228. Katherine Kirkpatrick – 198
229. Jessica Osborne – 197
230. Joe Loy – 195
230. Brenden Roche – 195
232. Todd Stigliano – 194
233. Benjamin Rumery – 189
234. Bonnie Stone – 188
235. Shireen Garcia – 186
236. Courtney Tawresey – 182
237. Yvette Webster – 181
238. Toby, Sasha and Butter Zak Loy – 177
239. Jen Ham – 174
240. Barbara Cross – 158
241. Loyette Loy – 149
242. Robbie Loy – 133
243. Zoe West – 106
244. Eddie Regan – 105
245. Casey Zak – 35

NOTE: I just discovered that, due to an error in an AppleScript I created, the bottom four contestants have been getting consistently cut off the bottom of the standings in my blog posts. I apologize to Casey, the West F***in’ Virginia guy, Kristin’s cat and my dog for my failure to properly recognize their sterling accomplishments. :)

11 Responses to “8 still alive in Times pool”

  1. Jim Hu says:

    Live blogging the A&M Duke game and fisking the NYT at the same time.

  2. Fresh Girl says:

    I am completely and totally ashamed that I picked UNC over my own Memphis Tigers. I went with my head and not my heart, discounting the heart of the Tigers. Waaaah. Still, if I win, it might be worth it. ;)

  3. Brendan Loy says:

    Russ Caplin is ashamed, too. He’d still be mathematically alive if you’d picked the Tigers. :)

    I just went and ran that alternate-universe scenario. If you had picked Memphis over UNC, you’d win the pool if Memphis beats UNC in the title game and the total points scored is 160 or less; Chris Mulvey would win if Memphs beats UNC in the title game and the total points scored is 161 or more; Russ would win if UNC beats Memphis; and everything else would be the same.

    But alas, the best Russ can do is second place, and you have to root for UNC over Memphis if you want to win the pool.

    Don’t feel bad – the only time I’ve ever won one of my pools (the first-ever women’s pool, in 1996), I clinched when UConn lost. Keep in mind I was a sophomore in high school in Newington, Connecticut at the time, so this was total sacrilege. :)

  4. Brendan Loy says:

    P.S. Slight correction to the above. The “X points or less/more” would only have been relevant to who wins the t-shirt. You’d have been considered a “co-champion” alongside Mulvey for historical purposes, in that hypothetical scenario.

  5. Fresh Girl says:

    OOo, there’s a t-shirt to be had? How did I miss that? Hmmm…is that enough to get me to root for UNC? Probably not, but at least if UNC beats Memphis I’ll have a shirt to sob into. ;)

  6. Mike T says:

    seems like a pool update to me

  7. Brendan Loy says:

    Yes, it is. What’s your point? “13th annual Times men’s pool presented by the UCLA Bruins”

  8. CORNHUSKERS 94 95 & 97 says:

    I made the 1st page!!!

    Me so happy. me want to cry.

  9. CORNHUSKERS 94 95 & 97 says:

    I made the 1st page!!!

    Me so happy. me want to cry.

  10. Leanna Loomer says:

    I’m not sure where to put this comment, but I think unless anyone comes closer than 35 points to a perfect point total, the prize for the men’s NCAA pool should go to casey zak, who is holding steady at 35 points away from HIS goal. casey, i salute you.