autistic 17-year-old from the Chicago area has reportedly beat one
in 13,460,000 odds and perfectly predicted the first two rounds
College Basketball's March Madness tournament. His bracket
survived beautifully, even as competitors crumbled amid a sea of
shocking upsets.Most would have laughed at the boy's
predictions. Northern Iowa over Kansas? Cornell over
Wisconsin? Ohio over Georgetown? Pretty unlikely -- but
they all proved to be entirely correct. States the young man,
Alex Hermann, "It's amazing."Alex is reportedly
incredibly gifted in math and statistics and used his talents to
divine the results of the tournament. A Glenbrook South High
School student, he states, "I'm good at math. I'm kind of
good at math and at stats I see on TV during the game."There's
some question about the bracket's legitimacy. Alex entered the
only of CBS's three bracket challenges with no prizes. That
challenge allows participants to change their predictions at any
time. Hermann's parents and his 24-year-old brother Andrew, who
helped him enter his picks into CBS' bracket manager insist, though,
that the bracket is 100 percent original.Andrew's own
bracket, like that of many, rests in shambles. However, if he
and his parents are to be believed, his brother has achieved a feat
as probable as winning a major state lottery two times. If
that is true it's truly unfortunate as he could have made a great
deal of money. One of CBS Sports' bracket challenges offers
$5,000 to the winner of each round. ESPN also offers cash
prizes -- and its leader already has incorrectly predicted 4 games.
A perfect bracket would earn $1M USD from Yahoo or $13M
USD from SportsBook.com.Now that Alex's bracket is out there it should be
interesting to see whether he can continue on his stunning success,
this time verified by public scrutiny. Alex predicts Purdue to
win the entire tournament. That seems extremely unlikely, if
you listen to sports observers. Purdue (4) faces top-seeded
Duke in the tournament's Sweet Sixteen.It would be easy to
dismiss the prediction as favoritism; Alex's beloved brother went to
the school. However, you never know, he just might be
right.The odds of a perfect bracket are 1 in
1,000,000,000,000. In recorded
internet history there has never been
a perfect bracket. One can only hope that if Alex
miraculously achieves the feat, that he receives some reward
from somebody. You can view his bracket here.
quote: That said, this is some serious BS. Not even worth discussing since anyone can change their bracket! I wonder why we don't have more perfect brackets...
quote: That challenge allows participants to change their predictions at any time. Hermann's parents and his 24-year-old brother Andrew, who helped him enter his picks into CBS' bracket manager insist, though, that the bracket is 100 percent original.
quote: The odds of a perfect bracket are 1 in 1,000,000,000,000.
quote: ... competitors crumbled amid a see of shocking upsets.
quote: A perfect bracket would earn $1M USD from Yahoo's competition or $13M USD.
quote: A perfect bracket would earn $1M USD from Yahoo or $13M USD from SportsBook.com.