First Annual Dealbreaker NCAA Tournament Challenge: Opening Thoughts

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To everyone who signed up- congratulations on making the right call. As one component of the prize package is dinner at Peter Luger, which does not take credit cards, I'm most excited to meet the winner in an alley to pass off an envelope stuffed with cash.** Now, some words and numbers from your Pool Manager, Dealbreaker Commenter and Friend, NakedShort.

"772 people filed out brackets. I specify 'filled out' because 70 people signed up and didn't input any picks and for that should be ashamed. You went through the trouble of clicking the link, either creating or logging into your CBS account and then couldn't be bothered to spend a maximum of 5 minutes to complete a bracket. However, I am not sure if that's worse than taking the time to actually complete a bracket and not inputting the tiebreaker of total points in the title game.

24.35% of the field picked Kansas to win the tournament. As a diehard KU fan I can coach the other 204 folks that picked them on how to handle the upcoming crushing second round defeat to UNLV.

23.16% of you picked Ohio State not realizing that the only thing Ohio State has a chance of winning is the soon be announced Fencing Athletic Department Goods for Cash and/or Tattoos Tournament.

15.56% picked Duke, most likely in hopes of heading down to Durham after the tournament to tell some girl how you just won a big tourney pool in an attempt to end up an entry in a PowerPoint presentation about fucking.

Special thanks to those that filled out the tournament with Fuck You Winners like Texas A&M, Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin and Purdue."

**We actually haven't yet worked out the details of how we'll do this but the aforementioned scenario is what I'm hoping for.

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Enter The Third Annual Dealbreaker NCAA Tournament Challenge Today

As Dealbreaker historians will recall, 2011 marked our first Dealbreaker NCAA Tournament Challenge. It was inspired by a financial services hack who made the public announcement that he planned to (anonymously) report any colleagues he caught filling out brackets and keeping tabs on their picks during business hours. At the time, we encouraged you all to enter as many pools as were available, making it impossible for him to keep up with the amount of people and their offenses he needed to rat out, and created one to do our part. Is this guy still on the loose? He very well might be but regardless: never forget. To that end, sign up for the Third Annual Dealbreaker NCAA Tournament Challenge today. If you need reason beyond being able to say you won the DBNCAATC, first place will receive dinner for him/herself plus some colleagues and/friends at Peter Luger* and the must-have item of the season, a blue and green Dealbreaker banker bag.

Enter The Second Annual Dealbreaker NCAA Tournament Challenge Today

As Dealbreaker historians will recall, last March marked our first Dealbreaker NCAA Tournament Challenge. It was inspired by a financial services hack who made the public announcement that he planned to (anonymously) report any colleagues he caught filling out brackets and keeping tabs on their picks during business hours. At the time, we encouraged you all to enter as many pools as were available, making it impossible for him to keep up with the amount of people and their offenses he needed to rat out, and created one to do our part. Is this guy still on the loose? He very well might be but regardless: never forget. To that end, sign up for the Second Annual Dealbreaker NCAA Tournament Challenge today. If you need reason beyond being able to say you won the DBNCAATC, first place will receive dinner for him/herself plus some colleagues and/friends at Peter Luger's, an outing funded by us,* a Greenlight Capital messenger bag, a Pershing Square golf umbrella, a pair of Third Point-branded running sneakers, and an I Heart Dealbreaker button.** The pool will once again be managed by Dealbreaker Commenter and Friend NakedShort, who, along with myself, will answer any questions you might have, provide color if warranted (rip everyone’s brackets to shreds, call out the bottom 5 performers), etc. Sign up here now.*** So it is abundantly clear, if you do not want participants to know your real name, MAKE SURE TO FILL OUT SOMETHING ELSE IN THE NAME FIELDS. For example, if your ID is Godswork, rather than writing Lloyd B, enter first name: Gods, last name: work. To that end, if you don’t want people to see your email address, from the bracket page, click ‘options’ and then ‘hide email.’ If you feel it necessary, create an entirely new email account specifically for this challenge. Finally, don’t use HisHoliness as your ID because Alan Greenspan’s already called dibs. The pool password is: animalliar Dealbreaker NCAA Tournament Challenge [CBS Sports] *Last year we offered Wall Street North favorite Beamers Cafe, but the winner had "already seen all Beamers had to offer," and choose an alternative venue. This year, feel free to think outside the box. **If any other hedge funds, private equity firms, or banks would like to be represented via swag, feel free to get in touch! ***NakedShort says you have until Thursday morning to fill out a bracket but you should just get on this ASAP.

A Brief Update From Your Dealbreaker NCAA Tournament Challenge Manager

Some stats and a message about life from Pool Manager NakedShort: "We currently have two overall leader, with 50 points. Congrats to "Golden West" and "Mike Courtney," who had nice opening weekends." Some other top performer stats: 4 people are tied with 49 points 8 are at 48 (1 unlucky entrant picked Missouri to win) 7 are at 47 (Missouri and Duke each fucked one of you) 12 are at 46 (none of you picked any current losers!) "iluvmatt" is leading the 44s The remaining 800 or so are frankly are horrible and should stop watching basketball entirely. For those unlucky souls who had their winner lose this weekend, turn up the speakers and join us in a good cry.