Ok, the BCO is in a charity group ... actually president this year ... the horror.
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Well the March meeting is my favorite, outside around a fire (in a barrel.) Smoked wings, steamed oysters, hot chili, beer, friends and gambling!!
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You see before the first games begin the club of 30+ 10ish guests show up and bid on the teams. There is no price limit and pooling money is customary.
16 teams will go for a combined $2k+, this year in bad economic times ... I expect $2500, maybe 3k combined, Chalk means mo' money. The teams that get bid the most on the high end like UNC and doook will likely go for $400 to $500. This year Pitt, loooeyville and UConn may as well. ACC teams are almost always overvalued due to our location.
The low end, Arizona and Purdue will go for $70ish.
So who should the BCO bid on? First the payouts:
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Final Four participants 10% (20%)
Largest loser margin* 6%
Club gets 10% to the general fund, we are a charity, you know.*The largest margin is typically for Sweet 16 teams that are in over their heads and get swamped. It's why someone will pay $40 for George Mason. Ooops. Some years a Final 4 team will get handled and the owner will get money for making the Final 4 and losing by the most.
Ok, I will pool my money with a couple of guys, but UNC, doook, looeyville, UConn and Pitt will be too rich for our blood.
I don't like playing the biggest loser, so Arizona and Purdue are out, unless I can get them for $40 and under. A wing and prayer.
So that leaves me with OU, missagain state, Kansas, Memphis, Mizzou, Xavier, Villanova, Gonzaga and Cuse.
Who do I take my chances with? Others in my predicament are going thru this thought process as well.
Teams I don't like at all:
- OU - cuse zone will eat the young guards up, but Blake will keep em close.
- Zags - nice story but unless Ty Lawson is hurt, they have no chance.
- missagain st - big1+10 team, no chance vs loooeyville
- Kansas - very young
- Mizzou - trap wont' work nearly as well now
- Xavier - needed a miracle to be VT, Pitt will mug em then kiss their moms
Teams I like enough to gamble on:
- Memphis - our athletes are better than yours ... well almost.
- Cuse - tough, matchup zone, low post, shooters, great pg
- Villanova - tough, spread, attack, not scared
Problems with teams I like, Memphis likely won't out athlete UConn and Cal won't out coach Calhoun. Cuse could give UNC fits, I sorta like this matchup and no Big East team in the Final 4 will scare them. Ditto for Nova but doook is very, very similar in style/size to Nova. Nova's toughness should win this game, but the Pittsburgh.
Hmmmm, looks like BCO and friends will bid semi-heavy on Cuse and Nova. Now how high is too high to spend? Thoughts?
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By the way it sucks buying a team and watching them lose a close one that same night.