2013 Raging Bracketology and a List of Free NCAA Bracket Contests for You to Lose

The 2015 List is Here.

Time to fill out your brackets again and be reminded of the fun and futility of March Madness.

I do this every year. It’s amusing to feel like a genius for a couple of days (“Hey, look, one of my 17 brackets only has 3 missed picks through Sunday!”) only to come crashing back to reality later. All of my brackets are usually shredder-ready by the second Friday.

The odds of picking a perfect bracket are way worse than winning the lottery — not even in the same ballpark, probably not even the same galaxy.

Contest Odds (1 in)
Mega Millions lottery jackpot 175,711,536
Perfect bracket (choosing higher seeds) 35,360,000,000
Perfect bracket (randomly selected) 9,223,372,036,854,775,808


That’s why everybody and their grandmother can offer million dollar prizes for their online bracket contest. It would be hilarious if some common bracket combination came true and they would have to pay up. On the last weekend, we would know a lot of people would be so close to the big prize. Shares of the company offering the prize would take a dive. What if all higher seeds did win? On several sites that would be the default pick set. Hundreds of people could win on computer or user error.

At least, in office pools you are only competing with mere mortals instead of perfection. They can be more exciting since you are still in the hunt longer. Of course, in office pools you probably know who the winner is, which could lead to more of a humiliated feeling when you are smoked by the guy who based his picks on which team had the cooler mascot or the woman who only picked teams from blue states.

Have no fear. You, too, can have a winning wacky bracket. Here are some suggestions on how to decide between two teams.

  • The old coin flip.
  • Which team is first/last alphabetically
  • The team with the fattest player
  • Mascot fight!
  • Oldest university
  • Ask a toddler to pick
  • Assign them sections on a dartboard
  • Lowest SAT scores
  • Uniform color/design
  • Distance from sea level
  • Distance from your house
  • Distance from Sarah Palin’s house (where you can see Russia)

If you have any more suggestions, share them in the comments section.

Finally, for your convenience, here’s a list of free bracket contests. Add your own in the comments section, and I’ll try to update the list if I find some new ones.











The Jets Blog http://games.espn.go.com/tournament-challenge-bracket/en/group?groupID=45316&entryID=510939






Have fun!

  1. great list thank you for taking the time to do this !!!

  2. LunardiLunatic@yahoo.com

    Great job on the big list! Thanks for putting it together it saved me a bunch of time.

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