It’s Day of the NCAA Men’s College Basketball Tournament, and while I don’t know for sure who is going to win (probably Gonzaga) I do know one thing for certain one thing; your March Madness bracket is a mess.
Your streak is intact of never getting every single pick right. But don’t worry, so is everyone else’s, and the only sure thing in the world is the odds of anyone ever getting a perfect bracket are right up there with flying to Mars on a hang-glider, with Bigfoot, on the day of a solar eclipse.
In other words, impossible. Wait, correction, the television network NBCLX broke down the math and came up with the actual odds of picking every single winner in the 64 team field.
The odds of doing it are…
1 in 9.2 quintillion!
That’s a 1, followed by a whole lot of zeroes. 18 to be exact.
According to NBCLX’s data if all seven billion people on the planet filled out one bracket per minute, it would take 2,500 years to fill out 9.2 quintillion March Madness brackets.
You have a better chance of winning the Powerball and Mega Millions lottery in the same week, and your favorite MLB team is more likely to win 12 World Series titles in a row.
Here’s my favorite example of just how big of a number we are dealing with here.
If you stacked 9.2 quintillion brackets on top of each other, they would stretch all the way to the sun and back. Over 3,000 times!
I honestly don’t feel as stupid now for picking Ohio State to make it to the Elite 8.