Sports

Picking Perfect Bracket a Tough Numbers Game

ea7430ce-b40f-4643-9cb8-3575ec9a4e05-big.jpg
Want to be sure of filling out the perfect March Madness bracket this year? Not possible.

If you were to stack the amount of paper it would take to fill in every bracket with every possibility among the 68 teams who will play 67 games over the next three weeks, it would not fit inside the universe.

So says Michael Weimerskirch, a math professor at Augsburg College, who gets paid to think about numbers and the way they affect the Kentuckys, Butlers and VCUs of the world.

But there's this glimmer of hope. Weimerskirch says you could start flipping coins. The odds of finding perfection that way - by flipping a coin to pick the winner of every game: 1-in-100,000,000,000,000,000,000. For those keeping score at home, that's 1-in-100 million trillion.

SOURCE: The Associated Press
blog comments powered by Disqus

AP WORLD
AP NATIONAL
AP WASHINGTON
AP BUSINESS
AP ENTERTAINMENT
AP ON THE HOUR
AP HEADLINES
AP BREAKING
AP/REUTERS PHOTO WIRE
AP AUDIO
 
AFP NEWS WRAP
REUTERS WORLD NEWS HIGHLIGHTS
REUTERS DIGEST
GOOGLE NEWS
ANANOVA
BLOOMBERG
DOW JONES
INDO-ASIAN NEWS SERVICE
INTERFAX
KYODO
MCCLATCHY [DC]
PRESS ASSOCIATION
PR NEWSWIRE
XINHUA
WORLD FRONT PAGES
POLITICO
REAL CLEAR POLITICS
SAN FRAN CHRON
SKY NEWS
SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
TIME MAG

CNN
CNN POLITICAL TICKER
DALLAS MORNING NEWS
EDITOR & PUBLISHER
FINANCIAL TIMES
FORBES
FORT WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM
FOX NEWS
FOX NEWS NATION
IAFRICA
INTERNATIONAL HERALD TRIB
JERUSALEM POST
JEWISH WORLD REVIEW
LA TIMES
LA DAILY NEWS
MEDIA WEEK
MSNBC
NY POST
NY TIMES
NY DAILY NEWS
NEW YORKER
NEWSBUSTERS
NEWSWEEK
NEWSMAX
CHRISTIAN POST
ONE NEWS NOW
CROSSWALK
CHRISTIANITY TODAY
US NEWS AND WORLD REPORT

CBN NEWS

CHARISMA NEWS

WORLD MAGAZINE

BLACK CHRISTIAN NEWS