This year, tens of millions of braces were introduced into major online NCAA tournament tournaments. In the middle of the second round of Sunday, everyone, except one of them, had made at least one wrong game.
Exception: The "central path", a game that came into our game Capital One NCAA March Madness Bracket Challenge. 48-for-48 so far, correctly predicting each game in two rounds of the NCAA tournament in 2019. It's worth repeating: the central roadblock has not missed any game yet
We've been tracking staples for years and before this tournament, the longest stripe we've seen is 39 games in a row. It was an incredible feat.
Monday, we tracked the owner of a record "central road." His name is Greg Nigel, and he is a 40-year-old neuropsychologist who lives in Columbus, Ohio. in the Madness Madness story.
For more details on how we got here, go to our Perfect Track Bracket, where we show in real time how we have received from tens of millions of clips to one. Here we will also track the "main road" the rest of the tournament.
Here's a shortened version of the Nigel conversation: This seems unreal.
NCAA.com: Are you near a computer now?
NCAA: If you go to the NCAA.com , you will see ̵
NCAA: Yes, there was news from 2010 about a child He chose the perfect Sweet 16, but it was in the CBS game that lets you change your photos after the start of the tournament, so there's no way you can check if it's really perfect GN: (Nigel has a speakerphone call and you can hear his wife in the background: "It Yes, this is my bracket Okay, I'm on … Yes, I see it (His wife laughs in the background.)
NCAA: Yes, congratulations Katz
GN: Yes, that's my friend's [group] we just did it for fun and I'm in another two at work and other things.
NCAA: This is amazing. Have you filled in brackets for a while?
GN: Oh yes, yes. I do it every year. I would probably say 10 to 15 years.
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NCAA: How many braces have you completed this year? Fourth.
NCAA: Do you have any strategy for that? they say. And then, frankly, sometimes, which teams I like better. Some cities like me better, some teams like me better, some coaches like me better. I also look at the ranking. It's a combination of things. Do not get me wrong, it's lucky. I know that. NCAA: So it's hard to accurately calculate the odds of the perfect bracket, but if each game was a coin flip, the odds would have been around 1 to 9.2 cents.
GN: * Laugh * Wow. NCAA: So you have 15 games to go for that. GN: So wait, are you saying that I am the first person who ever did this? * Laugh *
NCAA: Correctly. As far as we can say, you are the first person in the history of the tournament that has ever done so.
(Nigel's wife can be heard again in the background: "He already said that.") GN: I know, but it's amazing.
NCAA: We're tracking tens of millions of braces every year [we started in 2016] so you're looking at hundreds of millions of brackets.
NCAA: Have you seen the games?
GN: Yes, we are currently on holiday. We travel from Ohio to Vermont, which is a long journey. We stopped in New York to see how I play in Michigan. I was watching, listening to the Sirius games while we were driving.
NCAA: Did you track your bracket entirely? GN: It's funny, what I'm perfect about was that I was not really checking because she was only among a few friends. And honestly, I do not even know if my other friends have done one. Maybe I'm the only one in the group who did one, I do not know.
But yes, I did four. And I almost did not do it because I was actually sick on Thursday and I did it on Thursday morning just before the deadline and I almost did not. I was in bed, I was sick, and I called a job. I almost went back to bed and did not do it, but I did it anyway because I felt bad because it was my friend [group].
Honestly, when I received this message, I thought it was a joke or a joke or something, you know?
NCAA: Definitely I can understand this.
GN: I do a decent one. I have won several times at work.
This is wild. I can not even believe it.
NCAA: Yes, it's pretty crazy. I do not know if you looked last night but in the last game of the night, UC Irvine vs. Oregon, UC Irvine went 14-0 to take the lead in the second half, and you chose Oregon GN: I did not watch. I went to bed, I was tired. I had no idea that this is happening.
We continued with Nigel later in the day to confirm that he was indeed the owner of a "central road." The conversation quickly returned to the scale of his achievements. GN: After I started talking to you, I began to send messages to some people and read some things.
This is a pretty big deal.
can follow Nigl's adventure in search of perfection here.