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Ryan Noonan

Ryan Noonan is an economist with a small federal agency. Fields in which he considers himself reasonably well-informed: literature, college athletics, video games, food and beverage, the Supreme Court. Fields in which he considers himself an expert: none. He can be found on the Twitter or reached by email.

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52 Responses

  1. Avatar BSK says:


    And who says we can’t gamble???  The possible stakes, as stated, could be very fun and interesting.Report

  2. Avatar James Hanley says:

    Sure, you would have to do this in the one year I just haven’t found time to pay attention to college hoops.  But count me in, all the way.Report

    • Avatar BSK says:

      Pre-emptive excuse, Hanley?  Wouldn’t have pegged you as much of a whiner…Report

      • Avatar James Hanley says:

        That’s just cold, BSK. But in fact since the Rose Bowl, I just haven’t been able to get into college sports this year, until the last week and a half. I don’t know why. But Purdue’s surprising victory in the Big 10 women’s tourney, and the Purdue men’s defeat of Michigan at Ann Arbor (the only team to beat them there this year), got my juices going again.

        I enjoyed seeing Duke get humiliated at home, too.  Of course I would have enjoyed watching UNC get humiliated as well.Report

        • Wait, are you a Purduevian? I thought you were a Wisconsin or Oregon person.Report

          • Avatar James Hanley says:


            I did go to UO, so I’m a big Duck fan. (And I’m ridiculously amused that their new basketball arena is built directly on top of the site where one of my kids was conceived.)

            But having grow up in Indiana, I’m also a dyed-in-the-wool Purdue fan, as all true Hoosiers are.Report

            • This is valuable information. A couple of my friends run a Big Ten football pick ’em league in the falls, and it’s a Michigan-heavy group, so we’re always looking for new Big Ten people to round us out. It’s insanely fun, and they do tons of statistics. I’ll keep you in mind in the fall.Report

              • Avatar James Hanley says:


                My brother might be interested, too. For a number of years, until he tired of doing it, he ran his own ranking system for college football and basketball, based on his own algorithms. It was a pretty good one, too, about as predictive as most of the others out there.

                Of course we’re both in Michigan, so it keeps it heavy that way, but neither of us are fans of the mini wolves.Report

            • Avatar BSK says:

              “(And I’m ridiculously amused that their new basketball arena is built directly on top of the site where one of my kids was conceived.)”

              [Desperately googling what used to be where the new arena is]Report

    • Avatar Tod Kelly says:

      James, if the League is anything like every office I’ve ever worked at, the winner is going to be someone that’s never watched basketball and uses some method like, “the place I’d rather visit” as a method for choosing each game’s winner.Report

      • Avatar BSK says:

        That’s a good method!  I usually go with the Dimitri Martin approach… who would win a battle of the mascots?  “Magic vs Wizards?  I’m in!”Report

      • Avatar Mary says:

        I won money on a super bowl like 6 years ago by choosing the color I liked best. I know nothing about sports, but you boys have fun.Report

  3. Nob Akimoto Nob Akimoto says:

    I’m game.Report

  4. I’m in. And I like the suggested prize.

    I think we did one of these a few years ago, but I can’t remember who won.Report

  5. Avatar Alex Plungis says:

    I would love to do it!Report

  6. Avatar Randy Harris says:

    I’m in.Report

  7. Avatar Tod Kelly says:

    Totally, totally in.

    Who’s going to volunteer to do the scoring? Or is there some kind of online thing that will do it for us.Report

  8. In.  I’d also like to add to the prize pool by offering the winner the right to control my gravatar for the next year.Report

  9. Avatar Burt Likko says:

    I’m in. I know next to nothing about college hoops. This will not stop me from participating, and it shouldn’t stop anyone else, either. Mark Ryan, will you set up a bracket pool at ESPN or Yahoo sports or some similar site?

    A thought: can you set up the rules so that there is some sort of bonus for picking an underdog?Report

  10. Avatar Ryan Bonneville says:

    For those asking, I am planning to use Yahoo. I will check it out to see what kind of scoring tweaks are available.Report

  11. Count me in. I would prefer ESPN but I’m open to Yahoo.Report

  12. Avatar James Hanley says:

    If I win, I’m going to have Burt write one post containing all his planned Supreme Court’s greatest cases, and Mark’s gravatar will be the mascot of his most hated team.Report

    • Avatar Fish says:

      Heh.  Getting Burt to write another “great cases” post was exactly what I was thinking, too.  But all of them at once?  That’s just evil.Report

    • Avatar Burt Likko says:

      Wait — you mean a list of the cases, right? Because otherwise you’re risking getting something like:

      …And then there was McCullough v. Maryland, and Justice Marshall was a bastard in that one too but he was right even though he was a bastard about it. State can’t tax Federal institutions, it’d make a mockery of the Supremacy Clause. So then we jump on up to Dred Scott, and whoo boy! that one got people ticked off too. Taney said once a slave, always a slave, and slaves can’t sue their masters. So we had that whole Civil War thing and three new amendments to the Constitution to straighten that out, but you know, the Court never really overruled it. And then there were some butchers in Louisiana and that made a hash of labor law, and we sent a lot of Japanese folks to concentration camps in the middle of nowhere because the Army wanted to do it and no one had the balls to stand up to the Army, but later we made a “one man, one vote” rule that was kind of a big deal and we said “oh, hey, sorry about that whole concentration camp thing” when nearly everyone who’d been in them was dead already. We had separate but equal until we didn’t have it anymore, and abortion was illegal until it wasn’t anymore only now it kind of can be again except when it can’t, and then gay sex was illegal until it wasn’t anymore, and then the Supreme Court voted for George W. Bush to be President. And everyone was pissed off about every bit of it. The end.

      So I could do that. Or you could be happy with a list and let me do a decent job of each case over time.Report

  13. Avatar Dan Miller says:

    Count me in.Report

  14. Avatar Patrick Cahalan says:

    I’m in.

    I will lose, but I’m going to talk trash all the way.Report

  15. Avatar Plinko says:


    I’ve also barely paid attention this year – but when I’ve won work pools it’s usually in seasons when I paid zero attention.Report