Quantcast

Guy misses out on $100,000 because he forgot to save his final bracket

Think you were having a bad day or week? I’m sure it was nothing compared to what Corey Johnson was going through.

Johnson, 28, picked one of the best brackets among all entrants on Yahoo! Sports. Even though nobody won the Perfect Bracket Challenge — no surprise — Yahoo! was still going to give away $100,000 to the top 20 brackets.

Entering Monday’s title game, Johnson was tied for fourth among all entrants. That’s impressive. He had 11 of the Sweet 16 teams, three Final Four teams and correctly predicted UConn and Kentucky would reach the title game.

Corey Johnson bracket

Prior to the game, Johnson said he had UConn winning it all but, because of some error, his pick didn’t save on Yahoo! That means he had one of the best brackets in the world, but a computer error kept him from winning $100,000.

Johnson joked to Deadspin that he would be watching the game “from a rope hanging from a tree” after his blunder, but we don’t think he should be so hard on himself. In fact, we think Yahoo! should make it up to him, especially since he correctly picked the title game before it was played.

I posted my brackets on LBS days before the NCAA Tournament began, so it was obvious I had completed my picks. But when I went to check the standings, I had a zero score. Yahoo! didn’t save my picks, possibly because I didn’t fill out the final score. It was a crappy and lame technicality, especially since I filled everything else out.

Yahoo! should apologize to the kid, who says he clicked UConn and hit save. Their system really was screwy this year.

And how hard is that going to be to get over? Ouch.

Kentucky fan Tyler Black keeping his tattoo, but we fixed it for him

Kentucky fan Tyler Black came close to calling his shot by getting a tattoo declaring his Wildcats national champions before the NCAA Tournament began, but his bold move came up short.

Kentucky lost to UConn 60-54 on Monday night, rendering Black as one of the most interesting characters of the night. Everyone was wondering the same thing shortly after the loss: what did he plan to do with the tattoo?

Black answered the question simply: he plans to keep it.

“I’m keeping it,” Black told ESPN. “It’s a way to remember this team and it’s part of my life story.”

He actually does have a pretty cool story to tell now, and he certainly will never forget this team. But if you know anything about Black — and his Twitter bio states “I’ve always felt I was born for rebellion” — then you know he’ll be unfazed by the declaration coming up short.

Based on all the attention Black received for what he did — and what happened with the Seahawks fan — we have a feeling quite a few fans will continue the trend of calling their shots with team tattoos. We don’t encourage the practice. If you feel the need to show everyone your faith, throw down a futures bet and just tweet your betting slip after it comes through. OK?

Anyway, the folks at Reddit College Football came up with this nice little fix for the tattoo in case Black’s so inclined:

Kentucky Tyler Black tattoo

Perfect.

John Calipari’s daughter Megan sends sweet tweet about dad after loss

Megan Calipari

John Calipari may be feeling down about his team losing in the championship game to UConn, but at least he has his family to pick him up.

Shortly after Kentucky lost 60-54 to UConn, Cal’s daughter Megan sent these nice tweets:

We figure she meant “couldn’t” be more proud of the team, because she followed up with this:

How sweet was that? That would easily make any father feel instantly better.

Things took a humorous turn when John’s other daughter, Erin, responded to her sister with this tweet:

Erin always has had a sharp edge. She also sent this to Rex Chapman after the former Kentucky player started a frenzy by tweeting that Calipari was headed to the Lakers:

As soon as those rumors pop up, Erin and Megan are the ones who hear it from the fans the most. We don’t envy being in their position. At least they’re both supportive of their father no matter what happens.

No, Drake did not celebrate with UConn after championship game

All the Twitter haters were out in full force after UConn beat Kentucky in the title game on Monday night, and many of them had their sights set on rapper Drake.

Drake has developed a reputation as a bandwaggon fan for celebrating with the Miami Heat and Kentucky Wildcats after some of their big wins. He also is a fan of his hometown Toronto Raptors and Blue Jays, and he was even seen wearing a VCU sweatshirt when the Rams made the Final Four.

Naturally, as soon as Kentucky lost, people started clowning Drake. But things got out of hand when this photo of Drake supposedly “celebrating” with UConn after the win started making the rounds:

Drake Rip Hamilton UConn

Unfortunately for all the haters, that photo was shared by UConn alum Rip Hamilton prior to the game starting. And he probably took and shared the picture because he was excited to see Drake.

“Wit my family World Wide Wes and @champagnepapi at NCAA Championship Game. They Cheering for the otherside so off wit their Hea_ #holdat #Uconn” Rip wrote.

Drake may be a bandwaggon guy, but he hasn’t jumped aboard the Huskies van yet, though that does seem like something UConn is intent on changing.

Very well done, UConn.

John Calipari explains why Kentucky didn’t foul at end of game

John CalipariThe last minute of competitive basketball games generally takes a long time to play out because the losing team tends to foul to try keeping the game close. That did not happen in the NCAA Tournament title game on Monday night between UConn and Kentucky, and John Calipari explained why after the game.

The Kentucky coach told CBS’ Tracy Wolfson that Kentucky didn’t foul because UConn was too great at their free throws.

“I needed to do a couple more things to help [my team], to get them over the hump, and we just didn’t have enough,” Calipari said.

He then went on to explain why they didn’t foul.

“We couldn’t foul late. I know everyone’s [asking] ‘why didn’t you foul?’ Because they’re not missing! Those two guards never miss! Our best chance was two-possession game, stop them, make a basket, timeout, try to steal — that was our best chance.”

Calipari also added that he thought at halftime that they would win the game. They came close, but fell short.

Calipari’s reasoning actually makes sense. UConn went 10-of-10 at the free throw line in the title game and set a tournament record for highest free throw percentage. Hoping for them to miss at the line was a longshot. The real problem was the same one Calipari has experienced before; his team couldn’t make free throws.

Shabazz Napier has message for NCAA after winning title

Shabazz Napier UConn

Shabazz Napier had a message for the NCAA after leading UConn to the National Championship with a 60-54 win over Kentucky on Monday.

The senior guard, who won the title as a freshman and book-ended his career with another title as a senior, let loose in his postgame interview with CBS’ Jim Nantz.

“Honestly, I want to get everyone’s attention right quick,” Napier began, signifying he had something important to say. “Ladies and gentlemen, you’re looking at the Hungry Huskies. This is what happens when you ban us. Two years. We worked so hard for it. Two years and hungry. Hungry Huskies.”

Napier was named the Final Four Most Outstanding Player, so he definitely had some leeway to say what he wanted.

UConn was banned from the postseason last year for not meeting the NCAA’s academic requirements. It’s not like they were ratted out for breaking recruiting rules or something — they couldn’t make grades. But, hey, if that’s what motivated the team, then let’s not stand in Shabazz’s way.

UConn wins NCAA title, sets tournament record for free throws

Kevin Ollie UConn

UConn was stellar from the free throw line in their National Championship Game win over Kentucky on Monday night, which followed a record-setting pattern established by the Huskies during their March Madness run.

UConn beat Kentucky 60-54 and went 10-of-10 on free throws in the game. Kentucky, on the other hand, was 13-of-24. The difference between the two teams’ success at the line could be the exact reason why UConn won while Kentucky lost.

But this is exactly what UConn has done all tournament.

The Huskies went 21-for-22 at the line in the regional final against Michigan State to earn a berth to the Final Four. They were 10-of-13 at the line in the Final Four against Florida to earn a trip to the championship game.

According to CBS Sports’ Tony Moss, UConn went 101-115 (87.8%) from the line during the tournament, which broke the record of 87.0% (47-54) by St. John’s in 1969.