Mar 23, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT
So how are your brackets doing? (Put down the gun. Seriously, it’s only a game). You may not be in the mood to hear this right now, but Alex Herrman, a 17-year-old from the Chicago area, has picked every game correctly so far on his CBS Bracket Challenge entry. Forty-eight winners, including Northern Iowa over Kansas, Ohio over Georgetown and Cornell over Wisconsin. And, um, Purdue over Siena, which somehow tripped me up.
Herrman, who has autism, says that he studied all season for the tournament … but unfortunately entered one of the only online pools that doesn’t have a prize. Yahoo offers $1 million for a perfect bracket; SportsBook.com offers $13 million. Shenanigans?
Video, and Alex’s bracket, following the jump.
From NBC Chicago:
CBS did not return several phone calls to confirm Alex’s entry — and the software does allow changes after the tournament begins. But the Hermann’s insisted that they filled out their brackets as a family before the tournament started, and haven’t touched the picks since.
“I’m good at math,” Alex, a Glenbrook South High School student, said. “I’m kind of good at math and at stats I see on TV during the game.”
Alex entered the bracket on CBSsports.com’s bracket challenge. His 24-year-old brother Andrew, who helped him enter his picks into CBS’ bracket manager, also entered the contest — and ranks behind 500,000 other people.
“My bracket is totally shot,” hist 24-year-old brother Andrew said. “So is everyone else I know.”
ESPN estimates around 4.78 million played in their bracket challenge, but no one picked all the games correctly. The leader at ESPN’s bracket has already missed four games.
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