An exciting Day 1 (yes Day 1, the play-in games will never count in our book) is in the books. We saw our share of upsets and near upsets, but none was bigger than No. 14 Harvard over No. 3 New Mexico. Many players in our pool had New Mexico making a deep run, but nobody had the Lobos winning the national championship. If you had New Mexico in your Final Four, your bracket isn't officially busted, but it's pretty close.
At the end of Day 1, there is a three-way tie for first place, with Tribune sports editor Paul Adams atop, along with Rod Szcygiel. They all accumulated 14 points, but Clark and Szcygiel are in far better shape than Adams.
Tribune sports writer Seth Stapleton had a rough first day, tallying only eight points. He too had New Mexico in the Final Four. Stapleton was grumbling before the New Mexico game about not filling out a bracket next year. We're sure losing a Final Four team on the first day has put him in an even better mood.
We would like to thank the over 120 people who played this year, helping us to nearly double our previous record. Also, thanks to Tri County Equipment for sponsoring the contest. Good luck in Day 2.