There was only one acknowledged person left with a still-perfect NCAA March Madness bracket as of Saturday night, but it doesn't look like he'll get a $1 billion check from Warren Buffett anytime soon.
Brad Binder of Buffalo Grove, Ill., said he was rushing to work when he hurriedly picked his bracket in about five minutes, which he completed, in his words, “for fun to see what happened.”
As of 8 p.m. EDT, he’s had 35 out of 35 picks correct, with 28 more games to go in his bracket, which he appropriately named "Brad’s Breathtaking Bracket."
Warren Buffett and Quicken Loans have offered to give $1 billion to whoever picks a perfect bracket this year, but their coffers remain safe: Every other person who entered the contest for the perfect bracket was eliminated after George Washington lost to Memphis on Friday night.
Of course, the tournament is far from over, and while Binder has 29 more chances to be wrong, he’s hoping that even if he doesn't have a perfect bracket Buffett might pay him out something. The 23-year-old said he could use some money for grad school. “I’m hot on Warren Buffett's trail,” Binder told ABC News. “I’ve been tweeting him to get in contact to see if he’s feeling up for it.”
He’s understandably a bit freaked about the attention he’s getting:
Getting Truman Show vibes...
— Brad Binder (@Brad_Binder_) March 22, 2014
He’s so far been on ESPN and ABC World News, and someone even made a fake Twitter account claiming to be the real Brad Binder, which now has more followers than the real Brad Binder.
What are the odds of a perfect bracket? It's somewhere between 1 in 9.2 quintillion and 1 in 128 billion, depending on how you look at it. The former figure would apply if each game represented a 50-50 chance of getting it right, but that certainly isn't the case, even though a No. 14 seed Mercer did beat a No. 3 seed Duke on Friday.
He’s got No. 4 seed Michigan State and No. 2 Michigan in the final, with Michigan State eking out a victory by three points. You don’t need to be a college hoops fan to see why that would be an amazing championship game, even if a perfect bracket wasn't on the line.