Gregg Nigl had a good run. The 40-year-old neuropsychologist from Columbus, Ohio, picked the first 48 games of the NCAA Tournament correctly in his bracket contest, becoming the first person to do so in recent memory, according to the NCAA. The accomplishment landed him on the “Today” show, and a tournament sponsor flew him out to Anaheim, California, so he could watch his beloved Michigan play Texas Tech in the Sweet 16 on Thursday night.
Alas, Nigl has joined the rest of us in bracket misery. After extending his record-setting streak to 49 with Gonzaga’s win over Florida State in Thursday night’s first game, his perfect bracket went up in smoke when Purdue beat Tennessee in overtime.
“Well, it was a good run… Thank you to everyone who joined me along this incredible journey! Maybe next year we’ll get it!” he tweeted Thursday night.
Then Nigl got to watch as his Wolverines stumbled to a 19-point loss against Texas Tech.
Nigl’s other two picks Thursday night – Virginia and Gonzaga – both won, leaving him 50 of 52 for the tournament heading into Friday’s Sweet 16 games (he has Duke, Michigan State, North Carolina and Kentucky winning). But that’s only good enough for a tie for 348th in the NCAA’s bracket-challenge standings.
The new leader for bracket supremacy among the contests offered by the NCAA, ESPN, CBS Sports, Yahoo, Fox, and Sports Illustrated appears to be a CBS Sports entry entitled Ned Ryerson (perhaps from a “Groundhog Day” fan), which has whiffed on all of one game so far: Mississippi State’s upset loss to Liberty in the first round.
Local journalism is essential.
Give directly to The Spokesman-Review's Northwest Passages community forums series -- which helps to offset the costs of several reporter and editor positions at the newspaper -- by using the easy options below. Gifts processed in this system are not tax deductible, but are predominately used to help meet the local financial requirements needed to receive national matching-grant funds.
Subscribe to the sports newsletter
Get the day’s top sports headlines and breaking news delivered to your inbox by subscribing here.