"John," you say to me, whilst imbibing one of our fine consumables on a pleasant evening at the Standard, "John, my augury skills are beyond compare. I dare say I would challenge any other gentleman or gentlewoman in Brooklyn to an augury-off. If only there were a complex, thrilling foofaraw of a sporting nature that could serve as a proof of my augury abilities as compared to the rest of mankind."
Well. Beginning on Thursday, and lasting until April 6, such a felicitous foofaraw shall occur, namely the 2009 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. Come by any time before Thursday, and fill out one or many brackets to enter our bar's competition. We want to be clear that this is by no means a cash tournament pool. But if it were, we'd ask you to give us a $5 entry fee per bracket for a chance to win the pot. The first place bracket would get all the money in the pot, and the second and third place brackets would get a couple drinks for free on Pacific Standard. Hypothetically, of course. Don't you just love thought experiments?
The rules: we give you points for each correct pick based on the seed of the team you picked. To wit, if you correctly pick a 1 seed to win a game, you get 1 point. If you correctly pick a 16 seed to win a game, you get 16 points. You also get a multiplier based on the round: picking a team to win correctly in the second round gives you double points, the third round triple points, the fourth four times your points, the fifth five times, and the championship game six times. It sounds more complicated than it is. Suffice it to say it's a system that rewards getting your picks right, as well as picking upsets.
Cool? Get your picks in before Thursday, and enjoy the tournament here starting Thursday with our full March Madness satellite TV package on our two big projection screens, and pitcher specials.