Mitt Romney’s NCAA Bracket Is Ridiculously Good

Romney was just that confident about this year’s picks.

But humbling as it may be, Romney’s NCAA tournament bracket this year is almost certainly better than yours.

Romney attended the final game in Indianapolis and tweeted shortly after its conclusion. “I’m not plugged in well enough this year to do that,” a deferential Romney said at the time.

CORRECTION: Romney picked six of the Elite Eight teams correctly, not all eight as originally stated.

Out of 11.57 million brackets filled out in’s Tournament Challenge, Romney is in 25,485th place — good enough for the 99.98th percentile. By contrast, the famously basketball-savvy President Barack Obama sits all the way back in 6,918,578th place (the 40th percentile).

UPDATE: After correctly picking Duke to beat Wisconsin in Monday night’s final game, Mitt Romney’s NCAA tournament bracket now stands in 6,326th place out of 11.57 million submissions entered in’s Tournament Challenge.

Romney picked six of the Elite Eight teams correctly, as well as the Final Four and the final game between Duke and the University of Wisconsin, which Romney plans to attend on Monday night (he was also on hand at the Final Four games on Saturday night).

How strong?

Known for his success in many facets of life, no one has ever accused Mitt Romney of being a college basketball expert.. This year, apparently, he was plugged in well enough.

And in a dramatic show of confidence, he filled out just one bracket and did not even pick a final score for the title game — a metric that is used to settle tiebreakers. Romney picked Duke to win it all.

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Romney’s 2015 March triumph comes three years after he declined to fill out a bracket in the midst of the 2012 campaign. A Romney source passed along the former Massachusetts governor’s 2015 bracket, and it is in astoundingly strong shape.

And sorry, Badgers fans

Top 20 players by salary

Unfortunately, due to a variety of injuries, he’s only played in 61 regular-season games in the three years since then. Sadly, like DeAndre Jordan, his Kryptonite is free-throw shooting (career 57.3%).

No. 9: Derrick Rose, $20.1 million – Rose signed a $94 million extension with the Bulls halfway through his 2011 MVP campaign. 17: Blake Griffin, $18.9 million – For all his skills and physical prowess, Griffin shies away from the big shot in the fourth quarter, which is partially what doomed the Clippers in the playoffs last year. 16: Paul Millsap, $19 million – Without averaging more than 18 points or nine rebounds in any season, Millsap (#4 of the Atlanta Hawks) is the least-known player in the top 20. But the sharp-shooting power forward wisely committed to Cleveland and, more importantly, teaming with LeBron James for five years and $113 million in total. The self-anointed best basketball player in the world (agreed on by nearly everyone) was worth $162 million to the economy of Northeast Ohio when he returned from Miami last year, as forecast by LeRoy Brooks of John Carroll University. Entering his 13th season, the 33-year-old Wade hasn’t played in 70 regular season games since 2011. Sometimes it pays to be tall, literally. Unfortunately, that was his peak. He has three more seasons under an escalating contract, with an option to terminate his 2018 salary of $24.3 million and test the open market at age 33.

No. But as long as he is a Clipper, a spectacular dunk is just a moment away, keeping the Hollywood glitterati packing the Staples Center. — re-signed for five years and $110 million. Here are the top 20 earners in the league, ranked in ascending order (source:


No. The NBA boasts the highest average salary of any team sport in the world, at $4.7 million.

No. 13: LaMarcus Aldridge $19.5 million – After nine seasons with Portland, the four-time All-Star power forward brings his 23.4 points and 10.2 rebounds per game to San Antonio, who ponied up for an $80 million deal to 2019.

No. At least Johnson has stayed healthy and productive for the Nets, who picked up his crippling contract in 2012, though last season’s 14.4 points, 3.7 assists and 4.8 rebounds was nothing to write home about. After committing to Dallas in July and then changing his mind, the center signed with the Clippers for $88 million over four seasons. No. Anthony recently re-signed for three years and a guaranteed $73 million, with a team option for a fourth year at $28 million.

No. 8 Kevin Durant, $20.2 million – Durant was an MVP two seasons ago, then promptly had foot surgery to rule him out of most of last season (sound familiar?). 15: Kevin Love, $19.5 million – Love was always going to get paid, the question was — who was going to write the checks? After an an up-and-down first season in Cleveland capped by a separated shoulder that kept him out the Cavs’ playoffs run, speculators had Love bolting to his native West Coast. 3: LeBron James, $22.98 million – It’s tough to argue that anyone making $23 million is underpaid — except when it comes to James. 4: Carmelo Anthony, $22.9 million – ‘Melo missed half of the 2014-15 campaign with left knee surgery, which gave him a front-row seat to watch the Knicks sink to their worst season in franchise history.

No.10: Dwyane Wade, $20 million – The NBA has a culture of paying for past performance.

No. Look for him to benefit from a new collective bargaining agreement in 2017. A leading MVP candidate for 2016, Westbrook’s contract escalates to $17.8 million next season, his last under contract. 2: Joe Johnson $24.9 million – Johnson was thought as of as a potential NBA superstar when Atlanta signed him to a six-year, $123.7 million deal in 2010, coming off a 21.3-point, 4.9-assist, 4.6-rebound season.

No.14: DeAndre Jordan $19.5 million – The second Clipper on the list, Jordan is a beast under the basket, but is plagued by terrible foul shooting (39.7% last season) that kept him out of big chunks of fourth quarters, especially in the playoffs. In a league favoring small-ball, the standoff between Dallas and LA to sign Jordan was a curious one. Only Bryant and his rival/mentor Michael Jordan have ever notched paychecks of over $30 million in a season (Jordan received $33.14 million in 1998 and $30.14 million in 1997 — but received only $90.24 million for his career).


No. Worrying trends for the Rockets, who are on the hook for $45.6 million if “Superman” decides to come back to Houston next season. Cavs owner Dan Gilbert’s negotiating skills will be put to the test in 2017.

No. He was signed to a one-year, $20 million deal by Miami in the offseason. 7 Chris Paul, $21.5 million – The third Clipper in the top 20, Paul is the undisputed leader of the perennial playoff team. 1: Kobe Bryant, $25 million – The 17-time All-Star and five-time NBA champion is not only top of this list, but after this season (which he says will be his last) he will have accumulated the most salary money in NBA history at $303.24 million. Because of situations like this, NBA owners will be pushing for non-guaranteed contracts in the next collective bargaining agreement, set to be in place by 2017.

LeBron James and Kevin Love are smiling all the way to the bank, as two of the highest-paid players in the NBA this season. Since signing with the Knicks in 2011 for three years and $65 million, the team has won one playoff series. With those kind of numbers, the Grizz are hoping for championship payback.


No. Still only 24, Leonard will anchor the Spurs long after the “Big Three” of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili have retired. Thankfully, Bosh made a full recovery — but had he been forced to retire, the Heat would have been on the hook for the remaining $98 million on his contract.

No. **Note: Anthony Davis, who is not yet in the top 20, has the largest guaranteed contract at $126.6 million for six years. 18: Paul George, $17.1 million – The versatile Indiana Pacers small forward (#24) was a budding superstar until breaking his leg before last season. 20: Kawhi Leonard, $16.5 million – Leonard was named MVP of the 2014 finals for the San Antonio Spurs when he was tasked with guarding LeBron James, while averaging 17.8 points on 11-19 3-point shooting.

No. He is set to make another $24 million next season, his last under contract before the new collective bargaining agreement kicks in. He came back to play six games but it was too early to tell whether George will live up to the $55 million the Pacers guaranteed him after his breakout 2014 campaign (21.7 ppg, 6.8 rpg). The Spaniard — whose time in Memphis stretches back to high school when he accompanied his older brother Pau to the U.S. . When healthy, however, he’s still one of the best guards in the league, averaging 24.3 points, 5.5 assists and 1.3 steals in 2015. He’s on the last year of his Oklahoma contract, so has plenty of incentive to impress on the court. The 7-foot Lopez also sat out half of the last four seasons with injuries.

No. 12: Marc Gasol $19.7 million – Like Kevin Love, Gasol was one of the most coveted free agents during the offseason, but opted to remain with his team. 19: Russell Westbrook, $16.7 million – Without injured running mate Kevin Durant, Westbrook was only a game away from single-handedly willing Oklahoma City to the 2014-15 playoffs after a stellar season featuring 11 triple-doubles. But he was a leader for the 60-win Hawks, who were intent on keeping the team intact; hence, the $60 million, three-year deal for the 30-year-old power forward. 11: Brook Lopez, $20 million – Lopez (#11 of the Brooklyn Nets) came off an average season for a starting center (17.2 ppg, 7.4 rpg) but the big-spending Nets re-signed him to a three-year, $63 million contract.

No. 5 Dwight Howard, $22.6 million – Once thought of as a franchise player, Howard sat out half of last season with knee problems, having previously had back surgery. 6 Chris Bosh, $22.2 million – The Miami Heat’s starting center on the 2012 and 2013 NBA championship runs was diagnosed with career-threatening blood clots in his lungs that sat him out for the entire second half of last season

How to Bet Proposition Bets at a Sportsbook by RJ Bell


Betting sides and totals on major sports like baseball, basketball and football are the most common wagers available everywhere.

What will be the exact margin of victory

Here’s how the money line would be listed: Serena Williams -400 / #102 Ranked Opponent +360. These are not fixed and are adjusted by sportsbooks several times leading up to the event and are sometimes released months before an event. Before every major event in non-team sports like golf, tennis and auto racing, futures are set by oddsmakers. Since golf and NASCAR both have pre-qualifying, not everybody makes the cut to the final day of competition, and these group matchups require all individuals to qualify in order to be eligible for action.

Betting to Win

An example with team sports would be NFL futures, where you often can get much higher odds on a team by betting before the season starts. For more information on how this works, be sure to check out How to Read the Money Line. A NFL future bet on a team to win the Super Bowl might be 20/1 in the preseason; but by midseason, their odds might decrease to 10/1 if they turn out to be legitimate championship contenders.

Every $400 bet on Serena nets a $100 profit if she wins (plus the return of the $400 risked). So be aware of all your wagering options and don’t miss out on the excitement non-team sports have to offer with prop betting!

For example, if Serena Williams faced an overmatched opponent in the U.S. The Imperial Palace Casino’s sportsbook is well-known for the enormous number of prop bets offered. “Matchup Betting” generally involves an individual going up against another individual in a head-to-head event, such as a tennis match, and the odds are determined using the money line.

As you can see, there’s much more to betting than simply totals and sides, especially when it comes to gambling on non-team sports. The same holds true for major team sports like NFL and college football, NBA and college basketball and MLB baseball. For example, betting on the 2006 Masters golf tournament now might get you much better value on Tiger Woods, who may be 10/1 at this moment but dip to 6/1 closer to the event if he is on a roll. Other examples of props for non-team sports include what racing team will finish highest in a particular NASCAR race (Chevy, Ford or Dodge) or how many rounds will the fight between Mike Tyson and Kevin McBride last (Over/Under 8.5 rounds). Open tennis tournament, a reasonable money line would require Serena bettors to risk $400 to win $100 while a $100 bet on her opponent would win $360.

What team will win the coin toss

RJ Bell

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Matchup Betting

Group matchups are another way “matchup betting” is used which is particularly popular in golf and auto racing events like NASCAR, where you can select whether a leading competitor or a few other lesser competitors will finisher higher amongst the group, with the odds again based on money lines. For example, you can bet on:

What player will score the game’s first touchdown

For non-team sports like golf, boxing, tennis and NASCAR, “Matchup Betting” offers an alternative to simply betting on the event’s winner. In exchange for a lesser payout, field bettors gain the advantages of having more than one entrant that can win for them. The two main ways of wagering on non-team sports are “Betting to Win” an event and “Matchup Betting” which pits an individual against another individual or a group of individuals.

Furthermore, a tennis match would be considered a tournament-style head-to-head matchup since the competitors involved directly play against each other in the event. Props, also known as exotic wagers, are also extremely popular on high-profile team sporting events like the Super Bowl in Las Vegas . An artificial head-to-head matchup involves competitors in an event like a golf tournament or auto race who are indirectly competing against each other since in reality they are competing against everybody in the field, not just one other competitor. These artificial matchups are also fake in the sense that bookmakers are the ones creating them – solely for betting purposes – and different books will often offer different matchups. However, many sportsbooks also offer proposition bets (or props short) for gambling on non-team sports like golf, tennis, boxing and auto racing – including NASCAR – due to their growing popularity. If her opponent pulls off the upset, $100 bet on the underdog would profit $360 (plus the return of the $100 risked).

“Betting to Win” an outcome event like The Masters is the most common way to wager on individuals competing for a particular non-team title. The odds on a “field” bet are typically comparable to a bet on the favorite in order to protect sportsbooks from taking a big hit if a major upset occurs. Unlike team sports such as football, non-team sports also have multiple events over the course of a year, so “Betting to Win” obviously happens much more frequently than a once a year NFL futures bet on the Super Bowl winner does.

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It is very important to note that not all the competitors in an event may be listed, so another betting option is on the “field” which includes all other competitors not listed.

Proposition bets for non-team sports are not limited to “Betting to Win” an event and “Matchup Betting” but those are the primary ways to wager on them.

The main advantage of futures is that you can get appealing odds by betting far in advance of when the event takes place