Gametime: March Madness

Just one game left, and our leader remains David McCoy, a principal with National City Equity Partners. David has 143 points, with Ohio State beating Florida in the finale.  

There are three players currently tied for second place with 140 points, but each of them also has Ohio State as national champs. So who David really has to fear are the dozen or so folks who will leapfrog him if Florida wins. All will be settled tomorrow night…

March Madness is down to the Final Four, so here are the top four in our 580-person field:

  1. David McCoy, a principal with National City Equity Partners, with 111 points. David has Ohio State beating Florida in the finale.
  2. Emily Lammers, a recent Princeton grad working at Standard & Poor’s, with 110 points. Emily has Florida taking care of Georgetown (even though her team name indicates some Hoya affinity).
  3. Andrew Garman, managing partner of New Venture Partners, with 109 points. Andrew has Georgetown topping Florida.
  4. We’ve also got three players tied with 108 points…  

Continued good luck to all.

The Elite Eight is set, and our March Madness contest has co-leaders with 81 points each. 

First up is Chris Klick, a senior IP analyst with UTEK Intellectual Capital Consulting. Chris correctly picked all eight remaining teams, with Oregon, Kansas, Georgetown and Ohio State in his Final Four. In the end, Chris has Kansas beating Ohio State.

Tied with Chris is someone whose team name is IBetOnRedsBaseball (who are you? please email me). He actually has the same final game as Chris, but with Ohio State besting Kansas. Continued good luck to all 580 players…


The second round of tourney play is over, and our current leader is Justin Pollack, a director with secondary firm Newbury Partners. Justin has correctly picked 41 out of the first 48 games, and has a current score of 55. His final four has Kansas, Oregon, Georgetown and Ohio State, with Ohio State beating Oregon in the finals.

The first round of tourney play is over, and we’ve got a three-way tie for first place (out of 580 participants). The following people correctly picked 29 of the initial 32 games:

Andy Brusman, co-founder and managing director of Westham Capital. His final pick is Ohio State defeating UCLA.  

Danny Zouber, a vice president in the fund-of-funds team of Piper Jaffray & Co. His final pick is Ohio State defeating Kansas.

Marlin1 — I don’t know who this is, but have sent an email to find out. He/she has UCLA beating UNC in the finals.

Today represents the beginning of that very special time of year, when corporate America turns its collective blind eye toward sports gambling. That’s right dear reader, get ready for our fifth annual March Madness Extravaganza (full details after the jump).

The contest is open to all peHUB and PE Week Wire readers, with the top finisher to receive three prizes: (1) A complimentary Premium Membership to, which includes access to our entire editorial archive; (2) A complementary subscription to the Thomson Venture Economics publication of their choice: Buyouts, PE Week, Venture Capital Journal or European Venture Capital Journal; and (3) The opportunity to write a lead column for PE Week Wire, which could mean everything from an essay to a company advertisement to a plea for work. I’m also planning to figure out a parting gift for our runner up.

To Play:

  1. You will need a Yahoo account, which you can get here if you don’t already have one. Once you’ve done so, sign in and then go to:
  2. Select “Join a Group” and then “Join Private.” 
  3. I have created ten groups, with each one capable of holding up to 50 people. If one is full, try another. If they all fill up, I’ll add more (only one entry per reader, please).
  4. You will need the Group ID and Password to join the group. The group IDs are: 113234, 113284, 113343, 113721, 113806, 113795, 113783, 113742, 113612, 113632. The password to each group is: bubble.
  5. Finally, I ask that each participant let me know your group name, real name and place of business. This can be done either by entering it in the comment section below, or by sending an email to me here (special email address only for this purpose).

Good luck!