World Baseball Classic Office Pool
Ok, I'm a fan of this whole World Baseball Classic and I hope it goes over well. I've decided I'm going to help. What's the best way to make a sporting event more interesting? Cheerleaders? Perhaps. Beer? Some would agree. But the one thing that always brings people together for a questionably interesting sporting event or tournament? Gambling. It's the reason the NFL has flourished over the years. It's the reason the NCAA Basketball tournaments go over so well. And it's the reason why the WBC will flourish for years to come.
I've put together a Bracket Pool for the WBC, as shown here. It's the easiest and best way to get more people interested in the WBC and will add new excitement to the tournament. The way it works is very similar to the NCAA Basketball bracket pool. You pick all the winners of all the possible games throughout the tourney and get different points for each game depending on which round the game is in (1, 4, 8, 16. Total of 104 possible points). The tie breaker would be whomever got the most number of first round games correct. After that it's a fight to the death, which should make for interesting news articles after the WBC has completed and the office pools have finished.
Spread this on. Start it up in your office. Make sure the true value of of the WBC lives on through gambling! Not that beer and cheerleaders would hurt either.
Until Next Time...
[Editor's note: Thanks to Brad Nichols for helping with this idea.]