(click the image to see his bracket up close)
The parents of an autistic teenager from outside of Chicago claim that their son has picked every single game correctly thus far in the NCAA Basketball Championship, the odds of doing which are beyond comprehension.
An autistic teenager from the Chicago area has done something almost impossible.
Nearly 48 games into an upset-filled NCAA tournament, 17-year-old Alex Hermann is perfect.
“It’s amazing,” he says. Truly.
The teenager predicted that Northern Iowa would beat the Kansas Jayhawks. He picked Ohio to knock off Georgetown. And Cornell to knock off Wisconsin.
In fact, he picked every game through the first two rounds correctly. The odds of anybody doing that? One in 13,460,000, according to BookofOdds.com. It’s easier to win the lottery. Twice.
“I’m good at math,” Alex, a Glenbrook South High School student, said. “I’m kind of good at math and at stats I see on TV during the game.”
ESPN estimates around 4.78 million played in their bracket challenge, but no one picked all the games correctly. The leader at ESPN’s bracket has already missed four games.
Alex doesn’t get anything for perfection. He entered one of three bracket games offered by CBS — the only one without a prize attached.
Alex’s basketball knowledge could have been worth a fortune. One of the other CBS games offers a prize of $5,000 per round. Other sites offer even more money — Yahoo offers $1 million for a perfect bracket; SportsBook.com offers $13 million.
The odds of a perfect wire to wire bracket? As high as 1 in 1,000,000,000,000.
Unfortunately, Alex’s entry cannot be officially confirmed by CBSSports.com, as Alex entered CBSSports.com’s Bracket Manager program, which allows changes to an entry after play starts and, thus, does not track and/or rank individual entries as a result.
Here’s to the rest of Alex’s picks turning out perfect, just to prove the naysayers wrong. Even if it means Syracuse losing…
Click here to download Alex’s entire bracket.
[via NBC Chicago]