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Warren Buffett wins at billion-dollar bracket challenge. You lose.


 Warren Buffett won’t be handing over $1 billion. (Nati Harnik / AP

Warren Buffett (or, more precisely, one of his Berkshire Hathaway insurance companies) won’t be handing over one billion George Washingtons in the Quicken Loans Billion-Dollar Bracket Challenge.

Not that there was much of a chance that the Oracle of Omaha would lose money, but the loss by George Washington’s Colonials officially dashed the hopes of the last three bracketeers left standing after two days of the,NCAA tournament. Thanks a lot, Memphis.

“They don’t call it madness because the games are boring — Duke going down left my own bracket in flames. With the loss by George Washington, there are officially no more perfect brackets in the Quicken Loans Billion Dollar Challenge with Yahoo Sports,” Yahoo’s Ken Fuchs wrote in a Tumblr post (via USA Today). “We started with millions, then we were down to 16 after the New Mexico loss. And now, alas, we have reached the end of the road to riches.”

There really wasn’t much of a chance at winning — Buffett didn’t just fall off a Nebraska turnip truck — and some experts said there was a skeletal one-in-9.2 quintillion (so, you’re saying there’s a chance…). What really hurts most is that everyone is deprived of this thing coming down to the April 7 national championship game. Even Buffett seemed to relish that thought. Or perhaps he was going to think up a way to monetize it.

“I think they should put us on a split-screen TV,” he told ESPN’s Rick Reilly. “And on every shot, every free throw, they’d show us, and one of us won’t be happy.”

Now none of us are. Oh, well.

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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