And the Winners are…

Wow, what a tournament. It was madness, and all that is left is a few basketballs, deflated like my bracket. But there were also some big winners! You can see the complete results here.

The winners are:

1st place: With a total of 171 points, our big winner is Maddogsirish49ers .

2nd place:  Moving up from 4th, with a total of 149 points, Barry a three comes in second.

3rd place: Tad Deshler, with 134 points, hangs on to third place.

4th place: rising all the way from 22nd place, Jodi T captures fourth place with 133 points.

Most Accumulated Upset Points and Highest Score after Round of 64 and Highest Score after Round of 32: the one and only triple cat winner, Bear Down Cats

Second Highest Score after Round of 32: the braketmaster, Evan Botkin’s Bracket

Second Highest Score after Round of 64: our final crazy winner, Navistar Crazies

In the Robinson Noble staff and family division, the winners are:

1st place: hanging on for first with 161 points, FMK

2nd place: with 156 points, Olivia Wills is second (and will forever be able to tell her dad what a loser he is only coming in third)

3rd place: and rising from 31st place overall to finish third in the RN division, with 126 points is Max Wills

Thanks for Trying: finishing dead last both in the RN division and overall, Hoopless, wins the thanks for trying prize with a miserable 33 points.

That’s all folks. Tune in again next year for some more basketball madness. And please consider stopping by sooner to read other non-basketball posts on our blog.

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Down to Two

Birds of a feather stick together – could that be why the games were so close on Saturday? But two teams flew to the top and play tonight to be king of the roost. After Saturday’s games, the results of out little contest can be found here.

The current leader board:

1st place: Maddogsirish49ers has flown to the top. With his Tarheels in the final game, he could end up being the big winner.

2nd place:  Tad Deshler got knocked into second place, but if his Bulldogs win tonight, he will be flying high.

3rd place: Ryan S. flew up to third from fourth. He will capture a little nest egg if his Bulldogs can rule the roost tonight.

4th place: Yet right on Ryan’s heels (or should I say claws) is Barry a three, and if his Tarheels win tonight, Barry can feather his next.

In the Robinson Noble staff and family division, the leaders are:

1st place: FMK has flown up to number one, and if his champion, North Carolina, wins, FMK will be the top bird.

2nd place: Speaking of soaring high, Olivia Wills has feathered her way to second place. Unfortunately, she has also picked the Tarheels, so she might peck at FMK, but she cannot beat him.

3rd place: And Angie, now in third place, is poised to win the the rooster fight if her champion, Gonzaga, causes North Carolina lays an egg tonight.

This is it, the final game. Stay tuned for tomorrow’s results to see who is the Big Bird and ends lining their bird cage with their bracket.

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Bracket in the Pig Sty?

I’m afraid your loyal results announcer’s bracket is now a play thing in the pig sty. Talk about rolling in the mud! How’s your bracket? In the muck with me? Results after the Sweet 16 games are available here and the current results after the Elite 8 games are posted here.

The current leader board:

1st place: Tad Deshler continues to hog the limelight as his Bulldogs head to their first Final Four.

2nd place: Maddogsirish49ers has no reason to wallow after rising from a 9th place tie after the Sweet 16 to grab the number 2 spot heading into next weekend.

3rd place: Lvannice is holding onto third by a point, but could be stuck in the mud after Kentucky’s last second loss on Sunday.

4th place: Ryan S. is hoping to bring home the bacon after climbing from 14th into 5th overall and seems destined to climb higher.

In the Robinson Noble staff and family division, the leaders are:

1st place: David W may need a mud bath to cool off after another strong showing over the weekend leaves him in the top spot.

2nd place: FMK is in second and rooting for UNC to run hog wild over the Ducks on Saturday. Oink!

3rd place: Coin Flipper raided the piggy bank to get this far, but he may soon be down in the dumps now that his bracket is also busted.

4th place: With Oregon on fire and “Sizzlean,” Kari‘s position improved ten places over the weekend.

With only 4 teams left, the excitement is building. Pick yourself up out of the mud and stay tuned!

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Dog Gone It, This is True March Madness!

Is West Virginia feeling like a Bulldog deflated their basketball? Such madness!. Up-to-date results are posted right here.

And our leader board shows:

1st place: How about that Tad Deshler! With a super solid 96 points and his Bulldogs still in the hunt, Tad is at the top of the dog pile.

2nd place: And our former number one, Bear Down Cats, has slipped to second place. But with this Cat’s champion now out, his bracket may have gone to the dogs.

3rd place (tie): Rising in the dog pile from sixth to third is Lvannice with 80 points. That dog has to be dancing. Meanwhile Evan Botkin’s Bracket is a happy dog as well, staying firmly in third, though with Evan’s champion out, his bracket may be turning into a dog’s breakfast.

In the Robinson Noble staff and family division, the leaders are:

1st place: Hot diggity dog for David W! With 82 points good ole’ David is one hot dog. Can his champion, the Ducks, come out as top dog?

2nd place: Continuing in second place is Coin Flipper with 75 points. But is Flipper, with their champion out, destined for the bottom of the the dog pile?

3rd place (tie): Kysen must be one dancing dog, jumping all the way from 59th place overall to a tie at third with 74 points! And how about that Haley P moving up from 23rd. Two happy dogs here!

The weekend’s excitement has just begun. Tune in Monday to see whose at top dog!

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Goat Get Your Bracket?

Holy Goat! What a bracket-busting weekend. Number 1 and 2 seeds going down in barnyard flames. The results after Round 1 are posted here and the results after Round 2 are posted here.

The leader board after on Monday morning has:

1st place: No goats on Bear Down Cats’ team. Leading since day one, this cat is has posted 77 points! And with their champion, Arizona, still in the hunt, this cat surely is goatless!

2nd place: Rising from 18th place last Friday to a tie for 1st on Saturday and now undisputed 2nd place is Tad Deshler. Tad is no goat either, with a solid 75 points.

3rd place: In a totally ungoat-like performance, Evan Botkin’s Bracket zoomed up from 11th place on Saturday to 3rd on Monday with 72 points.

4th place: Navistar Crazies survived the weekend to be in 4th place with 69 points. But Navi might be in trouble, their champion, Duke, goated it up and is heading back to the farm.

In the Robinson Noble staff and family division, the leaders are:

1st place: No goats for David W., with 70 points! Good old David is dreaming of victory and hoping his champion, Oregon, has no goats on the team.

2nd place: Rising from from the barnyard in 23rd overall place on Friday, to 8th overall place on Monday, good enough for 2nd place in the RN division, is that master of probability Coin Flipper.

3rd place (tie): With his East bracket goated into oblivion, Son of a Zag, fell into a tie for 3rd place in the RN division with 65 points. Meanwhile, FMK, won a few barnyard fights to climb up to third.

The barnyard hoops aren’t done yet. Might there be more goats out there in your bracket? Stay tuned!!!

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This Madness has Dogs Dancing

What a first day! This tournament has the dogs dancing with basketballs. You can download the full results here.

The leader board after one day is:

1st place: Bear Down Cats. This cat doesn’t care about dancing dogs and is leading the pack with 28 points.

2nd place (tie): There a log jam for 2nd place with five all tied with 27 points. These lucky dogs are: Navistar Crazies, Tyler Clary, Julie P., R Romans, and M Miller

In the Robinson Noble staff and family division, the leaders are:

1st place (tie): Hoping that this is the year of the Zags, Son of a Zag  is tied with Little Mike with the not so little score of 27 points

2nd place (tie): on the heels of the top dogs is David W. and TheSwagLord with 26 points

Stay tuned! We’ll see if these dogs are still dancing come Monday or if some other cool cats take the lead!

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It’s Madness I Tell You!

7th Annual Robinson Noble NCAA Basketball Tournament Contest

$500 in Prizes

Well the Madness of March has started once again. Join in the fun by submitting a bracket to Robinson Noble’s 7th annual tournament contest. It’s free to play. Simply fill in a bracket and send it to Jeff at jwale [at] robinson-noble.com. If you didn’t receive a bracket in your email, you can download one here. Brackets are due no later than 8:00 AM, Thursday, March 16th. Late Entries will be accepted, however, you will not get credit for the games that have started when the entry was received. We’ll be updating the results right here on our blog.

We hope all our clients and friends can participate. However, if you are not allowed to receive prize money, please let us know your favorite charity and we will send your winnings to them instead!

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RN Parking Goes Up in Flames

160418_RN_2488One of the “joys” of having an office in downtown Tacoma is parking. Street parking is at a premium around our Tacoma office, but luckily our landlord provides parking for us in the Tacoma Steel building, or, should I say, provided. Early yesterday morning, the Tacoma Steel building was the scene of a spectacular fire, and Robinson Noble lost our parking garage. Luckily, according to news articles, no one was seriously hurt in the fire, though three firefighters received minor injuries. The photo above was the entrance to our parking garage. Other photos, below,  show more of the damage

The fire caused a power outage to the local area, including Robinson Noble’s office. However, power was restored by the start of business this morning. While our landlord works out the parking situation, we send out a cheer for the Holiday Inn Express (across the street from our office) for kindly allowing us to temporarily park in a gravel lot they own next to the hotel.

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And the Madness Ends

nothing left by a broken Frisbee by namestartswithj89 via FlickrAnd the basketball comes to its final rest for this round of March Madness (next to a broken Frisbee no less).

So sorry for the slow posting of the final results. We were so shocked by the final 30 seconds of play in the championship game that it took all day to recover. And how appropriate, a buzzer-beating shot to win the tournament! Exciting to the very end.

Congratulations to Villinova and to the winners of the Robinson Noble March Madness pool. The final rankings can be found here.

The top five in our pool (including Robinson Noble staff) were:

1 – Wow, Mylee moves up from 5th place yesterday to win the whole shebang. Got to love Mylee’s moves!

2 – and seemly out of nowhere, Kulchin Drilling finishs in 2nd. Ole Kulchin was in 7th place yesterday.

3 – and no one in their wildest dreams would have picked BGC to finish in 3rd overall place (from personal knowledge, I know BGC thinks basketball is played on a field with an oval shaped ball). BGC moved all the way up from 14th place.

4 – My Dog Picked This, after a commanding lead much of the tournament,  fell from 1st to 4th after his champion couldn’t quite finish it off (bet his dog didn’t see that coming!),

5 – and finally, in 5th place is bearbasket. Who’s that you say? Had this basket of bears been ever mentioned on the leader board before? No. Bearbasket moved all the way up from 24th place to finish in the top five. Amazing!

The prize winners for Robinson Noble clients, colleagues and friends are:

1st Place ($100) – Kulchin Drilling

2nd Place ($75) – Baller Bill

3rd Place ($65) – Amy Matsumoto

4th Place ($60) – Jason VG

5th Place ($50) – PB Libby

Highest Score after Round of 64 (that didn’t otherwise place) ($50) – Go dawgs

2nd Highest Score after Round of 64 (that didn’t otherwise place) ($25) – Ewali

Highest Score after Round of 32 (that didn’t otherwise place) ($50) – Tad Deshler

2nd Highest Score after Round of 32 (that didn’t otherwise place) ($25) – peter tiersma

Most Accumulated Upset Points (that didn’t otherwise place) ($50) – ikuno

2nd Most Accumulated Upset Points (that didn’t otherwise place) ($25) – Sazano

Highest Seed Total of all the Correctly Selected Teams in the Sweet Sixteen (that didn’t otherwise place) ($25) – Ed Anderson

For the Robinson Noble staff and family prizes, the winners are:

1st Place ($60) – Mylee

2nd Place ($40) – BGC

3rd Place ($30) – My Dog Picked This

Thanks for Trying (lowest score) ($20) – Barb G

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And only Two are Left Dancing

model basketball court by Chris Isherwood via Flickr

Well, the March Dance is almost over and only two teams are left standing. Here are the latest results of the Robinson Noble pool.

Here is our current leader board:

1 – My Dog Picked This  – All I can say is that if I had a dog picking for me like this, I’d be a rich man. With a commanding lead of 135 points over 2nd place with 121 points, My Dog Picked This is no dog.

2 – Baller Bill climbed from 5th place to a tie for 2nd, but without a team in the finals, Bill’s chances of staying in the money are slim indeed

2 – and it seems the our bracket master, Kevin Biersner, is joined at the hip with Baller Bill, as he also climbed from 5th to a tie for 2nd. Unfortunately, Kevin’s champion is also out of the running.

4 – new to the leader board, in 4th place, is Amy Matsumoto! Welcome Amy. Enjoy your stay, because your champion is also gone. Good run though!

5 – and finally, in 5th place (and with a real shot of winning the whole thing) is Mylee, who moved up from 8th place.

And how the mighty have fallen. Remember our friend Ted Deshler? Good ole Ted fell from 2nd place and is tied for 16th. And how about Skux Deluxe? The Skuxier was in 2nd place with Ted, and had been on the leader board a long time. Now, also tied for 16th place. Same story for Ewali, from a tie at 2nd to a tie at 16th.

The Robinson Noble leader board should look familiar because they are all over the overall leader board:

1 – My Dog Picked This 

2 –Kevin Biersner, and

3 –Mylee

And with one game left…. stay tuned!!!

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