Pool Updates


2019 Final Update

 March Madness          Final Update

April 14, 2019

“Yes Virginia, There        is a Santa Claus” 


Arguably the best NCAA Elite Eight, Final Four, Semifinals, and Final Game combined in the history of the tournament came to a thrilling conclusion last Monday night.  Annual drama, unlikely finishes, controversy, more controversy, overtime, and more overtime!  History was made on many fronts.  CSI was even called in to review fingertip evidence from a hundred angles to overturn Texas Tech’s last chance to win the title.  That was after Columbo himself could not decide.  And “One more thing”, Virginia never looked back, and championed free throws to pull away in overtime 85-77.  That’s 162 points.  5 way tie gets some of you 20.  After an ignominious loss for the first time ever to a #16 seed (UMBC) last year,  the Cavaliers were granted three wishes.  Three miracles occurred.  First over Purdue, then over Auburn after the Tiger celebration began, and finally against the Red Raiders.  

All instant classics.  

Kyle Guy, Mr. Indiana basketball, did it again, calm, cool, and collected and was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player.  Born on August 11, 1997, same day, but three years later than this year’s tournament champion!!!


Congratulations to our 2019 March Madness Champion………….

 

~ Kelly Morgan


Born in Texas, and for no other reason, Kelly rode the Red Raiders to the final game, but didn't think they could actually win it all so she chose Virginia to fill the void. Kelly is an Indiana University graduate from two years ago and currently resides in Chicago, Illinois.  She works for BreakThru Beverage and handles all the accounts around Wrigley Field. Interestingly on the day of the finals, Kelly was at the Cubs home Opening Day (working of course) with the March Madness Championship on the line.  Tom Waits, aka Ryne Sandberg, conceded that evening and took home third place. .Kelly played high school golf with Tom’s daughter-in-law Katie and credits her help on the course. Kelly will be back in town Thursday to collect her winnings and accept congratulations. Daddy’s ‘Lil Darling. Now she can add A+ Basketball Prognosticator to her resume.  Way to go Sugarpop!!

This year was a family affair on the leaderboard.  Thanks goes out to Jill Tullar Carpenter, executive director of the Community Foundation Alliance (administers our March Madness fund).  Jill’s son Alex took second place, husband Jon took seventh place, and Jill shared in 162nd.  Keith Bratton negotiated tenth place and his son Austin stormed to fifth place.  

And she who would be first shall not be last, but dad was:-)  


Tournament Recap 


Apologies for the delay.  Accounting took awhile, and we have finally settled in on an official 519 entries this year, which includes our personal donation to cover ALL of the unpaid slackers. More this year than most unfortunately, but no matter.  However we still want your money. So send it in. Or Venmo/jpmorganmd. 

Another record number of entries this year, and we thank you all for participating.  5 of our top ten had Texas Tech in the finals. 8 had Virginia to win the game. No one had all four teams in the final four The order of finish and everything else can be perused on the website, www.garygurtcheff.com  Special thanks as always to our super webmaster who makes this all work!  And makes the endeavor worthwhile!


Charity Information

Special thanks to all the March Madness participants who have donated $ 8005 additional dollars to charity.  See list below! $2595 also comes from the pool itself.  130 individuals have sent in extra money and thanks to everyone involved, we have raised a grand total of $10,600 this year to distribute to the following organizations and our endowment fund, in the amounts listed.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!  This is a new record for total money raised for charity.

 

Evansville Rescue Mission: $ 2000

Tri-State Food Bank Back Pack Program for Kids $ 2000

Ark Crisis Child Care Center Fairy Tale Ball: $ 600

March Madness Endowment Fund: $ 6000 ($ 9000 with matching funds)


An additional $3000 will be given thanks to matching funds from the Eli Lilly Endowment for every dollar the March Madness Endowment Fund brings in.  This will raise the Grand Total of charitable donations for 2019 to $13,600.  Thank you so very much!!


Cheers to our additional donors. We have now surpassed 55% of all March Madness participants/families donating additional dollars to the charities. Special thanks to:


Gary Bellew     Ron Bonger     Keith Bratton

Dan Brown     Jack Cleary        Mike Cleary

Jon Coleman     Chris Combs     Lois Davidson

Patty Dewey     Scott Elliott        Mark Erickson

Travis Farhar     Brad Fulkerson    Sam Garau

AJ Gauthier       Phil Gilson          Scott Gowdy

Gary Gurtcheff    Jim Hall             Kevin Kalb

Clint Keown       Brian Kwon         Julie Leaf

Colleen Martin     Eric Miller          Sara Miller

Christy Mills      Alan Newman     Lance Payton

Stacy Payton      Paul Perry         Larry Renschler

Tom Rose          Karen Rush         Keith Shipman

Tom Slade         Joe Smith            Tony Stephens

Fred Stutz          Dale Todd           Mark Vickers

Tom Waits          Rob Wathen       Pat Wempe

Rick Wepsic      John Willis          Greg Willming


Additional thanks to:

Ervin Aeschliman      Amber Anslinger      Mike Arco      Brooke Barkley

Don Barry                 Tom Berkley Sr         Drew Bender       Dan Bishop

Michael Blake           Joel Bowers              Mike Brown         David Carlson

Jill Carpenter            Tom Carpenter           Craig Carter       Paul Catterson

Roger Colman           Brian Cooper             Gary Delk          Aaron Deloof

Mariellen Dentino      Andre Dugas             Steve Elliott       Melanie Emge

Ryan Fears                Rick Friedman          Steve Gilliam       Brian Goffinet

Corey Greening         Kevin Ham                Jim Hauser          Shane Headlee

Jim Heinrich              Wayne Hentrup          Todd Herrenbruck

Brandon Iafrate         Terry Iafrate                Chris Jesop         Jason Jones

Steve Jones               Rob Kadela                Paul Kainrath       Ray Kixmiller

John Lamb                Doug Lane                 Michael Lightner

Dave Machismo         Steve Mank               Ken Marshall        Dee Massengale

Fred McCool             Jim McDaniel             Judy McDonald   Greg Meyer

John Miles                Keith Miller                 Dana Mills            Ann Morgan

Lynne Morgan            Patrick Morgan           Ryan Morgan       Michael O’Connor

Skip Oliver                Bill Papineau               Donna Preziosi     Mike Pyferroen

Jason Robbins           TJ Schick                   Jake Schiff            Kevin Shinar

Mert Shipman           Joe C Smith                 Bill Vukovich

Lee Wagmeister        Steve Ward                 Tom Weber           Kevin Wetzler

Melissa Wideman      Duane Williams           Lebra Winiger       Danny Winn

Jake Wojkovich          Ryan Wolfe


My apologies if I have missed anyone who has contributed additional dollars.


Final Standings and March Madness Winners 2019


1st-Kelly Morgan     Chicago, IL                 $ 3114

2nd-  Alex Tullar      Indianapolis, IN          $ 1557

3rd-  Tom Waits       Newburgh, IN             $  779

4th-  Gary Bellew     Newburgh, IN             $  545

5th-  Austin Bratton Jacksonville, FL        $  390

6th-  Chris Tilley      Walkersville, MD        $  312

7th-  Casey Keown  Evansville, IN             $  234

    Tie- Jon Carpenter Newburgh, IN            $  234

9th-  Stephen Weber  Evansville, IN            $  156

10th- Keith Bratton    Evansville, IN             $  156

Last Place-  Yours Truly  Newburgh, IN      $  312

Goat-  Dan Brown    Evansville, IN              $  100

162nd Place- (5 way tie): Tim Dant, Ty Watkins, Keith Miller, Jill Carpenter and Lana McConnell (again)$ 20 a piece 

Bridesmaid-Casey Eaton $0 No Money. At least your name is in lights!

2nd Bridesmaid-Brian Cooper. Shout out to the other commish!

3rd Bridesmaid-Rick Friedman.  A good run!


And Tiger Woods won the Masters today!



~Read the book.  Follow the directions.  History repeats itself.  But every now and then, YOU will make history


~ Rest in peace Terry Friedman, Patty Gowdy, Mark LeMond, and Stevie Gabel


See the rest of you in 2020 for our 24th year God willing

2019 Update II

March Madness Update II March 30-31, 2019

Chalk Cracks

“Guns Up. Red Raiders Clamp down and take out Gonzaga”

In the initial game of the Elite
Eight, in Anaheim, California, #3
seed Texas Tech had a tall order,
but was up to the task, defeating
the #1 Bulldogs 75-69. Gonzaga
again becomes Gonza-gone,
despite gamely efforts by
Hachimura and Clarke (sounds
like a Chicago intersection?
Or great steak house??)
Amarillo by morning, but two
hours south, Lubbock was
rocking Saturday night.
The Masked Rider was the only
thing missing as no horses
indoors on this day away from
home, but the old Ghost Rider
was there in spirit. Did you know
that Texas Tech had the nation’s
first school mascot to feature a
live horse at a football game,
long before Chief Osceola at
Florida State and the USC Trojan
Horse. Of course this is
basketball, so Raider Red was a
credible stand in. For the first
time in their history and nearly a
century, Texas Tech ballers are
heading to the Final Four. A lock
down defense held the most
prolific offense to under 70
points. An unusual two shot technical foul on an inbound play sealed the deal. The Red Raiders forced 16 turnovers and limited the long range jumpers. Matt Mooney on offense with 17 points, 5 assists, and 3 steals, and Tariq Owens on defense with 3

blocks. Chris Beard, coach of the team from Tumbleweed, Texas pulled off another gem having lost his stars from last year and taking this rag tag band of no-namers to the big dance.

“Virginia Survives Game of the Year in Overtime Thriller vs. Purdue”

An unbelievable game, an unbelievable finish. Carson Edwards of Purdue had the game of his life and a 3 point shooting spree from points unknown, but missed the final attempt and the Cavaliers are moving on, 80-75. Fast paced and beyond the world shots from both teams, edge of your seat excitement on Saturday night. It’s a game worth seeing in case you missed it. Mamadi Diakite’s midrange jumper at the buzzer fell true and overtime it was when it seemed Purdue would take out another #1. Like father, like son, Tony Bennett has his team in the final show. But although both the overtime session and the end of regulation were mesmerizing, how the game got to the add-on 5 minutes has to be replayed. Ryan Cline (money) somehow missed the chance at the free throw line to give the Boilers a two possession lead. A purposeful foul by Purdue while up 3 points with under 7 seconds left. First throw made but the second missed. Diakite, the tall one, slapped the ball all the way beyond half court. In a not a chance scenario, Kihei Clark recovered for Virginia, tossed it forcibly to Mamadi D, who turned and threw up a perfect prayer at the buzzer, and the game goes to overtime. Equally close and tense, the Cavaliers held on to win, dashing the dreams of an overachieving Purdue team. Best performance of the tournament goes to Carsen Edwards, scoring 42 points including 10 three-pointers from way beyond the arc. Virginia’s Kyle Guy with 25 points on the night, returned from an ankle injury in the first half to contribute 5 three- pointers of his own. Back and forth and nothing but the bottom of the net for the two seemingly heavyweights. 33 feet. Swish. Your turn. I called Bank.

“Auburn Stuns Kentucky in Another Overtime Finish”

Charles Barkley was nothing but smiles as his parrot (Larry Bird) truly is keeping the dream alive. First ever final four for Auburn. Bruce Pearl, local coach at one time, led the University of Southern Indiana to the Division II national championship in 1995 and has the current Tigers rolling. Taking out Kansas, North Carolina, and now Kentucky, 77-71. This was a swat fest, 12 blocks. Kentucky’s length seemed unconquerable, but Auburn played with the tenacity of the hungrier cat. Harper and Brown combined for 50. PJ Washington scored 28 off the bench for the Wildcats recovering from injury, but not enough. Kentucky but 57% from the line and 23% from beyond the arc. Always a bit sad when Kentucky goes out as the local balloon deflates, but I’m sure five new freshman will bring them back next year

“Duke Houdini Act Exposed. Sparty owns March”

The Zion show is over. Ones and dones again fall to chemistry and experience. No Kentucky, No Duke. Michigan State and Tom Izzo own March. I even saw it on the T- shirt! The Big Lebowski and the overall #1 seed go down 68-67. Only fitting on the last day of March, the Madness continues with yet another thriller! All four games this weekend were instant classics. Chalk bores. Chalk breaks. Chalk drops. In their third consecutive last shot to determine the winner of the game, the Blue bedeviled came up short. Kenny Goins hit the deciding three pointer to give Michigan State a two point lead. On a day, the wily weasly one had a chance to set the record for most teams to the final four, eclipsing John Wooden who retired on this day after his 12th appearance and a championship to boot, it wasn’t meant to be. Finally after only one success, Izzy gets the best of coach K. It didn’t look pretty early for Sparty especially with Williamson having a weak first half. Looked like this one might be over early, but MSU rallied late in the opening 20 minute set, and took the lead to the locker room by 4 with a 13-0 run. Zion however seemed unstoppable in the second half, but appeared to wither down the stretch after doing it all (rebounds, dunks, blocks, and even three point shots). Cassius Winston ran out the clock to secure the Spartan victory. Solid performance by the leader with 20 points and with10 assists. MVP is right Zach Rose. Duke committed 17 turnovers to 7 for Michigan State

On To the Final Four Leaders after Round 4

On the eve of the Elite Eight, Terry Iafrate had assumed the March Madness lead after the third round, but alas it was short-lived for but a game. Red Raider faithful brought the points times three and we have a shakeup on the leaderboard. Congratulations to the following top ten prognosticators who now hold the lead after the first four rounds of the madness.

Current Leaders after Round 4.

1st- Ty Weber- Wearing Barkley Auburn jersey as we speak
2nd- Terry Iafrate - May get back on top after round 3 with Spartan win

Scott Gowdy - Posted up to the top spot early in round 4 but party is over for Duke 4th- Dennis Martin - My how you can frame this. Unfortunately the time has come to say

goodbye
Danny Winn- Upstate PA friend and supporter of the Madness

6th- Max Simpson - Glad you got your picks fixes. But had your time in the spotlight Ernie Banks - Texas Tech got you here TW, but so long

8th- Bailey Bratton - Little known fact. Keith Bratton was in 8th place last year in this exact spot. How did that work out?

9th- Rick Friedman - Hanging in there Rick.
10th- Kelly Morgan - Chicago entry. Red Raiders must win.

Bridesmaid- Ryne SandbergKerry Wood next? Hack Wilson? Ron Santo? Two in the top 11 is sensational with a chance to win it all after all these years

Last Place-Yep. That’s right. Edged out the Mr. Eaton and the webmaster in the last game. UC Irving went down. 12’s over 5’s. Or is it 5’s over 12’s??

Tournament Recap

Over 500 entries this year. Another record. Unofficial as of yet until the final accounting is done. Multiple states represented. Illinois, Florida, Louisiana, Washington, California, Texas, Michigan, Ohio, North Carolina, Tennessee, and more.

Charity Information

Special thanks to all the March Madness participants who have donated additional dollars to charity. Never too late to continue to contribute. Money continues to roll in thanks to your benevolence. Individual checks may be made out to any one of the following organizations and forwarded to me at the following address (or add additional funds to your entry fees if you unfortunately and currently are in arrears):

John P. Morgan, MD PO Box 1136 Newburgh, IN 47629

Charity information is detailed on the home page at www.garygurtcheff.com (see index on the right. 2019 Charity Info)

  1. 1  Evansville Rescue Mission
  2. 2  Ark Crisis Child Care Center: We are again supporting the Fairy Tale Ball!
  3. 3  Tri-State Food Bank (Backpack Program for children)
  4. 4  March Madness Endowment Fund: Thanks to your generosity our endowed fund is

now over $ 92,000. Administered through the Warrick County Community Foundation, our fund assists in providing grant monies for children and youth services in
southern Indiana. Please consider an additional donation to support our ongoing endeavor. The principal of the fund always stays. The interest money is eligible for grants.

And now, it’s...............

On to Minnesota!!
Final Four awaits in Minneapolis

#3 Texas Tech vs. #2 Michigan State #1 Virginia vs. #5 Auburn

“ Most people have the will to win, few have the will to

prepare to win”

-Bobby Knight

2019 Update I

March 27, 2019

“CHALK”


Well, well.  Despite the anticipated excitement of which unknown will make history, it’s nothing more than pretty much the favorites after the first weekend of March Madness.  Not to say it wasn’t exciting.  It was.  Best 4 days of sports arguably.  Our tournament rolls on in year 24 or so.  Hard to believe and my how things have changed over the years.  Pfafflin Lake, staying up all night, hand calculating every pool sheet submitted by the US mail.  Kinko’s early am to copy the sheets on various colored paper, and sending each and every entry with a stamped letter for your updates.  Really!  Computers in their infancy, no internet connections, no emails.  All by hand.  We went online years later and at the very least, although the pool has grown immeasurably, and the time it takes is great, I have to admit, it is quite a bit easier.  The birth of the pool was from Dayton, Ohio, and the format I say is the best there is and has never changed.  Accumulate the points and reward the upsets. This is and always has been designed for charity.  Yes we have a nice prize pool, but with about $140,000 given out or banked in our endowment (currently at $92,000) for charities, it’s the reason we still spend this time the first weeks of March.  Spring turns, trees bloom, and before you know it, the warm weather, baseball and golf will be upon us. So here we are once again.  So what has happened over the years?  Our pool remains on the honor system. It is not a gambling pool, it is voluntary.  There is no Guido that comes after you to pay up or face the fact your knees may break.  Nevertheless thanks to the benevolence of you all, and every year, between 95-99% of the money comes in.  Unfortunately it takes a while at times, but we get it right. Although only 25% of the monies collected go to charity, about 75% of you donate the extra coin, such that we have raised over $10,000 each of the last 4 years to charitable causes.  This year we hope to keep it up!

Gaming across the country is now legal, so tainted money ain’t tainted no more.  Computers and social media proliferate.  The pool is accessible with the click of buttons, and all is well.  Send your anecdotes of the years gone by.  It’s much appreciated.

Can’t say more without recognizing the loss of a dear friend this past year and pool supporter, Dr. Steve Gabel.  You are missed and we mourn your memory.  I believe there is a God unlike your famous quote, and hopefully you are smiling down upon us.  Marvin Lewis is finally out (Wicky Wacky, Dick LeBeau, Lewis Billups, all must go!!) and maybe the Reds will make a statement this year.  Bone Doctors Stable lives on, and the Commissioner is well.  God bless you Steve.  As well, our prayers go out to another long time supporter, Bengal Dave.  Hang in there and hope you get that lung transplant you desperately need.  We miss you as the voice of optimism with the Bengals as opposed to Steve the eternal pessimist!


  On to the Sweet Sixteen


For the fans of Duke, Big Blue, the Michigan teams, North Carolina, Gonzaga, Tennessee, Purdue, and Virginia, you are all still alive.  Close but no cigar for a few of the upstarts and all should be proud, but chalk rides the blackboard heading into the Sweet Sixteen.


DUKE:  No business winning that game against the Taco Man, all 7’4” and the largest enrollment (75,000) in the US of A, Central Florida.  The end was atrocious.  Duke deserves nothing, but bless Zion, a good man child. Game won on a push off foul never called, and game lost on two chippies at the end that did not fall.  Duke survives 77-76.  Coach K feel secure for at least one more game.  I can’t berate any more since over 200 of our entries are happy with that one and are still in line for a chance at the money.


Virginia Tech:  Beat upstart Liberty 67-58.  The 4 seed will have there hands full with Duke who should be refocused after the “should have been loss” to Central Florida.


LSU:  Survived. Beat Maryland who gave it a sensational run.  One of the three most exciting games of the tournament.  


Michigan State:  What more can you say?  Slighted to a degree with their draw, the Spartans as usual find there rightful place in the Sweet Sixteen. Tom Izzy can coach.  Stomped a hot Minnesota team with ease and likely to take down LSU in the next round


Gonzaga:  Will this finally be their year?  Former and current mid-major now and again a number one seed.  Easy business over Prairie View and Baylor.  Best test is the next round


Florida State:  Throttled Murray State and the sensational Ja Morant. A very exciting team to watch and could take down the Zags.


Michigan:  One of 3 Big Ten teams remaining. Took out Florida and are the team no one wants to play


Texas Tech: Beware the Red Raiders.  This team took out a very gamely Buffalo team to advance.  They have all the firepower and a great coach to boot.  Don’t be surprised come the final weekend.


Virginia: Last year became the first #1 seed to ever lose in the first round.  A way more balanced team this year and did not stumble out of the gate.  Took out Oklahoma with ease.


Oregon:  Red hot Ducks keeping the Pac-12 somewhat credible demolishing Wisconsin (would have been a perfect 8-0 in the first round for the Big Ten) but had their hands full with UC Irving.  


Purdue:  Best game of the year for the Boilermakers.  Boiler Up! Gotta like what you see.  Defeated the defending champions, Villanova without breaking a sweat


Tennessee:  Turned this game off early.  But wait.  They blow a 25 point lead before taking out a pesky Iowa Hawkeyes team in overtime.  Just doesn’t seem fair.


North Carolina: No trouble with Iona and Washington.  Man they can run.  Already beat Duke what 3 times this year? A solid pick to win it all.


Auburn: A tremendously exciting team to watch.  Jekyll and Hyde.  Dispatched Kansas like nothing happening.  Charles Barkley is a hoot and their #1 supporter.  Bruce Pearl revives the Tigers!


Houston:  Another team that can beat anybody anytime. Sampson is reborn after jilting the Hoosiers. Seen this #3 seed all year.  Record stands at 33-3.  Underrated. The little brother of Phi Slamma Jamma.  Beat the Bucks but held back for Big Blue.


Kentucky: Wildcat nation is still happy they got out with a victory over a phenomenal Wofford team that should have had the win.  Should be raucus when they meet Houston.


Updated odds to win National Title:

Duke 3/1

Gonzaga 4/1

Virginia 5/1

NC 5/1

Michigan State 10/1

Michigan 12/1

Kentucky 15/1

Tennessee 15/1

Purdue 20/1

Texas Tech 25/1

Houston 25/1

Auburn 25/1

Florida State 40/1

Virginia Tech 40/1

Oregon 60/1

LSU 75/1


Who’s your flyer?  Love Texas Tech!  And go Boilermakers!


Early Tournament Recap 


Welcome back to March Madness, 2019 edition.  And welcome to the our new entries. As we said last year, in the end, winners will win.  Over 300 email addresses updated.  Look for your updates.

For tournament updates, check your emails but also go to www.garygurtcheff.com for results to date.  Most importantly, send in your entry fees and additional charity dollars.  Mail a check to me or use Venmo (jpmorganmd/venmo).  Extra dollars are what makes this a yearly event.  Special thanks to all of you who do more than expected.

Although a short lived run, recognition to Paul Kainrath, our leader after Round 1, and Lance Payton in the #2 spot


Current Leaders after Round 2


  1. John Willis  (Hillsborough, North Carolina.  Gotta like his chances to run away with it all, but may fall from grace soon enough.  BroilerUp!)

2)  Michael Kainrath (Supplants his dad and first round leader, Paul.  How do you like that?  This and that Jon and Jonah?)

3)  Kurt Tillman (Dilly Dilly, Tilly Dilly)  Solid four picks at the top.  “I can see” at long last)

4)  Joe C Smith (So happy to see my old friend from Santa Monica, California. Paul Perry and I met Smitty at a Morton’s? on a golf trip 20 years or so ago at Riviera and LACC.  Gave him a card and he’s been a loyal supporter of the March Madness Pool since!)  Hopes lie with Kentucky)

     Terry Iafrate (Also a long time supporter of the pool. Likely wins it all with Michigan State)

6)  Tom Waits (Or is it Ernie Banks? Texas Tech holds the key to a fabulous performance.  Thanks as always for the extra $$)

7)  Ryan Doyle (Kansas Man and last year’s March Madness champion gunning for the top spot again.  Needs Houston)

      Dennis Martin (Crowd favorite and inside track should the Tar Heels triumph this year)

9)  Lois Davidson (What a surprise at the top!  So good to see your name in lights after all these years.  Tell Dr. Z who the real boss is!)

10)  Mike Arco and Brian Cooper (Tied for the final top ten spot. Good to see two of the originals on the leaderboard.


Charity Information

To recap an early email, these are the following organizations and funds to benefit this year.  Only you can help make this a success.  Thank you those of you to date who have provided additional charitable contributions.  Please send additional funds with your entry fee, or make a separate check out to one these below and send to me at:

John P. Morgan, MD

PO Box 1136

Newburgh, IN 47629


2019 March Madness Charity Information


Aside from the March Madness Endowment Fund for which approximately 1/2 of charity

dollars go each year (current fund total $92,000!) the following charitable endeavors are named

for receiving money from the 2019 tournament. Please consider an extra donation or simply

write a personal check (tax deductible) over and above your entry fees to either the March

Madness Endowment Fund or one of the following organizations


  1. Evansville Rescue Mission

2) Tri-State Food Bank (Memo line on your check: Weekend BackPack for Kids)

3) Ark Crisis Child Care Center (Memo line on your check: Fairy Tale Ball)


1) Evansville Rescue Mission:

For over 100 years, the Evansville Rescue Mission has stood as a beacon in our

community to those looking for vital services for survival, and for those looking for a place to

serve. Recently the ERM opened a new 19,560 sq ft facility to provide a day shelter and semi-independent apartment units for men who have lived and progressed through their residence

center. The goal is to combat chronic homelessness in Evansville. 2/3 or the total amount of

the facility has been funded with a goal of $480,000 needed to complete the project. This is a

gap to independent living with semi-structured living. For further information, contact the

website at evansvillerescuemission.org


2) Tri-State Food Bank (Weekend BackPack for Kids):

This program is to assist children who may not have enough food to eat over the

weekend. In the US, about 17 million children under 18 live in households where they are

unable to consistently access enough nutritious food necessary for a healthy life. The weekend

backpacks provide breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and nutritious snacks for children in need in our

community. For more information, contact the website at tristatefoodbank.org


3) Ark Crisis Child Care Center (Fairy Tale Ball)

On April 13, 2019, the Fairy Tale Ball returns. When you support Ark, you help protect

children from abuse and neglect. The mission is to keep children safe and strengthen families

in stress. Ark does this by providing free, short-term child care. Established 39 years ago, Ark

is the only emergency state-licensed child care center in Indiana, and only one of 11 in the US.

The Fairy Tale Ball is one of Ark’s two primary fundraisers throughout the year. Children are

given opportunity to attend, dress up as princesses and princes, receive transportation to the

event, ride a horse drawn carriage, and meet real time characters from Disney and other

movies, play games, attend the dance, and have a wonderful dinner. Prior to the event,

volunteers provide dress and costume, do hair and makeup, and simply make the children feel

special in a way unlike anything seen in our community. For $25, you can sponsor a child and

be a Fairy Godparent for the event and provide


Games resume Thursday. The Madness Continues! 

And who will be the one to conquer the throne?



“Valar Morghulis.  But what do you say to the god of death?“ 

“Not today!!”

2019 Welcome Letter

MARCH MADNESS

2019 NCAA BASKETBALL POOL

March is here. NCAA basketballʼs greatest week is upon us. There is no concensus powerhouse this year, except maybe the dreaded devil team in blue, so pick the upsets! You will be rewarded.
The best three weeks of college sports, the NCAA men's basketball tournament has finally arrived!

Welcome back friends, family, prognosticators, financiers and above all else, contributors. You all know the rules and how the system works. No rules changes, but send me your checks. Venmo is fine. (jpmorganmd@mac.com)

Our March Madness Endowment Fund was established in 2008. It is professionally run through the Warrick County Community Foundation and the nine county, Community Foundation Alliance. At the end of 2008, the total money in your fund was $ 4097. Currently, the fund has blossomed to a well established endeavor with assets over $ 92,000! We have made several small grants over these years with the interest money allotted by alliance rules, and this will continue throughout the years regardless of whether this basketball pool continues to exist. But that to a larger extent depends on you. Money that grows is money that is given out. Check out our charities page at the top of the website.

Although your nominal contribution for all this fun is again a requested $ 20 (no change over many years), over 80% of all our charity money raised comes from your additional contributions. Year after year, individuals contribute from five, to several hundred dollars in additional funding. This of course continues to be the reason for our being. If you havenʼt before, consider this, and drop some extra cash with your entry donation!

There are NO format changes to this yearʼs pool, once again. NCAA basketball tournament selections and seedings will come out shortly today, March 17th. Entry into the tournament closes with the tip off of the first round games beginning Thursday morning, March 21st. For each entry, fill out the form all the way through to the finals, selecting the winner of each game. Donʼt worry about the play-in games. They donʼt count to the standings. Read the rules sheet!!

Important Tournament Pool information

Each entry donation is $20 (twenty dollars). $5 (five dollars) of every fee will be donated to charity. Again, we encourage you to make an additional contribution, (as the majority of you so kindly do). Remember any additional moneys donated qualify as a tax-deduction, so if you desire proof of such, you may also enclose a separate check made out to one of the charities listed below. I will forward the check (as is) with the rest of the donations. Otherwise, simply make out your check to me, and Mail all checks and additional donations to:

John P. Morgan, MD PO Box 1136 Newburgh, IN 47629

The remainder of the pool will be distributed to the winners as follows:

1st --- 40%      2nd --- 20%      3rd --- 10%      4th --- 7%      5th --- 5%

6th --- 4%        7th --- 3%         8th --- 3%        9th --- 2%      10th --- 2%        Last Place --- 4%

$ 100 bonus for the place finish of the total score of the championship game
(Final score Oregon 74 North Carolina 72 means 146th place takes home $ 100. Ties split) You donʼt need to pick a final score, it will just happen!

Also: Bonus award again for 2019. (Judges discretion and no disputes!)

$ 100 bonus for the GOAT. (This is not greatest of all time, but rather, the person who has the worst bracket who actually tried to win, not tried to come in last place). Your name will be in lights.

The website will be updated. (Annual thanks goes to Gary Gurtcheff, our webmaster.) Additionally, we will maintain an index page for you to review rules, interim letters, charity information, periodic updates, and other items of interest, in addition to the standings. We hope you will take the time to peruse the site. Please especially review our charity page. Additional donations may also be made out by check and sent to me directly at the above address.

2019 Charity Information


Aside from the March Madness Endowment Fund for which approximately 1/2 of charity dollars go each year (current fund total $92,000!) the following charitable endeavors are named for receiving money from the 2019 tournament.  Please consider and extra donation or simply write a personal check (tax deductible) over and above your entry fees to either the March Madness Endowment Fund or one of the following organizations:

  1. Evansville Rescue Mission
  2. Tri-State Food Bank (Memo line on your check: Weekend BackPack for Kids)
  3. Ark Crisis Child Care Center (Memo line on your check: Fairy Tale Ball)

Further information for you about the additional charities:

Evansville Rescue Mission:  

For over 100 years, the Evansville Rescue Mission has stood as a beacon in our community to those looking for vital services for survival, and for those looking for a place to serve.  Recently the ERM opened a new 19,560 sq ft facility to provide a day shelter and semi-independent apartment units for men who have lived and progressed through their residence center.  The goal is to combat chronic homelessness in Evansville.  2/3 or the total amount of the facility has been funded with a goal of $480,000 needed to complete the project.  This is a gap to independent living with semi-structured living.  For further information, contact the website at evansvillerescuemission.org

Tri-State Food Bank (Weekend BackPack for Kids):

This program is to assist children who may not have enough food to eat over the weekend. In the US, about 17 million children under 18 live in households where they are unable to consistently access enough nutritious food necessary for a healthy life. The weekend backpacks provide breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and nutritious snacks for children in need in our community.  For more information, contact the website at tristatefoodbank.org

Ark Crisis Child Care Center (Fairy Tale Ball)

On April 13, 2019, the Fairy Tale Ball returns.  When you support Ark, you help protect children from abuse and neglect.  The mission is to keep children safe and strengthen families in stress.  Ark does this by providing free, short-term child care.  Established 39 years ago, Ark is the only emergency state-licensed child care center in Indiana, and only one of 11 in the US. The Fairy Tale Ball is one of Ark’s two primary fundraisers throughout the year.  Children are given opportunity to attend, dress up as princesses and princes, receive transportation to the event, ride a horse drawn carriage, and meet real time characters from Disney and other movies, play games, attend the dance, and have a wonderful dinner. Prior to the event, volunteers provide dress and costume, do hair and makeup, and simply make the children feel special in a way unlike anything seen in our community.  For $25, you can sponsor a child and be a Fairy Godparent for the event and provide attendance.  For more information, contact the website at arkcrisis.org/fairy-tale-ball

We are excited for our 23rd anniversary this year. The endowment fund lives on.
In addition to your pool entry fees, you may certainly (and we encourage you to) send a separate check made out directly to the charity of your choice, and forward to the following address:

John P. Morgan PO Box 1136 Newburgh, IN 47629-1136

In addition to the March Madness Endowment Fund, additional named charities are to be beneficiaries for our 2019 pool. Further information to follow. You may include extra money in your check to me with entry fees, or write a separate check and forward to me.

Please read the RULES page carefully! Thanks again.
March Madness Charity Committee 

2018 Final Update

2018 FINAL STANDINGS


March Madness Update III

  April 4, 2018


        “Philadelphia celebrates again” 


A great tournament has come to an end.  We started with the #16 seed UMBC defeating the overall top #1 seed Virginia Cavaliers. We ended in the final four with #11 seed Loyola of Chicago making the semifinal weekend with divine intervention and a 98 year old chaplain, Sister Jean.  What a tumultuous and exciting tournament it was.  Multiple upsets and as usual the greatest tournament in sports did not disappoint.  In the final game in the Alamodome, it was high energy from the get go, but in the first half shots did not fall, despite both teams leaving it all out on the court.  Michigan led early, yet in the latter part of the first half, Villanova began to heat it up and take a 4 point lead at the under 4 minute break. Michigan goes stone cold in the end of the first half and the Wildcats confidently go to the locker room with a 37-28 lead. Dante’s Inferno, Donte Divincenzo scores 18 at the half. Two minutes into the second half, Villanova builds their lead to 14. Charles Barkley talks to turtle rats (armadillos).  And then, it was ALL Villanova.  6th man Donte Divincenzo completely controlled the game. 31 points and a dominant final score in this championship game, and named most outstanding player.  

Villanova 79 Michigan 62.  Never in American history has an NCAA mens basketball team won the FINAL FOUR from the same city as the Super Bowl champion in the same year.  

“Philly Philly, Villy Villy, Dilly Dilly”.  Drink Bud Light!


Congratulations to our 2018 March Madness Champion………….


~ RYAN DOYLE


Hailing out of Kansas City, Ryan is a chemical engineer and graduate of Kansas University.  The man went to work in the oil patch, straight out of school. Takes care of the environment and apparently is a music man.  His compliance managers are millennials throughout the country.  Straight laced and super intelligent.  No doubt in my mind this gem researched all teams and all odds.  He even went against his alma mater by choosing Villanova over the Kansas Jayhawks to fit his calculations. Top prize is coming your way! 

Final Four Semifinal Results


Michigan 69

Loyola Chicago 57 

Moe Wagner was dominant.  15 rebounds and 24 points. Only Larry Bird and Hakeem Olajuwon put up those numbers over 30 years ago.  John Beilein has something going again.  Not even ranked early in the year, Michigan finds itself in the championship game.  14 straight wins.  In a second half blitzkrieg, the Wolverines erased a serious first half double digit deficit, and ended the dream season of Sister Jean and the Ramblers. 19 point advantage in the final 20 minutes erased the 7 point halftime deficit, and allowed Michigan to cruise.  What a great season, not to be forgotten in many a year, for the Midnight Ramblers.   

Villanova 95 

Kansas 79

Kansas never really had a chance.  Villanova dropped aerial bomb after aerial bomb from the get go.  Records and the state of Kansas fell.  Proving once again why they are the most dominant and balanced team, the #1 Wildcats took out the #1 Jayhawks in the nightcap in San Antonio.  22-4 from the start and never looking back, by the time the game ended, Nova had dropped 18 three point baskets, a final four record, 66 in the tournament, and the most all season in history.  The Wildcats were led by junior Eric Paschall (TheGreatOne) who made 10 of 11 from the field and had 24 points.  But balance was the key and carpet bombing from the land of three.  Rollie Massimino won the title in 1985 and passed away six months ago.  Nova won two years ago as well.  


Tournament Recap 

497 entrees this year, but that includes the slackers which we are covering at least for now, plus an extra 3 to ease the accounting and make it an even 500 (again) for your prize winnings!!  That was a record last year, and we will call it the same in 2018!!  Have you forgot to pay?  Have you forgot to send in your entry fees?  If so, please remit at once by mail or VENMO.com/jpmorganmd  All in all, 20 (twenty states) represented in the Madness this year.  From Florida to Washington, from Rhode Island to California, and from Michigan to Texas, we criss cross the country all from our little epicenter in southern Indiana.  


Charity Information

Special thanks to all the March Madness participants who have donated $ 7500 additional dollars to charity.  See list below!  Thanks also for more Fairy Godparents, donating directly to Ark Crisis Child Care Center: Susanna Burkhead, Lance Payton, Rick Wepsic, and Phil Gilson

128 individuals have sent in extra money and thanks to everyone involved, we have raised a grand total of $ 10,500  this year to distribute to the following organizations and our endowment fund, in the amounts listed.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!

 

Lampion Center: $2000

Ark Crisis Child Care Center: $2000

Pals Animal Rescue: $1500

March Madness Endowment Fund: $5000


Cheers to our additional donors.  My apologies if anyone is left off the list that belongs:

Gary Bellew  Karen Bosler Les Bumm Susanna Burkhead

David Carlson  Jack Cleary  Mike Cleary  Jon Coleman

Chris Casaburo  Patty Dewey  Scott Elliott  Mark Erickson

Travis Farhar  Brad Fulkerson  Steve Gabel  Sam Garau

Phil Gilson  Gary Gurtcheff Mike Head  Kevin Kalb

Patrick Kelley  Eric Miller  Christy Mills  Kelly Morgan

Alan Newman  Lance Payton  Stacy Payton Paul Perry

Skip Seaman  Tom Slade  Joe Smith  Tony Stephens

Dale Todd  Tom Waits  Rob Wathen  Rick Wepsic

Ross Whitacre

Greg Willming 


Erv Aeschliman Amber Anslinger Don Apple Mike Arco Jeremy Baker

Donald Barry Tom Berkley Tom Berkley Sr  Dan Bishop     Billy Blake

Brandon Boots  Mike Brown Gary Bush Bill Cleary

Roger Colman Tim Dant Lois Davidson Aaron DeLoof  Gary Delk

Jeannine Dostal Steve Elliott  Travis Genet Nathan Gilkey

Steve Gilliam Todd Glass Brian Goffinet Corey Greening 

Jim Hall John Heinrich Wayne Hentrup Jeff Huelson

Chris Jesop Steve Jones Paul Kainrath Clint Keown Dave Kolley

John Lamb Todd Lang Julie Leaf Tima Leonard

Jamie Logel Michael Lightner Ken Marshall Dave Machismo

Steve Mank Colleen Martin Fred McCool Dee Massengale

Jim McDaniel Chris McConnell Judy McDonald Greg Meyer

John Miles Keith Miller Payton Mills Lynne Morgan Michael Morgan Ryan Morgan Brian Norris Gary North Skip Oliver

Michael O’Connor Bill Papineau Donna Preziotti Vince Prop Tom Rose

Michael Pyfferoen Larry Renschler Karen RushJake Schiff Chad Schnarr

Kevin Shinar Keith Shipman Jonathan Smith Joe Smith Fred Stutz Amie Torla Ron Tucker Lee Wagmeister Steve Ward Tom Weber Thank you! Weber Pat Wempi Teri Wetzler Melissa Wideman

John Willis Lebra Winiger Danny Winn Josh Woodring

Brett Worthington

  Final Standings and March Madness Winners 2018


1st-Ryan Doyle     Shawnee, KS     $3000

2nd-  Alan Newman     Newburgh, IN     $1500

3rd-  Chad Crislip     Carmel, IN     $750

4th-  Aaron Howlett     Newburgh, IN     $525

5th-  Stacy Payton     Evansville, IN     $375

6th-  Gerald Smith     Pawtucket, RI     $300

7th-  John Lamb     Evansville, IN     $225

8th-  Greg Meyer     Haubstadt, IN     $225

9th-  Todd Murphy     Palm Beach, FL     $150

10th- Terry Iafrate     Evansville, IN     $150

Goat-  Jimmy Gabel     Dayton, OH     $100

141st Place-  Steve Ward, Zach Rose, Lana McConnell, Julie Leaf, Seve Mank, Clint Keown (6 way tie)     $17 a piece 

Last Place-Chris Casaburo     Louisville, KY     $300


  Work your whole life to prove you matter

2018 Update II

March Madness Update II

March 26, 2018


“No corruption, No shoe contracts, No blue chip recruits, No one and done.  Loyola of Chicago makes the final four.” 


Upsets continued on opening night of the Sweet Sixteen,  Most unpredictable tournament to date!.  Gonzaga handled easily by Florida State by 15.  Big Blue Kentucky who most felt had a walk in the park to the Final Four was upset by the other Wildcats of Kansas State 61-58.  Loyola of Chicago continued their winning ways by dispatching Nevada in a nail biter, 69-68.  Only Michigan, the higher seed, triumphed over Texas A&M with ease 99-72.  Thursday night’s action saw two #9 seeds and a #11 seed advance to the Elite Eight.  Order was restored Friday night as the remaining # 1 seeds prevailed.  Jalen Brunson led Villanova with 27 points to overtake the game in the second half and send the Mountaineers back to West Virginia, 90-78.  Kansas again looked solid yet not prolific in easily taking out Clemson despite an honorable comeback late in the game, 80-76.  Duke beat Syracuse.  Purdue laid an egg. Texas Tech was good enough.  Bad basketball to end the evening.  


    Leaders after Round 3


As the weekend brought us to the Elite Eight, 5 of 8 surprise teams remained.  Congratulations to the following top ten prognosticators who held the lead after the first three rounds of the madness.


1st- Ryan Doyle7th- James Byer

2nd- Olivia O’Connor8th- Chad Crisp

3rd- Chris Casaburo(Tie)- Keith Bratton

4th- Bill Cleary10th- Mike Brown

5th- Mike Cleary

(Tie)- Gerald Smith

Elite Eight Results


Loyola:  Miami, Tennessee, Nevada, and now Kansas State all go down.  This one however was not close.  The Ramblers came out hot and never looked back.  More points in the paint and a 78-62 victory.  The 11th seed and leaders of the Miami Valley Conference (Welcome Walter McCarty!), Loyola played with extreme confidence, belief in themselves, and divine intervention.  Banjo Bill was the only participant to have K State in the Final Four, and was poised to take a commanding lead in our madness pool, but unfortunately for Gramps, it wasn’t meant to be.  A good run however, rookie!  Blue Valley NW in Overland Park KS was high school home of Clayton Custer and Ben Richardson in case our fans from KC did not know.  Jerry Harkness, 1963 Loyola star and National Champion in the crowd today.  What say you Sister Jean?  Your team is going to the Final Four!!  Soon to be canonized and called Saint Jean if Loyola wins it all. 


Michigan:  Only 58 points scored for the team up north, compared to 99 in their previous encounter, but enough, as tenacious defense for the Wolverines silenced the Seminoles of Florida State.  Charles Matthews, a Kentucky transfer, led Michigan with 17 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 blocks and was named the West Region’s most outstanding player.  The game was close, back and forth, which made up for a lot of missed shots and opportunities, and ended inexplicably with Michigan up 58-54.  With 13 seconds left, Michigan got the ball.  Despite a Seminole in his grill, no foul was attempted, and FSU let the Wolverines run out the clock.  Coach Leonard Hamilton scowled in the post-game interview and said “the game was over”.  Hey, at least FSU covered the 4 1/2 point spread.


Villanova:  Upending #3 seeded Texas Tech in the East Regional, 71-59, with rebounds (51-33 with 20 offensive boards), free throws, and strong defense, the #1 seeded Wildcats did little on the three point line, but comfortably led this game, despite weak stats.  Balanced shooting and a comfortable demeanor allowed Villanova to reach the Final Four for the second time in the last three years. Keenan Evans was scoreless in the first quarter of the game, and Texas Tech shot but 30% from the field.  Not enough Whataburgers pre-game.  A dominant run of double digit victories puts Villanova in the driver’s seat to win the national title.   


Kansas:  In the final game of the Elite Eight in Omaha, two power programs faced off in the Midwest Regional.  #1 Kansas vs. #2 and favored Duke. Tight game early, tight calls, not much dropping. Game tied at 25 with 4 minutes left in the first half.  Duke held on to take the halftime lead in a high energy affair.  36-33 at the intermission.  Kansas broke out early in the first 4 minutes of the second half and took a 7 point lead. Marvin Bagley III brought Duke back and the game was tight. Udoka Azabuike played dominantly for Kansas but had to sit with 4 fouls with over 11 minutes to go. Knotted at 57 with 10 minutes to go.  Poor refereeing and a 7-0 run put Duke back in the lead with under 6 minutes to go.  Back and forth.  And before you knew it, Grayson Allen’s last shot comes in and out.  Overtime!!  Best game in the Elite Eight!  And in the end, Malik Newman of Kansas, 32 points, 13 points in overtime, 12 of 13 from the line, is the absolute hero as the Jayhawks win 85-81 and advance to their 15th final four.


And now, it’s……………

  On to the Alamo City!!

  Final Four awaits in San Antonio


#1 Villanova vs. #1 Kansas

#11 Loyola vs. #3 Michigan


    Current Leaders after Round 4. 


1st- Ryan Doyle - 11 point lead heading to San Antonio.  A rookie.  Who invited this guy to the party?  Another one of those Kansas City smart guys.  Engineer or something.  Works for Jack.  

2nd- Chad Crislip - Banking on a Jayhawk championship over Michigan and likely nothing but net and a March Madness victory.

3rd- Olivia O’Connor - Posted up early to the top ten but party is over for double ott.  Oh, Oh, but what a good run it was.

4th- Alan Newman - My oh my.  After all these years. The Newms is knocking at the door. Well just “open da doh”.  Best finish so far.  3 of the final 4.  Most possible points left in the pool, but it all comes down to Michigan.  Who would ever have thought that Loyola of Chicago might take you out.

5th- Lee Wagmeister - Pals with the Newms.  Another long time a comin’  Hearts on fire!    Hoping for Kansas to stay in the money or bypass is certain.  But perhaps as it appears, these are actually Kirsten’s picks?

6th- Stacy Payton - Big time donor and supporter of the Madness.  Best finish at this point of the tournament that I can remember.  Had only Purdue not boiled over.  The Wolverines may save you yet.  Keep that name in lights!

7th- Bill Cleary - Why I’m a Kansas man myself.  Long time listener.  First time caller.  Take that youngster.  Rookie in his 80’s.  Had only Kansas State won one more game.  Crowned and coronated.  Free to sip martinis and watch the sun rise.  But top ten recognition beats all. Tremendous inaugural performance

8th- Keith Bratton - Long time faithful follower and major supporter of the madness.  Another financial man in the top ten.  Friend of kindergarten classes and golfer extraordinaire.    

9th- Gerald Smith - They call me “Mr. Smith”.  And for good reason.  Friar town from Pawtucket needing the Big East to triumph

10th- Aaron Deloof - Da Loof, Da Loof, Da Loof is on fire.  Winner Winner Chicken Dinner.  But oh, points are no longer on the table.  Frame the tenth place.  It’s obviously over

Bridesmaid- Dave Simpson and Chris Casaburo - but that’s over too.  Nice ride Simpty and Cassman vying for a spot in the top ten and…

Last Place-Chris Casaburo.  Congratulations Cash Man, the International Man of Mystery.  Spent the last few years in the Mediterranean and recently returned from Brazil to make the deadline for the tournament.  Long time supporter and repeat last place winner IN THE YEAR 2000 (get out your flashlight Conan), takes home 4% of the prize pool.  


Tournament Recap 


Nearly 500 entries this year.  All a bit unofficial as of yet.  And what a leader board we currently have!  Most clever entry name goes to John RappThe Cleveland Browns.  Fitting. Can’t even win when trying to lose!  Runner up loser to Cassman.  Congratulations on last place Mr. Casaburo.  Welcome back to Churchill land.  No Louisville in this year’s tournament as the Cards Got Screwed says Danny Winn.  And for what?

20% of the entrants (99) chose Villanova to win it all.  That’s 1 out of 5.  If you picked ALL Favorites you would be currently in 385th place.  Once again, and especially this year, you are rewarded for picking the upsets!


Charity Information

Special thanks to all the March Madness participants who have donated additional dollars to charity.  Individual recognition in the next update!  But thanks for now to a few of our Fairy Godparents, donating directly to Ark Crisis Child Care Center:  Tom RosePaul KainrathChristy MillsPatrick KelleyKaren Rush, and Tony Stephens. Never to late to continue to contribute.  Money continues to roll in thanks to your benevolence.  Individual checks may be made out to any one of the following organizations and forwarded to me at the following address (or add additional funds to your entry fees):

John P. Morgan, MD

PO Box 1136

Newburgh, IN 47629


1 Lampion Center:  This organization has served our Evansville community for years, helping those that need assistance through life transitions and traumas.  The Lampion Center is the premier resource for affordable counseling for children, adults, and families who are experiencing trauma, life stress, relationship issues, parenting support, anxiety/depression, child behavior issues, and abuse/violence.  Please visit their website to find out more information.  lampioncenter.com

2 Ark Crisis Child Care Center:  We are supporting the Fairy Tale Ball!  This is truly an exceptional event held each year whereupon children through your generous support are sponsored to attend the ball at the country club.  Gowns and dresses, horse and carriage rides, dancing, and craftFavorite princesses and storybook characters are present as well.  March Madness and you have the opportunity to be a Fairy Godparent and send a child to the ball.  Cost is but $25 per child.  Make your additional check out to  Ark Crisis Child Care Center or simply include extra money with your entry fees.  See the pictures and videos by visiting the website at arkcrisis.org

3 Pals Animal Rescue:  We are including this organization which is actually in Wichita, to say thank you to our many supporters over the years from Kansas!                                    From Wichita to Kansas City, and points between, March Madness supporters hailing from this state have participated and donated generously for years.  Thank you so very much!

4 March Madness Endowment Fund:  Thanks to your generosity our endowed fund is now over $ 80,000.  Administered through the Warrick County Community Foundation, our fund assists in providing grant monies for children and youth services in southern Indiana.  Our last endeavor was a $1000 grant to Blue Grass Church to support the construction of an equipment storage building for Boy Scott Troop 350. Please consider an additional donation to support our ongoing endeavor. The principal of the fund always stays.  The interest money is eligible for grants. For tax deductible purposes, additional checks should be made out to the MARCH MADNESS ENDOWMENT FUND.





“I am determined to sustain myself as long as possible and die like a soldier who never forgets what is due to his honor and that of his country.  Victory or death.”


— William B. Travis

February 24, 1836 at the Alamo

2018 Update I

March Madness Update I

March 18, 2018

“The Circle of Life”


Another year and history is upon us!  Most agreed that this year’s tournament was anyone’s to win, but not in 135 previous games had a 16 seed defeated a 1 seed, until now!  The earth stopped spinning on its axis.  No lie, I saw it on TV.  Some felt it would never happen, but the Retrievers of UMBC (that’s Maryland-Baltimore County) brought the Cavaliers of Virginia (remember Chaminade NAIA in 1983?)  humbly back to their roots in a 74-54 beatdown two nights ago.  The Cavs came in the overall #1 seed and had been unbeaten on the road in the mighty ACC (unheard of).  Virginia had given up but 53 points a game.  The retrievers scored that in the second half.  Head coach, Ryan Odom, was once a young ball boy for the Virginia program.  Two years ago, he took over a program in disarray, having 7 straight losing season of 20 plus games.  Jairus Lyles led with 28 points and is a two time transfer, now grad student.  His parents attended college, where else?  Virginia.  And it all comes back to that.  An unbelievable game and outcome.  Where were you when the world stopped turning? 

In other news, Marty Simmons is out after 11 years of head coaching at the University of Evansville. (That’s the city in southern Indiana where most of us are from.  River City.  50 feet this year.  Pack the sandbags)  We wish you only the best Marty.  You will be missed.  After our record setting year last season. we have again close to 500 entries.  Serious as a heart attack!.  Put me on bypass!  Wepsic, Jordan, find me Wags!  Over 2100 additional dollars to charity just so far.  Keep the checks coming in!,  Our March Madness tournament remains strong going on 22 years. 


  On to the Sweet Sixteen


For the fans of Cincinnati, Michigan State, Miami, Houston, Butler, and Tennessee put the gun down.  I said “Put the gun down!”  And STAY the &$@* away from sharp objects.  Now this is what I would truly call March Madness.  Just when you think you are safe to go outdoors again.  Go back indoors.  Back inside to the safety of the basement bunker.  Back to the black hole, the dark, deep, black hole.  It doesn’t get any worse (or better) than this.  It ain’t nothin’ but a good time. Tremendous upsets and beat downs.  In the south region, what’s left is a 5 seed, 7 seed, 9 seed  and 11 seed,  More NCAA history.  All top 4 seeds out of this region by the first weekend.  The following programs have made it to the sweet sixteen:


Loyola:  Of Chicago, Illinois!  Where they dyed the river green!  Quite the site, quite the party!  The Ramblers are also engineering the upset train, initially taking down a good Miami team, then on an angel’s wing and a prayer, Clayton Custer sinks the last shot with divine intervention, taking out the Volunteers of Tennessee.  Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt, the 98 year old team chaplain and inspiration, had become the #1 trend on Twitter.  You got to see the pre-game prayer.  Sister Jean was there when Loyola defeated Cincinnati for the NCAA championship in 1963!  And she was the woman’s basketball coach, and is still their top scout!


Kentucky:  Big Blue Nation is once again gellin’ on cue.  A blue chip assemblance of freshman recruits, all as good as they get, are right on time to come together as a team. Dispatching initially a pesky Davidson team, the Wildcats took out a gamely Buffalo squad which all but put an end to Sean Miller and the Arizona Wildcats for some time to come.  Deandre Ayton may shine in the NBA but he will soon forget the unexpected 21 point loss to the 13th seeded Bulls.


Nevada:   Bearcats beef, Balanced scoring from starters and the bench, and huge rebounding advantage allowed the Bearcats to take a comfortable lead throughout most of the game against Nevada.  Cat Claw aggression however came from the Wolf Pack. With Cincinnati’s prolific scorer Jarron Cumberland, fouling out with four minutes to go, the Wolf Pack tied the game with under a minute left.  After a 32-8 run, chaos ensued and an offensive rebound and basket gave Nevada the lead and eventually the win 75-73, after Cincinnati fumbled it away.  How can you not score in the final 5 1/2 minutes?  Maybe the Bearcats should have tussled with the Spartans.  If I wasn’t sick all week, I surely am now.  Hapless bogosity


Kansas State:  Another “Wildcat” victory.  This time taking down Cinderella.  Tough spot as nobody but our Kansas friends and family wanted to see the Retrievers exit after their stunning victory against Virginia.  Sloppy, low scoring game, but highly entertaining. Looked like volleyball in the final two minutes!  Final Score: Kansas State 50 UMBC 43.  Best sportsmanship seen.  UMBC takes their starters out of the game with 9 seconds left and K State players come over to shake their hands, BEFORE the game ended.


Texas A&M:  Dean Smith last lost to Texas A&M in double overtime in 1980.  Today was Roy Williams worst tournament loss ever, as the Red Raiders dominated the Tar Heels 86-65.  It was never much of a game and wholly unexpected, as many felt North Carolina was poised to repeat as national champions.


Florida State:  Mayhem continued in Nashville. Another tremendous finish.  Again as it looked like an X to mark the box, JP Macura fouled out for the Musketeers with 2:05 left and the game was tied.  Florida State was tough inside and Xavier the fleet of foot. Total mayhem ensued.  FSU took their first lead in the second half with half a minute to go. Airball at the end and another 1 seed goes down.  Another meltdown by a team from Cincinnati.  Same night.  Same building.  Are you kidding me?  An 18-4 run to close out the game for the Seminoles


Michigan:  Can you say Poole?  Gary Poole?  Bumper Pool??  Whose pool?  Why it’s Jordan Poole.   You have to see this final.  Step back fall back buzzer beater.  Just like high school to win the state. The poor Rockets had the victory celebration lit on the launchpad.  Houston we have a problem.  O-M-G what a finish


Gonzaga:  Zags take out Ohio State in a close contest.  Looked like the Bulldogs would make quick work of the Buckeyes, but OSU has a new bulldog coach of their own, and took a five point lead late in the game.  The stars however aligned for the experienced Gonzaga.


Villanova:  It’s been a hard week for your ringleader.  Was stuck in the domiciliary with an determined viral thermoregulatory ailment, but did take the opportunity to watch the talented sharp shooters of Villanova dispatch Alabama with ease.  If only Avery Johnson could have suited up for the Crimson Tide, they may have given the Wildcats a game, but the coach can only coach, and the tide rolled over 81-58.


Texas Tech:  Red Raiders hold the line and down the Florida Gators. 69-66 as Kevaughn Allen’s 22 footer with 3 seconds left would not drop, sending the Gators back to Gainesville.


West Virginia:  In the final game of the weekend, the Huggie Bears took down Marshall.  At least so it would appear at the time of this printing.  


Purdue:  In a Hoosier land thriller the Boilermakers held off the Butler Bulldogs 76-73.  Another close and exciting game and the #2 seed Purdue will face Texas Tech in the sweet sixteen


Duke:  Probably the best game of the year for Duke against Rhode Island.  Coach K said the Blue Devils played well.  No kidding.


Syracuse:  Is this a repeat?  Wait.  They weren’t supposed to even be in the tournament.  They had to win a play-in game!  Play in game?  Can you say Carmelo Anthony?  The big Orange got by Michigan State when the Spartans dropped a royal turd on the court in the last 5 minutes, like no points.  Final score Syracuse 55- MSU 53.  Myles Bridges and Joshua Langford could NOT get it done when it appeared the Spartans had the game EASILY in hand.  Big Ten despair.


Kansas:  In a close one, the #1 seeded Jayhawks paid a bounty to sink the Seton Hall Pirates 83-79.  Newman had 28 and Azubuike led the bench.  Kansas looked poised in the end.  Another Big 12 victory.


Clemson:  Took out Auburn by a wide margin, 84-53. Sorry Bruce. The Pearl will sail again. But you have arrived


Early Tournament Recap 


Welcome back to March Madness, 2018 edition.  And welcome to the new kids on the block.  Special recognition to UE PA entrants.  Thanks for joining the tradition.  Prepare for the unexpected, in life, medicine, and this tournament!  In the end, winners will win.  The majority of the rest of you are all very, very experienced.  295 email addresses updated finally and we are up to date.  For tournament updates, check your emails but also go to www.gurtcheff.com for results to date.  Most importantly, send in your entry fees and additional charity dollars.  Mail a check to me or use Venmo.  Extra dollars are what makes this a yearly event.

Leaders heading into the sweet sixteen (after round 2 complete) can be found by visiting the website once results have been tabulated.  Further commentary in due time once the scores come in.  Although it is now history, tournament central would like to recognize your leader after Round 1 was in the books.  Congratulations to Todd Murphy.  A fitting St. Patrick’s Day wake up to Mr. Murphy.  We hope the Lake Worth Lagoon was green for you!


Charity Information

To recap an early email, these are the following organizations and funds to benefit this year.  Only you can help make this a success.  Thank you those of you to date who have provided additional charitable contributions.  Please send additional funds with your entry fee, or make a separate check out to one these below and send to me at:


John P. Morgan, MD

PO Box 1136

Newburgh, IN 47629


1Lampion Center:  This organization has served our Evansville community for years, helping those that need assistance through life transitions and traumas.  The Lampion Center is the premier resource for affordable counseling for children, adults, and families who are experiencing trauma, life stress, relationship issues, parenting support, anxiety/depression, child behavior issues, and abuse/violence.  Please visit their website to find out more information.  lampioncenter.com

2Ark Crisis Child Care Center:  We are supporting the Fairy Tale Ball!  This is truly an exceptional event held each year whereupon children through your generous support are sponsored to attend the ball at the country club.  Gowns and dresses, horse and carriage rides, dancing, and craftFavorite princesses and storybook characters are present as well.  March Madness and you have the opportunity to be a Fairy Godparent and send a child to the ball.  Cost is but $25 per child.  Make your additional check out to  Ark Crisis Child Care Center or simply include extra money with your entry fees.  See the pictures and videos by visiting the website at arkcrisis.org

3Pals Animal Rescue:  We are including this organization which is actually in Wichita, to say thank you to our many supporters over the years from Kansas!                                    From Wichita to Kansas City, and points between, March Madness supporters hailing from this state have participated and donated generously for years.  Thank you so very much!

4March Madness Endowment Fund:  Thanks to your generosity our endowed fund is now over $ 80,000.  Administered through the Warrick County Community Foundation, our fund assists in providing grant monies for children and youth services in southern Indiana.  Please consider an additional donation to support our ongoing endeavor.  For tax deductible purposes, additional checks should be made out to the MARCH MADNESS ENDOWMENT FUND.



Best of luck to all of you for the remainder of the tournament.  Thank you all for participating!  We look forward to next weekend!!



Catch your dreams before they slip away.  

Lose your dreams and you will lose your mind.“ 

2018 Welcome

 MARCH MADNESS

2018 NCAA BASKETBALL POOL

March is here.  NCAA basketball’s greatest week is upon us.   There is no concensus powerhouse this year, so pick the upsets!  You will be rewarded.

The best three weeks of college sports, the NCAA men's basketball tournament has finally arrived! 


Welcome back friends, family, prognosticators, financiers and above all else, contributors.  You all know the rules and how the system works.  No rules changes, but send me your checks.  Pay Pal is out.   


Our March Madness Endowment Fund was established in 2008.  It is professionally run through the Warrick County Community Foundation and the nine county, Community Foundation Alliance.  At the end of 2008, the total money in your fund was $ 4097.  Currently, the fund has blossomed to a well established endeavor with assets over $ 80,000!  We have made several small grants over these years with the interest money allotted by alliance rules, and this will continue throughout the years regardless of whether this basketball pool continues to exist.  But that to a larger extent depends on you. Money that grows is money that is given out.   Check out our charities page at the top of the website.   


Although your nominal contribution for all this fun is again a requested $ 20 (no change over many years), over 80% of all our charity money raised comes from your additional contributions. Year after year, individuals contribute from five, to several hundred dollars in additional funding.  This of course continues to be the reason for our being.  If you haven’t before, consider this, and drop some extra cash with your entry donation!   


There are NO format changes to this year’s pool, once again. NCAA basketball tournament selections and seedings will come out shortly today, March 11th.   Entry into the tournament closes with the tip off of the first round games beginning Thursday morning, March 15th. For each entry, fill out the form all the way through to the finals, selecting the winner of each game.  Don’t worry about the play-in games.  They don’t count to the standings.  Read the rules sheet!!  


Important Tournament Pool information


Each entry donation is $20 (twenty dollars).  $5 (five dollars) of every fee will be donated to charity.  Again, we encourage you to make an additional contribution, (as the majority of you so kindly do).  Remember any additional moneys donated qualify as a tax-deduction, so if you desire proof of such, you may also enclose a separate check made out to one of the charities listed below. I will forward the check (as is) with the rest of the donations.  Otherwise, simply make out your check to me,  and Mail all checks and additional donations to:


John P. Morgan, MD

PO Box 1136

Newburgh, IN 47629


The remainder of the pool will be distributed to the winners as follows:

1st  ---  40%          6th  ---  4%

2nd  ---  20%         7th  ---  3%

3rd  ---  10%         8th  ---   3%

4th  ---  7%           9th  ---  2%

5th  ---  5%          10th ---  2%

Last Place --- 4%

$ 100 bonus for the place finish of the total score of the championship game

(Final score Cincinnati 74 Ohio State 72 means 146th place takes home $ 100. Ties split)

You don’t need to pick a final score, it will just happen!


Also:  Bonus award again for 2018.  (Judges discretion and no disputes!)

$ 100 bonus for the GOAT.  (This is not greatest of all time, but rather, the person who has the worst bracket who actually tried to win, not tried to come in last place).  Your name will be in lights.


The website will be updated.  (Annual thanks goes to Gary Gurtcheff, our webmaster.)  Additionally, we will maintain an index page for you to review rules, interim letters, charity information, periodic updates, and other items of interest,  in addition to the standings.  We hope you will take the time to peruse the site.  Please especially review our charity page.   Additional donations may also be made out by check and sent to me directly at the above address.

2018 Charity Information

We are excited for our 22nd anniversary and below are the following charities we plan to donate to this year.  Every year  it has been different regarding the named charities.  The endowment fund lives on.

This year we will be donating to the 4 following organizations and funds.  Please include additional donations with your entry fees or make out a separate check and mail to me.

John P. Morgan, MD

PO Box 1136 

Newburgh, IN 47629


1) Lampion Center:  This organization has served our Evansville community for years, helping those that need assistance through life transitions and traumas.  The Lampion Center is the premier resource for affordable counseling for children, adults, and families who are experiencing trauma, life stress, relationship issues, parenting support, anxiety/depression, child behavior issues, and abuse/violence.  Please visit their website to find out more information.  lampioncenter.com

2) Ark Crisis Child Care Center:  We are supporting the Fairy Tale Ball!  This is truly an exceptional event held each year whereupon children through your generous support are sponsored to attend the ball at the country club.  Gowns and dresses, horse and carriage rides, dancing, and craftFavorite princesses and storybook characters are present as well.  March Madness and you have the opportunity to be a Fairy Godparent and send a child to the ball.  Cost is but $25 per child.  Make your additional check out to Ark Crisis Child Care Center or simply include extra money with your entry fees.  See the pictures and videos by visiting the website at arkcrisis.org

3) Pals Animal Rescue:  We are including this organization which is actually in Wichita, to say thank you to our many supporters over the years from Kansas! From Wichita to Kansas City, and points between, March Madness supporters hailing from this state have participated and donated generously for years.  Thank you so very much!

4) March Madness Endowment Fund:  Thanks to your generosity our endowed fund is now over $ 80,000.  Administered through the Warrick County Community Foundation, our fund assists in providing grant monies for children and youth services in southern Indiana.  Please consider an additional donation to support our ongoing endeavor.  For tax deductible purposes, additional checks should be made out to the MARCH MADNESS ENDOWMENT FUND.



Please consider additional donations in addition to your tournament entry fee of $20 per entry.  It’s what makes this all happen.  About 80% of all our charity money comes from additional donations, as only $5 comes from the entry with the rest going to the prize pool.


Thank you!!

Please read the RULES page carefully!

Thanks again.

March Madness Charity Committee

2017 Final Update


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MARCH MADNESS 2017 FINAL UPDATE

April 5th, 2017

“Tar Heel Redemption in Phoenix”

North Carolina wins 6th national championship 

Tar Heels 71 Gonzaga 65

The Ambassador of Kwan is our new champion! “Show me the money”

On April 3rd, 1974, an F-5 tornado struck the small town of Xenia, Ohio, causing massive

property loss, killing 33 individuals, and injuring over a thousand others. 1200 homes and multiple other buildings, churches, and businesses were destroyed. Over a two day period, 148 tornados pummeled multiple states, ranking as one of the largest natural disasters in US history. But on this date, 2017, the weather was calm, but tensions high in Phoenix, Arizona for the coveted crown of NCAA mens basketball champions. Pitting the two remaining one seeds, North Carolina faced Gonzaga after both teams escaped on Saturday night against formidable upstart foes (see below).

North Carolina in white, Gonzaga in dark blue opened the show with NC attempting to avenge their last second loss to Villanova in the championship spectacular one year ago. Gonzaga playing in their first title game. Fanfare, John Stockton and noted celebs in the crowd. Fancy moves on both ends, scoring at the rim in the mid stages of the first half. Fast paced early, Zags went up 21-14 with 10 minutes gone. No weaknesses, no advantages later as the game got close. Rim became tight, shots did not drop and the stars had none to few points. Justin Jackson 0 for 6 from the three point line, Big Karnowski scoreless. Josh Perkins for the Zags was the highlight reel of the first half, scoring 13 points in the half, after a scoreless performance the game two days ago. Gonzaga led 35-32 at the half.

But a sleepy, sloppy Gonzaga team came out of the locker room. NC took the lead within 2 minutes, up 38-35. Pot smoking is legal in Washington state and the Zags looked stoned coming out for the final 20 minutes. But fortunes changed and with 14 minutes to go, the Tar Heels looked so bad. Air balls, and foul troubles, 2 of 17 from the three point arc. Shoes were sticky. We were all just waiting for SOMEONE to light it up. Joel Berry came through, hitting 3 of 3 threes, the only Tar Heel to connect. Referees called it tight. Too tight for these two physical, offensive teams. With but 8 minutes to go, it was apparent this was a BAD game for the officials. Stoppages, no rhythm for either team, and major foul trouble for both. 21 fouls alone in but 12 minutes of the second half. Boo!! It seemed the game could NOT go any slower. Zags retake the lead with 2:09 left on the clock. Great ending however, had we not all fallen asleep! NCʼs Isaiah Hicks responds and hits with 0:28 seconds left, giving his team a three point lead. Finally as well, Kennedy Meeks awakens! Stuff at one end, and fast break at the other. North Carolina wins it in a furious last half minute, 71-65. Most Outstanding Player tonight was Joel Berry with 22 points. Awwwh shucks, says Roy Williams. Iʼm no Dean Smith. But collects his third title!!

Recap of semifinal action:

Gonzaga 77 South Carolina 73

With 10 minutes left in the second half, Gonzaga stretched their lead to 14 points. It appeared the Kwon would win. Concession call coming. And then a 14 point run by the Gamecocks tied the score with under 8 minutes to go. Then Nigel Williams-Goss who dominated early for the Zags, went cold. It became a game again. With the twin of the towers, the Polish lad Karnowski seeing double or not at all, 7 footer Zach Collins a freshman from Vegas took over. A 7-0 run put Gonzaga back up by five with 4:41 to go. On the night, Collins had a career game. 14 points, 13 rebounds, and 6 blocked shots. Down to the wire. And onto the last possession, Zags up 75-72, with but 3 seconds left, Sindarius Thornwell, SC’s best, stricken with the flu and weak most of the game, hit the first free throw to draw within 2 points. Purposefully missing

the 2nd attempt, Killian Tillie, the French Frosh, grabbed the rebound, and calmly made 2 freebies at the other end of the court, ending South Carolina’s miraculously run and season. Frank Martin, SC intensity and coach, broke down in the interview and brought tears to all. The Zags will face North Carolina in the championship matchup Monday night. The two #1 seeds prevail, much to the dismay of your pool master.

North Carolina 77 Oregon 76

The writing of the Fountainhead began in 1936 and was finally published in 1943.

The year 1939 saw the Oregon Webfoots defeat Ohio State to win the inaugural NCAA men’s basketball tournament in Evanston, Illinois (Phi Alpha). The Tall Firs triumphed (average height 6’ 2”), but it would be 78 years for Oregon to return to the big stage. Howard Roark, look it up, had the transcontinental running on full diesel steam but alas, the Tar Heels advanced. North Carolina’s Joel Berry started the game with a 3- pointer and it looked like it would be a high wire act. However after a full 7 minutes, the sloppy, dull game was tied 9-9. North Carolina held tight as the best rebounding

team in college basketball and that was the omen. Awful game in the first half for both sides. Turnovers, missed shots. Oregon’s zone hurt NC, as did their drive and kick, but NC was tall in the paint. However, the Duck offense was reeling on this night, and the loss of star Chris Boucher out for the season late with an ACL injury, finally caught up to Oregon. The game became a two man show. When this night held no

paycheck for no work from Oregon stars Dillon Brooks and Tyler Dorsey, Dylan Ennis scored 18 with 6 rebounds. Kennedy Meeks for NC was dominant, and more so. Ducks on virtue of 12 turnovers found themselves down at the half. In the second session, the blond streak Ellis opened the scoring for the Ducks. But they could not contain Meeks who continued throughout to crash the glass and roll up the points. North Carolina found the answer as Meeks rolled up career highs with 25 points and 14 rebounds (8 offensive). In the end, it was too much, too tall, too many waves, too much size, and the absence of Boucher which doomed the Ducks. In an unreal ending, with NC holding a 77-76 lead, the Tar Heels secured not one, but two offensive rebounds at the free throw line, with the last being Kennedy Meeks steamrolling his man to secure the ball. No call on what some would think was a

foul, preventing Oregon from free throws at the other end. Ducks had no chance for a last second winning shot. North Carolina advanced. Barely. Go Zags.

Congratulations to our 2017 March Madness Champion

**Brian Kwon**

The Ambassador of Kwan “Show me the Money!!”

Brian Kwon becomes our 21st March Madness Champion, and a rookie participant at that! The Ambassador hails from Weston, Massachusetts, and is a body mechanic of sorts, but fixes your spine. He does race his Porsche 911 turbo competitively however. Hailing originally from LA, he spent time in St. Louis at Wash U, then the Cleveland Clinic before settling in to Boston. Die hard Patriots fan, never misses a game, but unfortunately for several of us, tunes in to basketball come tournament time. Self proclaimed “lucky” on his picks, the Kwan prevailed in the end. Youʼll note, his entry name was ESL. English Second Language! Of Korean descent, heʼs a food junkie, and will now trade beloved original wings from Buffalo, for duck wings, thanking North Carolina for taking down Oregon, and securing his mug shot on the March Madness Championsʼ wall of fame. Thanks, Leslie Pookie Gabel for introducing Brian to our pool this year. Not! No soup for you!! Actually, Yes! As Brian has notified us that he is donating half his winnings to our charity! Truly the Kwan!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!

Runner up is Mike Cleary Long term March Madness participant and generous donor. Good Picks chose 3 of the final 4, including the Ducks. Most picks in the final four and most points. A well deserved top ten finish at last. Mike upholds the miscarriages of justice in Wichita, Kansas. Chiefs fan, Kansas State fan, counselor at law. Congratulations Mike

Third place to Jon Coleman Pianist extraordinaire, golf enthusiast, and someone you have likely seen in concert on a huge stage near you in the past.as well as the present. One of Nashvilleʼs best. Father of our runner up last year, but in 2017, North Carolina came through. This time, the songʼs about me. Every light in the house was on for championship Monday. Was No thinkinʼ thing, just got his game on.

Fourth place goes to Nick Cooper. Little deuce coop. One of 8 top ten finishers to take the Tar Heels to win it all. Excellent start to the bracket in the early games. College deposit for you. Great job on entering the pool the night before the deadline with the parents out of state. Youthful exuberance, and obviously knows a thing or two about basketball. Scoop must be proud!!

Fifth place goes to Jonah Coleman. Funny. I can just modify what I said last year! This young man, at the tender age of now 17, hails from Nashville, TN. Son of a noted musician (see above), Traces of whom we all know, is also talented on the piano, but more importantly, throws a fastball over 90 mph. Still frequently seem in the foothills of Nebraska? He is 6ʼ 5” tall, maybe taller now, but is your sister still the Basketball Jones of the family? Hope you got better behind the wheel, and improved your English grades:) Jonah had the pool won last year had the Tar Heels prevailed. But finished in 6th thanks to dreaded Villanova. Cant wait to meet you in the future. Entry name Hurler. Did you learn that good change up? Sage advise from Roger Clemens. Otherwise play the piano or take up golf. Sand Hills is still fine. Haha, that was easy.

Sixth place to Sherwood Joe Smith. This man has also been a loyal contributor to the March Madness pool and generous as well. Oregon got him here. UNC kept him in the top ten. I believe Joe came in third place two years ago, but perhaps that was one of our other Smiths. Weird in that Smith is not a common name. Congratulations Joe, the man from the forest of Robin Hood.

Seventh place goes to your pool master. I chose the name of Howard Roark because of who he was and what he stood for, and as previously alluded to, The Fountainhead was being written in 1939, the last time Oregon made it so far in the tournament. 0 for 3 in the final 3 games, dropped yours truly from the coveted top spot. After 21 years, at least the record will show, I made it to the top ten.

Eighth place taken by Shannon Gourley, or perhaps and more fittingly, Cool Jake Gourley. This was a tight one, with 7th through 9th place separated by just two points in our cumulative pool. Cool Jake held on to a top ten finish. Additionally, Cool Jake had the highest pick percentage in the pool this year (76.2% of games correct). Congratulations.

Ninth place is awarded to Sam Garau. Always in contention, Sammy G finished in 4th place way back in 2001 when he was a young lad, then the following year in 2002, was named our champion. Investing is his thing, and a pretty good ball player as well.

Tenth place and last on the leader board is Skip Oliver. Heʼs been up there from day one. Name in lights every update. Happy you held on for a share of the prize.

Bridesmaid Dan Flanagan No money

Last place as previously announced is Keith Miller

Goat Award goes to Patrick Morgan. Son whose gonna skull you or something to that effect. Not sure what that meant, and certainly no rhyme or reason to the picks. Kind of half in and half out.

I suppose there was a method to the madness,

136th place (Championship game score 71-65=136 points=136th place).

(Tie) Keith Mercer Chris Jesop Tom Slade Kim Witherspoon Jack Cleary

You all split $100. Hey, at least it paid for one entry!!

Last placeKeith Miller (locked it in early)

Administrative News

The Official Total paid pool entrees is 500A new record! The largest total ever, Final results and winning totals will be based on this number. Your committee does their best to insure integrity to the prize pool and covers several unpaid, or yet to be paid, entries at this the time of final accounting. Curses to the slackers. It really gets tiring and gums up the accounting. In case any of you wonder, year after year, this remains a charity pool with suggested donations, but not intended for your charity. We are on the honor system. Fortunately for us, the majority of all entrees are paid. 75% of the entry fees goes to the prize pool, in the breakdown as listed in the opening letter at the start of the tournament. See the website for original details. WWW.GARYGURTCHEFF.COM

We pay out the top ten, and last place, and again this year to the GOAT award, and the place of finish of the total score of the championship game.

Charity News

25% of the entry fees goes to our charitable works in addition to extra donations generously contributed by our participants. This year we had a 111 generous participants giving additional money to the charities!! A few late donations may trickle in, but another good year via the percentages. This is a large percentage of the actual participants, considering many participants (and families) submit multiple entries. Thank you so much!! Please do not forget your ability to further contribute to our endowed fund. The website still has the option open, or you could You can go directly to the Warrick County Community Foundation website and contribute to the March Madness Endowment Fund.

111 people have contributed extra dollars to our March Madness Endowment Fund as well as our other named charities this year, YWCA Domestic Violence Shelter and NJB Buddy Ball. Check out the intro letter on the website for more information regarding these charities. See also the website for history of charitable giving. www.garygurtcheff.com

Special thanks to the following individuals who have contributed extra to our charitable organizations. And in many cases, a great deal extra! Apologies if we missed anyone else.

Susanna Burkhead Lance & Stacy Payton Mark Erickson

Mike Cleary

Alan Newman

Rick Wepsic

Brian Kwon Les Bumm David Carlson Steve Gabel Tom Slade

Phil Gilson

Rob Wathen Patty Dewey Sam Garau Greg Willming

Rick Friedman Skip Seaman

Jim Hall

Dave Machisko Fred Stutz

Keith Bratton Dan Brown Scott Elliott Travis Farhar Jim Heinrich S Joe Smith Rick Zeiher

Corey Greening Colleen Martin Eric Miller Jonathan Smith

Kevin Kalb Judy McDonald Mark Vickers

Clint Keown

T om Rose Ross Whitacre

Tima Leonard Karen Rush John Willis

Mike Jack Gary Tom

Head Cleary

Gurtcheff Waits

Ron Bonger Steve Gabel Dale Todd

Erv Aeschllman Donald Barry Dan Bishop Thomas Bryan Ashley Cissna Gary Delk

Ken Graves Todd Lang Steve Mank Fred McCool Keith Miller

Bill Papineau Larry Renschler Susan Sublett Lee Wagmeister John Willis

Amber Anslinger Randy Beckort Nicholas Bradman Dale Cardinal

Bill Cleary

Steve Elliott

Todd Herrenbruck Michelle Laswell Diana Marquez Keith Mercer Payton Mills Donna Rreziotti Jake Schiff

Ron Tucker

T om Weber Danny Winn

Mike Arco

Gary Bellew Patrick Brickley Craig Carter Roger Colman Ryan Fears

Paul Kainrath Julie Leaf

Ken Marshall Greg Meyer

Ann Morgan Vince Prop

Joe C Smith Stephen Turley Pat Wempe Brett Worthington

Jeremy Baker Sharon Berkley Mike Brown

Chris Casaburo Lois Davidson Chris Gilkey

John Lamb Michael Lightner Chris Maynard John Miles

Lynne Morgan Mike Pyferroen

T ony Stephens Bill Vukovich Melissa Wideman

...... $ 2500 was generated from the entry fees to devote to our charitable endeavors. $ 7500 goes to the prize pool, plus another $ 100 for the Goat and $ 100 for the place of

the total score of the championship game. Thanks to your outstanding generosity..Over $ 8,000 has been or will be received in additional donations to date.

For March Madness 2017...... Our GRAND TOTAL of CHARITABLE GIVING is: an estimated $ 11,000 to be donated this year.

$ 7,000 will be granted to the March Madness Endowment Fund administered through the Warrick County Community Foundation, thanks to your generosity.

$ 3,000 will be given to the YWCA Domestic Violence Shelter $ 1,000 will be given to NJB Buddy Ball

Please keep us advised of any email changes. Email your comments and parting remarks...JPMORGANMD@MAC.COM or GARYGURTCHEFF@MAC.COM

Winnersʼ checks will be sent out by mail within six weeks, likely much sooner. Charity proceeds will also be forwarded once final accounting is complete. Again, be advised that your individual charity

directed checks have not yet been cashed to date.<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

  

Congratulations to our WinnersTHE FINAL TALLY

2017 Top Ten                                                                       Winnings

1st place     Brian Kwon          (Weston, MA)                    $3000

2nd place    Mike Cleary          (Wichita, KS)                     $1500

3rd place    Jon Coleman        (Hendersonville, TN)           $750

4th place    Nick Cooper         (Newburgh, IN)                   $525

5th place    Jonah Coleman     (Hendersonville, TN)          $375

6th place    Joe Smith             (Evansville, IN)                  $300

7th place    John Morgan         (Newburgh, IN)                  $225

8h place     Shannon Gourley    (Harrison, OH)                   $225

9th place    Sam Garau            (Evansville, IN)                   $150

10th place  Skip Oliver            (Evansville, IN)                   $150

LAST PLACE   Keith Miller           (Loveland, OH)                   $300

Goat Award Patrick Morgan     (Bloomington, IN)               $100

151st place 5 Way TIe            (See above)                       $20 each

500 Paid Entrees

“Itʼs not just the money...not just the coin. Itʼs the kwan” “It means love, respect, community...and the dollars too.”

--Rod Tidwell, in Jerry Maquire

“Whenever a man denounces the mind, it is because his goal is of a nature the mind would not permit him to confess.”

--John Galt 

2017 Update III

March Madness 2017 Update III

April 2, 2017

Gonzaga and North Carolina survive to advance to final game

Gonzaga 77       South Carolina 73

With 10 minutes left in the second half, Gonzaga stretched their lead to 14 points. It appeared the Kwon would win. Concession call coming. And then a 14 point run by the Gamecocks tied the score with under 8 minutes to go. Then Nigel Williams-Goss who dominated early for the Zags, went cold. It became a game again. With the twin of the towers, the Polish lad Karnowski seeing double or not at all, 7 footer Zach Collins a freshman from Vegas took over. A 7-0 run put Gonzaga back up by five with 4:41 to go. On the night, Collins had a career game. 14 points, 13 rebounds, and 6 blocked shots. Down to the wire. And onto the last possession, Zags up 75-72, with but 3 seconds left, Sindarius Thornwell, SC’s best, stricken with the flu and weak most of the game, hit the first free throw to draw within 2 points. Purposefully missing the 2nd attempt, Killian Tillie, the French Frosh, grabbed the rebound, and calmly made 2 freebies at the other end of the court, ending South Carolina’s miraculously run and season. Frank Martin, SC intensity and coach, broke down in the interview and brought tears to all. The Zags will face North Carolina in the championship matchup Monday night. The two #1 seeds prevail, much to the dismay of your poolmaster.

North Carolina 77 Oregon 76

The writing of the Fountainhead began in 1936 and was finally published in 1943.
The year 1939 saw the Oregon Webfoots defeat Ohio State to win the inaugural NCAA men’s basketball tournament in Evanston, Illinois (Phi Alpha). The Tall Firs trumphed (average height 6’ 2”), but it would be 78 years for Oregon to return to the big stage. Howard Roark, look it up, had the transcontinental running on full diesel steam but alas, the Tar Heels advanced. North Carolina’s Joel Berry started the game with a 3- pointer and it looked like it would be a highwire act. However after a full 7 minutes, the sloppy, dull game was tied 9-9. North Carolina held tight as the best rebounding team in college basketball and that was the omen. Awful game in the first half for both sides. Turnovers, missed shots. Oregon’s zone hurt NC, as did their drive and kick, but NC was tall in the paint. However, the Duck offense was reeling on this night, and the loss of star Chris Boucher out for the season late with an ACL injury, finally caught

up to Oregon. The game became a two man show. When this night held no paycheck for no work from Oregon stars Dillon Brooks and Tyler Dorsey, Dylan Ennis scored 18 with 6 rebounds. Kennedy Meeks for NC was dominant, and more so. Ducks on virtue of 12 turnovers found themselves down at the half. In the second session, the blond streak Ellis opened the scoring for the Ducks. But they could not contain Meeks who continued throughout to crash the glass and roll up the points. North Carolina found the answer as Meeks rolled up career highs with 25 points and 14 rebounds (8 offensive). In the end, it was too much, too tall, too many waves, too much size, and the absence of Boucher which doomed the Ducks. In an unreal ending, with NC holding a 77-76 lead, the Tar Heels secured not one, but two offensive rebounds at the free throw line, with the last being Kennedy Meeks steamrolling his man to secure the ball. No call on what some would think was a foul, preventing Oregon from free throws at the other end. Ducks had no chance for a last second winning shot. North Carolina advanced. Barely. Go Zags. 


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