"It's all chance?" Did I really say that? Or even imply it? Crap!
Dan Shanoff...said gut feeling is more important than statistics, but taking a look at the numbers can never hurt.
In the end, he said, it's all chance.
"You think you know everything about college basketball and then all of a sudden your mom is finishing ahead of you [in a tournament pool], which happens every year to me with my mom," he said.
If my picks bomb out this year as badly as last year (18th percentile in the Daily Quickie Readers pool), I am giving up on my "gut" and going long on the quants in March 2010.
Ken Pomeroy, John Gasaway, Kevin Pelton: You all know I remain the hugest of fan. (And that's just college hoops analysts -- not even counting Neyer, Silver, Ma et al across other sports.)
Oh, well. At least the quote made my mom happy.