If I had a shot at the big prize in our Million Dollar Bracket Challenge--which I didn't--it would have disappeared Thursday about 2 and a half hours into the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, when Minnesota knocked off Louisville in the very first game ruining my perfect bracket.

And if I had a chance to win the 10 Grand for getting at least 60 of the 63 games right--which I didn't--that wouldn't have survived the day either. For the record, I finished up the weekend picking 34 winners in 48 games.

I'm in the game for funsies, but a lot of you are playing along with the shot at some real money. Checking the local leaderboard, no one's bracket is still million-dollar-perfect, and it doesn't look like anyone will go 60 for 63 either.  That's the bad news. The good news is that unlike other bracket contests, ours is not "all or nothing". Remember that the Berkshire entrant who winds up with the most correct predictions can still win $500 from Pittsfield Coop Bank. Still not bad for a little brain work or just plain dumb luck. Our leader is "SusieH" with 41 points, with five more entrants right behind with 40.

So keep checking your progress on our Million Dollar Bracket Challenge page and enjoy the games when the "madness" resumes Thursday.