UConn Wins! Dennis Burns wins Gontram Architecture’s Pool!


I see basketballs! The Madness is complete!

UConn beat Kentucky last night to capture the 2014 NCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship. That also concludes Gontram Architecture’s largest NCAA Pool ever!

Dennis Burns (Raleigh, NC) finishes in 1st Place.  He maxed out his points early, but hung on.  As a Gontram Architecture employee, Dennis is ineligible for the usual list of prizes, and the awards will move down the list of winners.  Don’t feel bad for Dennis, however, as he will receive a prize.

Ben Ho (Charlotte, NC) followed in 2nd Place.  Jenifer Gold (Raleigh, NC) finished close behind in 3rd.

Sam Rusak, Jr. (Raleigh, NC) clinched Last Place a while ago.  Congratulations, Sam!  You get the butt!


Take note of a few things when looking at our reports:

  • “Coin Flip” finished in 1,128th Place.  This is actually a bracket we filled out using the flip of a coin to make the picks.
  • “Chalk” finished in 665th Place.  This is a bracket we filled out picking all of the higher seeds – no exceptions.
  • President Obama is in 252nd Place.  (We entered his picks for him as he was too busy to respond to our invite.)

Gontram Architecture’s version of the traditional office pool is unique:

  • Our Pool is FREE – no money, no trouble with the authorities.
  • It’s open to anyone. (We don’t encourage folks under 18 yrs old to play, but we don’t object either.)  Two years ago, 6 of the top 10 finishers were still in elementary school!
  • While we are NOT giving away $1 Billion for the perfect bracket, we do have great prizes from great sponsors, including tablets for the top 3 finishers:
  • Microsoft Surface RT from Atlantec Engineers
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.0 from C.E. Ham Electric
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 from Gontram Architecture and G5 Design-Build
  • Roku3 from Harris Structural Design.
  • $100 Gift Card for Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse from Floorscape NC, Inc.
  • Apple iPod Shuffle from Ten Penny Construction, Inc.
  • NCAA Flags from WindDesigns – The Flag Shop.
  • T-shirts from Gontram Architecture
  • Horse’s Butt trophy for Last Place

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