The sports writing opportunities on the Addicted to Adaptive blog are few and far between, but I’ve had this NCAA basketball tournament circled on my blogging calendar for quite some time. Not since Tom Peff asked finance departments to choose a World Cup team that best represented their own professional style has a sporting event lent itself so perfectly to the finance world. Breaking down the numbers, looking at the most important analytics, and using performance data to predict winners. It’s too perfect.
Unfortunately I did none of the above when picking teams. As Stephen Dubner would say, I failed to put away my moral compass and put on my objectivity hat. The result?
March turned my bracket into madness before I even finished my morning coffee on Day 1 of the tournament. And as of today I sit in last place within our office pool, regrettably behind even our official Adaptive Insights Fantasy Football Commissioner.
Yes, mine is a cautionary tale. Three major flaws busted my bracket long before N.C. State slayed Villanova in the round of 32 (some would say there were more than three), all of which made me realize I’m not quite ready to be a CFO.