There's more to March than brackets

It's fun until the Madness overrides the purity of the best tournament in sports

Updated: March 19, 2014, 4:01 PM ET
By Scoop Jackson | ESPN.com

If you let history tell it, it all started in a bar in New York.

1977. Jody's Club Forest. Staten Island. Is where the whole damn problem began.

Fifteen thousand dollars was the pot, the pool, the take for the person who had the best bracket -- who predicted the most wins of the teams in the NCAA men's basketball tournament. Now, 37 years later, there's a $1 billion pot, pool, take, for anyone who "guesstimates" every game correctly.

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