Bracket contest winner heads-up

Basketball knowledge isn’t always the most useful tool to employ when filling out an NCAA Tournament bracket.

Las Vegas Review-Journal City Hall reporter Alan Choate topped 88 entries to win a bracket contest involving many R-J staffers.

Choate, who said he used the coin-flip method to determine about 90 percent of his picks, correctly selected five of the teams that reached the round of eight, three of the Final Four contestants and had Duke winning it all.

Matt Walker, who won the bracket contest, which included 4.7 million entries, said “it was just a feel” he used when filling out his bracket.

The 28-year-old from Ballston Spa, N.Y., missed 14 picks, but most were in the early rounds.

“It feels great to win, but there was no method to my madness,” said the unemployed Walker, who won $10,000.

His bracket wasn’t perfect, but his misses were few and far between. Walker picked Ohio State to reach the round of eight and Siena, Georgetown, Kansas and New Mexico to make the round of 16.

He was one of 200 in the contest to pick all of the Final Four teams correctly.

■ GRANDPA BRETT — With his gray hair and beard and all the trouble he has making decisions, Brett Favre already looked the part. Now the 40-year-old really is a grandfather.

The NFL great’s oldest daughter, 21-year-old Brittany, gave birth to Parker Brett, a 7-pound, 7-ounce boy, on Friday.

The NFL said it knows of no other grandfathers among current players.

Maybe this will make Favre’s decision easier: Play quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings next season, or stay home and help change diapers.

■ SIBLING STUPIDITY — Twin brothers Tarvis Simms and Travis Simms elevated sibling rivalry to new heights over the weekend in Norwalk, Conn.

The 39-year-old former boxers engaged in a fistfight that led to Tarvis biting his brother’s 10-year-old niece on the arm when she tried to break up the scuffle. Tarvis then grabbed a kitchen knife to ward off his brother.

Tarvis alleges he was punched in the head by Travis — a former super welterweight champion and current South Norwalk councilman — and threatened at gunpoint during a family gathering Saturday night, according to

Travis was arrested and charged with first-degree reckless endangerment, second-degree threatening and third-degree assault.

Tarvis was arrested and charged with third-degree assault, second-degree threatening and injury/risk/impairing morals of a child.

The brothers appeared Monday in state Superior Court in Norwalk and are scheduled to appear again next week.

■ GIANT SLIDE — The major league baseball season is three days old, and already the San Francisco Giants are losing.

The team faces a $6 million lawsuit by Chad Mello, who injured his left knee and ankle on AT&T Park’s Coca-Cola bottle slide in 2008. It’s the fourth such suit filed against the Giants and Coca-Cola over the slide since the stadium opened in 2000.


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