2015 - Al Alberts leaves us
One of our greatest contestants was Al Alberts, who played in every contest from our initial one in 1990 through 2014. He didn't enter the contest in 2015, and we wondered why. When we found out, we eulogized him in this re-purposed post from 2015:
(cue the time machine...)
Post from Monday, March 2, 2015
Titled: "RIP, Al Alberts"
The commissioners are saddened to have learned that Alberts has passed on to that great sports book in the sky.
One of the few people who played in each of the first 25 Pre-NCAA contests, he was also one of our best recruiters, bringing friends and co-workers to the contest in droves. His highest contest achievement was a second place finish in 1996, but he was usually hanging out in the top 20.
We used to play in "Sportie Al's" weekly college basketball pool back when he worked at Urban Engineers, and remember him as a really nice guy who was totally devoted to sports. You can bet that wherever he is now, he's either running some heavenly pool or participating in one.
We'll miss you, Al. The contest won't be the same without you.