2017 Mammal March Madness

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2017 Mammal March Madness

Post by Ego » Mon Feb 27, 2017 8:31 am

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mammal_March_Madness

Mammal March Madness is an alternate March Madness tournament focusing on simulated combat between non-human mammals, instead of college basketball. The bracket is run by a team of evolutionary biologists, using science and probability to determine the outcomes of the fights.

http://mammalssuck.blogspot.com/2017/02 ... ew=classic

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Brackets will be released today. :D

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Re: 2017 Mammal March Madness

Post by Ego » Mon Feb 27, 2017 12:03 pm

The bracket is now live:
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Save the document. Complete it. Play along.

BATTLE SCHEDULE

Week One
3/6/2017 Wild Card Monday
3/8/2017 Round 1: Adjective Wednesday
3/9/2017 Round 1: Desert Thursday

Week Two
3/13/2017 Round 1: Coulda Shoulda Monday
3/14/2017 Round 1: Two/One Tuesday
3/16/2017 Round 2: Adjective & Desert Thursday

Week Three
3/20/2017 Round 2: C/S & Two/One Monday
3/21/2017 Sweet Sixteen All Divisions Tuesday
3/23/2017 Elite Trait Thursday

Week Four
3/27/2017 Final Roar Monday
3/29/2017 CHAMPIONSHIP!!! Wednesday

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Re: 2017 Mammal March Madness

Post by C40 » Mon Feb 27, 2017 5:25 pm

Barring upsets, the only real candidates for winning are the Sabertooth cat, the Neanderthal hunting party (how many are in the party!?), or one of the bears depending on what type they are (grizzly?).

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Re: 2017 Mammal March Madness

Post by Ego » Mon Feb 27, 2017 7:37 pm

They add a bit of randomness to the process with a 100 sided die. Here are more rules:

Battle outcome is a function of the two species' attributes within the battle environment. Attributes considered in calculating battle outcome include: temperament, diet, social behavior, environment, size, and fight style. After these factors are weighed against each other, the MMM organizers determine probability of one animal defeating another. This is how they develop the seed, or rank, of each mammal. Then a 100-sided die (or random number generator) is rolled with a determined percentage numbers attributed to each animal. For the first round, the battle occurs in the better-ranked species' habitat (home court advantage), but in later rounds, battle location will be random.

Here is the matchup for Wildcard Monday 3/6/17:
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Re: 2017 Mammal March Madness

Post by C40 » Mon Feb 27, 2017 8:36 pm

Yeah... once I read some more about how they say it works, I lost some interest. They said one large cat lost because it had won the day before (and would've eaten it's opponent) and thus would not have been hungry against it's current opponent and so would not have attacked.

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Re: 2017 Mammal March Madness

Post by enigmaT120 » Mon Feb 27, 2017 9:49 pm

I think a hundred sided die would pretty much be a sphere. We used to roll a D10 twice to get percentages.

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