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Episode #270

Jerry Palm

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CBS Sports Host + College Hoops #1 Expert & Founder Shares His Story

Guest Bio:

Jerry Palm has turned a degree in computer science and a passion for sports into a unique career.  He started writing about sports on the Internet right after Al Gore invented it. He was the first to bring the NCAA’s Ratings Percentage Index out in the open and is one of the pioneers of predicting the March Madness bracket. After tracking it for more than 20 years, he understands the NCAA Tournament selection process as well as those involved in setting the bracket.

When the Bowl Championship Series was created in 1998, Jerry brought his same statistical and analytical know-how to college football. That has continued with the BCS's evolution into the College Football Playoff.

Jerry started tracking the numbers and selection process as a hobby until the growth in popularity of his work gave him the opportunity to pursue it full time.  He created the websites and and also did some freelance work for USA Today, The Sporting News and CBS Sports, among others.  That ended in 2011 when he went to work exclusively for CBS Sports.  He is a 1985 graduate of Purdue University and currently resides in Schererville, Indiana.

Show Notes

  • Introduction (1:16)

  • Science and Technology (2:54)

  • Bringing the formula to the public (7:44)

  • Navigating the pandemic (11:03)

  • This year in sports (22:35)

  • What to expect with this tourney (28:32)

  • Football during covid (32:22)


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