And unlike our March Madness pool, the winner isn't a New York Magazine employee! So congratulations to J. Beckner's entry, "Losing and getting cancer" — that's a reference to Eastbound & Down, by the way, not a random reference to losing and/or cancer — which won The Sports Section's pool by correctly predicting that Spain would knock off Germany in the semis and the Netherlands in the finals. (With 135 points, the entry came in an impressive 233rd out of all the entries on ESPN.com. By comparison, ours finished 381,439th.) So to J. Beckner: Shoot us an e-mail (or, if you are an octopus, have your handler shoot us an e-mail) to claim your prize: a post on this blog to write about whatever you'd like.
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