Monthly Archives: March 2013

The Odds of March

Millions across the United States and thousands in Central Oregon will attempt to identify who will emerge from the annual NCAA basketball post-season tournament, appropriately dubbed March Madness, as champion through the art of bracketology.

So, what are the odds of completing a perfect bracket, correctly calling the outcomes of all 63 contests?  Well, in strict mathematical terms, the odds are 1 in 9.2 quintillion.  No misprint–that’s 9 with 18 zeroes–9,200,000,000,000,000,000.  You have better odds of hitting four holes-in-one in a single round of golf or getting bit by a shark or being elected president of the United States!

Now, according to DePaul math professor Jay Bergen, if you know a little something about college basketball, the odds of dealing the perfect bracket are significantly (in mathematical terms) reduced–1 in 128 billion.

And, with this year’s college basketball season lacking any semblance of a dominant team or teams–hey, Robert Morris (yes, Robert Morris of Moon Township in Pennsylvania) knocked off vaunted Kentucky in the first round of the NIT!–the odds of completing a perfect bracket appear about 1 to 9.2 octillion!

HBO & Cinemax Free Preview

HBO & Cinemax Free Preview

We are happy to announce the HBO/Cinemax March Free Preview dates. The free four-day preview runs from Friday, March 29, through Monday, April 1 (with a technical close of 6 a.m. Tuesday, April 2) on all HBO and Cinemax channels. The free preview weekend will promote the season-three premiere of HBO’s most anticipated series, “Game of Thrones.” We also… Continue Reading

My Own Two Hands 2013

My Own Two Hands 2013

The town of Sisters is warming up for the 12th annual My Own Two Hands event April 12–13. The two-day event is a community celebration of the arts and a fundraiser for the Sisters Americana Project. “Once people see what classes like these do for the kids, they realize how important they are to maintain,”… Continue Reading


Sparked by the celebrated TED conferences worldwide, TEDxBend is our very own locally organized event featuring a dozen talks, demonstrations and performances lasting no more than 18 minutes apiece. We are a proud sponsor of TedxBend. TED is a nonprofit devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading.” TEDxBend will be held April 6 at Summit High School in… Continue Reading

Academy of Country Music Awards

Academy of Country Music Awards

The biggest names in country music will be in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 7, for the 48th annual “Academy of Country Music Awards.” Performers will include Luke Bryan, Kelly Clarkson, Hunter Hayes, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, George Strait and The Band Perry. We will air the event on KBNZ-CBS for Central Oregon at 8… Continue Reading

BendBroadband Vault Welcomes New Data Sales Manager

BendBroadband Vault Welcomes New Data Sales Manager Alice Goldberg brings 20 years of technology expertise to new post   Bend, Oregon – March 20, 2013 – The BendBroadband Vault, the Northwest’s only Tier III, LEED Gold data center, is pleased to welcome Alice Goldberg to the position of Pacific Northwest sales manager. Goldberg, who will… Continue Reading

Call us to Keep Your HD Broadcast Channels

On March 20th BendBroadband will launch “Basic Tier Encryption” throughout our cable system.  As part of this effort, the four HD broadcast channels will be encrypted (ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox).  We will also be encrypting all standard definition digital channels contained in the Limited cable TV package. If you live in Sunriver and view any of the four… Continue Reading

Sunriver Spring Cable Construction

BendBroadband construction crews will soon begin working in the Sunriver area. They will be installing new cable wires in the areas previously serviced by Chambers Cable. Crews will work during the daylight hours now through spring, weather permitting. We will be running wires and digging in utility right of ways where existing cable lines are… Continue Reading