Ben Hornberg, a marketing associate for the firm Gabbler & Dunn, made a grave mistake this week when he demonstrated, for the first time, just how much he can actually accomplish at work, when he agreed to run the office’s 85-person NCAA March Madness pool.

“He was sending these very funny reminder emails to fill out your bracket, he made a big display with everyone’s name on it out front, and he even built a small internal mobile app so we can see the office leaderboard in real-time,” said Hornberg’s boss Bill Caster. “Gotta be honest, I had no idea he was capable of this much competence or enthusiasm.”

Hornberg has also been described by co-workers as “approachable” and “motivated” for the first time in his two-year stint with the company.


“Usually, he just plays Snood on his computer,” noted co-worker Edna Blanton. “I assumed he was the CEO’s nephew or something, but maybe he was just brought in to run office pools or something.”

Hornberg has been seen around the office over the last few days laughing about basketball-related inside jokes with upper management. Word has it that he is in line for a massive promotion by the next round of the tournament.

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