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    Entries in Basketball (6)

    Monday
    Mar162015

    2015 Simpson Bracket Challenge :: Join the Community, Make Your Picks, Have Fun, and Win

    Three years ago, I had a little fun and launched a bracket challenge for readers of my blog.

    That makes this the fourth annual Simpson Bracket Challenge.

    Let's play.

    No weird rules.

    March Madness is a great time a year for sports fans and my family.  My wife becomes interested in college basketball and I love it.  Many people fill out brackets and follow along, even though their picks might be based on mascots and jersey colors rather than matchup analysis or overall record.

    Last year I was flat out broke and this was all for fun.

    This year, I'm offering some modest prizes, as follows:

    • Third Prize: $5 GC to Amazon.com
    • Second Prize: $10 GC to Amazon.com
    • First Prize: $20 GC to Amazon.com, and a surprise shipment from me.

    Another quick note on prizes. In 2013 (I think), Matt Lipan wanted me to pay it forward on his prize when he ended up with a first place finish. So every year henceforth, I'll give Matt a nod and tell everyone to check out his blog. Read his work. And follow him on Twitter.

    Now, click here and join my bracket challenge.  Have some fun.

    Here is the bracket password: readtheblog.

    So, how do you sign up?

    The first way is to click the link above.

    But do me a favor.

    I'm serious about this. I want to know what you think.

    Comments are rare on blogs nowadays.

    With all the trolls out there, I don't blame folks.

    But this blog is different.

    I punt trolls. It's one of my hobbies.

    Answer this question in the comments. Use a valid email address:

    Who do you think will win the NCAA tournament?

     

    When you comment, an email will drop in my inbox.

    If you haven't signed up with the link above, I'll send along the league information and password.

    The Bracket Challenge is hosted this year by CBSSports. Last year, I went with Yahoo!

    Invite your friends. Make it a crowd. Follow the tournament. Have fun.

    If you are new to the blog and joining the challenge, connect with me here:

    Spread the word.

    Thursday
    Feb282013

    Simpson Bracket Challenge 2013 :: Join the Community, Make Your Picks, Have Fun, and Win

    Last year, I had a little fun and launched a bracket challenge for readers of my blog. We're doing it again.

    Let's play.

    March Madness is a great time a year for sports fans, and for my family.  Suddenly, my wife becomes interested in college basketball, and I love it.  Many others fill out brackets and follow along, even though their picks might be based on mascots and jersey colors rather than matchup analysis or overall record.

    Last year we played for a $20 Amazon gift card to the overall winner, along with bragging rights. My friend Justin is the defending champ. What are the prizes this year?

    • Overall Winner: $50 to Amazon
    • 2nd Place: $15
    • 3rd Place: $10

    If there is a tie, we'll split the pot.

    I'll be up front with the community: the prizes from Amazon are coming straight out of my pocket: I like to give and think that by providing some incentive, everyone will take things a little more seriously and have a little more fun. But why limit the prizes to what I can churn up?

    If you'd like to sweeten the collective pot for everyone, email me and let me know what you're thinking. If I think it is a good fit for the ethos of my blog, then we'll work together.

    So, how do you sign up?

    Answer this question in the comments, and make sure you use a valid email address:

    Who do you think will win the NCAA tournament?

     

    When you comment, an email will drop in my inbox, and I'll send along the league information and password. Then, you'll be all set.

    Invite your friends.  Make it a crowd.  Follow the tournment.  Drink deeply of life.  Give all the glory to God.

    If you are new to the blog and joining the challenge, connect with me here:

    Spread the word.

    Friday
    Mar092012

    Baylor's New Uniforms :: Radioactive; Turned PJ3 Into Godzilla Yesterday

    Baylor men's basketball faced off against the Kansas State Wildcats yesterday, winning 82-74 on day two of the Big XII tournament.  I tuned in, and like so many others, was awestruck by the Bears "highlighter" uniforms.  PJ3 played "upper-case", scoring 31 points and grabbing 11 rebounds--his best performance I have witnessed at Baylor.  I hope he can keep it up as tournament play continues.

    During the game yesterday, Blair Kerkhoff of the Kansas City Star asked for reactions to the uniforms on Twitter, and I'm glad to say I was quoted this morning in the paper.  Here is my quote:

    You can view the rest of the article here.

    Scot McKnight also expressed his love for them on Facebook.  I'm glad to have him on the Baylor bandwagon.

    Baylor plays Kansas today, having been embarrassed by the Jayhawks twice this year.  I hoping for a Baylor win, though many of my neighbors are pulling for a KU vs. MU rematch for the final.

    Go Bears!

    Monday
    Dec262011

    NBA Forever :: Fantastic Intro to the 2011-12 Season from TNT

    HT: Deadspin

    Monday
    Nov072011

    Bucket = TP @ John Brown University