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    Entries in Sports (9)

    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.

    Friday
    Jan092015

    "Only Cool People Use Puns" and Other Greatness from "Spurs Special Forces"

    Matt Hill has pulled together this bit of brilliance.

    If you grew up on The A-Team and enjoyed Los Spurs dismantling Los Heat in last year's NBA Finals, then this is worth the watch. Best laugh I've had all day.

    Also, 1 million pesos equals $67,971.03, if you wondering about the conversion.

    Thanks to SB Nation for picking this up.

    A tip of the cap to Walter Simpson for sending it my way.

    Thursday
    Jan012015

    Please Don't Gloat

    Today marks the opening round of the first year College Football Playoff. It is also Bowl Season.

    I have an observation. It is not new, but it crystallized today in my mind. I was convicted.

    Gloating doesn't look good on anyone.

    Proverbs 24:17-18. Obadiah 1:12.

    Social media makes it easy to gloat.

    Some might say that a little earnest ribbing is all in good fun. But the more mature person will put such foolish talk aside, avoid the risk of harm, and, if words are spoken at all, they will be words of congratulation for the good an opponent has accomplished on the field.

    Gloating. Don't do it.

    Saturday
    Mar082014

    Simpson Bracket Challenge 2014 :: Join the Community, Make Your Picks, Have Fun, and Win

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

    We did it again last year.

    And we're doing it again this year.

    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 I set aside a little bit of money, and provided some incentive for everyone to play, take their picks seriously, keep track, and stay engaged.

    But this year, I can't do that. Our family has moved to a new city, I've begun a new work, and we're still working to sell our house in Kansas City.

    I won't ask anyone to pay to get in. I want to keep it fun, and open to everyone.

    But some of you might have an idea to motivate the crowd.  Last year, the prize pool consisted of Amazon Gift Cards. If you have an idea, 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. We're playing through Yahoo! again this year.

    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.

    Wednesday
    Aug082012

    8.8.12 :: Sporting Kansas City vs. Seattle Sounders