Thursday, March 16, 2006

Like a Cold Compress for a Basketball Fever

Open invitation: If you're reading this, you're in time to join in this year's NCAA pick'em fun. Prepared to fill out a bracket against the best in all blogspace? For the third year, I've set up a tournament group at Yahoo! for the upcoming NCAA Men's Basketball National Championship Tournament. You are invited to join the Bloggers' Mad Dance III (ID# 37991). It's all free, no $ involved (but do bring your braggadocio). Flip me an email behind the back if you have any questions: dmueller at earthwidemoth dot com. All are welcome, bloggers and non-bloggers alike. Group capacity: 1 winner and 49 losers "champions at heart." At stake: admiration, glory, etc. And of course you can promote this to anybody you'd like to join (on your blog, via email, whatever); pass it on, in other words.

Yahoo! Tournament Pick'em
Group: Bloggers' Mad Dance III (ID# 37991)
Password: ewm
Set your picks after bracket assignments on Sunday, March 12. Sign up before the start of round one, five minutes before tip-off this Thursday, March 16.

Bookmark and Share Posted by at March 16, 2006 12:25 PM to Sport

As if in recognition of my eminent wisdom and foresight, Yahoo has already put me in first place in this group, and for this I compliment them.

Posted by: collin at March 11, 2006 4:02 PM

Heh. Same for me. No. 1 until I'm not. That Yahoo's a suck up.

Posted by: Derek at March 11, 2006 4:59 PM

I think I'll put the whole tournament in a random guessing machine. That's probably about what I'll be doing.

Will enter asap.

Posted by: Chuck at March 12, 2006 12:17 AM

I hear ya; I can't imagine doing better on my insight and analysis than I'd do on a randomization, even though I've watched hours and hours of college hoops this winter. I thought I understood the Big East, but then that melted away over the past four days (not that I mind SU's mirzculous run). Big Ten? ACC? SEC? Big Twelve? Pac Ten? I don't know who's good enough anymore...Nova, Duke, Ohio State and Gonzaga? Memphis, Florida, UConn and Texas? Pitt, Boston College, Iowa and UCLA? Sheesh. Much guessing to do.

Posted by: Derek at March 12, 2006 8:43 AM

Pick Nevada all the way, and all will be well.

Posted by: jason at March 13, 2006 10:03 AM

N'vada, all bravada. Must avoida.

Posted by: Veda at March 13, 2006 12:37 PM

just signed up and, as usual, i'm keeping it real for my Arizona Wildcats, despite their having had their worst season in over a decade. so i prob'ly won't be much of a threat!

Posted by: Bill at March 14, 2006 4:34 PM

Wildcats, eh? Along with several others (LSU, Memphis, UCLA, Cal and Nevada), Arizona is one of the 1-8 seeds that I haven't watched a single time this season. This year's brackets have me stumped. I ended up with an elite eight that's not risky at all. If I end up not being a threat it'll be on the successes of the top seeds. Safe but boring, my bracket.

Posted by: Derek at March 14, 2006 8:25 PM

Derek, looks like safe but boring was the way to go. We'll see if that continues, but there have been at least six games that were within seconds of killing my bracket only to turn around at the last possible sceond.

Posted by: Chuck at March 25, 2006 5:09 PM

Looks like even that approach has gone belly-up. UConn's OT loss to GMason drops the final wrecking ball onto my long-ago broken bracket. Next year...

Of course, the games have been good all around; everything a fan could hope for.

Posted by: Derek at March 26, 2006 5:49 PM

I think our brackets are all done. Oddly enough, I think I've won, which wouldn't have happened unless Florida beat 'Nova.

But as far as I could tell, my bracket was teh last one standing.

Posted by: Chuck at March 27, 2006 5:00 PM

Yep, way to go. Last one standing, you're right. I've paid proper tribute, painful as it is to total the points five days before the Final Four.

Posted by: Derek at March 28, 2006 6:59 PM