The Pirate Guy Coed Basketball Challenge ended with the Baylor Lady Bears victory over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Sunday 4/7, and the Virginia Cavaliers defeat of Texas Tech Red Raiders on Monday 4/8. The winner of our contest, his second win in the Pirate Guy Challenge Hall of Fame, was Wayne McDonald. The Men’s tournament winner was Eve Waring, and the Women’s tournament was won by Rob DuPrau.

Most importantly, 28 participants entered both the tournaments, and 14 of those beat the Pirate Guy (including, embarrassingly, Mrs. Pirate Guy once again), resulting in $98 going to Tidepool. I’m tossing in another $2 for those participants who forgot to enter both tournaments to round it up to $100. Thanks for playing, everyone!

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Stop doing whatever you are doing and feverishly consider your picks for the Mens and Women’s NCAA Basketball Tournaments so you can enter the SEVENTEENTH Annual Pirate Guy’s COED College Basketball Tournament Challenge, sponsored by yours truly, on ESPN. Yes, it’s 100% FREE!

Here’s your chance to throw the Pirate Guy overboard! 


This game supports research into Type 1 Diabetes. I am donating $1 for each entry in the Pirate Guy Challenge, and $5 for each entry that beats my own, to TIDEPOOL.ORG, a nonprofit dedicated to making diabetes data more accessible, actionable, and meaningful for people with diabetes, their care teams, and researchers.

How difficult can this contest really be? Well, there might be upsets. Or not. And gee, there are only – uh, lessee, 64 teams in each tournament – okay, 126 total games. (Not counting the play-in games, which we don’t.) You might as well pick your teams based on the team colors. Once again, haven’t watched a single game this season. How can you not beat me? And ESPN sadly gives you an option to choose all the winners with one button if you go along with the NCAA’s seeding.

Remember, enter BOTH the Men’s and Women’s tournaments if you want a shot at the championship.

The brackets are being set by the NCAA as I type. The men’s first round games that count start on Thursday March 21, and the women’s first games are on Friday March 22 – and the brackets lock shortly before the first game of each tournament – like at NOON EDT. That doesn’t leave you much time, so GET GOING! 

The Group Name on ESPN is “Pirate Guy’s Challenge” for each tournament. The setting for the group is PUBLIC, so you don’t need a password.

You can get there through the following URLs:

   ** Men’s Tournament Challenge:   http://fantasy.espn.com/tournament-challenge-bracket/2019/en/

   ** Women’s Tournament Challenge:   http://fantasy.espn.com/tournament-challenge-bracket-women/2019/en/

After you create your entry, be sure to join thePirate Guy’s Challenge group in each tournament! ONLY ONE ENTRY PER PERSON MAY BE IN MY GROUPS.

FRIENDS ARE WELCOME, so you can forward this if you wish. Don’t forget your Significant Other. Just be sure they identify themselves to me in their entry!

Best of luck to everyone!

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Sure, maybe your favorite college team didn’t quite make it to a bowl game, but with 41 Bowl Games this year there are plenty to go around. In any case, you still can enter (and WIN) Kim’s
 
Pirate Guy T1D Challenge
College Bowl Mania

This free contest involves trying to choose the highest number of winning teams for each of the 41 upcoming college football bowl/playoff games taking place between Saturday, December 15 and Monday, January 7. 

This game is for research into Type 1 Diabetes. I am donating $1 for each entry in the contestand $5 for each entry that beats my own, to a related foundation. You don’t have to donate anything but your bowl game picks.

In addition, there will be some sort of idiotic prize – worth $25 or less  if you pick more winners than anyone in the Big Johnson group. (For the tiebreaker, if it’s needed, you have to guess the score of the College Football Playoff Championship game.) 

Did I mention that it’s FREE ?!

You enter the contest by going to this ESPN website

ESPN College Bowl Mania

and following the instructions. 

If you already have an entry, you can just join the Pirate Guy T1D Challenge group. Choose the “straight” mode, not the “confidence” mode (that’s too complicated). If you don’t make your picks when you sign up, I suggest you also allow ESPN to send you a reminder about your picks. I will be sending updates to participants through ESPN, so be sure you actually look at whatever email address you use to sign up.

You are welcome to invite your friends. 

If the link doesn’t take you right to it, search for and join the group named Pirate Guy T1D Challenge. You can join the group as soon as you create your entry – you don’t have to make any picks first. Let me know if you have any problems getting into the group. Only one entry allowed per person, please.

Register and submit your entry no later than the first kickoff of the first bowl game (Saturday, December 15, NOON EST). Each game locks before it takes place, so if you change your mind about a game, you can go back and change your pick until that game starts.

Here’s a link to the bowl schedule.

Because of the College Football Playoff system, we won’t know until after December 29 which teams – Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame or Oklahoma – will be in the championship game on January 9. You will have to wait to make that pick – or you can just make your decision right up front.

It’s not rocket science or neurosurgery. Pick your favorite schools, your favorite team mascots, or pick against schools you dislike for some reason. (Hmmm, is Trump University playing? No? Dang.) You can even do an auto-pick (chooses the most popular picks) or a random (chooses randomly).

Thanks for playing, and happy holidays!

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Pirate Guy’s 2018 Coed College Basketball Challenge WINNERS!

April 3, 2018

I can now announce the results of Pirate Guy’s [Coed College Basketball] Challenge! I won! Not the game, but to opportunity to make a contribution to diabetes research efforts. I came in 13th, but only because several high scorers only entered the Men’s or Women’s tournaments, but not both. Otherwise I would have been creamed. […]

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SIXTEENTH ANNUAL PIRATE GUY CHALLENGE

March 12, 2018

Stop doing whatever you are doing and feverishly consider your picks for the Mens and Women’s NCAA Basketball To urnaments so you can enter the SIXTEENTH Annual Pirate Guy’s COED College Basketball  Tournament Challenge, sponsored by yours truly, on ESPN. Yes, it’s 100% FREE! Here’s your chance to throw the Pirate Guy overboard! This game supports research into Type 1 Diabetes. I am donating $1 for each entry in the Pirate […]

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Winners of the 2017 Pirate Guy’s COED College Basketball Tournament Challenge

April 4, 2017

And the winners are . . .  Gary Hinson of Springfield, Virginia, my old partner in all-night HS grad party chaperoning! Gary came out on top of the Women’s tourney bracket (#32 nationally) and did well in the Men’s tourney to top all entrants for the overall prize as well; and, Roger Fielden of Buford, […]

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Enter Now – Pirate Guy’s COED March Madness Challenge

March 14, 2017

Stop doing whatever you are doing and feverishly consider your picks for the NCAA Basketball Tournaments so you can enter the FIFTEENTH Annual Pirate Guy’s COED College Basketball Tournament Challenge, sponsored by yours truly, on ESPN. Yes, it’s 100% FREE! Here’s your chance to throw the Pirate Guy overboard!  As with last year, this game is for research into Type 1 Diabetes. As many of you know, two […]

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