THE WINNER of Kim’s 2019 Pirate Guy College Football Challenge …

… is JOEL ROSEN of Springfield, Virginia – a longtime competitor who won in a tiebreaker (closest guess on the final score of the final game) over my son Chris Hannemann of San Diego and our friend Jessica Jackson Sandlin of Newnan, Georgia!

Joel told me to add his winnings – such as they might have been – to the contribution I was forced to make to Tidepool for Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) research, specifically their work on Tidepool Loop, a project intended to build and support an FDA-regulated version of Loop, to be available in the iOS App Store, intended to work with commercially available insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors (CGM).

Loop is an iPhone app that brings together an insulin pump, CGM, and insulin dosing algorithm to modify your basal rates every five minutes to give you insulin – automatically. In this respect the combination has been compared to an “artificial pancreas.” Both Chris and his sister Victoria use an unregulated version of Loop, currently on beat-up old Medtronic pumps held together pretty much with spit. Why on old beat-up pumps? Because only those were hackable to make the controls accessible to external commands issued by a computer, which no other pumps can make available … yet. But Tandem and Omnipod are closing in, and Tidepool is helping through this effort.

This year’s contribution, based on 33 entries at $1 per ($33), plus 7 who beat me at $5 per ($35), plus $25 attributable to Joel’s winnings, was $100. The math doesn’t work, but less than 3 digits was unacceptable to me.

Pirate Guy 2019 Football Challenge

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 at ESPN 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 Friday, December 20 and Monday, January 13. 

This game is for research into Type 1 Diabetes. I am donating $1 for each entry in the contest, and an ADDITIONAL $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. [EDIT – fixed link to 2019 game Tue Dec 10 9:25 AM]

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 (Friday, December 20, 2:00 PM 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 28 which two teams of the four that made the playoffs – LSU, Clemson, Ohio State and Oklahoma – will be in the championship game on January 13. You will have to wait to make that pick – or you can just make your decision right up front if you are that confident. I am, but then I am usually wrong.

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? Rats.) You can even do auto-pick (chooses the most popular picks) or a random (chooses randomly).

Thanks for playing, and happy holidays!

Results of 2019 Pirate Guy Basketball Challenge

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!

17th Annual Pirate Guy Coed Basketball Tournament

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!

Kim’s Pirate Guy College Football Challenge (FREE Charity Event)

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!

Pirate Guy’s 2018 Coed College Basketball Challenge WINNERS!

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.

48 entrants x $1.00 = $48, plus 12 Pirate Guy beaters x $5 = $60 = $108 for diabetes research.

Congratulations to the winners! I know the names of everyone except waitingforfootball season. Not that you actually won anything, but you can crow about winning the pool. For those who got both winning teams correct, Barbara5358 is trying to figure out how to put them both on one shirt. She has an unfair advantage, though, with at least six D1 schools on her list of possibles.

kbreudy
Barbara5358
Waitingforfootball season
I-Exam
It’s A Pirate’s Wife
Blalock
mayoboy15
Jzal36
nyyanksmsg
dunlopmike
b_hannemann

SIXTEENTH ANNUAL PIRATE GUY CHALLENGE

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 Guy Challenge, and $5 for each entry that beats my own, to a related foundation.

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 pom-pom colors. Once again, I haven’t watched a single game this season. How can you not beat me? And ESPN sadly give 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 (Men’s were set yesterday; Women’s will be set tonight). The men’s first round games that count start on Thursday March 15, and the women’s first games are on Friday March 16 – 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 links:

** Men’s Tournament Challenge

** Women’s Tournament Challenge

After you create your entry, be sure to join the Pirate 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!