Want An iPad Mini? Enter The Big Johnson!

BigJohnsonIt’s once again that time when people all over the country stop doing what they are doing and feverishly consider their picks for the NCAA Basketball Tournaments so they can enter the ELEVENTH Annual Big Johnson COED College Basketball Tournament Classic, sponsored by yours truly, on ESPN. Yes, it’s 100% FREE!

ipad_miniHere’s your chance to Stick It To The Man – yet again! A new Apple iPad Mini (yes, I am absolutely insane) awaits the talented owner of the highest COMBINED score of the Men’s and Women’s Big Johnsons! (YOUR gender is irrelevant. I am referring to the separate basketball tournaments.)

ipod_shuffleFor the winner of EACH tournament, it’s a personalized 2GB iPod Shuffle (your choice of color). And as usual, anyone who gets more points than The Man will win something. I am hoping to make it something other than chocolate this time. (No, not booze, this is a teen-friendly activity.)

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 four men’s play-in games, which we don’t.) According to sports pundits, this year is so wide-open, you might as well pick your teams based on the cheerleader pom-pom colors. Fits right into my wheelhouse because I haven’t watched a single game so far. If you don’t do as well as me, there’s something wrong.

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


The brackets are being set by the NCAA (Men’s Sunday March 17; Women’s Monday March 18). Themen’s first round games that count start on Thursday March 21, and the women’s first games are on Saturday March 23 – and the brackets are locked shortly before the first game of each tournament. That doesn’t leave you much time, so GET GOING!

The Group Name on ESPN is “Big Johnson” for each tournament, and the group password is:  kimsentme. That’s right, “kimsentme,” one word.
You can get to the contest through the following URLs:

** Men’s Challenge:   http://games.espn.go.com/tcmen/frontpage

** Women’s Challenge:   http://games.espn.go.com/tcwomen/frontpage

I know some of you like to fake out ESPN with an alias and throwaway email, but please be sure I can identify you from your name or the name of your entry. Or send me a note after the contest.

After you create your entry, be sure to join the Big Johnson group in each tournament! ONLY ONE ENTRY PER PERSON MAY BE IN MY GROUPS. And, if you create your entries before the brackets are set, be sure to return in time to choose your winners before they lock. Most people will wait until a day or two before the tournaments start, but don’t forget! You will be humiliated as your entries with zero points sink inexorably to the bottom of the group . . .

ESPN tracks your points as the tournaments progress. I will weigh in every now and then with a Big Johnson update note.

FRIENDS ARE WELCOME, so please invite them. Don’t forget your Significant Other. Just be sure they identify themselves to me in their entry!

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