2015 Big Johnson College Bowl Mania

December 5, 2015

Sure, maybe your favorite college team won’t quite make it to a bowl game, though with 41 Bowl Games this year I can’t imagine how they can avoid it. In any case, you still can enter (and WIN) Kim’s

Big Johnson 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 19 and Monday, January 11.



This year I am doing something special. As many of you know, two of my kids – Chris and Victoria – have Type 1 diabetes (T1D). Chris has gone part-time with his employer, Alphabet Energy, to focus the rest of his time on the development of an Artificial Pancreas System (APS), including building and wearing one himself as a crash test dummy. More about it here: Chris Life Update. In any event, I am donating $1 for each entry in the Big Johnson, and $5 for each entry that beats my own, to the Nightscout Foundation

The Nightscout Foundation exists to encourage and support the creation of open source technology projects that enhance the lives of people with Type 1 Diabetes and those who love them. This includes fundraising, advocacy, and direct software and hardware development.


In addition, there are prizes! To win First Prize a $100 Amazon Gift Card – you have to 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.)

** Second Prize is a tin of Mrs. Hanes Moravian Sugar Crisp Cookies. Mmmmmmm . . .

** Third Prize is a 2016 T1D Exposed Calendar, autographed by at least one of the calendar subjects!

Did I mention that it’s FREE ?!

You enter the contest by going to the ESPN website

ESPN College Bowl Mania

and following the instructions. Choose the “straight” mode, not the “confidence” mode. You are welcome to invite your friends. 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. Also, I will be sending updates to participants through ESPN, so be sure you actually look at whatever email address you use to sign up.

If the link doesn’t take you right to it, search for and join the group named Big Johnson. NO PASSWORD REQUIRED THIS YEAR. 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 in the Big Johnson.

Register and submit your entry no later than the first kickoff of the first bowl game (Saturday, December 19, 12:00 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, you won’t know until after December 31 which teams will be in the championship game on January 11. You will have to wait to make that pick – or you can just flip a coin.

Thanks for playing, and happy holidays!

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