Enter the Big Johnson Bowl Mania!

December 6, 2016

Sure, maybe your favorite college team won’t quite make it to a bowl game, though with 42 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 42 upcoming college football bowl/playoff games taking place between Saturday, December 17 and Monday, January 9.

As with last year, this game is for research into Type 1 Diabetes. As many of you know, two of my kids – Chris and Victoria – have Type 1 diabetes (T1D). Last year, Chris was working part-time on purpose to focus on the development of an Artificial Pancreas System (APS), including building and wearing one himself as a crash test dummy. Good news: this led to a job offer for him – and his partner Anna with her new ChemE doctorate – with DEXCOM, the premier manufacturer of continuous glucose monitoring systems (CGMS). This month his sister is joining him as a crash test dummy, one of now over 125 in the world. In any event, I am donating $1 for each entry in the Big Johnson, and $5 for each entry that beats my own, to a related foundation. Last year I lost big – our total donation was over $500, not including what others donated separately.

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 . . .

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 have no entries, you want to create one by clicking the blue button in the box that looks like this:

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If you already have an entry, you can just join the Big Johnson 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. 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 TO JOIN THE GROUP. 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 17, 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 31 which teams will be in the championship game on January 9. You will have to wait to make that pick – or you can just flip a coin.

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.)

Thanks for playing, and happy holidays!

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