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!
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). His sister has joined him as a crash test dummy, one of now over 230 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. Between this and my college football promotions, nearly $1400 was donated, not including what others donated separately.
In addition, there are still prizes! To win the championship prize – a $100 Amazon Gift Card – you have to score more total points than anyone in the Big Johnson (mens and womens tournaments combined). $25 gift cards are awarded to the winners of the Mens and Womens tournaments. Win them all, you get it all! Get your friends to enter, and diabetes research wins a bundle!
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. I haven’t watched a single game this season. How can you not beat me?
Remember, enter BOTH the Men’s and Women’s tournaments if you want a shot at the championship. Men – it’s w-i-i-i-de-open this year. Women – will seemingly unbeatable UCONN sweep the table YET AGAIN, or will the one of the many talented challengers finally put an end to their run?
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 16, and the women’s first games are on Friday March 17 – and the brackets lock shortly before the first game of each tournament. 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://games.espn.go.com/tcmen/frontpage
** Women’s Tournament 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 ESPN name or the name of your entry. Or send me a note after the contest if you win.
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 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 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!