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And the winners are . . . 

Gary Hinson of Springfield, Virginia, my old partner in all-night HS grad party chaperoning! Gary came out on top of the Women’s tourney bracket (#32 nationally) and did well in the Men’s tourney to top all entrants for the overall prize as well; and,

Roger Fielden of Buford, Georgia, a previous winner in the Football side, and the father of one of my son’s college roommates, who squeaked out a win over several challengers in the Men’s tournament.

Both Gary and Roger have exercised their right to donate their winnings – a total of $150 – to go along with my contribution, for which I thank them immensely.

As for my contributions, there were a total of 68 entries overall – though I could only identify 48 people that had entries in both the Mens and Womens tournaments. But I will count all of them, so that is $68, plus 20 people that beat me overall (I did well, but Lon Pribble finally beat me) so that’s another $100. Adding it all up, $68 + $100 +$150 = $318 going to The Nightscout Foundation.

The Nightscout Foundation supports 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.

If you want to contribute separately, the place to go is HERE.

Thank you to each and every one for playing. One of these days I will win this thing and have to figure out for myself how much to give . . .


And the winner is . . . Fred Heggi of Gaithersburg, MD! There is no need to wait for the final game next Monday because he is 3 points ahead of everyone else. Fred will be receiving a $100 Amazon gift card to spoil his grandson.

Second place, and the highly-sought-after tin of Mrs. Hanes Moravian Sugar Cookies, is up for grabs with SIX contestants looking for a win. If you are among the six, you better make sure your tiebreaker scores are in (you have until the start of the Monday night game at 8 PM EST) because it will probably come down to that. From ESPN’s rules:

In all cases, an entry that does not win a tiebreaker is eliminated from consideration:

  • Tiebreaker #1 – An Entrant’s predicted Tiebreaker Game score is compared to the actual Tiebreaker Game score. The differences between the predicted scores and actual scores for each team are added. The entry with the smallest total difference is considered the winning entry.
  • Tiebreaker #2 – The Entrant whose predicted score for the winning team of the Tiebreaker Game is closest to the actual score of the winning team is considered the winning entry.
  • Tiebreaker #3 – A random drawing of all remaining eligible Entrants will determine the winner.

As for my contributions, lessee (sticks tongue out of side of mouth, licks pencil) . . . that was 54 valid entries ($54) plus 53 entries that beat mine* (53 x $5 = $265) for a total of $319 going to The Nightscout Foundation. The Nightscout Foundation supports 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. If you want to contribute separately, the place to be is HERE.

Thank you one and all for playing and hope to see you for the NCAA basketball tournament, where 68 men’s and 64 women’s teams will battle it out for the sake of again, probably, The Nightscout Foundation.

*OK, pending the final game, only 46 are actually beating me, 4 are tied, and 3 are one point behind. But I have the underdog in the final game, and overall my performance has been so abysmal I have chosen not to pinch Abrahams and just make the total payoff as though EVERYONE beat me.


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:

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!


Kim’s Big Johnson Bowl Mania UPDATE

January 12, 2016

And the winner is . . .  Ron Frazier of Fairfax, VA! Ron, bless his heart and soul, volunteered to donate his $100 winnings to The Nightscout Foundation, to accompany my own contributions. The Nightscout Foundation supports the creation of open source technology projects that enhance the lives of people with Type 1 Diabetes and those […]

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2014 Big Johnson College Bowl Mania

December 10, 2014

Sure, maybe your favorite college team won’t quite make it to a bowl game this year, though with 39 of them I can’t imagine how they could avoid it. In either case, you still can enter (and WIN) Kim’s Big Johnson College Bowl Mania This free contest involves choosing the winning team for each of the 39 (OMG!) upcoming college football bowl  games, to be played between Saturday, December 20 […]

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Big Johnson Basketball Challenge Winners!

April 9, 2014

How did your brackets do? For most of us, the early Duke loss created havoc in our Men’s NCAA Basketball bracket. But there were a ton of upsets in other games too that brought everyone back to the middle. And then there was the Women’s NCAA Basketball tournament which wound up pitting the undefeated Notre […]

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Win An iPad! No, Really!

March 11, 2014

It’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 TWELFTH Annual Big Johnson COED College Basketball Tournament Classic, sponsored by yours truly, on ESPN. Yes, it’s 100% FREE! Here’s your chance to Stick It To The Man – yet again! A new Apple iPad Mini RETINA DISPLAY (yes, I […]

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