Fun & Games

Sure, maybe your favorite college team didn’t quite make it to a bowl game, but with 41 Bowl Games this year there are plenty to go around. In any case, you still can enter (and WIN) Kim’s
Pirate Guy T1D Challenge
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 15 and Monday, January 7. 

This game is for research into Type 1 Diabetes. I am donating $1 for each entry in the contestand $5 for each entry that beats my own, to a related foundation. You don’t have to donate anything but your bowl game picks.

In addition, there will be some sort of idiotic prize – worth $25 or less  if you 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.) 

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 already have an entry, you can just join the Pirate Guy T1D Challenge 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. I will be sending updates to participants through ESPN, so be sure you actually look at whatever email address you use to sign up.

You are welcome to invite your friends. 

If the link doesn’t take you right to it, search for and join the group named Pirate Guy T1D Challenge. 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, please.

Register and submit your entry no later than the first kickoff of the first bowl game (Saturday, December 15, 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 29 which teams – Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame or Oklahoma – will be in the championship game on January 9. You will have to wait to make that pick – or you can just make your decision right up front.

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.) You can even do an auto-pick (chooses the most popular picks) or a random (chooses randomly).

Thanks for playing, and happy holidays!


I can now announce the results of Pirate Guy’s [Coed College Basketball] Challenge!

I won! Not the game, but to opportunity to make a contribution to diabetes research efforts. I came in 13th, but only because several high scorers only entered the Men’s or Women’s tournaments, but not both. Otherwise I would have been creamed.

48 entrants x $1.00 = $48, plus 12 Pirate Guy beaters x $5 = $60 = $108 for diabetes research.

Congratulations to the winners! I know the names of everyone except waitingforfootball season. Not that you actually won anything, but you can crow about winning the pool. For those who got both winning teams correct, Barbara5358 is trying to figure out how to put them both on one shirt. She has an unfair advantage, though, with at least six D1 schools on her list of possibles.

Waitingforfootball season
It’s A Pirate’s Wife


Stop doing whatever you are doing and feverishly consider your picks for the Mens and Women’s NCAA Basketball To urnaments so you can enter the SIXTEENTH Annual Pirate Guy’s COED College Basketball  Tournament Challenge, sponsored by yours truly, on ESPN. Yes, it’s 100% FREE!

Here’s your chance to throw the Pirate Guy overboard!

This game supports research into Type 1 Diabetes. I am donating $1 for each entry in the Pirate Guy Challenge, and $5 for each entry that beats my own, to a related foundation.

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. Once again, I haven’t watched a single game this season. How can you not beat me? And ESPN sadly give you an option to choose all the winners with one button if you go along with the NCAA’s seeding.

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

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 15, and the women’s first games are on Friday March 16 – and the brackets lock shortly before the first game of each tournament – like at NOON EDT. 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 links:

** Men’s Tournament Challenge

** Women’s Tournament Challenge

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 GROUPS.

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!


Winners of the 2017 Pirate Guy’s COED College Basketball Tournament Challenge

April 4, 2017

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, […]

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WINNER in Kim’s Big Johnson College Bowl Mania!

January 3, 2017

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 […]

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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 […]

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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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