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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.

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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!


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 . . .


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