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The Pirate Guy Coed Basketball Challenge ended with the Baylor Lady Bears victory over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Sunday 4/7, and the Virginia Cavaliers defeat of Texas Tech Red Raiders on Monday 4/8. The winner of our contest, his second win in the Pirate Guy Challenge Hall of Fame, was Wayne McDonald. The Men’s tournament winner was Eve Waring, and the Women’s tournament was won by Rob DuPrau.

Most importantly, 28 participants entered both the tournaments, and 14 of those beat the Pirate Guy (including, embarrassingly, Mrs. Pirate Guy once again), resulting in $98 going to Tidepool. I’m tossing in another $2 for those participants who forgot to enter both tournaments to round it up to $100. Thanks for playing, everyone!

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Stop doing whatever you are doing and feverishly consider your picks for the Mens and Women’s NCAA Basketball Tournaments so you can enter the SEVENTEENTH 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 TIDEPOOL.ORG, a nonprofit dedicated to making diabetes data more accessible, actionable, and meaningful for people with diabetes, their care teams, and researchers.

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 team colors. Once again, haven’t watched a single game this season. How can you not beat me? And ESPN sadly gives 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 as I type. The men’s first round games that count start on Thursday March 21, and the women’s first games are on Friday March 22 – 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 URLs:

   ** Men’s Tournament Challenge:   http://fantasy.espn.com/tournament-challenge-bracket/2019/en/

   ** Women’s Tournament Challenge:   http://fantasy.espn.com/tournament-challenge-bracket-women/2019/en/

After you create your entry, be sure to join thePirate 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!

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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!

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

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!

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March Madness

March 7, 2016

Stop doing whatever you are doing and feverishly consider your picks for the NCAA Basketball Tournaments so you can enter the FOURTEENTH Annual Big Johnson COED College Basketball Tournament Classic, sponsored by yours truly, on ESPN. Yes, it’s 100% FREE! Here’s your chance to throw the Pirate Guy overboard! Last year I suggested we would return to Cheese Ball-level prizes for this contest. But . . . as many of […]

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2015 Big Johnson College Bowl Mania

December 5, 2015

Sure, maybe your favorite college team won’t quite make it to a bowl game, though with 41 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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Springfield Town Center UPDATE

June 3, 2014

Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (PREIT) is paying Vornado $465 million for the former Springfield Mall, and the image here shows why: This drawing was created by Vornado for the site’s 2009 rezoning. PREIT is including it in investor documents to show shareholders and potential tenants what’s to come. PREIT notes it will “have access to 3.3 million square feet of development rights to […]

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Bad Photos Phriday

March 21, 2014

This is the second in a series of posts about stupid photos taken by real estate agents and actually posted to their local MLS. I know they were taken by agents because professional photographers certainly wouldn’t allow such trash to sully their equipment. I’m not the only one to post the photos – some call […]

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