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 am certifiably insane) awaits the talented owner of the highest COMBINED score of the Men’s and Women’s Big Johnsons! (YOUR gender is irrelevant. I am referring to the separate basketball tournaments.) For the winner of EACH tournament, it’s a personalized 16GB iPod NANO (your choice of color). Anyone else who gets more points than The Man will win an AMAZON.COM gift card.
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 four men’s play-in games, which we don’t.) You might as well pick your teams based on the cheerleader pom-pom colors. (Fits right into my wheelhouse because I haven’t watched a single game so far. If you don’t do as well as me, there’s something wrong.) In fact, I believe that’s pretty much what last year’s winners did.
Remember, enter BOTH the Men’s and Women’s tournaments if you want a shot at the big prize.
Men – can the Wichita State Shockers continue their improbable undefeated season all the way to the end?
Women – will undefeated UCONN sweep the table, or will the similarly undefeated NOTRE DAME call on “Three-Point Jesus” to take it all . . . or neither one?
The brackets are being set by the NCAA (Men’s Sunday March 16; Women’s Monday March 17). The men’s first round games that count start on Thursday March 20, and the women’s first games are on Saturday March 22 – and the brackets are locked shortly before the first game of each tournament. That doesn’t leave you much time, so GET GOING!
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 name or the name of your entry. Or send me a note.
The Group Name on ESPN is “Big Johnson” for each tournament, and the group password is: kimsentme. That’s right, “kimsentme,” one word.
After you create your entry, be sure to join the Big Johnson group in each tournament! ONLY ONE ENTRY PER PERSON MAY BE IN MY GROUP. And, if you create your entry before the brackets are set, be sure to return in time to choose your winners before they lock. Most people will wait until a day or two before the tournaments start, but don’t forget! You will be humiliated as your entries with zero points sink inexorably to the bottom of the group . . . or I will remove them to save you the embarrassment.
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 – he or she may not have received this email directly, so be sure to forward it. Just be sure they identify themselves to me in their entry!