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BigJohnsonHow 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 Dame Irishwomen against the similarly undefeated UConn Huskies. If you were in the Big Johnson – my free contest – you had to enter BOTH of these and bite your nails all the way through lat night’s game.

Who came out on top after the UConn Men’s and Women’s teams won their respective tournaments?

basketballThe Big Johnson Champion for 2014, compiling 2290 points from the two tournaments, is Kevin Burns of Norman, Oklahoma – who won an Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display! Coming in second and winning a small token of appreciation was Joel Rosen.

The winners of the separate Men’s and Women’s brackets respectively were Geoff Young of Chantilly, Virginia (well, he works there) by 30 points over Brendan Hannemann (one of mine) and Chris Hannemann of Berkeley, California (also mine) by 20 points over Jed McClellan. Geoff and Chris each won an Apple iPod Nano!

Congratulations to all of them, and to me as well – after a horrendous start, only Kevin, Joel, Jed and two others topped my score:  Mike Merrick of Alexandria, Virginia and “Jonno623” who has not yet identified himself to me. All these folks won $10 Amazon gift cards.

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Win An iPad! No, Really!

March 11, 2014

basketballIt’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:BigJohnson
** 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!

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BigJohnsonThe brackets have been set by the NCAA and the Big Johnson is revving up! Might be the most wide-open tournaments in years.

If you don’t get in by Thursday morning (Eastern) at noon, you miss your chance at the Men’s tournament. Women’s tournament start time is Saturday at 11 AM eastern.

Remember, enter BOTH the Men’s and Women’s tournaments if you want a shot at the big prize – which, may I remind you, is a new Apple iPad Mini – and for the winner of EACH tournament, it’s a personalized 2GB iPod Shuffle (your choice of color). And as usual, anyone who gets more points than The Man will win something.. The Group Name on ESPN is “Big Johnson” for each tournament, and the group password is: kimsentme. That’s right, “kimsentme,” one word.

You can get there through the following URLs:

** Men’s Challenge: http://games.espn.go.com/tcmen/frontpage

** Women’s 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 after the contest. After you create your entry, be sure to join the Big Johnson group in each tournament!

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Want An iPad Mini? Enter The Big Johnson!

March 12, 2013

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 ELEVENTH 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 (yes, […]

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Big Johnson Winners Announced!

April 4, 2012

The Big Johnson Coed College Basketball Challenge is over, and for the tenth straight year, I lost! Not surprising – there were over 90 entrants this year and next year we will shoot for over 100 with perhaps, a bigger prize? This year’s Big Johnson champion, The Rev. Brian Johnson, is a repeat winner and […]

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Big Johnson Reminder!

March 13, 2012

If you were planning to enter the Big Johnson Co-ed Basketball Classic, now’s the time! All the brackets are set, all you have to do is go to the links below, create your entries (if you haven’t already) and join the Big Johnson group using the password kimsentme.   Mens Tournament:  http://games.espn.go.com/tournament-challenge-bracket/en/frontpage Womens Tournament:  http://games.espn.go.com/tournament-challenge-bracket-women/en/frontpage […]

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Enter My FREE Basketball Pool And WIN!

March 7, 2012

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 TENTH Annual Big Johnson COED College Basketball Tournament Classic, sponsored by yours truly, on ESPN. Here’s your umpteenth chance to Stick It To The Man – that’s me! A new 1080p Apple TV awaits the […]

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