Nathan Bransford, Author


Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Congrats to Jared!

With North Carolina's win over Michigan St., I am pleased to announce that Jared Tamarkin is the winner of the 1st Annual Blog Tournament Challenge.

I came in......... 84th. Ouch.

I'll win next time. SWEAR.

E-mail me, Jared. I'll trade you a query critique for bracket tips.






44 comments:

Horserider said...

Wow congrats to Jared! Maybe next time I'll give it a try.

Bane of Anubis said...

And the evil powder blue empire wins once again :(- congrats J

The First Carol said...

Congratulations, and thanks Nathan for a fun run. My only claim to basketball fame was watching the Portland Trailblazers win the Championship. It's been downhill since then, basketball wise :-)

Chuck H. said...

Whazzat? Somebody posting in the middle of the night? Don't you people ever sleep?

WV: murle--Haggard?

Bethany Brengan said...

There's always next year...

I just got my copy of _Writer's Digest_, complete with 101 Best Blogs for Writers, so you deserve congratulations for other things. :-)

Lady Glamis said...

Congrats Jared!!!

Jeannie Campbell said...

people named jared have all the luck. free query crits, national advertising campaigns for eating sandwiches all the time...it's not fair.

congrats, jared!

Kristi said...

Go Jared and go Carolina! BOA - I believe Duke is the evil blue empire - at least that's what my Tarheel siblings tell me. I came in 26th which isn't bad for knowing nothing about b-ball...I'm pretty sure that's ahead of 84. Just kidding, Nathan :)

Windy said...

Gives me a little faith that winning the lottery may be possible, depending on lottery, of course. ;-P

Congrats, Jared!

Marilyn Peake said...

Congratulations, Jared! It's so awesome that you won.

Jen C said...

I came joint-127th. Wooooo! Well, I worked my way up from like second-last place or something, so at least there's that. Lemons, lemonade etc...

Mira said...

Jared - that's wonderful. Congratulations!


Jody - next year!

genkischuldich said...

Congratulations, Jared!

(I came 23rd... having never so much as watched a game of basketball in my life! But it was lots of fun, so thanks to everyone.)

Other Lisa said...

I'm not even gonna look to see where I came in...

Congratulations, Jared!

Jen P said...

Congrats Jared, and thanks for sharing a great idea Nathan.

You just never know when it's going to be useful to know about college basketball.

I knew nothing at all before this bracket. Then, on the night of the Syracuse S16 game, I was out for dinner with an American lady for the first time, whose husband was a big follower and just like that, we had something else fun to talk about.

Katie said...

Yay Jared! That poor guy that was in first dropped like an anchor when UNC won. And I, who was sucking it up big time, rose like a dove to the sweet final spot of 39.

My hubby was like, "Wow! You did great!" and I said, "Nothing counts but first, Baby... Nothin' but first."

So congrats to FIRST PLACE! and thanks to Nathan for a fun-filled few weeks!

Kat Harris said...

Bane of Anubis said:And the evil powder blue empire wins once again :(-

ROFL

Luc2 said...

Congrats Jared, well done!

serenity said...

Congrats, Jared! A query critique from Nathan is the envy of most of us, of course, but dang - I bet you're wishing you'd entered one of the million dollar ones . . .

Melanie Avila said...

Congratulations Jared!

I was in second place for about an hour. It rocked. Fun contest Nathan - it definitely made the tournament more interesting.

Ink said...

31st... ah, respectable, I guess, considering how little College ball I've watched this year. And I made the top million nationally! A proud moment. And for those of you who know absolutely nothing about basketball and beat me, I hope you sink into the hottest pits of... congrats! I mean congrats! Yessiree. Lots of congrats.

When's the NBA Playoff bracket contest coming up? :) I think it just might be Bron Bron's year...

Bryan

sruble said...

Congratulations Jared! Sorry about 84 Nathan :(

Thanks for having the challenge this year!! My husband and I always challenge each other. We used to have a really large group through work, but we've both changed jobs since then and haven't found a new group yet, so this was fun. Plus I tied for 5th here, beat my hubby, and actually picked UNC, which is really cool and unusual.

Oh, and I drew a basketball picture today (I'm posting a drawing every day in April) and got a shiny new avatar too :)

Thanks Nathan!!

lotusgirl said...

Congrats Jared! I should have known that Carolina would take it. Go Heels! My son's been wearing a UNC shirt for days now. (He does own more than one so it's not as bad as you might suspect.)

:)Ash said...

Congrats, Jared!

Rachel said...

Congratulations, Jared!

(To my everlasting surprise, I got 30th. Scary, considering I hardly ever watch college basketball.)

Scott said...

This is neither here nor there, but I was wondering, Nathan, if you would ever be interested in a book about a literary agent who was actually a bookish Bond-ish covert operative of some kind. It's the title of your blog that brings that to my mind every single time. :)

Ink said...

Rachel,

You stole my place in the top 30! Grrrrr...

(Hey, it's all about the competition, right?)


:)

Bryan

Bane of Anubis said...

Bryan - get in line for the long walk, mister: Jared came in 1st; everyone else came in last

Ink said...

Come on, Bane, you're ruinging my joy in finishing in the, um, top million nationally. I'm good! Please tell me I'm good!



(We writers are always needy for validation... ;))

Ink said...

And apparently my typing ruinged that post.

Bethany Brengan said...

Oops! I meant "101 Best Websites for Writers"...

Melissa McInerney said...

Yeah, Jared! Hey, Nathan, don't feel too bad. I'm 134th out of 145, that SUCKS! Well, perhaps if I paid even two minutes of attention I might have done better.

Dawn said...

Great work, Jared. Congratulations!

Jody Feldman said...

Congrats, Jared! Just goes to show, it's not over til ... well, fill in your own blank.

Thanks to all those who were rooting me on until I totally tanked.

It was fun, Nathan. Thanks for doing this.

Ryon Patterson said...

Congrats Jared !!

PurpleClover said...

Congrats!

Litgirl01 said...

Congrats Jared! ;-)

Chumplet - Sandra Cormier said...

Way to go, Jared! I may have been on the first basketball squad in Spain, but I don't know nuthin' about those college teams. Congrats!

suelder said...

there's always next year for everyone else ;-)

Congrats Jared.

Ramen with cheese said...

84 isn't bad at all. It's a nice, ripe age.

Ink said...

Nathan,

There's an interesting Malcolm Gladwell article in the New Yorker about stories.

Hope Oklahoma is, uh, Oklahomaish.

My best,
Bryan

MJ said...

This blog is my guilty pleasure. If blogger weren't blocked at work I'd NEVER get anything done.

Congrats Jared!

Jared X said...

Thanks Nathan and thanks all.

It's a good thing my alma mater, teensy Lafayette College from the teensy Patriot League, didn't make it into the Dance this year. I'd have felt compelled to put them through to the Sweet 16 (over the likes of a Duke or a Villanova) and thereby blown any shot I had at winning.

Evenstarr1 said...

Congrat Jared! I was happy to come in 15th...I think. I'm not sure what the little slash instead of a number means. No matter - I'll take it. Maybe something revolving around soccer next time? :)

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