Nathan Bransford, Author


Monday, March 15, 2010

The 2nd Annual Blog Bracket Challenge!

The greatest sporting event in the history of mankind except for maybe the World Cup or what have you is just about upon us!

It's NCAA Tournament time, and just like last year we shall determine who among us is the literary bracket picking champion OF THEM ALL.

Last year, Jody-Feldman was a UConn victory away from winning the ENTIRE multi-million person ESPN challenge, but ultimately it was Jared who came away victorious.

Who will win this time?

(Probably not me)

Here's how it works: You'll fill out your NCAA bracket online by picking the winners of all the games. And I'm offering a better prize this year: The winner with the most points at the end of the NCAA tournament will win their choice of a free partial critique or a book from one of my clients.

Here's how to enter:

1. Go to the front page of the ESPN tournament challenge: http://games.espn.go.com/tcmen/frontpage

2. Make your picks.

3. If you have an ESPN username and password you can log in when you submit your picks, otherwise you may need to create a new user ID and password. But don't worry, it's not onerous and you can decline to receive updates in case you're spam conscious.

4. Hover over the link that says "My Groups" and then click "Create or Join a Group"

5. Search for "Bransford Blog Challenge." Enter the password, which is "rhetorical" and then click Join Group.

Then you're all set! You can make changes to your bracket by clicking on it until it locks on Thursday.

Please limit yourself to one entry

This year all updates and trash talking and "I don't believe what I just saw!!"s will be conducted in this dedicated March Madness thread in the Forums.

Oh, and you don't have to know anything about basketball to participate. In fact, it's probably an asset.

Good luck, Chalengees!!

Photo by Rick Dikeman via a Creative Commons license






66 comments:

GhostFolk.com said...

Is this the one with the baskets up on poles and no goalies?

Ash. Elizabeth said...

this post is just made of awesomeness : ) going to join your group later on.

ryan field said...

I'm so going to make the time to do this later today.

Heather said...

Your closing comment was inspiring, because I don't know anything about basketball, but I would like to participate. Woot!

Sam said...

the best sport and the best activity on the planet--COMBINED. cannot even fathom. thank you.

Wendy Qualls said...

Every year I pick my brackets based on the schools that sent me the most mail senior year of high school. Usually it works pretty well.

Tracy said...

Ugh, basketball. If we were asked to pick the teams expected to make the baseball playoffs this year, I would be all over that. NCAA basketball? I'm going to have to go with the standard fall back ... choosing teams with the best uniform colors.

Alicia J. Frey said...

so, what I am trying to work out is whether I should go with the coin flip method of choosing teams, or stick with selecting the ones with coolest uniforms.

Felicity said...

I love this game. It is ON!

CS said...

ok so i entered. not being american or sporty i really have no clue about any of this so i just picked the names i liked best.

Chuck H. said...

Done and done. Sure glad you don't have to know what you're doin' to participate. I could really use a partial critique right now.

Keren David said...

I am British. I have no idea what you are talking about.

Laurel said...

@ Alicia: I don't do basketball, either, but I find making picks based on the highest collective GPA or SAT scores to be amusing.

Amy said...

Alicia, go with the best uniforms, and then use coin flip to decide any ties.

aspiring_x said...

this is a really fun idea! i bet my hubby will be happy when i'm actually excited to hear him tell me all about the games.

Sam said...

@Laurel--I hope you don't have Cornell winning the whole thing!

Mary McDonald said...

I just joined the group. I was really surprised to find I was already registered there. I've done some fantasy football groups,but thought it was through something else. Oh well, it saved me the time of having to register. :-)

My picks are almost completely random except for the winner. I had to go with Marquette as it's my dad's alma mater and the first time I was ever interested in basketball was way back in the 70s when I watched the tournamet with my dad. Marquette won that year. (1977?)

Susan Quinn said...

Is it cheating to have my dad make my picks for me?

Ann Finkelstein said...

The password made me laugh.

Genella deGrey said...

Hey, I'm still learning about football!
:D
G.

sex scenes at starbucks said...

It's so going to be KANSAS, btw.

kc_writer said...

Nice! I'm a huge basketball fan and the Washington Huskies are IN!!! I had to be realistic with my picks though because now I'm motivated to win and send you my partial. Awesome idea, Nathan; love it!

The Decreed said...

"In fact, it's probably an asset."

Truer words never spoken. Blast all sportology! It has never helped me.

Emily White said...

Good, because I don't KNOW a thing about basketball. I'll probably just eenie, meenie, miney, moe it. That sounds like a good way to go about it.

Davy said...

Is it correct in saying you will win a critique OR a book by a client, or is it a critique FOR a book by a client?

Nathan Bransford said...

or

Alpha-Mom said...

Great challenge. I'm all signed up. I never win the bracket because I always try to sneak in a few upsets. :D I can't control my urge to root for the underdog.

Kristi said...

I'm so not into basketball but filled out a bracket anyway. As I'll be in Disneyland during much of March Madness, I'll have to find out who won when I'm back in town -- unless Tinkerbell knows the scores. :)

Daisy said...

I did all of my choices alphabetically.

Michael said...

Cool. I look forward to getting your critique Nathan. I'll just send it now because all of these suckers are going down!

Ink said...

I'm going to have to atone for that horrendous Raptors loss to the Kings (43 points? In a quarter?) by WINNING THIS CONTEST. I'm going to use my vast basketball knowledge to, um, flip a coin for every game.

reader said...

Dang -- why can't you do this for tennis grand slams -- something I know about!! :)

Good luck everyone, those are some awesome prizes!

Hannah said...

Know nothing about basketball so I pressed gleefully pressed buttons at random! :D If I get even one right I'll be impressed with myself!

Scott said...

Is that a picture of Kent Benson? I realize Bob Knight's crew went undefeated that season, but, um, why a picture of Kent Benson?

Dave said...

Thanks, I love the NCAA tournament, but wasn't going to pay much attention because my beloved Illini got snubbed. Now I have a good reason to fill out a bracket.

Lisa Desrochers said...

Psyched for March Madness! Way less depressing than watching the Kings. I'll be by to join the challenge!

Can I choose YOUR book when I win? I'm willing to wait =)

Angie Muresan said...

You should have something for the People's Sexiest Man of the Year award. My record with picking that winner is astounding.

Cyndy Aleo-Carreira said...

I totally just picked the teams I liked the schools for, or liked their names. That means I should win the whole ESPN thing, right?

Joel Q said...

Game On!
I'm pulling for the Kentucky, but I don't think they can get past Kansas.

Would love to see Louisville beat Duke, but I don't think that could happen either.

Sad to say the SEC has a bad showing this year. The Hogs didn't even make the NIT.

Valerie Keiser Norris said...

Can't you have a bake-off or something? I am SO out of my league with sports. But I really want to win the critique!

Joanna van der Gracht de Rosado said...

A good friend says she can't get into any sport that involves a ball. Well said and I also agree with Valerie... I'd love to pick favorites on a bake-off
*Joanna van der Gracht de Rosado

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Mira said...

Excellent. I'm definitely joining - aside from the lure of the prize, I've always wanted to learn how to trash talk.

Not for a character or something, I just want to learn it. Seems like a valuable skill.

So, I hope there will be lots of trash talking, you, uh, not-winners, your team is a bunch of dumb-dumbs. Okay, off to join, now, this is going to be fun.

Sarah Enni said...

@ KC_Writer I'm a UW Husky fan as well! I moved out to the east coast recently and had to stay up until 2 AM to watch us seal the deal in the Pac-10 tournament. Worth it!

All due respect Mary McDonald but I hope my Huskies upset Marquette!

I am so joining this instead of working tomorrow.

Mia said...

Yay! ---> To the forum to learn about trash talking and Basketball in general (is it much like ruggers and/or cricket...?)

And my picks will be whichever team sounds prettiest because I honestly have no idea about this whole world of sport... Somebody educate me!

Melissa Gill said...

A Star Trek fan and an NCAA fan. I think I'm a little in love with you Nathan.

Peter Dudley said...

I'm in. But I had a hard time making my picks. I kept looking for Stanford in the bracket, but I couldn't find them. Huh. Go figure.

(Do they have a women's tournament bracket, by the way? I hate to say it, but I think the Appel and the Cardinal will bring home that championship this year.)

T. Anne said...

As difficult as it seems, I shall attempt to wow you with my blind picks.

Matilda McCloud said...

Done...wish my Hoosier friend was around to tell me the inside scoop, but I did my best...and picked a certain midwestern team...well, I'm not saying which one....

lexcade said...

sounds fun!

YAY MARCH MADNESS!!!!!!! it's not the super bowl, but it'll do.

Krista V. (the former Krista G.) said...

Question for you, Nathan: Say I fill out a bracket and enter - and then my husband fills out a bracket and enters, too. If he were to win, he'd (most likely) defer his prize to me (unless he's got some novel in the closet he's never told me about). Is that the same as entering twice? :)

I suspect that it is, but just wanted your confirmation.

Nathan Bransford said...

krista-

No, prizes aren't transferable. He could take a book if he wins though if he's not working on a novel! Up to you/him.

Anonymous said...

Well, I'm going to win, so now the question is: what if the partial I send in is a really really rough draft? As in, not ready for submission, but would be fun to get first round type of advice. ??

Nathan Bransford said...

anon-

That would be fine.

Luc2 said...

I've been following the NCAA this year, which means I'll probably stink at filling out the bracket. But the Bracket Challenge adds another layer of fun to it.
Go Evan Turner, go Buckeyes!

K. M. Walton said...

Hi, Nathan, well, I did it! That was fun. Now all Villanova has to do for me is win the whole thing.

veela-valoom said...

Oh March Madness I love you!

I'm a little torn about how to feel out my bracket. All of us baskettball fans know who the most obvious answer is, BUT I don't want to jinx my beloved UK by picking them or curse them by picking them.

I want to know who you support (not who you think will win but who you're rooting for).

I wonder if the NCAA tournament can be nearly as drama filled as the SEC tournament this past weekend. I have never had so much fun watching basketball on TV.

markfreeman said...

Go Catamounts!

LQQ said...

Come on Mich St whoever you are!
I'm going to have to take an interest in basketball along with football (soccer).
I now a lot about soccer and always do really badly on prediction so I hope it works the otehr way around.

JTShea said...

I can't play basketball. I'm not seven feet tall yet.

sruble said...

This was so fun last year. Thanks for doing the challenge again!

a.k.a. espn_sruble for this challenge

Jody Feldman said...

I'm in again, but don't expect much. Luck like that doesn't hold out as I proved last year.

Bernard S. Jansen said...

I don't really follow American football much, but I just signed up and picked teams anyway. Go Ohio, I think.

abc said...

Go Badgers!

Liberty Speidel said...

I've never filled out an NCAA bracket in all my almost 28 years... this is my first! :) I wouldn't do it for the sports, but I'll do it for the chance at a critique!

I'm so pathetic!

David Poellot said...

I'm interested to see who comes away the winner, as everyone's bracket has to be blown up by now. Your second annual may go down in the record books as the challenge with the least points scored by the winner.

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