Nathan Bransford, Author

Monday, March 18, 2013

5th Annual Blog Bracket Challenge!

It's NCAA tournament time and we're back with the 5th Annual Blog Bracket Challenge!

Who is the greatest literary bracket prognosticator of them all?

Whichever of you knows least about basketball. Or the most. Or somewhere in between. THESE THINGS ARE TRICKY.

In order to enter, all you have to do is pick winners in a tournament field of 68 teams. You will do well with science or the complete lack thereof. You might have a vaunted "color of uniforms" system, or a "anything but Duke" approach. Whatever your secret is, it will probably be better than mine.

Here we go, this is fun!

The winner with the most points at the end of the NCAA tournament will win a query critique and a signed galley of JACOB WONDERBAR AND THE INTERSTELLAR TIME WARP!! (or other suitable agreed-upon prize)

Here's how to enter:

1. Go to the front page of the ESPN tournament challenge:

2. Make your picks.

3. If you have an ESPN username and password from last year 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 (and yes, there are play-in games before then, but the bracket still doesn't lock until Thursday).

All updates/trahstalking will occur in this dedicated thread in the Forums, so make sure to join us there.

Good luck!!

Photo: Dr. James Naismith, the inventor of basketball.


Matthew MacNish said...

Already done.

Chris Lunda said...

Done brother.

Peter Dudley said...

I am IN.

Doreen said...

I personally know the ESPN bracketologist does that disqualify me?:)

Nathan Bransford said...

Nope, but you are welcome to send me tips. Haha.

Matthew MacNish said...

Strange that this only gets 4 comments. I wonder if it's blogging or basketball that's dead?

inklings Anon said...

what is the password

Nathan Bransford said...


inklings Anon said...

figured it out. wanted you to use rhetoric and repeat yourself :-D

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