Nathan Bransford, Author

Monday, March 17, 2014

6th Annual Blog Bracket Challenge!!

It's mid-March, and you know what that means. Our 6th blog bracket challenge!!

Who is the greatest literary bracket prognosticator of them all?

Probably whoever has not been following basketball this year. People, that's how these things work.

All you have to do is pick winners in a tournament of 64 er 68 teams. It is basically mathematically impossible to pick them all correctly. Except I'm totally going to do that this year.

Here we go!

The winner with the most points at the end of the NCAA tournament will win a query critique and a copy of whichever of my books you so desire!! (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, and you can also just click to rejoin the Bransford Blog Challenge. 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!!


daniel t. radke said...

Teams picked. I know virtually nothing of the NBA and even less about college. Pretty sure that means I'm gonna win.

Ted Cross said...

I'm going for second place again! (Actually, I think I used a bracket I have very little faith in...)

tonyl said...

I’ve always found that my best results are achieved by taking the 68 numbers in a row and choosing without regard to the teams associated with those numbers. Good luck to all.

Matthew MacNish said...

Pretty small field so far this year.

abc said...

I did it, but I have no false hope that I'll get anywhere. Go Wisconsin!

birdinabowler said...

Trah-stalking? Who is Trah and why are we stalking him?

SC Sousa said...

Haven't watched a college bball game all season, but I won the last bracket challenge I entered bc no one else picked UConn to win that year. Fear my (overwhelming meh) bracket picking power!

Emily said...

Have you considered offering an additional prize to the person with the least amount of points at the end of the tournament? And yes, I might be suggesting this because I am currently in 52nd place!

Nathan Bransford said...


Ha - I'm not far behind you!

Emily said...

And now we're tied. Yay for being in 48th place!

Peter Dudley said...

It's all over, folks. Go Huskies.

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