5th Annual Blog Bracket Challenge!

by | Mar 18, 2013 | Contests | 9 comments

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

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: http://games.espn.go.com/tcmen/frontpage

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.


  1. Doreen

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

  2. Matthew MacNish

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

  3. inklings Anon

    figured it out. wanted you to use rhetoric and repeat yourself 😀


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