Trash-Talking and March Madness – I’m In!

While perusing my WordPress reader, I noticed a new post by super blogger and author, Nathan Bransford. It was titled, “7th Annual Blog Bracket Challenge!!

I could not figure out what kind of bracket challenge could warrant two exclamation points so I clicked to find out. He was creating a group for the ESPN [college basketball] Tournament Challenge for March Madness. Joining would mean choosing the winners out of 64 teams. All I knew was CU was out and my alma mater, UW-Madison, was ranked pretty high.

I left a comment:

“It sounds like another social media time suck, so I’M IN!”

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Even though it was free to enter, ESPN will award the first place winner a $20,000 Best Buy gift card and a trip to the 2015 Maui Invitational. Another winner will be chosen from the top 1%. Nathan is offering a query letter review or something else agreed upon to the first place winner of his group. There was plenty of incentive, so I checked it out.

After creating a profile, I found Nathan’s group. I knew I wouldn’t have a chance in hell of winning since I would be guessing while competing against 39 others, but I’m always up for meeting new people and liked the idea of trying something new. I was drawn into The Madness for the first time.

After clicking on a few picks, I discovered I could click on the team and it gave a description of their offense and defense and predictions for the first round. This worked for some of them, but others had about the same amount of wins and losses, so I guessed. I bet I spent all of five minutes on this before bed Wednesday night. The brackets were locked on Thursday.

I pretty much freaked out when I checked on Friday and most of mine WON! How did that happen? I missed Iowa St. and Baylor, but so did the majority. Ole Miss lost and then Villanova on Saturday, but I am still in first place for my group. I’m in the 99.2%, 87,755 place with 380 points. Whoa! That means I’M IN THE TOP 1%!

This is my attempt at a predicted bracket and the outcomes so far.

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Here’s the other half. Of course I picked Wisconsin to win it all. Go Big Red!

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There is a list of celebrities on ESPN’s tournament page. I was tied with Jimmy Kimmel, so I tweeted him. I don’t let just anyone rub my belly…

Now I’m beating Kimmel by 10 points! I better smack talk him before the games are played today.

Will Farrell is in the 4,000,000’s somewhere and is in 61.6%. There are a load of people competing.

I had to brag it up on Twitter. You know me, I exaggerated and forgot to say that I was in first place “for my group.”

ESPN tweeted me:

I was pretty stoked when they favorited my tweet.

ESPN does live updates, so every time I refresh, check out Bransford’s group, or the front page, another game could be complete and the final score will change my standing. I could finish in first place or I could go down in flames. There’s a long way to go.  Either way, I found out this can be a lot of fun even though it is another major time suck.

I can’t wait until Fantasy Football!

Did you know anything about brackets? Are you playing? Would you like to play next year?

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  1. It sounds like a time-suck and therefore instantly appealing. However, I know nothing about NCAA basketball – so much so that I don’t even know if my alma mater was in the 64, so I’ll pass.


    1. I didn’t know ANYTHING!!! It’s pretty fun since all you have to do is click away. I used the old ACT method for guessing and didn’t change my answers after impulsively choosing.


      1. Hey, that’s not right…it was supposed to give you the link to March Madness explained with Star Wars. *facepalm*


  2. I picked mine at the very last minute, based on my Theory of Blue. UAB’s uniforms looked blue on my computer monitor, so as of Thursday afternoon, I was in great shape and I realized this could finally make March Madness interesting for me. And then I forgot about it. Pretty sure odds are that the team in blue will win, though. Good luck!


    1. Thank you! I’m still in the top1%, but I have no idea how or why.
      That’s a great way to choose! Ha! I just clicked away and got VERY lucky. Have you checked your bracket?


  3. I so admire your energy and enthusiasm, Susie. With everything you have gone through you are still/always laughing and, yes, wild! I admire and respect you so much (despite the fact that I have no idea what you are talking about in this post haha!) Even though I no longer read, comment, or even follow various blogs, posts, whatevers, every time I see your name I get a big smile. Thank you!


    1. Thanks Diana! I thought I’d be blown out yesterday, but I’m still hanging in the top. It is crazy. According to my husband, I picked some teams that should never have gone through. Ignorance is bliss! Ha!

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    1. Thanks so much! Good luck to you!
      There’s still time for a lot of movement. Every win gets you a ton of points from here on in. I could easily sink and you could rise, but I’ll join you in a cheer. GO BIG RED!
      I don’t think I’ll ever be able be this lucky again, but I’m enjoying the ride. After all the teams that have gone down in flames, I’m STILL in the top 1%. CRAZY!

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    1. Thanks Jackie!
      Wouldn’t that be something???? I’m still in the top 1%, but I have no idea how! This next round will be intense.
      It’s been a new time suck that’s for sure. My husband was laughing last night as I watched two games. I never watch college basketball unless CU is in the tournament. 🙂

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    1. I haven’t tuned into the women. Go Baylor! This whole thing is pretty crazy. I don’t know how I got so lucky!
      Thanks for stopping by, David! Maybe next year, I’ll put together a team!


  4. Usually I’m mathematically eliminated from finishing in the money by half time of the first game, and this year is no different. It’s only money – now back to my regularly scheduled programming.


    1. I didn’t spend a dime. Danny says that I should have considering how well I’m doing, hind sight and all. I always have beginner’s luck with games and usually go home with the door prize, pissing everyone else off. I hope I’m lucky again! I could use Nathan’s freebie, but it’s a very tight race. The next round will either put me way ahead, or cream me… 🙂


        1. It’s a $20,000 Best Buy gift card and a trip to Maui. It will be a 1/70,000 chance if I stay in the top 1%. Much better odds than the lottery or getting Freshly Pressed!


  5. Susie, I have two words for this ~ ONLY YOU! You had me cracking up through the entire post! I can’t imagine anyone else making it to the top 1% with no idea what they were doing. Let me know when Jimmy Kimmel invites you on his show. He should! I hope your picks hang in there!


    1. No invitations yet. My phone lines are open Kimmel!!!
      This has been a Wild Ride, that’s for sure. I even made Danny watch two games simultaneously on Sunday night! Ha!
      Today is a big day. I could either stay in the 1% or flame out. We’ll see….
      Thanks Pat!


  6. Sitting here chuckling because my idea of a bracket is something you screw into the wall to hold something. And yet how very exciting that you’re totally kicking butt and taking names. Good luck!


    1. Ha! Thanks Lynn! Me too. Tomorrow night will be a big one. We’ll soon find out who sinks and who swims to the finish…I’m hoping to doggie paddle it all the way in!


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