The 2013 NCAA Basketball Tournament is over, and it ended just as I said it would with a Louisville win. Sadly, that means nothing in the WarBlogle.com Bracket Challenge. It's all about the journey, not just the destination. Sorry. I've been watching a lot of Game of Thrones episodes lately.
In terms of the PickOrPlay.com portion of the contest - the portion that gives you prizes - I finished 15th of 119. Pretty good, but not good enough to win. So congrats to users TSJ, Auburn_EE, and Tigerwar for taking the top 3 spots. Email me your address, and AuburnArt and I will get those over to you lickety-split. For those outside of the top 5, go see where you landed here.
Some of the Sweet 16 and Elite 8 games were as expected and some were about as unexpected as there has ever been. #1 Louisville and #2 Duke squared off and the #1 seed won. Elsewhere, #12's and #13's were playing, and somehow a #9 seed made it to the Final Four. Crazy, I tell you.
Here is where the standings lie as we wait on the final three games of the tournament to be played next weekend and then the following Monday. View the rest of the standings on the PickOrPlay.com group page.
For the past few weeks, AuburnArt has been taking user submissions of hand-crafted art for an artist search contest called "Drawing from our Roots." All of the submissions are of Auburn nature, of course, and range from paintings, drawings, photos, and jewelry.
From now until March 31st, you can vote for your favorite on AuburnArt's Facebook page. From there, three finalists will be chosen, judges will select the winner, and announce it on April 5th.The winner's piece will then be sold at AuburtArt's store (next to Toomer's Drugs) and at AuburnArt.com. Go vote.
After the first weekend of the 2013 NCAA Tournament, things look about as crazy as the regular season. Florida Gulf Coast? La Salle? Crazy, I tell you. What is even more crazy is that I'm near the top in both the PickorPlay.com group and the CBS group.
For those playing in the PickorPlay.com group, you can view the rest of the standings in our group page. You also need to make sure that you have 35 total picks by the end of the tournament. With only 15 games left, you're running out of games.
Bad news, guys. Yeah, Auburn didn't make the tournament this year. I know. It's tough. Thought we had it this time. Fortunately, the WarBlogle.com Bracket Challenge doesn't have to change its motto for the first time in a decade. It's still "No Auburn means no pressure." It's so right, isn't it?However, there will be a slight change in the format this year. We will still have the standard bracket setup (details at the bottom), but I'm also throwing in a little twist to keep this thing fresh (as well as offering three great prizes from AuburnArt.com).
After that thing that was supposed to be a football game last night, the 2012 football season came to an end. It was terrible in every way, wasn't it? I mean, really, take away the fact that Alabama is Auburn's rival. Think about the season as a whole. It just wasn't a good one. I'm not even talking about Auburn. It was boring, and less exciting than I remember college football being in a long time.
One person that may have enjoyed last night, as much as an Auburn fan could have enjoyed last night, was the winner of the 2013-2013 WarBlogle.com Bowl Pick 'em. As was the case last year, ESPN doesn't tell me this person's real name or email, so I'll just have to put it out there in hopes that come calling for their prize.
So Mr. or Mrs. bljonespc08, come on down. You are the winner. Wait, is that Barret Jones? Come on, man. But seriously, Mr. or Mrs. Jones took the top spot with a record of 27-7. No, he didn't even make a pick for the first game and he/she didn't touch his confidence points. Makes you feel good, doesn't it? He/She has won their choice of a WarBlogle.com t-shirt or my worst Christmas present, which has to be this awful Cliff Huxtable-style sweater I got from my Aunt Marge Blogle.
Here's the top 10, or go to the group page and see where you landed (I was 51st out of 267).
Thanks again to everybody who joined. To everybody who did not, you're so cool. Let's do it again next year.
We've done this for a few years now, so why not? Auburn won't be playing in any bowl games this year, so you can use your fully objective brain to pick the winners for all 2,827 bowls. The group motto is even "No Auburn means no pressure." It's refreshing sometimes, isn't it? No?
As it was last year, the winner will either receive a WarBlogle.com t-shirt of their choice or one of my Christmas presents. Note: if you are giving me a present this year, don't let this be your present, if you know what I'm saying.
To join, you will need an ESPN.com account. Just click 'Register' at the top right of the page, or login with the username you already have. Once you are logged in, go here to join the group. The password is 'warblogle'.
Also like last year, I am using their confidence-based system. After making your picks, you will rank the games in order of your confidence level. The game you are least confident with will only count as one point, and your most confident pick will count as 35 points.
Tell your friends by sending them a link to this post. If you have any questions, send me an email or post it in the comments section below. Alright, let's do this.
Sometime in the 1980's, Patrick Fain Dye surrendered his green-and-blue golf pants to the depths of Lake Martin. In 2008, those pants were found. Now four years later, the sheer hilarity of this story lives on in a Twitter account and now in the winning caption of the Awesome Pat Dye Photo Caption Contest from a commenter named "Hamp." If you are Hamp, expect an email from me soon.