Sunday, March 5, 2017

March Radness IX: Embrace Radness

Be the right combination of smart and lucky and you could win some free cards. #MarchRadness

For the ninth straight year, I am holding a NCAA bracket contest. I'm opening this up a week early to see if we can get an even bigger group this year. If you're new, curious or just didn't get an invite for some reason, this is just another reminder that the contest is open to all Cards on Cards readers, passers-by and lookie-loos. Read further on for instructions.

One thing I should clarify up front if you don't follow college basketball (and as anyone who might be familiar with my own bracket-picking history should know, I really don't)... the field hasn't been selected yet. Conference tournament games are still happening. Everything will be set by next Sunday evening (aka Selection Sunday, March 11), at which time I will send out some more reminders. You'll have a few days to make your picks at that point.

One of the requirements is having an ESPN account. ESPN should hopefully not ask you for any invasive information as part of the conditions for signing up. If they do, please tell me immediately and I'll consider other options. If you absolutely, positively refuse to sign up for one of those things, go ahead and send me your bracket before the deadline in some sort of legible form and I'll send you a prize if you manage to pick a lot of winners. 

ESPN's default scoring rules apply. Play-in games do not count because they are dumb and no one pays attention to them. Should you choose one of the play-in winners to advance in the real part of the tournament, not only do you do so at your own peril but you also have the advantage of showing success no matter which play-in team makes it in. PLEASE make sure you fill out the entire bracket, including the tie-breaking final score of the final game. I hate to disqualify people for not filling everything out, but it seems to happen every year.

What's the incentive here? Other than bragging rights, the first prize winner will receive a 2017 Topps Heritage, 2017 Topps Gypsy Queen or 2017 Panini Diamond Kings baseball retail blaster box (your choice! *subject to availability) Three runners-up (runner-ups?) will receive prize packs for their MLB or NBA team of their choice including no less than one certified autograph or memorabilia card (or both?!). Worst place will receive something truly terrible. You will be scared to check your mailbox for weeks.

If you'd like to participate, click here and click on the "Create a Bracket Now!" button (password = marchradness). The deadline is the morning prior to the first real (non play-in) tournament game on Thursday, March 16th, though I would suggest getting your bracket done by the night before just to be safe. Leave a comment here or send me an email if the invite link doesn't work or if you are otherwise having trouble joining up so I can send you a direct invitation.


Jon said...

I just joined, and I will be looking forward to my terribly awful prize!

B Man said...

this will be my year-yes my year-just like bowl pick 'em

JediJeff said...

I look forward to my middle of the pack finish as always.

Maybe next year, send out prizes to the person that finishes in the middle. Then I'll be sure to finish at the top of the group that year and miss out on cards.

Need More Cardboard said...

Joined up! Thanks for the contest!

Fuji said...

Thanks for the contest!

SingleDaddyof2 said...

Thanks a bunch for the contest! (Brick-a-bracket#1)

Brian Conrad said...

Thanks for doing this again this year!