It’s time for weekend number two of three in this year’s March Madness! Tonight features battles in the East and West Regionals – including Big Ten action from Wisconsin, Michigan State, and of course your Ohio State Buckeyes.
The LiveBlog will kickoff around 7:00 PM EST to get you squared away for the first game between Wisconsin and Syracuse (7:15 PM). The Buckeyes follow up that game at 9:45 pm on CBS, while the West regional matchups will occur on TBS starting at 7:45 PM.
This round of the BBN LiveBlogs are brought courtesy of the great team at Fresh Brewed Tees- particularly if you’re a fan of Cleveland sports, you’ve got to have one of their WINdians or Browns shirts in your wardrobe. Although, come to think of it, this one is a bit… uh… dated.
If you find time during the games, you should check out our friends in the Buckeye Bloggers Network! the Buckeye Blog, OSU Silver Bullet, Buckeye House Call, Our Honor Defend, and Men of the Scarlet and Gray. Fox Sports Ohio also joins us as usual.
We told you earlier that we were in process of coming up with some cool swag for the winners of our BBN Bracket Challenge, and now we’ve got enough that we can let you in on the awesome.
Our overall winner will get their choice of a shirt from the guys at Fresh Brewed Tees, their choice of Buckeye Flag from CVS Flags, a Cholula Hot Sauce Gift pack, some goodies from Fox Sports Ohio, and the opportunity to write a guest post here at tBBC. There may be a couple of things we’ll throw in here as well, but this is what we’ve got for now.
UPDATE: Since I posted this, we were given a $25 gift card for The Buckeye Room- they’ve also got a promo where all OSU fans can get 10-20% off on purchased during March- Use the promo code MADNESS2012 when you buy gear online!
If you’re in the #2-#5 spot, you’ll win one of the CVS Flags; if you’re #6-#10, you get one of the gift packs from Cholula. Huge thanks to Annapolis at The Buckeye Blog for coordinating the giveaways.
In the case of any ties, we’ll go with best first round score as the tiebreaker. After that, we’ll draw names from a pith helmet we’ve got laying around the office (don’t ask).
IMPORTANT: When you sign up, PLEASE don’t forget to include your email address so we can get in touch with you if you win.
Here’s the important details again: Our boycott of the four letter network continues, so we’re using Yahoo for our contest. For reference, here’s the group information.
Group ID#: 78517 Password: sw00n&su11y
Deadline is 12:15 Eastern on Thursday- That’s TOMORROW. Good luck!!
Don’t forget to get your entry in!!
So you think you’re smarter than the guys on Gameday, and your Saturdays are spent screaming at the radio during Division 3 matchups. There’s a cornhole set in every room of your house; your wardrobe will change significantly once you see what Luke Fickell is wearing on the sidelines this season.
You’ve got picture in picture in picture, with tBBC livechat in a separate window on the 50 inch plasma. Your spouse left you and took the kids, and your first thought was “Who’s going to make sandwiches at halftime?” A Realtor came by your place and asked you when you wouldn’t be around- seems the ‘enthusiasm’ you bring to watching football drives the property values down. You match your grill cover to Ohio State’s jerseys for that game, and make sure to wear underwear that’s the opponents’ color… and sometimes, you remember to wear pants.
While you think that killing trees at Auburn is ridiculous, you’d swerve across 4 lanes of traffic to hit some roadkill that might be a still-breathing wolverine or badger. 6 lanes and a divider if it had an “Alumni” sweatshirt on. You won’t cut your toenails during the season, and don’t plan on bathing until after the Conference Championship Game.
You, my friend, are a college football fan.
Do you need help? Possibly. Can tBBC help you? Not a chance- but we do have a way for you to match your skills against others of your particular “emotional makeup”.
That’s right, it’s time for tBBC College Football Pick-em!
This year, we’re going with the Yahoo! format (since they’ve owned college football this summer), and will be keeping tabs throughout the entire season to see which of our readers really knows their stuff.
In addition, Joe D will be bringing us weekly picks and predictions from the staff and from guest prognosticators elsewhere in the media.
To play, you need to enter by going to the Yahoo! site and click the “Join Group” button. From there, enter the following information…
Just as a reminder, while there’s bragging rights for the best weekly picks (especially in the livechat), the ultimate winner will be the person who finishes on top at the end of the season. Luckily, they’ll email you reminders if you need that kind of thing. In case of a tie… well, I’ll come up with something.
Our friends at Fresh Brewed Tees have given us some shirts to provide to lucky winners, and we’ll also turn the keys to tBBC over for a guest post to our expert. Feel free to invite friends, and remember to check back here each week for updates and our thoughts on what might be going on. Then, if you do the opposite of what we recommend, you’ll probably score pretty well.
Get in the game!!
It’s been a busy week here at tBBC… heck, who are we kidding? It’s been a busy month, and it looks like it’s going to be that way for a while.
Which is fantastic, ’cause that’s the way we like it. Huge thanks to those who have joined our little barbecue (except that one guy who keeps double dipping in the guacamole), especially those who’ve taken time out to get involved in the conversation. Buckeye Nation is better when we all play together- even if we don’t always agree.
That being said, I’d be remiss if I didn’t give just a quick “thank you” to the folks who help us keep the hamster on the wheel and the frozen burritos in the fridge. We’ve got several great partners, but I want to point out two in particular:
Fresh Brewed Tees is one of the hottest companies going, especially with their WINdians gear and the Joe Haden collection. What’s not to like about an organization that gives back to the community the way that they do? I know they’re working on some special Ohio State gear; we’ll be doing some giveaways as the summer goes on. But in the meantime, be sure to check out the way they feel about you, and rep your Buckeye Pride. It’s probably even more important to sport the colors these days.
Second, we’ve got a great deal with Amazon.com. As online retail continues to grow, it’s good to be connected with one of the first on the scene- particularly given their track record of resources and reliability. And their “affiliate” program has been very kind to us- even if you don’t buy one of the things on the “Buckeye Wheel O’ Goods” there on the right, if you click on the Amazon button and heading there from here we get a little taste of the goodness to keep the typewriters working. It doesn’t cost the consumer anything, your purchase history is private, and it helps us help you.
From all of the folks who make this site what it is, thanks for including us in your daily experience, and for helping us keep on keeping on.
Quick announcement and some short news updates this morning…
Introducing: tBBC Mobile platform. If you’ve been reading us on your iPhone or Android Device, hopefully you’ve noticed that we’re a lot more user friendly these days. Thanks to the great work of Chad at digital:construct, we’ve launched a version of this that you can take with you- especially helpful in solving bar arguments with fans from other programs.
Over the next couple of months, we hope to roll out a couple of other ideas and initiatives to help our goal of getting you the news, commentary, and shenanigans that you’ve come to expect whenever and wherever you want it. Now, there’s no excuse to not get involved… in your tweets, on your book of face, or on your phone. In spite of what they say, we think it’s awesome.
We’re excited to work with this great organization, especially because they are active in giving back to the community- $1 from every order goes to assist the work of the Cleveland City Mission. “Paying it forward”, indeed.
Oh, and in case you hadn’t noticed- since FBT released their great WINdians gear, Cleveland’s squadron has been doing pretty well. I also hold them personally responsible for helping Peyton Hillis surge to victory in the Madden vote.
Help them, help us, help the Cleveland City Mission, help the Indians keep on winning… whatever floats your boat, you should help yourself to classy gear from an amazing company. Just click the link up in the left corner and get in the game!
With the crap-tacular showing by Butler’s Bulldogs last night, we begrudgingly offer congratulations to UConn’s Huskies, the NCAA Men’s Basketball
More importantly, though, is the conclusion of tBBCBC, where Kriswitha_k correctly predicted a finals appearance by Calhoun’s Corps, and won the tournament with 77 points. In second place was WorriedSick, who managed two of the Final Four, but lost points in the earlier rounds.
Kris wins the Threebler shirt as well as a chance to guest post here on the mothership- drop us an email with your address and shirt size and we’ll hook you up.
No huge surprise, but Eric finished highest amongst your humble correspondents, with yours truly finishing second. Jim finished third, which is kind of like VCU making the final 4 given his preference for football coverage- he’s definitely a renaissance man.
Congrats to the winners (and by that, we mean “everyone who played”). Be on the lookout for more giveaways and partnerships in the coming months!