BBN Bracket Challenge: Major Awards

Written March 14th, 2012 by MaliBuckeye

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.

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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!

UPDATE2: We’ve also been given a “Rise And Grind” shirt from the guys at Time and Change for the winner!

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

(those are zeroes and ones)

Deadline is 12:15 Eastern on Thursday- That’s TOMORROW. Good luck!!

tBBC Challenge: College Football Pick-em

Written August 28th, 2011 by MaliBuckeye

A bit understated

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…

Group ID#: 8801
Password: Moeller

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!!

And now, a word about our sponsors

Written June 10th, 2011 by MaliBuckeye

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.

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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  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.


Silver Bullet Points Goes Mobile

Written May 25th, 2011 by MaliBuckeye

Too soon for a car reference?

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.

Buckeye News

  • Making The Grades- Although it certainly didn’t make SportsCenter, the NCAA released APR rates today, and the Buckeye football program came in at 971, with a 4 year average of 985. That 4 year average is second in the conference only to Northwestern over the same time period, and is the highest in the program’s history. Bringing up the rear during that same time period? The Harvard of the West, the Leaders and the Best.
  • Great Linkage- The gang at the OZone has a round table with Jim Cordle about the Media Coverage of the current Ohio State scandal, and Ramzy reminds us why 24-7 media sucks.
  • Whispers- Yup, we’ve heard them too. We’ll let you know what we know as soon as we know it. For now, though, we stay the course.
  • TENNIS! Congrats to the Buckeyes, who finished their season 34-3 with a loss to Virginia, and now begin play for singles and doubles honors.
  • BASEBALL!! Tomorrow the Bucks open up against the Gophers in the Big Ten Tournament… head out to the game if you get a chance.

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And Now, A Word From Our Sponsor

Written May 10th, 2011 by MaliBuckeye

If you’re a Buckeye fan living in Northeast Ohio, or if you were a part of our NCAA Tournament challenge you should be familiar with the work of our newest partner, Fresh Brewed Tees.

Hang on!

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!

Kudos and Clothing!

Written April 5th, 2011 by MaliBuckeye

With the crap-tacular showing by Butler’s Bulldogs last night, we begrudgingly offer congratulations to  UConn’s Huskies, the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Champion.

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.

This screams “Winner”

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.

Again, a HUGE thank you to Fresh Brewed Tees-  They’ve also been getting a ton of love from the media for their “Not In Our Garage” shirt following last week’s Lebroncalypse.

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!