Let’s be honest… you’ve already started on your excuses for next week. Thursday and Friday should absolutely be a national holiday from work, since most of us don’t get anything accomplished anyway. Ah, the beautiful Madness!
Sure, the Buckeyes have a game or four to win before Sunday’s brackets are released and the Big Dance begins… but it’s never too early to get your hilarious entry name locked and loaded for this year’s challenge!
While bragging rights are always a fantastic incentive, we’ve got a great prize package from our great sponsors, including your chance to pen a guest post here at the mothership. Heck, Ken had so much fun that he decided to stick around.
Here are the details that you need for the 2014 edition of the showdown- as a reminder, the Yahoo! Investigative team hasn’t visited Columbus since we switched over to their Fantasty services. You’re welcome, Buckeye Nation.
To sign up, hit up this link and use the ID/password below:
Pool ID#: 43246
Good luck, and Go Bucks!
As is tradition here at tBBC, we give contest winners the chance to write an article to share with the rest of the world. This year is no different, even if the contest winner is a seven year old Oklahoma State fan. Introducing Caleb, as interviewed by his dad (our B1g12 correspondent):
2) What was your strategy in picking the games? At first I picked the teams that I liked the most, and then I looked at the match ups and picked the team with the highest percentage.
3) Caleb, you said you picked the teams you liked most. What made you like them the most? From states I’ve been to (CO, TX, KS, NE), states I grew up in (Cali and OK), and states I’ve learned to like.
4) What is your favorite state? California, because I grew up in it and have a lot of family in it.
5) Who is your favorite sports team? OKC Thunder because they are the first team I’ve known about and I really like going to their games.
6) What are your thoughts on winning this game? I’m a kid and I beat all the grown ups. I should teach my dad and uncle Mali how to pick better.
7) What sport would you like to play? None of them because I like science experiments, math and building things.
9) Caleb, as we end, do you have anything else you want to say? I have a joke. ”Where do all the sport shirts come from? Jersey”
With Florida State’s last minute victory in Pasadena last night, the BCS era comes to an end.
Congratulations to the Seminoles on their victory; thanks too for ensuring that the SECSECSEC went winless in the last year of the BCS.
Now that the Bowls have concluded for 2013-14, we also need to congratulate the winner(s) of our Pick-em contest.
The overall winner, believe it or not, is the seven year old son of a friend of mine (our Big12 correspondent). He blew away the competition, and won our contest with three more correct picks than the second place entries. In second place is Troy, who tied yours truly with 22 correct picks. Bro, check your mail for information regarding your major awards. As for your favorite tBBC staffers, Ken and Patrick were first and second runners up, with Jason ending up at the bottom.
Thanks again to ALL who played this season, and to our great sponsors for helping us out this way. Be sure to keep following the news here at tBBC for your next chance to win!
Quick update on tBBC’s Championship Chase, our yearly contest for all of our Buckeye Yahoo!s…
Of the over 50 folks who signed up to play, Toasted Bucknut ended the season on top with 252 points! Drop us a note here at the mothership, and we’ll get you hooked up for your prize package and so forth.
Your humble correspondent ended up atop the Staff challenge, and found myself in the huge logjam that was the second place shootout. You know what they say, though- “Second place is still not where Michigan finished this year.”
And now that the Bowl Movement has been completed, we can also announce the next contest for all of the armchair defensive coordinators in Buckeye Nation. If you’re looking to have yet another reason to watch all 35 of the bowl games this holiday season, you can tell your family that you’ve got something important riding on it since you’ve entered tBBC Bowl Challenge.
In order to join the group, just go to College Football Pick’em, and click the “Join Group” button. From there, enter the following information…
Group ID#: 6433
As a reminder, since we switched our contests over from ESPN to Yahoo!, the BCS has died. Success! Read More
After 90 picks, tBBC’s pick ‘em between Gary and myself has come down to the final week.
With our contest deadlocked, we will pick the winners of Saturday’s games and use the total points scored in the B1G championship game as the tiebreaker.
To recap last week, both of us took Ohio State, Nebraska, Sparty, Northwestern, Wisconsin and Indiana.
We missed on Nebraska and Wisconsin and head into the last week deadlocked at 30-15. Thanks Bo Pelini.
I’m glad the Huskers don’t play this week.
Anyhoo, we are going to pick all the relevant and not-so-relevant Saturday games and see if we can’t get this thing figured out.
Games we are picking:
Gary likes Marshall, UCF, Oklahoma State, Uconn, Baylor, Missouri, Rutgers, Arizona State, FSU, Buckeyes, LA Lafayette and Fresno State.
Gary questioned my manhood and told me not to copy his games. “Well I know how much you have to cheat off me to stay in this thing,” Gary said.
Unfortunately, there is not one game I would and will pick differently. So it comes down to total points in the B1G title game.
Gary has 45 points. I’m going with 46 points.
Let’s hope that we’re both WAY under. Go Bucks.
OK, I’m starting to feel a little nauseated.
This pick ‘em thing is not working out like I planned.
Of course I expected to win. Who expects to lose other than the Tampa Bay Buccaneers?
Let’s recap our last week of picks, which was two weeks ago. Took a week off to attend the funeral of my 95-year-old grandmother in South Bend.
So our picks from the previous week included both Gary and myself picking Penn State over TTUN and Nebraska over Purdon’t.
Gary took Sparty and the Badgers, while I incorrectly took Indiana and Northwestern. Blech!
Once again we don’t have a consensus for this week’s picks.
Gary and I agree that Ohio State will beat Penn State, Nebraska will beat Minnesota and that Northwestern will win at Iowa.
But again, we differ in another game.
I like Illinois to defend the home field against Sparty, who couldn’t score with a pocket full of change in a …. well, never mind.
“Sticking with my hometown boy Dantonio to bring me success in beating down a Chicago Blackhawks fan,” Gary said smugly.
Illinois can’t stink all the time, right?
So to recap:
Standings after four weeks:
I guess my sarcasm didn’t get me very far last week.
Gary had a solid week of picking, hitting on all the games except Illinois-Nebraska.
I thought I was safe with Penn State over Indiana. Really, Nittany Lions?
And Iowa let me down too.
Still a long way to go and we have some fun ones this week.
I’m done with Purdue. Boiler down.
I’m gonna jump on the Hoosier bandwagon while Gary will take Sparty.
“It’s a home game,” he said. “The hometown pick worked for me last week.”
The big game is up in Madison where Northwestern will try to rebound from the neutral field loss to Ohio State.
I like the Cats here. Gary doesn’t.
“I don’t think they can go up to Camp Randall and win,” Gary said.
So let’s recap.
Standings after 2 weeks:
Gary isn’t getting cocky ….. Yet.
“One game is not enough,” he said. “If you keep picking for your neighbor I might be ok.”
Pucker up. That’s where we stand after one week of our head-to-head pick.
Yours truly and Gary were correcting in picking Ohio State and Illinois to win last week. I correctly picked Iowa winning at Minnesota but was disappointed in the effort of Purdue as Gary was right in picking Northern Illinois.
“They are just horrible in every freaking category,” he said in justifying his pick.
This week we have a full slate of Big 10/11/12 games.
Let’s get the obligatory picks out of the way: We both are picking Ohio State and TTUN.
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