The End Of Madness: tBBC Bracket Challenge

Written April 8th, 2014 by MaliBuckeye

Congratulations to the UConn Huskies, winner of their fourth national championship Monday night with a 60-54 victory over Big Blue Nation and the Kentucky Wildcats in Arlington Texas.

Moment. Shining.

Following a season where the Huskies were ineligible for post-season play due to APR/Academic issues, the upperclassman who stayed with the program earned their second title in four years, and brought a sense of redemption to UConn. Led by UConn alumni Kevin Ollie, who inherited the program following Jim Calhoun’s retirement, the Huskies went from a team that struggled in their opener against St. Joseph’s to knocking off the “team of destiny” from Lexington.

Calipari’s starters are expected to announce for the NBA in the coming days, similar to the squad that won the title for UK in 2012. Rumors are also swirling that Calipari himself may be headed to The League, as the future coach of the Los Angeles Lakers.  If you’ve followed Calipari’s career and are a WildKat fan, you’ve got to hope beyond hope that he stays, as programs he leaves tend to have visits from the NCAA soon thereafter.

So, congrats to the Huskies, who look to see their undefeated women’s team double dip on Tuesday night when they face the also undefeated Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Should Coach Auriemma’s team win, it will be the second time that both titles have ended in Connecticut in the same year… no other team has even done it once.

Fear not, UK faithful- The Yankees’ season just began and the Miami Heat look solid this year as well. And then you get to live vicariously through the successes of your SEC brethern… the same ones who hate you all during hoops season.

In our Yahoo! Challenge, Ryan had it all sewn up on Saturday, correctly picking Kentucky and Florida in the Final Four. Huge kudos also go to Kris, who had the most correct picks, but not the most points per our scoring system. Ryan wins the great prize package from The Buckeye Room, Fresh Brewed Tees, and Mekka Don, and you’ll be hopefully reading his thoughts in this space in the near future.

This year’s tBBC Bragging Rights go to Ken, who blew the rest of us out of the water at… wait for it… 21st place.  Proud. Your humble correspondent finished in dead last, right behind a staffer who was too busy with his dissertation to spend more than a few minutes filling out his bracket.

Huge thanks go to our friend Bacon Ninja for keeping me from having the lowest score of the people I talk to regularly.  Oh, and that 8 year old that finished in the running for our bowl challenge? Ninth place.

Thanks again for participating, and look for our next contest sometime in mid-August as we get ready for the 2014-15 season to kick off.  Remember, we’ll be livechatting the Ohio State spring game this Saturday afternoon… see you then!

tBBC Bracketology: Final Four

Written April 1st, 2014 by MaliBuckeye

Not everything was awful…

Since it’s April Fool’s Day, it totally makes sense to look at the clown show that is most of our brackets.

There’s a real possibility that the “Conference full of fans who like to prove they can spell three letter words” will have the only two teams with a basketball pulse in the finals on Monday; be prepared for a lot of reciprocal couch burning from Vanderbilt and Missouri backers.

Even worse? A Bo Ryan team may cut down the nets when it’s all over. Insert Tom Crean “that doesn’t mean they’ve won” joke here.

In the Yahoo! group, we’ve got a two way tie at the top, with Hunter and Kris right up there with 77 points.

However, there are a lot of points still on the table, and at least two former champions have the possibility of winning it all yet again. But, if Florida doesn’t win it all… all bets are off.

Ken is leading our tBBC in house competition… and that’s all that matters. Let’s pay no attention to the names at the very bottom of the list, shall we??

Stay tuned this weekend for our last livechats of the hoops season… See you then!

tBBC Bracketology: Sweet 16

Written March 24th, 2014 by MaliBuckeye
The Correct Reaction

The Correct Reaction

Well, the past four days certainly lived up to the “Madness” legacy, didn’t they?

Indianapolis hosts Tennessee, Kentucky, Michigan, and Louisville… That’s got to be a scalper’s dream scenario, right?

Huge upsets, surprise teams moving on to the next round, and favorites being pushed to the wire across all of the regions.

And yet, there’s still that one guy who will have his final four all still alive that will want to talk about it for the next four days… man, I hate that guy. <is actually that guy>

Let’s take a quick look at our Yahoo! contest to see how awfully amazingly each of our participants are doing thus far.  Also, this will hopefully make Kevin stop emailing me to rub it in. :)

Yup, our graphic whiz Kevin Dearth was in first place until Sunday’s games… but today, Grant stands atop the leader board (I’m not giving you lots of money, but will buy you dinner when you’re out here next).  As an interesting note- the 8 year old that won our Bowl Picks contest is only sitting four points behind the leader.  So… yeah.

Charles had an amazing first round and early second round for tBBC Staff Bragging Rights, and still is on top of our insider’s bracket, even if he’s fallen behind his initial glory. Jason’s the only reason that your humble correspondent isn’t dead last… thanks, bro!

Remember, just because you may be out of the running for the big prize package, you can always get awesome swag from our partners The Buckeye Room, Fresh Brewed Tees, and Mekka Don.

Even though the Buckeyes aren’t moving on this coming weekend, we’ll be still watching closely to see what happens next. Stay tuned to tBBC for weekend livechats and all your Scarlet and Gray updates.

tBBC 2014 Tournament Challenge

Written March 17th, 2014 by MaliBuckeye

We gave you a preview earlier, but now that the brackets are out it’s time to start making your picks. Read More

tBBC’s Tournament Challenge 2014

Written March 11th, 2014 by MaliBuckeye

CraftyLet’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
Password: acmanofsteal

 Good luck, and Go Bucks!

One Fan’s Opinion: From The Mouth Of Babes

Written January 11th, 2014 by MaliBuckeye

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):

IMG_20140111_0953431) Caleb, do you like playing the pick ‘em games? I don’t know.  Kind of.  I prefer not to but I never knew you could win before so now I like it.

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”

And The Winner Is…

Written January 7th, 2014 by MaliBuckeye

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!

Announcing: tBBC Bowl Challenge

Written December 9th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

Quick update on tBBC’s Championship Chase, our yearly contest for all of our Buckeye Yahoo!s…

Big Games Call For Big Leaders

Big Games Call For Big Leaders

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
Password: Shaz1er

As a reminder, since we switched our contests over from ESPN to Yahoo!, the BCS has died. Success! Read More