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March Madness Continues

Well, the first week of the annual NCAA March Madness tournament is behind us and for the eighth straight year the kind folks at Outback Steakhouse agreed to sponsor my annual bracket contest.  So, last week, 50 of my friends and I logged our brackets in on ESPN.com’s site and waited for the action to unfold.

marchmadnessEarly on, Cindy Warner took the lead as she was the last person in the group to have a perfect bracket with 10 straight correct picks.  Then, she missed two of the final six games to stand in second place after day one with a stellar 14-of-16 correct.

Meanwhile, Rodney Yoder, Chris Runion and Trevor Gaffney each finished the first day only missing one game to take the lead with 150 points.  All three of them along with Cindy will receive one of the 20 free Bloomin’ Onion cards that Outback so graciously donated to the contest.

On day two, Justin Ross correctly picked 15 of the 16 games to jump into a tie for first place with Trevor and Rodney as they each finished the round of 64 with 28 of 32 games picked correctly for 280 points.  Greg Sergio was also tied for first place as he was consistent going 14-for-16 on both of the first two days.  Justin and Greg also earned a free Bloomin’ Onion for their efforts.

The round of 32 was were the field started to separate thanks in large part to losses by defending champion Villanova and no. 2 seeds Duke and Louisville as 20 of the 51 entrants in my contest lost their predicted national champion, myself included.

Brad Graley avoided the upset carnage, though as he correctly picked 14 of the 16 winners in the round to move into a first place tie with Trevor and Noelle Neville as the three of them each currently have 520 points.  And all three of them have a different predicted national champion.  Brad and Noelle will each receive a free Bloomin’ Onion as will Alex Connell, who is next on the leaderboard with 510 points although his bracket was busted with the loss of Duke.

The action heats up again tonight and the overall prize of the $20 voucher to Outback and the bragging rights that go with it are still up for grabs.  Good luck!

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And The Winner Is…

This year’s March Madness contest ended with a bang as Villanova hit a buzzer-beater to down the only remaining No. 1 seed North Carolina to claim the NCAA title 77-74.

juan poonOf the 51 people who entered my seventh annual bracket contest sponsored by Outback Steakhouse, only Adam Jackman correctly predicted that Villanova would win it all.  Unfortunately for Adam, his picks in the Sweet Sixteen and the Elite Eight kept him from claiming the overall title in this year’s contest as he came up 40 points short of the top spot by finishing with 1100 points.

Congratulations to Juan Poon (left) for winning this year’s title and along with it the coveted $20 gift certificate from Outback.  Juan was the only person in the contest to correctly have picked both teams in the championship game and his early success helped to overcome the fact that his beloved Tarheels did not captured the trophy as he had predicted.  He finished with 1140 points.

Michael MacEachern, who was at or near the top in every round, finished third with 1040 points, while Hannah Miller was also consistent and finished fourth with 980 points.  Trevor Gaffney, who made a late run, rounded out the top five finishers with 970 points.

In addition to everyone in the top five and the previous winners from the first weekend of action, eight other people also scored a free Bloomin’ Onion from my friends at Outback and I’ll be mailing those out to the lucky recipients.  In the media division, Joe Rinehart of WNZR (820 points) just edged out Amanda Rykoff (800 points) of the Houston Astros and former 10TV weatherman Josh Poland (800 points).  Meanwhile, Holly Zachariah and Rob Oller of the Columbus Dispatch ended up deadlocked in the battle for workplace bragging rights.  Defending champion R.J. Bergman finished in 47th place in a rebuilding year as he made an early exit just like his favorite team, Duke.  And finally, after thoroughly beating her husband and former contest winnter, Patrick Neville a year ago with Northeastern (NE) and Villanova (VILL) in the finals a year ago, Noelle Neville finished dead last.  If she would have only picked Villanova this year.  🙂

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s contest and thanks as always to Outback Steakhouse for being such a great sponsor.  They donated the $20 grand prize and 20 Bloomin’ Onion cards.  Make sure to visit them when possible and send them a tweet to say thanks!  Hope to see you all again next year when we all go in search of our One Shining Moment!

First Week in the Books

The first week of the NCAA Tournament is in the books and and there was definitely madness this March with upsets and buzzer beaters.  Of the 51 entries in this year’s contest, 23 people have already had their champion eliminated.  Michigan State was the biggest early exit as Sparty got an early spring break trip with a first round loss.

IMG_7636Speaking of Michigan State, only three entries (James Mummert, Michael MacEachern, and Noelle Neville) were still perfect through the first seven games before the Spartans’ lose ended that run.  James Mummert, Michael MacEachern, Mark Womack, Patrick Neville, and Cindy Warner finished the first day all tied for first place by getting 14 of the first 16 picks correct.  James snags the first Bloomin’ Onion certificate courtesy of our friends from Outback as I drew his name out to break the tie for the best day, while Noelle and Patrick will share one.

The second day saw Wade Foley pick 12 of the 16 winners correctly while Mark Womack and Cindy Warner each picked 11 right as that trio were each tied for first place with 25 of the first 32 picks correct.  Wade snagged the Bloomin’ Onion certificate for the best day, while Mark also gets one as I drew his name between he and Cindy since they both were in first for the second straight day.

The third day saw Andy Francis get seven of the eight games right as he moved into a first-place tie with Cindy Warner, who got six of the eight games right.  Andy claims the Bloomin’ Onion for the best day, while Cindy also gets one for her third straight day occupying first place.

Michael MacEachern took over the top spot in the contest on the fourth day as he correctly picked six of the eight winners to stand at 480 points through the first four days of games.  He picks up the Bloomin’ Onion certificate as he ended up going 12 for 16 in the second round.  Andy Francis is a close second with 470 points after also going 12 for 16, while Hannah Miller stands in third place with 460 points.  Brad Graley won the drawing for the day as he also went 12 for 16 along with Trevor Gaffney.

The Sweet Sixteen is now under way tonight and it will be interesting to see what happens next.  Stay tuned!

 

March Madness is Back!

It’s that time of year once again for my annual men’s college basketball March Madness bracket contest!  This marks the seventh straight year of the contest and once again the good people of Outback Steakhouse have agreed to be the title sponsor with the coveted Outback gift certificate and bragging rights up for grabs for the winner.  Last year, R.J. Bergman beat out 67 other people to win the top prize as he jumped from seventh place to the top spot when Duke claimed the title and cut down the nets.

March Madness is a great time of year for college hoops junkies and even the casual fan. One of the best ways to follow the action is to fill out a bracket and then root for your picks to advance. Go the safe route and pick all the higher seeds or be the one person to take an underdog Cinderella team all the way to the big dance. Either way, it’s lots of fun to participate and bragging rights as well as some good food in this case are up for grabs.

That’s where my contest comes in. For the seventh straight year, my contest is free to enter so there is no excuse not to get on board. The overall winner will receive a $20 gift certificate courtesy of my friends at Outback Steakhouse. And, they have been gracious enough to throw in free Bloomin’ Onion cards for the winner of each round, too. So, the steaks (er…stakes) are high and you need to sign up today!!!

To enter, just follow this link to the private group that I have set up for my friends on ESPN’s site. The group name is DP on the Go if you need to search for it and the password is Outback. (If you need the back story on my history with Outback, you can read it here.  They are a great company who loves interacting with their fans including an adventure for my 40th birthday that later included even meeting Debbie Gibson.  I would encourage you to follow them on Twitter at @Outback.)

I’ll look forward to having you join in on the fun. Your entry (only one per person) must be submitted before the first game tips off on Thursday at noon ET. The First Four games are not picked in this contest.  Besides entering your picks on time, the only other requirements are that you are following me on Twitter or a friend on Facebook and that I can tell who you are by your entry name.  Have fun!

It’s Tourney Time Again!

It’s that time of year once again for my annual men’s college basketball March Madness bracket contest!  This marks the sixth straight year of the contest and once again the good people of Outback Steakhouse have agreed to be the title sponsor with the coveted Outback gift certificate and bragging rights up for grabs for the winner.  Last year, George Hartz beat out 77 other people in our biggest contest yet to win the top prize.

March Madness is a great time of year for college hoops junkies and even the casual fan. One of the best ways to follow the action is to fill out a bracket and then root for your picks to advance. Go the safe route and pick all the higher seeds (like Kentucky as they take a shot at a 40-0 perfect season) or be the one person to take an underdog Cinderella team all the way to the big dance. Either way, it’s lots of fun to participate and bragging rights as well as some good food in this case are up for grabs.

That’s where my contest comes in. For the sixth straight year, my contest is free to enter so there is no excuse not to get on board. The overall winner will receive a $20 gift certificate courtesy of my friends at Outback Steakhouse. And, they have been gracious enough to throw in free Bloomin’ Onion cards for the winner of each round, too. So, the steaks (er…stakes) are high and you need to sign up today!!!

To enter, just follow this link to the private group that I have set up for my friends on ESPN’s site. The group name is DP on the Go if you need to search for it and the password is Outback. (If you need the back story on my history with Outback, you can read it here.  They are a great company who loves interacting with their fans including an adventure for my 40th birthday that later included even meeting Debbie Gibson.  I would encourage you to follow them on Twitter at @Outback.)

I’ll look forward to having you join in on the fun. Your entry (only one per person) must be submitted before the first game tips off on Thursday at noon ET. The First Four games are not picked in this contest.  Besides entering your picks on time, the only other requirements are that you are following me on Twitter or a friend on Facebook and that I can tell who you are by your entry name.  Have fun!