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Title: NCAA Men's Basketball - LET THE MADNESS BEGIN
Post by: AC on March 15, 2015, 10:45:46 PM
The NCAA Men's Basketball Championship Tournament is here!!!

***Today is selection Sunday - bracket has been announced.  Contrary to what I said earlier, the deadline for locking in your selections is 3/19/15 at 12:15 PM ET (not the 17th as I had thought)

The tournament gives you days and days of something small to look forward to. You don't need to know about basketball. You don't need to watch the games. Just fill out a bracket. Even if your teams are not pulling through, you can root for someone who IS doing well. Trust me, it is fun! 

I have set up an official Team WIDDA March Madness Pool!

There WILL be PRIZES. You never know who may win a prize. Not all prizes go to the "winners". 

***Please note.  There were considerable difficulties with the prize committee last year.  Months after the tournament end, the prizes were located in the trunk of a relative of someone on the prize committee who had promised to mail them out.  Thinking that the task was complete, the budget committee allocated money to the spring shoe fund which should have been reserved to cover the meager shipping costs not covered by the aforementioned relative.  Once the funds were in place again, IT had managed to lose track of necessary mailing addresses.  It was true madness and mayhem at every turn - just not in March.  All committees now have BACKUP.  Small prizes will indeed be sent to any winners who share their mailing address.  I, AC, as the only person serving on any of the above committees last year, apologize for the outrageous prize delivery debacle.  Last years prizes will also be sent at the conclusion of this years tourney unless appropriate mailing addresses can not be located. ***

The College Bracket deadline is 12:15 PM ET, 3/19/2014

The Final Game is April 6

Some people will be picking teams because, although player A is injured, statistically, in even numbered years, team X out scores team Y in the paint 98% of the time.

You don't have to do that. You can choose teams based on the fact that you believe a Blue Devil could stomp a Tar Heel. Or, you can go alphabetically. Or by rankings. Or whatever you choose. Just have fun with it.

Below, you will find the instructions to enter. I have set the pool up as private.


If you are not comfortable creating an account, I can add your selections and then find a way to give you access to the action.



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You are being invited to join 'Team WIDDA 2015 March Madness Pool'.
In order to join, you must:

1. Register as a user at http://www.poolhost.com.
When registering, you will choose a personal username and provide your e-mail address. When you click Join, PoolHost.com will send you an e-mail with a password to login to the site. 

2. Login to PoolHost.com with the username you chose and the password sent to you.

3. Go to the 'Pool Tools' menu and choose 'Join a Private Pool'.

4. Choose 'College Bracket Challenge'.

5. To Join the pool you need to enter the Pool ID and Pool Password.
For the Pool ID type: WIDDA
For the Pool Password type: madness

That's it and then you're in! The next time you login in to http://www.poolhost.com, you can get back to your pool(s) by going to 'My Pools' where you'll see all the pools you've joined. Clicking on a pool name will take you to that pool. You can switch to a different pool by going to 'My Pools' again at any time.

To Register, click here:
http://www.poolhost.com/index.asp?page=register.asp

*** Last year we simply did one point per game.  This year, we are weighting each round, so each round you can score a maximum of 32 points.  I will explain more later (and try to be more entertaining), but at the moment I am in a bit of a time crunch.  Anyone participating please add any info you feel might be useful to others.***
Title: Re: NCAA Men's Basketball - LET THE MADNESS BEGIN
Post by: downinahole on March 15, 2015, 11:03:46 PM
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Title: Re: NCAA Men's Basketball - LET THE MADNESS BEGIN
Post by: Gabzmom on March 16, 2015, 12:31:52 AM
My picks are in - totally based on emotion.  No logic whatsoever?

Go, Gonzaga Bulldogs!
Title: Re: NCAA Men's Basketball - LET THE MADNESS BEGIN
Post by: smm on March 16, 2015, 02:41:29 PM
I am a NCAA Bracket virgin, so I'm going to investigate all the mascots for the teams then stick a pin in one.

*smm scurries off to cyberstalk mascots*
Title: Re: NCAA Men's Basketball - LET THE MADNESS BEGIN
Post by: gretchen437 on March 17, 2015, 08:43:30 PM
Thanks for setting this up AC. I have had crazy hectic times lately. I need some good madness in my life ;)
Title: Re: NCAA Men's Basketball - LET THE MADNESS BEGIN
Post by: gretchen437 on March 17, 2015, 08:53:03 PM
Sadly this year I am too exhausted and busy to take my picks seriously.  :-\
Title: Re: NCAA Men's Basketball - LET THE MADNESS BEGIN
Post by: lcoxwell on March 17, 2015, 09:14:58 PM
This sounds like fun!  Last year, i was in too much of a fog to participate, but I think I shall give it a whirl this year.  Of course, I need to wait until tomorrow to make my picks.  My 8th graders are filling out a bracket for a school wide advisory class competition.  I think I will just enter their picks on my bracket.  Nothing could possibly go awry with that plan, right?   :P
Title: Re: NCAA Men's Basketball - LET THE MADNESS BEGIN
Post by: marian1953 on March 17, 2015, 09:52:11 PM
waiting for my email so the fun can begin- thanks so much, AC!
Title: Re: NCAA Men's Basketball - LET THE MADNESS BEGIN
Post by: AC on March 17, 2015, 10:39:37 PM
Sadly this year I am too exhausted and busy to take my picks seriously.  :-\

How can one take anything seriously when UCONN isn't even invited to the dance???  GO ZAGS!!!

***** 1 day, 12 hours, 36 minutes left to lock in your picks.  Don't me whip out the wet noodle!!! *****
Title: Re: NCAA Men's Basketball - LET THE MADNESS BEGIN
Post by: Gabzmom on March 18, 2015, 01:38:55 AM
I was wondering about Uconn!
Title: Re: NCAA Men's Basketball - LET THE MADNESS BEGIN
Post by: smm on March 18, 2015, 03:00:35 PM
Teams picked :) I wonder how many I'll get wrong since I have no clue what-so-ever!
Title: Re: NCAA Men's Basketball - LET THE MADNESS BEGIN
Post by: downinahole on March 18, 2015, 08:15:43 PM
I wonder how many I'll get wrong since I have no clue what-so-ever!

That's the fun thing about the tournament. Year in and year out, even the experts look really bad once the tournaments starts. The first 2 days are especially fun to watch because there are generally lots of upsets. All it takes is one or two upsets and an "expert's" bracket is totally busted. 
Title: Re: NCAA Men's Basketball - LET THE MADNESS BEGIN
Post by: AC on March 18, 2015, 10:05:12 PM
OK guys and dolls!  Well done!  Several of you jumped right in there and successfully registered and made their pics.  With only 13 hours, 11 minutes left to lock in selections, I am wagging my wet noodle at myself, Serpico, lcoxwell, and anyone on the fence about participation.

THE HOUR IS NIGH, PEOPLE.  GET THOSE PICS IN. 

Title: Re: NCAA Men's Basketball - LET THE MADNESS BEGIN
Post by: lcoxwell on March 18, 2015, 10:50:27 PM
OK guys and dolls!  Well done!  Several of you jumped right in there and successfully registered and made their pics.  With only 13 hours, 11 minutes left to lock in selections, I am wagging my wet noodle at myself, Serpico, lcoxwell, and anyone on the fence about participation.

THE HOUR IS NIGH, PEOPLE.  GET THOSE PICS IN.

Ok! Ok! I know how to take a hint. My picks are in (or I should say, the picks of my 8th grade special education students are in).  Hey!  You gotta pick somehow.   ;D
Title: Re: NCAA Men's Basketball - LET THE MADNESS BEGIN
Post by: AC on March 19, 2015, 10:42:31 AM
And the games are about to begin!!!

Two quick announcements:

1.  After a brief review of the entries, it appears that my brain works much like that of a fourth grader - about basketball anyhoo ;)

2.  Just a little over a half hour remains to lock in your picks if anyone else cares to join in.  If Serpico is out there - if you can't get them in on time, PM them to me and I will do what I can.
Title: Re: NCAA Men's Basketball - LET THE MADNESS BEGIN
Post by: AC on March 19, 2015, 05:34:49 PM
With the tourney officially underway, one thing is clear - ya just NEVER know what is going to happen!  With games down, it is time to give a huge shout-out to two contenders:

1.  ssm:  The woman who claims to not know a basketball from a watermelon has claimed the early lead in this years contest, accurately predicting 5 of the 6 winning teams.  WAY to go!  You are going to have to fess up  - did you really pick based on mascot?  I will soooooo crack up if you did.  ;D

2.  lcoxwell's 4th grade class:  I guess I should have thought more like a 4th grader if I wanted an early lead here - our own lovely miss Leslie is currently holding down second place, having chosen 4 of 5 winning teams.

Those that went with solid knowledge of the sport and ability of individual teams don't seem to be fairing as well.  Nor do some of us (like me ) who went with a combination of knowledge of the sport but not this years teams while tossing in a fair bit of "I WANT this team to win despite the odds so I will pick them".  The rest of the pack is pretty well tied - having predicted either 2 or 3 of the games successfully.

Now no one go getting too excited or too disappointed - this is MARCH MADNESS after all.  Next thing you know, Duke may lose in round 1 - right?  :o

This thread is too quiet - anyone actually watching these games???
Title: Re: NCAA Men's Basketball - LET THE MADNESS BEGIN
Post by: lcoxwell on March 19, 2015, 05:47:25 PM
Now no one go getting too excited or too disappointed - this is MARCH MADNESS after all.  Next thing you know, Duke may lose in round 1 - right?  :o

Bite your tongue, woman! (You know I love you, right?)  ;D
Title: Re: NCAA Men's Basketball - LET THE MADNESS BEGIN
Post by: Kamcho on March 19, 2015, 05:50:18 PM
Darn it, I missed the sign up! Oh well. Go green!
Title: Re: NCAA Men's Basketball - LET THE MADNESS BEGIN
Post by: AC on March 19, 2015, 05:57:50 PM
Now no one go getting too excited or too disappointed - this is MARCH MADNESS after all.  Next thing you know, Duke may lose in round 1 - right?  :o

Bite your tongue, woman! (You know I love you, right?)  ;D

And the trash talk begins - and seems to be effective in this particular contest.  The lovely miss Leslie is now tied for the lead!  WOOT!

For Kamcho and others - never to late to join in!  When the field has been narrowed from 64 teams to this year's sweet, sweet 16 we can always start a side contest.  I will keep reminders coming for those who express interest!  We can't let passion for the sport like "go green" just fall to the wayside!  ;)
Title: Re: NCAA Men's Basketball - LET THE MADNESS BEGIN
Post by: Kamcho on March 19, 2015, 06:06:42 PM
Cool, thanks AC. I know nothing other than "Go Green!" Lol!
Title: Re: NCAA Men's Basketball - LET THE MADNESS BEGIN
Post by: AC on March 19, 2015, 08:26:29 PM
HAHA - I threw my local smarties (haavad) under the bus cause, well, it's basketball and UNC and whatnot...

tied with less than a minute to go.  If I got this one wrong - OY
Title: Re: NCAA Men's Basketball - LET THE MADNESS BEGIN
Post by: Lisa on March 19, 2015, 09:25:10 PM
unc almost busted my bracket. Madness.
Title: Re: NCAA Men's Basketball - LET THE MADNESS BEGIN
Post by: AC on March 19, 2015, 09:30:27 PM
Some early upsets have handed a tough hit to a few of our contestants.  That one nearly got me as well.  MADNESS.

What is more mad (madder?  the madiest?)  Is that I failed to notice that Marian's picks are missing.  Marian - I am sorry.  Total brain malfunction.  Hope you will still join us when it gets down to the sweet 16!!!

I would report in on the current standings, but I think the lovely miss Leslie likely knows her students are spectacular all ready. :)
Title: Re: NCAA Men's Basketball - LET THE MADNESS BEGIN
Post by: Lisa on March 20, 2015, 07:58:26 AM
There are akways upsets in these early rounds it is just hard to pick them!  I know its sillly to try and predict but it is fun.
Title: Re: NCAA Men's Basketball - LET THE MADNESS BEGIN
Post by: downinahole on March 20, 2015, 12:57:46 PM
DIAH awakens and, along with his trusty servant Patsy, rides to the widda board in anticipation of being hailed as the greatest NCAA tournament analyst to ever live.

(http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m302/downinahole1/HcpNP9W_zpskarbzlco.gif) (http://s107.photobucket.com/user/downinahole1/media/HcpNP9W_zpskarbzlco.gif.html)

On his way to the widda board, rumors run rampant. The master NCAA tournament predictor, DIAH, has not fared well. Catcalls of "Loser", "Idiot" and "Imbecile" is directed his way throughout his journey. He looks up and thinks he sees one of his competitors directly taunting him.

(http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m302/downinahole1/tumblr_lh06lod6A01qarc0k_zpsmpr9jt8t.gif) (http://s107.photobucket.com/user/downinahole1/media/tumblr_lh06lod6A01qarc0k_zpsmpr9jt8t.gif.html)

Undaunted, DIAH heads to the NCAA thread on the widda board and looks for AC, the head honcho of the thread and tournament organizer. He looks down at his busted bracket, sees his many wrong picks and becomes sad.

AC says to DIAH "Don't worry, today's a newt day"

DIAH says "...

(http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m302/downinahole1/tumblr_m9r0otZ2aK1qbdumgo3_r2_250_zpsfdjls9ds.gif) (http://s107.photobucket.com/user/downinahole1/media/tumblr_m9r0otZ2aK1qbdumgo3_r2_250_zpsfdjls9ds.gif.html)

AC blushes and says "Sorry,  a NEW day. Today is a NEW day and there is a lot of basketball left to be played"

Title: Re: NCAA Men's Basketball - LET THE MADNESS BEGIN
Post by: downinahole on March 20, 2015, 01:17:13 PM
Boy, I did really bad yesterday. Ain't this fun!  ;D
Title: Re: NCAA Men's Basketball - LET THE MADNESS BEGIN
Post by: lcoxwell on March 20, 2015, 01:17:46 PM
DIAH, I LOVE your post (the one with Monty Python, not the one lamenting your bad day yesterday)!  That is one of my favorite movies ever!  :D
Title: Re: NCAA Men's Basketball - LET THE MADNESS BEGIN
Post by: downinahole on March 20, 2015, 01:22:02 PM
Thanks. I did so bad yesterday, I can only laugh at myself. I might as well have fun with it and make up ridiculous post.  ;D
Title: Re: NCAA Men's Basketball - LET THE MADNESS BEGIN
Post by: lcoxwell on March 20, 2015, 01:25:59 PM
All I have to say is: My students rock!  (If their picks keep winning, I may have to buy them pizza, or something).
Title: Re: NCAA Men's Basketball - LET THE MADNESS BEGIN
Post by: AC on March 20, 2015, 01:32:49 PM
AC comes busting in and says "HEY DIAH!!!  Guess what?  You already got a point today!!!  A WHOLE point!  New Day!!!"

She doesn't mention that more than likely the entire field got that point.  Who wouldn't pick Kansas to beat New Mexico State???  You'd have to be really partial to NMS, AC thought silently.  She figured he needed a boost to his day.

(http://crossfitoneworld.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341bf90553ef01a511d30a5a970c-pi)

AC claps wildly for DIAH (and everybody else).  Way to go!!!  ;D
Title: Re: NCAA Men's Basketball - LET THE MADNESS BEGIN
Post by: downinahole on March 20, 2015, 01:39:33 PM
Haha. Ain't this fun  ;D
Title: Re: NCAA Men's Basketball - LET THE MADNESS BEGIN
Post by: lcoxwell on March 20, 2015, 01:43:22 PM
I need to figure out how to post videos, so I can join the fun.  Of course, this will have to wait until later, because my lunch break is ending and I am kinda, sorta, expected to do my job and educate young minds.  Why must school districts have such high expectations, I ask you?  Why?   :-\
Title: Re: NCAA Men's Basketball - LET THE MADNESS BEGIN
Post by: Gabzmom on March 20, 2015, 03:01:42 PM
DH loved Monty Python and your post made me smile.  It is a BRAND NEW DAY!!!
Title: Re: NCAA Men's Basketball - LET THE MADNESS BEGIN
Post by: Lisa on March 20, 2015, 10:08:02 PM
Baylor What?
Title: Re: NCAA Men's Basketball - LET THE MADNESS BEGIN
Post by: AC on March 20, 2015, 10:27:34 PM
Baylor What?

Yeah - just about anything can happen in round 1 and it really is just MADNESS.  However, the upsets in the Baylor and Iowa State games did deal some blows that will have a longer lasting impact on some of the field.  Still though, as of now, each of us has at least 3 of our final 4 picks in play.  No one is out of the running yet.  And when that DOES happen - we start a sweet 16 contest! - whole NEW DAY!

In other news - the mysterious GABZILLA has clawed her way into the #1 spot - besting the lovely miss Leslie's 4th grade class by one correct guess.  Also of note, our own DIAH is attempting to scramble out of that hole he fell into yesterday and is now tied for last place.  WOOT!

GO ZAGS.
Title: Re: NCAA Men's Basketball - LET THE MADNESS BEGIN
Post by: Gabzmom on March 20, 2015, 10:41:48 PM
Wow - some crazy upsets with 1 point losses.  And my women's bracket - man, they are all rocking it except for UW.
Title: Re: NCAA Men's Basketball - LET THE MADNESS BEGIN
Post by: downinahole on March 20, 2015, 11:15:25 PM
Also of note, our own DIAH is attempting to scramble out of that hole he fell into yesterday and is now tied for last place.

DIAH looks down at the NCAA pool standings book. He is no longer in last place by himself. Now he is TIED for last place. Happiness ensues..

(http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m302/downinahole1/the-jerk-o_zpschjsv8go.gif) (http://s107.photobucket.com/user/downinahole1/media/the-jerk-o_zpschjsv8go.gif.html)
Title: Re: NCAA Men's Basketball - LET THE MADNESS BEGIN
Post by: smm on March 21, 2015, 04:25:09 AM
You know, I have no idea what is going on. I'll just smile and nod and wait for it all to happen!

yes, AC, I really did choose by mascot, but I seem to have fallen down to 3rd last :(
Title: Re: NCAA Men's Basketball - LET THE MADNESS BEGIN
Post by: AC on March 21, 2015, 10:42:09 AM
You know, I have no idea what is going on. I'll just smile and nod and wait for it all to happen!

yes, AC, I really did choose by mascot, but I seem to have fallen down to 3rd last :(

LOL.  After reading this, I checked your prediction for the championship game and couldn't figure exactly how a Terrappin beats a Wolfpack.  But I think I got it - Teenage Mutant Ninja Terrapin, no?  If so, I back that theory.

As we have been saying, however, theories and knowledge ain't worth much in this particular tourney as can be evidenced by the fact that last years strong frontrunner and all around contest golden girl is currently tied for last with the man who knows his stuff.  My new theory, based on what I know of some players in the field, is that success thus far is actually directly inversely correlated with height.  Pretty weird for basketball, huh?  Who knows.

As for being in the bottom three - no worries, maybe you'll shrink!  Just kidding, but seriously - TODAY IS A NEW DAY!!! WOOT!!!!!

Games begin in about 30 minutes.  All my best to each of you that picked the same teams I did ;)
Title: Re: NCAA Men's Basketball - LET THE MADNESS BEGIN
Post by: downinahole on March 21, 2015, 12:42:58 PM
Interesting Note:

As of last night, out of more than 11.5 million brackets entered in ESPN's Tournament Challenge, only 1 bracket remains perfect.

Only 1 out of 11.5 MILLION entries.
Title: Re: NCAA Men's Basketball - LET THE MADNESS BEGIN
Post by: Lisa on March 21, 2015, 01:04:48 PM
Makes me feel less alone in my failure
Title: Re: NCAA Men's Basketball - LET THE MADNESS BEGIN
Post by: lcoxwell on March 21, 2015, 02:28:59 PM
Okay, people, how the heckimoly (yes, I realize this is not a real word) do you all imbed gifs into your responses? I want to add one, but am apparently too ignorant to figure it out, without some tutelage first. 
Title: Re: NCAA Men's Basketball - LET THE MADNESS BEGIN
Post by: AC on March 21, 2015, 02:46:49 PM
This is how you do it, human (gif)

(http://www.gifbin.com/bin/092013/1378748406_dog_doing_yoga.gif)

1.  locate gif and copy gif url (looks like this) http://www.gifbin.com/bin/092013/1378748406_dog_doing_yoga.gif

2.  select the button below the B (bold) button.  The one furthest to the left above the smilies

3.  paste gif url in there so it looks like this with an ] on the end

[img]http://www.gifbin.com/bin/092013/1378748406_dog_doing_yoga.gif[/img

I, too, had to be taught this step by step.  I am still not sure I could do a video.  Best of luck in your endeavor!

Okay, people, how the heckimoly (yes, I realize this is not a real word) do you all imbed gifs into your responses? I want to add one, but am apparently too ignorant to figure it out, without some tutelage first. 
Title: Re: NCAA Men's Basketball - LET THE MADNESS BEGIN
Post by: lcoxwell on March 21, 2015, 03:28:07 PM
Sadly, after my surprisingly meteoric rise to the top, given my limited knowledge of the teams this year, I appear to have not so surprisingly slipped in the rankings, just a bit.  Upon discovering that I am no longer in the lead, I initially thought about doing this....

(http://i.giphy.com/2Qs2hKWMvEzdu.gif)

But, being the eternal optimist that I am, I figure I would be much better off taking this attitude.....

(http://i.giphy.com/Tim0q7zolF3fa.gif)

I would like to include a special thanks to AC and DIAH, who helped me figure out this mysterious and magical gif thing.  You guys rock!  So, while you all are watching the games, I shall be in the corner, doing a "Happy Dance", like this.....

(http://i.giphy.com/3mV5n5Vgboad2.gif)
Title: Re: NCAA Men's Basketball - LET THE MADNESS BEGIN
Post by: Lisa on March 21, 2015, 08:37:57 PM
Wow NC State over Nova!
Title: Re: NCAA Men's Basketball - LET THE MADNESS BEGIN
Post by: AC on March 21, 2015, 08:43:52 PM
Wow NC State over Nova!

That just knocked be out of a very brief lead.  I am so tempted to steal Leslie's baby gif right now.  :P
Title: Re: NCAA Men's Basketball - LET THE MADNESS BEGIN
Post by: AC on March 21, 2015, 08:51:00 PM
GO UTES GO!!!!!!! 

Sorry - gotta give a shout out to the old alma mater. 
Title: Re: NCAA Men's Basketball - LET THE MADNESS BEGIN
Post by: Lisa on March 21, 2015, 09:13:11 PM
Im the biggest fan I know and my bracket is in last place!
Title: Re: NCAA Men's Basketball - LET THE MADNESS BEGIN
Post by: Gabzmom on March 21, 2015, 10:12:59 PM
Wow NC State over Nova!

WTH?  How does that happen?
Title: Re: NCAA Men's Basketball - LET THE MADNESS BEGIN
Post by: Lisa on March 21, 2015, 10:23:55 PM
Madness
Title: Re: NCAA Men's Basketball - LET THE MADNESS BEGIN
Post by: AC on March 22, 2015, 10:01:15 AM
Who's up ready for some MADNESS???  I am  :)

16 possible points to win today.  Of course, some of us can't win on some of the games no matter how today goes, as our first round picks took both teams still competing out.  Nonetheless, with a mere 14 points separating the current contest leader from those at the bottom, those 16 points up for grabs today mean just about anything could happen.  Also worth noting, each of us still has at least 3 of our final 4 in this thing. 

Games begin in about an hour.

Title: Re: NCAA Men's Basketball - LET THE MADNESS BEGIN
Post by: downinahole on March 22, 2015, 11:19:43 AM

Who's up ready for some MADNESS??? 


(http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m302/downinahole1/giphy_zpsgdbhi7md.gif) (http://s107.photobucket.com/user/downinahole1/media/giphy_zpsgdbhi7md.gif.html)
Title: Re: NCAA Men's Basketball - LET THE MADNESS BEGIN
Post by: Lisa on March 22, 2015, 01:28:20 PM
I had gone with my gut on Michigan State my whole bracket would be different . yes @AC I am in favor of a sweet sixteen bracket!!!!
Title: Re: NCAA Men's Basketball - LET THE MADNESS BEGIN
Post by: Gabzmom on March 22, 2015, 10:11:36 PM
Noooo!  Not Kansas! 
Title: Re: NCAA Men's Basketball - LET THE MADNESS BEGIN
Post by: Wheelerswife on March 22, 2015, 10:14:25 PM
We (western) Kansans are okay with Wichita State shocking Kansas.

Maureen
Title: Re: NCAA Men's Basketball - LET THE MADNESS BEGIN
Post by: Lisa on March 22, 2015, 11:03:21 PM
It was great basketball!
Title: NCAA Sweet 16 is upon us! (this is the same old march madness thread rebranded)
Post by: AC on March 23, 2015, 03:41:58 AM
Just popping in to alert everyone that the Sweet 16 are officially known.  What that means for this thread is that WE CAN START A WHOLE NEW CONTEST!!! WOO HOO?!?!?!

*****DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES IS 7:15 ET ON 3/26/17 (Thursday)************

For those that missed the original deadline or didn't want to participate but now do - now is your time.
For those who are in the original contest but want to participate in this too - jump on in!
For those that just don't care - I totally get that.  The madness ends in a few weeks.

I also added a poll in case anyone has strong feelings one way or the other.  I submitted my vote - it really does not matter to me, but if people have opinions I would like to hear them.

Please see the first post in this thread for full details.  Here are the instructions to access the new contest.  If you are already registered, skip that part.

*DIAH - could you check and see if I weighted the rounds correctly?

*****************************************************************************************

You are being invited to join 'Team WIDDA Sweet sixteen 2015 pool'.
In order to join, you must:

1. Register as a user at http://www.poolhost.com.
When registering, you will choose a personal username and provide your e-mail address. When you click Join, PoolHost.com will send you an e-mail with a password to login to the site. 

2. Login to PoolHost.com with the username you chose and the password sent to you.

3. Go to the 'Pool Tools' menu and choose 'Join a Private Pool'.

4. Choose 'College Bracket Challenge'.

5. To Join the pool you need to enter the Pool ID and Pool Password.
For the Pool ID type: WIDDA16
For the Pool Password type: MADNESS

That's it and then you're in! The next time you login in to http://www.poolhost.com, you can get back to your pool(s) by going to 'My Pools' where you'll see all the pools you've joined. Clicking on a pool name will take you to that pool. You can switch to a different pool by going to 'My Pools' again at any time.

To Register, click here:
http://www.poolhost.com/index.asp?page=register.asp

Title: Re: NCAA Men's Basketball - LET THE MADNESS BEGIN
Post by: Gabzmom on March 23, 2015, 11:53:07 AM
Picks are done.  I probably should get back to work.  LOL ::)
Title: Re: NCAA Men's Basketball - LET THE MADNESS BEGIN
Post by: lcoxwell on March 23, 2015, 01:19:12 PM
In honor of all the MADNESS, and because AC and DIAH apparently created a monster by telling me how to do gifs, here ya go.  Now THIS is madness!   ;D

(http://i.giphy.com/zYFpUJCi8w1bi.gif)
Title: Re: NCAA Men's Basketball - LET THE MADNESS BEGIN
Post by: smm on March 23, 2015, 03:04:25 PM
Since I'm doing so badly on the first pool, I've now done my picks for the sweet sixteen. Again, I've gone for the mascots :)
Title: Re: NCAA Men's Basketball - LET THE MADNESS BEGIN
Post by: downinahole on March 23, 2015, 03:49:32 PM
True story on basketball themes.

I ran late to see one of my daughter's basketball game this year. When I arrived, everyone in the stands tells me about my daughter's 3/4 length basket to beat the halftime buzzer. It was only the JV game so there was no video of it. It sucked not seeing it in person but she was quite proud of it.

On a less serious note, I will proudly submit my Sweet 16 picks later

(http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m302/downinahole1/tumblr_njpyzbSvHI1u0k6deo2_250_zpszcmwjyfe.gif) (http://s107.photobucket.com/user/downinahole1/media/tumblr_njpyzbSvHI1u0k6deo2_250_zpszcmwjyfe.gif.html)
Title: Re: NCAA Men's Basketball - LET THE MADNESS BEGIN
Post by: BrokenHeart2 on March 23, 2015, 03:55:28 PM
When does this end?  I'm missing Young and Restless.  Lol
Title: Re: NCAA Men's Basketball - LET THE MADNESS BEGIN
Post by: lcoxwell on March 23, 2015, 04:46:02 PM
When does this end?  I'm missing Young and Restless.  Lol

Good one!  I get to watch Young and Restless every day, only my "Young and Restless" are middle school students with spring fever.   ;D
Title: Re: NCAA Men's Basketball - LET THE MADNESS BEGIN
Post by: BrokenHeart2 on March 23, 2015, 04:50:26 PM
Lol Icoxwell, I guess it was a premature post. They are back on today. I guess it was only for last week.
:)
Title: Re: NCAA Men's Basketball - LET THE MADNESS BEGIN
Post by: lcoxwell on March 23, 2015, 08:10:14 PM
So I have a weird question, since I am new to all this picking teams and brackets thing.  I noticed it allows you to add a sheet with an alias, so you can keep track of your picks.  Does this mean I could do two brackets, one for who I think will win and a second one for who I wish would win?  I've been so conflicted, and this would end my internal argument (which, frankly, needs to stop, because these arguing voices in my head are drowning out the usual voices I am used to hearing, and I can't handle the confusion).  Oh, the pressure is just madness! :P
Title: Re: NCAA Men's Basketball - LET THE MADNESS BEGIN
Post by: AC on March 23, 2015, 10:51:10 PM
I have a weird answer.  It is set up so that you can submit two sets of pics.  I don't know if we as a group want to have that happen or not.  I did not realize the option was there, so I have not addressed it.

What do people think?  Only 1 entry per person, two entries per person but you must pic which one "counts" in the contest, or 2 entries are permissible per person?  I can go any way.

Not that this matters, but I went with my head mostly on the  big bracket and am winning.  However, last year I went with my heart and won the whole thing.  This year, for the sweet 16, I went with my heart.  I had to - I spent 10 years at the U of Utah and it is not exactly every year they make the sweet 16. 

If you are involved in the sweet 16 contest or will be - please let me know your preference either here on via PM.

Thanks!
Title: Re: NCAA Men's Basketball - LET THE MADNESS BEGIN
Post by: Lisa on March 24, 2015, 03:33:24 AM
You must choose  your team when the dance. In my book its a rule. I dont care about the other thing. Its fun for me regardless.
Title: Re: NCAA Men's Basketball - LET THE MADNESS BEGIN
Post by: lcoxwell on March 24, 2015, 01:38:28 PM
Ignore my previous question.  I had a migraine last night and took the "good meds" to try and get rid of it.  Apparently, I was a little loopier than I thought!

I've been so conflicted, and this would end my internal argument (which, frankly, needs to stop, because these arguing voices in my head are drowning out the usual voices I am used to hearing, and I can't handle the confusion).  Oh, the pressure is just madness! :P

If my Kenneth were still alive, he would say THIS (^^^) is why they don't let me out in public very often.   ;D
Title: Re: NCAA Men's Basketball - LET THE MADNESS BEGIN
Post by: AC on March 25, 2015, 05:20:52 PM
ONE DAY ONE HOUR TO GET SWEET SIXTEEN PICKS IN!!!!!
Title: Re: NCAA Men's Basketball - LET THE MADNESS BEGIN
Post by: AC on March 27, 2015, 07:20:16 PM
I have Gonzaga beating UCLA in the full bracket contest and UCLA beating Gonzaga in the Sweet 16 contest.  Soooooo conflicted!!!

GO UTES?!?!?!?!
Title: Re: NCAA Men's Basketball - LET THE MADNESS BEGIN
Post by: AC on March 29, 2015, 04:31:39 PM
Holy smokaroonies!  Louisville has fallen to Michigan State.  I can't even talk about my Sweet 16 picks.  Suffice it to say DIAH and LisaPop already have more points in that contest than I can possibly get total - and SMM is a mere point behind.  Gabzilla is having a rough go of it too, but if Gonzaga pulls through she stands a good chance.

I have Duke in the overall contest, but GO ZAGS!!!!!  ;D
Title: Re: NCAA Men's Basketball - LET THE MADNESS BEGIN
Post by: gretchen437 on March 29, 2015, 06:34:27 PM
...and all my remaining interests in March Madness has ended. It was fun for a while, but screw the rest of them.
Title: Re: NCAA Men's Basketball - LET THE MADNESS BEGIN
Post by: Gabzmom on March 30, 2015, 01:17:47 AM
Well - I am gone - dead and gone!  I so want anyone to win but Kentucky?


BUT?my women's bracket is doing well.  I have Notre Dame in there and my other pic is UConn?
Title: Re: NCAA Men's Basketball - LET THE MADNESS BEGIN
Post by: smm on March 30, 2015, 02:09:54 PM
Holy smokaroonies!  Louisville has fallen to Michigan State.  I can't even talk about my Sweet 16 picks.  Suffice it to say DIAH and LisaPop already have more points in that contest than I can possibly get total - and SMM is a mere point behind.  Gabzilla is having a rough go of it too, but if Gonzaga pulls through she stands a good chance.

I have Duke in the overall contest, but GO ZAGS!!!!!  ;D

I now have to go and check what this means!

*smm toddles off to find out*
Title: Re: NCAA Men's Basketball - LET THE MADNESS BEGIN
Post by: AC on April 04, 2015, 05:53:08 PM
...and all my remaining interests in March Madness has ended. It was fun for a while, but screw the rest of them.

I so hear this.  What fun is March Madness when 3 of the final 4 are #1 seeds?  THAT is madness - boring madness.  I have the lead in the contest because I was rushed and largely went with the top seeded team (mostly subconsciously).  LAME MADNESS...


GO SPARTANS GO!!!!!!!


Title: Re: NCAA Men's Basketball - LET THE MADNESS BEGIN
Post by: Lisa on April 04, 2015, 10:36:52 PM
Now Wisconsin beats Duke please.
Title: Re: NCAA Men's Basketball - LET THE MADNESS BEGIN
Post by: AC on April 04, 2015, 10:41:37 PM
 :o   :o

 ;D

YAY Wisconsin!!! 
Title: Re: NCAA Men's Basketball - LET THE MADNESS BEGIN
Post by: AC on April 05, 2015, 09:05:41 AM
On, Wisconsin! On, Wisconsin!
Stand up, Badgers, sing!
"Forward" is our driving spirit,
Loyal voices ring.
On, Wisconsin! On, Wisconsin!
Raise her glowing flame
Stand, Fellows, let us now
Salute her name!


Sure, Duke fans may feel like it has been "a while" since they took the whole big dance, but 5 years is really piddly compared to 74.  GOOOOOOOOO BADGERS!!!!
Title: Re: NCAA Men's Basketball - LET THE MADNESS BEGIN
Post by: downinahole on April 05, 2015, 12:43:59 PM
Go Wisconsin.