Note: This post sticky through 3/16. Look below for newest posts.
As promised, we are proud to announce the first annual Coyote Blog NCAA Bracket Challenge. Yes, I know that many of you are bracketed out, but for those of you who are self-employed and don't have an office pool to join or who just can't get enough of turning in brackets, this pool is offered as my public service. In particular, I invite bloggers who are experiencing post-Weblog-Award depression to reignite the spirit of online competition. I mean, why should NZ Bear have the monopoly on ranking bloggers?
I don't know if we will get 1 or 100 entries, but all are welcome, so send the link to friends as well. There is no charge to join in and I have chosen a service with the absolutely least intrusive log-in (name, email, password only) and no spam. The only thing I ask is that, since my kids are participating, try to keep the team names and board chat fairly clean.
To join, go to http://www.pickhoops.com/Coyote and sign up, then enter your bracket.
Scoring is as follows:
Round 1 correct picks: 2 points
Round 2: 4
Round 3: 6
Round 4: 8
Round 5: 10
Round 6: 20
In honor of the Blogfaddah, we have added the special "Army of Davids" bonus scoring: If you correctly pick the underdog in any round (ie, the team with the higher number seed) to win, then you receive bonus points for that correct pick equal to the difference in the two team's seeds. So don't be afraid to go for the long-shots!
OK, so what about the prizes? Well, fame and recognition on this weblog should be enough, but, for those who enjoy recreation, my company will give the winner a choice of 3 nights free camping at one of the public campgrounds we run, or a half-day jet ski rental at Lake Havasu, or a half-day boat rental at Burney Falls State Park in California, Blue Mesa Reservoir in Colorado, or Patagonia Lake in Arizona.
Disclaimer: I sincerely hope that there is something about this purely recreational activity that violates the ridiculous gambling laws we have in this country, because I feel the need to protest them at every turn. For example, can any politician explain to me why gambling in many Midwestern states is moral on a boat but immoral and therefore illegal on dry land next to the boat?
Update: We already had a number of entries in the first hour this was up, so it looks like it is going to be a lot of fun. Go ahead, sign up, it just takes a few minutes. You don't have to know that much about basketball -- last year our family's tournament was won by an 11-year-old girl.