March Madness

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March Madness

Postby bookworm » Fri Mar 11, 2016 10:44 am

It's almost that time again! Our group is renewed, go join it so you're ready to go when the brackets unlock!

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Even if you don't really follow the games go ahead and do a bracket anyway! Even if you don't follow at all, just advance random teams! The more participants the funner, it doesn't matter if you actually know what you're doing! I don't! \:D/
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Re: March Madness

Postby Woody » Sun Mar 13, 2016 4:27 pm

Well, I've enjoyed this the last couple of times, so why not?
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Re: March Madness

Postby bookworm » Sun Mar 13, 2016 5:25 pm

The teams are set, you have three days to enter! Please join everyone!

If you have trouble or concerns making an ESPN account send me a PM and I can help you. You don't have to give real info if you don't want to.
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Re: March Madness

Postby JesusIsAlive » Sun Mar 13, 2016 10:46 pm

I joined under the username ChristianityIsCool (super old username :P ). Looking forward to seeing who comes out ahead! \:D/
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Re: March Madness

Postby Jehoshaphat » Mon Mar 14, 2016 9:28 am

I'm in. I joined under Jehoshaphat. Can't wait to see what happens!
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Re: March Madness

Postby bookworm » Mon Mar 14, 2016 9:53 am

Did you realize this is the ToO's longest running unofficial annual event? We've done a bracket competition for all but the very first year of this community's existence! (2005 doesn't count because the site wasn't opened until April.)

This is our tenth straight year! Be a part of this great tradition!

2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
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Re: March Madness

Postby Kaida » Mon Mar 14, 2016 6:29 pm

I made one.. Whatevywhatevs.

Bookworm can be very persuasive..

19:14 bookworm: You should do a bracket!
19:14 bookworm: Please!
19:16 Kaida: Okay..

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Re: March Madness

Postby Countess » Mon Mar 14, 2016 10:12 pm

How do you make one? Do I have to click "Make a Bracket" and create a whole new account?
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Re: March Madness

Postby bookworm » Tue Mar 15, 2016 12:26 pm

There's just one day left to enter! Please join if you haven't yet!

This doesn't take any commitment, it's a one time thing. You just join the group, fill your bracket, and that's all there is to it! No further involvement is required, or even possible. The brackets lock when the tournament begins, all that's left to do is sit back and watch how it plays out.

If you don't care or don't know anything about the sport that's fine! Just do one to be nice to us who would like a big group this year! It's nothing to you, just click through random teams, it takes less than three minutes, then you can forget all about it. There's no reason not to do one!
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Re: March Madness

Postby American Eagle » Tue Mar 15, 2016 12:31 pm

I'm in again. \:D/
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Re: March Madness

Postby Knight Fisher » Tue Mar 15, 2016 1:23 pm

I'm just glad Michigan made it. xD

West Virginia over Duke.
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Re: March Madness

Postby Countess » Tue Mar 15, 2016 2:21 pm

I think I figured this out. :P

Oregon over some-random-inferior team
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Re: March Madness

Postby bookworm » Tue Mar 15, 2016 2:46 pm

You guys shouldn't be announcing your picks until it starts. :shame:
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Re: March Madness

Postby godisawesomeness99 » Tue Mar 15, 2016 4:21 pm

Joining.... Probably won't do well, but hey, gotta do a bracket somewhere.
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Re: March Madness

Postby bookworm » Wed Mar 16, 2016 10:23 am

The group locks some time today but you can still join at the moment; if you've been waiting until the last minute come get in on this! We have an awesome group this year, most players in a long time!

-- 17 Mar 2016 08:50 am --

Let the Madness begin!

Good luck to everyone, and remember to come and chat games you watch!
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Re: March Madness

Postby Knight Fisher » Thu Mar 17, 2016 8:27 pm

Welp there goes my Elite 8. Thanks Purdue. :P

Woah. 21 of us this year. Sweet.
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Re: March Madness

Postby Moontide » Thu Mar 17, 2016 8:42 pm

21 players is more than the number of people who voted in the last election, by one.
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Re: March Madness

Postby bookworm » Thu Mar 17, 2016 9:53 pm

Funny you say that, I felt like I was campaigning an election the way I recruited signups constantly over the past week here and in the chatroom.
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Re: March Madness

Postby Woody » Fri Mar 18, 2016 1:35 pm

Disappointed by the Baylor upset yesterday, that'll haunt me for the next two rounds.
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Re: March Madness

Postby bookworm » Fri Mar 18, 2016 1:36 pm

I'd like to hear what picking strategies people used. Are you somewhat knowledgeable about who should do well and went by that? And people who don't know anything about this, what did you do? Just click randomly? Or did you have a pseudostrategy like which name sounded better, or looking up school colors?


For myself, I generally go by team rank since I know nothing about college basketball so that's the only indicator I have of how good they are, but I will occasionally override if I have a personal feeling about a certain matchup. For example this year I advanced Wisconsin a few rounds further than their ranking might indicate because I felt their making the final last year would have them more prepared than some of their opponents who may be ranked higher but are inexperienced in the tournament.
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