NCAA Tournament 2015 Winner

NCAA Tournament 2015 Winner

Hey, hey! Well, March Madness is over and so are the games that were played in April.  Thank you to everyone who participated in my bracket challenge! I think this was the biggest turnout ever, thanks in part to every member of Eric’s family playing along.  But, there is only one winner. And that winner is:  Dayndy!  Congrats! Just email me via the contact form up there at the top of the page and I’ll email you a $30 gift card to...
2015 NCAA Tournament Bracket

2015 NCAA Tournament Bracket

Hello, friends. It is March, which means the madness is upon us. If you’re new around here, welcome. This is what I do in March.  Each year, we have a contest and the winner receives a $30 Amazon gift card! It’s a huge deal. The link to enter will be at the bottom of this post.  But first, the moment you’ve all been waiting for in order to fill out your brackets … my March Madness Bracket Strategy. aka every thought I have while filling out my bracket.  Here we go! ROUND 1 MIDWEST Kentucky vs. Hampton/Manhattan – Kentucky. This is such a no-brainer. First of all, Kentucky has won, like, every game this year. Second of all, who in the Hamptons/Manhattan is playing basketball? This isn’t the lacrosse tournament.  [Wait. Why does it say Louisville on the side? And then Columbus below that? Did these teams already win? Oh, maybe this is where they’re playing. That must be it.] Cincinatti vs. Purdue – Purdue. No reason.  West Virginia vs. Buffalo – West Virginia. They’re rated 5, they’ve been here before.  Maryland vs. Valparaiso – [Googles Valparaiso.] It’s in Indiana. And it has a fun name, but it’s rated 13 next to Maryland’s 4. Eh, Maryland. Butler vs. Texas – Butler. I see them here a lot.  Notre Dame vs. Northeastern – Notre Dame. They’re pretty good at sports in general, I think. Wichita State vs. Indiana – Wichita. I think Kansas is generally good at basketball.  Kansas vs. New Mexico – Kansas, see above.    WEST Wisconson vs. Coastal Caro. – I’m assuming that Caro. stands for Carolina....

2014 NCAA Tournament Bracket

Hey guys. It’s March, which means March Madness, which means that the NCAA division has a basketball tournament and people get mad about it and it’s in March. It also means that it’s time for my Annual March Madness Tournament Bracket Challenge (trademark pending). You, yes YOU, could win a $30 gift card (email) to Amazon! [Not a billion dollars, but you have a much better chance at winning this one.] Details are at the bottom of this post (Kinda like how they put milk at the back of the store. I at least want you to have to scroll all the way through my ramblings strategy.). But you may be saying, “Elizabeth, I know nothing about basketball. How can I possibly fill out a bracket? How will I know which teams to pick? What is a good strategy for filling one out? How do you shoot a layup?” Look, I can’t answer all of your questions. But here’s the deal: anyone can fill out a bracket. You never know what’s going to happen, other than you can pretty much guarantee at least one upset. You can employ strategy in filling out your bracket, like you could look up stats and do math and stuff. Or you could just pick your favorite teams. You could pick your favorite animal mascots, or your favorite colors. Or you can make up your own strategy. You do you. Because usually everyone is all, “Tell me, how do YOU fill out your bracket? You know so much about sports! You must be great at it!” I always provide my strategy here on the blog. I’m...

Friday Five Winner! and some secrets

Thanks to those of you who entered the Friday Five Giveaway! It was fun reading your favorite links…I’d even forgotten some of them. I typed all the names into Random.org and the winner is… Jim Woods!  I’ll be emailing you a $25 Starbucks gift card ASAP. The other thing I wanted to announce yesterday but didn’t get to because of the worst (cavity-free) dentist appointment ever, is that 101 Secrets for Your Twenties is now available to purchase! I will be posting a review here next week, but I wanted to give you a heads-up because so far it’s great and you should own it. I’ve linked to Paul Angone’s (the author) blog many, many times in the Friday Five, so this is somehow sort of related to the Friday Five Giveaway. And here’s the link to buy the...

Friday Five

According to the permalink, this is the 100th Friday Five! [Not including special editions.] I probably should have planned ahead and did something special. Maybe I will. STAY TUNED. One good thing is this was an excellent week for the internet. So, as a part of this VERY SPECIAL 100th EPISODE, we will have bonus links. Try to contain your excitement. 1. First, this BuzzFeed article proving what I have said all along, Tea Is Better Than Coffee. 2. Is He Enough? was something I needed to hear/read. 3. I cannot even imagine how long this stop-motion video took. Also, how did they do the part where [spoiler alert (not really)] he falls out of the sky? I need to know. 4. Speaking of Instagram, here’s an interesting article about the Instagram Video and the Death of Fantasy. Thoughts? 5. Here’s a site that uses some sort of algorithm (science, am I right?) to figure out which show you need to watch next. If you haven’t watched Parks & Rec yet, let me recommend it. Also, check out these classic children’s books re-imagined with Parks & Rec characters. Bonus Links: a. I really liked this short and sweet post by Jon Acuff–Oh, You’re a Christian. b. Ever wonder if you would be able to pass the citizenship test? Now you can find out if you are smart enough. I passed. Did you? Now, for a Special Bonus Bonus for the 100th Episode of Friday Five!  Thank y’all for reading all these, for telling your friends, for retweeting the links, etc. I often laugh at the fact that this is...

The Winner and Other Thoughts from the 2013 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament

Hey guys. I am here to announce that….. Jeff Kelly won the edhyndman.com bracket challenge and $25 Amazon gift card! Jeff is a real-life friend/coworker/fake roommate/trivia teammate of mine. Originally, he asked to make a speech, but declined when I took him seriously. Thanks to everyone who played this year! It was very close. I learned a few things this year. Apparently, while Gonzaga is usually rated high, they “always” “choke” “during tournaments.” Harvard proved you can be smart and athletic. Florida Gulf Coast was not the ocean. People can get horrifically injured just jumping in the air. Kentucky people (Kentuckians?) are crazy about basketball. Like, literally, erratic behavior. Also, quick apology to those who signed up for the tournament bracket on CBS.com. I’m not even sure how that existed, or how to check it. This is why you should always read the instructions...

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