Championship Fortnight is a special time in Our Game. Teams that are affiliated are striving to win their conference, and with a few exceptions (Ivies [sob] and bottom-dwelling teams in conferences that eliminate before the tournament) teams are thinking too about conference tournaments where they get a whack at the cash-filled pinata that is an NCAA bid.
We here at the 800GP have goals, too: 800 games written about, excellently.
So, to help move us toward that goal, the Golden Ticket will be morphing a bit during the Championship Fortnight.
There will be two winners of the contest: one Golden Ticket
winner, same criteria as the regular Golden Ticket, and a Bleacher Bum
winner for most games attended.
The Golden Ticket
will be special because only one will be awarded for the two-week period, but the winner will exchange their Golden Ticket for a homemade cookie/candy/confection of their choice, made and shipped to them by me. (Lest you find yourself underwhelmed by the promise of a baked good from my kitchen rather than, say, Willy Wonka's, please note that I am so famous at work for my baked goods that they once made it into my performance review. As in, my performance as a lawyer. So yeah.)
The Bleacher Bum
's prize will be a copy, not of the risible film of the same name (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bleacher_Bums
), but of the not-sold-in-stores
book Hard Promises
, by a writer you may know. Missed out on your chance to get one over the summer? Want to give a copy as a gift? This is your chance!
The duration of the contest will be February 27 - March 11. Winners will be determined from among the essays submitted by midnight TMM time (Central) on Monday March 12, so if you want to count those late-occurring conference finals, best get your recaps done in a timely manner. Any game in the time period that can count for the 800GP can count for this contest - it need not be a conference tournament game. Miles traveled will not factor in the Bleacher Bum contest - if there are more winners than books, accommodations will be made, up to and including additional baked goods.
Need some guidance on finding games to attend? Check the link in this post: http://www.tmmballyclub.com/viewtopic.php?p=2488#p2488