It's all over!
The Final Scoreboard is posted...
Congratulations to all of our winners - and better luck next year to the rest of you.
I think this is one of the worst finishes all-around in history - only one correct pick was made in the last two rounds (Final Four and Championship). Kate picked Kentucky to make it to the final game...and that was the ONLY correct pick - period. Well done, Kate! The rest of you have some time to start scouting for next year...
    •    The cost of entry is $5, or 3 for $12 (cheap!) (if you use PayPal - please ensure you make it a “personal” transaction to avoid fees, and fund the transaction with your bank account. If you pay with credit card, please add 30 cents per entry).
    •    Winner takes 60% of total pot, 2nd place takes 30%, 3rd place takes 10%.
    •    The pot will be 100% of the money I receive. I am taking no cut here, so the more people that enter, the bigger the pot. What a nice guy!
    •    You may enter more than once, but you may only win once. So if you get 1st and 2nd, you only get 60%, not 90%. Share the love...
    •    Opening round game winners are worth zero points. I am not counting the play-in games this year!
    •    First round (the round of 64) game winners are worth 2 points each.
    •    Second round game winners are worth 3 points each.
    •    Each Elite Eight team you pick is worth 4 points.
    •    Each Final Four team you pick is worth 6 points.
    •    Each championship game team you pick is worth 8 points.
    •    If you pick the winner, it's worth 12 points.
    •    The tiebreaker is simple: You pick a number. Whoever is closest to the points scored by the winner of the game, wins the tiebreaker. READ THAT AGAIN. About half of you screwed that up last year. The winner is not going to score 150 points.
    •    Special rules: If you choose, you are allowed to pick BOTH the winners of the play-in games to move on to later rounds. You don't have to choose - you can just say one of these two teams will win their next game... Does that make sense? If it doesn't, don't worry about it. Next, since the Hawkeye's 2nd half of the season was so disappointing, I have a new bonus team of choice: St. Joseph's. If you pick them to win their opening round game, you get the points no matter what, plus TWO bonus points just for reading the rules! Shhhh....
Here's how you enter:

Fill out ALL of the boxes on the "Enter" page. Hitting "tab" should move your cursor somewhat logically through the boxes, one Region at a time. Feel free to use abbreviations to save time, or nicknames or whatever wherever you want - creativity is appreciated as always... When you're done, click on the "send" button at the bottom. Do not click "reset" unless you want to erase everything!
I need all forms completed NO LATER THAN 11:15 AM CT, THURSDAY MARCH 20. Completing and sending a form obligates you to pay the entry fee. If you don't complete the form by the time the opening rounds starts on March 18, don't worry about it - I'm not scoring those games this year. You MUST, however, get it in by the time the First round starts on March 20. It's a very quick turnaround this year, but that just adds to the MADNESS!
There are three options for paying the entry fee:

#1: If you see me, you can give it to me. 50 dimes.
You can mail the entry fee, as soon as possible, to: Joe LaBrecque, 640 Lincolnshire Pl, Coralville, IA  52241 . Make sure you include your name with your money!
#3: If you have a PayPal account, you know how that works. The email address to use is, and see special payment notes above. If you don't have a PayPal account and would like to set one up, it's free and easy. Go to They also have a very slick SmartPhone app, in case you want to make a habit out of giving me money.
Make sure you write your picks down somewhere else, or print off a copy of your picks before you click "send", because once you click "send", the page will disappear. You'll get an email from me with your picks within a day or so of your entry, but it won't be in a printer-friendly format. Sorry about that – Truly sorry...(but apparently not sorry enough to fix it yet).
I think that's it. If you have any questions, email me by clicking on the link at the bottom right of the screen, or call me at 319-331-4559. I will not be accessing this stuff during working hours, so expect a few hours delay between correspondence. Also the first round update is obviously the hardest, so it may take a couple extra days. Special Kudos to my Brother for helping out with the scoring again this year! (Haven't actually asked him to help again yet, so I'm banking on his kindness...)
A final note: Don't hit "enter" or "return" on your keyboard, b/c that will send me the form. To switch from box to box, either click in the box or hit "tab". If you send me an incomplete form, it's not really a big deal, you'll just have to fill the whole thing out again. I know that's annoying, but it's these little nuances that makes this bracket “special”!
Remember to check back often to see how you're doing! I will do updates at the completion of each round! GOOD LUCK!
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