In case you haven't noticed, I've been running a little contest here for the past two weeks that revolves around the College World Series. Seven people have already entered and have a tiny head start. But, it is not too late to get in on the action. There are plenty more points to be earned and no one is even close to locking this thing up yet. So here is all you have to do- fill out a College World Series bracket.
Keep in mind that this breacket is nothing like filling out a March Madness bracket. The reason for that is beacuse of the loser's bracket. But, I am going to try to make this as simple as I can. Here is my homemade bracket. Click on it to hopefully see a bigger view.
The abbreviations on there are: TCU=Texas Christion, FSU=Florida State, UCLA=UCLA, OU=Oklahoma, USC=South Carolina (NOT Southern Cal), and ASU=Arizona State. Any questions yet?
Here is a how the bracket breaks down. There are two groups in the bracket- A and B. Each group has six games is it. All you have to do is guess who is going to win each of the games as they advance towards the championship round.
For instance, group A has TCU and FSU squaring off in game 1 and Florida and UCLA going in game 2. Pick who is going to win each of those games and then those two teams will square off in game 3. The losers of games 1 and 2 will then square off in game 4. Then, the loser in game 3 plays the winner of game 4 in game 5.
At that point, there will be one team left in the group that is 2-0 (winner of game 3) and one that is 2-1 (winner of game 5). Those two teams play in game 6, which is an elimination game. If the 2-0 teams loses, they play a game 7 and the winner advances to the championship. If the 2-0 team wins game 6, they go straight to the championship without game 7. BUT, for the sake of this bracket, I am going going to count it as one game. Just pick who you think is going to advance. It doeasn't matter how they do it. I am going to call it game 6/7.
After that, you should have a team advancing out of group A. Do the same for group B (I forgot to label game 5 in group B, but it is there; don't forget it). Those two teams are your final teams. In the CWS, they play a best of three series for the championship. Pick who you think will win it all and if they will win it in two games or three. Then, for a tie breaker, guess how many runs will be scored in the championship series (the final two or three games), without going over.
It might be easier for you to fill it out on paper first. But to enter the contest, leave a comment looking something similar to this.
ASU over TCU in 3, 41 runs scored (DO NOT pick a number that was picked by someone before you)
If you guess every game right, including how many games will be played in the finals, you can come out with 22 points. There will be a winner and a runner-up. They will have some things to spilt up amongst them. As for what kind of things, I do not know for sure. Here are a couple I posted the other day.
Both winners will get one of the Augie Garrido signatures. Augie in the winningest coach in NCAA division 1 baseball history. I think that the other guy might be in the Hall of Fame.
Here are a few more cards that will be up for grabs.
If that is not enough for you to bother filling out a bracket, don't worry. I always come back from Omaha with loads of loot. I will be adding prizes on Monday when I get back. Speaking of which, I am leaving for Omaha Thursday evening. So, if you have any questions, you need to ask them by about 3:30 Thrusday.
The CWS begins at 2:00 PM, eastern, on Saturday, June 19. So, all entries must be in by that point. Like I said, I will be gone from Thursday evening on. So if you screw up your entry before then, I might catch it and be able to help you out before I leave. If you screw it up after I am gone, there is nothing I can do for you. So, make it count and good luck!