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. Seventeen 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 bracket is nothing like filling out a March Madness bracket. The reason for that is because 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.
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 Stony Brook and UCLA squaring off in game 1 and Arizona and Florida State 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 team 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 to count it as one game. Just pick who you think is going to advance. It doesn'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. 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).
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.
A1: Stony Brook
A3: Stony Brook
A6/7: Stony Brook
B1: Kent St
B3: Kent St
B4: South Carolina
B6/7: Kent St
Stony Brook over Kent State in three games, 42 runs scored
For the sake of the tie breaker, do not pick a number already chosen by someone else. Even if your teams don't make it to the finals, the tiebreaker will still apply to you in the event of a tie.
If you guess every game right, including how many games will be played in the finals, you can come out with 22 points. In the past, I have done a winner and runner-up. But, this year there will be just one winner. As for the prizes, I haven't figured that out yet. It will probably mostly consist of stuff brought home from Omaha.
The CWS begins at 5:00 PM, eastern, on Friday, June 15. So, all entries must be in by that point. If you have any questions at all, feel free to email me at zman40 at hotmail dot com. Or, just ask in the comments. Good luck!