December 16, 2005


Anybody here want to enter a College Bowl Pick'em run by ESPN? It'll be fun and I'll give away books. The catch: You have to register with in order to do this. If you're okay with this (or you're already registered and want in), please comment below.

If ten or more people say they're willing to join by tomorrow, we'll do this thing -- otherwise, we'll move on to more pressing matters, like invading Canada and abolishing soccer.

The website for the Bowl Pick'em is as follows:

I'm game if you are.

Posted by Matt Murphy at December 16, 2005 7:15 PM

Obviously, I'm in -- now I need nine others.

By the way, I've already set up a group, so you can join if you're already registered (although I won't give prizes unless we've got 10 participants). As usual:

Group Name: brothersjudd
Password: ericjulia

If you're registered with the Pick'em, you should have a button below your name that allows you to join a group. If you do a quick search for "brothersjudd" you should find it.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at December 16, 2005 7:23 PM

Well heck, there's too much snow outside to mount the war of northern liberation this weekend (and the girls aren't playing indoor soccar this winter), so i'm in!

BTW, Michigan will plow Nebraska under!

Posted by: Dave W at December 16, 2005 8:25 PM

I'll give away books

That old chestnut again? Next you'll be telling us we really did land on the moon ... oh, wait, it's Matt Murphy, not oj. How do I sign up?

Posted by: joe shropshire at December 16, 2005 8:34 PM

joe shropshire:

If you go to the link, you should see a gray box with a link that allows you to sign up for free. Once you've filled out the info and signed up, you should get a webpage with another gray screen and a big "Create Entry" button. Click that, and you'll get to pick an entry name.

Once you've done that, all you have left to do is join the brothersjudd group. There'll be a link on the left to "Create or join a group." Click on that, type "brothersjudd" in the search engine, click on "brothersjudd" when it comes up, and type in the "ericjulia" password. You're in.

You can then go back and pick your teams, or save doing so for a later date, although Jan. 20th (presumably around 8 pm) is the cutoff.

It takes a few minutes to sign up, but I think everybody will have fun once this gets started.

My email address is, in case you or anyone else has questions. Hope you sign up!

Posted by: Matt Murphy at December 16, 2005 9:00 PM

Do it.

Now about the English FA cup pickem this year . . .

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at December 16, 2005 9:11 PM

Dave W:

I thought you were a Spartans fan?

I'd talk trash right back at you if I had any clue which Nebraska team is likely to show up -- the team whose blowout loss snapped a 36-game win streak against Kansas or the guys who turned Boulder, CO into a glowing red crater.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at December 16, 2005 9:17 PM


By the way, you're supposed to rank each game due to your confidence in your pick. I find this feature rather irritating but those are the rules. To compensate, I'll give away one book to whoever gets the most points, and another to whoever gets the most picks straight-up (ties are determined by the pick of the Rose Bowl score).

Posted by: Matt Murphy at December 16, 2005 9:28 PM

I signed up though assigning confidence points was tricky.

Posted by: JAB at December 17, 2005 10:16 AM