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Join the 2013 Bracket Challenge

Bad news, guys. Yeah, Auburn didn’t make the tournament this year. I know. It’s tough. Thought we had it this time. Fortunately, the Bracket Challenge doesn’t have to change its motto for the first time in a decade. It’s still “No Auburn means no pressure.” It’s so right, isn’t it?2013brackets-1024x657However, there will be a slight change in the format this year. We will still have the standard bracket setup (details at the bottom), but I’m also throwing in a little twist to keep this thing fresh (as well as offering three great prizes from

Like all bracket groups, the Bracket Challenge has taken a hit in participation over the last few years due to the uprising of “I don’t do bracket challenges because everybody asks me to do bracket challenges” hipsters. We get it, bros, you did bracket challenges when they were cool. So let me make them cool again.

This year, I’m partnering with to spice things up. Think of it as a Facebook-style handicapping helper. No, it’s not a betting site. If you like betting sites, you can use it to help with your “for entertainment purposes only” wagering, but it’s not a betting site.

Basically, you create an account, you find games (of almost any sport), you pick the winner, you set a confidence rating from 1-20, and let it go. Over time, your rating will be tallied up by your picking accuracy. After that, if things go well, other users will have the opportunity to buy your picks. So if you got game-picking skills, it might pay off, literally.

So this is how it’s going to work with the Bracket Challenge:

1. Sign up at

2. Join the group by clicking the Groups link and searching ‘warblogle’, or just go here.

3. Start picking NCAA Tournament games (all tourney games will be designated with this icon). You must pick at least 35 games to be eligible to win. That means you could technically only pick a handful of the first round games, as long as you pick the rest, and still win the Bracket Challenge. This format allows you to pick as the tournament goes rather than than picking all 64 games from the start. The play-in games don’t count.

4. Give each pick a confidence level from 1-20 based on how confident you are in your prediction. That’s it.

5. Oh yeah, the picks are against the spread. If you don’t know what that means, ask your uncle or read this.

IMPORTANT: The winner WILL NOT be chosen just by their correct number of picks. The winner WILL be chosen by the most number of units. Units are calculated by your pick and its confidence level. If you pick a game and give it a 20 confidence level, you will get more units than if you gave it a 1 confidence level. If you miss that pick, a 20 confidence level will hurt you more than a 1 confidence level. Choose your confidence level wisely if you want to win.

There are 32 games in the first round. CBS calls it the 2nd round because they want you to believe the 1st round consists of the play-in games, but those games do not count on So if you pick all 32 games in the real first round, you only have to pick 3 more to be eligible. But if you stink up most of those games, then you can continue to pick as the tournament goes on, in hopes to make a 28-27 style comeback.

You can follow the standings for the Group on throughout the tournament. They are also a good way to figure out how or if you need to make more than the minimum 35 picks. I will give regular updates via Twitter as well.

As I mentioned above, we have actual prizes this year. Good stuff. The top three finishers will all receive a piece of Art from

1st place: Framed “Winner Wonderland” Photo

2nd place: Canvas Panoramic of Jordan-Hare Stadium

3rd place: 11 x 14 Matted Cam Newton Photo

Now if you want to do the typical bracket format as well, you are more than welcome to do that. You won’t be up for those grand prizes above, but if you take part in the version and don’t win it, but do win the normal format, I will give you a t-shirt.

You need a login to join, and if you are asked for a group password after going here, it is ‘warblogle’. Have fun. Pick responsibly.

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Jared 03/18/2013 at 2:26 pm

So we will be picking against the spread as well? I’m gonna suck at this.

CB 03/18/2013 at 4:39 pm

Love it! Cool twist… For the first time I may not be done after the first round!

Pissed at Warblogle 03/18/2013 at 8:55 pm

This completely ruined it, I was happy and planning on doing it till you introduced this crap. Absolutely stupid, stupid, stupid idea. War Eagle

The WarBlogler 03/19/2013 at 10:27 am

You didn’t read to the bottom, did you?

Brady 03/19/2013 at 11:36 am

I am still waiting on my prize from last years challenge.

Jake 03/19/2013 at 11:52 am

Long time follower of the blog here, and reading something like this makes this whole thing seem like a cheap ploy. Sucks to hear.

The WarBlogler 03/19/2013 at 1:23 pm

I have a history of that. Email me your address again. Sorry.

Bob Sacamano 03/19/2013 at 1:01 pm

Been following you for a while now and I expected more from you. If you’re wanting to change things around then do a ladies bracket or something, but not just picks against the spread. WEA (war eagle anyways)

SabanIsTheDevil 03/19/2013 at 2:35 pm

The old way seemed fine to me… Not thrilled about this.

jlock86 03/19/2013 at 2:35 pm

Why the hel* are people mad about this? Hey WarBlogle, thanks for organizing this and for changing things up. We appreciate it.

Theory: Perhaps people are misplacing their anger at Auburn Athletics (football, basketball, and baseball) and you have become our scapegoat.

The WarBlogler 03/19/2013 at 2:53 pm

You are correct. I am the whipping boy.

SabanIsTheDevil 03/19/2013 at 3:02 pm

People are upset because now we have to sign up for another damn site that’s going to fill our already overloaded inboxes with more spam.

Additionally, it’s not as brainless as in years past, it requires daily attention which some people don’t like.

Not being an asshole, just honest. It’s annoying, but we still love the Blogler.

The WarBlogler 03/19/2013 at 3:08 pm

There will be no spam. There is a weekly email that you can opt out of receiving, but all it does is show you where you stand and remind you to make picks.

There is no daily attention. You would just need to make new picks for each around, unless you want to stop at the 35 minimum.

If you do not like this format, that is fine, and you can use the normal format linked at the bottom of the page.

SabanIsTheDevil 03/19/2013 at 4:40 pm

Fair Enough, I wasn’t disgruntled enough not to play anyways :)

Brent 03/20/2013 at 7:40 pm

This is terrible. Change it right now!

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