FB&G’s March Madness Tourney Pick ‘Em is back off hiatus. I figure, if you’re a Lakers’ fan, you’re probably already heavily invested in what’s going on in college basketball (or at least know who Brandon Ingram is — sorry Ben Simmons, LSU isn’t in the tourney) so why not let you try to defeat me and my infinite knowledge of the college game. (I actually have almost zero knowledge of the college game.)
To sweeten the pot, and offer more than just bragging rights, we have actual prizes for the winner! Whoever wins the challenge will receive a copy of two wonderful basketball books which have recently released.
The first is Jonathan Abram’s “Boys Among Men: How the Prep-to-Pro Generation Redefined the NBA and Sparked a Basketball Revolution”. I am currently reading this book and it is fantastic. Abrams offers fantastic background and in-depth storytelling, giving us a glimpse into the stories of some of the best players to ever play. Again, I’ve just started the book, but the sections on Moses Malone and KG got me hooked. I’m now reading about Kobe and…I really cannot recommend the book enough. You can buy the book from Amazon at the link above.
The second is Andy Glockner’s “Chasing Perfection: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the High-Stakes Game of Creating an NBA Champion”. I have not yet started Glockner’s book, but I have heard it is smart and well written; that it is an excellent look at many factors, techniques, and methods of building a champion, from player development to front office mechanizations. This is exactly the type of stuff I love to read and recommend you pick up a copy yourself (amazon link above). I also want to give a special thanks to Glockner who saw I was going to buy a copy of Abrams’ book for whoever won the pool and offered to throw in a copy of his book too.
Now that you know the stakes, let’s get to how you get in on the action. The league is through ESPN and the information is right here:
Group Name: ForumBlue&Gold
Simply click this link, join the group, fill out your bracket, and you’re in. Simple as snickerdoodles. The bracket will close when the first game tips, so get to it already.
*I am not limiting this contest to people who reside in the U.S. though I have not yet determined how books will be shipped internationally. We will cross that bridge if we have to. Also note, it’s only one entry per person so no trying to stack the deck with 15 brackets. You get one chance, and only one, chance to lose to me.