But, this year was much different.
For the second or third year in a row, I decided to join the BCW Supplies March Madness contest held on CBS Sports. The Top 4 win a prize. I never expected to win but thought it would be fun to at least try. Free entry in, might as well.
I also must mentioned I haven't watched a basketball game all year or in ten years, pro or college, so what I was running on to do my picks was hearsay. In the end, I chose Gonzaga to face off vs North Carolina for it all and with NC taking home the trophy. That wasn't an easy pick as growing up I was a die hard Duke fan and deep inside I still am. I just don't watch the games anymore.
Anyways, it seems my picks were decent this year. After the 64 games were played, I found myself sitting at 38th place. Then 32 games, I was at 15th, then at Sweet 16 I had moved to 8th. Elite 8 got me back to 14th and then I pulled off a miracle moving up to 5th place going into the Final 4. It appeared by my predicted score I was going to at least pull off a top 4 finish. But, after the teams got narrowed down to 2, I found myself tied for first! Then when NC took home the title and my score not being too far off, I found myself winning the BCW tournament.
And that meant I had scored some pretty sweet prizes that included supplies....
And a sick National Treasures autograph of Oscar Robertson. I didn't know the card was a 1/1 til it was in-hand which made the victory even sweeter.
Overall, I am not only very pleased with how my bracket turned out, but my prize. I never in a million years expected to finish in the Top 4, not to mention winning it all. I didn't even pay attention to the prizes at the beginning because I just knew.
A thanks goes out to BCW Supplies for the contest prize. Make sure you enter all of their contests and give them a follow on all social media sites.
Thoughts on my prize and how your bracket was this year are welcomed in comments!