Well folks, it’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for...
No I’m not talk about the new season of Kourtney and Kim Take Miami (although admittedly I know some of you actually have been waiting for that moment... although that’s another story for another day).
Nope, I’m talking about the Aaron Torres Sports Bracket Challenge!
That’s right the ATS Bracket Challenge is back for the fourth straight year, and with it, you once again have the opportunity to have some fun picking this year’s college basketball National Champion. In the process you can also win some great prizes along the way (including books, gift cards and more), and maybe even better, you get the chance to compete against me, and prove to the world just how little I actually know about sports!
Good times! Well, until I finish in last place in my own pool, that is.
Anyway, enough of the small talk and let’s get to the details!
First off, you can go ahead and get signed up for the pool by clicking here.
Before we begin, the most important note is that as always, the challenge is completely, 100 percent free. There is no sign-up fee, no money down, and unlike years past I won’t even require a blood sample or retinal scan to enter either (You know, because we’re friends like that) So basically by signing up, you've got nothing to lose. Well except for you dignity of course. Which we both know went out the window long ago.
As for the pool itself, it will be run like any other pool you’ve ever entered: You’ll be rewarded points for each game you pick correctly, with more points being rewarded the deeper we get into the tournament. The most points at the end of the tournament wins the pool. It’s really that simple.
A few notes: When you do fill out your bracket, please make sure and select a final point total for this year’s championship game. That will serve as a tiebreaker, so it is imperative that you fill that out. Also please note that all submissions have to be in by Thursday at noon EST before the first games. Got that?
Now, let’s get to the good stuff…. Yup, that’s right, the prizes, which I think you’ll enjoy.
This year those prizes include a $50 Amazon.com gift card, a $20 Amazon.com gift card, and copies of Jay Bilas’ new book “Toughness” as well as multiple copies of the Bobby Knight’s new book “The Power of Negative Thinking,” which I’ve actually already read and is pretty darn good (even if “The Power of Negative Thinking” might be the most Bobby Knight title to any book anyone could ever imagine).
Anyway, here is how the prize structure will work, with prizes being awarded at virtually every stop of the tournament.
1) Person with the most total points after Round 1 of the NCAA Tournament gets a copy of Bobby Knight’s new book “The Power of Negative Thinking.”
2) Person with the most points after the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament (aka heading into the Final Four) gets a copy of Bobby Knight’s new book “The Power of Negative Thinking.”
3) Person who finishes with the third most total points at the end of the tournament wins a copy of Jay Bilas’ new book “Toughness.”
4) Person who finishes with the second most total points at the end of the tournament wins a $20 Amazon.com gift card
5) Person who finishes with the most total points at the end of the tournament wins a $50 Amazon.com gift card.
Oh, and because I’m awesome, I’d like to add this: Whoever I determine to have the best “team name” in the bracket will also receive a free copy of Bobby Knight’s “The Power of Negative Thinking.” So have fun when picking your name...just go ahead and make sure it's a name your mom would approve of, ok?
All in all, that doesn’t sound like a terrible deal to me, huh?
So with that, go ahead and click here to sign-up.
As always, if you’ve got any questions, you’re welcome to reach out by e-mail at
, in the comments section below or on Twitter @Aaron_Torres. Feel free to drop me a line there, and I’ll get back to you as quickly as I can.
Anyway, I want to thank you all again for signing up for the Aaron Torres Sports NCAA Tournament Bracket Challenge, and I look forward to having fun and competing against you all March long.
Oh, and one more thing: Don’t make me look too bad this month? Ok?