Harold Lounge Braggin’ Rights Bracket Contest Advice

Just in case you are a living defiance of the opinions of some and immune to the solipsist fallacy (“I do not care, therefore NO one cares”) and are interested in having more than a common person’s interest in the quite probably exploitative and morally questionable national collegiate basketball tournament (perhaps you’d like a chance to beat the President like we ALL did last year) or maybe you’re looking forward to your handsome, frameworthy, certificate of victory (Sabino, I just remembered that I still owe you yours for your victory last year…and the socks–sorry!), but amn’t quite sure how to go about making your choices because you haven’t had any time to follow the college cagers this winter (owing to the spectacular weather), fret not. There’s help on the way.

First a clarification–the Realist’s post implied that the tournament had started already; not so! The play in rounds were last night, but those don’t really count. The first round games start at 11a on Thursday, so you have until then to fill out your bracket. Two steps are required. First, if you don’t already have one, you need to register for an account with cbssports.com–click on “Register” on the right side; it just requires an email address and you make your own password. Once you’ve done that, click here or do a search for “Harold Lounge” on the CBS site and enter “hl2012” as your password. Fill out your bracket and let the smack talking begin.

Who should you pick? Ah, an entirely different question. Here are some options for picking:

~Slate’s bracket help provides the chance to pick by colors and mascots only.

~The Wall Street Journal provides a blind picker with nothing but information about the team’s play this year, so you are not biased by reputation or other irrelevant factors, then when you’re done it shows you all of your picks.

~Slate also has some advice about how a hedge fund manager would pick.

~Or maybe you’d like to take a stand on principle and pick according to the schools’ academic stats using Inside Higher Ed’s analysis. It’s all good.

Make your picks and take your shot at the title and at joining the list of Champions!

2007 Champion: Jennifer Armendarez

2008 Champion: Jennifer Armendarez

2009 Champion: Someone

2010 Champion: Dave Richardson

2011 Champion: Chris Sabino

h/t to Realist for setting up the Bracket this year; thanks!

New Contest: Makin’ Copies!

After eeking out a victory over Marta (beginner’s luck!) in the NFL Picking Contest and dominating the Provost Blog Resurrection Contest (no one else even guessed!–no need to discuss the Web Site Going Live Contest since someone else won that one (lucky!)), I’ve been itchy all week for a new chance to prognosticate. Lucky for me, regular reader and all around awesome person, Michal Eskayo came through, asking:

How about a new poll. When will we get copies and be able to copy, and when will classrooms get white boards.

I would also like to request a seminar in the new pedagogical trends in teaching without any boards or copies.

Her request came right on the heels of my own discovery that my copy code was still “out” (which is not at all unusual, in general, but atypical for January) and a brief departmental discussion about if/when the new magic COPY SOLUTION MACHINES (it copies, it scans, it toasts bread!) would be arriving. According to our November 10th email:

The full deployment of the new copying, printing and scanning devices will be completed by January 1, 2012 with minimum disruption of college services and functions.

But, clearly that hasn’t happened unless the copiers look exactly the same. We don’t have the same board troubles on the 10th floor (knock on wood), so I couldn’t really do anything with that. I was stuck. I couldn’t figure out how to make it into a contest since the rollout would likely be staggered and it would be hard to tell when the full deployment completed, and then Michal’s email rolled in and it hit me. So the new question is this:

When will the World Languages/ELL department have their new copier AND the ability to copy on it?

I pick 10am on February 14th because I love that department and hope they get their copier as a Valentine’s Day gift from Xerox.

Put your pick in the comments. Price Is Right rules (closest without going over). Winner gets to brag a bit.

And if you have any ideas about those Boardless/Copyless teaching tricks for English Language Learners, you can post those, too.



Contest Redux

That’s right, Realist. All of the guesses as to when HWC’s Website will go live have expired, so it’s time to rebid!

I’m going with Wednesday, December 14th at 11:04 am.

As a special bonus bit of holiday fun, I’m also offering a second contest: when will Kojo’s blog have a new post? It’s been 10 weeks since the last one. Is the bloom off the rose? Do you think the lack of posts will get a mention in the Board Report? Did we offend?

No matter. Make your guess as to when The Academic Voice goes live again.

I’m going with Wednesday, December 14th at 11:04 am.

Contest Alert: Guess the Time the Website Goes Live!

I just remembered, just now, while waiting for the grill to heat up, that the new HW Website was originally scheduled to go LIVE yesterday.

Wait, what? You didn’t know that we are getting a new Web site? Well maybe you’re part of the reason that we’re T Minus Zero + 21 hours and 14 minutes! Get your chair what s/he needs so they can light that candle!

More importantly, this offers us an opportunity for yet another in a long line of meaningless contests (in which, I’m 3 of 4 if my memory serves; Mathissexy got lucky once). And so here’s today’s contest question: When does the new Web site go live?

Put your answers in the comments (1 guess per person, date and time specific), and we’ll be playing “Price is Right rules” (if you’re over, you lose) until someone sees the new website live AND posts a comment saying so, thus ending the contest. Winner gets a hearty pat on the back, their choice for Monday Music, and a package  of paper to do with as they please.

I take Wednesday the 23rd at 4:18pm.

New Contest: Graduation Prediction Contest

To enter this contest, you must make three predictions, and at least one of them must be the ENDING TIME (in Central Daylight Time) of the ceremony–defined as the successful alighting from the stage of the first “platform guest”.

The person with the most correct predictions (up to 3) wins. For determination of accuracy, all “ending time guesses” will be considered as plus or minus five minutes (CTA Bus Rules), and if there are multiple people with three correct predictions, ties will be broken by the judgment of me about the level of difficulty and likelihood involved with bonus points awarded for higher level of difficulty/lower level of probability predictions, in consultation with Jen Armendarez since running the pool was her suggestion (yet another indicator of her misspent youth and the fact that she is, like me, an inveterate degenerate when it comes to gaming opportunities. Not that this is gambling–it isn’t, for A) gambling is not allowed at Bushwoods or CCC; and B) you aren’t putting anything up to play, except your words; and 3) the prizes are totally unimpressive/actually imaginary.).

Guess away, good people; guess away!

Braggin’ Rights Bracket Winner(s)!

Final Update:

In third place, the proud winner of an assortment of loose pens from Dave’s backpack outer pocket, with 36 correct picks out of 60 games for 196 points, Anthony Escuadro.

In second place, the proud winner of some Vintage tin of Marshall Fields Frango Mints that I found in a desk drawer last week (at least 8 years old), with 35 out of 60 picks for 202 points, the Connecticut Carpetbagger, Ed Fians.

And in first place, having correctly picked 39 out of 60 games correctly for a total of 213 points, our very own Master of Ubiquity, Chris Sabino! And for his troubles, Chris gets a pair of brand new socks that match, or at least refer to, the colors of this year’s Championship squad.

Among the other notables, Armendarez finished next to last. Barely. Which was probably ok until Kentucky lost. So sad. For her.