2016 NECB Blog Bracket Challenge

Can’t believe it’s been a year since Kendall wiped the floor with the rest of us, but here we are, ready for another year of the Bracket Challenge. With five teams in the field, there’ll be plenty to keep New England baseball fans busy this weekend, but if filling out a bracket will help you enjoy things even more, read on.

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2015 Bracket Challenge Standings

I’ll update these standings as the regionals start to go final this weekend. If you (a) tried to submit a bracket but don’t see your name here, or (b) would like me to use a Twitter handle for you when I tweet out updates and don’t see one listed here, contact me @NECollegeBsbl or at necollegebaseball@aol.com. Brackets listed in italics below aren’t actually competing in the pool, I just used a few different rating systems to make brackets to see how accurately they predicted the tournament.

UPDATE: Regardless of whether you filled out a complete bracket or not, you’re welcome to participate in our Super Regional Pick ’ems Pool for the second weekend. If you missed out on the fun of the first weekend, this is a great way to get involved. If you’re bracket’s busted, it’s a great way to stay in the game. And even for those who loved their original brackets, you’re welcome to change your picks for this separate contest. I’ve set up a SurveyMonkey that takes less than 10 minutes, simply click on the link to complete it and enter. Continue reading

The 2015 NECB Blog Bracket Challenge

After another fantastic season of college baseball, we’ve finally come to the main event. The NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament and, in three weeks’ time, the College World Series in Omaha. In my mind, it’s the best event in baseball. 64 teams playing the best sport in the world, with all the passion, emotion, and tradition of college sports to go along with it. And you don’t have to cross your fingers for a Game Seven to see do-or-die drama. Almost every game sees teams putting their seasons on the line for the chance to make a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Omaha. With ESPN putting in the resources to televise every single minute of the tournament on WatchESPN and their family of networks, this tournament is better than ever.

Which brings me to the Bracket Challenge. I love this tournament more than anything, and the point of this blog is to get other people into the CWS and all the other stuff that makes college baseball great. Every year, I see people having a blast with their basketball brackets, and it’s always mystified me that no one does this sort of thing. (It’s not as straightforward as basketball’s, but how hard is it to pick the winner of a four-team Regional?) Below, I’ll explain the tournament format, what the Bracket Challenge will look like, how to enter, what the rules are, and what lucrative prizes await the winner. May the best fan win.

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