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NIT Challenge Current Standings and Prize List

Posted by Josh on March 18, 2007

Two of our participants chose all four of the concluded 2nd-round games correctly. Not surprisingly, these two are now sharing the lead: VotePrime and bacandy, each with 19 points. Interestingly, both of them also have a chance to completely pick the other side of the bracket, but they have made different choices in the Air Force – Georgia game, which therefore could end up deciding the winner of this whole thing! On the flip side, there is poor Bud Still who not only used his real name but has only one team still alive on any of his lines — he has Georgia making it to MSG. All the rest of his picks have been eliminated. The Cuse Country staff is struggling, with Ech1 leading that subgroup with 15 points. The most unexpected aspect of this round — lots of people chose Bradley over Miss St. In fact, it was about a 50-50 split on those brackets that had one of these two teams on that line (several had Providence). Folks love the Braves I guess. As always, a complete scoreboard can be found here. The second round concludes Monday night and the scoreboard will be updated again by Tuesday morning, though I may not post another score update to the blog until the third round games are concluded on Wednesday.

But enough of that. We promised you prizes! Now that all the relevant online auctions have closed, here is the prize list:

Each of the top four finishers will receive one of these Authentic NIT Big Apple Iron-on Patches. A perfect accessory for backpacks, canvas baseball caps, jeans, or gym bags that feature the logo of a snubbed team. Proudly proclaims “We’re #66!”

The Challenge runner-up will receive a pair of Authentic NIT Game Programs from the 1989 and 1990 NITs. These fabulous pieces of memorabilia capture the glory and honor of the competition as only licensed propaganda merchandise can. Just think: someone was so excited to be at the NIT in 1989 that he bought a program and saved it. Then someone else did the same thing a year later. 1989 also comes with a ticket stub. One team included in the 1990 NIT: Duke. (Yes, we here at CC love to hate.)

And the winner of the Cuse Country NIT Bracket Challenge shall receive a handsome 128-page Authentic NIT Pictorial Essay entitled The National Invitation Tournament. Published in 2006, this literary masterpiece traces the history of the NIT from its early days of national significance to its present form as a sports afterthought. The book takes the reader on this journey through time via a dazzling juxtaposition of photographs and text. It is “a tribute to the coaches, players, and fans of this respected event.” A must-have for all NIT-lovers.

But that’s not all! In my infinite power as Supreme Arbiter of the Challenge I have decided to make a subcategory with an additional prize. This contest-within-a-contest is only for those people who chose Syracuse to win the entire thing. The highest scorer among those brackets will win this Authentic Syracuse University Orangemen Model Winnebago. Proudly displayed on your mantelpiece, it will tell all who enter your home that you are a Person of Distinction who would undoubtedly drive this ‘Bago all over the country following the exploits of the Syracuse basketball team, if only it were full-size and functional.

Note: if Syracuse does win the entire NIT, it is probable that the Challenge’s overall winner will be one who chose Syracuse. I don’t want one person hogging multiple prizes, so if this scenario occurs, the Winnebago will go to the highest scorer who did NOT have Syracuse as their winning pick. It will still say the same thing about you.

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10 Responses to “NIT Challenge Current Standings and Prize List”

  1. voteprime said

    Ah man, I want to win but that Winnebago is sweet!

  2. J-cuse-girl said

    yo josh, awesome prizes! But now, let me ask you this: can one person win more than one??? Because i see bacandy has cuse winning and is leading! that hardly seems right that he could get the iron-on apples AND the ‘bago!

    Can I change my name to Wants the Winnebago Bad!!!?

    Also, I made a mistake on my bracket 😦 Can there be a separate contest for people who are too challenged to read the NIT bracket correctly? The prize could be like maybe …. the WINNEBAGO??? 🙂

  3. J-cuse-girl said

    Also: I put like four exclamation points after CUSE!!!!! in the winner square. that should be worth something! your pal, J-cuse-girl

  4. voteprime said

    I think you missed the “note” at the end of the post:

    Note: if Syracuse does win the entire NIT, it is probable that the Challenge’s overall winner will be one who chose Syracuse. I don’t want one person hogging multiple prizes, so if this scenario occurs, the Winnebago will go to the highest scorer who did NOT have Syracuse as their winning pick. It will still say the same thing about you.

  5. J-cuse-girl said

    I did, it’s true. But still, my main point remains: what do *I* win?

    Yay! Go Cuse!

  6. bacandy said

    LOVE THE ‘BAGO! That has to be the coolest prize. The hell with the $635 NCAA pool I am in. I want the ‘Bago. As MasterCard says, “priceless”.

    For the record, J-Cuse-Girl, I am a her, not he. Easy to assume male players in these pools. But we are out there!

  7. J-cuse-girl said

    oops, sorry bacandy! I’m a she, too. Should know better. I will apologize humbly if you let me get the ‘bago!

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