It's that time of year again! Welcome to the least productive work week of the year in America. Instead of working on that presentation for your boss, you're comparing the BPI of Buffalo to West Virginia or trying to justify why Oregon could possibly beat Wisconsin. In order to fuel your procrastination, it's time to unveil the annual ATQ NCAA bracket challenge.
We're doing things a little differently this year. Instead of Yahoo! we'll be using Realtime Brackets. Some groups out there will be using the site's feature where you can change your pick in the middle of a game, but we'll be doing it the traditional way. You know how we love our tradition at Oregon. You must make all your picks before the tournament begins or forever hold your peace.
The winner of this year's bracket will be receiving a $25 gift card to the Duck Store. That'll get you a fresh new t-shirt, a cool hat, or one page of a textbook for your class next term.
So how do you join? I'm glad you asked.
1. According to the official rules, you must be a member of Addicted to Quack. I would hope you're already a member of our humble abode, but if not, just head to the bottom of this page, check the box to agree to the terms and conditions and click "Join Addicted to Quack."
3. Join our group. After you've signed up, click the "groups" tab and search for our private group. The group name is "Addicted to Quack" and the password is "bendyourknees".
4. Fill out your bracket before the first game of the NCAA tournament on Thursday afternoon. If you haven't made all your picks by then, well, you ain't winning anything.
You can learn everything you've ever wanted to know about Real Time Brackets here, including how the scoring works.
Here are the official rules for the competition if you need a little light reading: Addicted to Quack bracket contest official rules.
Be sure to like us on Facebook as we will post updates on the standings as the tournament progresses.
Any questions about the bracket challenge can be sent to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Good luck!