Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Bounce Back Bracket Contest Rules and (Still Growing) List of Prizes

The "Bounce Back Bracket" Contest is open for bidness!

How many of you have suffered the High of a fabulous opening day in your NCAA bracket contest only to feel the sucker-punch of a disastrous Friday? 

Yeah. It stinks.  That bragging at the water cooler Friday morning turns into a sick day on Monday to avoid the embarrassing taunts of Jimmy, Todd and Sarah in the conference room before the morning meeting. 

This is why the sports-wife's brainchild, "The Bounce Back Bracket" is here! To save the day, save face and give you hope for a bountiful Tournament, no matter how much you stink at picking the games in one round.  That #3 seed you have playing in the national championship got upset in the first round? In a typical bracket contest, you're toast.  
In The Bounce Back Bracket Contest, you're butter side up, buddy!

Here is all you have to do:

  1. before each round of play begins that day (for example, Thursday's games tip off at 11:50 a.m. To be eligible for daily and overall prizes, you have to have the winners selected for Thursday's games emailed to me prior to 11:50 a.m.) select the winners of each game in that round.
  2. type out, just the winners, in an email
  3. send the email to: getfletchsports@yahoo.com
  4. repeat the Steps for each round.
  5. Scoring:
    1. one-point for each winner you select
    2. three-points for each double digit seed you correctly tab to win
    3. Final Four and championship games will be combined for the Final round. Include predicted final scores. The person who picks winners in all 3 games and has final score prediction closest to the actual result , gets the win for Final Four round and Championship Round.
    4. Grand prize winner: the contestant who racks up most total points at the conclusion of NCAA Tournament is our Champion!
We will award prizes for the winners of each round, plus provide 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prize packages as well!

Prizes to be given away include:
      Grand Prize:$500 Cash courtesy:

  • 2-Yeti Travel Mugs (Courtesy: King Hardware & Gifts)
  • 2-Tailgate Chairs plus a 2014 Duck Commander       commemorative matchup football (Courtesy: Duck Commander Independence Bowl)
  • 1-Strawn's Pie per round (Courtesy: Strawn's. Duh)
  • 1 year maintenance plan on a single system for a home (courtesy: AccuTemp)
  • Steak Bag: 2 steaks, 2 twice-baked potatoes, Crackers, Cheese, French Bread, Dessert (courtesy: Cush's Grocery and Market)
  • 1 free car wash per round (courtesy: Snappy Scrubs)
  • 2 $50 Gift Certificates at Porter's (courtesy: Porter's Cleaners)
  • 1-$25 Chimi V's Gift Card for each round (courtesy: Chimi V's)
  • Grand Prize: 2 Daily Passes to David Toms Golf Academy 265
  • 2nd and 3rd place overall: 1 Daily Pass each to David Toms Golf Academy 265 (courtesy: David Toms Academy 265)
  • Gift Card/Merchandise from Great Raft Brewing + Gift Basket for Grand Prize winner (Courtesy: Great Raft Brewing)
  • 1-$50 Superior Grill Gift Card for each round (courtesy: Superior Grill) 
  • 1-$25 Gift Certificate Bergeron's Boudin and Cajun Meats Gift Card for each round (courtesy: Bergerons' Shreveport and Bergeron's Bossier City)
  • 1-$20 Twisted Root Gift Card for each round (courtesy: Twisted Root)
  • Gift Cards to Honeybaked Hams
More Prizes Being Added...

Get those picks in... before the first games each round! 

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Techsters Fall Shy Of Summitt In Year One With New Coach

A second half spurt by the second-seeded Middle Tennessee State Lady Raiders wore down the Lady Techsters, resulting in a 77-58 season-ending loss for Tyler Summitt’s squad.  Playing their second game in two days, the Techsters hit the wall midway through the second half. 

Senior Whitney Frazier, when asked if exhaustion played a part in the win, hesitated before answering.  Summitt, 16-15 in his first year in Ruston, looked at one of his five seniors and said, “You’re allowed to say yes if you want. They usually aren’t allowed to say yes when asked if they’re tired.”

Frazier quietly admitted, “Yes. Fatigue did catch up to us a little bit.”

Louisiana Tech trailed 41-36 with 14:15 to play MTSU’s advantage ballooned to 15 points less than five minutes later and never dipped below 13 points the remainder of the game.

Proving some statistics don’t measure up in reality when viewed in a box score, both teams finished with 39 rebounds but the second-seeded squad appeared to get the more “important” rebounds.
“Absolutely,” Summitt said. “And you also have to look at rebounds and the percentage of shot attempts and shot misses. Definitely, I think they dominated the glass, especially in the second half and on their end.”

The Techsters game plan of taking all-CUSA first-teamer Olivia Jones out of the mix early worked to perfection.  Jones recorded her third personal foul at the 13:06 mark in the first half and spent the remainder of the opening frame on the pine. Even without Jones on the floor, the best Tech could fare was to keep the game close. 

“We definitely should have taken advantage more of Jones being in foul trouble and had more of a cushion with her out,” Summitt said. “We struggled with turnovers and decision making and they executed their offense well. We went from man-to-man, to zone… man-to-man, to zone… man-to-man, to zone. They really got what what they wanted to no matter what we were in.”

On two separate occasions late in the first half, the Techsters had chances to tie the game or cut the lead to one but hurried shots that turned into MTSU points on the other end of the floor.

Summitt and his staff will say good-bye to five seniors and welcome five freshmen and two transfers next season.  “It’s back to the drawing board as far as X’s and O’s  But academically and with all the outside stuff, I really believe our seniors are prepared to go out and succeed in life.”

No one in the women’s game has been more successful than Summitt’s mother, Pat Summitt.  When asked how his mother would grade his first year as a head coach, the offspring said his mom, along with the late Wizard of Westwood John Wooden didn’t believe there was such a thing as an A+ game or season. “You’ve got to get better, you’ve got to get better. (She’s) teaching me how to get better and that’s what I always want to do, fifty years down the road.”

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Louisiana Tech Marches Past Marshall For 24th Straight TAC Triumph

60% of our little clan enjoyed an afternoon/evening trip to Ruston for the Louisiana Tech-Marshall basketball game. That's not an indication the other 40% did NOT enjoy Lincoln Parish---they were occupied with their own happenings in Shreveport and  Baton Rouge respectively. 

A nice Thomas Assembly Center crowd of 4,000+ was on hand for the Dogs' drumming of the Thundering Herd (dat).  The backers of Michael White's team saw the local crew fall behind 22-9 midway through the first half before  closing out that first stanza on a 35-8 run. 

Marshall made a mild move to trim Tech's advantage to 11 points on a Ryan Taylor jumper with 9:45 to play. Michale Kyser put a stop to any nonsense believed possible from the Herd hierarchy by depositing a jumper in the cup and throwing down a jam to stretch the lead back to 15 and rile the crowd into a frenzy. 

Speedy Smith had 12 points along with 12 assists and 8 rebounds to win the stat sheet. Erik McRee led Tech with 14 points. Raheem Appleby and Kyser each finished with a dozen. 

It was also a big night for Skip Holtz's football Dogs. Several key recruits were at the game, taking part in their last official visit before Wednesday's National Signing Day.  Spotted in the crowd? Parkway head coach David Feaster who is sending linebacker Tay Williams to Tech this summer. 

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

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Monday, December 15, 2014

6-and-8! Saints Fans Would Appreciate! 6-and-8!

New Orleans has a chance to take control of the NFC South with a win tonight on the road in Chicago. Taking "control" of the putrid division is a little like winning the "Port-O-Potty Tipping Championship;" it's rank and disgusting work, but--a win is a win!
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Black & Gold to the next mudhole!
For the Saints to enjoy the excursion to the Windy City, three things must happen:

1) The Saints front seven has to make life miserable for Jay Cutler. Sure, he LOOKS like he is miserable at all times. But to make Cutler crestfallen on the field is a near sure-fire route to victory.  Pressure him, hit him, add to his 15 picks tossed this year and enjoy the upside down smile in all it's re-frowned glory. The Saints beleaguered and battered secondary won't be able to keep Alshon Jeffrey and Martellus Bennett in check the entire game.  However, force Cutler to go to the well at just the right time, and the Saints just might add to their minuscule INT total (8)!  Keenan Lewis, with his knee looking similar to a ripe cantaloupe can't do it all by himself! Saints defensive coordinator, Rob Ryan must think he's the Wizard of Oz--checking the teams' depth chart it's evident the Saints will employ the "Ten Man" defense. 
The strange part of Ryan's out-of-the-box thinking? the position left empty wouldn't cost against the Saints salary cap... it's the FREE SAFETY!

2) Number two and the Saints defense seem to go hand in hand so often this year. They will also be asked to make sure Chicago doesn't make running the ball effectively their forte', with Matt Forte.  Limited to 18 carries over the last two games, the Tulane alum will most likely see that number of totes by the third quarter tonight. If the Saints nullify Forte, that puts the Bears offensive attack on the slumping shoulders of Jay Cutler. 

3) The four horsemen that comprise the Saints running game are at their 2014-healthiest form.  Mark Ingram, Pierre Thomas, Khiry Robinson and Travaris Cadet should see action tonight.  Predicted carries and results: Ingram-21 carries/102 yards; Thomas-9 carries/43 yards; Robinson-6 carries-42 yards and Cadet-3 carries-14 yards.  That would come to over 200 yards rushing. In one game. 

A) The Saints haven't rushed for 200 yds in a game all year
B) The Bears haven't given up 200 yds in a game a all year.

You know what they say, don't you? First time's a charm!

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There you have it. Three keys to the Saints winning tonight, moving to 6-8 and on top of the NFC South all by their lonesome.  It's not a lofty perch---but it's a playoff position perch and that's good enough for most fans of a franchise whose post-season history leaves no room for haughtiness. 

Unofficial Song Of The Duck Commander I-Bowl

In honor of the upcoming Duck Commander Independence Bowl, we've gathered together a panel of professional singer songwriters to pen a tribute song.  Feel free to wave your beard in the wind and sing along to the tune of SAFETY DANCE! 

Grow your beard if you want to
You can leave your blades behind
'Cause your friends don't shave and if they don't shave
Then they'll- have beards like mine!

Say, we can grow what we want to
A face they will never find
And we can act like we come from out of the woods
Leave your real face far behind!

And- don't shave
Or trim!

We can grow what we want to
A full beard and a thick mustache
We can shape 'em real fine, wax till they shine
Man up for the I-Bowl Bash!

Say, we can go Duck Commander
Get all camo for the game!
We can watch them play ball, and blow our duck calls
Game Cocks vs Hurricanes!

And say, skip a shave, skip a shave
Turn up at the Indy Bowl!
Skip a shave, skip a shave
Tailgate not a barber pole!
Skip a shave, skip a shave
Hey, everybody look at the fans!
Skip a shave, skip a shave
Show how to be a real ma-aaan'
A real manly man!
Yeah, a manly man!

Indy Bowl if you want to
Everybody, not just men!
Come blue sky or rain, its Cocks or the Canes!
Doesn't matter we're all in!

I say, Indy Bowl if you want to
Grab a seat for your behind
'Cause your friends might share but if they don't share
Call while its on your mind!

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Everybody look at the fans!
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Be a manly man!
An Indy Bowl man!
A Duck Commander man!
Ah yes, a real manly man!
Well, he's a Indy Bowl man!
Oh, the bearded man, yeah
Well, it's the I-Bowl, man
Cause he's manly man
Well, he's a bearded man
Oh, he's a manly man
Oh, he's a manly man

(Clap 5x quickly)

Sunday, December 7, 2014

TCU, Baylor Out of first playoff

The playoffs are set!

The first four participants in the initial college football playoff (FBS):
1. Alabama vs 4. Ohio State (Sugar Bowl)
2. Oregon vs 3. Florida State (Rose Bowl).

I had the top 4, but I flipped Oregon over Alabama. 

Baylor finishes ahead of TCU in the rankings (Bears 5th, Frogs 6th) which is no consolation for Big XII Co-Champs. 

Ohio State's shellacking of 13th ranked Wisconsin in Big Ten title game was the deciding factor. Baylor was challenged by  9th ranked Kansas State and TCU whipped a two-win Iowa State squad, which obviously underwhelmed the College Football Playoff Committee. 

Committee chaiman, Jeff Long said, "Ohio State demonstrated they were a total team and did overcome the loss of two quarterbacks.  It was decisive for Ohio State to move into the fourth spot."

Long also said on ESPN  it wasn't what TCU did, or didn't do, it was Ohio State's win was the deciding factor.