The Wife Hates Sports is celebrating March Madness 2011 by promoting a bracket challenge being hosted by friends of the site.

Why?  Because the wife hates sports… and the wife hates cancer, too.

Friends of TWHS have a $10 per bracket pool running, which donates 10% to Susan G. Komen for the Cure – an organization that raises money for breast cancer research.

It’s one way to get into the tournament more, plus to help out a good cause.march-madness

The specifics for the bracket challenge are listed below, via an email from the guys running the show.  Please note the payment details and league rules.


Welcome to the 2011 Blasbalg Brothers March Madness NCAA Tournament Pool.  Many of you are receiving this email because you participated in a previous year’s pool; others are on the list because we think you might be interested in joining this year.   As always, please forward this to any and all friends you think might be interested.

Like last year, we will be using to manage the brackets.  The group is called Blasbalg and the password is gmen.  Click on the following link to go directly to the group.

Entry fees are still $10 per entry, but unlike prior years, there are only two ways to pay for your entries, and we will not be accepting late payments:

PayPal to: (note this is different from prior years)

When paying PayPal, be sure to click Personal in payment options, and be sure to indicate which entry or entries you are paying for. If you don’t know how to do this, please pay $11 per entry to avoid fees. Any extra money will go directly to charity.

Cash to one of the pool organizers.

NO CHECKS, NO MAIL. If you don’t know one of the pool organizers, and you don’t have a PayPal account, either set one up (it’s easy, secure, and FREE), or have a friend PayPal the entry fees for you.

Again, this year, there are no late fees, and no payments via mail. ONLY ENTRIES PAID FOR IN FULL BY TIPOFF OF THE FIRST GAME WILL BE CONSIDERED VALID. If your entry is not paid in full by the time the games begin, YOUR ENTRY WILL BE DELETED.  NO EXCEPTIONS.

Like last year, 10% of the total prize money for the pool will be donated directly to charity. This year, we will be donating to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.  You can learn more about this organization at their website: Feel free to give any amount over the $10 per entry, as all extra payments will also be donated directly to this cause (if you wish to give extra to charity, please indicate that in the notes of your PayPal transaction).

Brackets come out this Sunday evening (March 13), but it is not too early to go to the link above and make sure you can sign in, and more importantly, to go to PayPal and send your payments in.  If you do not yet have a account or a PayPal account, you will be required to set them up (both are free).  If you have any problems or need assistance, please let us know.

We will be using a 1-3-5-7-10-15 scoring format.  If you don’t understand what that means, please refer to the rules that are posted on the site (go to  Payout breakdowns will be posted as soon as we know how many entries we have.  Last years total payout was over $4,300, we paid out 5 places, and the 1st place winner received $2,500 (over $850 went to charity).

To reiterate, only entries entered via the website AND paid for by the tip-off of the first tourney game will be considered valid entries.  This is slightly different from years past, where we gave entries leeway in paying after tipoff.

PLEASE check the website if you have any questions, and if your question is not answered there, then send any pool related emails to ALL of these email addresses (just reply to all on this email):

You may receive an email from the site, as well as a reminder from us as the tournament approaches. If you would like to be left off these emails, please let us know.

Thanks and good luck.

Jason, Jeff, and Jeremy Blasbalg

Good luck if you decide to join in! – The Wife Hates Sports

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