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3/11/2007 12:20:00 PM

Join The Blog Pool ... Or Else

Wlad Will Hurt You
Christof Koepsel/Bongarts

That's our pal Wladimir Klitschko, the boxer. He's here to strongly encourage you to join the Second Annual Tourney Blog Pool, which is open and accepting entries. Sign up, fill out your bracket, join the group "Luke Winn's Tourney Blog," and then sit back and let the magic happen.

Based on where I finished in last year's standings, there is a 20 percent chance that if you join this thing, you'll be able to come away from it saying something along the lines of, "My bracket was thoroughly superior to Luke Winn's and I don't even get paid to watch college basketball. He should be out of a job or at the very least, relinquish his blogging privileges."

If that's not incentive enough, there's also a prize package for the winner (a bunch of random stuff that has yet to be determined, but will probably include at least one video game, at least one basketball book, and at least one random piece of Sports Illustrated junk -- but not a football phone) and the immense fame associated with your name being mentioned in this space should you, at some point, be among the pool's leaders. The 2006 winner, Bradley White, still gets recognized on the street from his blog-pool-champ photo.

A few pool-related things of importance:

• We had 328 entries last season. If we don't hit at least exceed the number of teams in Division I (336), my self-esteem will take such a damaging hit that it could affect my blogging for the rest of the tournament. So please, ask your friends to join.

• It is IMPERATIVE that give your team a better name than the one the game assigns, which is "Team [Your Last Name]." I probably won't kick you out of the pool if you don't ... but really, you don't want to be the guy with Team Hirschfelder when everyone else has quality stuff like Todd Bozeman's Rejected Ham. I chose to make a reference to a hapless college hoops exhibition team from my childhood, and name my bracket Marathon Oil.

• If anyone out there wants to unofficially sponsor this pool -- let's say, your company makes retro jerseys of the 1933 Indianapolis Kautskys, and you want to give one away to the winner and get some pub here; or you're an upstart Internet university starting a major in bracketology and want to award our champ the first annual Lunardi/Palm Scholarship -- send me an e-mail from the link in the right-hand rail of the blog. All serious offers will be considered.

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