Brace yourself. It’s almost time for the madness of March. And around here you know what that means.
The Landmark’s 12th annual NCAA bracket contest is coming soon. It’s the original and longest-running public bracket contest in the county of Platte.
Entry, of course, is free and limited to one per person. Winner will receive a $100 cash prize, bragging rights, and a load of publicity right here in the pages of your Landmark.
Again this year, Landmark publisher Ivan Foley is offering rewards to those who finish with a higher score than he does. Anyone with a better score than Foley will receive two one-year subscriptions to The Landmark, the only county-wide newspaper. Both years can be applied to the entrant’s subscription or keep one for yourself and give one year to a friend or family member.
Bracket pairings will be announced on CBS television on Sunday, March 16. Entries are due by 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 20.
To enter The Landmark’s contest, fill out a copy of the bracket (clip one out of the daily papers or pull one off the many Internet sites that will have them) predicting a winner for every tournament game. Any lines left blank will be counted as a loss. As a potential tiebreaker, write in how many total points you think will be scored in the national championship game.
Entries can be faxed to 816-858-2313. They can also be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or dropped by The Landmark office at 252 Main Street in downtown Platte City. For the old-fashioned, entries can also be mailed to PO Box 410, Platte City, Mo. 64079.
Be sure to write your name and phone number on your bracket.
Scoring will be done as follows:
Two points for each correct first round pick; four points for second round winners; six points for third round winners; eight points in the fourth round; 15 points in the fifth round and 25 points for picking the tourney champion.