This year, SB Nation is partnering with RealTime Brackets for its bracket challenge contests, which means that's who we'll be using for our annual CougCenter Bracket Challenge.
Actually, we're going to have two groups. The first group will feature the kind of bracket contest you're familiar with -- set it and forget it. You make your picks, you watch the tournament, maybe your bracket survives, maybe it doesn't. If you're a casual fan of the NCAA tournament, this likely is satisfactory.
That will still be an option.
But maybe you find that dull. Or maybe you're really horrible at it.* Maybe you want something a little more interactive. If that's you, there's another option this year.
*Slowly raises hand.
To understand why RealTime Brackets appealed to SB Nation, check out this video for the "Advanced" version of this year's bracket challenge:
Here's how you sign up for your game of choice.
- Visit RealTime Brackets.
- Sign up for an account.
- Choose your preferred bracketing method.
- Click on "Groups" at the top, and then click "Join Group."
- Search for "CougCenter." Join the group of your preferred bracketing method, either "CougCenter (Traditional)" or "CougCenter -- Advanced"
- Enter the password rpisucks
- Fill out your bracket.
BUT WHAT IF I WANT TO DO BOTH?
Glad you asked. Unfortunately, RealTime Brackets only allows one bracket per email address/username. If you want to do both contests (as I'm going to), you have to register under a second email address and repeat the process above. Less than ideal, I know, but I imagine most people have more than one email address so it's not too prohibitive, I don't think.
There also are mobile apps to use!
If you have any issues, leave a comment below. As this is our first time using it, we'll do our best to help you sort things out.
Oh, and there are no prizes. Only pride! Should you win, your name will go up on our CougCenter Contest Champions Wall Of Fame. That's pretty cool, right?