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posted 3-18-13



by Ivan Foley
Landmark publisher

Make it your One Shining Moment. Make your picks and be somebody.

It’s The Landmark’s 17th annual NCAA Bracket Battle. It’s the biggest, baddest, most coveted and longest-running public bracket contest in Platte County and entries are rolling in. Get yours to ivan@plattecountylandmark.com or fax to 816-858-2313 by 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 21.

You can also drop entries off at the historic Landmark office at 252 Main St. in downtown Platte City, just west of the historic Platte County Courthouse.

Entry into The Landmark’s contest is free and limited to one per person.

It’s a test of hoops knowledge. More importantly, it’s a chance to win cash, Landmark subscriptions, and all kinds of bragging rights.

Top prognosticator will win $100. Anyone finishing with a higher score than Landmark publisher Ivan Foley will win a free one-year subscription to The Landmark, a $25.92 value.

The Landmark’s event is the largest, longest-running and most prestigious public bracket contest in Platte County.

Entrants will also get the chance to claim bragging rights over not just Foley but also other members of The Landmark’s cast of characters, including Chris Kamler (@thefakened on Twitter and Rambling Moron columnist on page 3), Greg Hall (@greghall24 on Twitter and Off the Couch columnist at plattecountylandmark.com), and Parallax Look columnist Brian Kubicki (@bkparallax).

To enter, all you need to do is fill out your bracket, making picks on every tournament game starting with Thursday's action.

Please write in the name of the team you think will win, NOT the number of the team’s seed (this makes for much easier grading by our hard-working, eye-strained staff).

Any lines left blank will be counted as a loss.

As a potential tiebreaker, write in how many points you think will be scored in the national championship game.

Important: Don’t forget to include your name and phone number on your bracket. You’d be surprised how many entries are tossed each year when folks forget to put their names on them.

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 (Final Four) and 30 points for picking the correct tournament champion.

The up-to-date standings of our contest will be posted as the tournament moves along in the print edition of The Landmark and also at plattecountylandmark.com, on Twitter @ivanfoley and at Facebook.com/ivan.foley

Questions? Call Foley at 816-858-0363 or email ivan@plattecountylandmark.com