It's time for the Master of March Madness to emerge...
Created by The Comishes on 03/25/2013 09:00 am
Cinderella is at the dance and her name is Florida Gulf Coast...
That's right. In a year of upsets nothing can quite compare to FGC's run to the Sweet 16. That's not to say that Witchita State's win over Gonzaga or LaSalle's win over Mississippi weren't impressive, they were. It's a shame that one of them has to go when the meet up this week. Still, who among you had ever heard of the FGC Eagles ??? Well, the Hoyas and Aztecs have now...
Meanwhile George Osborne sits atop of our leader board with 394 points and a Louisville team that looks like it has what it takes to win it all. Robert Boucher (Florida) and Rod Johnson (Duke) are clearly close enough to win the title if their championship game picks pan out. Patty McElwain made a nice run to the 4th spot but she and Gonzaga won't be around when the tournament arrives in Atlanta.
If you're looking for a dark horse you would have to consider Russ Mindt, Joe Eschleman and John Buckel who are hoping to sneak in the back door with Miami, Duke or Indiana.
Onward we go...
How do you spell madness ??? H-A-R-V-A-R-D
George Osborne rode Cal and Oregon to a small lead at the end of day 1. Beyond those two picks he played things pretty close to the vest but wins by the two #12 seeds gave him 48 points and a slight lead over Rod Johnson. Rod had both of those games right but he got greedy, picking Akron to shock VCU. When the smoke cleared VCU had a record margin of victory and Goerge had the lead.
Steve Thinglum took it on the chin losing New Mexico from his Great Eight and Bucknell from his Final Four.
The Master of March Madness Leader Board
Pay using your Pay Pal account (Note: Send $25 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Select the friends and family option.)
It's time for the Master of March Madness v9.0
Created by The Comishes on 03/18/2013 12:00 pm
It's that time again !!! The bracket is set and it's time for the Master of March Madness to step forward... Are you ready to dance ??? If you are here are the links that you'll need to be part of the fun:
2013 Tournament Information Sheet
See how to enter...
Check out the prizes...
Get access to the Comishes' private email...
2013 Pick 'em Page
Grab your name from the pull-down menu and make your picks...
2013 Master of March Madness Webpage
Check the Leader Board...
Take a look at other players brackets...
Once the Sweet 16 is set, view tournament projections and player scenarios...
Last but not least, you can come back to this page to get tournament news and to do a little trash talkin' along the way. GOOD LUCK !!!
Pizza & Pucks
Created by Tyler Gahagan on 02/04/2013 04:00 pm
Every year during the hockey season, Ascent Builders' families & friends enjoy a night in Stockton to watch some minor league hockey (in one of our superintendents' case, his family and everyone else he knew within a 100 mile radius. Lynol, I'm looking at you.). The night always starts off with some pizza and drinks at Mr. D's Pizza & Sports Pub, which is conveniently located a few blocks from the arena.
This year we saw the Stockton Thunder (Edmonton Oilers affiliate) play the San Francisco Bulls (San Jose Sharks affiliate). If you were a Thunder Fan the night went pretty well, as they jumped off to an early lead scoring the first two goals within 23 seconds of each other. After that, the Bulls couldn't come back, and the Thunder prevailed in a 5-2 victory.
Whichever side you were rooting for, it was a fun night of company bonding. Shoot Tyler a call if you're interested in attending next year. we always have associates of Ascent along for the fun and the more the merrier. Click here to jump to our photo gallery and take a look at some snaps...
Pigskin Picking Champion
Created by Russ Mindt on 01/16/2013 04:00 pm
What a football season it was. After 17 weeks of battling for the top spot, Vince Bernacchi of Schetter Electric came out on top and claimed the Ascent Builders Perpetual Pigskin Picking Prize. It was a pretty good battle to the end. Vince fought it out with Larry McElwain (2nd place), Cliff Moore (3rd place) and Scott Kelly (tied for 4th) who were all in the top spot at various times during the season. Rounding out the top finishers were Steve Humason and Dave Edwards who finished tied with Scott. We had over 40 players this year and it's always tough to make just the right pick each week to differentiate yourself from the pack, but Vince did an outstanding job holding on to the top spot in the final weeks.
On a side note - The Steelers still are the only team with 6 Super Bowl trophies - I'm just saying.
Second Annual Car Show - Great Success
Created by Robert Boucher on 10/02/2012 03:00 pm
Thank you to everyone who joined us on Saturday for our second annual car show. We had a great showing with lots of variety. Dan Roy did a great job with the tri-tip and Colin Hoyt may have a future as a bartender if the construction thing doesn't work out. Take a look at some of the photos here.
Car Show Coming Soon
Created by Robert Boucher on 09/07/2012 11:00 am
The car show is on September 29th. Check out the flyer HERE.
Are you ready for some football...
Created by The Comishes on 08/16/2012 11:00 am
Hey sports fans !!! It's that time again...
The 2012 Race for the Porker is drawing near. Are you in ??? If you are just drop us a note, send Russ a check and make your picks for Week 1. Not interested ??? Just let us know and we'll leave you alone.
You can check weekly and season results by clicking here.
Good luck to all !!!
The Master of March Madness pays us a visit...
Created by Scott and Russ on 05/02/2012 06:00 pm
Look who showed up at our place... That smile and that check both belong to interior designer Becky Davis, the 2012 Master of March Madness.
Becky was in town to walk the Kroc Center but she made time to stop by collect her winnings and pose with the Stephen Perry trophy.
It's the Big Dance baby !!!
Created by The Comishes on 04/03/2012 10:00 am
The Final 4
It came down a dream match-up of two of the most storied programs in college basketball history with Kentucky's young guns were just too much for a game group of Jayhawks, After winning what was arguably a bigger game against in-state rival Louisville, Kentucky was played a spectacular first half and a serviceable second half to claim their 9th National Championship.
Becky Davis, the pride of BRS Architects and the University of Nebraska, followed up a strong 2011 performance with a convincing 2012 victory and her name has been added to the Master of March Madness trophy. Ryan Shope held off Tyler Gahagan for 2nd place while Courtney Wetsell and Scott Kelly rounded out the money list.
Thanks again to all 26 Bracketologists for another great tournament !!!
Sweet 16 / Great 8
... and then there were 4. Kentucky vs Louisville in an in-state rivalry that may be as big as the tournament for some. Kansas vs Ohio State in a battle of the bigs, Big 10 vs Big 12. (Never mind the fact that neither conference has the right number of teams)
In our little test of skills we have a new leader in the Clubhouse... Becky Davis, who was in the money last year, slowly worked her way up the Leader Board and will spend the week with a view from the top. Tyler Gahagan clawed his way into second place followed by Paul Eblen and Ryan Shope. On the other hand, we can't divide up the money yet because we have 8 possible scenarios and the "Fab Four" will be broken up in all of them.
The truth is that the Master of march Madness has come down to two... Herb Knienem and Becky Davis. Herb has all of his chips on those Kansas Jayhawks while Becky will take the prize if anyone but Kansas cuts down the nets in New Orleans. If you want to know where you stand take a look at the Player Scenario Report.
The road to the final 4 has come to an end. Now let's see who wins it all...
Round of 32
Well Saturday and Sunday didn't disappoint as we narrowed the field to 16. Buckeyes, Bobcats, Musketeers and Bearcats... That's four, count 'em four, teams from the Great State of Ohio. Forget the November elections, Ohio has become the "Swing State" for this tournament.
Paul (Orange) Eblen remains on top of the Leader Board with David (Go Gators) Garese and Herb (Rock Chalk Jayhawk) Knieriem right behind him. Beware... Ryan Shope and Kris Jensen are hanging around the top and both Kentucky and NC State have looked VERY strong.
On to the Sweet 16 we go !!!
Round of 64 -- Day 2
If you had Lehigh or Norfolk State you're a genius or you're completely nuts. Either way, your bracket would be smokin' hot !!!
The "madness" took over on Day 2 and so did Kris Jensen, rising to the top of the Leader Board in spite of his beloved BYU Cougars bowing out. Paul Eblen and Ryan Shope are close behind but Mizzou's early exit could come back to haunt all three of our leaders.
If you make it through today with your Final Four in tact you'll be in pretty good shape to see some winnings...
Round of 64 -- Day 1
Well, we're off... It was a quiet first day by Madness standards with only two mild upsets... Colorado and VCU advanced but the first day belonged to the selection committee. Will day two follow suit ??? Did you pick the big upset or did you play it close to the vest ??? Remember, in our pool it's not only how many games you win it's which games you win !!!
Congrats to Steve Humason and Paul Stukas for taking a lead into the clubhouse. Click here to check the Leader Board.
It's hard to turn on the TV these days without seeing some "expert" filling out their bracket. Even Barak Obama had an ESPN special to let the world know that he's got North Carolina winning it all. As far as our picks go it looks like Kentucky is the popular choice.
More to come...
Click here to get more tournament information....
It's time for the Master of March Madness to step forward...
Created by The Comishes on 03/26/2011 07:00 pm
Are you ready ??? It's almost time to dust off your bracket and get in the big dance baby !!!
If you'd like to be the Master of March Madness click here to email the Comishes. You can also click here to access the Pick 'em Page, the Master of March Madness Scoreboard and our update page.. Here's a look at the complete 2012 Men's Bracket.
Here’s our scoring system…
Round of 64 Winner’s Seed x 2 pts (each game)
Round of 32 Winner’s Seed x 4 pts (each game)
Sweet 16 Winner’s Seed x 8 pts (each game)
Elite 8 Winner’s Seed x 16 pts (each game)
Final 4 Winner’s Seed x 24 pts (each game)
The Final Winner’s Seed x 32 pts
Note -- Our pool does not include the play-in games. We will start with the final 64 teams and go from there.
A portion of the entry fee will go towards the awards party and the rest will go into the pot. The bigger the pool gets the bigger the pay-out…
1st Prize 40% of the pot
2nd Prize 30% of the pot
3rd Prize 15% of the pot
4th Prize 10% of the pot
5th Prize 5% of the pot
The 2012 Pigskin Picking Prize is awarded
Created by The Comishes on 12/15/2011 07:00 pm
After 17 weeks and more than 240 games we had a first... The Race for the porker ended up in a tie with Dave Lindquist and Scott Kelly both amassing 170 wins. Perhaps more impressively Steve Humason and George Osborne were deadlocked with 169 wins a piece. In fact we had 12 different pickers finishing with ten games of the top this year.
As always, the Comishes would like to thank everyone who played, especially those who thew in a little trash talking along the way...
The Oakland A's might be the better team in the Bay this year...
Created by Phil Wonders on 03/31/2011 02:15 pm
It's TRUE. For those of you few true Giants fans and the many, many jump on the bandwagoners; keep your eye out for the team across the Bay. The Oakland A's are poised to steal the thunder from the Giants this season. I would like to cite a recent article from the Sacramento Bee
Unless the Giants regain their hops and their health, they might not even be the best baseball team in the Bay Area. Don't laugh. Could happen. That's what the team in Oakland is quietly pitching, by the way.
That being said. Go A's...
Super Bowl Proves Traumatic for Preconstruction Guru
Created by Robert Boucher on 02/09/2011 08:56 am
It's not clear what's worse for Russ - Watching his beloved Steelers lose to Green Bay or having to make good on his bet with Dan by donning the rival colors. Russ did say that he'd rather wear the cheese than have to "eat some of the nasty stuff". For those who don't know, Russ would rather take a bullet than eat cheese. Crazy.
Ascent NFL Week No. 17
Created by The Comishes on 12/30/2010 10:00 pm
1/3 @ 8:30 Congrats to Chris Lewis who picked 14 games to win Week No. 17. Here are the results fo the week...
Patty McElwain held on to 2nd place with Dan Roy and Chris Simas edging out Commissioner Mindt for the last of the money spots. You can check out complete results here.
12/30 Though the Porker Prize is all sown up for the year the rest of the money slots are still very much in play. Going into this weeks action at least 7 and maybe as many as 11 players are still in the hunt.
Will Patty "Billie Jean King" McElwain be able to hold off the men and hold on to second place ??? Can Russ hold off the trio of players (including his son-in-law) who trail him by 1 ??? Can George Osborne recover from a Week 16 stumble to climb back into the money ??? Will a dark horse run the table and leapfrog their way into some cash ???
We'll be publishing the final standings and coordinating this year's end of season party on Monday so keep an eye out for details !!!