WELCOME BACK! It's 2014 which means it's time for our 14th Annual Pool! Each and every year we continue to grow and grow, and I always strive to have more participants than the previous year (206 entries in 2013)! It's going to be tough, but I'd love to top that this year. So tell your family, tell your friends, tell your co-workers.
We again have some exciting Prize Breakouts and a LOSER/BOOBIE Prize. See Prize information for more details!
Sad News: We lost a dear friend of the tournament this past year. Jeff Riley passed away in October. Along with his wife, Linda, and his daughter, Erin, Jeff participated in the Tourney for many years. Jeff was a great guy, a good friend, and will be missed. We will be making a donation to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Jeff's name.
68 Teams again this year! This is the foruth year for the "First Four" - So everyone should be getting used to it. WE DO NOT PICK the "first round" games. But if you need a refresher of how we handle the 68 team field, click here.
My Uncle Elmer loved college basketball. The Kansas
Jayhawks in particular (but if you
or any of
knew that), but
he also rooted for the Tigers (whenever they weren't playing
KU that is!).
For you youngsters, there was once this thing called The BIG 8, then the BIG 12. And the KU/MU rivalry always took center-stage! Someone could always expect a phone call following those games: if KU won, Uncle Elmer would always call my dad to rub it in, and Dad would always call Uncle Elmer when the Tigers pulled out a win over the Chickenhawks. I remember the
fun and camaraderie come tournament time too: entering NCAA pools,
side wagers here and there... In my opinion, in all of sports, the
best and most exciting time of the year!!
So back in 2001 I began an online NCAA bracket and once again enjoyed the
fun that goes along with it, the bragging, the trash talking, the
hopes of coming out on top...
But more than that, it was a way to stay close with family and friends...getting
family from literally all over the country to participate in the
Tournament Pool. And it was a lot of fun. Mike, Dale and Judy all commented
then on how much Uncle Elmer would have enjoyed this. It was at that
point that I decided to rename this annual pool in his memory.
you for participating in the 14th Annual Elmer Tremain Memorial Pool.
Good Luck and Have Fun!