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Tuesday #CardMadness Round 1 Winners & Scores, Round 2 Set

Card Madness LogoRound 1 Day 2 draws to a close and we have our first round complete, our field of 68 whittled to 32, and we are one step closer to crowning an inaugural 2013 Card Madness champion. Today’s outcomes were mostly chalk save for two-double digit upsets sprung by 12-seed Reggie Hodges and 11-seed Rick Majerus, but how we got to the chalk result was anything but expected. #1 overall seed and Emens Entertainment 1 seed David Letterman went back and forth with 16-seed Bridget Bobel most of the day, based on a strong social media showing from #TeamBridget as they have named themselves. 2-seed Jason Whitlock defeated 15 seed Morry Mannies by only 6 percentage points, but as has been pointed out to us, Mannies was woefully underseeded. As we tried to explain, it’s far from an exact science and we’ll keep it in mind for Card Madness 2014.

Largest margin of victory goes to 2-seed Jim Davis, who was able to garner 97% of the vote against Sister Edith Pfau (good for largest margin of victory in round 1 overall) and Scott Halberstadt squeaked out a 51%-49% win over Mark Champion for smallest margin. Much like yesterday, our largest upset was a 12 over a 5 as Reggie Hodges continued his run from the play-in game, defeating 5th seed Bryan Bullington.

Your Round One Day 2 Results:

Emens Entertainment Regional
(1) David Letterman 57% – (16) Bridget Bobel 43%
(8) Scott Halberstadt 51% – (9) Mark Champion 49%
(7) Stedman Graham 73% – (10) Cynda Williams 27%
(2) Jim Davis 97% – (15) Sister Edith Pfau 3%

Charlie Cardinal Athletics Regional
(4) Nate Davis 77% – (13) Bernie Parmalee 23%
UPSET: (12) Reggie Hodges 54% – (5) Bryan Bullington
(6) Larry Bigbie 85% – (11) Dee Nocero 15%
(3) Brad Maynard 92% – (14) Sally Northcroft 8%

Beneficence Campus Admin Regional
(4) Brady Hoke 92% – (13) Bubba Cunningham 8%
(5) Don Shondell 88% – (12) Alan Hargrave 12%
UPSET: (11) Rick Majerus 51% – (6) Ray McCallum 49%
(3) Don Park 62% – (14) Rich Maloney 38%

Frog Baby “Other” Regional
(1) “Papa” John Schnatter 91% – (16) Nicholas Ferreri 9%
(8) Jeremiah Johnson 71% – (9) Jon Hoke 29%
(7) Mark Carter 87% – (10) Jeffrey Feltman 13%
(2) Jason Whitlock 53% – (15) Morry Mannies 47%

Round Two begins Thursday, when Monday’s Round 1 Day 1 winners will attempt to make it two in a row. Our Thursday schedule…

Emens Entertainment Regional Round 2, Day 1
(3) Doug Jones vs. (6) Brian Collins
(4) Joyce DeWitt vs. (5) Anthony Montgomery

Charlie Cardinal Athletics Regional Round 2, Day 1
(1) Bonzi Wells vs. (8) Tamara Bowie
(2) Blaine Bishop vs. (10) Chris Miller

Beneficence Campus Admin Regional Round 2, Day 1
(1) John Worthen vs. (9) Chris Taylor
(2) Jo Ann Gora vs. (10) Anthony Edmonds

Frog Baby “Other” Regional Round 2, Day 1
(3) Scott Wise vs. (6) Angela Ahrendts
(4) Kent “Oz” Nelson vs. (12) Tom Davis

Round Two voting will work a little bit differently and will allow for not only more votes, but also the “I can’t get on the web and putz around until I’m out of work” crowd. Voting for Round 2 will open at 8am and will close at 8pm. Whether or not the additional couple hours will make all that much of a difference is debatable, but let it not be said that OTP wasn’t as democratic as possible. Congrats to our round 1 winners, thanks for your vote, and we’ll see you back on Thursday for Card Madness Round 2.

#CardMadness First Round, Day 2

Card Madness LogoSure, the NCAA basketball brackets came out Sunday night, but for BSU fans, the bracket that counts has been out for a week now and it is Day Two the Ball State themed 64-person battle royale. Our play in games? Wildly successful, and we saw four winners advance into the field of 64 to face the likes of Dave Letterman, Papa John, Bryan Bullington and Don Shondell. Could a play-in game winner advance in VCU-like fashion to capture a title in the first annual Card Madness tourney? Only you, the fans, can decide that. Yesterday saw our first half of round one yield four upsets as well as three games within five percentage points. You can check out all the Round 1 Day 1 action here, and our updated bracket with our initial first round victors here.

Today, though, isn’t about the beginning of round 1, it’s about the conclusion. It’s about the 32 alums on the docket for today. Round 1, Day 2 features 16 matchups (4 per region) that will advance their winners into Friday’s 2nd round. Yes, it does run like the NCAA Tourney in that today’s winners will be back in action again on Friday as they attempt to play their way in to the Sweet 16.

Need a refresher on what Card Madness is all about? Click here. Need a bracket breakdown for the 4 different regionals? Check out the Charlie Cardinal Athletics Regional here, the Emens Entertainment Regional here, the Beneficence Campus Admin Regional here, and the Frog Baby “Other” Regional here. Ready to read about our competitors and vote? More after the jump…
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Monday #CardMadness Round 1 Winners & Scores, Tuesday Schedule

Card Madness LogoRound One, Day One of CardMadness is in the books, and we have 16 of our Final 32 set. Today’s session saw upsets in three of four regions, with only the Emens Entertainment Regional going chalk. Largest margin of victory belonged to Scott Wise with an 86% edge over Sam Smith, while Tamara Bowie, Tom Davis, and Anthony Edmonds all saw a 5% edge good enough for smallest margin on Day 1. Largest upset goes to Tom Davis over Mike Lopresti and as a 12 seed, Tom becomes the highest-seed to reach the second round. Today’s winners will be back in action on Thursday.

Your results:

Frog Baby “Other” Regional:
(3) Scott Wise 93% – (14) Sam Smith 7%
(6) Angela Ahrendts 88% – (11) Brent McMillan 12%
(4) Kent Nelson 80% – (13) Richard Mourdock 20%
UPSET: (12) Tom Davis 55% – (5) Mike Lopresti 45%

Beneficence Campus Admin Regional:
(1) John Worthen 81% – (16) Tracy Roller 19%
UPSET: (9) Chris Taylor 79% – (8) Paul Schudel 21%
UPSET: (10) Anthony Edmonds 55% – (7) Kay Bales 45%
(2) JoAnn Gora 67% – (15) Karen Fitzpatrick 33%

Charlie Cardinal Athletics Regional:
(2) Blaine Bishop 87% – (15) Amanda McCormick 13%
(1) Bonzi Wells 85% – (16) LaTasha Jenkins 15%
(8) Tamara Bowie 55% – (9) Phil Eatherton 45%
UPSET: (10) Chris Miller 81% – (7) Greg Garnica 19%

Emens Entertainment Regional:
(5) Anthony Montgomery 61% – (12) Andy Devine 39%
(4) Joyce DeWitt 84% – (13) Angelin Chang 16%
(6) Brian Collins 78% – (11) Dawn Swain 22%
(3) Doug Jones 76% – (14) Bill Wallace 24%

Tuesday sees Round 1 continue with Day 2 action and our schedule looks like:
Frog Baby “Other” Regional:
Round 1: (1) John Schnatter v. (16) Nicholas Ferreri
Round 1: (8) Jeremiah Johnson v. (9) Jon Hoke
Round 1: (7) Mark Carter v. (10) Jeffrey Feltman
Round 1: (2) Jason Whitlock v. (15) Morry Mannies

Beneficence Campus Admin Regional:
Round 1: (5) Don Shondell v. (12) Alan Hargrave
Round 1: (4) Brady Hoke v. (13) Bubba Cunningham
Round 1: (6) Ray McCallum v. (11) Rick Majerus
Round 1: (3) Don Park v. (14) Rich Maloney

Emens Entertainment Regional:
Round 1: (1) David Letterman v. (16) Bridget Bobel
Round 1: (8) Scott Halberstadt v. (9) Mark Champion
Round 1: (7) Stedman Graham v. (10) Cynda Williams
Round 1: (2) Jim Davis v. (15) Sister Edith Pfau

Charlie Cardinal Athletics Regional:
Round 1: (5) Bryan Bullington v. (12) Reggie Hodges
Round 1: (4) Nate Davis v. (13) Bernie Parmalee
Round 1: (6) Larry Bigbie v. (11) Dee Nocero
Round 1: (3) Brad Maynard v. (14) Sally Northcroft

Like today, voting opens at 9am, with polls closing at 4:30pm.  Those hours may be adjusted going forward, but for now, that’s the hours of operation for Round 1. Get your clicking fingers ready and congrats to our winners from today. Rest up because Thursday will be here before you know it.

#CardMadness First Round, Day 1

Card Madness LogoSure, the NCAA basketball brackets came out last night, but for BSU fans, the bracket that counts has been out for a week now and it is tip-off time for the Ball State themed 64-person battle royale. Our play in games? Wildly successful, and we saw four winners advance into the field of 64 to face the likes of Dave Letterman, Papa John, Bryan Bullington and Don Shondell. Could a play-in game winner advance in VCU-like fashion to capture a title in the first annual Card Madness tourney? Only you, the fans, can decide that. Our full 64-person bracket can be seen here with our play in winners added in and some fancy design. Bully for us.

Today, though, isn’t about us or the play-in game winners. It’s about the 32 alums on the docket for today. Round 1, Day 1 features 16 matchups (4 per region) that will advance their winners into Thursday’s 2nd round. Yes, it does run like the NCAA Tourney in that today’s winners will be back in action again on Thursday as they attempt to play their way in to the Sweet 16.

Need a refresher on what Card Madness is all about? Click here. Need a bracket breakdown for the 4 different regionals? Check out the Charlie Cardinal Athletics Regional here, the Emens Entertainment Regional here, the Beneficence Campus Admin Regional here, and the Frog Baby “Other” Regional here. Ready to read about our competitors and vote? More after the jump…
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Play In Game Recap & Winners, Monday Schedule

Card Madness LogoCardMadness is off to a wildly successful start as our play in games were completed this afternoon. Bridget Bobel defeated Claire Buffie 53%-47% and will advance to a 16-seed in the Emens Entertainment Regional. Reggie Hodges defeated Mike Neu 70%-30% and advances to a 12-seed in the Charlie Cardinal Athletics Regional were he’ll face 5-seed Bryan Bullington. Alan Hargrave defeated Don Mikesell 51%-49% and will advance to a 12-seed in the Beneficence Campus Admin Regional where he’ll face 5th seed Don Shondell. And finally, Nicholas Ferrari defeated David Harker where he’ll advance to face top-seed “Papa” John Schnatter.

The tournament begins Monday at 9am, when half of our field sees action. The remaining half will spring into action Tuesday. Voting each day will be open from 9am until 4:30pm, and by close of voting Tuesday our field will be down to 32 competitors. Our schedule for Monday:

FROG BABY “OTHER” REGIONAL
Monday March 18th – Round 1: (5) Mike Lopresti v. (12) Tom Davis
Monday March 18th – Round 1: (4) Kent “Oz” Nelson v. (13) Richard Mourdock
Monday March 18th – Round 1: (6) Angela Ahrendts v. (11) Brent McMillan
Monday March 18th – Round 1: (3) Scott Wise v. (14) Sam Smith

EMENS ENTERTAINMENT REGIONAL
Monday March 18th – Round 1: (5) Anthony Montgomery v. (12) Andy Devine
Monday March 18th – Round 1: (4) Joyce DeWitt v. (13) Angelin Chang
Monday March 18th – Round 1: (6) Brian Collins v. (11) Dawn Swain
Monday March 18th – Round 1: (3) Doug Jones v. (14) Bill Wallace

BENEFICENCE CAMPUS ADMIN REGIONAL
Monday March 18th – Round 1: (1) John Worthen v. (16) Tracy Roller
Monday March 18th – Round 1: (8) Paul Schudel v. (9) Chris Taylor
Monday March 18th – Round 1: (7) Kay Bales v. (10) Anthony Edmonds
Monday March 18th – Round 1: (2) JoAnn Gora v. (15) Karen Fitzpatrick

CHARLIE CARDINAL ATHLETICS REGIONAL
Monday March 18th – Round 1: (1) Bonzi Wells v. (16) LaTasha Jenkins
Monday March 18th – Round 1: (8) Tamara Bowie v. (9) Phil Eatherton
Monday March 18th – Round 1: (7) Greg Garnica v. (10) Chris Miller
Monday March 18th – Round 1: (2) Blaine Bishop v. (15) Amanda McCormick

Monday. 9am. Get your voting finger ready.

#CardMadness Play In Games Begin Now!

Card Madness LogoAs we told you about in this post, it’s CardMadness time here at OTP. Today marks the opening of our tournament, and though we aren’t in Dayton, it’s play-in game time! These eight competitors are fighting for a chance to make the field, and in some cases, have the opportunity to spring the upset of a lifetime. Whether they advance or not is up to you, as fan voting determines the outcome of these (and all) our tournament games. Read on for your play-in participants, and your chance to cast your vote!

THE PLAY IN EXPERIENCE
For our play in competitors, it’s all about survive and advance. Their opponent in their first contest, like them, is just trying to make the field of 64 and have a shot at eternal glory and fame. Winners join a bracket as either a 12 or 16 seed, and their bracket looks like this:

Play In Games

In the words of Michael Buffer… let’s get ready to rumble.

CHARLIE CARDINAL ATHLETICS REGIONAL PLAY IN GAME
You can check out the Charlie Cardinal Regional here, and our play in game winner will be awarded a 12-seed and take on 5th seeded Bryan Bullington in the first round. Let’s meet our competitors…

  • Mike Neu: Current QB coach for Tulane, former AFL head coach. 2004 AFL Coach of the Year. four-year starter at quarterback at Ball State University from 1989-93. He led the Cardinals to a Mid-American Conference championship in 1993, and was named the MAC Conference MVP and Offensive Player of the Year in 1993. During his final campaign, Neu guided Ball State to a bowl appearance in the Las Vegas Bowl and was named the game’s MVP. Ball State Hall of Fame member.
  • Reggie Hodges: Starting punter as a freshman at Ball State, going on to set a school-career record with 254 attempts. His 10,210 yards ranked second in school history at the time of his graduation. He was named First-team All-MAC selection as a senior, leading conference with 73 punts (42.6 avg). 8 year veteran of the NFL.

EMENS ENTERTAINMENT REGIONAL PLAY IN GAME
You can check out the Emens Entertainment Regional here, and our play in game winner will be awarded a 16-seed and take on top-seeded David Letterman. Let’s meet our competitors…

  • Bridget Bobel: Won Miss Indiana 2006, competed in Miss America. Honored by the Indiana General Assembly with a resolution for her work with adult literacy programs. Appeared on Deal or No Deal in 2006.
  • Claire Buffie: Second runner-up Miss Indiana 2008, won Miss New York 2010, competed in Miss America and was Top 12, executive board member of New York City Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays.

BENEFICENCE CAMPUS ADMIN REGIONAL PLAY IN GAME
You can check out the Benny Campus Admin Regional here, and our play in game winner is awarded a 12-seed and the subsequent matchup with 5th seeded Don Shondell. Let’s meet our competitors…

  • Don Mikesell: BSU undergrad and grad alum, Distinguished Alumni Award Winner, Benny Award Winner, former Dean of Students, former director of the nationally ranked Student Affairs graduate program.
  • Alan Hargrave: Current Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Director of Housing and Residence Life, a nationally recognized department on BSU’s campus and purveyor of massive expansion and remodeling in his tenure. Teaching faculty in the graduate program for Student Affairs. Association of College and University Housing Officers International Pantheon Award winner, their highest honor.

FROG BABY “OTHER” REGIONAL
You can check out the Frog Baby “Other” Regional here, and our play in game winner is awarded a 16-seed and will take on 1-seed “Papa” John Schnatter in the 1st round. Let’s meet our competitors…

  • David Harker: Current evening meteorologist at Fox47 in Lansing, MI. BSU Newslink alum, WIPB producer. Former meteorologist in Victoria, TX
  • Nicholas Ferreri: Current weekend meteorologist at WANE in Ft. Wayne, IN. BSU Newslink and WIPB alum. Former meteorologist in Lansing, MI.

VOTING!

Vote for your selected winners below. UPDATE: Because of technical difficulties, voting will remain open until 5:30PM EDT.









Polls close at 5:30pm. Good luck to our first competitors!

Breaking Down the Frog Baby “Other” Regional

frog babyIt’s time for the first-ever Card Madness tournament, where you, the fans, will decide who is deserving of the honor of being the de facto champion of Ball State-ness. This field is 68-strong of some of the most impressive graduates and friends of the university there are. Captains of industry. Stars of the silver and small screen. International political figures. Journalism heavyweights. Pizza chain CEOs and brewtastic entrepreneurs. It is literally the most impressive collection of Cardinals this side of the Vatican.

You can check out the details of the Card Madness Tournament here. For now, it’s time to Bracket Breakdown the Frog Baby “Other” Regional!

BRACKET BREAKDOWN: FROG BABY “OTHER” REGIONAL

The Frog Baby “Other” Regional features a selection of participants that not only didn’t fit cleanly in our three other categories, they are a collection of some of the biggest heavy hitters in their respective fields. To call this region “successful” doesn’t quite cut it. CEOs, U.N. secretaries, national journalists, and someone responsible for culinary delights from his village cart. Our participants (in alphabetical order):

  • Angela Ahrendts (CEO of Burberry)
  • Mark Carter (“Hot Dog Man”)
  • Tom Davis (Ft. Wayne News-Sentinel BSU football beat reporter)
  • Jeffrey Feltman (United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs)
  • Nicholas Ferreri (WANE TV meteorologist in Ft. Wayne, IN)
  • David Harker (Fox 47 evening meteorologist in Lansing, MI)
  • Jon Hoke (Current defensive backs coach for the Chicago Bears)
  • Jeremiah Johnson (Fox 59 sports reporter, former Charlie Cardinal)
  • Mike Lopresti (Award winning national sportswriter for Gannett news service)
  • Morry Mannies (The voice of the Cardinals for 56 years)
  • Brent McMillan (Executive Director of the Green Party of the United States)
  • Richard Mourdock (Current Indiana state treasurer)
  • Kent “Oz” Nelson (Former CEO of UPS)
  • John Schnatter (Founder and CEO of Papa John’s Pizza)
  • Sam Smith (Sportswriter, Bulls.com)
  • Jason Whitlock (National sportswriter, former ESPN contributor)
  • Scott Wise (Restauranteur, entrepreneur, founder of Scotty’s Brewhouse, Three Wise Men Brewing)

Our Play-In Game is for the right to the 16th seed in the region and will feature Nicholas Ferreri and David Harker in a meteorology throwdown. Voting for the play in contest will begin on 9am on Friday, March 15th.

The bracket for this region and the seeding is:
Frog Baby Other Regional

SCHEDULE FOR THIS REGION:
Friday March 15th – Play in Game: Nicholas Ferreri v. David Harker
Monday March 18th – Round 1: (5) Mike Lopresti v. (12) Tom Davis
Monday March 18th – Round 1: (4) Kent “Oz” Nelson v. (13) Richard Mourdock
Monday March 18th – Round 1: (6) Angela Ahrendts v. (11) Brent McMillan
Monday March 18th – Round 1: (3) Scott Wise v. (14) Sam Smith
Tuesday March 19th – Round 1: (1) John Schnatter v. (16) Play-In Winner
Tuesday March 19th – Round 1: (8) Jeremiah Johnson v. (9) Jon Hoke
Tuesday March 19th – Round 1: (7) Mark Carter v. (10) Jeffrey Feltman
Tuesday March 19th – Round 1: (2) Jason Whitlock v. (15) Morry Mannies

Round two will be on March 21 and 22.

Regional Champion will face the winner of the Beneficence Campus Admin Regional in the bracket semi-finals.

Breaking Down the Beneficence Campus Admin Regional

beneficenceIt’s time for the first-ever Card Madness tournament, where you, the fans, will decide who is deserving of the honor of being the de facto champion of Ball State-ness. This field is 68-strong of some of the most impressive graduates and friends of the university there are. Captains of industry. Stars of the silver and small screen. International political figures. Journalism heavyweights. Pizza chain CEOs and brewtastic entrepreneurs. It is literally the most impressive collection of Cardinals this side of the Vatican.

You can check out the details of the Card Madness Tournament here. For now, it’s time to Bracket Breakdown the Charlie Cardinal Athletics Regional!

BRACKET BREAKDOWN: BENEFICENCE CAMPUS ADMIN REGIONAL

The Beneficence Campus Admin regional is where you’ll find many of the most influential people in the history of Ball State. Coaches, athletic directors, faculty, and various other administrators all comprise a group of individuals who have made BSU exactly what it has become. This region is also the smallest Twitter population as only four participants have a Twitter presence. That means this region is ripe for upsets and it will be not surprising at all to see a moderately high seed advance out of this region. Our participants (in alphabetical order):

  • Dr. Kay Bales (Current Vice President of Student Affairs & Dean of Students)
  • Bubba Cunningham (Former Athletic Director)
  • Dr. Anthony Edmonds (Current award-winning distinguished professor of history)
  • Karen Fitzpatrick (Former basketball, field hockey, lacrosse coach, MAC Hall of Fame)
  • Dr. JoAnn Gora (Current University President)
  • Dr. Alan Hargrave (Current Associate Vice President of Student Affairs, Director of Housing)
  • Brady Hoke (Former head football coach)
  • Rich Maloney (Former and current baseball coach)
  • Rick Majerus (Former men’s basketball coach)
  • Ray McCallum (Former men’s basketball coach)
  • Dr. Don Mikesell (Former Dean of Students)
  • Dr. Don Park (Former Vice President of University Advancement)
  • Tracy Roller (Former women’s basketball coach)
  • Paul Schudel (Former football coach)
  • Dr. Don Shondell (Former men’s volleyball coach, 2nd all-time in NCAA wins)
  • Chris Taylor (Current telecommunications professor, SportsLink director)
  • Dr. John Worthen (Former Ball State President, namesake of Worthen Arena)

Our Play-In Game is for the right to the 12th seed in the region and will feature Alan Hargrave and Don Mikesell in a student affairs epic contest. Voting for the play in contest will begin on 9am on Friday, March 15th.

The bracket for this region and the seeding is:
Benny Campus Admin Bracket

SCHEDULE FOR THIS REGION:
Friday March 15th – Play in Game: Alan Hargrave vs. Don Mikesell
Monday March 18th – Round 1: (1) John Worthen v. (16) Tracy Roller
Monday March 18th – Round 1: (8) Paul Schudel v. (9) Chris Taylor
Monday March 18th – Round 1: (7) Kay Bales v. (10) Anthony Edmonds
Monday March 18th – Round 1: (2) JoAnn Gora v. (15) Karen Fitzpatrick
Tuesday March 19th – Round 1: (5) Don Shondell v. (12) Play-In Winner
Tuesday March 19th – Round 1: (4) Brady Hoke v. (13) Bubba Cunningham
Tuesday March 19th – Round 1: (6) Ray McCallum v. (11) Rick Majerus
Tuesday March 19th – Round 1: (3) Don Park v. (14) Rich Maloney

Round two will be on March 21 and 22.

Bracket winner will advance to face the Frog Baby “Other” Regional Champion in the bracket semi-finals.

Breaking Down the Emens Entertainment Regional

entertainment regionalIt’s time for the first-ever Card Madness tournament, where you, the fans, will decide who is deserving of the honor of being the de facto champion of Ball State-ness. This field is 68-strong of some of the most impressive graduates and friends of the university there are. Captains of industry. Stars of the silver and small screen. International political figures. Journalism heavyweights. Pizza chain CEOs and brewtastic entrepreneurs. It is literally the most impressive collection of Cardinals this side of the Vatican.

You can check out the details of the Card Madness Tournament here. For now, it’s time to Bracket Breakdown the Emens Entertainment Regional!

BRACKET BREAKDOWN: EMENS ENTERTAINMENT REGIONAL

The Emens Entertainment Regional :

  • Bridget Bobel (Miss Indiana 2006)
  • Claire Buffie (Miss New York 2010)
  • Mark Champion (Voice of the Detroit Pistons, voiceover for Disney Superbowl commercials)
  • Angelin Chang (Grammy award winning classical pianist)
  • Brian Collins (Television news reporter best known for “Boom goes the dynamite” viral video)
  • Jim Davis (creator of Garfield)
  • Andy Devine (Actor in Stagecoach)
  • Joyce DeWitt (Actress best known for Three’s Company)
  • Stedman Graham (Entrepreneur, motivational speaker, Oprah’s longtime partner)
  • Scott Holberstadt (Actor best known for Drake and Josh, Grandma’s Boy)
  • Doug Jones (Actor best known for Hellboy series and Fantastic Four, former Charlie Cardinal)
  • David Letterman (Late Show with David Letterman host)
  • Anthony Montgomery (Actor/Singer best known for Star Trek: Enterprise)
  • Sister Edith Pfau (Painter, Sculptor)
  • Dawn Swain (Reality television star on Human Wrecking Balls and a certified nurse)
  • Bill Wallace (Professional kickboxer, author, film actor. Nicknamed “Superfoot”)
  • Cynda Williams (Actress from Mo’ Better Blues, ex-wife of Billy Bob Thornton)

Our Play-In Game is for the right to the 16th seed in the region and will feature Bridget Bobel and Claire Buffie in a battle for beauty pageant supremacy. Voting for the play in contest will begin on 9am on Friday, March 15th.

The bracket for this region and the seeding is:
Emens Entertainment Regional

SCHEDULE FOR THIS REGION:
Friday March 15th – Play in Game: Bridget Bobel v. Claire Buffie
Monday March 18th – Round 1: (5) Anthony Montgomery v. (12) Andy Devine
Monday March 18th – Round 1: (4) Joyce DeWitt v. (13) Angelin Chang
Monday March 18th – Round 1: (6) Brian Collins v. (11) Dawn Swain
Monday March 18th – Round 1: (3) Doug Jones v. (14) Bill Wallace
Tuesday March 19th – Round 1: (1) David Letterman v. (16) Play-in Winner
Tuesday March 19th – Round 1: (8) Scott Halberstadt v. (9) Mark Champion
Tuesday March 19th – Round 1: (7) Stedman Graham v. (10) Cynda Williams
Tuesday March 19th – Round 1: (2) Jim Davis v. (15) Sister Edith Pfau

Round two will be on March 21 and 22.

Bracket winner will face Charlie Cardinal Athletics Regional champion in bracket semi-finals.

Breaking Down the Charlie Cardinal Athletics Regional

Charlie Cardinal AthleticsIt’s time for the first-ever Card Madness tournament, where you, the fans, will decide who is deserving of the honor of being the de facto champion of Ball State-ness. This field is 68-strong of some of the most impressive graduates and friends of the university there are. Captains of industry. Stars of the silver and small screen. International political figures. Journalism heavyweights. Pizza chain CEOs and brewtastic entrepreneurs. It is literally the most impressive collection of Cardinals this side of the Vatican.

You can check out the details of the Card Madness Tournament and the entire bracket here. For now, it’s time to Bracket Breakdown the Charlie Cardinal Athletics Regional!

BRACKET BREAKDOWN: CHARLIE CARDINAL ATHLETICS REGIONAL

The Charlie Cardinal Athletics Regional features perhaps one of the most diverse and wide-spectrum field of participants in the entire bracket. The qualifications for this region were successes on the playing field or court for BSU athletics. Coaches were left out and we attempted to cut as wide a swath as possible through all of our various sports programs. Our participants (in alphabetical order):

  • Larry Bigbie (Baseball)
  • Blaine Bishop (Football)
  • Tamara Bowie (Basketball)
  • Bryan Bullington (Baseball)
  • Nate Davis (Football)
  • Phil Eatherton (Volleyball)
  • Greg Garnica (Football)
  • Reggie Hodges (Football)
  • Brad Maynard (Football)
  • Amanda McCormick (Volleyball)
  • Chris Miller (Football)
  • Mike Neu (Football)
  • Dee Nocero (Soccer)
  • Sally Northcroft (Field Hockey)
  • LaTasha Jenkins (Track & Field)
  • Bernie Parmalee (Football)
  • Bonzi Wells (Basketball)

Our Play-In Game is for the right to the 12th seed in the region and will feature Mike Neu and Reggie Hodges in a football smackdown. Voting for the play in contest will begin on 9am on Friday, March 15th.

The bracket for this region and the seeding is:
Charlie Cardinal Athletics Regional

SCHEDULE FOR THIS REGION:
Friday March 15th –  Play in Game: Mike Neu vs. Reggie Hodges
Monday March 18th – Round 1: (1) Bonzi Wells v. (16) LaTasha Jenkins
Monday March 18th – Round 1: (8) Tamara Bowie v. (9) Phil Eatherton
Monday March 18th – Round 1: (7) Greg Garnica v. (10) Chris Miller
Monday March 18th – Round 1: (2) Blaine Bishop v. (15) Amanda McCormick
Tuesday March 19th – Round 1: (5) Bryan Bullington v. (12) Play In Winner
Tuesday March 19th – Round 1: (4) Nate Davis v. (13) Bernie Parmalee
Tuesday March 19th – Round 1: (6) Larry Bigbie v. (11) Dee Nocero
Tuesday March 19th – Round 1: (3) Brad Maynard v. (14) Sally Northcroft

Round two will be on March 21 and 22.

Bracket semi-final opponent: Emens Entertainment Regional Champion