Play RTC 2013 Bracket Nonsense to Win Great Retro Gear and Memorabilia!

Posted by rtmsf on March 18th, 2013

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Welcome to the sixth annual RTC 2013 Bracket Nonsense. Last year we were on the Road to New Orleans with a Pistol Pete Maravich jersey as our grand prize. The year before that we went with a Clyde the Glide Houston Cougars jersey. Prior to that it was a Hickory High School (Indiana) jacket. You get the point. We love our nostalgia and celebration of the game through retro gear. Luckily, this year we happen to have partnered up with the company that without question is making the coolest retro college basketball shorts, jerseys and other items within the industry — Retro College Cuts, “where old school meets new school.” Between the prizes RCC is supplying along with our own swag, there’s no excuse for not playing this year! Here’s what you need to know:

We’ll have three different prize levels this year — one for each weekend — and they’re all pretty awesome.

Lots of Great Prizes Available This Year - PLAY TO WIN!

Lots of Great Prizes Available This Year – PLAY TO WIN!

  • First Weekend Prizes: The player who gets the most points during the Second and Third Rounds will win a free t-shirt of their choice from RCC (for what it’s worth, the Philly Big 5 one is phenomenal). Additionally, to celebrate the 1977 Final Four played at the Omni in Atlanta and won by Marquette, RTC will also throw in a really neat authentic souvenir Media Pin that was given out at that year’s event (above left). Big Al would be proud.
  • Second Weekend Prizes: The player who picks the most correct games during the Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight rounds (using the second weekend results only) will win a free pair of retro game shorts from RCC. Plus, to celebrate the 2007 Final Four played at the Georgia Dome and won by Florida, RTC will throw in an autographed championship photo of Gator MOPs Joakim Noah (2006) and Corey Brewer (2007) (above center).
  • Grand Prizes. The player who wins RTC 2013 Bracket Nonsense with the most total points after the Championship Game will win a version of the 1990 Lethal Weapon 3 Georgia Tech throwback shorts from RCC (to honor the ATL, of course), as well as an additional free pair of retro game shorts and a t-shirt of their choice. To remember the 2002 Final Four, also played at the Georgia Dome and won by Maryland, RTC will give away a commemorative basketball signed by former head coach Gary Williams (above right). The runner-up this year will also receive a free pair of shorts and a t-shirt from Retro College Cuts.
These Shorts Will Be Yours For Winning RTC 2013 Bracket Nonsense

Kenny Anderson’s Retro Shorts Will Be Yours For Winning RTC 2013 Bracket Nonsense

There you have it. Some great prizes are on the line this year, and you can win something each of the next three weeks. Don’t forget to sign up before Noon ET on Thursday! Happy March Madness!

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Merry Christmas From Rush the Court!

Posted by rtmsf on December 25th, 2012

Yeah, we know we’re recycling old images but this is a good one and the sentiment is the same. We want to wish everyone  reading Happy Holidays and a very Merry Christmas. Enjoy your families, gifts and all the trappings that go along with the season — it’s truly a special time of year.

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Join RTC in an Allstate Google+ Hangout With Dereck Whittenburg

Posted by rtmsf on March 26th, 2012

This post is sponsored by Allstate. The opinions expressed herein are strictly those of Rush the Court.

RTC is pleased to announce that RTC will be teaming up with Allstate on the eve of the Final Four to host a Google+ Hangout with former NC State star Dereck Whittenburg. For those of you who weren’t alive in 1983 or were too young to remember the Wolfpack guard, it was his, ahem, pass to Lorenzo Charles that gave NC State its last national championship. March is mayhem every year, but the quality of last weekend’s regional games suggests that we’re in for a ridiculously fun Final Four weekend featuring four of the biggest names in the history of the sport.

Dereck Whittenburg is a Key Member of March Mayhem History

Whittenburg personal mayhem in the form of his assist to teammate Charles is why he is a member of Allstate’s Team Mayhem, which includes James Worthy, Miles Simon, Joey Rodriguez, and broadcasters Dick Vitale and Bill Raftery. We’re asking our readers to submit questions to Whittenburg through Twitter (@rushthecourt – use hashtag #askDereck), or through our comments section below. If your question is a good one, you’ll be invited to chat live via webcam with Dereck Friday evening in the Google+ Hangout. It’ll be a great time to talk hoops history and future, so make sure to send us your questions!

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RTC March Madness Giveaway: Win a 32″ Toshiba HDTV For Picking Thurs/Fri Upsets!

Posted by rtmsf on March 12th, 2012

RTC is pleased to announce a contest for this year’s NCAA Tournament that will result in one lucky winner receiving a 32″ Toshiba HDTV with 1080p and 3D capabilities. The MSRP on this thing is just under a cool grand ($949.99), but for the person who nails this week’s contest (or comes closest), he or she will get it shipped directly to their door for free. Enough about that — how do you win? The contest specs are below.

There are four steps to this contest, but they’re really easy and will only take you one minute or less to complete.

  1. To become eligible, you MUST LIKE our Facebook fan page. Only entrants who have liked our page by Thursday 3/15 at Noon ET will be eligible to win the TV.
  2. On the Facebook fan page on the timeline post announcing the contest, list your choices for the SIX LOWEST SEEDED TEAMS TO WIN A SECOND ROUND (THURS/FRI) GAME. A high seed is, for example, a #1 seed; a low seed is, for example, a #16 seed. ONLY list your six lowest-seeded picks — no more, no less.
  3. As a tiebreaker, also list your choice for the TOTAL NUMBER OF SECOND ROUND (THURS/FRI) UPSETS. An upset is defined as a lower seed beating a higher seed (even in a #8/#9 game).
  4. Once you’ve finished entering your selections, please SHARE your picks with your Facebook friends to spread the word.

DEADLINE: Noon ET, Thursday March 15. One entry per person. No exceptions.

That’s it. The The rest is up to how the ball bounces on Thursday and Friday — a BIG thank you to Toshiba for providing this prize, and GOOD LUCK!!!

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Join Us at 3 PM ET Today For a Bing Twitter Party to Talk March Madness…

Posted by rtmsf on March 7th, 2012

Ain’t no party like a Twitter party, or so the kids say these days.

Later this afternoon, from 3-4 PM ET, Microsoft search engine Bing has invited RTC to take part in its March Madness Twitter party. We’ve never been a part of one of these events, but it seemed like an interesting way to spend an hour ‘chatting’ about college hoops heading into the best three weeks of the year, so we’re on board.

Join Us at 3 PM Eastern Time This Afternoon

To participate, follow @Bing and @rushthecourt and tweet out your questions and commentary with the hashtag #BingIt. As an added bonus, Bing will be giving away a fifty dollar gift card to two lucky winners. We hope to enjoy some great conversation this afternoon — see you there!

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Happy New Year From RTC!

Posted by rtmsf on December 31st, 2011

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Merry Christmas From RTC!

Posted by rtmsf on December 25th, 2011

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Happy Thanksgiving From RTC…

Posted by rtmsf on November 24th, 2011

Rush the Court would like to wish everybody around college basketball nation a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday. Now, pass the mashed potatoes, Bilas…

It's a Festive Turkey Day Around the RTC Household (image inspired by TNT's Inside the NBA Goin' Fishin' series)

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Introducing RTC’s Big East Microsite…

Posted by rtmsf on November 16th, 2011

Act V of our six-part microsite release is now here. Today we’re pleased to announce the launch of our Big East Conference microsite to join the ACC, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC. It’s no secret that the 16-team monster of a league has been top to bottom the best basketball conference in America the last few years, and it appears that will likely hold true for at least one more year until powerhouses Syracuse and Pittsburgh alight for a different league.

Like the other four existing microsites, our two new staffers, Pat Prendergast and Mike Lemaire, will bring you daily news, analysis and commentary on the state of Big East basketball from Tampa to Milwaukee to Providence and everywhere in-between. The usual ways to find the microsite are in effect: the little button in the top right hand corner of the site, the direct link, or just add big-east to the end of rushthecourt.net/. You can reach both of them via their contact information over on the microsite.

Finally, we’re still taking applications for our Big Ten microsite, which we hope to roll out in the next several weeks. Send us a writing sample and some information about yourself to rushthecourt@yahoo.com as soon as you can.

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Introducing RTC’s Pac-12 Microsite…

Posted by rtmsf on October 24th, 2011

Ready for Act IV in our unbridled attempt to never sleep again?  We are, as today we’re pleased to announce the launch of our Pac-12 Conference microsite to join its older brothers and sisters, the ACC, Big 12, and SEC.  And yes, it’s going to take a long while to get used to writing that “12″ instead of “10″ — in fact, we’re counting on making that mistake at least once a day for the next two months.  Nevertheless, even though the league often tips off after those in the east’s bedtime, the only major conference playing basketball west of Denver appears to be on an upswing.

Sean Miller is quickly revitalizing Arizona into national powerhouse status, and UCLA seems to be on the verge through Ben Howland’s recruiting of perhaps putting together another string of Final Four runs.  Washington remains a tough match-up with its line of talented athletes from in and around the Emerald City, and does anyone doubt that Phil Knight’s dollars will allow well-funded Oregon to stay down for very long?  The league has already signed a deal with ESPN and Fox Sports to allow more people around the country to watch its games, and with increased exposure comes additional recruiting opportunities.

Like the other three existing microsites, our two staffers, Drew Murawa and Connor Pelton, will bring you daily news, analysis and commentary on the state of Pac-12 basketball.  The usual ways to find the microsite are in effect: the little button in the top right hand corner of the site, the direct link, or just add pac-12 to the end of rushthecourt.net/.  You can reach both of them via their contact information over on the microsite.

Finally, we’re still taking applications for our Big East and Big Ten microsites.  Send us a writing sample and some information about yourself to rushthecourt@yahoo.com as soon as you can.  The season is only two weeks away!

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Introducing RTC’s SEC Microsite…

Posted by rtmsf on October 17th, 2011

After two weeks of rolling out our first two microsites for the ACC and the Big 12, we’re back today to proudly announce our third in the series, the SEC.  Even though most fans of the Southeastern Conference are focused exclusively on the initial BCS rankings that were released Sunday, they play a little roundball in this league too, as having three schools ranked in many preseason Top 10s will attest.

As we stated when we launched the ACC and Big 12 microsites, the premise behind these things is rather simple. By focusing separately but comprehensively on these six individual conferences, we hope to provide a more targeted user experience without marginalizing the quality of commentary and analysis that our readers have come to expect from the national site. As always, we expect that you’ll tell us if we’re not realizing that goal.

How to find it? Just like the others, you can locate the SEC microsite by simply adding sec to the end of rushthecourt.net/. Or you can click on the SEC microsite button above at the top right (in the bottom right corner). Our two SEC staffers, Gerald Smith and Brian Joyce, are chomping at the bit and ready to go. If you’d like to reach them with questions and ideas of your own, their contact information is available over there.

As mentioned last week, we’ll be rolling out all six of these gradually, but we’re still taking applications for writers for both the Big East and Big Ten conferences, so please contact us at rushthecourt@yahoo.com with a writing sample if you’re interested in either one.

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Introducing RTC’s Big 12 Microsite…

Posted by rtmsf on October 10th, 2011

Last Monday we rolled out our first RTC microsite featuring the Atlantic Coast Conference.  It went so well that we figured why not keep going with this peculiar little idea.  Our intent with these microsites is to provide a far greater depth of coverage of each of the six power conferences in college basketball.  Whether those six leagues remain those six, or if they merge and split and negotiate into five, or even four, isn’t for us to decide.  But given their existing configuration where ten is 12 and 12 is ten, we’re pleased to announce that today marks the launch of our new Big 12 microsite.

As we stated when we launched the ACC microsite, the premise behind these things is rather simple. By focusing separately but comprehensively on these six individual conferences, we hope to provide a more targeted user experience without marginalizing the quality of commentary and analysis that our readers have come to expect from the national site.  As always, we expect that you’ll tell us if we’re not realizing that goal.

How to find it?  You can locate the Big 12 microsite by simply adding big-12 to the end of rushthecourt.net/. Or you can click on the fancy little Big 12 microsite button above at the top right (just below the ACC one). Or you can simply click here.  Our two Big 12 staffers, Danny Spewak and Clark Williams, have also been with RTC in several capacities in the past, but we know that they’re committed, hungry and ready to work to make this microsite a resounding success. If you’d like to reach them with questions and ideas of your own, their contact information is available on the microsite.

As mentioned last week, we’ll be rolling out all six of the microsites gradually, but we’re still taking applications for writers for both the Big East and Big Ten conference versions, so please contact us at rushthecourt@yahoo.com with a writing sample if you’re interested in either one.

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