The Actual Official Vigit Challenge Preview
This Saturday, our good friends over at Branded Sports and Vigit are hosting the Vigit Challenge. Starting at 12:15pm, six bloggers will be live streaming all day, for the first round of the March Madness Tournament. The winner will leave with $500 cash. There will be drinking, thanks to our other friends at Stateside Vodka.
All of the bets will be placed on the VigIt app. Make sure you download it and join us as we drink and wager on the first eight games on Saturday. Today, I’m working hard, obviously, and stumbled across a preview of Saturday’s action that the head of Branded Sports, Joe Popeleo wrote up, giving his predictions Vigit Challenge.
Joe, being an egotistical maniac, and thinking that producing the Jeff Nadu, Big Man on Basketball podcast gives him some type of credibility when it comes to betting on college basketball, put himself in first place. The article was dubbed “The Official Vigit Challenge Preview”. Real cute, Joe. Unfortunately, I write the previews around here and there’s no one else to blame but yourself for allowing me to join Branded in the Vigit Challenge on Saturday.
Here’s the real preview on how things will go:
6th Place: Keith Walsh
Let me be clear, I don’t know much about Walsh. He seems like a great guy but at the same time, he’s a hockey guy. I don’t have anything against hockey. I love the Flyers and religiously listen to The Liberty Yell, but if one thing is for sure, hockey guys don’t know college basketball. That’s just a fact. If you can name one hockey guy that is also a die hard College Basketball fan then I will stand corrected but they simply do not exist.
Per sources, he’s a big drinker too. You’re telling me he’s going to make good picks while guzzling down a bottle of Stateside Vodka? Absolutely not.
5th Place: KMess
For those of you who don’t know Kevin Messina, he’s the absolute worst. I love the guy, but honestly, the worst. He’s a Dallas Cowboys fan, a Yankees fan, a Notre Dame fan, and pretends to be a Sixers fan (we don’t accept him). KMess has recently stated that he orders pancakes as an appetizer for “the table” at breakfast and or brunch. He has photo albums on his phone with pictures of food and drinks like he’s a 20 year old college girl.
Not to mention, the event will be is being filmed at his in-laws and he’s inviting five unknown degenerates into their beautiful home. There’s no shot that he will be locked in and focused while trying to make sure everything goes as planned. To think that he would perform well in a March Madness tournament is beyond me.
4th Place: Aiden
I really don’t know much about Aiden. Was he actually the former VP of Public Relations for OVO? What is Goathouse Entertainment and why does it say he works for them? Philly Fan Life? What?
Here’s what I do know about Aiden. He hosts a podcast with KMess called “Birds vs Boys” and an NBA podcast with Branded Sports resident homeless person Eddie. Anyone who would not only be involved with KMess, but also Eddie, cannot be considered a serious threat in the Vigit Challenge. According to Joe’s article, Aiden is a mentally weak individual. How’s that going to work while drinking Stateside Vodka on a livestream with me breathing down his neck? Spoiler alert. It won’t. The only reason he sits in 4th place is because Walsh and KMess are absolute disasters. If you could have a three way tie for last place, he would be right there with the other two.
3rd Place: Joe
As I mentioned before, Joe is already crowning himself the champ simply because he was a producer on a college basketball podcast. Joe also runs social for Barstool’s “This League” account which features Trysta Kricks or whatever her name is running her mouth about the Sixers and begging for attention. After reading his article, I couldn’t fathom listening to Joe ramble on about how he knows everything about everything at Branded Sports.
Much like his co-worker Tryster Kicks, Joe simply has bit off more than he could chew. This is the classic case of overconfidence. Joe might know too much about the tournament, which is a bad thing. He will over analyze every single game instead of sticking to the cold hard facts about college basketball and how things typically work in the tournament. Get ready for some “spicy” picks because Grand Canyon State has two big men which means Iowa should be on upset alert. We all know what type of guy Joe is. I’m not buying what he’s selling.
2nd Place: James Santore
Couple things you need to know about James Santore. First, he’s a baseball guy. Save LaSalle Baseball, ever hear of it? You probably have. Second, he went to LaSalle, which in year’s past, was known for their basketball program and making some noise in the tournament. Third, have you listened to his podcast The Skyline Spew? Go catch a video clip on Twitter or one of the live streams. James is basically still a college kid. He has a basketball hoop inside and he’s crushing bud lights while wearing all the latest and coolest retro Philly sports gear.
James is bringing his cohost who was recently singing hot crossed buns while slugging bud lights on camera claiming he had a beautiful voice. The tandem of James and Kevin should have everyone worried, including myself. These guys reek of college and it will certainly pay off in the Vigit Challenge.
1st Place: Me
I absolutely hate putting myself in first place. I really do. Especially after making fun of Joe for doing the exact same thing in his preview article but I really don’t have a choice. I was in college during the glory days of the Big East. I am the only one out of these nerds that actually went to a Power Five School. College basketball isn’t just a fun hobby or content idea to people like me. I have poured my heart and soul into the tournament for the last 20 years and have been crushed time and time again. You can’t look at numbers over blood, sweat, and tears.
March Madness is the moment I have been waiting for. I literally don’t expect to make a wrong pick in any of these games. The March 20th slate is beyond easy. Let everyone else go through and try to get strategic with their selections and do all the research about each team. Not me. Not even close. I might close my eyes and pick every winner. Maybe I’ll pick every winner by my favorite mascot? It doesn’t even matter honestly.
When I got asked to join Branded in the Vigit Challenge I went ahead and started buying things already with the $500 cash prize. Here’s proof:
A brand spanking new Cleveland Wedge is already in route. I also have a brand new pair of golf shoes coming from True linkswear. I won’t give you the price tag on those puppies but go ahead and take a look at both. The total comes in around $500 on the dot for both items. I have never been so confident about anything in my entire life.
Make sure you download it and join us as we drink and wager on the first eight games on Saturday. You can stream the action live all over Branded Sports social media and follow each contestant on their Twitter handles above.