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March 27th, 2017 - THE FINAL FOUR IS HERE

Hope you are all having a great tournament.  We've seen some fantastic games.  My brackets are toast, but lots of fun stuff on the horizon including Masters & Majors Pools, HR Derby (offline) & NBA & NHL Playoff Pick'ems (offline).  Email me at runmypools@live.com for details!

March 12th, 2017 - THE MEN'S TOURNEY BRACKETS ARE SET! 

Good luck this year.  Let us know if you have any questions or feedback at bill@runmypools.com and enjoy the completely FREE hosting for Brackets (MEN & WOMEN), PickX & Squares.

March 9th, 2017 - 3 days until Selection Sunday!  Tick, tick, tick...

Do you have your office pool or family pool figured out?  Drop me a line at bill@runmypools.com and we can set it up for you!

March 2nd, 2017 - 10 days until Selection Sunday!  The Madness approaches...

Don't despair...Joe Lunardi has you covered with 2017 Bracketology

Mar 1st, 2017 - We will set up your company/employee pool for you.

If you contact us at info@runmypools.com we will work with you on setting up your company office pool.  We can configure the settings/scoring, etc. and provide you with a customized invite link & branded pool experience that will help with team-building & spark water cooler conversations throughout the tournament.  Reports on negative productivity impacts during March Madness couldn't be further from the truth.  Let us help you bring some joy to your workplace, fraternity/sorority, school or family.

February 28th, 2017 - Why are you paying for your office pool hosting?

I have used lots of our competitors sites over the years.  Call it entertaining research.  I have specifically been impressed with the guys at OfficeFootballPools.com & TournamentPools.com (sister site for March Madness).  They have made improvements & they offer solid customer service.  But, is that worth $1 per user to you?  If you can get the games, the customization, the administrative tools & the customer service for FREE why not give us a shot in 2017? 

February 27th, 2017 - Anyone have any other ideas for March Madness Pools?

We will be working with some admins on offline pools as we have done in in the past to test certain game types like Calcuttas, Player Pools, Points Pools & Survivor formats.  Email us at info@runmypools.com with any game ideas.

April 4th, 2016 - Good luck tonight in the Championship Game

Congrats to Villanova & North Carolina for advancing to the final.  Hope your brackets are in better shape than mine!

March 19th, 2016 - COMING TOMORROW - THE SWEET16 BRACKET POOLS!

Start an office pool and let us brand it for you.  Host a fundraiser for your kid's sports team.

SWEET 16 

Brackets Busted?  No worries, you are back in the game with a Sweet16 Pool.

SQUARES 

Squares Grids are open

Squares Pools are still live.  Such a fun way to enjoy the Madness with friends & family!

Games coming soon...

NBA PLAYOFFS

Interested in a pick'em for the NBA Playoffs?  Just email me at bill@runmypools.com and we can set you up with a customized offline pool at RunMyPools.com.  We will track the selections and results & post updates throughout the playoffs online for you and your players.

March 19th, 2016 - COMING TOMORROW - THE SWEET16 BRACKET POOLS!

Start an office pool and let us brand it for you.  Host a fundraiser for your kid's sports team.

March 8th, 2016 - All games are live

Brackets, Pick X, Squares & Sweet16 Pools are open.  Just click on CREATE POOL in the upper right to get started!

March 7th, 2016 - Only 6 days until Selection Sunday

Who doesn't need more?  The show has expanded to 2 hours on CBS - March 13th.

March 6th, 2016 - March Madness approaches...

Don't despair...Joe Lunardi has you covered with 2016 Bracketology.

Apr 8, 2015 - The 2014-2015 College Basketball season is over

Congratulations to Coach Geno Auriemma and the University of Connecticut Lady Huskies for winning the National Championship last night over Notre Dame 63-53.  For Coach Auriemma it was his 10th title equaling the legendary John Wooden.  What an incredible accomplishment for the most decorated coach in women's basketball.

Apr 7, 2015 - The Men's Final Four is in the rearview mirror

Don't despair...Joe Lunardi has you covered with 2016 Bracketology.

Apr 6, 2015 - National Championship - Congratulations Coach K & Duke

Duke vs Wisconsin turned out to be a barnburner that was close down to the final minute.  In the end Duke's defense was the difference in addition to some heroics from their two young freshmen guards Tyus Jones and Grayson Allen.  Sprinkle in some pretty sketchy officiating and Wisconsin didn't have enough in the tank to stay with them losing a nine point second half lead in the process.  Coach K wins his 5th National Title...congrats to the Duke Blue Devils and their fans & alumni!

Apr 5, 2015 - Happy Easter RMP Nation

Surprised by the Duke demolition of Michigan State last night.  Besides the opening salvo, Sparty was really never in the game.  The nightcap was a special college basketball game and kudos to the kids on Kentucky & Wisconsin for putting on an incredible show.  The UK players have nothing to hang their heads about...a great season in which they sacrificed personal glory to play on a team full of All-Americans and they were a bucket or two from playing Duke for the National Championship.  That being said I have to give the Badgers a ton of props for the way they battled back in the late stages.  They showed resiliency and toughness that tends to be lacking these days in college basketball...overcoming terrible officiating and a fantastic Kentucky Wildcat team to advance to the title game on Monday Night.  I can't wait for the matchup - Duke vs Wisconsin at 6:18PM Pacific for all the marbles!

Apr 4, 2015 - Last chance for HOME RUN DERBY & Final Four is HERE!

Sparty vs Duke & Bucky vs Kentucky.  Who will make the National Championship on Monday night?! 

Don't forget the Home Run Derby (Offline Pool) is still open.  Deadline is Sunday at 5PM Pacific. 

Apr 1, 2015 - No April Fool's - We are still FREE

Keep an eye out for a couple of fun golf pool formats (Survivor Golf & PGA Majors Challenge).  You can play any golf tournament on RunMyPools for FREE.  If you are a MLB fan and want to have some rooting interest in the 2015 season we will have Home Run Derby as an Offline Pool in addition to our Pick the Winners contest where you prognosticate on the winner of each Division race. 

Mar 31, 2015 - Offline Pools are Open For Business

We at RunMyPools.com are proud that all of our online pools are FREE and we have just announced our Offline Pools program which can setup complex formats via Excel and if you wish we can score them for you as well for a small fee.  We hope this will provide a great service for you and a testing ground for future online offerings on RunMyPools.  Drop me an email if you are interested or have any questions at all - bill@runmypools.com.

Mar 30, 2015 - The Final Four is set!

A fantastic Final Four is ready.  Three #1 seeds - Duke, Kentucky & Wisconsin will be joined by a #7 seed the Michigan State Spartans.  Blue Devils vs Sparty kick us off on Saturday followed by a rematch from last year's Final Four the Badgers vs Wildcats.  Bluebloods galore and I for one am very excited to see how this year's show plays out to find our 2015 National Champion.

Mar 29, 2015 - 2 teams in & 2 teams will join them in Indy today

Happy Birthday to my Dad today.  He's 64 years young and means the world to me.  Love you Big Guy! 

A couple of great NCAA Men's Basketball games last night.  How good was Wisconsin yesterday in the 2nd half?!  Wow, what a great shooting exhibition by Dekker.  Arizona gave a great fight, but in the end Wisconsin was just better.  Then the Fighting Irish gave Kentucky all they could handle in the nightcap in a 2 point finish.  Coach Cal might not be the nation's favorite, but I think it is very impressive how he has pulled together a team of superstars who share the ball & the glory and play incredible defense.  Should be a great Final 4.


Mar 27, 2015 - Four teams left to figure the Great 8

Should be some good games tonight.  I'm excited to see if the Zags can vindicate the great collapse of 2006 against the Baby Blue Bruins.  Why do people call them Gon-ZOGG-a?  They aren't the Zoggs.  C'mon people.

Mar 26, 2015 - Say hello to the Sweet 16!

Without a horse in the race I'm hoping for great basketball tonight and tomorrow.  Give me competitive games and I'm a happy camper.  Good luck to you if you are still in the thick of things with your brackets and enjoy the action!

Mar 25, 2015 - What's the best game?

I for one am excited about a bunch of these matchups.  How about one close to home - the Zags try to redeem the 2006 collapse to UCLA?  Bob Huggins is 8-2 all time against Coach Cal's squads...can he make it 9-2 and shock the world?  Can the Badgers take care of the Tar Heels in LA?  Last but not least and my favorite matchup of the Sweet16...can the Shockers stay hot and take care of an Irish team who has twice avoided disaster in this tournament with close wins.

Mar 24, 2015 - The Sweet16 Looms

Kentucky or The Field?  Who would you choose at this point?  The ACC leads the way with 5 teams while the Pac12 advanced 3 into the Final16.

Mar 22, 2015 - Day4 in the Books & the Sweet 16 is Set

Sparty ends the Cavs year again, Duke overwhelms the Aztecs and the Shockers are legit in the morning session.  Will the Zags continue their run?  Can the Ducks keep the Pac12 perfect or will Bucky move one step closer to a Great 8 matchup with Arizona?

Mar 21, 2015 - RunMyIf Standings are Live!

Remember you can "RunMyIf" in the Standings section to pick different scenarios through the remainder of the tournament & see how you stack up in the overall standings.  Three Pac12 teams won Saturday to push the much maligned conference to a 7-0 record so far in the tourney.  Nobody saw this coming...and if Oregon can beat Wisconsin tomorrow it would be an absolutely stunning start.

Mar 20, 2015 - Day2 Done and the Round of 32 is Set

Not nearly the upsets we saw on Day1 but still a fun day of hoops highlighted by the Shockers win over the Hoosiers in a very entertaining game.  The Anteaters of UC Irvine almost pulled off the biggest shocker of the day however when they went to the wire with Louisville in Seattle.

Mar 19, 2015 - Day1 in the Books

A new record for 1 point games today.  Tons of close finishes and some amazing comebacks.  Overall a solid day except in my brackets.  Anyone else already busted?  Start up a Squares grid or get ready for some golf!  Still a ton of tournament left and I for one am looking forward to spending tomorrow with my oldest son watching hoops - a tradition we started in 2011.  Goodnight and good luck tomorrow!

Mar 18, 2015 - The Day Before the Day

A couple of good play-in games yesterday as Ole Miss and Hampton punched their ticket into the Opening Round of 64 (we hate calling it Round 2).  Today 4 more teams battle to see their name in lights on the official bracket.  Remember the deadline for most games will be tomorrow at 9AM Pacific so get in there and make your picks and GOOD LUCK!

Mar 17, 2015 - Help your Admins out & Nice Bracket Layout

Get in early and don't wait until the last minute deadline of 9AM Pacific time Thursday!  If you are looking for a one-page printout that shows game times & locations as well as channel check HERE.

Mar 16, 2015 - Colorado State and Temple OUT but we move on to The Madness!

Lots of interesting matchups across the board.  Email us at bill@runmypools.com and we will setup your tournament for you if you need help.  The deadline is Thursday morning so don't delay!

Mar 15, 2015 - Selection Sunday is here!

If this is your first time finding us we appreciate you checking out RunMyPools.com.  Hopefully you have been enjoying the Conference Tournaments throughout the country and now you are ready to buckle down and start having some fun with the brackets!  The Selection Committee has a busy day today...who will rejoice when they hear their name called?  Who will have their bubble burst today?  How accurate will Joe Lunardi be with his Bracketology?

Mar 14, 2015 - More Tickets Punched to the Big Dance Update...

These guys don't have to worry on Sunday.  They are in!

Mar 12, 2015 - 70M brackets to be played this year

Wow, the American Gambling Association estimates over 70M brackets will be entered by roughly 40M people and $9B will be wagered on the NCAA Tournament.  What struck me is that 66M votes were cast in the 2012 Presidential election.  While not truly apples-to-apples that is still pretty amazing.  Enjoy the Madness!

Mar 11, 2015 - Bing joins NCAA to predict the NCAA Tournament

Predictive algorithms are pretty cool.  If you want to get your stat-geek on and employ some additional help when filling out your brackets check this out!  Bing has been pretty solid predicting NFL, Cricket, Presidential Elections, World Cup & even winners on The Voice.  So it must work right?!

Mar 10, 2015 - Tickets Punched to the Big Dance Update...

Tonight the WAC final should be a barnburner in Vegas between the BYU Cougars and the Gonzaga Bulldogs.  How incredible is it that the Zags made their 18th straight final?  Very impressive run in any conference.  The Horizon, Northeast & Summit all crown winners and punch tickets as well.

Mar 9, 2015 - Joe Lunardi's Bracketology

Teams jockeying for seeding and invitations to the Big Dance.  "Joey Brackets" has been a reliable source for years and we all thank him for his yearlong prognostication and analysis.

Mar 8, 2015 - Spring ahead sucks but it gets us one hour closer to Selection Sunday.

We have officially hit the one week countdown to Selection Sunday.  Let the countdown begin!

Mar 7, 2015 - Can the UW Huskies shock the world?

Let's give it up for my alma mater the University of Washington who stun the 13th ranked Runnin' Utes 77-68 on Senior Day.  OK, they aren't going anywhere but for one day it was fun to be a Husky again.
 
Mar 5, 2015 - We will set up your company/employee pool for you.

If you contact us at info@runmypools.com we will work with you on setting up your company office pool.  We can configure the settings/scoring, etc. and provide you with a customized invite link & branded pool experience that will help with team-building & spark water cooler conversations throughout the tournament.  Reports on negative productivity impacts during March Madness couldn't be further from the truth.  Let us help you bring some joy to your workplace, fraternity/sorority, school or family.

Mar 4, 2015 - Why are you paying for your office pool hosting?

I have used lots of our competitors sites over the years.  Call it entertaining research.  I have specifically been impressed with the guys at OfficeFootballPools.com & TournamentPools.com (sister site for March Madness).  They have made improvements & they offer solid customer service.  But, is that worth $1 per user to you?  If you can get the games, the customization, the administrative tools & the customer service for FREE why not give us a shot in 2015? 

Mar 3, 2015 - Anyone have any other ideas for March Madness Pools?

We will be working with some admins on offline pools as we have done in in the past to test certain game types like Calcuttas, Player Pools, Points Pools & Survivor formats.  Email us at info@runmypools.com with any game ideas.

Mar 2, 2015 - Did someone say Conference Tournament Time?!

Some conferences have a rich tradition involved when it comes to their postseason conference tournament.  Others like the Pac12...not so much.  But, nothing beats the conferences that will only get the automatic bid awarded to the winner.  These guys will be the 13-16 seeds and will be trying to get hot at the right time to get to The Dance and then wreak havoc on some unsuspecting high seeds from the major conferences.  Time to start scouting for your brackets.

Mar 1, 2015 - February closing means one thing...it's MARCH MADNESS TIME!

Like a kid in a candy store!  Bring on March Madness!

Feb 28, 2015 - Conference Tournament Pools are available now

Check out our latest pool offering with the Conference Tournament Pools.  Select the conferences you want to include and choose how many points each correct pick will be worth.  Power conferences (Big 12, Big Ten, SEC, ACC, Pac12 & Big East) only?  Or sprinkle in some mid-majors (Atlantic 10, Conference USA, WCC, Missouri Valley, Mountain West).  Enjoy!

Feb 27, 2015 - Conference Tournaments Taking Shape

Before Selection Sunday (March 15th @ 3PM Pacific on CBS) we still have one major test.  Every conference outside of the Ivy League will play a Conference Tournament to determine an automatic bid into the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.  The beauty of Conference Tournament time is that hope exists for every school that is currently outside looking in.  If your alma mater is like mine (see University of Washington Huskies) and has fizzled during conference play you have one more opportunity to make The Dance.  Just win your conference tournament and you get your ticket punched to March Madness.  For those who are already dancing it is the final chance to put some extra shine on your resume and improve your seeding.  Fans of college basketball are usually treated to some very competitive basketball with much at stake for the smaller conferences who do not have multiple teams heading to the tournament...for these kids this might be there only shot at glory and making the field of 64.  So sit back, buckle up and do what we do...run a pool with your buddies.  Customize the conferences you include and the points per conference.  Fan of the Zags and the WCC?  Pump up those points.  Think Coach Calipari and his undefeated Wildcats will continue their march to a perfect season then make sure you include the SEC.  Enjoy the tournaments before THE TOURNAMENT.

Feb 26, 2015 - RunMyPools gets a visit from The Sandman

Before RunMyPools.com was born there was a guy writing about all things sports from the 2-0-6.  The Sandman makes his entrance prior to 2015 March Madness with some new games and a whole bunch of new content.  Check back for updates on all things RunMyPools, FREE customizable formats, game ideas, world of sports, etc.  You won't get any "what color is this dress?" here.  You will get real time takes and my hope is that guest commentators will also get involved to offer a local perspective from around the country on their local teams & pools.  Thanks for reading and for all of your support!

Feb 25, 2015 - Free office pool hosting

A year ago we launched RunMyPools.com with a simple mission.  To bring customizable & affordable office pools to sports fans around the globe.  We made a decision before 2014-2015 College Bowl season to move to a completely FREE model in hopes of attracting new users and eventually monetizing through different avenues (ex. advertising, affiliates, etc.).  We are one of a kind in that regard.  You can't find the customization, admin tools & game portfolio all FREE anywhere else.  We appreciate your game ideas and feedback immensely as it allows us to build a better product for you...RMP Nation.  Follow us on Twitter @RunMyPools and on Facebook.


GAMES ON THE BENCH UNTIL 2016

NCAA Conference Tournament Winners:

Select the conferences you want to include and choose how many points each correct pick will be worth.  Power conferences (Big 12, Big Ten, SEC, ACC, Pac12 & Big East) only?  Or sprinkle in some mid-majors (Atlantic 10, Conference USA, WCC, Missouri Valley, Mountain West).  Your choice.
Start Your Conference Tournament Pool


"Coming Soon" Games (March 2015):

Conference Tournament Pools
March Madness Brackets
March Madness Squares
March Madness Pick X

RMP Basketball Portfolio:

Brackets
Squares
Pick X
Conference Tournaments

Ideas Portfolio:

NBA Survivor
NCAA & NBA Player Pools
March Madness Survivor
Shares Style Pools
Calcutta/Auction Hosting

If you have other ideas we are all ears.  Please drop your suggestions to info@runmypools.com.