Monday, March 15, 2010

Announcing the Relentless Optimism Fug Madness Tournament!

Our first results are now final, so we are no longer accepting any more entries for Fug Madness.  Thanks!
Our Fug Madness tournament fundraiser is also now live!

You've heard all about the March Madness basketball tournament, now it's time for Fug Madness!  If you've already entered our March Madness pool and are looking for more action or if you simply prefer fashion to foul shots, this is the contest for you!  Fug Madness is run by the hilarious ladies at  For those that don't know, Go Fug Yourself is a very funny blog written by two girls expressing their feelings on all of the wacky things that celebrities wear out in public.  Fug Madness is their annual contest to determine who was the worst dressed celebrity of the previous year.  The "Fug Girls", as the authors are called, will be releasing their ranked list of the top 64 worst dressed celebrities, also broken down into four brackets.  Then, as with March Madness, each celebrity faces off head to head with their opponent, with the readers of Go Fug Yourself voting to determine the winner.  Celebs are eliminated one at a time until only one person is left standing.  To read more about how Fug Madness works, please visit the FAQ page.

To enter our contest, you will need to download a copy of the Fug Madness bracket and fill it in on your own, selecting which person you think will come out on top in each head to head match up.  A downloadable, fill in - able PDF version of the bracket can be found by clicking on the link below.  When you're done, email your completed brackets (with your name and email address) back to me at and I will compile them.
Scoring will be done exactly like in March Madness, with correct predictions in later rounds being worth more points than earlier round picks.  The first match ups kick off on Thursday, March 18th at which point we will no longer be accepting entries.  Please note that just like in March Madness ,there is also a play in "game" for Fug Madness that will not be scored in our league.  Results will be updated here on the team fundraising blog throughout the tournament.  The person in our league with the most points following the championship game on April 5th will be declared the winner.  The winner will be notified on April 6th and the results of our tournament will be posted here shortly thereafter. 

Please note that this contest is a fundraiser for our team for the Susan G. Komen 3 Day for the Cure.  For each entry that you submit (and you can submit as many as you want), we are requesting a $10 donation to our 3 Day team.  Donations can be made using the Paypal "Donate" button at the top right hand side of this blog.  The link to the Fug Madness bracket will take you away from this site, so please bookmark it so that you remember to make your donations.

The winner of this contest will receive a cash prize equal to half the money collected for this contest.  If a member of Relentless Optimism wins, all of the money from that contest will be donated to our team for the 3 Day.  If there is a tie, then a name will be selected from a hat to determine the recipient of the cash prize.

Finally, word of mouth is the most effective tool we have to generate entries for these contests.  The more entries we get, the larger the cash prize for the winner and more importantly, the more money we can raise for a really great cause.  Even if you don't enter yourself, please pass on this information to anyone that you think might be interested.



  1. If you have any problems downloading and saving the bracket, please let know and I'll see what I can do to help you out!

  2. It sounds like a lot of people are having difficulties saving their completed brackets. Apparently, you need to have either the full version of Adobe Acrobat (not the free version of Reader) or Preview (for Macs) to make it work.

    If you are having difficulties, you can do one of three things:

    1. You can complete the bracket, print it (without saving) and then scan the completed bracket back in.

    2. You can use "Print Screen" to grab a screen cap of your completed bracket and either paste that into Word/PPT or save that image as JPG.

    3. You can print the bracket and complete it by hand. Then scan the completed bracket back in to save it.

    I'm sorry this is so complicated. We'll try to work out a better way for next time!

    Because of this complication, we will continue to take Fug Madness entries until the results of the first matches are final at That should give you at least one more day to get your brackets in!

  3. Another creative solution: Take a picture of your screen with your cell phone!

    Thanks for the idea Lindsay!

  4. In the interest of honesty and full transparency, my Fug Madness bracket can be found here:

    (If you download it, you can view my picks)