#BYU #6thFan. At this point you’re either extremely annoyed with tweets and posts on message boards or you’ve found yourself staying up late and typing in captcha codes as fast as you can in hopes of extending BYU’s lead. So, what is all of this stuff about?
I’m sure that most everyone has heard about the 6thFan contest sponsored by Turner Sports, but if not, let me provide a little explanation as to what this stuff is all about. Schools entered this contest way back in January. From then, the voting started and BYU fans started their quest to win $100,000 for the general scholarship fund.
The contest started with 32 teams and set up NCAA bracket tournament style from there. Teams that made the Sweet 16 were awarded $10,000 for their school’s scholarship fund or for one random student if that’s the choice the school made. Voting continued in the Sweet 16 and the Elite 8 until today, the last day of the Final Four.
It’s been slightly annoying. It’s kept some of us up later than we would like to admit, but it has definitely been fun and it is cool to see BYU fans get some recognition for being the fans that they are.
As of the time that I’m typing this, BYU is winning by 20 percentage points over University of Texas Pan-American.
Okay, so the schools remaining in the contest aren’t exactly “big schools” but it’s still a chance to win $100,000 for BYU. And even more embarrassing than being in a contest with the likes of UTPA and Western Illinois, is losing to those schools. This isn’t about talent on the basketball court or the football field; this is a contest that BYU fans get to do to help represent BYU. Since most of us won’t get a chance to ever put on a uniform, this is a decent way to feel like we’re part of the team.
Schools have teamed up against BYU, but due to the combined efforts of fans on Twitter, CougarBoard, Facebook and other online platforms, BYU is still holding everyone off strong. It truly is a testament to how much BYU fans care about their school that they would put this much time and effort into a contest for money that they’ll never personally see.
So, if you haven’t already, go vote. You can tweet and include #BYU #6thFan in your tweet or you can go to http://6thfan.ncaa.com/ and vote that way. After BYU finishes off UTPA, it’s the finals, and $100,000 will be on the line.