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03-10-2010, 02:45 PM
Fans, back the Zags on Facebook! Nike ProCombat will host a Midnight Madness party for the school with the most fans. Click on "Devote your status" Let's get after it Zag Nation! - http://bit.ly/GUNike

03-10-2010, 04:23 PM
Here's the internal NIKE memo that went out today. BTW, a little inside scoop ... NIKE's Design Director of Basketball is a Kentucky grad who, coincidently, is currently at the top of the list of supported schools. Let's take 'em down!

It is time. Championship Week. Our best teams are battling it out for a spot in the NCAA Tournament. Anyone can make it. Lose and you are out. Win and youíre in. 3 games in 3 days, or 4 games in 4 days. This is the ultimate time for Nike Basketball. And itís also the ultimate time for Nike Pro Combat.

And thus, we have launched Tournament Ready Since Day One: a website that celebrates our dominance in College Basketball. The Best Teams, the Sickest Gear, and the Most Passionate Fans. This is an experience on Nike Basketball.com that celebrates the greatness of our programs. And whatís amazing about the game. We are poised for an insane tournament. In the latest Bracketology projections, Nike programs claim 50 of the 65 spots. And our teams are poised to go deep.

Hereís the website: http://www.nike.com/nikeos/p/nikebasketball/en_US/training/combatSupport

This experience allows fans to explore and back 68 of our top teams, including 40 that are currently projected in the tournament and 6 of the ďNext 8Ē on the bubble. It even includes North Texas and Butler, who clinched a bid to the dance last night!!! Fans can check out the 8 new Nike Hyper Elite Uniforms Ė the lightest uniforms weíve ever made Ė that will be out on display with Syracuse, Kentucky, Texas, Gonzaga, Michigan State, U Conn, Miami, and St Johnís. They can watch Jay Bilas from ESPN break down what makes every team tough. Why you donít want to face them.

Finally, they will be challenged to support their team Ė by giving up their Facebook Status for your team. After Selection Sunday and each tournament matchup, fans will have their Facebook status updated by Nike in support of their team.

The team with the most fan support when the games begin on Thursday will win a Pep Rally to start their season, thrown by Nike Basketball, Nike iD, and Nike Pro Combat.

But to make this a success, we need your help! So Iím arming you with all you need on the attached spreadsheet...

It contains:

Every team has a customized Nike Basketball URL. For example, the home page of all Syracuse content is http://go.nike.com/syracuse. The full list is in the attached file. Every team has a Jay Bilas video. This video is on their teamís home page. But Iím also giving you the ability to download it, at the URL on the spreadsheet attached. That way you can post the video anywhere you want Ė be it on Facebook, Twitter, a Blog, Message Board, YouTube, a news site ó anything is a good idea!!! I am attaching all of the Facebook pages for our teams. Please check out your teamís site and post about this! Some teams have even more goodness. If you went to Syracuse, Villanova, Purdue, Duke, Kentucky, Connecticut, Gonzaga, Texas, or Michigan State Ė check out the other tabs. For Jay Bilasí shout out to the team and a special Nike Fan & Athlete suit up for battle video. Iím giving you the ability to download these and put them anywhere you want!

If you donít want to download videos, you can get them here, on the Nike Basketball YouTube page. (We have some of the videos live now and will be adding the rest over the next 48 hours!)

The Nike Basketball March Madness Playlist:

Finally, here is the link to the 60-second March Madness video, containing 8 fans, and 8 teams: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Mfy4EPJpXQ

Where do we go from here?

Please check out the website, here: http://www.nikebasketball.com
Back Your Favorite Squad, by devoting your Facebook Status.
Become a Fan of Nike Basketball on Facebook!
Share this website with everyone you know who loves the game.
Share with your school. This means Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, LinkedIn, Message Boards, Anything you can find! Use the attached spreadsheet and the Nike YouTube page, here http://www.youtube.com/user/nikebasketballvideo?feature=mhw5#p/c/EBA772A79D76E20E
Have fun!!! Do as much of this, or as little, as you are able.

The Oregon Spike
03-10-2010, 04:55 PM
Andy Pawlowski stated that it was OK to send this off to Alumni associations and the student body too! I was thinking of sending an email off to the various chapters in Seattle/PDX, etc...

03-10-2010, 05:12 PM
Click here (http://www.nike.com/nikeos/p/nikebasketball/en_US/training/combatSupportTeam?teamId=gon&show=support) to pledge to the GONZAGA BULLDOGS! Nike will host a party for the school with the most fans! Let's show our loyalty!

03-10-2010, 06:57 PM
Details have already been sent to both the Alumni department and University Relations. Word is out. Now we just need to make it viral.

03-10-2010, 07:26 PM
I'm in...let's get after it and take down something called Murray State who is in the #2 spot.

We can get the #1 spot, just need to send to all of our friends!

03-10-2010, 10:46 PM
Took over 2nd place! 2,379 away from first! We are 84 in front of 3rd place Murray St.

03-11-2010, 06:21 AM
Well over 100 ahead of the Racers. Now, after UK!

03-11-2010, 07:18 AM
Did my part.

U Zig, I Zag
03-11-2010, 09:21 AM
Added it.

Tweeted Austin, all he has to to do is hit 'retweet' and 5,000 people see it. Anyone know if Ronny and/or Adam have Twitter?

03-11-2010, 11:24 AM
i'm in - just checked and we're pulling away with the #2 spot! pretty sweet since i'm guessing it's rigged for kentucky to win

03-11-2010, 01:41 PM
What's up w/ Kentucky? Why are they the only huge BCS state school at the top of the list?

U Zig, I Zag
03-11-2010, 01:48 PM
What's up w/ Kentucky? Why are they the only huge BCS state school at the top of the list?

Coordinated attack, it seems.

One of those POY awards that Matt was in had someone out of the blue (to me) leading by quite a bit - obviously there is a campaign.

Someone needs to email every student and them email their friends, etc.

03-11-2010, 05:01 PM
Kentucky got the word out on their message boards early- that helps. Zags are off to a good start. Keep spreading the word. It's posted on the Facebook Gonzaga Alumni group page and the Gonzaga Basketball Fan FB page as well.

03-11-2010, 07:31 PM
Holy fur carpet, Batman! How did UNI jump up out of nowhere?

03-14-2010, 05:57 AM
Just did it. Spread the word!! We can do this!