The Supreme Executive Committee of Lent Madness has sometimes been accused of over-hyping things. Clearly these are baseless charges. The Supreme Executive Committee is composed of simple, humble priests trying to form disciples through a saintly smackdown with a global viewing public. But that said, for those who doubt the significance of Lent Madness, the Washington Post (yes, the actual Washington Post) has posted an article about Lent Madness on their website.
As college basketball fans prepare for March Madness, a holier tournament already has Christians rooting and cheering this Lenten season. For three years running, “Lent Madness” has taken to the Internet as a competition between Episcopal saints in a single-elimination bracket tournament resembling the one followed by March Madness fans.
Check it out. Penny Nash, one of our celebrity bloggers gets some airtime too, proving that the Supreme Executive Committee is not only humble, but generous with the limelight.
It's a Religion News Service article, so it might pop up elsewhere. There are a couple of minor factual errors, which we'll work to correct, but we are grateful for the coverage -- not only for Lent Madness and the Episcopal Church, but for a fresh way to engage with the remarkable stories of God's involvement in the lives of women and men through history.
Down here in Aotearoa New Zealand you're giving us a lot of liturgical fun this Lent (even though our dear John Coleridge Patteson didn't survive his round) - so thanks guys.
WOW!! A real newspaper article, the sky is the limit. I can see Lent Madness taking off. Next year conferences could be formed. These could include the Ancient Saints Conference (ASC), the Middle Ages Saints Conference (MASC), the Newer Saints Conference (NSC) and the Everyone Else Conference (EEC). We would obviously need a commissioner who would be all seeing and all knowing to oversee this grand event. To solve this we could simply look at the current Supreme Executive Council members and appoint the member who is the most erudite and photogenic. Proper and generous perks and compensation would of course come with this position. The Golden Halo round could even play out at Madison Square Gardens.
I like your thinking, Jim. There's been a bit of consternation this year about the "classic saints" getting left behind by the more "modern saints."
Next thing you know they'll be setting odds in Vegas.
Or the next thing will be "Dancing with the Saints" !!
Way to Go!!!!!!!
Just hoping that a Woodward and Bernstein type does not find out about the cheating scandal -------
And I like Georgia's idea of dancing with the Saints------
what an honor!!
Here's what I am asking of my Facebook friends: "Fill out your bracket for the Elate Eight, Final Four and Golden Halo. Post it in a Facebook note by noon 3/15, and let us know your picks. Then let us know your % on Maundy Thursday. No fair editing your note after 3/15!" That's how I'll be dealing with withdrawal this weekend. Throwing it out there for a website expansion next season?