BREAKING NEWS: 2018 Bracket Leaked!

In a disconcerting turn of events, the Supreme Executive Committee has confirmed that a portion of the 2018 Lent Madness bracket has been illegally leaked online. The hack into the Lent Madness system comes just ahead of All Brackets’ Day on November 3rd, when the entire bracket of 32 saints will be officially released to the public.

“We’re pretty sure it was the work of the international hacking organization LentiLeaks,” said Lent Madness founder Tim Schenck.

While there have been several instances of voter fraud over the years, this is the first time hackers have broken into the byzantine technology system at Lent Madness headquarters. “Cyber security is our top priority,” commented SEC member Scott Gunn. “We will do all in our power to combat what is yet another example of the War on Lent.”

In the meantime, the Lent Madness faithful have been analyzing the leaked portion of the bracket. “It looks…different” commented a woman from a parish in Boise, Idaho, who requested her name not be used. “Where’s all the purple?” Another online commenter known only by his screen name “StFrancisRulz” observed, “I see the names Mary, Richard, and Margaret, but which ones?? I cant (sic) wait until All Brackets’ Day!”

Unless there are further leaks before November 3rd, the SEC assures everyone that the full bracket will be revealed, per tradition, on All Brackets’ Day.

62 Comments to "BREAKING NEWS: 2018 Bracket Leaked!"

  1. Mary Fridge's Gravatar Mary Fridge
    October 26, 2017 - 1:09 pm | Permalink

    It’s a mad, mad, mad, mad world! Thanks for the heads up for All Brackets’ Day. God Bless Ya’ll!

    • Martha Clark's Gravatar Martha Clark
      October 26, 2017 - 10:13 pm | Permalink
  2. Tim Murray's Gravatar Tim Murray
    October 26, 2017 - 1:11 pm | Permalink

    Duly placing a notation in the calendar for All Brackets Day with gratitude and joyful anticipation for the return of Lent (Madness). Thanks for the topical reminder!

    • Katie Baldwin's Gravatar Katie Baldwin
      October 26, 2017 - 1:17 pm | Permalink

      Is nothing sacred anymore? ??

  3. Vlad's Gravatar Vlad
    October 26, 2017 - 1:19 pm | Permalink

    If we see an inordinate amount of Russian Orthodox saints in the bracket, it can only point to one conclusion.

    • Ginny Berkey's Gravatar Ginny Berkey
      October 26, 2017 - 2:02 pm | Permalink

      Any thing new? Good point

    • Susan Maurine's Gravatar Susan Maurine
      October 26, 2017 - 2:04 pm | Permalink

      You are so right!! 😀

    • Denise Evans's Gravatar Denise Evans
      October 26, 2017 - 4:46 pm | Permalink

      I thought the same thing! Hackers!

  4. Gloriamarie Amalfitano's Gravatar Gloriamarie Amalfitano
    October 26, 2017 - 1:21 pm | Permalink

    Personally, I want to experience Advent, the Christmas Season, and Epiphany before I ever think about Lent. Even the Society of St. John the Evangelist is rushing the seasons. I feel like I am in the department store and seeing Christmas stuff before Labor Day. Can we all please SLOW down and enjoy the seasons of the Church year as they unfold?

    • October 26, 2017 - 1:50 pm | Permalink

      I hear your pain. For those of us tasked with organizing Lenten activities – and with a diocesan magazine that goes out four times a year, we need to be able to plan and get work done in advance.

      Maybe there should be an inside track for the likes of myself so that others can opt out of unseasonal notifications.

  5. October 26, 2017 - 1:21 pm | Permalink


  6. Judith in White Hall's Gravatar Judith in White Hall
    October 26, 2017 - 1:29 pm | Permalink

    I have to admit that I’ve brought up the Jesse Tree box, but only because the week before advent starts, I’m doing a workshop on it. So this is my prep time. It will stay in the tote until I need it. Just now getting fall stuff up. Take it one day/season at a time.

  7. Brenda McHenry's Gravatar Brenda McHenry
    October 26, 2017 - 1:31 pm | Permalink

    Down with Lentils!

    • Janet Nygaard's Gravatar Janet Nygaard
      October 26, 2017 - 1:44 pm | Permalink

      Hahaha …

    • Iona Harrison's Gravatar Iona Harrison
      October 26, 2017 - 2:16 pm | Permalink

      No love Lentils! So good for you.

      • Linda Barnard's Gravatar Linda Barnard
        October 26, 2017 - 10:56 pm | Permalink

        Never did like lentils but love Lent Madness. I can wait until November 1st for the full disclosure on the Bracket. Would love a counterpart for Advent but Advent is busy enough, right?

  8. Jennifer's Gravatar Jennifer
    October 26, 2017 - 1:35 pm | Permalink

    I look forward to the bracket of saints as part of my All Saints celebrations.

  9. Diana's Gravatar Diana
    October 26, 2017 - 1:44 pm | Permalink

    Wilt thou forgive the sins of one who leaked
    The partial bracket of Lent Madness Saints?
    Wilt thou forgive the one who fell into
    The evil of temptation and who hacked?
    If thou canst not
    Thou’ll not become
    A saint thyself.

    (If you can’t figure out the tune on this one, you have no business looking at Lent Madness.)

    • Sarah SSM's Gravatar Sarah SSM
      October 26, 2017 - 1:57 pm | Permalink


    • Debbie Brewin-Wilson's Gravatar Debbie Brewin-Wilson
      October 26, 2017 - 3:54 pm | Permalink

      That’s great!

    • Nancy Larkin's Gravatar Nancy Larkin
      October 26, 2017 - 4:04 pm | Permalink
  10. October 26, 2017 - 1:44 pm | Permalink

    Does a byzantine technology system give an unfair advantage to eastern saints? Latin Rite constituents: wake up and smell the Türk kahvesi!

  11. Elizabeth Coombs's Gravatar Elizabeth Coombs
    October 26, 2017 - 1:46 pm | Permalink

    Will there be any play-in rounds? Please, please do some play-in rounds! Advent, Schmadvent. I want Lent!

  12. Elizabeth Coombs's Gravatar Elizabeth Coombs
    October 26, 2017 - 1:49 pm | Permalink

    Also, thank you for the All Saints present. My husband and I were married on Nov. 1, All Saints Day that year, although he continues to tell everyone that our anniversary is Day of the Dead. This produces a lot of eye-rolling from our priest.

    • Susan Maurine's Gravatar Susan Maurine
      October 26, 2017 - 2:06 pm | Permalink

      Hahaha! Quite the funny guy, your husband!

  13. Chaplain Brent Hoy-Bianchi's Gravatar Chaplain Brent Hoy-Bianchi
    October 26, 2017 - 1:52 pm | Permalink

    Deplorable, just deplorable! (How can I get a copy?)

  14. Alyssa Kornacki's Gravatar Alyssa Kornacki
    October 26, 2017 - 1:56 pm | Permalink

    How strange? The first and only year that I can remember where there was a leak

  15. aleathia nicholson's Gravatar aleathia nicholson
    October 26, 2017 - 1:57 pm | Permalink

    A pox upon the ingrate ! Is nothing sacred anymore? We have enough to deal with….with which to deal ??? without irreligious louts hacking into LentMadness ! A thousand lashes with a wet noodle..Well, a bunch of them. Carry on Padres !

  16. The Rev. Cynthia D. pape's Gravatar The Rev. Cynthia D. pape
    October 26, 2017 - 2:04 pm | Permalink

    This is an outrage. Our saints in contention are pinwheeling in their graves and reliquaries (siq).

    • Sunderland Em's Gravatar Sunderland Em
      October 26, 2017 - 5:15 pm | Permalink

      Great image, but not a lot of spinning room in a reliquary, I’d think 😉

  17. Peg S.'s Gravatar Peg S.
    October 26, 2017 - 2:04 pm | Permalink

    Is that Dame Edna on the far left?

    • Tammie Taylor's Gravatar Tammie Taylor
      October 26, 2017 - 5:13 pm | Permalink

      and Eleanor R on the far right?

      • Charles Ellis's Gravatar Charles Ellis
        October 28, 2017 - 9:39 pm | Permalink

        Eleanor R would never be caught dead on the far right.

    • Lynelle O's Gravatar Lynelle O
      October 26, 2017 - 5:49 pm | Permalink

      Inform Barry Humphries IMMEDIATELY! Oh, another comic genuis to add a voice to Lent.

    • Irene L.'s Gravatar Irene L.
      October 26, 2017 - 6:04 pm | Permalink

      l to r: Agnes Sanford, Fyodor Dostoievski, Marguerite de Porete, Paul of Tarsus, Moses the Black, Eleanor Roosevelt, and a tiny bit of Li Tim Oi’s arm.

      • Diane Amison-Loring's Gravatar Diane Amison-Loring
        October 27, 2017 - 3:30 pm | Permalink

        Eleanor Roosevelt????
        You have to be kidding.

  18. Neva Rae Fox's Gravatar Neva Rae Fox
    October 26, 2017 - 2:08 pm | Permalink

    Not only is it right before All Brackets Day, but Tuesday is the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation – is there a connection there??????

  19. Dorrie J's Gravatar Dorrie J
    October 26, 2017 - 2:21 pm | Permalink

    My car is being repaired overnight between Nov. 2 & 3. Thank goodness I have Bracket Day to take away my pain.

  20. Dorrie Johnson's Gravatar Dorrie Johnson
    October 26, 2017 - 2:22 pm | Permalink

    My car will be in the repair shop on Nov. 2 and 3. Thank goodness I have this to look forward to and not just a terrible bill.

    • Dorrie Johnson's Gravatar Dorrie Johnson
      October 26, 2017 - 2:23 pm | Permalink

      Sorry for the repetition. I am excited.

  21. John Colon's Gravatar John Colon
    October 26, 2017 - 2:31 pm | Permalink

    I hear the scoundrel, Julian of Lentileaks, has taken refuge in the Vatican!

  22. Angela Ponte's Gravatar Angela Ponte
    October 26, 2017 - 2:38 pm | Permalink

    At least, no one is blaming Hillary or President Obama for this debacle!

  23. L. S. Graves's Gravatar L. S. Graves
    October 26, 2017 - 2:52 pm | Permalink

    As for me, I plan to celebrate All Saints at The Holy Ghost Wiener Roast here in lovely Wilmington, OH.
    Then, on with the next Madness!

  24. Michelle Michelle "Missy" Couch
    October 26, 2017 - 2:55 pm | Permalink

    This leak is the work of the Holy Spirit who wants us to remember the 500th anniversary of the Reformation!

  25. October 26, 2017 - 3:11 pm | Permalink

    Which is it? Lentils? Or leeks?

  26. Jim DeMersman's Gravatar Jim DeMersman
    October 26, 2017 - 3:23 pm | Permalink

    It was the Russians!

  27. Margaret Smist's Gravatar Margaret Smist
    October 26, 2017 - 3:29 pm | Permalink

    Dang, I did not make the bracket…..again. 🙂

  28. Marcia Kemper's Gravatar Marcia Kemper
    October 26, 2017 - 3:52 pm | Permalink

    Those scoundrels! Is nothing sacred?

  29. Carol's Gravatar Carol
    October 26, 2017 - 5:17 pm | Permalink

    My oldest brother was born a twin on All Hallow’s Eve. The two boys were baptized on All Saints Day and one of the twins died on All Souls Day. I have always had a special place in my heart for those three days…that “Fall Triduum” as it were. Now I can add in All Brackets Day to my holy remembrances.

    So if anyone messes with My Holy Days, I’m gonna have WORDS with them!

  30. Mark's Gravatar Mark
    October 26, 2017 - 5:34 pm | Permalink

    The ongoing scourge of the War on Lent
    Lament, lament, lament
    Will Korean nukes take aim at your city?
    Head for the bunker, Supreme Executive Committee

  31. Judy's Gravatar Judy
    October 26, 2017 - 7:57 pm | Permalink

    And who says Episcopalians can’t take a joke…. ahhh, I meant to say, have no sense of humor

  32. Hope and Skye's Gravatar Hope and Skye
    October 26, 2017 - 8:09 pm | Permalink

    Skye and Hope have returned – we are now in 8th grade. After use of magnifying glasses and much thought, they think that the lady in the glasses the far right looks like Eleanor Roosevelt.

  33. Priscilla's Gravatar Priscilla
    October 26, 2017 - 8:36 pm | Permalink

    Sad. Not nice to hack!

  34. Betsy's Gravatar Betsy
    October 26, 2017 - 9:32 pm | Permalink

    October 26, All Hackets Day. Fake news leeks. Someone sang too early.

  35. Annie D.'s Gravatar Annie D.
    October 26, 2017 - 9:44 pm | Permalink

    Looks like the illustrated saints are doing the saintly conga …

  36. VT Patty's Gravatar VT Patty
    October 26, 2017 - 10:10 pm | Permalink

    Is nothing sacred?!

  37. Mariclaire Buckley's Gravatar Mariclaire Buckley
    October 27, 2017 - 10:44 am | Permalink

    I’m pretty sure the woman on the far left is my grandmother

  38. Lee Greenawalt's Gravatar Lee Greenawalt
    October 27, 2017 - 2:13 pm | Permalink

    Ooh Mary? Richard? Margaret? What a bracket teaser! Looking forward to Wednesday when All the saints come marching in.

  39. Bill's Gravatar Bill
    October 27, 2017 - 4:30 pm | Permalink

    The devil made them do it!

  40. Donna Devlin's Gravatar Donna Devlin
    October 28, 2017 - 7:52 am | Permalink

    Does anyone have a recipe for lentileek soup?

  41. Jean's Gravatar Jean
    October 28, 2017 - 6:26 pm | Permalink

    Bring it on I can hardly wait.

  42. andrea's Gravatar andrea
    November 1, 2017 - 12:05 am | Permalink

    Lentils and leeks-quite a stew! Looking foward to All Brackets’ Day! Have a Blessed Fall Triduum!

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