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Stogie Guys NCAA Final Four Challenge Winner

3 Apr 2007

With Florida’s 84-75 win over the Buckeyes in last night’s national championship game, the StogieGuys.com NCAA Final Four Challenge has come to a close. And oh what a March Madness it was!

Aside from the fact that I’m getting a little sick of the Gators winning it all in everything, this year’s college basketball tournament was not without its fair share of exciting moments. From VCU upsetting Duke in the first round to Ohio State narrowly escaping Xavier, from Georgetown squeaking past Vanderbilt at the last second to North Carolina blowing it against the Hoyas in overtime, our brackets kept us all on the edge of our seats.

But, in the end, only one StogieGuys.com reader can be crowned champion of our first annual Final Four Challenge. This year it’s Dave Manikowski of Oil City, Pennsylvania. Dave amazingly picked all Elite Eight teams correctly and had Florida defeating Ohio State in the championship.

As promised, Dave will receive these Final Four smokes: a Montecristo Classic Robusto, a Cohiba (Dominican) Robusto, a Gurkha Class Regent Torpedo, and a rare Dona Flor Robusto. Some excellent smokes for an excellent bracket!

And we couldn’t be shipping these out to a better guy. According to Dave, he is a “personal care attendant for [his] friend Troy, who was in a diving accident when he was 15 and is now a quadriplegic and confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life.”

Avid stogie fans, they started their own cigar placements business called 2 Fogies Stogies Cigar Co. Of Troy, Dave says that “nothing is better than spending some time smoking a fine stogie with him and talking about business plans for the future.”

We’re sure Dave will share some of his winnings with Troy, but we also hope he hangs onto at least one of the cigars until July 23, the date he and his girlfriend Leslie expect their first child.

Congrats, Dave!

Patrick A

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2 Responses to “Stogie Guys NCAA Final Four Challenge Winner”

  1. Patrick A Tuesday, April 3, 2007 at 5:12 am #

    For the record, I finished a respectable fifth in the Challenge.

    Patrick S? A disappointing 16th.

    (Of course, on the off chance either of us had won, we would have shipped out the Final Four smokes to the runner-up.)

  2. George E Tuesday, April 3, 2007 at 5:44 am #

    I'd like to add my congrats as well, Dave. Happy smoking!George E.