There are prizes again this year, although I'm scaling things down a bit so I don't lose focus and procrastinate again this year. There are rules as well, which I know you are dying to read, but let's take a look at the fun stuff first.
- First place will receive: a blaster of current retail big box store product OR $20 blind card show mystery pack shopping spree (basically, $20 in random packs that I pick out at a card show)... as well as a small plastic pouch of cards from your favorite team/player(s)/etc.
- Second place will receive: a small Priority Mail mailer/box full of cards from your favorite team/player(s)/etc. (this usually ends up being around 8 bags/pouches or so)
- Third place will receive: at least five cards from my next Rummage Sale post... as well as a small plastic pouch of cards from your favorite team/player(s)/etc.
- Worst place will receive: whatever I feel like sending you (these are the risks that you take...)
Because every thing that involves getting stuff has to have rules, here they are (basically copied from last year):
- Participants must sign up through the official Yahoo link. Unfortunately, this means that you must have a Yahoo account. I am only doing this because I am lazy, not because I want you to sign up with Yahoo who gives me $27 every time someone reads one of my blog posts.
- Promote this contest! No, that doesn't mean you need to "follow" my blog, nor does it mean that you'll gain any competitive advantage by posting about this contest. I just want to see a lot of people participate, and will be willing to award more prizes if there are more participants.
1623 people joined the Yahoo group last year - let's increase that total! Put a subliminal message on your blog post. Send a mass email. Casually tell your co-workers in the break room while discussing Brett Favre's latest injuryTim Tebow's latest game winning prayer. The possibilities are endless!
- Points are scored according to the Confidence System. This basically means that while you are predicting which team wins which bowl game, you will also be responsible for ranking how confident you are in each pick. For example, if you are insane enough to think that Washington will beat
NebraskaBaylor and are willing to bet your street cred on it, you will want to assign that matchup a higher confidence rating (30, perhaps) than you would with your misguided " AlabamaGeorgia will totally stomp Michigan State because the SEC is *AWESOME*" pick.
- Email me your contest information after you sign up. You can't assume that I will automatically recognize your clever Yahoo Pick Set name, nor will I necessarily disbelieve your "friend" who claims your prize after everything is said and done because he swears he's CowboysFan4Ever and is the "most right" about his "sweet picks".
- You can change your picks at any time, so long as your pick is made before the official start time (usually the TV broadcast time) of each game.
- You must make a pick for every game to be eligible for the "worst place" prize. Also, once again this year... please... no tanking it on purpose! The prizes aren't that great, folks. I'd much rather award the prize to someone who failed in spectacular fashion than someone who intentionally went with picks like
Arizona over Oklahoma StateLA Tech over TCU.
Through the power of internet technologies, Yahoo has already sent out an invitation to everyone who participated last year. If you did not get the email or simply did not participate before, click here to sign up! It's free! First timers are welcome.
Group ID: 29698
DEADLINE: There's a hard deadline of Saturday, December 17th at 11:00 AM PST. That's the start time of the first bowl game.