Saturday, December 10, 2016

Contest Time! College Bowl Pick 'Em #8

Pick games and win baseball cards as the contest returns for the 8th consecutive year. 

For the eighth straight year, I am giving away free cards to the best prognosticators of (mostly) meaningless college football games. Past winners include Adam from Thoughts on Sox (2009-10), Mark from Stats on the Back (2010-11), AJ from The Lost Collector (2011-12), Royal Dan (2013), The Prowling Cat (2014), Jeff from One Man's Junk (Wax) (2015), and last year's winner Matt of Bubba's Bangin' Batch of Baseball Bits.

If you want to skip all the blah blah blah and just get to the free stuff, go to the bottom of the post for the sign-up link and make sure you submit picks for every game. There's even a separate contest for non-Yahoo people, but you don't care about that because you've already tuned this out and started paying attention to the holiday baking show on television.

If you've participated in the past, you know the drill. Go on ahead to Yahoo and sign up. I have sent out invitations through Yahoo's automated system. If you don't get an email invite, follow the manual procedure at the bottom of this post (and if all else fails, send me an email and I will try to help you out.) For the rest of you, here are the rules and prize details, which will be similar to past years:

  • First place will receive: a 2017 Topps Series 1 blaster OR suitable equivalent (subject to availability at Target)... as well as a small plastic pouch of cards from your favorite team/player(s)/etc.
  • Second place will receive: a Priority Mail padded envelope full of cards from your favorite team/player(s)/etc. (this usually ends up being around 8 bags/pouches or so)
  • Worst place will receive: whatever I feel like sending you. Be very afraid to finish last. I don't advise it. You say how the enemy of your enemy is your friend? Well, I'm none of those. Of course, as past "winners" of this prize can tell you, you will still receive some cards targeted toward your favorite team/player(s).
Because there's no such thing as a free lunch, at least without a copious amount of rules and guilt, here they are (basically copied from previous years):

  • Participants must sign up through the official Yahoo link. Unfortunately, this means that you must have a Yahoo account. I know this is a deal breaker for some, but I can't figure out another way to accept manual entries and try to math them up according to Yahoo's point system.
  • 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. Send some tweets! Tweet some sends! Put a subliminal message on your blog post. Make an animated gif. Send a mass email with a questionable file attachment. Get the Russians involved. Casually tell your co-workers in the break room while discussing Doug Martin's disappointing fantasy numbers.
  • 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. This is where I normally provide examples of games with crazy mismatches, but most of the bowl games seem to be a toss-up this year. Just go with your gut and let's see what happens?
  • 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 BuckeyeFan7659 and is "geeked" about his "baller 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.
  • "No tanking" rules are in effect. You must make a pick for every game to be eligible for the "worst place" prize. 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 that are doomed to fail.

Click here to sign up! It's free! First timers are very welcome.

Group ID: 8104
Password: quackquackquack

DEADLINE: There's a hard deadline of Saturday, December 17th at 9:00 AM PST. That's the start time of the first bowl game.

But wait... there's more! Available to all entrants as well as non-entrants who don't want to use Yahoo, there's a bonus contest:

Leave a comment here predicting the final score and winning team of the BELK BOWL before the Belking officially begins (the game is on the 29th) and win a retail jumbo pack of 2017 Topps Series 1. Whoever is closest gets it. Belk on, Belkers!


  1. Thanks for joining! Which team will have 31? Please specify!

  2. Arkansas winning 27 to 17. Signed up for the contest too.

  3. YAY!!!! Time for my annual "out of the box fast then fading to finish middle of the pack" selections again.

    And let's just go VT winning 38-28

  4. Joined the pick em as Tomahawk Chop.

    And Virginia Tech 37-23

  5. Get Belked! :-)

    I think big Bret Bielema will watch his Hogs choke the Chickens from Virginia Tech. 28-24.

  6. I am in, Will Play for Craft Beer all the way in 2016

  7. Happy to join....was waiting for my online trade site to create a contest and haven't yet seen one, so I'm happy to battle you guys for bragging rights and 2017 cardboard.

  8. I shall beat you all again... soundly. :D Oh, and definitely Virginia Tech 30-24.

  9. 35-21 VT Hokies

    fingers crossed...

  10. I'm in; included my full name and username in my Yahoo entry in case I forget to email. Got all of my picks made.

    Going 34-21 Hokies for the Belking.

    Also starting the Faux Pelini/Belk Bowl Twitter over/under at 72 tweets between now and game time.

  11. I totally forgot to fill out my losing, crappy bracket. Now I can rightfully feel shame at my lack of college football knowledge.

  12. I'm in!

    And I'll say VT 38-20 in the Belk Bowl.

  13. There were a lot of extremely close guesses this year. Wow! I'm going to declare this one a tie between Need More Cardboard and, both of which had just a 3 point differential between their guesses and the final score (VT won 35-24). Both will get the prize. Thanks to everyone for playing!


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