Friday, December 9, 2022

Contest Time! College Bowl Pick 'Em #13


It's time once again to pick the outcomes pointless college football games for a baseball card prize. 
It's officially Contest Time here at Cards on Cards once again. After getting some feedback from a few of you, there will be a couple of changes to the usual proceedings this year, but it's mostly going to be the usual business. Ultimately, it wasn't feasible to accept entries manually from people who won't or can't use ESPN, so there will be another bonus contest for commenters this year. The big change is the switch to "standard" rules and away from the "confidence" system, which means that you can pick the games without concern for how much weight you should give them. Since a couple of you did prefer the confidence system, we'll test this out for this year and reassess next year at this time.

Our 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 (2012-13), The Prowling Cat (2013-14), Jeff from One Man's Junk (Wax) (2014-15), Matt of Bubba's Bangin' Batch of Baseball Bits (2015-16), MrHaverkamp (2016-17), Anaconda37 (2017-18), Trevor of Bump and Run (2018-19), GLM1 (2019-20), and Johnny G (2021-22). We've still never had a repeat winner!

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 is a separate sub-contest for the non-ESPN people (or whoever!) which should only require a modicum of thought. If you don't have an ESPN account and don't want to give your personal information to Disney, there are burner email options out there (like ProtonMail)... just saying!
  • First place will receive: a 2023 Topps Series 1 blaster OR suitable equivalent (subject to availability)... as well as a small plastic pouch of cards from your favorite team/player(s)/etc.
  • Second place will receive: a mystery unopened sports cards item and a bubble mailer containing cards from your favorite team/player(s)/etc. So mysterious!
  • Third place will receive: a bubble mailer including cards from your favorite team/player(s)/etc. I will also probably toss in a few cards from whatever happens to be lying around on my desk.
  • The Worst Place winner will receive: whatever I feel like sending you. This is probably also going to involve whatever happens to be lying around on my desk and hopefully nothing illegal.
Here are some rules you should really read (important stuff in bold):
  • No ghosting! Almost every year, someone fails to claim their prize (the top prize, even). Please email or DM me your contest information after you sign up. You can't assume that I will automatically recognize your contest entry name. [Blogger profile / Twitter profile]
  • Participants must sign up through the official ESPN link.
  • Promote this contest! This is not an actual requirement for entry, 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.
  • Standard scoring system rules apply - see ESPN for complete details.
  • 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. This is what ESPN calls a "rolling lock" time.
  • Don't be a jerk and lose on purpose just to try and claim a prize. There are many, many of us who are bad enough at picking these without extra help.
Click here to sign up, and click on the 'Join Group' link! It's free! First-timers are always welcome! Password: quackquackquack

DEADLINE: There's a deadline of Friday, December 16th at 8:30 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 ESPN, there's a bonus contest:

Leave a comment here predicting the final score and winning team of the DUKE'S MAYO BOWL before the Mayonnaising officially begins (the game is on the 30th) and win a retail pack of 2023 baseball cards (subject to availability.) Whoever is closest gets it. Make sure you wait until the end of the game because someone will be getting an actual mayonnaise bath.


  1. In and ready to be the first repeat winner!

  2. In! NC State, 28-7. (I know basically nothing about CFB)

  3. I'm picking NC State to win 28-24. How many ounces of mayonnaise will be dumped on their coach?

  4. I'm going for it! NC State 31-27

  5. I have NC St 27 MD 20

  6. This is what happens when you skip out on reading some blogs for a week. Didn't there used to be email invites?

    I'll go with NC State, 21-20. Thanks for the bonus contest!

  7. Maryland 24, NC State 17

    1. Congrats! This is the closest score, with only two people picking Maryland to win.


Comments are highly encouraged, but then again, so is eating your fruits and vegetables.