## NinersNation Prediction Games: A Re-Re-Introduction

Possibly off-color though that subject line might be, it is thankfully almost time for the return of the NinersNation season-long prediction games! Or, as I like to call them, the suckitwjackalopies.

This year, the games come with a few important changes, as well as a chance for you to bring about a few more! Let's delve in. First, I'll link to the two final prediction threads from last season:

The Regular Season Finale!

The Post-Season Finale!

As you can see, Ninerfromacrossthepond won the games last regular season (and it was a THRILLING upset, if I do say so myself). In the post-season, albertoleecho flexed his domineering prediction muscles to kick a little NinersNation butt. The year before that, sfgfan won the regular season and yours truly won the post-season. Yes, me. Which only proves that I am the best.

This year? It could be you!

So what are the prediction games? The prediction games are a blog-wide competition that run all season long. Fooch selects six games every week, and it is your job to predict the score of that game. Not just the winner. Not just the point differential. Not just the point total. All of it. The winner, and the final score.

The closer you are to the final score, the more points you get for the week. Simple!

So, how do we determine the closest score? It's actually quite simple. There are two sides to every score. The first side is point differential, and the second side is total score. We combine the two, because the closer you are in both, the closer you are to the real score.

To elaborate. Say, you predict 7-3 in a game that ends 51-47.

In this scenario, you NAILED the point differential, at 4. But anybody can tell that your prediction sucks because the total score is so far off.

Now, say you predict 21-22, and the game ends 0-43. In this scenario, you NAILED the total score, at 43. But anybody can tell that this prediction also sucks because the point differential is so far off.

On a perfect prediction, you have to NAIL both point differential and total score. That easy.

In the past two seasons, we have awarded points to the people who proffered the three closest predictions (including all ties). Due to the larger number of participants last season, it has become obvious that this is too few points. This year, we will be awarding points to the top FIVE predictions (including all ties). This way, there are more points to award, more people get points, and it's even more difficult (theoretically) to run away from the pack.

The top predictions will get 5 points, the next best 4 points, and so on.

In the past, we have also awarded extra points for perfect predictions. Any perfect predictions were awardd 10 whopping points. That will not change this season.

Now, for the fun part:

I want to know if anybody has any ideas about how to improve the games. I have two possible scenarios already, but I don't know how practical either one is. By opening it up to discussion, we'll see what we can do.

1) It was suggested to me that we might actually set up divisions within the game, so that (for example) a set of 4 players will play against each other each week, with the division winners advancing to the playoffs at the end of the season. PROS: This sounds like a ton of fun. CONS: This makes scoring much more tedious and also is not fair to anybody who does not play every week.

2) I've thought about doing this between blogs, if maybe we could get some interest around the SBNation. Say we get 12 SBNation blogs to each run their own internal contest during the course of the season. Then, the post-season contest can be two tiered - first, we'll have our traditional NinersNation contest. But ALSO, we could have a contest where OUR regular season winner faces off in the playoffs against the winner from the other blogs. Frankly, it sounds incredible to me, but the logistics might be tricky.

Do you guys have any opinions? Any suggestions? Any questions? It's time to roll, and I'm ready! Let's get these games going!

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Niners Nation's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Niners Nation's writers or editors.

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