Fooch's Note: If you have NOT made predictions yet, you're still welcome to join now.
This is a rare week for the prediction contest because the 49ers are scheduled for a Thursday game. Here is how the game will work this week. We will have six games including the 49ers like usual. However, there will be an optional alternate game on Sunday. If you do not get your picks in by Thursday, you can still use the alternate game. However, if you pick the 49ers game ahead of Thursday the alternate game is not allowed. The alternate game is ONLY allowed to replace the 49ers game.
If you want to pick the 49ers game before Thursday and save the rest of your picks for later in the weekend, you MUST reply to your initial 49ers pick. You cannot pick the 49ers game and then post a comment at the bottom later in the weekend with your other picks. Either pick them all at once, or reply to your 49ers pick with the rest of your picks.
I've posted the formatting rules required for posting your results after the jump. Please read over that (it's fairly short) so we can have consistency in the posting. All times are pacific and you are not required to predict every game, but obviously it helps your chances of winning to predict all the games. If you forget to pick the Sunday morning games, you can always predict whatever games remain on the slate.
Once again, please review the formatting rules after the jump before posting your results.
49ers @ Baltimore - Thursday 11/24 5:20pm
NY Giants @ New Orleans - MNF 11/28 5:30pm
Pittsburgh @ Kansas City - SNF 11/27 5:20pm
Tampa Bay @ Tennessee - Sunday 11/27 10:00am
Buffalo @ NY Jets - Sunday 11/27 10:00am
New England @ Philadelphia - Sunday 11/27 1:15pm
ALTERNATE GAME: Denver @ San Diego - Sunday 11/271:15pm
We implemented this rule last season and it seemed to make things easier for us. Previously, folks had just posted their scores in any particular fashion, although howtheyscored had made requests for a specific format. Given the amount of time and effort howtheyscored has to put into determining the final results, I am implementing a requirement for how to format your scores (based on the spreadsheet howtheyscored has created). If you fail to follow this format, any incorrectly formatted scores for the week will be disqualified. The format is "Team A @ Team B: A score - B score." That basically is visitor @ home: visitor score - home score." Here's an example of how to do it:
Using Buffalo @ NY Jets below, if you think the NY Jets will win 24-14, here's how it needs to appear:
Buffalo @ NY Jets: 14 - 24
If you think Buffalo will win 24-14, it needs to appear as this:
Buffalo @ NY Jets: 24 - 14
If you'd like you can bold the winner (Buffalo @ NY Jets: 14 - 24), but that is not required (although probably a good backup in case you reversed the score by accident.
If you make a mistake in the formatting I'll reply to your score reminding you to correct it. To correct it, simply reply to your picks and post them in the correct format. Do not post your scores again at the bottom of the thread. I'll make sure and include these directions each week so people do not forgot and lose out on points.
If anybody has any questions at all about this, or anything related to the contest, let me know (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I'll answer them.