Welcome back everybody to the always popular Niners Nation Prediction Contest. If you are new here or just want to refresh your memory, bignerd has broken down all the rules and regulations for this year's contest. For returning people, we've tweaked a couple rules, so I'd recommend checking them out.
The most notable change is instead of always having the 49ers first in their matchup (whether home or away), I've included them in the same format as everybody else, "road team @ home team". It adds consistency and just makes things easier.
I've posted the formatting rules required for posting your results. 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 before posting your results.
St. Louis @ 49ers - Sunday 12/1 1:05pm
New Orleans @ Seattle - MNF 12/2 5:40pm
NY Giants @ Washington - SNF 12/1 5:30pm
Chicago @ Minnesota - Sunday 12/1 10:00am
Arizona @ Philadelphia - Sunday 12/1 10:00am
Denver @ Kansas City - Sunday 12/1 1:25pm
We implemented this rule two seasons ago 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 Indianapolis @ Arizona below, if you think Arizona will win 24-14, here's how it needs to appear:
Indianapolis @ Arizona: 14 - 24
If you think Indianapolis will win 24-14, it needs to appear as this:
Indianapolis @ Arizona: 24 - 14
If you'd like you can bold the winner (Indianapolis @ Arizona: 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.