And we're back for week 2. I had forgotten about the new scoring howtheyscored implemented, so I was pleased to see myself getting a few points in week 1's results. As past performers will attest, slow and steady is my strategy for just barely missing the playoffs each year!
Before we get to the games, I want to thank everybody for following our formatting years (or correcting them if necessary). I know it made howtheyscored's life a lot easier in computing the results. In order to ensure folks don't forget the formatting rules, I'm going to include the new rule section from last week before the prediction games.
IMPORTANT NEW RULE
Up until now, folks have just posted their scores in any particular fashion, although howtheyscored has 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 @ New England below, if you think New England will win 24-14, here's how it HAS to look:
Buffalo @ New England: 14 - 24
If you think Buffalo will win 24-14, it needs to appear as this:
Buffalo @ New England: 24 - 14
If you'd like you can bold the winner (Buffalo @ New England: 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. As I mentioned above, we're doing this to make howtheyscored's life easier in figuring out the scores. The # of regular commenters has increased dramatically since last season, so we're anticipating a greater # of prediction contest participants. While this is a new rule, I don't think it's all that difficult for folks to follow it.
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.
On to the second week of games! Also, just a reminder that all times listed are pacific.
Seattle @ 49ers - Sunday 9/20 1:05pm
Indianapolis @ Miami - MNF 9/21 5:30pm
NY Giants @ Dallas - SNF 9/20 5:20pm
Oakland @ Kansas City - Sunday 9/20 10:00am
New England @ NY Jets - Sunday 9/20 10:00am
Baltimore @ San Diego - Sunday 9/20 1:15pm