It is time, once again, for the WoV NFL Picks game!!!
The first thing that I would like to do is announce a change to the game for this year that will likely be permanent: Instead of basing what is to be paid the winning player by winning percentage, there will be a simple fee of $20 per entry that shall be collected before the start of the season. ADDED EV (DONATIONS)
WizardofNothing is donating a guaranteed $50 (which he has already given me for the purpose) to the winner of the game. He is also donating an additional $200 to the winner conditional upon there effectively being twenty-two unique individuals playing. (Twenty other than ourselves)
I am donating $250 to the contest, either way. In the event that we HAVE twenty-two individual players and WoN makes the additional donation, or more, my $250 will be $125 for the, "You Suck," consolation prize and $125 for the, "Most Average," consolation prize.
In the event that we DO NOT have twenty-two individual players, then my $250 shall be broken up as follows:
WizardofNothing will BOTH be defending his donations and be eligible to win the contest.
I will only be defending my donation. If I am the winner, then WizardofNothing's donation will go to me, (because I am not donating anything to first place if he makes the $200 additional donation) but the remaining prize pool will go to second place.
If WizardofNothing does not make the donation due to insufficient players, then I can, 'Defend,' only the amount of my donation for whatever prize I may win. Second place will get the prize pool if I am the winner. THE RULESHOW TO ENTER:
I will PM all individuals who played this game last year and all who indicate in this thread that they are interested with an invitation. I will also PM Members who have been Members for less than one year and have ten or more posts with an invitation. I will not PM Members with a longer tenure than that who have not played before because they have effectively already refused (either directly or by way of not playing) a previous invite.
You DO NOT need an invitation to play. Please either PM me or indicate that you are interested in this thread and I will PM you with the payment options for your entry.
Payments MUST be received prior to kickoff on September 11th, 2016 (the first Sunday of the season) for week one entries to be valid, or if paying by a mail method, the envelope must have a post date on or prior to September 10th, 2016. Any envelopes with a post date after that for people who played Week 1 will be returned and the entry will be cancelled.
If you do not play during Week One, you may enter into the contest for Week 2 with Week 1 constituting your, "Skip," Week provided payments are received prior to kickoff (or postmarked) for September 18th, 2016 or earlier.
Entries cost $20 each and each individual participant is permitted to have up to five entries. Additional entries cannot be purchased for Week 2 if you have already played in Week 1. HOW TO PLAY:
The Rules will be as follows:
Winner Take All for Prize Pool (There are also two consolation prizes)
The first consolation prize will be the, "You suck," consolation prize. This prize goes to the player with the worst record, if there is a tie, then the winner shall be adjudicated by the normal tie breaking Rule or the players may opt to split it.
The second consolation prize will be the, "Most Average," consolation prize which goes to the player that finishes the season closest to .500. Tiebreakers will also be adjudicated using the normal tie breaking Rule or the players may opt to split it.
1.) The winner will be determined by having the highest winning percentage. In the event of a tie, the winners will have the option of either splitting the take, or they may agree to PM me a Super Bowl pick prior to the Super Bowl, but after the combatants are known, consisting of the winning team, spread and TD's thrown; the winner will be determined in that order. If two Members PM me the same thing, they will BOTH be asked to change at least one aspect of their picks.
2.) The procedure for this will be that at some point on Thursdays, I will post the point spreads and Over/Unders from one source per week. I will likely use VegasInsider and the Spreads & Over/Unders I post will be constant and may be picked at any time prior to 11:59p.m. EST the Saturday before the game.
3.) Sunday/Monday games will be the only games considered. Every player must pick exactly five winners against the Spread, exactly five Over/Unders, or a combination totaling exactly five.
4.) Players may, "Skip," one week without making any picks, but they don't have to. If a player accidentally fails to submit picks, that will constitute the, "Skip," week.
For players who join the contest in Week 2, Week 1 will constitute the, "Skip," week.
5.) If a player fails to make picks for more than one week, he/she forfeits any right to a consolation prize, but may continue to play. Every week of missed picks other than the allotted, "Skip Week," will result in an 0-5 record for all weeks missed.
6.) Picks will be PM'ed to me at any point prior to 11:59p.m. EST Saturday, all picks will be openly posted by me between midnight Sunday and kickoff.
***The exception to this Rule is that I will accept E-Mail Picks from banned Members, but only if they are banned. If you are banned, you can still receive PM's, so I will PM you my E-Mail address.
7.) At some point on Tuesday or Wednesday the picks, results and updated Standings will be posted by yours truly.
8.) CONFIDENCE PICK: You may make one, "Confidence Pick," per week, though you don't have to. Your, "Confidence Pick," must be made expressly clear in your PM. The CONFIDENCE PICK result will count either as two wins or two losses, if made.TIME
1.) The first Sunday of the Season is September 11th, Lines will be posted on Thursday, September 8th.PICK FORMAT
I WILL be enforcing a uniform Pick format this year for all Picks as of Week 3. For the first two weeks, if you send me Picks that are not in the correct format, I will acknowledge that I have received your Picks by re-sending them to you in the correct format. Since I'm throwing $250 into the prize pool of a game that I cannot win, I don't think I am asking for too much, here.
1.) No Line Breaks
2.) For Spread picks, simply put the team nickname and the spread. (Ex: Bengals +5)
3.) For Over/Unders, simply put the team nickname for EITHER team, and the Over or Under amount. (Ex: Bengals OVER 25)
4.) To designate a Confidence Pick, simply put a hyphen and, "Confidence," after the pick. (Ex: Bengals OVER 25-Confidence)
So, a full set of picks might appear:
Patriots OVER 52
Jaguars UNDER 42
Let's have a great time, as always!
Vultures can't be choosers.