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Predict the NFC South - Week 1 - Deadline Thursday Noon


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All picks due by Thursday 12pmish (EST)

Welcome to our second annual NFC South cash prize prediction contest. This is not a pool and it costs nothing to play other than the time it takes you to research and make your picks. The prize this year will be at least $100 and if we do another bonus round it could go higher.

If you are a new player this year please read everything in this first post and ask any questions.

For those that played last year I have made some changes to the contest and the rules so please read this entire thread this week and I will let you know in future weeks if/when you need to read below this line:

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First, lets start with suggestions based on what we learned from last year's contest. These suggestions will help make sure we do this a third year so please read.

1.Just list the winners because it leaves no room for error and it is easiest for me. Whatever you do, don't just quote someone else's pick and agree because it likely to get missed. If you wish to explain your reasoning do so under the picks not to the side.

Example for week 1:

Falcons

Vikings

Giants

Bucs

2. Read the first section of these threads each week. In those sections I will give you important information for the week and let you know if there have been changes to the lower sections you need to read.

3. Please try to keep this thread on topic as much as possible. Last year (and I was as guilty as anyone) there were times I had to scroll and scroll between posts to find picks. However, feel free to ask questions about any aspect of the contest.

4. If you change your screen name let me know so I can check your name history and update the spreadsheet. People make picks that are not in the contest so if you don't let me know I might miss it.

5.Make your picks early. You can always edit them later but if you don't make them at all you risk being disqualified. Last year we even had a situation where the board was taken down for a software update for most of Friday morning and a few people were left out in the cold.

DISCLAIMER:

This contest and prize are being provided by me personally and none of it is affiliated with the Falcons organization or the NFL in any way.

Game Rules and Prize Information:

1. You must enter the contest before the deadline of week 2. To qualify you must have a membership date before September 1, 2010. Only the original account you started with may play.

2. You are not required to be a fan of the Falcons to play.

3. It is free to play.

4. All picks have to be posted before the established deadline. Once this thread is locked the deadline has passed.

5. Only your first set of picks will be used. If you make a second post in this thread with another set of picks they will be ignored. If you want to change your mind, edit your original post.

6. Do not PM your picks. Picks made by PM will be ignored. Post them in this thread.

7. This is a message board so allowances have to be made for missing a week here and there. However, to keep this contest simple this year if you miss a week you will be assigned a score for the week. As, of right now that score will be based on the average of what everyone else picked for the week rounded to the nearest whole number.

8. You may not miss more than 3 weeks of picks during the season. If you miss more than 3 you will be listed as disqualified the next week and your name will then be dropped from my spreadsheet.

9. The final score or how close the score was doesn't matter.

10. The results of previous weeks will be posted as soon as I have time to tally them.

11. I am capable of making mistakes. If you don't check your personal results and let me know if there is an error they will be locked in 7 days after they are posted.

12. The prize will be awarded at the end of the season or as soon as a tie breaker can settle the outcome.

13. If you get permanently banned you cannot re-enter the contest under a new name. No exceptions.

14. If you win you will need to PM me your email address so you can receive the online certificate. I suggest that you NOT use a work email address because it coming directly from the NFL Shop and it might get caught in your company's spam filter. If you have home spam protection you will need to make sure the email can get through or set up a hotmail account. If you have any doubts whether or not the email can come through I strongly suggest setting up an account with one of the reputable free email services. I would HATE if I spent the money and no one got to enjoy the prize. However, if it gets caught or rejected I will not be responsible if you cannot collect your prize.

15. These rules may change to adapt to issues that may come up during the season.

What are you playing for?

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$100

FAQ:

The stated dealine has passed but the thread has not been locked. What gives?

I work for a living. The deadline is a soft target. I will do my best to lock the thread around the time that I have given but sometimes it doesn't happen until hours later. You can keep making picks or editing your picks until the thread is locked. Don't count on it ever being late though. There are weeks I lock it right at noon.

What happens if you (Finally) wins?

If I win I will be an insufferable gloat intent on proclaiming to anyone who will listen how I won and you all are miserable losers. I will give a whole new dimension to the term bad winner. However, I do intend to give out a prize so the runner-up (least of the losers) will collect the prize.

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Apparently I have some competition this year in NFC South pick contests:

If you are going to play it is up to you to find the right thread and make the picks. If you get confused between the two or more contests I can't help you.

I would not be opposed to merging the two if you want. The only issue is it would have to be the same games all the other boards are picking. You could manage your challenge using those games/tie breakers and I would get the data from you, then post a thread with the division results, while you keep yours unpolluted by outside players. We run ours similar to this where we make one set of pics, but they count for the board only challenge and the division challenge. What do you think?

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Falcons

Giants

Saints

Bucs

Falcons are too solid all around and I dont think Smitty will let us lose...Panthers just cant handle the New Yorkers and the electricity of the new stadium opening...I'm not sold on Favre being very healthy,not to mention receiver issues...Browns/Bucs is a crap shoot,only picked em cuz their at home....LET THE SEASON BEGIN!!!!!!

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I would not be opposed to merging the two if you want. The only issue is it would have to be the same games all the other boards are picking. You could manage your challenge using those games/tie breakers and I would get the data from you, then post a thread with the division results, while you keep yours unpolluted by outside players. We run ours similar to this where we make one set of pics, but they count for the board only challenge and the division challenge. What do you think?

I don't think there is any way to combine them without making it more confusing. Frankly by the end of last year I was really annoyed with how I had set it up so this year I am making it as simple as I can for myself.

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I was too late for this last year and very cool of you to do this. So all I have to do is post who I think will be the NFC South winners for the week? I didn't know if I needed to let you that I wanted to play or just simply post my picks every week.

Thanks

Just jump in and make some picks. Anyone who makes picks by next week's deadline (that qualifies) will be considered in the contest.

Edited to be more accurate.

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