That’s right, you heard me. All I’m asking for in return is a little bit of your time prior to each NFL Sunday. That’s worth a C-Note, isn’t it?
I feel like one of those crazy guys on the late night television pitching you an offer that’s too good to be true except in this case, there is no catch.
$100 of my money will go to one lucky reader. In the process, you all are going to be part of my little experiment. You are going to help me prove that gambling on football is very, very difficult.
In the past, I’ve chosen every game against the spread each and every week of the season but nobody out there bets like that. We bet on the games we feel most confident about… and then we lose.
So, my little football-obsessed guinea pigs, this is where you come in. To earn your $100, all you have to do is choose more NFL games correctly against the spread than the rest of my readers. Not only will this tell you how good (or bad) you are at gambling on football games but you stand the chance to win some walk around money at my expense.
Here’s how this will work. Please read carefully.
Prior to each kick off of each week, I will list the point spreads for each game and maybe a little preview depending on how frisky I’m feeling. If you’re not including the Thursday night game in your picks, it’s perfectly okay to get me your picks prior to the 1pm Sunday games.
Using the lines I post, you must choose five games each week, listing them in order of confidence, assigning five confidence points to the game you’re most certain, four to the next, then three until you’ve listed all five games.
You will win either five, four, three, two or one points if you pick that game correctly. If you do NOT pick that game correctly, you will LOSE the confidence points you assigned to that game. I will keep a running tally of everyone’s score all season long. The person with the most points at the end of the season will win the $100.
I know everyone is busy so I don’t expect you to enter every week, however, you MUST enter picks at least ten weeks to be eligible to win the $100. You can pick as many weeks as you like but to qualify, you must pick at least ten different weeks.
It’s that simple, my friends. I will also be entering my five weekly picks and listing my score alongside everyone else’s. If I win, not only will I talk trash incessantly for the entire off-season but I’ll be keeping my $100. If the last two years are any indication, that’s unlikely to happen. That means one of you will be able to have a little extra spending cash over the holidays. Be sure to buy me something nice.
I’m really looking forward to seeing how this contest evolves. I’ve never hosted a contest quite like this one before. I think we’ll be seeing some interesting strategies develop as the season progresses. Plus I want to see how many of you end up with positive/negative points on the season.
This should be good, so best of luck, ladies and gentlemen. Let the gambling begin!
Without further ado, here are Week One’s betting lines:
Carolina (-3) at Denver
Tampa Bay (+3) at Atlanta
Minnesota (-2.5) at Tennessee
Cleveland (+4) at Philadelphia
Cincinnati (-2.5) at Jets
Oakland (+1) at New Orleans
San Diego (+7) at Kansas City
Buffalo (+3) at Baltimore
Chicago (+6.5) at Houston
Green Bay (-5.5) at Jacksonville
Miami (+10.5) at Seattle
Giants (-1) at Dallas
Detroit (+4) at Indianapolis
New England (+6) at Arizona
Pittsburgh (-3) at Redskins
Los Angeles (-2.5) at San Francisco