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Are You Ready For Some Football?!?! - The NFL Playoffs Spark Game (Join Us and Play!)

Saturday, January 05, 2013

Hopefully this is easy. Here are the rules:

1. Pick one team from this weekend's games that you expect to advance (i.e., to win their game this week.) You can pick with your head, based on research, with your gut (stop self-deprecating now!) or any other criterion.

2. Root for your team. A lot rides on their success. Read on... (Here is how I've been rooting for mine):

3. If your team wins, your obligation becomes to lose the number of pounds associated with the highest digit of their winning score, before Super Bowl Sunday.

Example, WHEN the Ravens beat the Pilgrims (not the Colts, for they were stolen and moved to Indianapolis on the Mayflower!) 26 to 17, I will be obliged to lose six pounds for the team (6 is the highest digit of 26) before the Ravens are eliminated. If I predict two of the four games this weekend correctly (see step four), my weight loss obligation lessens by two, to four pounds.

4. Choose the outcomes of all of this weekend's games. For each correct outcome you forecast, SUBTRACT one pound from your weight loss obligation.

5. If your team loses, you get a new team from those that have a first-round bye. This is the only week with a replacement team element. However, you also only get ONE WEEK to lose the lower digit of your team's score, after the prediction subtraction!

6. If your team wins this week, they are your team again next week. If your team loses this week, you choose a fresh team for next week. In either case, next weekend's score of your team replaces this week's score in terms of weight loss obligation (and again, less a prediction-based subtraction), only if the obligation is larger. In my hypothetical, the Ravens play in Denver next week and win 29 to 23, now I'm obligated not for six lbs but for 9 lbs.

7. Except for this weekend's wild card round, once your team is eliminated, your obligation to lose the pounds by Super Bowl Sunday, survives. However, you can lower it by continuing to make correct guesses. That way, everybody still plays and the total to lose is not too daunting.

8. As with all Spark games of my invention, I am judge, jury and executioner. And I will be merciless. And my bias toward all footballs purple may have me lose this little game quickly.

Post below with your team for this weekend's games, the basis of your prognostication, etc. And tell us if you are hoping for a score of 10 to 3, obligating you to one measly pound, or if you are a glutton for punishment and will accept a 19 to 13 win, wherein you need to lose nine pounds by Super Bowl Sunday!


My forecast:

Ravens are my team (duh!). Also forecasting wins this weekend by Houston, Green Bay and Seattle.

Questions? Go!
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  • CMW123
    Ok, here it is sunday morning and upon seeing this I had to request audience with King Edward (aka my husband) and ask his proclamation of the games. He has decreed Baltimore and Washington the winners.

    Since I know too many Obnoxious redskins fans, I refuse to consider that team. So, I will say Baltimore and Seattle.
    1903 days ago
    Is this one of those math games where you guess a number and go through all sorts of calculations and then get the number you originally guessed :-)?

    I didn't see this until late today. Can I still play and just pretend I lost the Bengals/Texans game?

    If I can still play, my team will be Washington for one reason only - Kirk Cousins. RGIII will get hurt again and Kirk will lead the team to victory by a score of 24 - 21.

    I'll pick the Packers and Vikings to play to a 0 - 0 tie and the NFL will decide neither team is worthy of continuing so they give Atlanta a second bye week (If you haven't guessed by now, I'm a Bears fan). OK. I'll go with the Packers because I don't think the Vikings can beat them back to back.

    Sorry, I hope this doesn't influence you allowing me to participate late, but I'm picking the Colts over the Ravens because of Andrew Luck.
    1904 days ago
    I might play but I couldn't quite figure out from the rules what happens if the team you pick has a by this week. I am a Bronco fan born and bread in Colorado.

    1904 days ago
    Interesting Marck. I am in maintenance and don't want to lose anymore weight. My family is now complaining over the Christmas holiday that I am too skinny and look like death warmed over. There is no pleasing them and I don't try.

    Okay Mark--These are my friends and my picks. Colts vs Ravens. The Ravens will win it 10-24

    Bengals vs Texas Texas will win 7-17

    Vikings vs Packers The Packers will win 7-10

    Seahawks vs Redskins. The Seahawks will win 10-26
    1904 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/5/2013 6:24:10 PM
    Does this require actually paying attention to football?
    emoticon emoticon
    1904 days ago
    Taking the Packers as my team, to beat the vikings 24-16. It could be worse, but Mason Crosby will miss a field goal, saving me from three pounds of sweat.

    Choosing to incur the wrath of the games master I'll pick the Colts, Texans and Seahawks.
    1904 days ago
  • BOSS61
    Feels heartened to have two players. Need more...
    1904 days ago
    Okay, I'll bite :)

    Selections guided by my 11 year old son (yes, we here in the family are all vested in the outcome).

    Colts vs. Ravens == Ravens win
    Bengals vs. Texans == Texans win
    Vikings vs Packers == Packers win
    Seahawks vs Redskin s== Seahawks win

    emoticon Go SEAHAWKS emoticon They are my team. I was at their game last Sunday :) 27 - 23!
    1904 days ago
  • COOKIE_AT_51
    Okay ... will give this a try!
    Packers are my team (Born and raised Packer Fan) will win against the Vikings, 27-13.
    Other choices to win are: Texans, Ravens, Redskins ...

    emoticon GO PACK GO emoticon

    1904 days ago
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