A few weeks ago an editor informed me that the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and ajc.com were going to start a contest in which readers would have a chance to pick college football games against me.
Two questions immediately came to mind:
1) Do I need to buy the prizes?
2) Am I supposed to lose on purpose?
Because, really: You’re going to pick college football games against me?
And what next? Perhaps a times-table contest against Stephen Hawking?
OK, seriously, here’s how it works:
The contest is called “Sack Schultz,” I suppose because they are words so often spoken in editorial meetings. This does not have any connection with my Weekend Predictions (which is scheduled to begin again next week, pending conditioning drills).
The “Sack Schultz” contest is pretty simple. Go to this website: ajc.com/go/sack-schultz. Register, providing your name, address and a private telephone number so that I can phone you in the middle of the night to mock your selections.
Every week, you’ll find a new slate of games. Just pick the winners. No need to worry about point spreads. The contest begins the first week of the college football season. The local contest runs through Nov. 21 and the national contest through Nov. 27.The deadline for making your picks is listed next to the game (generally it’s a couple of hours before kickoff).
There will be three categories of winners:
♦ The reader picking the most winners nationally every week will win a “Fathead” of their choice. (Note: I checked and there is a “Brett Favre” available. It’s just like the real life version — one dimensional. Personally, I would opt for “SpongeBob” or one of the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders.
♦ The reader who can outpick me over the season will win two tickets to the Georgia-Georgia Tech game in Athens.
♦ Those picking the most winners nationally, during the season, will win a 37-inch HDTV.
Yes, this is a national contest. Sack Schultz Enterprises — I just wanted to see how that looked — is partnering with a company that stages this contest with several media outlets around the country. Because of that, we don’t pick the games and we can’t guarantee every SEC and ACC game will be on the menu. (You will notice that the Dogs and Jackets are not among the games in the first week, but there’s not much of a challenge in picking winners against Louisiana-Lafayette and South Carolina State, anyway.)
I’ll have a contest update every week online in Weekend Predictions.
So sign up and start picking. And just remember: second place isn’t so bad.