Here’s your chance to ‘Sack Schultz!’ Just pick the winners

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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?

My financial analyst projects you have no hope to beat me, but you can still win by being the best of the rest.

My financial analyst predicts you have no hope to beat me. But you can still win by being second best.

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.

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110 comments Add your comment

sunny purdue

August 27th, 2010
8:46 am

Bill

August 27th, 2010
8:48 am

Count me in Jeff but if you call please make it after 11 PM.My wife loves that.

sunny purdue

August 27th, 2010
8:48 am

Tickets to the UGA-GT game is not much of a prize. How about a snuggie with your favorite teams logo?

Russ, the Temporary Mascot

August 27th, 2010
8:48 am

Just missed by a painted a$$.

Russ, the Temporary Mascot

August 27th, 2010
8:50 am

Is that with Waushan or without?

Washaun Ealey

August 27th, 2010
8:58 am

Schultz, can u help a brother out with some bail?

Caleb King

August 27th, 2010
9:02 am

:) thanks washaun ;)

Police have no...

August 27th, 2010
9:11 am

…have no jurisdiction in a parking lot – he should fight this and file a claim for false arrest – if he was “driving” in a parking lot that is not against the law, even if he had a suspended license – now the failure to leave info re: the striking of another vehicle is a problem, but it is not something to be arrested for since it was NOT on property governed by driving laws…

Jackie Boy

August 27th, 2010
9:12 am

Sack Shultz? Paper or plastic?

TommyJack

August 27th, 2010
9:14 am

Good one, Jackie Boy.

James

August 27th, 2010
9:20 am

Campus Cops have jurisdiction in parking lots on campus.

Billy Ray Valentine....Capricorn

August 27th, 2010
9:27 am

Back in the old days, we called it beating the Bisher. I guess the new euphemism is sacking the Schulz. Whatever, it still means the same thing.

cattle dawg

August 27th, 2010
9:28 am

I really dont have anything to say. So I wont say anything at all.

Bow Wow

August 27th, 2010
9:28 am

What is it about Georgia football players and drivers’ licenses? Do they have trouble passing the test, or do they think that laws don’t apply to them? They don’t think that the rules of the game apply to them, either. We’re going to be thin for LA Monroe.

Billy Ray Valentine....Capricorn

August 27th, 2010
9:28 am

or Schultz if you prefer.

glacialspeed

August 27th, 2010
9:38 am

Tickets to UGA-GT is more of a punishment than a prize. It’s a big town, guys. We’re not all UGA or GT fans.

The red panties are falling from the sky

August 27th, 2010
9:42 am

Bow Wow – They were told they wouldn’t have to take any tests during their time at UGA. They apparently didn’t realize that this only referred to academic tests.

Judge Judy

August 27th, 2010
9:42 am

Ealey must sit out the first quarter of LA LaFayette and attend Richt’s driver education class.

The Real SugarHillDawg

August 27th, 2010
9:44 am

Hey Schultz, for the grand prize, at the end of the season will you volunteer to quit the AJC and join MSNBC where you are much more suited and be the new Keith Olberman???

robodawg

August 27th, 2010
9:45 am

“The reader who can outpick me over the season will win two tickets to the Georgia-Georgia Tech game in Athens.” That’s gonna be a lot of readers you’re giving tickets to, isn’t it? ;)

Russ, the Temporary Mascot

August 27th, 2010
9:46 am

I don’t have a drivers license either but I have had my shots. Having a painted a$$ has changed my perspective on things and hit and run ain’t so bad when you are a starter. Now, a backup . . . that’s a different story. Backups can be made an example. Starters are misunderstood and subject to youthful indescretion like this and you can bet that’s what this will be called by a lot of bloggers. Getting your a$$ painted is small potatoes next to some of these brushes with the law. Where are my Raybans?

jimmymack

August 27th, 2010
9:48 am

police have a no no is right

Waleska Dawg

August 27th, 2010
9:56 am

I’ve still got my “I Beat the Press” t-shirt that I won in a similar AJC contest back in the early 80s. Glad to see that a prognostication contest is back.

sam

August 27th, 2010
10:04 am

Maybe the accident was in the parking lot but he had to drive home (on the streets) didn’t he??

Hillbilly Deluxe

August 27th, 2010
10:08 am

Back in the old days, we called it beating the Bisher.

I beat Bisher twice back in the old days but never got but one T-shirt. It’s still hanging in the closet; reckon it’s worth anything?

But, Sam...

August 27th, 2010
10:20 am

…no, he lives in the East Campus dorm adjacent to the parking lot where the incident occurred. Plus, even if he did drive on the streets, the cops did not actually see him drive on the street, so they had no right to issue a ticket for driving on a suspended license.

And, James, campus cops have jurisdiction on campus, and in this parking lot, but NOT jusrisdiction to give out a DRIVING violation, nor jurisdiction to issue a citation for “hit and run” – that is why they had to change the formal charge to “violation of the “duty-upon-strike” law”…

Delbert D.

August 27th, 2010
10:24 am

Jeff, you look cool with the funny hat an no glasses.

Delbert D.

August 27th, 2010
10:26 am

I pick Boise State over VT. What do I win?

observor

August 27th, 2010
10:41 am

Shouldn’t you be on vacation again? It’s been only three days since your last one, so I think you’re over due at this point.

Too tough 44

August 27th, 2010
10:44 am

It does seem to me that the campus police and the athens police THRIVE on arresting so many all the time, ya know, isnt a parking lot on private property? NOt a driving violation is it? Not leaving info for an accident not smart,but, oh well, time will tell

Paul in RDU

August 27th, 2010
10:50 am

The comments that the police have no jurisdiction on a hit and run because it was in a campus parking deck are moronic.
UGA Police Chief Willamson said according to the law “you have a responsibility when you hit another car to report it, same as if you hit a fence you have a responsibility to report it. . . . You can’t drive off.” There are witnesses to the car accident and to who was the driver.

This looks like Easley was “finishing the drill” helping UGA to clinch the Fulmer Cup.

GTFan

August 27th, 2010
11:26 am

Do college students not realize what they got? I am not just talking about UGA either! I am taking about all of the ones who have gotten in trouble. You’re playing college football and if your good enough possibly the NFL. I just don’t understand it!

Washaun Ealy

August 27th, 2010
11:28 am

We hit and run this state

Bob Johnson

August 27th, 2010
11:28 am

Tickets to GA -GT as a season prize? Get the ajc to man up and provide 4 tickets to the SEC Championship game in December – the only college football game that will be played in Georgia this fall that matters.

Weagle, Weagle, . . .

August 27th, 2010
11:31 am

“The reader who can outpick me over the season will win two tickets to the Georgia-Georgia Tech game in Athens.”

What’s second place?

Four tickets?

Schultzy's Five-head is showing

August 27th, 2010
11:32 am

“beating the Bisher” can make you go blind

Da'Rick

August 27th, 2010
11:43 am

What do I get for telling you a year ago that UGA would win the Fulmer Cup?

They will win again next year if Richt remains coach.

harold

August 27th, 2010
11:48 am

If Richt doesn’t win the SEC this year he will likely get fired after a six year drought. IT IS TIME!

Billy Ray Valentine....Capricorn

August 27th, 2010
11:48 am

@ Hillbilly: You only beat the Bisher twice? You sir are clearly master of your domain. And you got a t-shirt? I didn’t realize prizes could be awarded.

BigTimeTECHFan

August 27th, 2010
11:54 am

Wher do I pick up my TV?
everyone else is playing for 2nd!

GeezusDawg

August 27th, 2010
12:11 pm

@ Washaun Ealy “We hit and run this state”

Best one yet.

GeezusDawg

August 27th, 2010
12:12 pm

I thought that Richt had someone checking on all the players to make sure they were “legal” with licenses, driving-records, etc. back in the spring?

AD formerly known as Daddy Damon

August 27th, 2010
12:22 pm

““beating the Bisher” can make you go blind”

How do you frustrate a Bulldog fan?

Paint his genitalia orange & blue and tell him he can’t beat it but 3 times in twenty years!

Pick Em

August 27th, 2010
12:24 pm

Leonard’s Loser: Georgia!

bryant

August 27th, 2010
12:28 pm

Geez guys the lad hit a car and left no need to go all Perry Mason on us. All this the cops do not have the authority. Why dont you worry about the mindset of UGA athletes that time after time make poor decisions all the holy rolling your boy CMR does not seem to be getting through. I mean you guys should win the opener no problem and there is zero chance he will not play against SC. Because Saint Mark coached under Saint Bobby at free shoes university and who needs a life lesson for a young man when we have a football game to win.

Buzzfan®

August 27th, 2010
12:29 pm

You sure you’re up for this, Jeff? As the winner of many, many sports-related contests in this town I have some eerie built-in ‘edge’…can’t explain it…..it’s borderline mystical, like unicorns or Enya or Chuck Dowdle’s hair.

It all started back in the 80’s when I won multiple dinners/stays at the Marriott Marquis and ultiamtely a trip to Orlando answering ACC Hoops questions posed by Bob McCann during GT basketball games. Sure, it took being the first, second, fourth and fifth caller for one of ‘em, but at least I came up with the right answer when it really counted (when they said not to call any more).

Also keep in mind I was the inaugural winner of the Hawk-for-a-Day contest during the ‘96-’97 season and got to hang out with the team at practice and dress out and sit on (ok, near) the bench for a game vs the Knicks. Lenny even tried to put me in late, but I pretended to not hear him on the advice of my agent (who also happens to be my chiropractor).

I’ll think about this, Jeff…..not saying I will enter, but I’ll give it consideration.

But if you DO keep calling, you’re gonna hafta change your caller ID to something besides “Jeff Schultz”. “Erin Andrews” would work.

And it wouldn’t upset my wife as much.

POAD

August 27th, 2010
12:29 pm

Schultz ain’t no SAC! Tim Tucker now he is a hairy SAC for sure. Want let people post on UGA’s hard late push to capture the Fulmer Cup.

Steve

August 27th, 2010
12:32 pm

Jeff, I like it! Can we add a pick to see how many more UGA players will get arrested this year? This coming from a Georgia fan. Pathetic.

We Run This State

August 27th, 2010
12:33 pm

Washaun hit the car and then he was running like he was playing against Tech.

Sloppy Police Work

August 27th, 2010
12:51 pm

Come on now…the police set-up Washaun. This is a joke. UGA cops are sad.