In the first two years of the “Sack Schultz” contest, I deluded you, the reader, into believing that you could pick college football winners as expertly as me.
Hah! It was a trick. Finishing 1,177th out of 6,978 entries last season was all part of a master plan into making you think that my secret system for picking winners was something as pedestrian as, “Eenie, Meenie, Miny, Moe,” when in fact it’s, “Eenie, Meenie, Jelly, Beanie,” something far more spiritual (kids: Google “Bullwinkle”).
But this year, I’m serious. There’s too much at stake. It’s why I’m also going to
enter my dog, Lilly, in the contest as a backup plan, just to see if she can pick winners any better than me. (Her method of selection will be forthcoming.)
Let me start with the whopper prize: If you can pick winners better than me (and everybody else) among national entries, you will win a trip for two to Hawaii (valued at $5,000), including airfare and hotel accommodations.
If you pick winners better than any everybody else
among local entries, you’ll win a fabulous package of goodies that includes two tickets to the always-sold-out Georgia-Georgia Tech game in Athens, a night’s stay at the Hotel Indigo in Athens, and two tickets to the always-sold-out Chick-fil-A Bowl.
Weekly national winners also will be awarded their choice of prizes from Fathead.com — my wife wants a Troy Polamalu Fathead on the bedroom wall; not happening — and weekly local winners will receive $100 gift cards.
The contest launches Aug. 24. Here’s all you do. Register for free online at AJC.com/go/sackschultz2012. The website has all of the details. Pick the winners of 15 games each week. There is a cutoff time for each round and game every week if you want to change your pick. That’s it.
This is when I’m supposed to wish everybody good luck.
So good luck.
Even if I don’t really mean it.
By Jeff Schultz