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    General Contest Rules

  1. Super Bowl bracket picks can be made and changed up until kickoff. (Note: kickoff time is set for 6:30 PM.)
  2. Once “kickoff time” is reached, picks will be closed and cannot be made or changed.
  3. Make your picks in each category of this year’s Super Bowl game — there are 12 different picks for the Super Bowl bracket contest.
  4. You cannot view other bracketeer’s picks until the game starts and all picks are locked in.
  5. Points Assessment – Awards & Penalties

  6. Points are awarded in 3 categories — by picking game scores (end of each quarter), picking the winning team (Vince Lombardi Trophy winner), and picking the MVP (Most Valuable Player).
  7. Scores Throughout Game (5 picks): you can receive up to +105 points for accurately picking game scores as follows–
  8. Pick Winning Team (1 pick): choose who you think will win the game as follows:
  9. Pick Game’s MVP (6 picks): you can receive up to +15 points for correctly picking the most valuable player as follows:
  10. Walkthrough Scenario (using Super Bowl XLIV as example, except for #6)

  11. Example #1 – The score at the end of the 1st quarter is 10-0 and you picked it to be 7-3. (How did I do?)
    • You earn no points for the leader’s score which is 10. You picked 7.
    • You earn no points for the trailer’s score which is 0. You picked 3.
    • You earn a total of +4 points for picking the exact point total of 10 [10+0]. You picked 10 [7+3].
    • Reminder you are not picking points by team, simply points by leader and trailer.
  12. Example #2 – The score at the end of the 2nd quarter is 10-6 and you picked it to be 10-3. (How did I do?)
    • You earn +6 points for picking the leader’s exact point total of 10.
    • You earn no points for the trailer’s score which is 6. You picked 3.
    • You earn +4 “mercy” points for picking within ±3 of the exact point total of 16 [10+6]. You picked 13 [10+3].
    • So you are awarded a total of +10 points for the 2nd quarter score.
    • Reminder you are not picking points by team, simply points by leader and trailer.
  13. Example #3 – The score at the end of the 3rd quarter is 17-16 and you picked it to be 24-16. (How did I do?)
    • You earn no points for the leader’s score which is 17. You picked 24.
    • You earn a total of +9 points for the trailer’s exact point total of 16.
    • You earn no points for the total score of 33 [17+16]. You picked 40 [24+16].
    • Reminder you are not picking points by team, simply points by leader and trailer.
  14. Example #4 – The score at the end of the 4th quarter is 31-17 and you picked it to be 35-21. (How did I do?)
    • You earn +4 “mercy” points for picking within ±4 of the leader’s score of 31. You picked 35.
    • You earn +4 “mercy” points for picking within ±4 of the trailer’s score of 17. You picked 21.
    • You earn no points for the total score of 48 [31+17]. You picked 56 [35+21].
    • So you are awarded a total of +8 points for the 4th quarter score.
    • Reminder you are not picking points by team, simply points by leader and trailer.
  15. Example #5 – The game is decided in regulation but you elected to pick 6 overtime points. (How did I do?)
    • You are deducted -2 points for inaccurately predicting overtime.
    • No points are awarded when the game does not go into overtime and you accurately predicted it would not. Sorry.
    • Reminder that picking overtime points is purely optional.
  16. Example #6 – The game is decided by 3 points in overtime and you elected not to pick overtime points. (How did I do?)
    • You are deducted -2 points for not anticipating overtime.
    • Had you predicted overtime and picked 3 points, you would have earned +5 points.
    • Had you predicted overtime and picked 1, 2, 4, or 5 points, you would have earned +2 “mercy” points.
    • Reminder that picking overtime points is purely optional.
    • And here’s a little hint … if the game goes into overtime your score picks in the 4th quarter ought to equal each other ;-) That’s a free one on us for reading the Rule Book.
  17. Example #7 – New Orleans Saints beat Indianapolis Colts and you picked new Orleans to win. (How did I do?)
    • You earn +5 points for correctly picking the Saints.
    • However, had you picked the Colts to win you would have been penalized -3 points.
  18. Example #8 – Drew Brees is the Game’s MVP and you picked him as your 2nd choice for the Saints. (How did I do?)
    • You earn +10 points for correctly picking Drew Brees, but only as your 2nd choice.
    • Had you picked Drew as your 1st choice, you would have earned +15 points.
    • Conversely, if you picked Drew as your 3rd choice for the Saints, you would have earned +5 points.
    • Reminder that no points are awarded if the MVP is not on either of your 2 lists (home and away).

    Point Summaries

  19. Point maximums and minimums — each category:
  20. Tie Breakers

  21. Tie-break Procedure (head-to-head Bracketeer comparison of the following, in order, until winner is determined):
    1. Most points from “Picking the Point Totals in Quarters 1-4” category
    2. Most points from “Picking the Leader Points in Quarters 1-4” category
    3. Most points from “Picking the Trailer Points in Quarters 1-4” category
    4. Most points from “Picking the Point Total in Overtime” category
    5. Most points from “Picking the Game’s MVP” category
    6. Most points from “Picking the Winning Team” category
    7. Flip-a-Coin (amongst yourselves, please)

    Final Contest Rules

  22. It’s free so anyone can join…tell your family, friends and Super Bowl party guests to sign up.
  23. Good luck and have some fun…hey, that’s what Super Bowl parties are all about!