The nutty Michigan coverage isn't so much about Harbaugh as it is a signal to the Big Ten that Fox wants to party.
Having been a world cup fan(atic) since 94', in 2006 I thought of this idea for a world cup bracket type pool and it worked pretty good with about 10 entrants last time so I thought I would throw it to the Mgoblogship for usage/feedback.
The abridged rules are below. I rigged up an excel file for databases that is also crude by modern standards but functional in case any mixmasters want to try it at home. I am also interested in feedback, suggestions on the rules, statistics, grammar, etc.
Ante & Selection
Round 1 Scoring.
In Round 1, each team in your alliance earns you 5 points for a tie, and 10 points for a win in the 3 games against other members of their group. Two teams per group advance to the second, knock out round.
At the end of Round 1, countries advancing to Round 2 earn the following REWARD points:
Infantry, Cavalry, Cannon = 20 points
Dark Horse = 30 points
Round 2 Scoring.
In Round 2/Single elimination, only winning counts. Here each win earns a premium reward. The 3rd place/consolation game counts. If a team in your alliance wins the world cup, their reward is doubled for that game (ie. Cavalry winner = 60 pts for championship game).
Infantry = 20 points
Cavalry = 30 points
Cannon = 50 points
Enjoy 4 years as a champion of world cup football or continue to find other ways to take over and dominate—either way -- cheers! If there is a tie, pool pot is split between those tied at the end.
World Cup 2010 Groups & FIFA World Ranking on 3/31/10.
Pick 2 teams from each group for your alliance (Worksheet #1). Dark Horse Candidates in Italics.
France 8th (E)
Mexico 17th (N&CA/Asia)
Uruguay 18th (SA)
South Africa 88th (Af)
Greece 11th (E)
Nigeria 22nd (Af)
Korea Republic 49th (N&CA/Asia)
England 7th (E)
United States 16th (N&CA/Asia)
Algeria 27th (Af)
Slovenia 29th (E)
Germany 6th (E)
Serbia 15th (E)
Australia 19th (N&CA/Asia)
Ghana 31st (Af)
Netherlands 3rd (E)
Cameroon 20th (Af)
Denmark 34th (E)
Japan 45th (N&CA/Asia)
Italy 5th (E)
Paraguay 23rd (SA)
Slovakia 33rd (E)
New Zealand 79th (N&CA/Asia)
Brazil 2nd (SA)
Portugal 4th (E)
Cote D’ Ivorie 25th (Af)
Korea DPR 105th (N&CA/Asia)
Spain 1st (E)
Chile 13th (SA)
Switzerland 20th (E)
Honduras 36th (N&CA/Asia)
Select at least 1 team from each category as part of your alliance. Teams listed before the / qualified for WC 2006, teams after the slash (/) did not qualify in 2006. (Worksheet #2)
ALLIANCE SELECTIONS and Score at Home Grid:
Alliance NAME ______________________ Email: ______________
RND 1 RND 2 Country
Country T (x5) #W(x10) ADV-Bonus TOT #W TOT TOTAL
1. : / / / _______ // / ______ // ________
2. : / / / _______ // / ______ // ________
3. : / / / _______ // / ______ // ________
4. : / / / _______ // / ______ // ________
5. : / / / _______ // / ______ // ________
6. : / / / _______ // / ______ // ________
DARK HORSES (must have lowest two rankings of the 4 teams in their Group A-H)
7. : / / / _______ // / ______ // ________
8. : / / / _______ // / ______ // ________
9. : / / / _______ // / ______ // ________
10. : / / / _______ // / ______ // ________
11. : / / / _______ // / ______ // ________
12. : / / / _______ // / ______ // ________
13. : / / / _______ // / ______ // ________
14. : / / / _______ // / ______ // ________
15. : / / / _______ // / ______ // ________
16. : / / / _______ // / ______ // ________
I'm in if we can pay via paypal. I don't remember the last time I mailed an actual letter. It may have been 2003.
I can't believe what I just saw....
This is impressive. I was going to have my colleagues pay $5 to pull one of the 32 out of a hat...
For MgoBloggers interested in playing in this WC/Risk Pool, I'm okay being your moderator if we do it via exchanged emails and paypal.
If just a few of you opt in, you would be added to the existing pool which should be between 10- 20 entrants not counting MgBers.
If more than a few MgBers want in, I would moderate a separate pool of up to 20 MgB entrants (the first 20 payments received). I won't accept additional payments in the unlikely event that over 20 of you want in. Either way, I would post all the picks and give weekly point total updates during the games. With 20 of you in, the payout would be $210 since I would be in it to win it if I'm crunching the numbers...
If you interested, I just set up a new email account at excite.com for this endeavor. Here is the address to acquire an entry form: firstname.lastname@example.org
PS: I do have a paypal account for receiving entry fees and payout if you win.
I like the concept of a WC bracket, but what's the deal with the cannons, etc?
This is awesome. I'm too intimidated (and lack the knowledge) to play, but this is a great idea.
Can you send money via online poker transfer? Full Tilt or Poker Stars.
when I have figured out the explanation you've just posted.
Great idea! Where do we send out picks? I'd prefer paypal too.