Saturday, August 6, 2016

The Official 2016 Pickem-Football Annual Recruitment Post

Dear Pickers,

I would like to announce my candidacy for the office of commissioner of picking things in the upcoming 2016 football season.


As a longtime maker of decisions, and a self-proclaimed commissioner of football picks for fourteen years, I consider myself very fortunate to be able to preach these successes on the world wide web. My concentration and vision have kept me alive for some time now. And I’ve seen some stuff you guys. That stuff is depressing and offensive, and all I want to do now is use “progress” in this sentence.

Now, more than ever, I think it’s time… it’s time to keep mostly the same blood, mostly the same faces, mostly the same thinking, and most importantly, some Pickem Dash Football Dot Com action.
It’s also time to review our rules; our constitution if you will. In order to achieve personal picking growth, we must adopt a radically conservative and progressive avant-garde approach to avoid all of the bad stuff and capture all of the good stuff. I think we are on the same page here.

Pickem Dash Football consists of 4 games: 2 regular-season and 2 post-season games. Regular season pick’em games are the following:

  • NCAA: 15 games to pick per week. Picks are against the spread. I provide the odds for each game.
  • NFL: 14-16 (all) NFL games per week. These picks are straight up. That means no spread and you are picking winners.

I send these picks to you via a link to a Google Form. It’s easy and you can even vote from your phone.

On the game card for each week's NCAA and NFL games, I may include optional bonus questions (like the annual Thanksgiving side dish bonus). While these won't increase your score for the regular-season games, the "points" are collected and used to give you an advantage in the post-season games. Bonus points are also given to weekly winners, for paying your entry fee early, and for some other random stuff I make up along the way.

The post season games are the following:

  • NCAA FBS Bowl Games: All the bowls (41? I've lost count). Picked confidence pool style. Straight up (no spread).
  • NFL Playoff Games. All the games (11). Picked week-to-week against the spread.

The impact of your picks on the Pickem Dash Football environment will be visible for you, your children, and your children’s children via a website. Maximize the utilization of our website while minimizing your other work to create the biggest impact.

Your Pick’em commissioner’s job should be to ensure your picks’ safety, promote a positive digital space for picks to live in, and stimulate the people to make the best choices. Tom Brady once said, “Too often in life, something happens and we blame other people for us not being happy or satisfied or fulfilled. So the point is, we all have choices, and we make the choice to accept people or situations or to not accept situations.” It is pretty clear Tom’s situation is filled with good picks.

We play in a remarkable league that is filled with talented and educated people who share a deep appreciation to the great picking opportunities that football gives us. You have what it takes to sustain greatness and thrive. It’s time.

- G$ for commissioner


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