The last thing we all want is some confusing and rambling monologue to convince you to sign up for a pick’em game. I feel you, and I did some research before writing this year’s recruitment email. This will be your definitive guide to Pick’em Dash Football ‘22.
The internet is filled with advice on how to do stuff. Naturally while preparing for the start of this season, I turned to Google: “what is the best way to convince a large crowd to play your made-up game.”
After combing through the 46M+ hits, most were results for icebreakers. But isn’t the best part about an online game is that we don’t *really* have to hang out. For some of you, the promise of fun all by yourself (and this powerful registration link) is all the icebreaker you need. Stay frosty, you guys.
(Can we still say “you guys” in 2022? Is there a better gender-less term? I’m open to ideas, but I think we can all agree “you guys” feels too good to be wrong.)
"'Tis better to have picked and lost than never to have picked at all." — Alfred Lord Tennyson -ish
Then I remembered -- Pick’em Dash Football is a game all about choice. Given all the turmoil in the world, we’ve had plenty of opportunities to take sides. How do you choose the right side? According to a legit-sounding poll from medicalalertbuyersguide.org, most people say they follow their head over their heart when making decisions.
And whatever you follow, the more important metric is how often you were right. If you want to practice making good decisions and have someone score you and other semi-anonymous peers, then we provide all the practice and measurements right here at Pick’em Dash Football.
"Good and evil both increase at compound interest. That is why the little decisions you and I make every day are of such infinite importance." — C.S. Lewis
Consequently, if percentages of right vs wrong warms your cockles and you are ready to register, then get yourself to the registration form now.
For everyone that is left, I’ve got a little secret. Want to make sure that you are always right? I’m kidding. You can’t! But if you’re still on the fence about deciding whether to register or not, I have more google research to share.
I learned today ladies go to google a whole lot for decisions about men. Then I remembered Reddit, and that’s where I found the most direct and useful advice:
“You can't force people to play games, but don't be afraid to invite people over to play a game, be friendly, make sure you have the rules down.” -unknown
You guys are so awesome. Want to know the Pick’em Dash Football rules? Follow me now.
“Pick’em Dash Football” consists of 4 games: NCAA Pick’em, NFL Pick’em, NCAA Bowl Challenge, NFL Playoff Challenge.
Game #1: NCAA Pick’em (picked against a given point spread)
- 15 games per week
- Games will show a point spread for you to pick against
- Contest represents approximately 1/3 of the registration pot; Both 1st and 2nd place winners will get something
Game #2: NFL Pick’em (picked straight up, i.e. pick winners)
- All NFL games (14-16) per week
- Contest represents approximately 1/3 of the registration pot; 1st and 2nd place winners will get something
Game #3: NCAA Bowl Challenge (played confidence style)
- All the bowls (41? I've lost count)
- Picks are straight up (no spread)
- Contest represents approximately 50% of 33% of the pot (uh, you do the math); 1st place winner only
Game #4: NFL Playoff Challenge (played against the spread, you bet with points Vegas-style)
- All the playoff games (11)
- Picks week-to-week; points are cumulative
- Contest represents approximately 50% of 33% of the pot; 1st place winner only
Above all else, remember that making choices puts you in a position of power. Trust your judgment, and go into this football season excited about the possibilities — not regretting the lost opportunity.
And in grand conclusion, I’ll leave you good people with something else I found from my research.
“Rather than designing fun, finding fun is always a lot easier than designing it because if you just want to think it up in your head -- as Chris DeLeon would say -- your brain is a horrible emulator." - some guy on a YouTube video that is way more familiar with Chris DeLeon than me
I think we can all agree with 100% of that. No notes. Let’s pick some football.