Happy Festivus! We’ll do the airing of grievances and feats of strength later.
But first, I’ve got some hockey books to raffle off, so I thought we’d do one of our score prediction contests tonight. You in?
And of course, I would love to hear any Festivus-related comments, plus hockey comments, and the usual g(j)ibberish today and tonight.
The three books I have to give away are Bob McKenzie’s “Hockey Confidential”; Adam Raider and Russ Cohen’s “100 Things Rangers Fans Should Know and Do Before they Die” and Chris Chelios’ autobiography (with colleague Kevin Allen), “Made in America.” The winner will have first dibs, runnerup second.
Before we get started, for those reading this on lohud.com’s site, please go to rangers.lohudblogs.com to enter. To be clear … if you don’t see McKenzie’s book in the photo at the top, you’re in the wrong place for the contest.
1) This is the easy part. You pick the score, then a bunch of tiebreakers: game-winning goal, Rangers shots, Capitals shots. Your entry should look like this (with different numbers and names): Rangers 17, Capitals 1. GWG: Avery. Rangers shots: 18. Capitals shots: 44.
This is new!!!!: Don’t use NYR or Blueshirts or Wash or Was or Caps or Craps or whatever, or anything other than Rangers and Capitals when you make your pick. Don’t use abbreviations, nicknames, colons, dashes or semicolons or any other punctuation between the team name and the score. Just keep it very, very simple and do it exactly like this:
Rangers 17, Capitals 1.
If there is anything other than the name of the team then a space then the score, as shown here, you may be disqualified. Then add your tiebreakers.
It just makes it much easier for me to scroll through all the entries that way. Thank you.
2) The score of the game must be exact. Not closest. Not margin of victory. You must have the exact score to win or to move on to the tiebreakers, if needed. Note that the game-winning goal is the goal that provides the margin of victory, whether it be the second goal in a 17-1 game, or an overtime or (God forbid) winning shootout goal.
The Rangers’ shots tiebreaker shall go to the closest prediction without going over. If contestants are still tied, the Capitals shots tiebreaker shall be used, and also will go to the closest prediction without going over. If all remaining contestants are over the number of Capitals shots, the contestant closest to the correct total wins.
Finally, if still somehow tied—or if nobody picks the exact final score—I will either give the books to Sally again or flip a coin at Blog HQ or host a do-over on another date.
I might have to make an executive decision on the second- and third-place prizes if we don’t have enough correct score predictions, or too many people are tied for second or third.
3) The most important rules regarding entry into the contest: DO NOT EVEN DREAM ABOUT ENTERING MORE THAN ONCE. This is also new!!!! You MUST have a legitimate, working e-mail address in your comment header … you know, when you enter your screen name, etc. before the first time you comment. I will check for e-mail addresses and IP addresses from any entrant whose screen name I do not recognize. Multiple entrants will be disqualified. Capisce?
Only entries in this thread will count. In other words, don’t put your predictions in any other thread. I will probably have a pre-game notes thread later, but this thread will be the place for any and all entries until the contest closes at 6 p.m.
4) Don’t get me aggravated with dumb questions or details.
5) *-The judge’s decision on all issues will be final. (*-I am the judge; though I may be appointing a sub-judge for this contest).
Good luck, and have fun.
See youse tonight.