Sunday, 8 April 2012

2012 HBIC Playoff Pool

Back by popular demand, the HBIC Playoff Pool is up and running again. It went live last night, but I said I'd post the info again in case you had missed it. We've had four different winners in the previous four incarnations of this annual event, so here's hoping that YOU can win this year's HBIC Playoff Pool! As a note, the girl in the picture above is neither entered in the event nor is she available as a prize... in case there was some confusion there.

Let's get to this, though. I'm not going into any Hunger Games quotes or anything, so you'll just have to have faith in the image to the left. The HBIC Playoff Pool is a vicious dogfight to the end where one series can derail your hopes and chances of winning. But we're not here to talk about your potential devastation. Focus on winning, forget allegiances and stats, and pick true when selecting winners. In saying that, here is the format for the 2012 Hockey Blog In Canada Playoff Pool.
  • Entrants will be required to pick the winner of each game for each series. In doing so, one will also choose the number of games played by the two teams in each series.
  • Entrants will be required to pick the game-winning goal scorer for each game.
Sounds pretty easy, right? No real strategy as to which team will go further, who is playing whom, and all that jazz. Points will be based upon your predictions.
  • For each correctly-predicted team that wins the game, one point will be awarded. For correctly predicting the series length, two points will be awarded. For correctly predicting the series length AND winning team, five points will be awarded. If one correctly predicts the series length and winning team, the two-point option is overridden by the higher-scoring option.
  • For predicting the player who scores the game-winning goal per game, that entrant will receive an additional two points per game per correctly-chosen player.
The following example should help you weed through the rules:
  • For the Pittsburgh-Philly series, I predict that Pittsburgh will win Games 1, 2, 4, and 6. Philly will win Games 3 and 5. I also predict that Chris Kunitz will score the game-winner in Game 1; Paul Martin in Game 2; Jordan Staal in Game 4; and, Tyler Kennedy in Game 6. Claude Giroux will score Philly's winner in Game 3 while Jaromir Jagr will score in Game 5.
  • If I correctly predicted the entire series (highly improbable with my record of prognostications) of Pittsburgh winning in six games with all my game-winner scoring choices being right, I would earn 23 points (6 for each correct game + 5 for correctly predicting length and series winner + 12 for each game-winning goal scorer).
The catch to this whole thing is that no one will be eliminated until the Stanley Cup is handed out. With each new round beginning, each entrant will be required to send in their picks just as they did in the previous round. This way, everyone has a chance at some free shwag. And everyone loves free shwag.

I would hazard a guess at there possibly being a tie between two or more people, so your tie-breaker, required at the start of the first round, is to name the team who will accumulate the most penalty minutes throughout the playoffs. Those who are tied will have their answers reviewed, and the entrant who picked the team with the higher PIM total for the playoffs will be crowned as the winner. Secondary tie-breaker, in case two entrants pick the same team for PIMs, will be number of series correctly predicted in length of games. For example, if Entrant A picks Boston and Entrant B picks Detroit, and Boston has the higher PIM total, Entrant A would be the winner. If tied, the entrant who had the most series wins would be the winner.

The best part of the HBIC Playoff Pool? It's FREE! That's right, kids. You can enter at no cost, and the shwag is up for grabs. The only thing I ask, to be fair, is that you only enter once, please. Also, if you happen to miss a round, that's fine. Things happen, people get busy, no big deal. Just remember that you may find yourself in a very difficult spot if you miss any of the rounds because the point totals available in each round decrease with the lower total number of series being played. I won't be babysitting, so it's your job to enter as the Playoff Pool continues.

There has been a MAJOR CHANGE in terms of entering. I will continue to use the email account specifically for the HBIC Playoff Pool simply because my normal email is ridiculously cluttered and I need some time to go through it. That being said, you MUST send all picks to this new email address: hbicplayoffpool-at-gmail-dot-com. Entries sent to any other email address that you have for me will be categorically deleted so that I can keep all of the HBIC Playoff Pool entries in one place. Clear? Nod your head. You don't want your Poolie Picks to go missing in my disorganized mailbox, do you?

Now to expedite the marking, I have created a pretty little Excel document that can be opened in both Microsoft Excel and OpenOffice Calc. Fill this out and send it back to me WITH YOUR NAME AS THE NAME OF THE EXCEL DOCUMENT (ie. Teebz.xls).

And I think that about does it. If you have any questions, fire me an email here. DO NOT SEND YOUR PICKS TO THAT EMAIL! Follow the directions above to do so. Get your picks in by the puck drop in Game One of the first series on Wednesday to enter the pool! If you have some sort of issue with this deadline, please email ASAP so we can make arrangements!

And may the best prognosticator win!

Until next time, keep your sticks on the ice!


Robert Ullman said...

I FINALLY got Excel last week...wotta great reason to start using it!

Also, Paul Martin in game 2...hilarious!

Teebz said...

I had to pick an unlikely candidate as a goal scorer. Martin may explode for points in the postseason! And that last line makes me laugh out loud.

As for Excel, just download LibreOffice! It's exactly the same, but it provides the option of saving as PDF which MS Office does not. And besides, free is always better than paying for anything, right? :o)