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  1. flv

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    #1 flv, Aug 7, 2018
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    The 2018 ROD Survivor and Pick'em Pools are OPEN

    All 5 games are free to play. You may play in as many of them as you wish.
    We have 2 Official ROD games:
    2018 Official ROD Pick'em
    2018 Official ROD Survivor (double-elimination)
    If you only want to play 1 or 2 games then these are the recommended choices.


    2018 Official ROD Pick'em
    You pick a team to win in every game of the Regular Season, (excluding Thursday games). You get 1 point for each pick that wins. At the end of the Regular Season the member with the most points is the winner. If there is a tie for most points after Week 17 then those members tied with the most points will be co-winners.

    To join this game click this LINK, click on 'Available Pools', and click on the yellow 'Join here' box opposite 2018 Official ROD Pick'em.

    2018 Official ROD Survivor (double-elimination)
    You pick a team to AVOID DEFEAT in its game in that week of the Regular Season. Teams can only be picked once so you will have to pick 17 different teams for the each of the 17 weeks of the Regular Season. This is DOUBLE elimination so you start with 2 lives. A selected team must avoid defeat. A loss or a missed pick will cost you 1 life. All Regular Season games are included so unlike Pick'em you can pick Thursday games.

    If after any week there is only 1 member with 1 or more lives left that member will be the winner. If 2 of more members survive all 17 weeks the winner will be the member with the most lives remaining. If there is a tie for most lives remaining after Week 17 then those survivors tied with the most lives remaining will be co-winners. If all members are eliminated before the end of Week 17 then all members who made picks in the last week in which there were still survivors will be co-winners.

    To join this game click this LINK, click on 'Available Pools', and click on the yellow 'Join here' box opposite 2018 Official ROD Survivor.

    Copied from last year:
    At the top of your screen, click on 'Pick'em' or 'Survivor', click on 'Manage your pools', and then select the 2018 Official ROD game pool under the 'Available Pools' section lower down the page.

    LOCATE GAMES (Drop Down Menu from Top)
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    MANAGE YOUR POOLS
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    There are 3 other games available.
    These too are located on the top menu of our site.


    1) 2018 Spread Pick'em

    You pick a team to cover the betting spread in every game of the Regular Season, (excluding Thursday games). If a team is more than a 50% chance to win then just winning won't be enough. The team will have to win and cover a number of additional points. How many additional points depends on how likely they are to win. A favoured team might have to win by more than 3½, more than 7½, or even more than 14½ if they're heavily favoured. Conversely underdogs DON'T have to win. They simply have to 'not lose by more than the spread'. You get 1 point for each pick that covers the spread. At the end of the Regular Season the member with the most points is the winner. If there is a tie for most points after Week 17 then those members tied with the most points will be co-winners.
    We'll use the ESPN Pick'em spread line for this game. That line comes out at 15:00 EST on Tuesdays. You can make picks before or after then but we will be adding spreads between Tuesday and Saturday.

    2) 2018 19-Handicap. This is a challenging straight Pick'em variant you won't find anywhere else.

    You pick a team to win in every game of the Regular Season, (excluding Thursday games). The twist is in the scoring. This is NOT a 1-point-for-a winner game. The simplest explanation is there are 37 points per game and how many points you get depends on how likely your winning team is to win. You are picking against the money line. A team that's only a 40% chance will get you 60% of the points if they win, a 56% favourite will win you 44% of the points, and a 74% favourite will only win you 26% of the points. You still have to pick winners, (as there are 0 points for a losing pick), but it's more about judging the risk/reward of each pick. You can play for free but I would prefer this to be a ROD$10K entry fee. (What else are you going to do with those ROD$? ;)). The prize pool will be 100% of the entry fees plus the Sportbook will donate ROD$50K and an additional ROD$2500 to each of the 1st 50 sign-ups. 68% of the prize fund is in weekly prizes so it's still worth playing even if you're out of contention for a top 3 finish. Points value choices and all scoring will be listed on the 19-Handicap thread:

    ramsondemand.com/threads/19-handicap-unofficial-rod-straight-pickem-2018.55071/

    ...and NOT on the Pick'em pool itself. The pool is simply a place to make your picks. ESPN's spread line will be the gauge of how likely a team is to win. Picks will be worth 19 points +/- the ESPN handicap line. Half points will be rounded down. So...a 3½ favourite will be worth 15½, (rounded down to 15), and a 3½ point underdog will be worth 22½, (rounded down to 22).

    3) 2018 The Weakest Link (Reverse Survivor) This is NEW for 2018. Is picking winners too difficult? How about picking a team to LOSE? :sneaky:

    This is a Reverse Survivor competition. Pick a team to LOSE!!!

    This game is free to play event for all ROD members. For those members who want some ROD$ action there will is a ROD$2000 entry fee pool in the Sportsbook. The Sportsbook will donate an additional ROD$520 to the prize fund for each entry fee. This pool is winner take all. If there are co-winners the pool will be split equally between the winners.

    You pick a team to lose its game in that week of the Regular Season. You can only pick from the 20 teams in the NFL's 5 weakest divisions, (the NFC East and all of the AFC). Teams can only be picked once so you will have to pick 17 different teams for the each of the 17 weeks of the Regular Season. This is TRIPLE elimination so you start with 3 lives. A selected team must lose. A win, a tie, or a missed pick will cost you 1 life. You might to have to be tactical in your picks. By Week 15 you will only have 6 teams left to pick from and you'll be looking for 3 of them to lose. All Regular Season games are included so unlike Pick'em you can pick Thursday games.

    If after any week there is only 1 member with 1 or more lives left that member will be the winner. If 2 of more members survive all 17 weeks the winner will be the member with the most lives remaining. If there is a tie for most lives remaining after Week 17 then those survivors tied with the most lives remaining will be co-winners. If all members are eliminated before the end of Week 17 then all members who made picks in the last week in which there were still survivors will be co-winners.

    In an attempt to stop anyone from picking an invalid selection, (from the other 3 NFC divisions), the list of available teams will show in alphabetical order as being the home team @ Opponent, (regardless of when and where games are actually played, or who the opponent is). Picking Opponent will cost you a life.

    The board will shut at 13:00 EST on Sundays. You can change your pick at any time before the shut-off time or your selected team's game time, (whichever is earlier), so please make picks early. The warning system is set to post reminders 36 and 12 hours before the board closes. The board opens on Wednesdays at 01:00 EST.

    The winner(s) may, or may not, get a Survivor banner under their username. That will be up to @CGI_Ram. Personally I think anyone who survives 17 weeks with 1 or more lives left deserves a banner because this competition will be harder to survive than a normal NFL double-elimination Survivor.

    Good luck with whichever game(s) you choose to play.
     
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  2. RhodyRams

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    I'm playin this season, so let the wailing and gnashing of teeth begin. :p
     
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  4. flv

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    At the moment only the sign-ups are active. You can't make picks for Week 1 yet. This is because I have only posted a provisional schedule for Week 1. I may have to change the order of games because i'm running with other contests using the ESPN Pick'em order of games and ESPN may yet change their listed order. If I run contests with games in different orders i'm more likely to input a wrong score into a game.
     
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  5. OC--LeftCoast

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    I’ll be there

    But

    There’s a big hole to fill

    Dave was really the “man” we ( at least I) were going against

    A true legend if ever there were
     
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    Very true!!

    Perhaps we could create DaveFan51 Memorial (Digital) Trophies for the eventual winners??

    Just a thought.
     
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  7. flv

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    I feel the same way. DaveFan'51 always the member I was most competing against in competitions and the Sportsbook. Sadly both will be quieter this year. I also miss LACHAMP for similar reasons.
     
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    Thanks as always!
     
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    Sounds fun as always.
     
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    ESPN opened their games a few hours ago with an altered order for games and they made a complete mess of their Eliminator game. (Some teams were listed twice, some were listed 3 times and about 16 teams were missing completely :ROFLMAO:). I've already altered the ROD lists to match their Week 1 schedule and altered the Week 1 Spreads as well. I'm going to wait another 12 hours or so to see if they change the lists again. If not i'll open all the ROD games fully at that time. (y)
     
  12. DR RAM

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    I will win, or share championship, again...easily. Lol.
     
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    Well I hope you join some of the other ROD games as well then this year. 19-Handicap and The Weakest Link also have ROD$ entry pools if you're confident of boosting your ROD bank balance. :whistle:
     
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    I'm jus kidding.......

    Weakest link...nailed that.19 handicap, have to research that one.
     
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    All games are now fully open and picks can be made for Week 1. Please make picks early in order to familiarise yourself with the XenForo game system. Picks can be changed at any time before kickoff.
     
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