Thursday, September 30, 2010

Pablo's AWESOME Footy Finals Fever Competition - Redux

Oh. My. D-O-G!

For only the third time in the 116-year history of the Australian Football League (and its predecessor, the Victorian Football League), last Saturday's Grand Final was... a DRAW. In a tough encounter, both the Saint Kilda Saints and the Collingwood Magpies scored 68 points each.

And you know what? Unlike every other major sporting competition I've ever heard of, according to the AFL rules, there's no overtime in the Grand Final. No tiebreaker.

They have a replay.

For reals.

It's like having TWO Christmases!

So, my AWESOME Footy Finals Fever Competition has been extended. Same rules, same teams (see last week's post for more info). Get your tips in by 2.30pm Australian Eastern Standard Time this Saturday. (By the way, tips recorded last week DON'T count for this week... you hafta enter your tip on this post.)


Friday, September 24, 2010

Pablo's AWESOME Footy Finals Fever Competition - be quick!

Well everycat, it's springtime Down Under.

And in springtime, a young mancat's thoughts turn to... FOOTY!

Tomorrow is the Australian Football League's Grand Final for 2010.

This year, the Saint Kilda Saints and the Collingwood Magpies will face off to see who will be this year's champion.

And YOU can be a winner too! Just join in my AWESOME Footy Finals Fever Competition.

From now until game time, 2.30pm Australian Eastern Standard Time tomorrow (25 September), every blogging animal of the non-human variety can enter their tip for who will win the game, and predict the winning points margin. To enter, just post your prediction, with your name, in the comments of this post. Like this:

Pablo, Saint Kilda Saints by 999 points (an exaggeration).

Feel free to add a little cheer for your team, but these will not affect the outcome of the contest. The winner will be the blogger who guesses the winning team with the closest points margin to the actual final points margin of the game. In the event of a tie, the blogger who posted their tip first will win. One entry per blogging household. And I can change these rules whenever I want (but I'm not likely to).

A $40 (Australian dollars) donation to the Hobart Cat Centre (my local) will also be made in the winner's name... and I might even send you a little something! Past winners of this AWESOME annual competition include The Island Cats, our dear friend Luxie and Daisy the Curly Cat.

A hint from Pablo: in general, most AFL matches are decided by under 30 points, but it's not unheard of to have a points margin of 100 points or more. In last year's Grand Final, the Geelong Cats beat the Saint Kilda Saints by 12 points. The Saints haven't won the flag since 1966. The Magpies have lost MANY Grand Finals over the years. They last won in 1990, but have been the strongest team by far this year.

Last time Saint Kilda and Collingwood met in a Grand Final (in 1966!) the Saints won by just one point! If you're interested in studying the teams' form, or keeping up with the score during game time, you can visit the AFL's website. Otherwise, just make your bestest guess!

Start tipping... NOW!


Sunday, September 05, 2010

I am the MASTER

...of anti-socialness.