Spring has descended on this prairie outpost, and the NHL is in the throes of playoff drama. In other words, 'tis the season for pools.
As of Sunday, I still am perched atop my playoff pool, though results are conspiring to unseat me shortly. However, I want to play up the silly notion (common in soccer circles) that hockey is a moron's sport, and instead focus my springtime pooling on the beautiful game.
Let me introduce you to the 2009 Nutrilite Canadian Championship Pool.
It couldn't be simpler, really. But let me bring you up to speed anyway.
The Nutrilite Canadian Championship, aka the Voyageurs Cup, is the de facto Canadian club championship, and also serves a qualifying tournament for the CONCACAF Champions League. You may recall the 2008 Canadian champions, the Montreal Impact, making a little noise in that aforementioned continental championship.
The format of the tournament is a round-robin, with each team hosting and visiting the two others.
Rules for the pool:
- Entrants predict the final score for each match.
- Pool entries are ranked based on total discrepancy between predicted and actual score. E.g. If you predict Toronto will win Wednesday's match against Montreal 1-0, and the final is 2-1 for TFC, the difference for the match is 2 goals.
- Low score wins.
- Tiebreaker, if necessary, goes to which entry predicted the highest number of correct results (wins/ties/losses).
See the official entries list to see if I have yours down correctly.
Note that I have Toronto winning, and Montreal not winning for the first time in the tournament's history. I'm already starting to feel foolish.
You can submit an entry by posting your predictions in the comments, or by leaving me an email.
It all gets started this Wednesday, so time is of the essence. Check in soon for a more detailed preview of Wednesday's match, and the tournament generally.