Sunday, May 03, 2009

Nutrilite Canadian Championship Pool




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).
There will be a prize. Maybe not another Radzinski doll. Perhaps something from the CSA shop.


My entry:

DATE HOME AWAY
05/06/09 Toronto 1 0 Vancouver
05/13/09 Toronto 2 1 Montreal
05/20/09 Montreal 2
0 Vancouver
05/27/09 Vancouver 1 1 Montreal
06/02/09 Vancouver 2 1 Toronto
06/18/09 Montreal
2 2 Toronto


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.

34 comments:

M@ said...

I think my prediction gives Vancouver the win. I see the streak not so much as Montreal always winning, but Toronto never winning. :)

05/06/09 Toronto 1-0 Montreal
05/13/09 Toronto 1-1 Vancouver
05/20/09 Montreal 1-1 Vancouver
05/27/09 Vancouver 1-0 Montreal
06/02/09 Vancouver 2-1 Toronto
06/18/09 Toronto 1-2 Montreal

Lord Bob said...

My rule is "predict Montreal to win the tournament until the year that they don't". So without further Freddy Adu:

Toronto 1-1 Montreal
Toronto 3-0 Vancouver
Montreal 2-0 Vancouver
Vancouver 0-0 Montreal
Vancouver 1-2 Toronto
Toronto 0-1 Montreal

Sam said...

Just a heads up the first game is Toronto - Vancouver not Toronto - Montreal.

Toronto 2-1 Vancouver
Toronto 0-0 Montreal
Montreal 2-0 Vancouver
Vancouver 1-3 Montreal
Vancouver 2-2 Toronto
Montreal 0-1 Toronto

Toronto to take home the title

P.S. I think if you predict the overall winner correctly you should get like -5 points or something

J said...

Sam,

Good correction and suggestion. I'll think about the bonus, though I think 5 points is a bit too much.

M@ said...

My corrected entry:

05/06/09 Toronto 1-1 Vancouver
05/13/09 Toronto 1-0 Montreal
05/20/09 Montreal 1-1 Vancouver
05/27/09 Vancouver 1-0 Montreal
06/02/09 Vancouver 2-1 Toronto
06/18/09 Montreal 2-1 Toronto

P said...

Here goes:

Toronto 1-1 Vancouver
Toronto 2-0 Montreal
Montreal 2-1 Vancouver
Vancouver 2-0 Montreal
Vancouver 1-2 Toronto
Montreal 1-1 Toronto

Lord Bob said...

I had the last TFC-Impact match the correct way around in my head, I just wrote it down as I read it.

But, for the sake of accuracy:

Toronto 3 - 0 Vancouver
Toronto 1 - 1 Montreal
Montreal 2 - 0 Vancouver
Vancouver 0 - 0 Montreal
Vancouver 1 - 2 Toronto
Montreal 1 - 0 Toronto

Duane Rollins said...

Toronto 3 - 0 Vancouver
Toronto 2 - 0 Montreal
Montreal 1 - 1 Vancouver
Vancouver 1 - 0 Montreal
Vancouver 0 - 2 Toronto
Montreal 0 - 1 Toronto

Kevin Elder said...

Toronto 1 - 1 Vancouver
Toronto 2 - 0 Montreal
Montreal 1 - 1 Vancouver
Vancouver 2 - 1 Montreal
Vancouver 1 - 1 Toronto
Montreal 1 - 2 Toronto

Rob said...

Toronto 2 - 1 Vancouver
Toronto 1 - 1 Montreal
Montreal 0 - 0 Vancouver
Vancouver 1 - 2 Montreal
Vancouver 0 - 0 Toronto
Montreal 2 - 3 Toronto

M@ said...

Sounds like everyone's expecting Toronto to take this tournament seriously this year!

squizz said...

Toronto 1-0 Vancouver
Toronto 2-0 Montreal
Montreal 2-2 Vancouver
Vancouver 1-0 Montreal
Vancouver 2-2 Toronto
Montreal 1-1 Toronto

Nuvinho said...

05/06/09 Toronto 2-0 Vancouver
05/13/09 Toronto 1-0 Montreal
05/20/09 Montreal 1-1 Vancouver
05/27/09 Vancouver 1-0 Montreal
06/02/09 Vancouver 0-1 Toronto
06/18/09 Montreal 1-1 Toronto

dyslexic nam said...

I got Vancouver as the whipping boys on this one:

05/06/09 Toronto 3 0 Vancouver
05/13/09 Toronto 1 0 Montreal
05/20/09 Montreal 2 1 Vancouver
05/27/09 Vancouver 1 1 Montreal
06/02/09 Vancouver 1 2 Toronto
06/18/09 Montreal 1 1 Toronto

Dan said...

05/06/09 Toronto 2 0 Vancouver
05/13/09 Toronto 2 1 Montreal
05/20/09 Montreal 1 0 Vancouver
05/27/09 Vancouver 2 1 Montreal
06/02/09 Vancouver 2 2 Toronto
06/18/09 Montreal 2 1 Toronto

zeelew said...

05/06/09 Toronto 1 0 Vancouver
05/13/09 Toronto 1 1 Montreal
05/20/09 Montreal 1 0 Vancouver
05/27/09 Vancouver 12 Montreal
06/02/09 Vancouver 2 2 Toronto
06/18/09 Montreal 1 2 Toronto

Joe Ross said...

Toronto 1 Vancouver 1
Toronto 1 Montreal 0
Montreal 2 Vancouver 0
Vancouver 1 Montreal 0
Vancouver 1 Toronto 1
Montreal 2 Toronto 0

Elvis said...

Toronto 2-0 Vancouver
Toronto 2-0 Montreal
Montreal 1-1 Vancouver
Vancouver 2-0 Montreal
Vancouver 1-1 Toronto
Montreal 0-1 Toronto

TFC wins it.

maxg said...

Toronto 0-3 Vancouver
Toronto 1-1 Montreal
Montreal 2-1 Vancouver
Vancouver 0-0 Montreal
Vancouver 2-0 Toronto
Montreal 2-2 Toronto

Lucky Strike said...

05/06/09 Toronto 1 0 Vancouver
05/13/09 Toronto 1 0 Montreal
05/20/09 Montreal 1 1 Vancouver
05/27/09 Vancouver 0 1 Montreal
06/02/09 Vancouver 1 1 Toronto
06/18/09 Montreal 1 2 Toronto

Anonymous said...

toronto 2 ovan toronto 2 montreal 0 montreal 1 1 van van 0 montreal 1 toronto 2 van 1 montreal 1 toronto 2

Joe Soccer Fan said...

Toronto 2-1 Vancouver
Toronto 1-0 Montreal
Montreal 1-1 Vancouver
Vancouver 2-0 Montreal
Vancouver 1-1 Toronto
Montreal 1-1 Toronto

J said...

toronto 2 ovan toronto 2 montreal 0 montreal 1 1 van van 0 montreal 1 toronto 2 van 1 montreal 1 toronto 2

Hey Anonymous guy -- I'm going to need a name from you if you want any chance of winning. If you don't want to sign up for a blogger account, email me.

Headhunting Canuck said...

05/06/09 Toronto 2 1 Vancouver
05/13/09 Toronto 0 1 Montreal
05/20/09 Montreal 3 2 Vancouver
05/27/09 Vancouver 0 1 Montreal
06/02/09 Vancouver 1 2 Toronto
06/18/09 Montreal 1 0 Toronto

PhilD said...

5/06/09 Toronto 3 1 Vancouver
5/13/09 Toronto 1 0 Montreal
5/20/09 Montreal 2 2 Vancouver
5/27/09 Vancouver 0 1 Montreal
6/02/09 Vancouver 1 2 Toronto
6/18/09 Montreal 1 2 Toronto

Simon B said...

Toronto 2 Vancouver 0
Toronto 1 Montreal 0
Montreal 3 Vancouver 1
Vancouver 2 Montreal 1
Vancouver 1 Montreal 1
Montreal 1 Toronto 1

Matt John Gregg said...

Toronto 0- 1 Vancouver
Toronto 2- 0 Montreal
Montreal 1- 3 Vancouver
Vancouver 0- 1 Montreal
Vancouver 0- 4 Toronto
Montreal 3- 2 Toronto

nobuzz said...

Toronto 3-1 Vancouver
Toronto 2-2 Montreal
Montreal 2-1 Vancouver
Vancouver 1-0 Montreal
Vancouver 1-1 Toronto
Montreal 0-1 Toronto

Scott Hegedus said...

Toronto 2-0 Vancouver
Toronto 2-1 Montreal
Montreal 1-2 Vancouver
Vancouver 1-1 Montreal
Vancouver 1-1 Toronto
Montreal 2-0 Toronto

coxon said...

Toronto 2-0 Vancouver
Toronto 0-0 Montreal
Montreal 1-0 Vancouver
Vancouver 1-1 Montreal
Vancouver 0-1 Toronto
Montreal 0-1 Toronto

Anonymous said...

Jon;

Can't see my picks??? where dey go?

3LionsRoar

J said...

3LionsRoar:

If you look at the spreadsheet, your picks are listed on line 183.

And now I see that the public version of the file doesn't have line numbers. Just use Ctrl-F in your browser, type in "lion" and it should jump to the appropriate spot.

You have Toronto winning tonight 1-0, so you're looking good so far.

vweyonlah said...

the 1st game is already played so do not count that one

Toronto 1-0 Vancouver

Toronto 2-0 Montreal
Montreal 1-0 Vancouver
Vancouver 1-2 Montreal
Vancouver 0-1 Toronto
Montreal 1-1 Toronto

J said...

vweyonlah,

The way I decided to deal with late entries is that whatever the last-placed score happened to be at the time a person entered (in this case a difference of 4 goals), this is the score you would be assigned.

So I'll include you, you'll just have to take the penalty, and work your way up from a last-placed tie.