Monday, April 04, 2011

Nutrilite Canadian Championship Pool: 2011 edition

*** 72 ENTRIES TO DATE ***

It's a new year, the Nutrilite Canadian Championship for the Voyageurs Cup now includes a new team, and will have a new format. Time, then, for a new edition of this blog's Nutrilite Championship contest.

The contest, of course, is a prediction league, sorts. The first edition of which received upwards of 30 entries, and was won in a close finish by some canadian guy squizz, while last year's title (and prize) was won by a guy going by the name of Lank, who beat out nearly 40 other entries.

For this year's third edition of the contest, I'm shooting for at least 50 entries. So do your part and enter.

Because of the new format, I've had to make a few changes to the contest format as well, but past participants will find the basic principles highly familiar.

Here's the important information:

  • Participants will predict the final score of each of the 6 NCC matches in two stages: a) The initial entry must include predictions for the first 4 matches (both legs of each of the two legged ties, then b) Once the finalists are known, an emailed prediction for both legs of the final
  • Total discrepancy from the final score of each match will be tallied. e.g.: If you predicted Montreal 1 - 0 Vancouver for the opening fixture, and the final was 2-2, your discrepancy factor would be 3 goals (off by 1 for Montreal, off by 2 for Vancouver). Low score wins.
  • For these two-legged ties, the CSA is applying the away goals rule. If matches go to extra time, the scoreline after 120 minutes is the one that will be used for contest purposes.
  • First tie-breaker will be total number of exact scorelines. Second is total number of correct results (win/draw/loss). Third will be correctly predicting the tournament's high goal scorer.

It's simple: win the whole thing, get a prize. The prize will be a team scarf of one of the participating teams.

In order to maintain interest at the bottom of the table, the lanterne rouge (overall loser of the pool) will get to choose the scarf that is awarded to the winner.

Here's where it gets interesting. If we get over 50 entries, I'll be awarding a prize to the top two. Over 75, 3 prizes. You get the picture. So tell your friends and improve your odds.


Because this year's contest will include predictions in two stages (semifinals and finals) all entries must be submitted via email in order for me to be able to solicit your final round picks in a timely fashion once the finalists are known. Any entries left in the comments will not be included; I'll try to contact you to get an emailed response.

Please include the following details in your entry
  • The exact score of each of the first 4 fixtures (in the correct order, please)
  • Your prediction for tournament leading goal scorer.
  • A nickname to be displayed on the results page. If none is given, your real name will be used.
To make life easier for me, simply copy/paste the following into your email, and change the XXs into scores.


Golden boot: John Doe

I know some email programs will garble the formatting of that table, but don't worry about it, I'll figure it out.

Once the finalists are known, you will receive an email to submit your second round of picks.

All entries must be emailed to

CONTEST DEADLINE: All entries must be received by 8 pm eastern (kickoff time) on Wednesday 27 April 2011, the day of the opening encounter.

I know this might seem like a long way out, and you may want to learn a little bit more about what the Montreal and Edmonton rosters are going to look like when the season starts this weekend, so I'll continue to pimp this contest over the next three weeks.

I'm shooting for maximum participation, so if you have a platform for promoting this thing, I'd appreciate the support that way as well.

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