So, you think you’re pretty smart, dontcha? Sure you do. You’re out in Internetlandia, in your little comfy arm chair, relaxing, thinking about what’s about to happen next in the world, and then you realize that Barcelona Football Blog has updated. You swivel your little intergalactic information super highway navigator our way and find, lo and behold, that Isaiah has published a table of how the world will look come the end of the season.
And you laugh. And you criticize with your mocking and your comments and your vicious looks as I walk around the streets of the city I call home. I know you what you’re thinking! And I’m here to challenge you. That’s right, I’m challenging you–all of you–to a second half prediction game.
Thanks to reader Patrick, we’ve got ourselves a nice prediction competition, controlled entirely by Excel. The rules are simple, but you must pay attention because they are essential for understanding what’s going on. This is not a final table prediction game, it is a second half prediction challenge. That is, you predict how teams will do over the coming 19 matches, not how they will do relative to the final standings. There are 57 points up for grabs and every team starts with 0 points come Jornada 20. That means you are predicting nothing for this coming weekend (Valladolid-Barça and all the other matches), but starting the next weekend when Barça takes on Sporting Gijon for the second time.
What you’ll need to do is figure out where all the teams will end up over the coming 19 matches and then send me an email with that particular arrangement. You can email me at info[at]barcelonafootballblog[dot]com, but you may be interested in what the scoring is like.
- You get 5 points for getting a place exactly correct. If you say Tenerife will come in last over the coming 19 matches and they do, earning a whopping 0 points, then you get 5 points. This means the maximum number of points achievable is 100.
- You get -1 for each place you’re off by up to 5 places. Example: if you say Tenerife will come in 5th from last and they come in last, you’ll get 1 point. If you say Athletic Bilbao will come in 13th and they come in 15th, you get 3 points.
- For being wrong between 6 and 10 places, you get 0 points.
- For being wrong more than 10 places, you get a negative point for each place. If you said Tenerife would end up first and they end up last, you get -9 points.
The one with the most points after all is said and done on May 16 wins. Please include the name by which you would like to be known by if you win or I announce how people are doing. You may also request a copy of the spreadsheet I’m using so that you can watch your own progress. Please make your submissions using the following names for teams so that the spreadsheet is not confused. You may bitch about it being Ath. Bilbao instead of Athletic in the comments. But I won’t listen to you, because this is not a democracy. This, folks, is a kleptocracy.
Again, you may send your entries to info[at]barcelonafootballblog[dot]com. Entries must be received by January 31 at noon EST (6pm Spain time) to be considered. No exceptions whatsoever will be made. I promise to post my table.
Now, for what you’ve been dreaming of: the prize for winning. It’s not an epic poem this time around, sorry to say. Instead it is a hand-crafted MS Paint drawing from me. Of whatever I want. Trust me, it’s worth the trouble of guessing some piddling 19 places and then leaving it all up to me to figure out what’s going on.