With a minimum of fanfare or administrative enthusiasm, I would like to invite all readers of I Dislike Your Favorite Team to participate in a wee little NFL Playoff Pick 'Em. This will be our first attempt at such a contest, but it might be a lot of fun*.
Each round will be weighted, just like a March Madness bracket. So the Wildcard Round will be worth 1 point, Divisional round worth 2 points, Conference Championship worth 3 points and Superbowl winner worth 5 points.
That seems fair, and it means that if you aren't able to get in on the first round it will still be worth participating. Also, everyone will be able to pick week by week, so you won't be locked in. However, if you pick all the way through and make no changes you will be afforded special tie-breaker status.
The NFL playoffs differ from March Madness in that teams don't stay in one bracket system. In the NFL, the highest seeded team will always play against the lowest seeded team, regardless of regular season record. The highest seeded team will always play at home.
These are how the NFL playoffs are seeded:
1. New England Patriots (16-0)
2. Indianapolis Colts (13-3)
3. San Diego Chargers (11-5)
4. Pittsburgh Steelers (10-6)
5. Jacksonville Jaguars (11-5)
6. Tennessee Titans (10-6)
1. Dallas Cowboys (13-3)
2. Green Bay Packers (13-3)
3. Seattle Seahawks (10-6)
4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (9-7)
5. New York Giants (10-6)
6. Washington Redskins (9-7)
A sample bracket, using silly teams, might look like this:
Wild Card Winners: Miami, Raiders; Lions, Vikings
Divisional Winners: Chiefs, Raiders; Panthers, Eagles
Championship Winners: Raiders, Panthers
Superbowl Winner: Raiders
Now that's good comedy!
The easiest way to do this is to put your picks in the comments section. That way I can't be accused of cheating. And if no one puts any picks down it will be really obvious and I'll be sad and you'll all know that I'm sad and maybe you'll feel sorry for hurting my feelings.
Saturday: Washington Redskins at Seattle Seahawks (4:30 EST)
Jacksonville Jaguars at Pittsburgh Steelers (8 EST)
Sunday: NY Giants at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1 EST)
Tennessee Titans at San Diego Chargers (4:30 EST)
Yes, prizes. Um. First place will garner you a one-hour full body sensual massage from Big BM. Second place is a two-hour full body sensual massage from Big BM. Ba-Zing!
All right, get to it my pets. Good luck.
* amount of fun subject to change