Wednesday, October 24, 2007
A short time ago, I told you that I would have a contest of some sort once I reached the magic threshold of Google.
(That sounds like some sort of Dungeons & Dragons thing, doesn't it?)
Yesterday, my account passed $100. I should be receiving a check by the end of November - at least, according to the Google Ad Sense website. So, in accordance with my promise, I will have a contest of some sort for you to possibly share in my overwhelming success as a writer.
("Overwhelming" being herein defined as "underwhelming.")
Being the slug that you've come to know and love, I have not given any thought to just exactly what the contest will consist of, nor what the actual prize will be, or anything other than getting you to come back here again tomorrow.
So, please come back tomorrow. Maybe I'll have it all doped out by then.
Meanwhile, the Red Sox begin the World Series tonight - weather permitting - and...
OK, here's the contest. You will only have a slim window of opportunity to enter, so make it good.
What is your prediction for the total runs, hits, and errors - by both teams combined - in the World Series this year?
You must leave your prediction in the comments section. You must do so no later than 6am Eastern Time, Thursday, in the United States. This means that you can even wait until the first game has already been played, and then make your best guess. However, in the event of a tie, the person who posted their guess earliest will be the winner.
For those of you reading me from a foreign land, and thus unfamiliar with baseball scoring, I will give you a general idea of what you may need to guess. Every baseball game ends with a score similar to the following:
BOSTON - 7 12 0
NEW YORK - 2 5 1
The first number following the name of the team is the runs, which is really the only thing that matters. That's how you decide a winner. In this case, Boston would have beaten New York by the score of 7 - 2.
The second number is the hits accumulated by each team. In this case 17 total.
The third number is the errors; the fielding mistakes. In this case, 1 between both teams.
So, the total runs, hits, and errors, for this single game? 27. I would guess the normal range is from about 15 to 45. Lower and higher are certainly possible.
The World Series will be either 4, 5, 6, or 7 games in length. You do NOT have to predict the number of games it will last. However, it probably should figure into your guess. If you think the series will last seven game, a guess of 80 would probably be too low. If you think it will be a four game sweep, 210 would most likely be extremely high.
(I hope I've made it fairly clear. That's as much explanation as I'm willing to give.)
So, there you have it! Take a stab and have a rooting interest of sorts in the World Series, even if you don't know a baseball bat from a vampire bat.
I'll compile all of the guesses tomorrow and put them out here for everyone to see. Remember, deadline is 6am, Eastern Time, United States, Thursday, October 25th. Any guess posted after that time will be ineligible. Only one entry per reader, please. Good Luck!
I'll tell you the prize tomorrow.