You lose. You only advance if your team wins. A tie counts as a loss.
What is the deadline for getting my picks in?
There are two. Thursday night games must be submitted by 8:15 (EST) on Thursday night. All other picks for the week must be submitted by 12:45 (EST) on Sunday. During weeks seven and eight (the London weeks) those games have a deadline of 9:25 (EST)
What happens if I don’t get a pick to you?
Everyone gets one “mulligan” so to speak. In the event that you do not (or cannot) get a pick to me prior to 12:45 Sunday, you will automatically be given the highest spread on the board for that weekend’s tilt of games (that you haven’t used). What time that game kicks off does not matter. Even if the highest spread on the board is the Sunday night or Monday night game, you are automatically given that game at 1 pm. No exceptions. If you fail to make a pick twice, you are eliminated from the pool. If the high pick of the week is THURSDAY, you will not get that game.
Why does that pick automatically lock?
Because it keeps players from getting a free look, so to speak. If the 1 pm game is the highest spread on the board, someone could theoretically call at 2:30 claiming that they wanted to pick a different game that kicked off at 4. Especially after that 1 pm lock falls behind by 10 points. Since you won’t be allowed to change it if it’s a 1 pm game, you’re not allowed to change it at all. You can prevent this by making a pick every week.
Can I change my pick after it’s been submitted?
Yes you can. You can change any pick until 12:45 EST
I want to change my pick, but you’ve already left. What can I do?
Just send the email. Everything is based on the timestamps. If you send the email at 12:42, it’s going to count. If it’s 12:48, it won’t count. The move is official as soon as you send the email. I should be home most Sundays until noon. When I know ahead of time that I won’t be, I’ll leave a note, either on the site, or an auto reply.
Is the website official?
No. The website is unofficial as sometimes I am out of the house. However, when I am home and can certify it there will be a post on twitter.
The website has my pick wrong, what should I do?
If you notice that I made a mistake on the website, please email me & let me know.
The website isn’t updated, now what?
I learned this the hard way last year, when my computer was not cooperating. On the off chance that this happens again, please don’t all bombard me. I’m well aware that the website isn’t updated. Should that issue arise again, the following two failsafes will be in place.
1)- An auto reply on the email address will list the breakdown of every team.
2)- Follow @nflsuicidepool at twitter. The breakdown will be posted there every week as well.
Whats the pot?
It depends on how many entries. A total will be announced to everyone when the season kicks off.
Can we split?
Now that the pool is above 800 participants, there’s a good chance that multiple people will make it through the season. This is the official rule for this year.
There is no splitting in the regular season until there are 10 people or less left. At that point, it has to be a unanimous decision to split.
When the regular season ends, I will put it to a vote. This is ONE OF TWO TIMES that a majority will rule. If it goes to continue that week, it moves to unanimous to split for the remainder of the playoffs.
Are you ready this year if EVERYBODY loses again?
Yes I am. If there is a week that everybody loses, the remaining people will vote again. If the majority votes to move on, everybody will play on. If the majority wants to stop, they will split.
Good luck to all of you & thanks for playing in the Suicide Pool.