2000 Football Pool Frequently Asked Questions...

Last week I sent many of you an invitation to join this year's Suicide Football Pool. Since then, some questions have arisen regarding the email, the rules, the cost, etc. In case some of you have similar questions, I wanted to address them here. These are the frequently asked questions...

It's an invitation to join the 2000 Suicide Football Pool.

Pick one winner every week.



No. In fact, you can only pick St. Louis ONCE during the season.

No. You have to--

No. Listen. You have to pick a different team every week. No repeat picks are allowed.


There are more than enough teams.

Are you saying that you picked them by mistake? or that they lost by mistake?

No. You can pick two losing teams and still remain in the pool. THREE losses eliminates you.


Fine. Thanks.

Good. We had 140 contestants. 7 made it to the playoffs. 3 made it through the Superbowl and split the pot.


The size of the pot will be determined by the number of participants.


There are 40 people so far.

Many people have yet to send in their money. Last year we had 60 people paid up at this time on the way to the record-setting 140. So 40 people now would suggest about 100 players.


Actually, it's more like a thousand dollars.


Is there a question in here somewhere?

No, it's a one-time payment at the beginning of the season.

Of course, there's plenty of room.

No. You only need to have $10, some sort of access to email, and the desire to make a lot of money.

It's a little warm.

The pool is open to all friends and family. But please be selective in your inviting. You should NOT send out a blanket email to everyone in your address book.

What is paypal?

Sounds interesting, but no, I am not set up for paypal this year. Maybe next year.

Send it to John Ducey, PO Box 1411, Studio City, CA 91614-0411.

Your check must be in an envelope postmarked NO LATER THAN SEPTEMBER 2, 2000.


John Ducey

That's up to you.

The stats for the Football Pool will be posted at www.ducey.com/pool2000.

Yes. You can keep track of your own progress and everyone else's. Your proposed "side wagers" can be verified quite easily.


Saturday at dawn.

Choose a winner in any Sunday game or the Monday Night Football game.

Yes. Sometimes there are games on Thursday and/or Saturday.


You still cannot pick them.

Actually, it is surprisingly fair.

You can pick the whole season tomorrow if you want. If you will be away from a computer for an entire week (though I don't know where that could possibly be) you may send in an extra week's pick or two. The only picking restriction is that the current week's pick is in by the time the sun rises on Saturday morning.

It's easier for me.

A little, maybe, but it's a lot of work.

Well, now you're being a jerk.

It's OK.

You send me an email with your pick to pool2000@ducey.com

I will send you a quick reply email with "got it" in the subject line and your original email as the text.

You should also check the website to make sure I posted your pick correctly. You cannot make or change your picks on the website, though. It is just results.

Yes. For the first half of the season, I will post the picks as they come in. You can change them, though, if you want, up until Saturday at dawn.

Then for the second half of the season, I will post all of them together on Saturday so that no one can see what other people are picking.

It would resemble cheating.


Each contestant starts with a fresh slate for the playoffs.

Any contestant who has not been eliminated yet.

As happened last year, the pot can be split amongst any number of winners.

There is one tie-breaker. Number of losses is important. Of any people who survive the whole season, only those with the fewest number of losses will split the pot. If two people make it through the whole season, including the Superbowl, and one of them has one loss while the other has two losses, then the person with one would be the sole winner.

All three of them had sustained two losses.

They were Vince Cook, Kevin Mollen, and Nicole Sullivan.


Yes, that's right.

She picked winning football teams better than 137 other people.

Fair's a big thing with you, isn't it?

Oh, now you're upset?


Are you mad at me?

I don't do it on purpose.

I think you're very smart. In your own way.

I know.

That would be great.

You too.






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