Category: Competitions

October 9th, 2017 by Nancy Carpenter

This season has seen a bit of an explosion of our #predictionisamugsgame (#piamg) competition. With lots of news teams in NIHL South, we now have more entrants than ever before. In the first 6 weeks of this season, 140 of you have entered at least once (we had 150 enter at least once across the whole of last season in comparison) and we have been tracking well over 90 entries a week for the last few weeks.

When we started the competition we had about 20-30 enter to start with and while I was hoping to grow that a little, I never imagined that we’d get to a stage where we often had that many entries within 10-20 minutes of the competition opening each week.

The problem is of scalability… these days if you haven’t entered in the first 60 minutes, you are pretty unlikely to have a hope of winning as all the plausible guesses had gone. I do still want to cater for those who may not have constant access to twitter on a work day! At the same time, I can’t go back to letting everyone have whatever number they wanted as I’m pretty sure we’d run out of mugs very quickly (not to mention the postage costs would bankrupt me). I also don’t want to change the simplicity of the game by adding in more than one thing to guess at (e.g. making people pick number of goals and time of first goal/team scoring first goal) as that would become difficult and time-consuming to track and I do actually work for a living myself as well.

So, given that this season we have a lot more cross-games and cross-promotion of the NIHL North divisions, the best way for us to expand without changing the nature of the game is to bring in the NIHL North games into the competition as well. This should close to double the number of eligible games each week – and thus double the range of plausibility, hopefully meaning that everyone will get something at least close to possible if they want it!

Note that we will not be RT’ing NIHL North only action in our #gamedaylive coverage (as I think my head would explode trying to keep up and I’d never get to see any of the game I’d actually gone to watch). But we will provide a ‘final’ update of all the games at the end of each day.

I hope everyone can get behind this change and see it for a good thing. The new format will start from this coming weekend.

 

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March 16th, 2017 by Nancy Carpenter

Playoffs are coming – and that means it’s also time for our own own playoff competition to commence!

It’s been another fantastic year of #piamg! At the time of writing, 150 of you have entered the competition at least once – and the average number of entries is 67 with the current record standing at 76 entries in a single week.

An extraordinary 19 of you have entered every single week this season – and there will be a special reward (see below) for our 100% club. A special mention goes to the 4 of you who have yet to miss a week since we started #piamg last season (take a bow @detroit97, @jasonskint, @Jdubz78 and @spedeworthsix). Sad to say – only one of the four of them has actually won a mug so far proving that prediction really is a mugs game!

So far we’ve sent out 25 mugs to 22 different people, we’ve got one double-winner this season (@wingnut2711) and one treble winner (@grantwoolway – also known as ‘greedy’ who won 3 times in just 5 weeks). We have also had a husband and wife win in successive weeks – thus hopefully restoring peace within that household quickly!.

Rather bizarrely – of the 19 of you who have entered every week – only 4 have won a mug this season. But we have sent out a total of 13 mugs to 10 winners from the 17 people who have just missed one or two weeks across the season.  So it’s almost like missing a week makes you more likely to win a mug (or perhaps winning a mug makes you more likely to miss a week). For those of a statistical bent – you are almost 3 times more likely to have won at  least one mug if you missed a week than if you didn’t – and this result is statistically significant (p=0.039)!


But enough about our stats – what you all want to know if ‘How do I win the damn playoff prize?’ You want that travel mug and the ultimate bragging rights for the season!  I warn you – it’s not for the fainthearted, it will require skill, stamina or a ridiculous run of good luck that will have people asking you to pick their lottery numbers.

As there is no overlap between the NIHL1 and NIHL2 playoffs this year – we have a total of 5 playoff-rounds (3 weeks of NIHL1 then 2 weeks of NIHL2). So this is a 5-week competition with about half of you being knocked out each week (did we mention it’s not easy to win!).

Firstly – sorry – but I can’t let all 150 of you enter! This competition is a ‘thanks’ to those who have entered regularly through the season. With so many entering on a pretty regular basis this season, we’ve had to keep the cutoff fairly high – so it will be set at 50% this year. That means you must have entered in at last 13 of the 26 weeks (including this week) that the normal #piamg game has run in this season so far.

However, for the 19 of you who are in my 100% group – as a special ‘you rock – thanks guys’, you will be given a bye into the second round!

This is a knockout competition – so once you are out, you are out.  The full rules are below.

Note that we will continue our usual #piamg competition up to the weekend of April 8th/9th (the end of the NIHL2 regular season). This will run alongside the playoff with entries opening as usual on Wednesdays and will continue to be open to all.

So “how do I win this thing of wonder?” I hear you ask…

Round 1 (March 25-26)
Includes only the 8 games in the NIHL1 playoffs first round.
Those with 50-99% (13-25 weeks) of previous #piamg entries this season will be included
The top 21 will qualify to round 2

Round 2 (April 1-2)
Includes only the 4 games in the NIHL1 playoff semi-finals
Those with 100% (26 weeks) of previous #piamg entries this season will join the top 21 qualifiers from round 1 to make a total of 40 in this round
The top 20 will qualify to round 3 (quarter-final round)

Quarter-final Round (April 8-9)
Includes the 2 games in the NIHL1 playoff finals, and the 3 games in the NIHL2 cup final weekend (5 games total).
The top 20 from round 2 will be eligible
The top 10 will qualify to round 4 (semi-final round)

Semi-final Round (April 15-16)
Includes only the 3 games in the NIHL2 playoff semi-finals (note that Chelmsford Warriors cannot get ice time for their hom game against Cardiff Fire so this has been awarded 0-0).
The top 10 from the quarter-final round will be eligible
The top 5 will qualify to round 4 (semi-final round)

Final Round (April 15-16)
Includes only the 2 games in the NIHL2 playoff final.
The top 5 from the semi-final round will be eligible
The winner will be crowned at the end of this round.

#PIAMG #PLAYOFF rules

  1. The competition will run across the 5 weeks of the NIHL1 and NIHL2 South playoffs with a schedule as outlined above.
  2. The aim is to guess how many goals will be scored in the playoff games (and only the playoff games, except Week 3 when we are including the NIHL2 cup final weekend as well).
  3. In all cases, the top XX will be defined as those who are closest to the correct total. In the event of a tie, the lower guess will win/qualify for the next round*
  4. Each week of the competition, @482days will open entries with a tweet. This will occur at 8pm (midday) on Thursdays. You will then have the time between that tweet appearing and the puck dropping on the first game to enter. If you do not enter within that time frame you will be automatically disqualified.
  5. As with the normal #piamg competition, it is first come, first served for guesses. We will take entries in the order in which they appear in our twitter feed.
  6. Entries for the playoff round MUST include the hashtag #piamg-playoffs or #piamg-po  to differentiate them from entries into the normal competition. Entries which do not include this hashtag will not be counted.
  7. To qualify for entry to the playoffs, you must have played at least 13 previous #piamg games this season**.  Those who have entered all 26 previous #piamg weeks will be given a bye in Round 1 and will enter the competition at the Round 2 stage.
  8. After each weekend, we will notify those who qualified for the next round via twitter.

The decision of @482days is final in all aspects of the competition and just like the EIHA, we reserve the right to change the rules at any point in the competition!


* e.g. in round 2 if the correct total is 28 and the 20th and 21st closest guesses are 16 and 40 (both 12 away) then the person who guessed 16 will go through and the person who guessed 40 will be eliminated.

** Eligible entrants will receive a DM via twitter in the next day or so.  If you are haven’t received a DM by Friday April 24th then you have not qualified***.

***If you have not qualified, you can apply for exemption to the LMC @482days on twitter. If you can give us a convincing/amusing enough reason why we should allow you to enter, we may choose to let you! This must be applied in a public tweet (i.e. not a DM) directed at @482days and will be denied/confirmed before the start of the Round 1. The decision of @482days is final.

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March 17th, 2016 by Nancy Carpenter

As we come to the end of our first season here at 482Days HQ, we want to say a big thank you to everyone who has helped make it such a successful start.

One of our favourite things this season has been our #predictionisamugsgame competition – just like the rest of our brand this has really grown over the season from a start where we were quite chuffed to get just past 20 entries in our first week (and wow – some of those guesses were wild!) to its current state where we can pretty much guarantee at least 40 entries in the first few hours!

To thank those of you who have been regular entrants and helped make the competition so much of a success, we have decided to run a special playoff competition to run alongside our regular weekly #piamg competition.

This is a knockout competition with 4 rounds to get through – so winning will not be easy and the winner will be able to claim to have skill and judgement (or a run of awesome luck)! Hopefully you will all consider the prize (pictured above) to be worthy –  a completely unique, one-of-a-kind travel mug*!

Note that we will continue our usual #piamg competition up to the weekend of April 16/17 (the last weekend with at least 5 games). This will run alongside with entries opening as usual on Wednesdays.

So “how do I win this thing of wonder?” I hear you ask…

#PIAMG #PLAYOFF rules

  1. The competition will run across the 4 weeks of the NIHL1 and NIHL2 South playoffs.
  2. The aim is to guess how many goals will be scored in the playoff games (and only the playoff games) across each weekend**.
  3. After week 1, only the top 20 will progress to the second round (week 2).
  4. After week 2, only the top 10 will progress for the third round (week 3).
  5. After week 3, only the top 5 will progress to the final (week 4).
  6. In all cases, the top XX will be defined as those who are closest to the correct total. In the event of a tie, the lower guess will win/qualify for the next round***
  7. Each week of the competition, @482days will open entries with a tweet. This will occur at 5pm on Thursdays. You will then have the time between that tweet appearing and the puck dropping on the first game to enter. If you do not enter within that time frame you will be automatically disqualified.
  8. As with the normal #piamg competition, it is first come, first served for guesses. We will take entries in the order in which they appear in our twitter feed.
  9. Entries for the playoff round MUST include the hashtag #piamgplayoffs to differentiate them from entries into the normal competition. Entries which do not include this hastag will not be counted.
  10. To qualify for entry to the playoffs, you must have played at least 9 previous #piamg games****.
  11. After each weekend, we will notify those who qualified for the next round via twitter.

The decision of @482days is final in all aspects of the competition and just like the EIHA, we reserve the right to change the rules at any point in the competition!


* OK yeah, it’s still just a mug, but we do need to keep to the theme you know!

** There will be 8 games in Week 1 (NIHL1 QF round), 4 games in Week 2 (NIHL1 SF round), 6 games in Week 3 (NIHL1 Final and NIHL2 SF round) and 2 games in the Week 4 (NIHL2 Final).

*** e.g. in round 1 if the correct total is 62 and the 20th and 21st closest guesses are 50 and 74 (12 away) then the person who guessed 50 will go through and the person who guessed 74 will be eliminated.

**** Eligible entrants will receive a DM via twitter in the next day or so.  If you are haven’t received a DM by Saturday March 20th then you have not qualified*****.

*****If you have not qualified, you can apply for exemption to the LMC @482days on twitter. If you can give us a convincing/amusing enough reason why we should allow you to enter, we may choose to let you! This must be applied for and confirmed before the start of the Week 1 competition and the decision of @482days is final.

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