Team MajorWager placed first in the Third Annual Majorwager College Football Bowl Contest, SBR John and Buzz secured second and third place, respectively. The contest entry for Team MajorWager was paid for by owner Russ Hawkins, and the $28,450 first prize was split evenly amonst the employees of MajorWager.com. SBR John collected $16,470 for second place and Buzz collected $10,980 for third place.
It was a long and arduous road for Team MW. Most of the team's picks were "backloaded", so the team had to watch as other contest participants racked up valuable wins and big points during the first half of the bowl season. Eventually Team MW slowly climbed the ladder and found itself in a good position about 2/3 of the way through the contest---and then hit a brick wall with its Alabama and Miami picks. Team MW rated both of those picks as "3 star" contest picks, and both picks lost by a combined 3 points! If Team MW had gotten anywhere near the opening number on both of those games, both games would've been covers. After losing those 2 top rated games, the future looked bleak for a Team MW first place finish.
Then the wins started piling up again.
Team MW had Wake Forest +10, only to see yet another 1 point loss---but LSU covering the number against Notre Dame kept the contest participants ahead of Team MW from widening the gap. Actually, after the Wake Forest debacle Team MW needed exactly a 3 team parlay to hit: LSU -9/Western Michigan +7.5/Florida +7.5. LSU covered easily, and Western Michigan came back from a 25 point deficit in the 2nd quarter to lose by only 3 points and cover for Team MW! Of course, last night Florida dominated and won the game, an easy +7.5 cover.
Team MW only took first place by 1/2 point over SBR John, even though they went 11-4 (73%). Team MW was only a few points from a blowout contest win, but three of the four games they didn't cover lost by a COMBINED FOUR POINTS. Sometimes the difference between winning and losing can be measured in inches.
Congratulations to all the winners, this was our biggest payout ever! Look for the bowl contest to top $60,000 in prize money next year!
David Stalcup, Editor-in-chief