The TMRzoo “Beat the House” Week 17 picks and predictions are live. Say goodbye to the 2008 regular season. The House is making a strong late-season showing, earning 11 correct picks over the membership’s 7 in week 16. The Madden 09 simulation on the Xbox 360 tied the membership with 7. Get your week 17 picks in now and try one last time to Beat the House, win the last of the cool prizes, and make a final move up the TMR Leaderboard in the process. Even if you haven’t played at all so far this season, you are still eligible to win some of the weekly prizes in this final week.
We head into the final week of football with five playoff slots still up for grabs… three in the AFC and two in the NFC. I’m sure you’ve all heard the various playoff scenarios by now. In the AFC it is “win and you’re in” for the Dolphins and Baltimore. Whichever team survives the Broncos/Chargers game will win the AFC West.
In the NFC, Dallas and Minnesota can secure their places in the postseason with a victory. Two of the divisions are still to be decided as well. Believe it or not, the Falcons still have a shot at winning the South. They are already in the playoffs, but if Atlanta wins and Carolina loses, the Falcons win the division and could move all the way up to the #2 seed.
There are several other teams still on the fringe that can make it in with some help. There are plenty of games on this weekend with playoff implications, so pick your poison.
The overall quality of the league is way down, and that is disapointing, but it is nice to not have that many games where clinched playoff teams are resting their starters. The NFL got what they wanted with parity. I hope they are happy. Most true fans aren’t.
I hope you all have enjoyed this latest edition of Beat the House. Good luck on your final selections. The overall winner of the competition and their prize will be announced in the Week 17 recap. Make sure you tune in for what we have in store for the playoffs.
The staff of the TMR Zoo wishes all of you a very Happy and safe Holiday season and thanks you for your participation in Beat the House this year.
Beat the House
The rules of “Beat the House” are easy… Each week, our resident football genius will predict the outcome of all the week’s games. You, the members, agree or disagree with the “House” picks in hopes to achieve a better set of picks for the week. If the collective membership predicts more games correctly, then the House is beaten and prizes are awarded. What prizes? You’ll have to read on below.
Every member’s total picks will be tracked over the course of the season and displayed on the weekly leaderboard. At the end of the season, the member with the most correct overall picks will be named the grand prize winner. (Grand Prize sponsor is yet to be determined.)
Sound easy enough? It is. The best part is that there are no entry fees and no obligations. All you have to do is register in the TMR forums because we track your picks using that screen name… so choose it wisely.
If the House is beaten, one random member will win a DVD prize pack containing at least 3-5 DVDs. The pack will include at least one current-release DVD. Be on the look out for special releases and box sets as well. Again, this is only awarded to a member IF the collective membership Beats that House for that given week.
The member with the most correct picks each week is guaranteed a new Pro Grip Football, courtesy of NERF. If more than one member leads the pack in any given week, ties will be broken by overall picks on the year. Winners can choose from 7 pre-selected NFL team footballs. Not all NFL teams are available.
Along with the transition to the new site comes an exciting twist to the weekly activities. After members have made their weekly game selections, it is time to participate in the “Visionman Players of the Week”. Members guess who they think will be named the offensive and defensive players of the week. If both of those players are named as the NFL players of the week for that specific week, the member is awarded a Widow WGMI-1NG700 Intel Gaming PC, pictured above, from Widow PC. Please, PLEASE read the official rules for this part of the contest… espeically the spelling part.
The Playboy.com Perfect Pick Set
Perfection is not easy to come by in the NFL… just ask the 2007 New England Patriots. If a member picks a perfect week, they should be rewarded. Our friends at Playboy and Playboy.com understand and appreciate perfection, so they will be awarding a full one-year subscription to the Playboy.com Cyber Club (a $240 value) to any member who guesses every game correctly in any given week. To be eligible for the Playboy.com Perfect Prize pack, you must be 18 years of age or older and must confirm that age using a valid credit card. Don’t worry, the membership is still on them.
So how does all that sound? All you have to do is register in the TMRzoo forums (if you haven’t already) and visit the Beat the House weekly picks page to make your selections. Tune back in on Tuesday, and every Tuesday throughout the season, to see the updated leaderboard and where you rank against The House and the rest of the membership.
If you’ve missed out on weeks 1 through 16, don’t worry, you still can win all of the prizes described above. Enter Now!!