Reminder: you have until midnight tonight (PDT) to enter. Good luck!
It's baaaaack. My favorite contest, invented by an old differential equations professor of mine -- don't worry, arithmetic is the only math skill this contest requires -- returns for a second season at BtB. Same rules as last year, with three important differences:
- We're putting a $50 prize on the table, payable in full to the winner (none of this rewarding-second-place crap.) Please read our official entry rules, written by a real lawyer, and which you acknowledge by submitting an entry.
- Mike Fast, as defending champion, has a lot more pressure on him this year. Personally, I think he'll crumble like Brad Lidge.
- There is an open-ended tie-breaker question at the end, touching on three recent performance mysteries. If this doesn't break the tie, the winner will be whoever submitted their ballot first.
Here's how this thing works, as explained by the previously linked-to Professor Doug Drinen:
Below you will find 32 pairs of numbers. In each case, you tell me which number will be bigger. One point for each correct answer. Most points wins.
Ties — and I expect there to be a nontrivial number of them — go to the side that had fewer votes. For example, here is a pair of numbers:
Wins by the Yankees
Wins by the Red Sox
Let’s say 41 people take the Yankees and 54 take the Red Sox. If the Yankees and Red Sox end up with the same number of wins, then each Yankee-backer will get a point and each Red Sox-backer will not.
To be eligible for the prize, you need to submit your ballot by midnight PDT on Friday, May 7th.
If you are not a member of Beyond the Box Score, you'll need to create a free account (you can even use your Facebook ID, Yahoo ID or an Open ID.)
The 32 questions are embedded after the jump. Good luck!
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