Cheddar 2017 update, kickoff!

Unlikely 2017 CFB opening day cannon-fodder Indiana Hoosiers affect a patriotic smoke machine entrance. Your chance to pick IU in the world’s greatest and most literate football handicapping contest returns next Wednesday.

Greetings Cheddars!  Greetings from Newburgh, NY which is a fascinating place for several reasons but I’ll just save that chat for another time.1  I am here on a project through November and if you find yourself at the Walmart here, stop in and say hi.

But today I write to encourage all comers to enter Cheddar Bay 2017.  Rules and registration linked here.

State of the Cheddar

As of this writing we have 14 entrants paid up — many thanks and welcome back to LucyLaw12, cwonder23, Jdoepke, mattlaw2482, Elder B, Kitty Pryde, Harbaugh Handshakes ☝︎, HitTheHorns, Nick Harlow, acto, jmacdaddio, thatsfine, Hawkaholic, clay.  Is that number light?  I don’t know, but it seems like registrations only get cracking when we get closer to the start.  We had 50 last year and while that’s a nice number and provides a robust payout, I find it harder to consume the essays as we get larger so… I’m quite sanguine if it turns out our count is down a smidge. 

Week one starts next week on August 31.

 I’ve got the spreadsheet and forms teed up and we’ll be ready to drop lines Wednesday morning.  Next week has a full slate of college football and we will have lines posted Wednesday.  We award half-points on the first week and, of course, CFB picks only.  Submit six picks one of which is an essay as usual.

How to join.

You drop $105 into the kitty and all monies collected go out as prizes.

Maybe something is screwy with the Paypal button in the sidebar, but:  try to use the Paypal button in the sidebar to send me $105 and include your handle.  Or send a Paypal payment of $105 to mburgermeister@gmail.com.  Or use Venmo to the same address.  Or use the Bitcoin wallet address/QR code in the sidebar to send the BTC equivalent of $105. (If you’re new and using the BTC option, shoot me an email so I can add you to our internal mailing list.)

That’s it, you’re in.

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See you Wednesday.

PS, if you want to get a jump on next week’s slates here are the early lines
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  1. Not least of which is for being if not the country’s most scenic ghetto, safely in the top five. Don’t believe? Check out the Street View:  that is virgin forested continental divide sloping dramatically into the magnificent Hudson River there at the end of this Detroit-esque streetscape.  Street view does not adequately show it:  It is surreal.
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  • Hell yeah, go Hoosiers! Can’t believe it’s time again already. Looking forward to seeing the gang here next week.

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