Football Fever is back

The Garden Island’s annual Football Fever contest is back in action.

The winner, each week over the 19 weeks of the contest, wins $250. TGI remains one of the few daily newspapers in the United States to offer a weekly cash prize in a Football Fever contest.

A grand prize winner at season’s end determined by a random drawing from all entries will win a trip for two to Las Vegas and $500.

To have a chance to win, all you have to do is fill out the ballot that’s online at thegardenisland.com. That’s a change from past years when it was in TGI’s print edition. You need to match or beat the top-scoring panelist and have your name randomly drawn from the qualified entries.

On the panel are Richard Stein, operations manager of The Garden Island; Nick Celario, TGI sports reporter; and Yukie De Silva from TGI’s advertising department.

Here’s how it works: There are 15 college and pro games selected for the ballot each week. The Las Vegas point spread is also factored in. All you have to do is pick which team you believe will win. It’s that simple.

Some keys to remember:

• A sample of the ballot with the support of our advertisers runs in TGI Monday.

• Advertiser picks run every Wednesday. We encourage you to support our advertisers.

• Panelist picks run every Friday.

• Weekly Winner ads run every Sunday, starting Sept. 16 for Week 1 result.

The odds to win $250 are as good as they’re going to get. About 200 folks are usually in the weekly ballot, which makes us think this is either one of the best-kept secrets on the island, or people just don’t believe this offer is the real deal. It is.

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