You want to catch TGI’s Football Fever

There are some offers that are too good to be true.

There are some that are as good as presented.

The Garden Island’s Football Fever contest falls into the latter. Why, you ask, is that? We’ll explain and we’ll start with what is sure to get your attention: $250. That’s right. The winner, each week over the 18 weeks of the contest, wins $250 and who can’t use some extra cash. To claim that money, all you have to do is fill out the ballot that’s in the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday TGI, match or beat the top-scoring panelist, and have your name randomly drawn from the qualified entries. On the panel, by the way, is yours truly, Nick Celario, TGI sports writer, and our friends, Dickie Chang of Wala’au, and Ron Wiley and Marc Valentin of Kong Radio.

Before we go further, we should explain how Football Fever 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. For instance, this week’s matchups include the St. Louis Cardinals against the Denver Broncos (6 point favorites), Stanford at Notre Dame (Irish are 6.5 point underdogs. Go Irish!), and the Buffalo Bills taking on the Detroit Lions (7.5 point favorites). Whoever who turns in the ballot with the most correct picks, and meet or beats the top panelist, will have their name entered in the weekly prize drawing. The winner is announced in TGI the following Sunday. The most recent winner of the $250 was Howard Bukoski of Kalaheo. Congratulations to Howard.

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 cash. Not a bad deal at all.

The odds aren’t bad, either. Fewer than 200 folks have been turning 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. All you have to do is turn in the completed form by 4 p.m. Thursday at any PS&D Tires/Napa Auto parts in Kapaa, Lihue, Hanapepe and Kalaheo, or 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday at TGI’s office, 3-3137 Kuhio Highway. Each Friday, we publish updates on how the panelists are doing. As it stands, Celario and Chang are tied for first, but expect a comeback by Wiley and Valentin. 

We’re betting there aren’t better odds out there to win $250 each week. And if you chose to participate in Football Fever, your odds of winning that grand prize trip to Vegas and some spending money aren’t bad, either.

We’d love to see more folks join us because this deal is as good as it sounds. Let’s play some football.

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