Here’s hoping Kauai catches ‘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 20 weeks of the contest, wins $250 and who can’t use some extra cash.

The week one winner was Rory Rayno of Lihue. And yes, he won $250 cash. Congratulations to Rory.

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 are Richard Stein, operations manager of The Garden Island, Nick Celario, TGI sports writer, and our friends 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, which makes it a bit more difficult. Still, all you have to do is pick which team you believe will win.

Some of this weekend’s intriguing matchups include Notre Dame at Virginia; Oregon at Michigan St.; Green Bay at Chicago; and Seattle at St. Louis.

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. About 200 folks 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.

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.

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.

Football Fever. Catch it.

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