Football Fever just around the corner

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, which starts Monday, 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. TGI remains one of the few daily newspapers in the United States to offer a weekly cash prize in a Football Fever contest. It’s really a rarity and you should take advantage of this opportunity.

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 reporter, and our friends Ron Wiley and Marc Valentin of KQNG 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. It’s that simple.

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.

The odds aren’t bad, either. 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. We’re willing to bet you’ll enjoy yourself and you might even walk away with a little spending money.

Turn in the completed form by 4 p.m. Thursday at CostULess in Kapaa, or 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday at TGI’s office, 3-3137 Kuhio Highway. Each Friday, we publish updates on how the panelists are doing and there will be a new slate of contests to consider.

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 are certainly better than feeding money a slot machine and hoping for a big payout.

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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