Football Fever starts today

LIHUE — The Garden Island’s Football Fever contest starts today.

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.

To have a chance to win, 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 again 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.

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.

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.

Turn in the completed form by 4 p.m. Thursday in the drop boxes inside the McDonald’s restaurants on Kauai, or 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday at TGI’s Lihue office. Each Friday, we publish updates on how the panelists are doing and there will be a new slate of games to consider. And each week, we’ll let you know who won the $250.

We’re betting there aren’t better odds out there to win $250 each week.

Football Fever has arrived. Today, the ballot is on A5. Advertisers’ picks are on B3.

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The Garden Island

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