World Cup Pool Review and Winners Announced
That month of international soccer action went fast! The 2014 Brazil World Cup came to a close with Germany celebrating its victory over Argentina. Argentina gave Germany a lot more to handle than I expected they would going into the game, and it was a pretty interesting affair with glorious chances for both sides, especially in the first half.
Just when it seemed it was going to penalties to decide it – penalties no one wants to see to decide a championship, but penalties that keep everyone on the edge of their seats – Germany breaks through with a late goal to seal the deal. Congrats to Germany for the win. Well deserved.
This of course also marked the conclusion of our World Cup Pool, and there are definitely some big congratulations to hand out for this. It was by far the biggest pool in MyOfficePool.ca history. We had 3,177 entries, 291 sub-groups, four rounds of straight up, pick the winner selections, and in the end, one overall champion, and one single second place finisher.
And you guys were worried about there being a bunch of ties at the top of the results table! Okay, there were six tied for third place. All of the top spots were decided by the last game, so it swung completely on the Germany vs. Argentina result.
Congrats to mlevasky finishing 1st place overall with 97 points! mlevasky went perfect in the knockout round, plus picked 7 of 8 Group Stage winners (very few got Costa Rica right). She wins $150, cash and credit towards a future pool. Nicely done!
Second place goes to jerrym64 with 96 points! Jerry wins $75. Third place is a tie at 95 points between the following members: Cheefmont, Dunkley, Jenn_Li, klinsi_18, Saldanha FC and World_Champ.
As the third place prize is only $25, I am randomly drawing one of the six names to award that prize to. And the winner is . . . Cheefmont! Congratulations to all of our winners! I will contact each of you soon to pay out the prizes.
Thank You For Playing!
The numbers for our World Cup Pool blew away my wildest expectations. And, I can admit this now, I was a little stressed the website was going to slow to a crawl when all of you showed up! Thankfully everything seemed to go pretty smoothly from start to finish.
Thanks everyone for trying out the website. I hope your pool group playing against friends, family and co-workers went well. I appreciate all of the kudos received, and even a few donations or other support of the website for pulling this off.
I can’t wait to do it again – honestly! Four years for the next World Cup to be played in Russia. That seems like a long wait, so in the meantime we’ll have to amuse ourselves with our regular annual pools, which brings me to . . .
Football Survivor Now Open
What is typically our biggest pool every year, except in a World Cup year, is our annual NFL Football Survivor Pool. This is a simple yet challenging, potentially frustrating, but very fun pool concept.
For Week 1 of the NFL season, which starts early September, pick one team to win its game straight up (no point spread). If they win, then you advance to the next week. If they lose, then you are out of the pool. The last person standing is our survivor pool champ. Oh, and you can not pick the same team twice! Last year we had a single winner decided in Week 12 from 212 entries. At $20 per entry, Cacciatorini won just over $4,000.
Similar to the World Cup Pool, and for the first time ever, I am going to offer free do-it-yourself, create your own group options for our Football Survivor Pool. There will also be a pay-to-play pool as I have run in the past.
These are not quite ready yet, but what I need to know is who amongst our now big group of members who played in the World Cup Pool follow the NFL and are interested in our football pools? If you are, then please let me know by joining – for free – the overall Football Survivor Pool.
Simply login, go to the pool page and click Join. Pick a team for Week 1 and submit your pick, and you should see your username in the results page and receive an email confirmation. Don’t worry about making your pick so early, because you can always come back and change it later.
By joining the overall pool, then I know you are interested in NFL football, and I will send updates to you when the new features are ready, plus pick reminders closer to the season. If you are not interested, then thats cool. You likely will not hear from me again until four years time. Please feel free to check back in if you are keen for any of our other annual pools, such as NHL Hockey Playoffs or March Madness Survivor.