Welcome to Fire on Ice’s Pick’Em Challenge! Is this thing going to last all season? I don’t know but I hope so. If we get enough regular submissions from readers and followers, I think it could be a swell time. If we do manage to make it through the entire season and have at least 10 people making picks pretty much every week, we’ll have a prize at the end. Not exactly sure what yet, but think like a $25 gift card or something. Just enough to keep us all a little motivated.
So, let’s get down to the rules. I think it will be simple enough to follow.
Each week, you get a chance to pick ONE result from any MLS game. It does not have to be the same game I pick. And points will be earned for each correct result and COULD be lost for a wrong pick. We will keep track of everyone participating and update standings in each weeks post.
If you pick a result with – odds, you are picking the favorite. You can only gain one point (whether it’s -100 or -300), but you will not lose any points if you are incorrect. If you pick a result with + odds, you are picking the underdog. In this scenario you get bonus points based on how big the underdog. But because you are swinging for the fences you can also lose points. Here is a brief rundown.
+100 odds, you get 2 points if they win, but lose 1 point if it loses
+200 odds, you get 3 points if they win, but lose 2 points if it loses
+300 odds, you get 4 points if they win, but lose 3 points if it loses
For example, let’s look at the Crew vs Fire game.
Crew -145, Fire +395, Draw +285
In this case, if you pick the Crew and they win you get a point. If they lose, you don’t lose anything. If you pick the Fire you would get 4 points, but you would lose 3 points if they lose. If you pick a draw, you would get 3 points if it happens but lose 2 points if there is a winner.
So I will list the odds for every game each week and you just need to submit the pick before kickoff the particular game you are playing that week. You can submit your picks by leaving a comment here or tweeting to @FireOnIceSoccer with the hashtag #pickem
I hope this makes sense and I hope you all join in on the fun. Feel free to ask questions if you are confused. And if you don’t pick the first week, don’t fret! You can jump in any time and have a chance to catch up with the + odds rule.
Week 1 Odds (from Bovada, home team listed first, pick only one)
Portland Timbers -170, Minnesota United +475, Draw +290
Columbus Crew –145, Chicago Fire +395, Draw +285
LA Galaxy +130, FC Dallas +205, Draw +235
Real Salt Lake +125, Toronto FC +215, Draw +235
Colorado Rapids -120, NE Revolution +345, Draw +250
DC United -100, Sporting KC +290, Draw +240
Houston Dynamo +150, Seattle Sounders +180, Draw +230
SJ Earthquakes +105, Montreal Impact +265, Draw +235
Orlando City +135, NYCFC +200, Draw +235
Atlanta United +190, NY Red Bulls +145, Draw +230
Vancouver Whitecaps -110, Philadelphia Union +305, Draw +240
Jeff’s Pick: Portland -170
There is always more value in going with a + pick, but I am going to play it safe in Week 1 and take Portland to get the job done at home. Get a point to start the year off right. Toronto at +215 is very tempting as is NYCFC at +200. As always leave your pick in the comments or tweet @FireOnIceSoccer with your pick and the hashtag #pickem
Week 1 Picks
Jeff: Portland -170
Ryan: Philadelphia +305
JCIII: Chicago +395
Donald H: Chicago +395
Anthony P: NY Red Bulls +145
Joe C: Seattle +180
CC: Portland -170
Sean F: NY Red Bulls +145
Jaymes G: Portland -170
Ricky L: Portland -170
Standings Heading Into Week 2
Anthony P: +2
Sean F: +2
Jaymes G: +1
Ricky L: +1
Joe C: -1
Donald H: -3