Bettin’ or Braggin’: Two-minute offense

Bettin’ or Braggin’ is late this week, and not because we just needed more work on our no-huddle.

Which is a shame, really, because I’ve squandered a great braggin’ moment: A $4,300 BoB week, our best-ever. If SFBay Bucks were real, the sardines would be lobster tails. Maybe someday.

For now, enjoy as the stakes get high.

Fair warning: We’re not touts, sharks or bookies. We don’t splash action around the web or line up bets in back alleys. We’re just a few local writers picking games without much of a clue. So using these picks for your own gambling is probably a very bad idea.

Leaderboard

Name Bankroll Last week
Jesse 17,800 +4,300
Ali 9,800 +500
Chelena 9,200 -200

Week 12

Game Ali Chelena Jesse
San Francisco (-7) at
St. Louis
SF
1000
SF
200
SF
4000
Cleveland (-1) at
Oakland
CLE
1500
OAK
100
OAK
200
New England (-7 1/2)
Miami
NE
2000
NE
100
NE
1000
Philadelphia at
Dallas (-10)
DAL
500
DAL
100
PHI
300
Minnesota at
Green Bay (-8)
GB
1000
GB
200
MIN
200
Seattle at
Chicago (-3 1/2)
SEA
500
CHI
100
SEA
1000

To refresh anyone’s memory on how point spreads function, the team with the “minus points” is the favored team, and has the “point spread” deducted from their score at the end of the game. The final score adjusted by the point spread determines the winner of the bet.

If a team is favored by three points, they must win by more than three points to win a point spread bet.

You Can Win!

Of course you can play along with Bettin’ or Braggin! What kind of pro football picking game would Bettin’ or Braggin’ be if you couldn’t play?

You can win prizes! (We can’t. All SFBay staff can win are bragging rights over each other. In other words, priceless.)

But first, some rules:

  • You’ll need to to pick at least six of the 17 weeks of the pro football season to be eligible to win a prize.
  • We will pick all San Francisco and Oakland games in the regular season. All other games selected are at the sole discretion of SFBay.
  • You play the game by posting your picks to the pre-selected pro football games in the comment thread of the SFBay Bettin’ or Braggin’ post each week. Your pick should consist of a city and a dollar amount for all six games. All your picks must be posted in a single comment.
  • The deadline for submitting your picks is 10 a.m. Sunday (Pacific Time) each week. We won’t be picking Thursday games because Thursday pro football is bullshit.*
  • The winner is the player who ends up with the most SFBay Bucks at the end of the pro football regular season. Sorry, SFBay Bucks have absolutely no cash value or equivalent.

* – Actually, we will be picking two Thursday games, the Seattle-San Francisco game Oct. 26 and the Denver-Oakland game Dec. 6. On those weeks, the deadline for weekly picks will be Thursday at 5 p.m. See why we don’t like Thursday games? Too complicated.

Fabulous Prizes

Third-place: SFBay black fleece hoodie, high quality. Nice stuff. $50 value.

Second-place: Limited-edition, authentic SFBay Golden Gate FC soccer shirt, customized with your name. $120 value.

First place: A green Joe Montana Notre Dame Adidas jersey, “True School Authentics,” Size 56. Very high quality retro-authentic heavy mesh. Brand-new, never-worn condition. All tags attached. Very collectible. $250 value.