For those who want to play schedule-maker, the Rams have quite the contest for you.
The club said Monday it would award $100,000 if someone correctly forecasts their 2014 regular season schedule ahead of its release. The contest, held on the Rams’ website, requires fans to pick all 16 games and the bye week in order. The contest also requires entrants to correctly pick the day on which all games will be played.
The Rams’ 2014 opponents are already known, and it is customary for all Week 17 games to be divisional matchups, which narrows the Rams’ final-game options to six: home or away meetings with Arizona, San Francisco or Seattle. Also, Rams executive vice president of football operations / chief operating officer Kevin Demoff has tweeted some general scheduling guidelines, noting that byes don’t start until Week Four and end in Week 12. Finally, the bulk of the Rams’ games would seem likely to be played on Sundays.
Nevertheless, a little scratch-paper math suggests the $100,000 pot will be tough to take down, given all of the variables, including having to match the games to the proper days.
The contest will end will the schedule is released — and no later than one second short of 6 p.m. Eastern on Monday, April 21, according to the contest rules. If no one correctly places all 16 games and the bye on the schedule, there will be no prize given out, per the regulations. The rules also state that the “(potential) winner will be determined on or about 5/1/14.” As you would expect, Rams and NFL employees are prohibited from winning.
The rules also state that any tie will be decided by a 10-question trivia contest. The grand prize will be paid via check, but let us be the first to suggest that any trivia challenge should be conducted with the winner’s share on the table, World Series of Poker style.
Now that’s a trivia contest we would watch.