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The M&GB March Madness Five-Spot Challenge Results

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014


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Michigan’s season ended on Sunday evening with a thrilling 75-72 loss to Kentucky in the Elite Eight, which means the M&GB March Madness Five-Spot Challenge has also ended. Congratulations to Maizenblu62 for winning the contest and a $40 gift card to The M Den.

Maizenblu62 and HTTV134 finished in a tie for first, but Maizenblu62 had the lowest combined differential (115 to 128) through the four games to win the tiebreaker. BigHouseBrandon finished third, while GregGoBlue came in fourth and kfarmer16 and JustJeepGear.com shared fifth.

Tooty_pops had the lowest differential (17) for the Kentucky game and was no more than six away on any single question. He was just six away from Kentucky’s points in the paint and three away from the combined points for Nik Stauskas, Glenn Robinson III, and Caris LeVert. BigHouseBrandon correctly predicted Julius Randle’s combined points and rebounds (27) and Stauskas, Robinson, and LeVert’s combined points (47), but was 12 away from Stauskas’ field goal percentage (43 percent). HTTV134 correctly predicted that.

March Madness Five-Spot Challenge Results
Place Name Wofford Texas Tennessee Kentucky Total
1* Maizenblu62 25 (9) 41 (4) 27 (13) 22 (8) 115 (34)
1 HTTV134 21 (10) 21 (9) 61 (8) 25 (7) 128 (34)
3 BigHouseBrandon 36 (5) 17 (10) 92 (5) 27 (6) 172 (26)
4 GregGoBlue * 26 (7) 36 (11) 35 (4) 97* (22)
5 kfarmer16 37 (4) 41 (4) 29 (12) 44 (1) 151 (21)
5 JustJeepGear.com 48 (1) 21 (9) 53 (9) 38 (2) 160 (21)
7 bluwolf77 * 28 (6) 16 (14) * 44* (20)
8 tooty_pops * * 73 (6) 17 (9) 90* (15)
9 Jim Mackiewicz 29 (7) 36 (5) 125 (2) * 190* (14)
9 spooner_21 38 (3) 47 (2) 112 (3) 27 (6) 224 (14)
9 TexasWolverine 28 (8) 53 (1) 129 (1) 35 (4) 245 (14)
12 bigred * * 37 (10) * 37* (10)
13 kashkaav * * 68 (7) * 68* (7)
14 Eisemant 31 (6) * * * 31* (6)
15 Bhseelp * * 105 (4) * 105* (4)
16 Matt Wiersum 46 (2) * * * 46* (2)

Thanks to all who played the challenge. Make sure to come back and play the Five-Spot Challenge during football season.

The M&GB March Madness Five-Spot Challenge: Kentucky

Saturday, March 29th, 2014


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Michigan survived a late scare and beat Tennessee on Friday night to advance to the Elite Eight for the second straight season. That means the prize for the March Madness Five-Spot Challenge will go up to at least a $40 M Den gift card when the Wolverines face Kentucky on Sunday.

Bluwolf77 had the best score for the Tennessee game with a deviation of just 16. He correctly predicted that Michigan’s first three-pointer would come 124 seconds into the game, and that’s ultimately what got him the lowest deviation. HTTV134 maintains his lead for the overall prize, but it has narrowed to one over Maizenblu62. It’s still anyone’s game, especially if the Wolverines continue to advance.

Below are the results and updated standings. Remember, this is a cumulative contest that runs for as long as Michigan remains in the tournament.

March Madness Five-Spot Challenge Standings
Place Name Wofford Deviation (pts) Texas Deviation (pts) Tenn. Deviation (pts) Total
1 HTTV134 21 (10) 21 (9) 61 (8) 103 (27)
2 Maizenblu62 25 (9) 41 (4) 27 (13) 93 (26)
3 BigHouseBrandon 36 (5) 17 (10) 92 (5) 145 (20)
3 kfarmer16 37 (4) 41 (4) 29 (12) 107 (20)
3 bluwolf77 * 28 (6) 16 (14) 44* (20)
6 JustJeepGear.com 48 (1) 21 (9) 53 (9) 122 (19)
7 GregGoBlue * 26 (7) 36 (11) 62* (18)
8 Jim Mackiewicz 29 (7) 36 (5) 125 (2) 190 (14)
9 TexasWolverine 28 (8) 53 (1) 129 (1) 210 (10)
9 bigred * * 37 (10) 37* (10)
11 spooner_21 38 (3) 47 (2) 112 (3) 197 (8)
12 kashkaav * * 68 (7) 68* (7)
13 tooty_pops * * 73 (6) 73* (6)
13 Eisemant 31 (6) * * 31* (6)
15 Bhseelp * * 105 (4) 105* (4)
16 Matt Wiersum 46 (2) * * 46* (2)

If you missed the first three games, but still want to play for the Kentucky game and any subsequent games, here are the rules.

How to play: For starters, this isn’t a standard bracket challenge. This challenge will only focus on Michigan’s games. For each game, we will pose five questions, such as “What will be Michigan’s field goal percentage?” or “How many points will Jordan Morgan score?” If you predict Morgan to score 10 points and he only scores four, you get six points (the deviation). The results from all five questions will be totaled and the contestant with the lowest deviation from the actual is the winner.

Prizing: This will be a continual game that runs for as long as Michigan remains in the tournament. There will not be a prize for each game, but instead, an M Den gift card awarded to the overall winner in increments of $10 based on the number of games played. If Michigan loses its first game, it will be a $10 gift card. If the Wolverines advance to Round three, a $20 gift card; Sweet 16, $30; Elite 8, $40; Final Four, $50; and if Michigan makes it to the championship game, the prize will be a $60 gift card. So make sure to enter prior to each Michigan game throughout the tournament if you want to win.

Timing: Below are the questions for Michigan’s next game against Kentucky on Sunday. All entries must be received by tip-off (prior to 5:05 p.m. ET). If Michigan wins, the questions for the Final Four game will be posted on Monday and you will have until one minute before the start of that game on Saturday to enter, and so on for the rest of the tournament as long as Michigan advances. Results and updated standings will also be posted after each game. Good luck and may the odds be ever in your favor.

Here are the questions for the Kentucky game:

The M&GB March Madness Five-Spot Challenge: Tennessee

Monday, March 24th, 2014


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Michigan knocked off Texas on Saturday afternoon to advance to it second straight Sweet Sixteen. That’s good news for those who are participating in our March Madness Five-Spot Challenge because that means the prize will go up to at least a $30 M Den gift card when the Wolverines face Tennessee on Friday.

BigHouseBrandon had the best score from the Texas game, followed by the Wofford winner, HTTV134. They stand at second and first, respectively overall. Below are the results and updated standings. Remember, this is a cumulative contest that runs for as long as Michigan remains in the tournament.

March Madness Five-Spot Challenge Standings
Place Name Wofford Deviation (pts) Texas Deviation (pts) Total
1 HTTV134 21 (10) 21 (9) 42 (19)
2 BigHouseBrandon 36 (5) 17 (10) 53 (15)
3 Maizenblu62 25 (9) 41 (4) 63 (13)
4 Jim Mackiewicz 29 (7) 36 (5) 65 (12)
5 JustJeepGear.com 48 (1) 21 (9) 69 (10)
6 TexasWolverine 28 (8) 53 (1) 81 (9)
7 kfarmer16 37 (4) 41 (4) 78 (8)
8 GregGoBlue 26 (7) 26 (7)
9 bluwolf77 28 (6) 28 (6)
9 Eisemant 31 (6) 31 (6)
11 spooner_21 38 (3) 47 (2) 85 (5)
12 Matt Wiersum 46 (2) 46 (2)

If you missed the first two games, but still want to play for the Tennessee game and any subsequent games, here are the rules.

How to play: For starters, this isn’t a standard bracket challenge. This challenge will only focus on Michigan’s games. For each game, we will pose five questions, such as “What will be Michigan’s field goal percentage?” or “How many points will Jordan Morgan score?” If you predict Morgan to score 10 points and he only scores four, you get six points (the deviation). The results from all five questions will be totaled and the contestant with the lowest deviation from the actual is the winner.

Prizing: This will be a continual game that runs for as long as Michigan remains in the tournament. There will not be a prize for each game, but instead, an M Den gift card awarded to the overall winner in increments of $10 based on the number of games played. If Michigan loses its first game, it will be a $10 gift card. If the Wolverines advance to Round three, a $20 gift card; Sweet 16, $30; Elite 8, $40; Final Four, $50; and if Michigan makes it to the championship game, the prize will be a $60 gift card. So make sure to enter prior to each Michigan game throughout the tournament if you want to win.

Timing: Below are the questions for Michigan’s next game against Tennessee on Friday. All entries must be received by tip-off (prior to 7:15 p.m. ET). If Michigan wins, the questions for the Elite Eight game will be posted on Saturday morning and you will have until one minute before the start of that game on Sunday to enter, and so on for the rest of the tournament as long as Michigan advances. Results and updated standings will also be posted after each game. Good luck and may the odds be ever in your favor.

Here are the questions for the Tennessee game:

The M&GB March Madness Five-Spot Challenge: Texas

Thursday, March 20th, 2014


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Earlier in the week we introduced the M&GB March Madness Five-Spot Challenge, which is a basketball version of the football contest we run throughout the fall. Since Michigan beat Wofford on Thursday night, the contest will continue on Saturday and the prize will be raised to a $20 M Den gift card if the Wolverines lose to Texas. If they win, it will keep going.

If you missed the Wofford game, you can still play since the game is tabulated cumulatively. There’s currently a 27-point difference from first to last, so you could still easily get back into contention. The results from the Wofford game and the questions for Saturday’s game are below along with the rules for those who missed it the first go-around.

Wofford Results
Place Name Points
1 HTTV134 21
2 Maizenblu62 25
3 TexasWolverine 28
4 Jim Mackiewicz 29
5 Eisemant 31
6 BigHouseBrandon 36
7 kfarmer16 37
8 spooner_21 38
9 Matt Wiersum 46
10 JustJeepGear.com 48

How to play: For starters, this isn’t a standard bracket challenge. This challenge will only focus on Michigan’s games. For each game, we will pose five questions, such as “What will be Michigan’s field goal percentage?” or “How many points will Jordan Morgan score?” If you predict Morgan to score 10 points and he only scores four, you get six points (the deviation). The results from all five questions will be totaled and the contestant with the lowest deviation from the actual is the winner.

Prizing: This will be a continual game that runs for as long as Michigan remains in the tournament. There will not be a prize for each game, but instead, an M Den gift card awarded to the overall winner in increments of $10 based on the number of games played. If Michigan loses its first game, it will be a $10 gift card. If the Wolverines advance to Round three, a $20 gift card; Sweet 16, $30; Elite 8, $40; Final Four, $50; and if Michigan makes it to the championship game, the prize will be a $60 gift card. So make sure to enter prior to each Michigan game throughout the tournament if you want to win.

Timing: Below are the questions for Michigan’s next game against Texas on Saturday. All entries must be received by tip-off. If Michigan wins, the questions for the Sweet Sixteen game will be posted on Monday and you will have until one minute before the start of that game to enter, and so on for the rest of the tournament as long as Michigan advances. Results and updated standings will also be posted after each game. Good luck and may the odds be ever in your favor.

The M&GB March Madness Five-Spot Challenge

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014


M&GB March Madness Five-Spot Challenge bannerNow that the bracket has been announced and Michigan’s road to the national championship has been set it’s time to introduce the MG&B March Madness Five-Spot Challenge. If you’ve played the Five-Spot Challenge during football season you’re pretty familiar with how this will work. If not, here’s the breakdown.

How to play: For starters, this isn’t a standard bracket challenge. This challenge will only focus on Michigan’s games. For each game, we will pose five questions, such as “What will be Michigan’s field goal percentage?” or “How many points will Jordan Morgan score?” If you predict Morgan to score 10 points and he only scores four, you get six points (the deviation). The results from all five questions will be totaled and the contestant with the lowest deviation from the actual is the winner.

Prizing: This will be a continual game that runs for as long as Michigan remains in the tournament. There will not be a prize for each game, but instead, an M Den gift card awarded to the overall winner in increments of $10 based on the number of games played. If Michigan loses its first game, it will be a $10 gift card. If the Wolverines advance to Round three, a $20 gift card; Sweet 16, $30; Elite 8, $40; Final Four, $50; and if Michigan makes it to the championship game, the prize will be a $60 gift card. So make sure to enter prior to each Michigan game throughout the tournament if you want to win.

Timing: Below are the questions for Michigan’s first game against Wofford on Thursday. Game time is 7:10 p.m. ET, so all entries must be received by 7:09. If Michigan wins, the questions for the Round 3 game will be posted on Friday morning and you will have until one minute before the start of that game to enter, and so on for the rest of the tournament as long as Michigan advances. Results and updated standings will also be posted after each game. Good luck and may the odds be ever in your favor.

Win a copy of Beer: What to Drink Next

Thursday, March 13th, 2014


Beer

Are you a beer connoisseur? Are you a fan of craft beer? Do you just like to try new kinds of beer? If your answer is yes to any of thoes, I’ve got just the book for you. Beer: What to Drink Next, newly released by Sterling Publishing, is the beer drinker’s new encyclopedia.

Author Michael Larson, a friend of mine from college, and co-founder of the beer review blog The Perfectly Happy Man, put together the most comprehensive craft beer book on the market. Featuring the Beer Select-o-Pedia, Larson’s book lists 90 different styles of beer, grouped in four chapters based on the country of origin.Beer Select-o-Pedia

Each beer is graded on origin, color, alcohol by volume (ABU), and international bittering units (IBU). Each style of beer comes with an atomic structure diagram that tells you more about each beer, recommends breweries, and gives tasting notes and interesting facts about each beer. It also suggest food pairings for each style.

The beginning of the book gives a nice introduction to beer drinking with a description of what beer is, how it is brewed, current trends in brewing, how to serve and store beer, how to taste beer, and how to pair food with beer. This book will truly tell you all you need to know about beer and improve your experience of it, whether you’re simply looking for your next six-pack mixer or hosting a party and looking for new beers to wow your friends.

The easy to follow structure of the book allows you to look up a beer you’re currently drinking and find others like it, or simply search for a style you’re interested in and find quality recommendations.

The list price for the book is $14.95 and you can order it on Amazon or look for it at Barnes and Noble.

Maize and Go Blue is also giving you the opportunity to win a free copy by winning our contest for Michigan’s first Big Ten Tournament game against Illinois on Friday. Enter below before 11:59 a.m. ET Friday and the contestant that wins will win a free copy of the book.

Five-Spot Challenge: (Belated) Kansas State results

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014


Night game

Football season ended a month and a half ago with a loss to Kansas State in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, and since we all wanted to put that one out of our memories as quickly as possible, now seems like as good a time as any to go back and hand out the prizes for the Five-Spot Challenge.

Congratulations to first-time contestant IceStormed for winning the bowl edition. His total deviation of 218 was a dominant performance over the other 13 challengers. While he wasn’t the closest on any single question, his deviations were consistently low throughout. He was only 16 away from Shane Morris’ passing yards, seven away from Tyler Lockett’s receiving yards, nine away from Jeremy Gallon’s receiving yards, and 65 off of the total combined offensive yards. For his win, IceStormed gets a $20 gift card to The M Den.

Ebenszac came in second, 61 points behind IceStormed. His prediction of 718 total offensive yards was the closest, only 37 away from the actual of 681. HTTV134 and BigHouseBrandon tied for third, just four points behind ebenszac. Myrick55 and Jim Mackiewicz were each the closest to Morris’ passing yards, just four away, while Myrick55 was also the closest to Lockett’s receiving yards (two away) and Michigan’s longest field goal made (one away). However, he underestimated the combined offensive yards and that hurt his chances of winning the week.

No one correctly predicted the final score, though IceStormed was close with his prediction of 27-13 Kansas State. The average combined score among the 14 contestants was Michigan 31 – Kansas State 26. Ten of the 14 picked Michigan to win.

Congratulations is also in order to the full season winner, Maizenblu62. His season-long point total of 156.5 topped HTTV134′s 147. Jim Mackiewicz came in third at 143, while ebenszac (135) and freezer566 (132) rounded out the top five. Maizenblu62 wins a pair of tickets to the 2014 season opener against Appalachian State. I will be in touch via email to work out the details.

The Kansas State results and the full season standings have been updated.

Thanks for playing the third season of the Five-Spot Challenge! We hope you enjoyed it. We had a total of 12 different weekly winners and awarded $270 worth of M Den gift cards throughout the season in addition to a pair of tickets to the 2014 season opener. Feel free to send us your feedback on what we can do to make the game even better as we head into next season. You can leave a comment below or shoot us an email at maizeandgoblue@yahoo.com.

Five-Spot Challenge: Kansas State

Monday, December 23rd, 2013


Congratulations to BigHouseBrandon for winning the Five-Spot Challenge from the Ohio State game. His total deviation of 491 was by far the best since he seemed to have the most confidence in Michigan. He was one of three contestants to correctly predict that Devin Gardner would score Michigan’s first touchdown (Jim Mackiewicz and HTTV134 were the others). His prediction of 81 yards was only three away from the longest play of the game, which was the 84-yard catch-and-run by Jeremy Gallon on Michigan’s first series. Bluwolf77 was the second closest with a guess of 76.

BigHouseBrandon was also the closest to Michigan’s yardage on its first drive of the game. He predicted 75 yards and the Wolverines drove 99. The next closest was Myrick55 who guessed 68. In addition, BHB was second most confident in Michigan’s total yards output compared to Ohio State’s. He predicted that the Buckeyes would only outgain Michigan by 12, when in reality Michigan outgained OSU by 77. Kashkaav was the closest with a prediction of zero. For the win, BHB gets a $20 gift card to The M Den.

Kashkaav came in second for the week with a total deviation of 707, while HTTV was a close third at 713.

Yet again, no one correctly predicted the final score. Kfarmer16 was the only one to get Ohio State’s 42 correct, but thought Michigan would only score 13. The average combined score among the 14 contestants was Ohio State 33 – Michigan 19. Three of the 14 picked Michigan to win by an average score of 25-21.

The weekly results and overall standings have been updated. Maizenblu62 holds the lead, but Jim Mackiewicz, HTTV134, and freezer566 are all within striking distance.

Michigan travels to Tempe, Ariz. to battle Kansas State in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl on Saturday night. Most of us likely aren’t very familiar with the Wildcats, so it will be interesting to see the results of the Five-Spot this week. Like the past two years, we are going to offer a chance for anyone to get back into it with a stroke of luck. If you get the final question (predict the combined offensive yards for both teams) exactly right, you will get an extra five points for each person entered this week. So if there are 20 contestants you would get an extra 100 points added to your score in the overall standings. Good luck and Go Blue!

Five-Spot Challenge: Ohio State

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013


Congratulations to tooty_pops for winning last week’s Five-Spot Challenge. As seems to be the theme this season, he benefited from being the least confident in Michigan on Saturday. His prediction of 30 was just one more than Iowa receiver Kevonte Martin-Manley’s total punt return yards. He was also the closest to Jeremy Gallon’s receiving yards, just 14 away, and the second closest to the total made field goal yards by Brendan Gibbons – which was zero. He was also the second closest to Devin Gardner’s total yards (127 away). Tooty_pops wins a $20 M Den gift card.

Jim Mackiewicz came in second with a total deviation of 311. He wasn’t closest in any category, but was consistent in all five. Kashkaav, the winner of the UConn week, finished third and was the closest to Gardner’s total yards (tied with new contestant lmack). Kfarmer16 tied tooty_pops at just one away from Martin-Manley’s punt return yards, while the winner from two weeks ago, Myrick55 was the closest to Gardner’s total field goal yards.

We’re still looking for our first correctly predicted score. GrizzlyJFB was the closest, correctly picking Iowa’s 24 points, but was six high on Michigan. The average combined score among the 14 contestants was Michigan 20 – Iowa 16. Only three of 14 picked Iowa to win.

The weekly results have been updated and the overall standings will be updated shortly.

We all know what week this is, so in the spirit of the rivalry, we’re going to offer up a few more questions than normal. Good luck and Go Blue!

Five-Spot Challenge: Iowa

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013


Congratulations to Maizenblu62 for a narrow victory over JustJeepGear.com. His total deviation of 135 was just three points better than JJG.com’s thanks in large part to being the least confident in Michigan’s ability to score a touchdown. Every other contestant this week predicted Michigan to score a touchdown in the first half, with none later than 23 minutes into the game. But Maizenblu62 predicted Michigan to score in the 48th minute, or three minutes into the fourth quarter. Ultimately, the Wolverines didn’t score one at all in regulation.

The winner from the Minnesota and Michigan State games, Hazel Parker, was the closest to the combined uniform number of all Michigan touchdowns. His prediction of 138 was 48 away. With Jake Butt (88) and Devin Gardner (98) scoring the two touchdowns, it was about as high as it could possibly get for a two-touchdown total. Bluwolf77 was the closest to Michigan’s rushing total, just four away, while JustJeepGear.com and kashkaav were both just two away from Northwestern quarterback Trevor Siemien’s passing yards. JJG.com was also the closest to Matt Wile’s total punt yards, just three away.

Nobody correctly predicted the final score. The average combined score was Michigan 25 – Northwestern 22. The widest margin of victory predicted in Michigan’s favor was 31-17, while only one participant predicted Northwestern to win and that was by a score of 35-17.

The weekly results and overall standings have been updated.