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Five-Spot Challenge 2014: Rutgers

Monday, September 29th, 2014


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First of all, sorry for making “Twitter handle” a mandatory field in last week’s Five-Spot Challenge. It was not intended to be, and won’t be in the future for those of you who don’t have Twitter.

Congratulations to first-time contestant GengIsKhan for winning despite a poor showing for the team on the field. GengIsKhan was the closest to predicting the yard line Michigan’s first drive would end. The Wolverines made it to just the 26-yard line and his prediction of 31 was just five away. He was also just four away from the combined uniform number(s) of Michigan’s first touchdown (4) with a prediction of eight (Shane Morris to Devin Funchess) and just six away from Funchess’ longest reception (14). For his win, GengIsKhan wins a $20 M Den gift card.

Season-long leader Kfarmer16 finished second last week, 34 points behind the winner, to maintain a narrow three-point lead the Week 4 winner, freezer566, who came in third this week. KashKaav was the only participant to correctly predict that De’Veon Smith would score Michigan’s first touchdown. Eight of the 22 contestants predicted Derrick Green, while four predicted Devin Gardner to Funchess. For question two, seven of the 22 contestants thought Michigan would score on its opening possession and only four were correct in predicting that Michigan wouldn’t make it past midfield.

Everyone underestimated David Cobb’s rushing yards (183). Bluwolf77 was the closest, just 48 away with his prediction of 135. Bigboyblue was the closest to Funchess’ longest reception (14 yards) with his prediction of 15. MEKMichigan‘s prediction of 17 was just three away. Finally, not a single contestant predicted that Michigan would not make a field goal. GengIsKhan was the closest with a prediction of 35 yards.

Only two contestants predicted a Minnesota win, but both of them predicted close Minnesota wins (23-20 and 28-27). The average score prediction was Michigan 27 – Minnesota 17.

The weekly results and overall standings have been updated.

Michigan travels to New Jersey this weekend for their first ever meeting with Rutgers. The game will be televised by Big Ten Network at 7 p.m. EST. Rutgers comes into the game with a 4-1 record, and like Michigan, is 0-1 in the Big Ten. The Scarlet Knights will be looking to pick up their first ever Big Ten victory.

Here are this week’s questions:

Five-Spot Challenge 2014: Appalachian State

Monday, August 25th, 2014


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Week one is finally upon us and with that comes the kick off of our Five-Spot Challenge. Now in its fourth year, we have secured our first Five-Spot Challenge sponsor, We Know Tickets, which will provide the prize to the season-long champion: a pair of ticket to the 2015 season opener against Oregon State. If you’re looking to purchase tickets, make sure to check out their listings for each of Michigan’s games this season, or for any other concert or sporting event you want to go to (and type in code ‘goblue’ for 10 percent off your order). And of course, we will still award $20 gift cards to The M Den for each Five-Spot Challenge weekly winner.

If you’re new to the game, here’s how it works. Each Monday throughout the season, we list five questions, such as “How many passing yards will Devin Gardner record?” If you guess 200, but he throws for 250, you get 50 points. Like golf, the goal is to get the lowest score possible each week, meaning you want to be as close to correct as possible for each answer. The points for each of the five questions will be added to determine the weekly low score.

The spot you finish relative to the rest of the competitors will be added up throughout the season to determine the overall winner. For example, in Week 1 if you are first out of 20 participants, you will be awarded 20 points. Second would get 19, third would get 18, and so on. For the full season, you want the most points, so you’ll want to make sure to participate each and every week.

There will also be a bonus question each week, which will be a simple score prediction. In this, you must specify which team is which. If you simply put 14-10, it won’t count. You must say Michigan 14 – Appalachian State 10. This is the Hail Mary pick. If you pick the score exactly, your largest single differential from the other questions will be reduced to zero.

In 2011, umichfan1 won a pair of tickets to the season opener against Air Force. In 2012, crp12qb won a round of golf at the U of M golf course with former Michigan defensive tackle Mike Martin. Last season, Maizenblu62 won a pair of tickets to this year’s opener against Appalachian State.

The weekly results will be announced in the same post as the following week’s questions, while the overall standings will live in the right sidebar so you always know where you stand. Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Leave them in the comments below. Good luck!

Here are the Week 1 questions. All answers must be submitted by 11:59 a.m. EST on Saturday.

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.

5-Spot Challenge: regular season results

Monday, November 26th, 2012


Congratulations to myrick55 for winning this week’s 5-Spot Challenge. It was his first win this season, but he won once or twice last season as well. For his win, he gets a $20 gift card to The M Den. It was a truly remarkable performance, despite Michigan’s performance on the field. Myrick55 had a deviation of just 111, besting Jim Mackiewicz by 73 points. His largest differential on a single question was 33 (Denard and Devin’s total combined yards), while he was just one off the longest kick or punt return, four away from the total combines passing yards by both teams, and 18 away from Braxton Miller’s total yards.

Jim Mackiewicz was just four away from Miller’s total yards, as was JustJeepGear.com, and he was just seven short of Roy Roundtree’s receiving yards. Season leader crp12qb came in third. He was also just four off of Miller’s total yards and seven away from Roundtree’s. He also nearly predicted the final score. His prediction of 26-23 Ohio State was just two off. Freezer566 had a good week, finishing fourth, while new contestant DRock finished fifth. Along with myrick55, DRock was just four off of the total combined passing yard total. He was also the closest to predicting the longest touchdown of the game, just seven away.

Altogether, the 14 contestants this week picked Michigan to win by an average score of 35-30. Only two contestants picked Ohio State to win.

Thanks to all who have participated this season. We still have one game left – the bowl game – so make sure to check back the week before New Years. Altogether, we had 10 different winners in 12 weeks, so it has been pretty competitive. Below are the season-long standings to date. You can find the weekly results here or on the right sidebar.

Michigan Man 5-Spot Overall Standings (through Week 12)
User Name
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cr12qb** 139
HTTV133* 122
Jim Mackiewicz* 115
kfarmer16* 112
Maizenblu62* 94
tooty_pops* 94
JustJeepGear.com* 86
bluwolf77** 82
freezer566 70
myrick55 69
kashkaav 49
KleinoRhino 46
he16man 38
GrizzlyJFB 36
jdemille 23
chicagoblue* 23
BigHouse08 18
Brad 18
Phillymb 17
Hazel Parker 16
downebri2012 16
Shoelace4Heisman 14
Florida(GoBlue) 13
the1tab 12
mayph 11
saline_ian 11
DRock 10
jdb42683 9
BennyGGG 9
Tams 8
klima85 8
AC1997 7
Cabbage 7
chrisjfla 6
clelwell 6
kbboyd67 5
Mfan1974 5
admich 4
RAFMUN 3
Squash man 3
hank101 2
Walker44688 1

5-Spot Challenge: Week 12

Monday, November 19th, 2012



Congratulations to yet another first time winner in last week’s 5-Spot Challenge. Maizenblu62 captures the $20 gift card to The M Den. His differential of 178 beat tooty_pops by 17. Maizenblu62 was just eight away from Iowa’s total yards. While he wasn’t the closest on any of the other questions, he didn’t have a single bad one either. The same can be said for tooty_pops. Hazel Parker was just one point away from the combined points and only 15 off of Devin Gardner’s passing yards. JustJeepGear.com led that category at 14 away. GrizzlyJFB was the closest to correctly predicting Iowa’s second half rushing yards, just three off, while nobody expected Will Hagerup to have such a light day punting. KashKaav was the closest at 38 yards away.

The overall leader, crp12qb, finished third this week and widened his lead over HTTV133, who finished fifth. Kfarmer16 leap-frogged Jim Mackiewicz, while this week’s winner, Maizenblu62 moved up to fifth overall.

Nobody correctly predicted the final score, although JustJeepGear.com was the closest with a guess of 42-14. Tooty_pops picked 42-13, while Jim Mackiewicz predicted 42-10. KashKaav and HTTV133 each had Iowa scoring 17. Altogether, the 15 contestants predicted Michigan to win by an average of 34-13.

This week is the big one. Michigan travels down south to Columbus looking for its first win in the Horseshoe in 12 years. Ohio State is playing for an undefeated season and Michigan is still battling for the Big Ten title. Something has to give, and that’s just the way it should be in college football’s greatest rivalry. To honor the occasion, we are giving you a couple of extra questions this week. Good luck.

5-Spot Challenge: Week 9

Monday, October 29th, 2012



Eight weeks into the season, and we finally have our first repeat champion. Crp12qb captured this week’s $20 gift card to The M Den in a close contest, barely knocking off last week’s winner Jim Mackiewicz by 11 points. Crp12qb was the closest of all contestants to the combined rushing yards of Denard and Taylor Martinez. He was 71 yards away. Of course, no one foresaw Denard getting injured, so the injury likely played a role in the outcome of this week’s challenge. Crp12qb was also the closest to the total kick and punt return yards for Michigan, just seven away. Jim Mackiewicz was close on that one as well, just eight away, and only eight away from the longest touchdown.

Kashkaav was the only one to correctly predict that Drew Dileo would not make a catch. The next closest in that category was kfarmer16 who predicted 17 yards. Kashkaav also correctly predicted Nebraska’s team rushing total of 160. I think this is the first time in challenge history that one contestant correctly predicted two of the questions. Unfortunately for him, he was 186 yards too high on the combined rushing yards of Denard and Martinez.

Nobody picked Michigan to score as few points as it did. In fact, the lowest anyone had Michigan was 24 points. Everybody predicted Michigan to win and did so by an average score of 32-22.

Crp12qb remains in the top spot in the overall standings and Jim Mackiewicz has pulled to within two of HTTV133 for the second spot. The updated weekly standings are on the right sidebar and the updated overall standings will be updated shortly.

This week, Michigan battles Minnesota for the Little Brown Jug. But most importantly, Michigan needs to win to remain in the Big Ten title hunt. Good luck with your picks!

5-Spot Challenge: Week 8

Monday, October 22nd, 2012



Another week, another new winner. Jim Mackiewicz finally broke through with a victory and it was an impressive one. His total deviation of 108 was the lowest of anyone this season. He was just eight away from Andrew Maxwell’s passing yards, nine away from Denard’s total yards, and four away from the combined yards of Michigan’s leading running back and receiver. For good measure, he was also the closest to correctly predicting the final score and got Michigan State’s 10 points correct. Not far behind was crp12qb with a total deviation of 117.

Kfarmer16 was the closest to predicting the combined total yards, just 15 away, while kashkaav was only one yard short of Le’Veon Bell’s rushing total. New contestant hank101 was the closest to Maxwell’s passing yards, just three short. As mentioned above, nobody got the final score correct, though Mackiewicz was pretty close. He was 12 too high on Michigan. Every single contestant picked Michigan to win, so you’re all winners in my book!

The weekly results and overall standings are updated on the right sidebar. crp12qb has pulled ahead of HTTV133 for first place, but kfarmer16 and Jim Mackiewicz are both within striking distance as well.

This week, Michigan travels to Nebraska for a night game in a stadium no one on the team has seen before. Nebraska has a pretty dynamic rush offense but a weak defense, so it should be a fun one to pick. Good luck!