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Five-Spot Challenge 2014: Utah

Monday, September 15th, 2014


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It was dicey at times during the second quarter, but Michigan got back in the win column on Saturday. Likewise, Kfarmer16 picked up his first Five-Spot Challenge win of the season, narrowly beating freezer566 and KashKaav with a point differential of just 125, the lowest of the season so far. He was the closest to correctly predicting Miami quarterback Andrew Hendrix’s passing yards (165), just 10 away; the second closest to Michigan’s total punt yards (172), 44 away; and third closest to Michigan’s first drive yards (38), four away. He wins a $20 gift card to The M Den.

Freezer566 was the second closest to Dennis Norfleet’s combined rushing, receiving, and return yards (69), just four away, and second closest to Michigan’s first drive yards, three away. KashKaav was only three away from Norfleet’s all-purpose yards, while Hazel Parker hit the nail on the head with Michigan’s first drive yards. First-time contestant nirvandog correctly predicted Michigan’s total yards (460), but his prediction of just 68 punt yards was what did him in. HTTV135 was the closest to that final question, just 22 away.

Kfarmer16 also nearly became the first contestant in the history of the Five-Spot Challenge to correctly predict the final score. His prediction of 35-10 was only one point away from the final score of 34-10. Bigboyblue was also close with his prediction of 30-10. No one correctly predicted Michigan to score 34 points, while 10 of the 22 contestants correctly predicted Miami’s 10. The average score prediction was Michigan 43 – Miami (Ohio) 13. The largest spread was Michigan 60 – Miami 10 and the closest was Michigan 23 – Miami 10.

The Week 3 results and overall standings are updated.

This week, Utah comes to town fresh off a bye week. The 2-0 Utes beat Idaho State 56-14 in Week 1 and Fresno State 59-27 in Week 2.

[Edit: There was a miscalculation on the differentials for question two last week that affected a few contestants. Tooty_pops actually had a deviation of 312, which moved him up two spots and gave him four points instead of two. That moved Bigboyblue down to three points and boggie down to two points. Mofobro actually had 336 points, but it didn't affect his position in the weekly results. It also did not affect anyone's position in the overall standings. Both have been updated. Apologies for the error.]

Here are this week’s questions:

Five-Spot Challenge 2014: Miami (Ohio)

Monday, September 8th, 2014


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The only good news that can come out of a humiliating loss like Michigan suffered on Saturday is that somebody will still win a $20 gift card to The M Den. This week, that person is Bigboyblue, whose point differential of 152 beat second-place Hazel Parker by 21 points. Bigboyblue wasn’t the closest on any single answer, but was the most consistent with all five.

Everyone overestimated Derrick Green’s rushing yards. Green finished with just 25 yards on 13 carries. MichiganMack and scoon both predicted Green would rush for 50, so they were the closest. Chris12qb‘s prediction of 100 receiving yards for Devin Funchess was the closest on that question, just seven short of Funchess’ total of 107, while MichiganMack and Bigboyblue were both just 12 away.

The third and fourth questions, Everett Golson’s total yards (212) and Michigan’s combined punt and kickoff return yards (16), were what tripped most contestants up. KashKaav was only five short of Golson’s total yards, while MEKMichigan was the closest to Michigan’s return yards, 29 away. Notre Dame’s special teams did a great job of limiting Michigan’s chances, holding the Wolverines to just one kick return and no punt returns. Finally, the longest touchdown of the game went for 24 yards and WarN‘s prediction of 26 was only two away.

As you can imagine, no one was close to correctly predicting the final score. In fact, the lowest anyone predicted Michigan scoring was 17. The average score prediction was Michigan 33 – Notre Dame 25. All 25 contestants picked Michigan to win. The largest spread was 25 points (Michigan 45 – Notre Dame 20) and the closest was one point (Michigan 31 – Notre Dame 30).

The Week 2 results and Overall Standings are on the right sidebar.

Michigan returns home to face a Miami (Ohio) squad riding an 18-game losing streak this Saturday at 3:30 p.m. Miami lost to Eastern Kentucky 17-10 on Saturday and Marshall 42-27 in Week 1.

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.

U.S. Open Five-Spot Challenge presented by Game Golf: Results

Monday, June 16th, 2014


Martin Kaymer ran away with the U.S. Open this weekend thanks to a pair of 65s on Thursday and Friday. The calm and focused German cruised to an eight-shot win while everyone around him struggled. In similar fashion, eeyore201285 blew away the field to win our U.S. Open Five-Spot Challenge and a GAME GOLF system from GAME GOLF.Game Golf

She was one of two contestants (along with MikeLongJr88) to correctly predict that the lowest score among Jim Furyk, Graeme McDowell, and Lee Westwood after Round 1 would be two-under. Even more impressive, she was the only contestant to correctly predict that Westwood would miss the cut, and she hit his two-round score right on the number at 148. G0lfdell finished second in our contest with a total deviation of 153, while John Pinola Jr rounded out the top three with a score of 156.

@AaronEllis10 was the only contestant to correctly predict the total combined birdies for Furyk, McDowell, and Westwood for the entire tournament (27). Meuuuuuny and orenciaro were each one away. Saupe07 was the closest, just one away, to Furyk’s total fairways and greens in regulation hit (90), while sirbarksalot was right on with his prediction of 122 total putts for McDowell.

Thanks to everyone who participated in this challenge. The results are below. Check back for more chances to win in the future, and make sure to keep following GAME GOLF (@gameyourgame) for news and updates about this fantastic game-changing product. Remember, it is now allowable under the rules of golf to be used in competition.

U.S. Open Five-Spot Challenge Results
Place Name Points
1 eeyore201285 91
2 G0lfdell 153
3 John Pinola Jr 156
4 TheChamp 158
5 sirbarksalot 159
@AaronEllis10 159
7 stevenip4 163
brettbarkelar 163
9 hbarkel 168
10 MikeLongJr88 170
11 KevinMorin1 171
12 Sherwood 176
13 beastplayers88 177
14 CadebM 179
Saupe07 179
16 wrightkristy 185
17 eyherbert 186
18 Aaron Kane 182
Daithi Kelly 182
20 torrejuan 195
21 Stang 196
todd3pc 196
23 AMPY 199
LadyDaisy 199
25 Rizzaka 201
26 JustJeepGear.com 218
27 Meuuuuuny 220
28 Mmaynard11 221
29 orenciaro 227

Related: Using GAME GOLF, Golf.com provided an interesting comparison of how the pros played Pinehurst No. 2 on Thursday and Friday to how amateurs played it earlier this year.

U.S. Open Five-Spot Challenge presented by Game Golf

Friday, June 6th, 2014


The 114th U.S. Open Championship tees off next Thursday on the Donald Ross masterpiece, Pinehurst No. 2 in Pinehurst, N.C. To mark the occasion, and to celebrate Father’s Day weekend, we have teamed up with the makers of one of the hottest golf gadgets on the market — Game Golf.Game Golf

For those who have participated in our Five-Spot Challenge during football or basketball season, you already know how the contest works. It’s the same, except with questions related to the U.S. Open. For those who haven’t, the rules are below. But before reading the rules, you should know the prize. The fine folks at Game Golf are giving a Game Golf system, which retails at $249, to the winner.

What is Game Golf?

Game Golf is a digital tracking system that tracks your stats throughout your round and allows you to view them on your computer or mobile device, share via Facebook and Twitter, and compare over time or with your friends. It uses GPS to measure the distance and location of each and every shot, allowing you to take your game, and how you track it, to the next level.

In addition, it was announced this week that the product has been officially approved as “Allowable under The Rules of Golf,” which means it can now be used in competition and many high school and college coaches are already looking to implement Game Golf.

Here’s the official link to the announcement:

http://www.pga.com/golf-equipment/golf-buzz/game-golf-permitted-under-rules-golf

Contest rules:

1. Below are five questions and a tiebreaker that have to do with Game Golf sponsored players, Jim Furyk, Graeme McDowell, and Lee Westwood. Answer each question and the results from each answer will be totaled. The contestant with the lowest deviation to the actual results is the winner.

1a. Example: If the question is, “What will be Jim Furyk’s four-round total” and you answer 288, but his total is 270, your deviation for that question will be 18. Your total from all five questions will be added together and the contestant with the lowest total deviation wins.

2. For this contest, you must follow Game Golf (@gameyourgame) on Twitter in order to be eligible for the prize. You will be asked to enter your Twitter handle in the entry form below so we can ensure that you did, in fact, follow Game Golf.

3. Only one entry allowed per Twitter account.

4. Entries will be accepted from the moment this contest is posted until the first tee time of the first round on Thursday, June 12 (6:45 a.m. Eastern time).

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.

Five-Spot Challenge: (Belated) Kansas State results

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014


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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.