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Lockdown Predictions Game - main thread

Thanks to those who have signed up. There are 12 of us, but this website only lets me tag 10 in a post. So I will split the names between 2 posts below!

11 rounds of questions, over the next six weeks or so. Every round of questions will have a maximum of 10 points available. All predictions to me by private message either on here or discord, by the stated deadline.

I will run this as a 12 team league, with everyone playing everyone else (draws are allowed during this league stage). At the end of the 11 rounds, four people will qualify for the final

SEED 1 – top of the league based on Win / Loss record (points scored as a tiebreaker)

SEED 2 – second in the league based on Win / Loss record (points scored as a tiebreaker)

SEED 3 – the highest points scorer, who hasn’t already qualified (Win / Loss record as a tiebreaker)

SEED 4 – the highest points scorer over rounds 9 / 10 / 11, who hasn’t already qualified (to give everyone an interest throughout, in case of a slow start! Round 8 score as a tiebreaker, then round 7 etc)

There will be a final twelfth round of questions just for the four seeded teams, with 20 points available.

SEED 1 will get a 3.75 point head start

SEED 2 will get a 2.50 point head start

SEED 3 will get a 1.25 point head start

SEED 4 will get no point head start

(this gives the higher seeds an advantage, and the fractional points ensures there can be no ties in the final week)

Players signed up:

@JonCartwright – Jon
@McBear – Dougie
@Mike2104 – Mike
@Outsiders68 – Sean
@Shani – Shani
@DanAbrey – Dan A

Players signed up continued:

@Alan_Feelers – Al
@UkDetroit3Lions – George
@Shacko – Ben
@Flacco2012 – Dan N
@otleyroad – Dan C
@silverflash – Tony

Fixture List

Round 1 questions
Predictions by 9:00 p.m Wednesday
All games take place Thursday / Friday

Thursday

(1) Basketball: Russian MLBL - Legion Volgograd v Za30 Volgograd: How many points will be scored – 2 points if you are within 5, 1 point if you are within 10. Also a 1 point bonus if you are closer than whoever is your opponent this week

(2) Greyhounds: Naples Fort Myers – pick a dog (for trap 1 to trap 8) to cheers for in the opening race on Thursday (which I think is 5 pm UK time) – 2 points if your dog wins, 1 point if it is placed second or third

Friday
(3) Soccer: Belarus Premier League – FK Ruh Brest vs Energetik Minsk: Home , Away or Draw – 1 point if you’re right

(4) Soccer: Turkmenistan First Division – Balkan Nebitci vs Altyn Asyr: Home , Away or Draw – 1 point if you’re right

(5) Soccer: Burundi Ligue A – Ruzinko vs Musongati: Home , Away or Draw – 1 point if you’re right

(6) Greyhounds: Naples Fort Myers – pick a dog (for trap 1 to trap 8) to cheers for in the opening race on Friday (which I think is 5 pm UK time) – 2 points if your dog wins, 1 point if it is placed second or third

All predictions in on time, thanks,
Home teams slight favourites in the football.
A wide spread from 114 points to 162 points in the B’ball
Wide range of dogs picked across the two races but trap 2 just about favourite

Here are all the picks:

(colours show who is playing who)

Best of luck, if I have understood the time zones, the first match to start is the basketball, early afternoon tomorrow. Results and week 2 questions in a few days!

If you know of any other sport taking place, drop me a line, it will help me come up with the next lots of questions !!

Great start to the competition… :cry:

Round 1 results

That was harder than I thought - the basketball, and two of the soccer games, were called off at short notice. Thankfully we still had some events, but the cancellations meant everyone’s scores were low. I will try to be even more careful choosing my sports for round 2!

  • Thursday greyhounds - trap 1 won handily for Al
  • Friday greyhounds - outsider trap 7 won, but was picked by nobody - a few people got a place
  • Belarus soccer - an undeserved away win for Minsk, who barely had a shot apart from the only goal of the game

Scores:
results

Way too early League table:
table

Round 2 questions

Predictions by 9:00 p.m. Saturday

All games take place Sunday / Monday

(1) Midnight Sunday : Nicaraguan soccer

Managua vs. Diriagen

Home , Away or Draw – 1 point if you’re right

(2) 08:30 Sunday : Tajikistan Basketball

Faiton vs. Legends

How many points will be scored in the game – 2 points if you are within 5, 1 point if you are within 10. Also a 1 point bonus if you are closer than whoever is your opponent this week

(3) 15:00 Sunday : Belarus soccer

Neman Grodno vs. FK Vitebsk

Home , Away or Draw – 1 point if you’re right

(4) 17:00 Sunday : USA Greyhounds

Naples Fort Myers – pick a dog (from trap 1 to trap 8) to cheer for in the opening race on Sunday – 2 points if your dog wins, 1 point if it is placed second or third

(5) 23:00 Sunday : Nicaraguan soccer

Municipal Jalapa vs. Juventus

Home , Away or Draw – 1 point if you’re right

(6) 17:00 Monday : USA Greyhounds

Naples Fort Myers – pick a dog (from trap 1 to trap 8) to cheer for in the opening race on Monday – 2 points if your dog wins, 1 point if it is placed second or third

After a little bit of nagging… all predictions in

We were broadly in favour of the home team in the various soccer games, but we covered virtually every possible dog in the two greyhound races, plus we covered a wide range (from 120 points to 175) in the basketball.

Hopefully more of these matches will actually take place… best of luck folks!

Round 2 results

Home wins in all three soccer matches, which were popular picks

Trap 4 won both dog races - good news for Dougie who picked both - but actually 9 out of the 12 of us got points of some kind on the greyhound races

A bumper 163 points in the Tajik basketball (and a thrilling watch for a few of us on Sunday morning!)

Scores:

results

League table:

table

Al narrowly hangs onto his lead, but it’s all still close - nobody has won both their opening games, or lost both…

Round 3 questions

Predictions by 9:00 p.m. Tuesday
All games take place Wednesday /Thursday

(1) 18:00 Wednesday : USA Greyhounds
Naples Fort Myers – pick a dog (from trap 1 to trap 8) to cheer for in the opening race on Wednesday– 2 points if your dog wins, 1 point if it is placed second or third
.

(2) 19:30 Wednesday : Belarus Ice Hockey
Soligorsk vs Minsk
How many goals will be scored in total, in the game – 1 point if you are spot on or within a goal either way. Also a 1 point bonus if you are closer than whoever is your opponent this week
NOTE: These two teams also play on Tuesday: to avoid any confusion, it is the Wednesday game we are looking at!
.

(3) 23:00 Wednesday : Nicaraguan soccer – three games kicking off in quick succession
Chinandega vs Juventus
Home , Away or Draw – 1 point if you’re right

Ocotal vs Jalapa
Home , Away or Draw – 1 point if you’re right

Las Sabanas vs Real Madriz
Home , Away or Draw – 1 point if you’re right
.

(4) 18:00 Thursday : USA Greyhounds
Naples Fort Myers – pick a dog (from trap 1 to trap 8) to cheer for in the opening race on Thursday – 2 points if your dog wins, 1 point if it is placed second or third

Round 3 picks in - thanks all !

We are very reluctant to pick draws in Nicaraguan football. We think around 5 goals sounds right for Belarussian Ice Hockey (is it even “goals”? Or pucks, or something else…). And we have chosen pretty much every single dog in both greyhound races!

Round 3 results

Shock 4-0 defeat for Juventus !
Tony called both greyhound races right !!
Low scoring damp squib in the ice hockey !!!

Scores:

results
League table:

table

Round 4 questions

Predictions by 9:00 p.m. Friday
All games take place Saturday / Sunday / Monday – nicely spaced out so you can follow them all !

(1) 11:00 Saturday : Tajikistan Basketball
Diesel Power v BK33
How many points will be scored in the game – 2 points if you are within 5, 1 point if you are within 10. Also a 1 point bonus if you are closer than whoever is your opponent this week

(2) 14:00 Saturday : Burundian Soccer
Kayanza v Flambeau
Home , Away or Draw – 1 point if you’re right

(3) 01:00 Sunday : Nicaraguan Soccer
Juventus v Diriagen
Home , Away or Draw – 1 point if you’re right

(4) 12:00 Sunday: Belarus Soccer
It’s the big Minsk derby, Energetik Minsk vs FC Minsk
How many goals will be scored in total, in the game – 1 point if you are spot on.
Also a 1 point bonus if you are closer than whoever is your opponent this week

(5) 23:00 Sunday : Nicaraguan Soccer
Walter Ferretti v Real Esteli
Home , Away or Draw – 1 point if you’re right

(6) 18:00 Monday : USA Greyhounds
Naples Fort Myers – pick a dog (from trap 1 to trap 8) to cheer for in the opening race on Monday – 2 points if your dog wins, 1 point if it is placed second or third

Couple of reminders issued, but no response from Yorkshire’s own cheeky chappie, Shacko. Rumoured to be unconscious after overdoing the Ghost Naga Chilli Chicken wings! Good news for his some-time partner in crime George, who is guaranteed no worse than a 0-0 draw in this round…

Had this from Ben overnight , I will allow it this time, but I will have to say going forward that predictions must be on time to be fair to everyone

Round 4 results

Juventus bounced straight back to winning ways !
Another high scoring basketball game from Tajikistan !!
A 20-1 winner in the greyhounds was too little too late for Dan A !!!

Scores:

results

League table:

table

Round 5 questions

Predictions by 10:00 p.m. Tuesday

All games take place Wednesday / Thursday …

(1) 12:00 Wednesday : Tajik Soccer
Pamir Dushanbe v Khujand
Home , Away or Draw – 1 point if you’re right
.

(2) 17:00 Wednesday : Belarussian Soccer
Dinamo Brest v Soligorsk
Home , Away or Draw – 1 point if you’re right
.

(3) 18:00 Wednesday : USA Greyhounds
Naples Fort Myers – pick a dog (from trap 1 to trap 8) to cheer for in the opening race on Wednesday – 2 points if your dog wins, 1 point if it is placed second or third
.

(4) 23:00 Wednesday : Nicaraguan Soccer
Las Sabanas v Jalapa
Home , Away or Draw – 1 point if you’re right
.

(5) 12:00 Thursday : Taiwanese Basketball – a new country to add to our list!
Taiwan Beer v Jeoutai
How many points will be scored in the game – 2 points if you are within 5, 1 point if you are within 10. Also a 1 point bonus if you are closer than whoever is your opponent this week
.

(6) 18:00 Thursday : USA Greyhounds
Naples Fort Myers – pick a dog (from trap 1 to trap 8) to cheer for in the opening race on Thursday – 2 points if your dog wins, 1 point if it is placed second or third

Here’s your bag of guesses for Round 5 - best of luck, all !