Pick’em Contest

  • Water Cooler Sports prognosticators pick Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton to bounce back from his Week 1 defeat.

    Adam, Andy, Tyler, and Chris vs. Deep Cool: 2013 Week 2 picks

    Prognosticatory prowess Every week of the 2013 NFL regular season, Water Cooler Sports resident prognosticators Adam Benoist,  Tyler Norris, and Chris Pennell will square off against a high-tech predictive algorithm fondly known as “Deep...

  • Which one of our 2013 WCSN March Madness Bracket Contest competitors is going to soar over the opposition and slam the ball home?

    Time to enter the 2013 WCSN March Madness Bracket Contest now!

    March Madness Bracket Contest The Selection Committee has announced the field for the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament, and that can mean only one thing: The 2013 WCSN Bracket Contest...

  • Now that football is finally over for the year, it's time to turn our attention to the upcoming WCSN NFL Draft Contest!

    Postseason Pick’em Contest: Announcing our champion!

    Winner’s circle Out first annual Water Cooler Sports Postseason Pick’em Contest is complete, and it was a resounding success, if I do say so myself. (And I do.) Congratulations to top-seeded dalaislama,...

  • The Brothers Harbaugh square off in Super Bowl XLVII, just as our WCSN Postseason Pick'em contestants square off for a chance at glory.

    Postseason Pick’em Contest: Super Bowl official picks

    Dramatic finish All things must come to an end — sadly, even our Water Cooler Sports Postseason Pick’em Contest. We started out with 24 hopeful contestants and round by round have...

  • If you are in the Super Bowl round of the Water Cooler Sports WCSN Pick'em Contest, come on down!

    Postseason Pick’em: Pro Bowl round results

    Sudden death And now we’re down to two. Actually, there are still four hardy souls left in our Water Cooler Sports Postseason Pick’em Contest. Only two, however — top-seeded frontrunner dalaislama and...

  • It won't be easy for our WCSN Postseason Pick'em contestants to predict what will happen in an otherwise meaningless exhibition game.

    Postseason Pick’em Contest: Pro Bowl Round official picks

    Final Four And so we come to the quirkiest, most unpredictable round of our Water Cooler Sports Postseason Pick’em Contest. In our effort to get as many WCSN members as possible...

  • There has been an impressive display of prowess in our Water Cooler Sports Postseason Pick'em Contest.

    Postseason Pick’em Contest: Conference Championship round results

    Weeding them out Judging by the results of our Conference Championship round, Chicago Bears fans and Minnesota Vikings fans make the best pickers. We’re done to our Final Four, and the...

  • The playoffs are where legends are born. Forge your own legend in the Water Cooler Sports Postseason Pick'em Contest!

    Postseason Pick’em Contest: Conference Championship Round

    Clarity In any well-designed tournament, the best teams usually rise to the top. Sure, you get your occasional Cinderella stories, those teams that come out of nowhere and catch everyone off-guard....

  • After the Divisional Round of the Water Cooler Sports Pick'em Contest, we are down to our Elite Eight.

    Postseason Pick’em Contest: Divisional round results

    Divisional Diminution And then there were eight.* Yes, indeed, the Divisional Round is past, and though there are no NFC North teams still in contention, the Atlanta Falcons, representing the NFC...

  • This is how half of our contestants will feel after the Divisional round in the 2012 Water Cooler Sports Postseason Pick'em Contest concludes.

    Postseason Pick’em Contest: Divisional round official picks

    Divisional dreams Things are starting to get real now. Eight unfortunate contestants were eliminated in our Wild Card round, and we are now down to our Sweet Sixteen. This is the...

  • These ladies are high-stepping with glee at the thought that Denver Broncos Peyton Manning could advance to the AFC Championship game.

    Pick’em Contest: Divisional round match-ups

    Playoff pruning Welcome to the Divisional Round of the 2012 Water Cooler Sports Pick’em Contest! The field has thinned a bit, and it will get still thinner this week. Perhaps the...

  • Playoffs and football go together like, well, a brat and bun.

    Pick’em Contest: Wild Card round results

    Playoff sweetness The Wild Card round of our 2012 Water Cooler Sports Pick’em Contest is in the books. Eight players have been eliminated, and we are down to our Sweet Sixteen....

  • If you didn't do so well in the regular season pick'em contest, the first annual Water Cooler Sports Postseason Pick'em Contest is your chance to redeem yourself!

    Postseason Pick’em Contest: Wild Card Round official picks

    Wildcard Week! And we’re off! The bracket for our first annual Water Cooler Sports Postseason Pick’em Contest is full. Most of the names on the bracket are familiar faces, but I...

  • Our frontrunner's face was a picture of befuddlement when he found out that his 2012 Water Cooler Sports Pick'em Contest title had been snatched from beneath his nose.

    Pick’em Contest: Week 17 results and standings

    Judgment week This was possibly the most brutal week yet in the Water Cooler Sports Contest. This is not such a surprise, given that Week 17 featured two of our important...

  • It's time to blow away the season and blow off our leaders with some bold picks in the Week 17 Water Cooler Sports Pick'em Contest.

    Pick’em Contest: Week 17 official picks

    Auld lang syne There’s not a whole lot to talk about on our board in this final regular season week of the Water Cooler Sports Pick’em Contest. Not a single one...

  • Pick’em Contest: Week 17 match-ups

    Thinning field This is it! Week 17 marks the last week of the NFL regular season and the last week of our first annual Water Cooler Sports Pick’em Contest! Now, now,...

  • Anyone who wants to go for the gold in the Water Cooler Sports Pick'em Contest must be bold, because things are tight.

    Pick’em Contest: Week 16 results and standings

    Muddle Early in the season, there seemed to be two competing schools of thought among the participants in the Water Cooler Sports Pick’em Contest. Some people said that our collective prognosticatory...

  • It's Christmas week in the Water Cooler Sports Pick'em Contest. Will the teams giftwrap one of our contestants an unexpected win?

    Pick’em Contest: Week 16 official picks

    Ho-ho-hum Judging by the way our prognosticators have picked this week, it doesn’t seem as if they think there will be a whole lot of drama in Week 16. Whether that’s...

  • The rest of us can only bask in reflected glory as our top three contestants race toward the finish line of the 2012 Water Cooler Sports Pick'em Contest.

    Pick’em Contest: Week 16 match-ups

    Thinning field Welcome to Week 16 of the Water Cooler Sports Pick’em Contest! As much fun as we’ve all had, the reality is that this has come down to a three-horse...

  • You never know what our prognosticators will brew up in the Water Cooler Sports Pick'em Contest.

    Pick’em Contest: Week 15 official picks

    Apparently a bunch of you are still hungover from celebrating Aaron Rodgers Day, because we had a surprisingly low turnout in this week’s Water Cooler Sports Pick’em Contest. Nevertheless, we push...

  • Only a few riders still remain in the saddle, as the field in the Water Cooler Sports Pick'em Contest has thinned out. Who will make his final move this week?

    Pick’em Contest: Week 15 match-ups

    Thinning herd It’s Week 15 in the Water Cooler Sports Pick’em Contest, and it’s come down to a three-horse race between LambeauorWrigley, dalaislama, and Preparation_A, with a couple of dark horses hanging in there...

  • The storm is hot on the tail of the Water Cooler Sports Pick'em Contest leader. Does he have what it takes to withstand the challenge in the final quarter of the regular season?

    Pick’em contest: Week 14 results and standings

    No one’s perfect Sometimes you just have a bad day. Or a bad week, as the case may be. In our first week with two divisional games, things didn’t exactly go...

  • No amount of heartbreak in the Water Cooler Sports Pick'em Contest can compare to the sacrifices of those who lost their lives at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

    Pick’em Contest: Week 14 official picks

    In memoriam I would be remiss if before we get to our weekly fun, I didn’t acknowledge the solemn anniversary we as Americans mark on December 7th. Seventy-one years ago today,...

  • After this week, many of the participants in the Water Cooler Sports Pick'em Contest will be officially eliminated from contention and it will be time to put them out of their misery.

    Pick’em Contest: Week 14 match-ups

    Gaining ground Last week four people tied atop the leaderboard, scoring five points. Yours truly, Gabes22, took the crown by virtue of his impressively accurate tiebreaker prediction. Fortunately for him, but...

  • She is simply incredulous that some of our competitors in the Water Cooler Sports Pick'em Contest could be doing so poorly.

    Pick’em Contest: Week 13 results and standings

    Surprising results So much for lucky Week 13! As we look back in the rearview mirror, we can see that it was a solid, though unspectacular, week on the Water Cooler Sports...

  • After the poor showing they've had so far this season, some of our 2012 Water Cooler Sports Pick'em Contest participants can be forgiven if they have that thousand-mile stare.

    Pick’em Contest: Week 13 official picks

    Horseshoes and rabbit feet Lucky number 13 — Week 13, that is. By Sunday, December football will be upon us. That means weather will start being a major factor in games...

  • Be sure to submit your picks for the Week 13 Water Cooler Sports Pick'em Contest!

    Pick’em Contest: Week 13 match-ups

    Luck of the Norse Lucky Week 13 of the Water Cooler Sports Pick’em Contest promises to please. Featured match-ups include the 103rd meeting in the always-fierce rivalry between the Green Bay Packers and...

  • In Week 12 of the Water Cooler Sports Pick'em Contest, two lucky members took everyone else to the cleaners.

    Pick’em Contest: Week 12 results and standings

    The bad news is that Week 12 in the Water Cooler Sports Contest did not yield any perfect six-point slates. The good news is that it did yield 10 contestants with enough...

  • Will quarterback Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions whet the appetites of NFL fans everywhere, or will Thanksgiving Day feasters be worshiping the porcelain god after the game?

    Pick’em Contest: Week 12 official picks

    Feast of football As we prepare to embark on this holiday break, we will talk about what is truly important in life. Football! Thanksgiving football has been an American tradition since...

  • We have much to be thankful for even as we lock horns in Week 12 of the Water Cooler Sports Pick'em Contest.

    Pick’em Contest: Week 11 results and standings

    Plentiful perfection Give yourself a round of applause! An impressive 22 of our 25 contestants scored at least five out of a possible six points this week. An astounding 10 people...

  • Before you tuck into those Thanksgiving Day delights, be sure to submit your picks for the Week 12 Water Cooler Sports Pick'em Contest.

    Pick’em Contest: Week 12 Pass the Gravy Edition

    Holiday happenings I am posting the Water Cooler Sports Pick’em Contest match-ups for Week 12 a bit earlier than usual to account for the Thanksiving Day games and best accommodate everyone’s...

  • Be good or be good at it, or else our rules enforcement officer just might be forced to administer corporal punishment.

    Pick’em Contest: Week 11 official picks

    Majority rule Week 11 of the Water Cooler Sports Pick’em Contest offers us an interesting slate of games, despite the fact that our contestants are nearly unanimous in their picks for three of...

  • With yet another two-point match-up in Week 11, this is your perfect chance to make a move down the home stretch of the Water Cooler Sports Pick'em Contest.

    Pick’em Contest: Week 11 match-ups

    Fall frenzy What is that you smell? I smell a touch of fall (or dare I say winter?) in the crisp Midwestern air today. You know what that means? It means...

  • Our 2012 Water Cooler Sports Pick'em Contest leader, LambeauorWrigley, is starting to mop the floor with the competition, and all this girl can do is smirk.

    Pick’em Contest: Week 10 results and standings

    Change is in the air Before we get to the nitty-gritty, I want to get a little business out of the way. Going into Week 12 (Thanksgiving week), I am going...

  • Will Week 10 represent a resurrection for low-ranking contestants in the Water Cooler Sports Pick'em Contest, or will this weekend be a graveyard of broken dreams for our leaders?

    Pick’em Contest: Week 10 official picks

    Fall medley Week 10 of the Water Cooler Sports Pick’em Contest features a bit of everything: a pair of divisional matchups, a surprise in how tight the board feels one game...

  • Some of our Water Cooler Sports Pick'em contestants are flying high, while others are struggling. Could this be the week our leaders come to earth?

    Pick’em Contest: Week 10 match-ups

    Upset special Welcome to Week 10 of the Water Cooler Sports Pick’em Contest. We have an interesting slate of games for you all to enjoy this week. It features a couple...

  • Like the commando he is, LambeauorWrigly continues to lead from the front in the 2012 Water Cooler Sports Pick'em Contest.

    Pick’em Contest: Week 9 results and standings

    Picking perfection It is abundantly clear as we enter this election that we are thinking with clear heads. How else do you explain 12 perfect sheets in a single week? You...

  • Several of the contestants in the Water Cooler Sports Pick'em Contest, who are in dire need of points, will be praying that their picks come true this week.

    Pick’em Contest: Week 9 official picks

    Midway mania This is the tipping point of the 2012 Water Cooler Sports Pick’em Contest. We have already completed eight weeks of the NFL regular season.; after this weekend, we have but...

  • Even if your picks haven't gone so well through the first half of the season, don't hang yourself in despair. There is still time to overtake the leader in the Water Cooler Sports Pick'em Contest!

    Pick’em Contest: Week 9 match-ups

    Week 9 match-ups Happy Halloween!  We are in the midst of getting more NFC South involvement on this site. That means more NFC South games to pick and perhaps fewer national...

  • The rest of the Water Cooler Sports Pick'em Contest prognosticators are left gazing in longing as our leader slowly but steadily pulls away.

    Pick’em Contest: Week 8 results and standings

    Perfection personified What’s that stiff breeze at your back?  It’s LoW-mentum! For the second straight week ,our esteemed colleague, LambeauorWrigley, has picked a perfect sheet. This week he doesn’t have the...

  • If you've been too shy to take part in the Water Cooler Sports Pick'em Contest, this is the perfect week to get your feet wet!

    Pick’em Contest: Week 8 official picks

    Halfway point I can’t believe that we will be halfway through the 2012 NFL regular season after this week. Where did the time go? We only have nine weeks remaining in...

  • President Richard Nixon wants you to throw your hat into the 2012 Water Cooler Sports Network Pick'em Contest!

    Pick’em Contest: Week 8 Match-ups

    Tension mounts We are seven weeks into the NFL season and we finally are starting to have enough data to make sound judgements. We can safely decipher the strengths and weaknesses of teams...

  • A few of our Water Cooler Sports Pick'em contestants are sitting pretty after Week 7, but there are still several would-be challengers in position to make a run at the crown.

    Pick’em Contest: Week 7 standings and results

    Photo finish Whom do I trust? Whom do I trust? Gabes22, Childerz, BearsSaveLives, dalaislama, niemerg1, NateSweet, LambeauorWrigley and thebaskett – that’s who! With Chicago’s victory last night over Detroit, we had...

  • Which did you pick? No, not which side of the lovely pirate, silly, which teams did you pick in the Week 7 Water Cooler Sports Pick'em Contest?

    Pick’em Contest: Week 7 official picks

    Fresh, hot picks Good evening, fellow fans!  The 2012 Water Cooler Sports Pick’em Contest rolls on, and I am here to serve you a fresh dose of exciting picks. Week 6...

  • Can you pick your winners in Week 7 better than the Virgin Queen picked her advisors?

    Pick’em Contest: Week 7 match-ups

    Week 7 We are approaching the middle of the season, which means we have moved beyond relying upon our perceptions of last year’s teams to having an idea of which teams...

  • Will complacency set in among the leaders of our Water Cooler Sports Pick'em Contest, or will they continue to maintain their dominance as we roll into the second half of the season?

    Pick’em Contest: Week 6 results and standings

    This week got off to a rough start and didn’t get much better from there on out. All but one of our contestants got the Thursday Night game wrong. That being...

  • It looks like it's going to be an old-fashioned hoedown in Week 6 of the Water Cooler Sports Pick'em Contest. If you haven't already done so, get your picks in today!

    Pick’em Contest: Week 6 official picks

    Crazy picks Week 6 of the Water Cooler Sports Pick’em Contest is upon us, and I must say that this is the most surprising collection of picks that I have seen...

  • Don't be shy! Line up and submit your picks for the Week 5 Water Cooler Sports Pick'em Contest.

    Pick’em Contest: Week 6 match-ups

    Congratulations to Childerz for winning this week’s contest and congratulations to MIBearFan for leading the season long competition to this point. If you haven’t won as of yet, you still have...

  • So you want to be a celebrity? Win the Water Cooler Sports Pick'em Contest and people will be asking for your autograph.

    Pick’em Contest: Week 5 Standings

    Once again, a hearty congratulations to Childerz for winning this week’s edition of the Water Cooler Sports Pick’em Contest. Don’t lose site of the fact, however, that this isn’t about amassing...

  • If you want a hot pick in Week 6, the Houston Texans are a good bet.

    Pick’em Contest: Week 5 Results

    Week 5 highlighted our ability to pick games. Nobody finished with fewer than two points and we had a five-way tie atop the leader board. Childerz wound up winning this tiebreaker...

  • This is how our male contestants envision our female contestants looking as they mull over their weekly picks.

    Pick’em contest: Week 5 official picks

    Our pugnacious prognosticators had a good week in Week 5. There was a logjam up top with several contestants all scoring five out of six points as they picked the Minnesota Vikings...

  • Who would have thought the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders would don pink to raise awareness for the Water Cooler Sports Network Pick'em Contest?

    Pick’em Contest: Week 5 match-ups

    The teams of the NFC North are one-quarter of the way through their 2012 campaigns. Some are exceeding expectations and some are playing below them. What all have in common is...

  • MIBearFan rejoices at the news that he leads all contestants through Week 4 of the Water Cooler Sports Network Pick'em Contest. Congratulations, MiBearfan!

    Pick’em Contest: Week 4 standings

    The deadlock is broken! Our four-way tie entering week four is no longer. MIBearFan perches all alone atop the leaderboard with 14 points through Week 4. Congratulations to him and his...

  • These girls can't contain their excitement at knowing that Koosh correctly picked the combined score of the Cleveland Browns vs. Baltimore Ravens game, predicting the combined score to be 37 points. Congratulations on taking the Week 4 crown, Koosh!

    Pick’em Contest: Week 4 results

    Now that’s more like it! Our collective prognostication skills experienced a resurgence in Week 4. Four of our fearless prognosticators had a chance for a perfect week entering Monday’s clash between...

  • These fine ladies are ecstatic that every one of our contestants in the Week 4 Water Cooler Sports Pick'em Contest already has a point.

    Pick’em Contest: Week 4 official picks

    A new week of NFL regular-season action is upon us, and the regular referees are back! That means from now on, no one can use the replacement refs as an excuse...

  • Auditions are over and it's starting to get serious in the Water Cooler Sports Pick'em Contest. Submit your picks for Week 4 today!

    Pick’em Contest: Week 3 standings

    What an insane week of football it was in the NFL. Teams that were supposed to win lost decisively, while teams no one thought had a chance came up with decisive...

  • For every winner there are many losers, and a lot of our contestants felt like they were robbed in Week 3.

    Pick’em Contest: Week 3 results

    What is that sound I hear? I do believe it’s the mournful tones of anguish and despair as the contestants of our Black and Blue Pick’em Contest watched their picks go...

  • The ladies of Paul Rubino's private fan club are leaping for joy at the news that he took the Week 2 crown in the Black and Blue Sports Pick'em Contest.

    Pick’em Contest: Week 3 official picks

    After much excessive delay (blame your dratted editor), here are the official picks for this week’s Black and Blue Sports Pick’em Contest. Congratulations once again to Paul Rubino for sweeping last...

  • Coaches Jim Schwarz and Jim Harbaugh are furious that they forgot to submit their picks last week.

    Pick’em Contest: Week 2 standings

    Here are the Black and Blue Sports Pick’em Contest standings through Week 2. If you don’t rank among the contest’s elite, have no fear. There are still 15 weeks for you...

  • Be sure to stay tuned for year-to-date standings, which will be released soon. How have our regular contributors fared against the rank and file members?

    Pick’em Contest: Week 2 results

    This week was an incredibly close week in the Black and Blue Pick’em Contest. Two of our contestants went a perfect 5-5 with their predictions, successfully picking the all-important two-point contest...

  • Which way will the score go in this week's marquee match between the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Vikings?

    Pick’em Contest: Week 2 official picks

    And the picks are in! Week 2 of the regular season brings us our first NFC North divisional action as the seemingly always epic rivalry between the Green Bay Packers and...

  • The 2012 Black and Blue Pick'em Contest is as exciting as a Steven Jackson scoring run.

    Pick’em Contest: Week 2 match-ups

    Our 2012 Pick’em Contest rolls on in Week 2. Congratulations to EvilDonkey for winning the Week 1 crown. Can he continue the streak this week? This week features our first divisional...

  • The Pick'em Contest results for Week 1 are in! Who was crowned this week's champion?

    Pick’em Contest: Week 1 results and standings

    Wow!  This weekend certainly proved the saying of “Any Given Sunday” that the NFL has been selling us for so many years. As if you needed any more evidence that this...

  • The Week 1 picks are in, and the 2012 Black and Blue Sports Pick'em Contest is officially underway.

    Pick’em Contest: Week 1 official picks

    The Week 1 picks are in! And the 2012 Black and Blue Sports pick ‘em contest is officially underway. Remember that points will accumulate throughout the season. The purpose of the...

  • The 2012 Black and Blue Sports Pick'em League kicks off this week! Do you have what it takes to be crowned master prognosticator?

    Pick’em Contest: Week 1 match-ups

    The 2012 Black and Blue Sports weekly pick’em contest kicks off this week! If you wish to participate, please pick the winners of each of the following games and send your...