Originally posted on Crystal Ball Run  |  Last updated 12/7/11

Hello everybody!

Hope everyone is enjoying their first week without major college football since August. Take a breath, relax and smile, because we’ve all been through quite a bit in the last 14 weeks.

(And please, for the love of God, if you haven’t seen your family since before Labor Day- like our entire staff for example- please, go spend some time with them. They’ve been patient with you these last four months and deserve your attention… well, at least until the bowl games kick off anyway.)

Regardless, we at Crystal Ball Run appreciate you and everything you’ve done for us this fall. Since we launched this website in early August, you all have supported us and helped us grow as both writers and thinkers. The site wouldn’t be nearly what it is today without each and every one of you, and we look forward to continuing to grow with you in the coming weeks, months and (if you can stand us!) years.

And as our appreciation for all that you’ve done, we’d like to reward you, by offering an invitation to the first ever Crystal Ball Run Bowl Game Pick ‘Em!

How it works is simple: All you’ve got to do is click on this link, which will lead you to a pool already set up by our good friends over at FunOfficePools.com.

Once there you can sign up for an account (if you don’t have one already) and pick winners of all the bowl games. Also, be sure to make your “confidence picks” as well, to help determine tiebreaks. (Confidence points are basically exactly what they sound like; you selecting each game, No. 1-35 and picking which games and teams you’re most confident in. So for example, if you are more confident that LSU will beat Alabama above every other game this bowl season, then you’d select LSU as “No. 35” in your confidence picks.)

That sounds complicated but it really isn’t, and if you all have any questions, just shoot us an e-mail at CrystalBallRun@gmail.com.

Now, to the fun part.

In addition to competing for the simple pride of beating our writers, we do also have some fun prizes to hand out as well. And luckily, none of the prizes will count as an extra benefit, or hurt any NCAA eligibility you may still have remaining (Free tattoos handed out separately).

Here is the following prize structure, to be determined by the participant who has the most points at the end of the bowl season.

First Prize: A $40 Amazon Gift Card

Second Prize: A Free Copy of Mike Leach’s Book New Book “Swing Your Sword.”

Third Prize: A Free Copy of Gene Chizik’s New Book “All In.”

Fourth Prize: A Free Copy of "State Of Disunion," about the Clemson-South Carolina rivalry.

Fifth Prize:  A Free Copy of “Death To The BCS.”

Sixth Prize: A hug from Michael Felder.

Ok, so maybe that last prize doesn’t really exist, but the first four are for real, and for you…if you enter the Crystal Ball Run Bowl Pick ‘Em.

Submissions for all games will be taken up until December 26, 2011 (With the exception of the games which will be played before then), but we encourage you to get your picks in as soon as possible.

Again, if you’ve got any questions don’t be afraid to comment below or e-mail CrystalBallRun@gmail.com. Regardless, we look forward to competing against you, and giving you the opportunity to win some cool prizes.

Thanks again…now, it’s time to make your picks!

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