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Introducing Noc-A-Homa-Win-A-Lotta

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"Noc-A-Homa-Win-A-Lotta - what the hell is that," you say.

Well... luckily I'm here to answer your question.

Chief Noc-A-Homa was the non-politically correct Indian (or Native American, if I must) mascot of the Atlanta Braves from the 1950's to the mid-1980's, and Princess Win-A-Lotta was his equally non-politically correct "young woman companion" for several years. Together they resided in a tipi on top of the outfield bleachers at the old Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. Well... we're bringing it back baby! Oh yeah! Okay, really it's just a nickname I came up with for our new way to make predictions about upcoming games, getting everyone involved and having a grande olde time.

It's fun, it's free and everyone's invited! Here's how it will work.

For each game of the season we will have an open thread, and while you can post your thoughts and frustrations about the team in each day's open thread, now you can also post your predictions about the game. Then after the game, I will give out points to those who made the best predictions - keeping a tally of points as the season goes on and crowning a glorious winner at the end!

For each game you should make three predictions:

  1. Attendance. This is straightforward enough. One point awarded per night for the person who guesses the closest; three points if you guess it exactly right.
  2. Pick to Click. Basically, that's the player who you think will have the best game that day. And since this is a Braves site, we'll only be giving points for Atlanta players. Points will be awarded for a maximum of three players per night, and if one player has a ridiculously good game then he would be awarded all three points. No points are awarded in blowout losses, but let's hope it doesn't come to that.
  3. Above and Beyond Picks. This is where it gets really fun! Everyone gets to make one more pick where they can predict something else that will happen during the game. Do you feel in your gut that Francoeur will hit another grand slam - and it will be in the fourth inning? Make that pick. If it happens - you look like a genius and get a point - maybe three as that would be a really good pick. The more detailed and imaginative you get, the more points you get, but also the less likely it is to happen. Have fun with it, but not too much fun...

That's about it. Remember, this is for anyone and everyone, so don't be shy about playing, and feel free to be bold with your predictions. If you are a lurker who hasn't signed up for the site yet, then now's the time to get in on the action! Just remember to get your picks in before the game starts.

Did I mention we will have FABULOUS PRIZES for the winner??!?!?

Oh yeah. Fabulous prizes. Though, I haven't figured out what they will be yet. Perhaps it will be a lifetime supply of the following (hells yeah!):

Or maybe just one can of it... but still, that would be pretty cool.

Noc-A-Homa-Win-A-Lotta. It's where it's at, baby.

This idea was, by the way, stolen rather directly from Fishstripes, who call it Ichthyomancy... don't ask.