Well, only a few weeks left in the regular season, so I guess it's time to explain the new playoff structure for the VGCC. I've highlighted the changes to the old structure.
The problem was that in past seasons, we've had people get way out in front, which has allowed them to clinch the VGCC before the Grey Cup game is played. Under the new playoff structure, that will not happen.
As I've said all along, the top 8 participants advance to the playoffs. Others are welcome to make their picks, and to discuss their picks along with the others, but only those of the top 8 participants will count.
NEW Only the rankings count from then on. The number of games you are in the lead will only help you in the event of a tie.
Make your picks as you normally would.
NEW Picks must be in at 12 midnight on the Friday night before the games. No late picks will be accepted at all!
NEW On the Saturday (hopefully shortly after midnight Friday) I will post which teams each of the participants gets. Check the thread on Saturday to see which teams you have. No more than half the eligible participants can choose any team. If possible, you will get the teams you chose, but those who rank higher will be given priority. IMPORTANT: Don't let this affect your picks! Pick the teams you think will win, as usual. Even if you're the eighth-ranked person and everyone else is picking the same team, pick them anyway. Some people may make last-minute (i.e. Friday night) changes that will let you have that team. Make your picks, and allow me to assign the teams.
Anyone who does not make picks by the deadline will be considered to be abstaining, and will not have teams assigned to them. This puts them at a considerable disadvantage.
NEW Each week, the eligible participants are ranked, based on their performance in that week. If there is a tie in playoff week 1, it will be broken by who has the best regular season record. If there is a tie in playoff week 2, it will be broken by who had the better record in playoff week 1, then by who had the best regular season record. There can be no tie in Grey Cup week.
NEW After each playoff week, half of the eligible participants are eliminated. Eight people participate in the Divisional Semi-Finals week, four people participate in the Divisional Finals week, and two people participate in Grey Cup week.
The one person who "picks" the Grey Cup champion wins the Virtual Grey Cup Challenge.