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2012 NCAA Basketball Tournament Beer Pool

March 13th, 2012 by Mike | No Comments | Filed in Boxes of Beer

Is this really the THIRD Annual “Boxes of Beer” Basketball tournament?

Time flies.

Good times have been had, and good beers have been won. Maybe this is your time.  Maybe this is the year you avoid the upsets and nail the winner. Maybe this is your One Shining Moment. Who knows, you could be walking around lucky and not even know it. A haul of some of the finest beer from around the country awaits.

Sign up today.

Password is “Beer”

Feel free to invite your friends, acquaintances, cell-mates, spiritual and religious advisers. The more the merrier. Email me if you have any questions.

PS If anyone has New Belgium Cocoa Mole bottles and wants to trade, let me know.

2011 Boxes of Beer Pool

July 29th, 2011 by Aaron Goldfarb | No Comments | Filed in Boxes of Beer

{Hey- Mike here. Aaron gave me the keys to the castle.}

It’s official, we have another season of football. The exciting part is we have another season of our Boxes of Beer Football Pool. Same rules as last year,
suicide pool with two lives. You can use each team once and all you gotta do is pick a winner every week and you get lots of beer. Let me know if you
are in for this year.  Also, feel free to invite your friends, family, coworkers, spiritual advisers, parole officers, etc. as well. The more people we get the
more beer the winner gets. And we don’t need an Act of Congress to let us know more beer is better than less beer.

If anyone/everyone is on Google+ we can create a pool circle for some light hearted trash talking. If anyone needs an invite, let me know.

PS Don’t forget August 15th is National Failures Day. Celebrate accordingly.

PPS Our Editor-in-Chief, Aaron Goldfarb has had his book of short stories published in paperback. Go buy a copy, it’s funny.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the “Buy Aaron a Bottle of Utopias” (BABU) fund.

The Second Annual Boxes of Beer NCAA Tournament Pool

March 12th, 2011 by Aaron Goldfarb | 1 Comment | Filed in Boxes of Beer

We’ve all been entering NCAA tournament pools for years if not decades.  $10, $20, win, usually lose, big deal.  They’re fun, sure, but last year I had a better idea.

An NCAA tournament pool where your entry “fee” is beer.

So here’s the deal, to get into this tournament pool you just need to offer up a nice local beer from wherever you live.  Doesn’t have to be rare, doesn’t have to be expensive, doesn’t even have to be good (although, what kinda dickhead would offer up a shitty beer?)  You live in Wisconsin, offer up a bottle or two of New Glarus.  California, how about some Russian River?  I will probably offer a fancypants New York beer (Black Ops, hmmm?)  Now I’m not saying you have to be as generous of course.  I don’t want this be a burden or expensive.  A bottle or two of beer, plus shipping, will cost you max $10-15, around the same as any NCAA office pool.  The picture above is just a portion of winner John Martin’s haul during this year’s NFL Boxes of Beer contest.

Here’s our private group, “Boxes of Beer”

Password is of course:  beer

No one’s forcing you to enter, so please, if you do enter, don’t be a jerk and not live up to your end of the bargain if and when you most likely lose.  I’ll be really pissed if that happens.  And I’ll be insanely jealous at the thought of the winner receiving box after box after box of beers all throughout April.

If you enter, you must send an email to associate commissioner Mike Zambotti at mjz119 @comcast.net.

Cheers!

(And let’s go Syracuse!!!!)

Aaron Goldfarb

*You must be 21 or older to enter.

**And, buy a copy of HOW TO FAIL if you haven’t yet.  Come on, it’s all I ask.

Boxes of Beer Suicide Pool

August 10th, 2010 by Aaron Goldfarb | 3 Comments | Filed in Boxes of Beer

The 1st Annual NCAA Tournament “Boxes of Beer” pool was a terrific contest and our World Cup BoB edition was an even more rousing success.  Now it’s time for our third installment and I expect this to be the biggest yet.

Here’s the deal if you missed out on the first two:

To enter into this suicide pool your “fee” is simply beer.  You just need to offer up a nice local beer from wherever you live.  Doesn’t have to be rare, doesn’t have to be expensive, doesn’t even have to be good (although, what kinda dickhead would offer up a shitty beer?)  You live in Wisconsin, offer up a bottle or two of New Glarus.  California, how about some AleSmith?  Kansas and a Boulevard Smokestack would be divine.

This year’s NCAA pool saw winners receive such beers as Surly Darkness, The Lost Abbey Angel’s Share Grand Cru, Bell’s Hopslam, and other swell local niceties from terrific brewers such as Captain Lawrence, Russian River, and others I’m surely forgetting.  The World Cup winner has already received boffo prizes from breweries such as Cigar City, Southampton, and Brooklyn.

Now I’m not saying you have to be as generous of course (though EVERYONE was quite generous for the previous two pools).  I don’t want this be a burden or expensive, and I’m sure most if not all previous entrants will agree that it isn’t.  A bottle or two of beer, plus shipping, will cost you max $10-15, around the same as any NCAA or other sports office pool.

If you don’t know how an NFL Suicide Pool works, here youse go:

  • Each entrant chooses one NFL team each week.
  • You may only pick a team ONCE per season.  Once you’ve used that team, you can never use them again.
  • Picks are made “straight up”, not using a point spread system.
  • You get two misses before you are eliminated from contention.
  • The goal is to be the the last member standing at the end of the season.
Sometimes these pools end at week 12, sometimes they make it to the final week of the season.  Assuming there are more than one contestant standing at the end of the NFL season we will go to two tie-breaks.
  • Contestant with least wrong picks (thus, if two people make it to the end of the season but one person has ZERO misses and another had a miss, the person with zero would win.)
  • Assuming the tied contestants all have the same number of misses, then it would go to who made it the furthest into the season with ZERO misses.
  • If it’s still tied after that, we will go to a play-offs suicide pool, or the tied contestants can just choose to negotiate a draw.
Weekly picks must be e-mailed to Mike at mjz119@comcast.net.  You have until kick-off of the game featuring your team for the week to make your pick and your time-stamped e-mail must prove this.  If you don’t make a pick during the week it’s an automatic loss, no bitchin’.

If you’re entering this contest, please e-mail Mike to introduce yourself and say you want to be in the pool so he can start creating a spreadsheet.  No one’s forcing you to enter, so please, if you do enter, don’t be a jerk and not live up to your end of the bargain if and when you most likely lose.  I believe only one or two people didn’t pay up (yet) for the NCAA and World Cup pools.  I’ll be really pissed if that happens again.  (Goes without saying that you can’t enter this pool if you were one of the people that didn’t pay up for the other pools yet.)  And I’ll be insanely jealous at the thought of the winner receiving box after box after box of beers all throughout the end of winter and start of spring.

Cheers.

*Of course, you must be 21 or older.  My lawyers are making me say that.

**You also must have a US address to recieve your boxes should you win.  I’m not making any one ship internationally.

Boxes of Beer — World Cup 2010 Edition

June 1st, 2010 by Aaron Goldfarb | 27 Comments | Filed in Boxes of Beer

The 1st Annual NCAA Tournament “Boxes of Beer” pool was such a rousing success that everyone has all but demanded another one.  And, thus, with the world’s most exciting sporting event just two weeks away, a World Cup Boxes of Beer pool is in order.

Here’s the deal if you missed out on the first one:

To enter into this tournament pool your “fee” is simply beer.  You just need to offer up a nice local beer from wherever you live.  Doesn’t have to be rare, doesn’t have to be expensive, doesn’t even have to be good (although, what kinda dickhead would offer up a shitty beer?)  You live in Wisconsin, offer up a bottle or two of New Glarus.  California, how about some AleSmith?  Kansas and a Boulevard Smokestack would be divine.

This year’s NCAA pool saw winners receive such beers as Surly Darkness, The Lost Abbey Angel’s Share Grand Cru, Bell’s Hopslam, and other swell local niceties from terrific brewers such as Captain Lawrence, Southampton, Russian River, and others I’m surely forgetting.

Now I’m not saying you have to be as generous of course (though EVERYONE was quite generous for the NCAA pool).  I don’t want this be a burden or expensive, and I’m sure most if not all entrants will agree that it wasn’t.  A bottle or two of beer, plus shipping, will cost you max $10-15, around the same as any NCAA or other sports office pool.

Here’s our private group, “Boxes of Beer

Password is of course:  beer

No one’s forcing you to enter, so please, if you do enter, don’t be a jerk and not live up to your end of the bargain if and when you most likely lose.  I believe only one or two people didn’t pay up (yet) for the NCAA pool.  I’ll be really pissed if that happens again.  And I’ll be insanely jealous at the thought of the winner receiving box after box after box of beers all throughout the end of summer.

If you enter, please leave a comment below telling us your entry name.  And if I don’t personally know you, or you didn’t enter the NCAA pool, then please send me an e-mail [theviceblogATgmail.com] telling me your real name and real e-mail address so I can keep track.  (Goes without saying that you can’t enter this pool if you were one of the people that didn’t pay up for the NCAA pool.)  It might also be fun to speculate in the comments what beer(s) you might send to the winner should you lose.

Cheers!

(USA!!!  USA!!!! USA!!!!)

*Of course, you must be 21 or older.  My lawyers are making me say that.

**You also must have a US address to recieve your boxes should you win.  I’m not making any one ship internationally.

The First Annual Boxes of Beer Pool

March 12th, 2010 by Aaron Goldfarb | 41 Comments | Filed in Boxes of Beer

We’ve all been entering NCAA tournament pools for years if not decades.  $10, $20, win, usually lose, big deal.  They’re fun, sure, but I got a better idea.  With a suggestion from friend of the Vice Blog expectingrain5 I came up with this:

An NCAA tournament pool where your entry “fee” is beer.

So here’s the deal, to get into this tournament pool you just need to offer up a nice local beer from wherever you live.  Doesn’t have to be rare, doesn’t have to be expensive, doesn’t even have to be good (although, what kinda dickhead would offer up a shitty beer?)  You live in Wisconsin, offer up a bottle or two of New Glarus.  California, how about some Russian River?  I will probably offer a fancypants New York beer (Black Ops, hmmm?)  Now I’m not saying you have to be as generous of course.  I don’t want this be a burden or expensive.  A bottle or two of beer, plus shipping, will cost you max $10-15, around the same as any NCAA office pool.

Here’s our private group, “Boxes of Beer

Password is of course:  beer

No one’s forcing you to enter, so please, if you do enter, don’t be a jerk and not live up to your end of the bargain if and when you most likely lose.  I’ll be really pissed if that happens.  And I’ll be insanely jealous at the thought of the winner receiving box after box after box of beers all throughout April.

If you enter, please leave a comment below telling us your entry name.  It might also be fun to speculate what beer(s) you might send to the winner should you lose.  Also, use your real e-mail address when you comment.  No one can see that but me, and that way I can collect e-mail addresses to create a master list for our group.

Cheers!

(And let’s go Syracuse!!!!)

EDIT:

Two notes because I’m getting some questions:

*This isn’t only for beer bloggers.  Any one is free to enter and I gladly welcome you.  You just need to offer a local beer.

*And, of course, you must be 21 or older.  My lawyers are making me say that.  If you’re 18 or older though you can still date me.  My lawyers also made me say that.