For a bit under a decade, the bar across the street has had a football pool. Free to enter. There are two ways to win prizes: Have the most points at the end of the season, and be the top picker for the week. We've just completed the final week, Week 17.
I generally do okay. Mostly, the way to the big prize is a slow and steady approach, which means you play the odds and rarely win the week. I've never won the big money ($500 top prize) and won a weekly prize $2 x number of correct picks) only once.
Two weeks ago I was way behind. Last week I did okay and worked my way up to tied for ninth. In the last week, I stayed with my system... and did very well. I guessed 14 of the 16 games, and did exceptionally well in the tiebreaker (was within one in guessing the combined score of the Vikings game).
Final tally: I was tied for fourth. 14 points was the best anyone did for the week, and only two of us got that many... but the other guy got the prize. Either they picked the Vikings score exactly or the bar people messed up. Both have been known to happen.
Ah well. Bought a Flip UltraHD anyway. I've been a good boy.