Archive for the 'Football' Category

Broadcasting Tension

Friday, February 6th, 2009 by Jon

In a post regarding an article in The Atlantic on NFL broadcasts, Jason Kottke theorizes that the advent of instant replay beyond just a television tool, but as an official part of the game, lends itself to greater drama and tension for the viewer.  Supposedly in place to correct blatant errors from stealing a team’s victory, it has become to be used to verify all calls and take away the instant release of excitement and euphoria with a score.


Sports as Entertainment

Sunday, February 1st, 2009 by Jon

I’ve long held sports as a greater form of entertainment.  To me it hasn’t been a way to pass the time like television and a lot of movies — immediately enjoyable but soon forgotten.  Nor is sports at the same level as movies at the high end of the scale in terms of a story or examination of a subject and the theater, opera or concerts.  Sports is different as most people early in their lives participate in sports and competitions and relate to watching sports as a result.  There is a civic or group pride to sports that is not found in any other form of entertainment.  When it comes to reach the largest mass of people though, the game and civic pride won’t produce the interest the leagues and networks demand.  Today it seems like the media are minimizing the sports in an effort to produce a spectacle and entertainment that will appeal to the masses in order to maximize their ratings and profits.  Look no further than the Super Bowl for the leader in producing pomp that has nothing to do with the game that is the root of the day.


One Day to CFL Season, Pick ’em Start

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008 by Jon

I am really excited about the upcoming CFL season. I am trying my first public CFL contest, sponsored by, the 2008 CFL Pick ’em Challenge. In a nutshell, predict the scores of each CFL game every week and earn fantasy points based on your prediction accuracy. The season launches tomorrow with a double-header on TSN. Late entries will receive the default score, 21-0 for the home team, for games missed so you still have a chance if you found out about the contest late. Sign up now for the most fun!

There have been a lot of account creations, but not as many entering the contest. I will outline the procedure in case it is not clear. First, you must create an account, which requires a valid email address (I do need to contact you if you win!). I hate spam too, so don’t worry, your email address will not be sold. After creating an account and signing in with the password emailed to you (check your spam filters), enter the contest by entering a team name, selecting the Pick ’em Challenge contest and accepting the terms and conditions in the sidebar Contest Signup section. After you have entered the contest, a link to your entry home page will appear in the sidebar. Follow the link to see the contest status and make your picks. Not as easy as it could be; I will work on improving the flow in the future. If you have any suggestions, please leave a comment here.

Announcing the 2008 CFL Pick ’em Challenge

Thursday, June 19th, 2008 by Jon

Overtime Central is pleased to announce, together with our sponsor, our latest CFL contest. The 2008 CFL Pick ’em Challenge will test any CFL fans’ prognostication skills in predicting the score of all 72 regular season CFL games to earn fantasy points and win prizes. Best of all, it is free.

Our initial free contest open to the public, has graciously stepped forward to provide $150 in prizes for this contest. First place will receive a 2GB iPod Shuffle, second place a $50 Sony Store Gift Card and third place a $25 Ciniplex Gift Card. Call this our first toe in the water. The success of this contest will determine the free contests we hold in the future and the quality of the prizes.

The season starts June 26, so check out the rules, get entered today, then tell your friends. This is a public contest, so feel free to post and link to Overtime Central. In 2008, “This is Our League” is the CFL‘s new motto, so show off your CFL pride by entering our contest. You just may win a prize while you are having a good time.

We’re Back!

Saturday, June 14th, 2008 by Jon

Ready for another exciting CFL season, Overtime Central is back after a little hiatus through the hockey playoffs. The first week of the CFL season is completed already and the regular season gets underway in less than two weeks on June 26 with two games. Overtime Central is ready to launch a full slate of contests soon, with some interesting new developments this year. I have also finished a round of improvements on the site, improving response time by a factor ranging from 2 to 10 times for every page. I hope this will provide a better experience for you during your visits to the site.

Check back for the announcement of the full slate of Overtime Central 2008 CFL contests in the next week. There are some great prizes this year and I believe this will be Overtime Central’s best year yet. As always, if you have feedback, suggestions or something to get off your chest, leave a comment or use the contact address.

OC Jottings

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  • January 20, 2007
    Oilers Investigating New Downtown Arena → The Edmonton Oilers have started investigating options for their home arena – either a new downtown complex or a retrofit to the aging Rexall Place. Their current lease with Rexall Place lasts another seven years. #
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