One day I was on the ground
When I needed a hand
And it couldn’t be found
I was so far down
That I couldn’t get up
(But)…lady luck she was
Waiting outside the door
And I don’t intend on losing again
Santana – Winning
As we’re entering into something of a fallow period as far as Coventry news is concerned, I thought I’d set up a competition for anyone so inclined to take part in, one that involves little knowledge of the club, a bit of judgement and an awful lot of guess work.
One where you really do need lady luck waiting outside your door.
It makes for a very even playing field.
It’s kind of a glorified end-of-season prediction, but based not on Cov’s final league position, but on a number of specific areas of the team’s performance mainly on, but also off, the pitch over the course of the season.
It’s not one for the purists, but to those who like a bit of a speculative gamble it might help to pass a few minutes and provide a bit of interest at times over the coming months.
Sam and I always have a bet over things like final end-of-season positions and attendances at home games and this competition is the result of such discussions over the last few week or so – it might be that no one wants to get involved and it’s just me competing against Sam, but if anyone wants to join in, they are more than welcome.
In fact, I’d be delighted.
I’ll invest in a trophy, similar to the one shown, to be awarded to the winner as an incentive (should one be needed!) and I’ll ensure it is engraved. I’ll also give updates periodically over the course of the season.
Entry into the competition doesn’t require you to attend the games, far from it, so it is equally accessible to anyone living outside of Coventry who therefore isn’t able to watch Cov but still maintains an interest in the club..
There are only 14 questions and a tie-break, just in case.
Answers involve a fair degree of guesswork in most cases and anyone one trying to apply logic or reasoning to their answers is likely to come unstuck . Given the degree of guestimation involved, a tendency to over think things could prove costly!
The questions then, are as follows (the figures in red at the end of each question refer to the 2016/17 results – they might help as a starting point for your answers…):
All question refer to end-of-season predictions:
1 Total number of Coventry tries scored (130)
2 Total number of tries conceded (98)
3 Tries scored at home (79)
4 Average home attendance (1263)
5 Highest home attendance (2712)
6 Most points scored by Cov in a match (73)
7 Most individual points scored in a match (22)
8 Total number of league points scored by Cov (101)
9 Total points scored for Cov (974)
10 Total points scored against Cov (738)
11 Number of bonus points won by Cov (17)
12 Number of points scored by leading points scorer (244)
13 Number of tries scored by leading try scorer (10)
14 Total number of yellow cards conceded (25)
Tie break question: What will be the official home attendance vs Moseley
All questions other than 6, 10, 12 and 13 – answers ranked and then points awarded. So, if there are 15 people involved in the competition, the nearest gets 15 points and furthest away gets just 1…
Questions 6, 10, 12 and 13 – spot on 5 points, within 1 either way, 3, within 2 either way, 2, and within 3 either way, 1. Outside of 3 either way, no points scored.
The winner will be the person with the highest total score and said person will be awarded a trophy. In the unlikely event of a tie, the closest to the tie break question will be deemed the winner.
If you have children or grandchildren, it might be something they could get involved with…
If you would like to enter, please use the link below that will take you to a form – this should be filled in using a word processor and emailed to me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or completed by hand and handed directly to me at the ground by the final pre-season game, (Rotherham Titans on 26th August). If you don’t know me, I’m the bloke with the camera snapping away during the pre-match warm-up…usually looking cold and grumpy.
It would be great if a few folk got involved, otherwise I’ll just end up losing to Sam…again.
So here’s the link…
Please don’t forget to include your name and an email address if possible…
Many thanks to everyone who has already voted in the recent poll regarding shirt numbers.
If you haven’t had a go and would like to do so…this is the last time I’ll include it in a post. I will publish the results in the next post (although it might not be for a few days, given this is such a quiet week as far as pre-season is concerned).
Had I bought a Cov top, I was contemplating having a number put on the back and was debating with Sam as to which it should be.
So here’s the thing…
…were you to buy a Cov shirt and include a number on the back, which one would you choose? It might just be a favourite/lucky number, the result of a favourite player, past or present, or the position you played in yourself.
Whatever the reason, I just wondered what the most popular choice of number on the back of a Cov shirt this season might be…
And I don’t intend losing again
For anyone taking part in today’s competition…