It started as a debate two winters ago over which gym was the most difficult in the FCIAC to play in during basketball season, and eventually evolved into a bigger question: which school has the most loyal fans. That led to a contest, the Overtime Fan Showdown.
With more schools naming their fan bases, and with many now having their own Twitter accounts, the argument rages on. So while Overtime is no more, we are back with the renamed, 3rd annual Ruden Report Fan Showdown, which is being sponsored by The Southfield Center for Development. Ridgefield’s Tiger’s Lair is the defending champion, having unseated Westhill’s Purple Pack.
This year there will be just one prize: the winning school will get $500 for its athletic department. More importantly, you will have bragging rights for the next year.
The rules are the same as last year, though slightly complex, so read carefully:
1. The contest is open to all 19 FCIAC schools.
2. A representative, likely from a school’s fan Twitter account, must make contact to enter. I will need a contact person for each school. The deadline to enter is noon on Wednesday.
3. There will be two components. The first will be a straight-out vote here on the site starting Sunday night, Jan. 26 and running until noon the following Wednesday. There will be a little twist: I will announce on Twitter a few unlimited voting periods. You won’t know when. So it will be to your advantage to get fans following on Twitter.
4. The team that wins the vote will receive 5 points. Second place will be worth 3 points and third place will be worth 1 point.
5. The second component: each team will submit a video no longer than three minutes showing your fans in action at a home game at any sport of your choosing. We want to see loyalty, creativity and not rowdy misbehavior. I will arrange with a contact person from each school to receive the videos. The deadline for the videos is Feb. 5. This gives you plenty of time now to plan a game. Earlier submissions if possible are appreciated.
6. For new entrants, at the bottom of the post I put the three videos that tied for first place last year, by Ridgefield, St. Joseph and Westhill, so you can get an idea how this works.
7. As we receive the videos, we will post them for viewing. A panel of our sponsors will then judge the videos. They will give a 3 to the best one, 2 for the second-best one and 1 for the third-best. The school that earns the most overall points, like with the voting, will get 5 points, second place will be worth 3 points and third place worth 1 point.
8. We will add up the points from the vote and the videos to determine the winner. If two schools tie, we will give them the option to agree on holding another vote to break it or to split the $500.
One other thing: obviously this contest leads to a little social media trash talking. This is all meant to be fun so PLEASE keep it clean. Same with any comments that come in or they won’t be posted.
Those are the rules. We will confirm with every entrant full understanding. And sometime on the week of Feb. 9, we will announce the winner of the 3rd annual Southfield Center Fan Showdown.