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Southfield Center Fan Showdown Begins Sunday

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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’s contest will begin on Sunday featuring six schools: Darien, Ridgefield, St. Joseph, Stamford, Westhill and Wilton.

The winning school will get $500 for its athletic department from The Southfield Center — and bragging rights for the next year.

The contest has two components, with the first beginning Sunday night at 7 p.m., a straight-out vote here on the site that will run until noon the following Wednesday. There is a twist: I will announce on Twitter a few unlimited voting periods. You won’t know when, but they will not come during school hours or after 11 p.m.

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.

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The second component: each team will submit a video no longer than three minutes showing their fans in action at a game or any games of their 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. 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 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.

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.

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. So be prepared to start voting Sunday night as the road to crowning the champion of the third annual Southfield Center Fan Showdown begins.