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Tech Talk Tuesday: High Tech Office Pool
Updated: Tuesday, January 28 2014, 02:00 PM MST
By Lonnie Valencia
Super Bowl XLVIII is coming and you know what that means… Office pool! Why am I talking about this yearly ritual? Because it just got high tech big boy pants! In today’s Tech Talk, I dive into the new ways to take that lame piece of paper, poorly drawn, hardly readable, office pool to the next level.
Ooo Yes! The Office Pool. It adds excitement to watching the Super Bowl, even when your team isn’t playing. Don’t get me wrong, the commercials are a good reason to watch too, but the last couple of years they haven't been as good as I’d hoped. I love how office pools start off. Someone starts by suggesting one and nobody wants to host it. Then someone reluctantly takes charge and it spreads like wildfire. Sure enough, everyone is in! It starts raining cash as people start scribbling their names in boxes. There’s that one person that wants to pay with a personal check, but no one wants a paper trail, so he gets only one square until he brings cash. The boss buys like eight squares, you have co-workers buying for family and relatives that you’ve never heard of. By the time you get the pool you have like three squares left and not the good ones in the open field but the one right in the corner or on the side. You know your chances are horrible at winning and you’re just giving away your ante at this point, but you do it anyway. You do it, in the hope that you will get good numbers on the draw. Oh the excitement of the number drawing! And that’s where it ends most of the time, for me. The only time my numbers will come up is if there’s a safety, five turnovers, three touchdowns all with missed extra points. I know that will never happen, but if you’re like me there is still hope. You're doing the calculations in your head. You’re predicting (using the force) that five plays ahead there will be an interception with a touchdown run that will have you swimming in the third quarter winnings. Even if it doesn’t happen, now you are watching, anticipating, enjoying every play. Have I painted a picture for you that is familiar? Have I hyped up office pools so that you want to do one? If I have, let’s tech it out!
Off the bat, hit up PoolHost.com. They have tools, schedules, stats and scores that will get you started. Send emails to all that you want to participate in your pool. Set up automatic deadlines and the site will do the rest. Best of all, it’s free to use!
If you’re looking for a handheld version, then look no further then the iOS “Squares Buyer for Football Squares.” Seriously, this is the only one I could find. If everyone has an Apple devices they can use this app. The cool thing is you can upload a selfie to use for your squares signature domination. This app is free if you don’t mind ads.
Hands down the best place I’ve seen that does squares for the Super Bowl is footballsquares.net. They’ve got it down to a science. Theming, images, custom rules, email notification and multiple winner options are what make them stand on top of the electronic office pool pile.
So if you’re going to do an office pool this year, do it in techie style! Let me know who you’re going for in the Super Bowl. Are there any unusual bets going on that you want to share with us? Don’t forget KFOX14 is the place to watch the big game! That’s right we’ve got it this year and it’s going to be awesome! I will give the first five people to click my name at the end of this article and email me the name of FOX’s football robot an official mini NFL on FOX Football. As always we would love your feedback/suggestions for this or our next edition, so feel free to send your comments to our resident Tech Guy Lonnie Valencia.