prediction is so random. i'm not against your idea at all doc, but i'd rather see a contest based on the board awards - most valuable poster, rookie of the year, etc. - that would have real rewards (t-shirts, hats, whatever) for the winners. if we all knew that this was in place as the season started, i think it would encourage quality posts and an atmosphere of congeniality, participation and excellence. especially if everyone gets a chance to vote on the winners. it's shared responsibility and shared fun. to me, all of these qualities are what this board was all about when we all came here, and a contest like that would go a long way to support and encourage that ideal as opposed to rewarding baseless predictions and much of the annoying young-kid-stuff.
just my opinion.