Charity Football Pool Week #2 Update

Austin Hardware’s 3rd Annual Charity Football Pool presented by Trim-Lok

Week #2 Update

There were no major upsets to rattle the pool this week. Over 50% of our players rode the Oakland Raiders, 14 point home favorites over the New York Jets, safely into Week #3. The Seahawks, also 14 point home favorites, needed a 4th quarter TD from Russell Wilson to Paul Richardson to defeat division rival San Francisco 12-9, and save nearly 20% of our players. Other players advanced thanks to victories by Baltimore, Arizona, and Carolina. The only 2 players who were eliminated simply failed to make a pick.

Week #2 by the numbers:
26 players entered Week #2
2 eliminated
24 advance to Week #3

Good luck to everyone who has advanced, and have a great week.

Players can click HERE to log in and make next week’s picks!


Charities Win

Austin Hardware, along with our great partner TrimLok, will make a donation in the name of the winner(s) to one, or a combination of, the following charities:

  • Wounded Warrior Project
  • National Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
  • United Way
  • Susan G. Komen for the Cure
  • Make-A-Wish America
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of America
  • Humane Society of the United States
  • Alzheimer’s Foundation of America

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There are a limited number of pool sponsorships still available. If interested, please contact Rob Dell’Elmo, Marketing Manager, at rdellelmo@austinhardware.com.

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Charity Football Pool Welcome / Week #1 Update

 

All of us at Austin Hardware, along with our sponsor, Trim-Lok, would like to welcome you to the 3rd Annual Austin Hardware Charity Football Pool. We thank you for playing and hope you have a lot of fun with it this football season.

I have just a few notes to pass along before I get to the Week #1 update.

Pick Deadlines: ALL picks must be submitted before kickoff of the 1 PM E.T. games each Sunday. That includes games played late Sunday afternoon, Sunday night, and Monday night. Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday morning (i.e. played in London) games must be picked before they kickoff.

Website Trouble: If you ever have a problem logging in that can’t be resolved by clicking the “Having trouble logging in?” link, please don’t hesitate to e-mail me. If the weekly pick deadline is approaching just e-mail your pick to me. I will submit it and attempt to rectify the problem.

Week #1 Update
We had a pool-shaking upset right out of the gate in Week #1 when the Chiefs went into Foxboro and knocked off the Patriots on Thursday night. This marks only the third time the defending Super Bowl champion has lost the following season opener since the NFL began the tradition of scheduling the champ for the Thursday night league Kickoff game in 2004.

In another surprise the Jacksonville Jaguars went down to an emotion-filled NRG Stadium in Houston, and shocked the Texans in front of an opening day home crowd that undoubtedly needed something more to cheer about.

Week #1 by the numbers:
43 players entered the pool
17 eliminated
26 advance to Week #2

Good luck to all who remain and have a great week.

Players can click HERE to log in and make next week’s picks!


Charities Win

Austin Hardware, along with our great partner TrimLok, will make a donation in the name of the winner(s) to one, or a combination of, the following charities:

  • Wounded Warrior Project
  • National Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
  • United Way
  • Susan G. Komen for the Cure
  • Make-A-Wish America
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of America
  • Humane Society of the United States
  • Alzheimer’s Foundation of America

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There are a limited number of pool sponsorships still available. If interested, please contact Rob Dell’Elmo, Marketing Manager, at rdellelmo@austinhardware.com.

3rd Annual Austin Hardware and Supply Charity Football Pool

The professional football season kicks off on September 7, 2017 and registration is now open for the 3rd Annual Austin Hardware & Supply Charity Football Pool.

How the Pool Works

  • There is no cost or purchase necessary to play. It is open to anyone* who receives the Pool ID (see below).
  • This is a “Survivor” style pool.
  • Players pick one (1) NFL team each week to WIN (straight up, no point spread).
  • If the player’s pick WINS, he or she continues to the next week. If the player’s pick LOSES or TIES, he or she is eliminated.
  • Player may pick EACH TEAM only ONE TIME per season.
  • Limit is one (1) entry per username and password
  • Updates will be provided weekly via e-mail, the pool dashboard at www.runyourpool.com, and on our social media sites. Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

*Austin Hardware employees are not eligible.

Charities Win

We will make a donation in the name of the winner(s) to one, or a combination of, the following charities:

2016 Champion, Scot Goddard

  • Wounded Warrior Project
  • National Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
  • United Way
  • Susan G. Komen for the Cure
  • Make-A-Wish America
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of America
  • Humane Society of the United States
  • Alzheimer’s Foundation of America

Last season a donation in the amount of $7,500 was made to Make-A-Wish America on behalf of our winner, Scot Goddard.

How to Join the Pool

RETURNING PLAYERS
Go to www.runyourpool.com and simply enter the username and password established last year. If you don’t remember them just click the “Having trouble logging in?” link below the username box.

NEW PLAYERS
To join the pool and make your picks go to www.runyourpool.com, click on “Join an Existing Pool” then enter Pool ID: 44351 and Password: playforcharity.

Once you’ve joined our pool follow the simple on-screen instructions – you’ll be set up for a season of fun in less than 2 minutes.

DEADLINE TO REGISTER
The deadline to register is before the first game of the 2017 season between Kansas City and New England on Thursday, September 7 at 8:30 PM.

Please contact Rob Dell’Elmo, Marketing Manager, at 610.898.3403 or rdellelmo@austinhardware.com, with any questions.

SIGN UP TODAY AND GOOD LUCK!

Note: A limited number of sponsorship opportunities are available. If you’re interested in co-sponsoring the pool, please contact Rob Dell’Elmo (contact info above).

Maersk Impacted by Cyper Attack “Petya”

Our logistics partner, MIQ Logistics, has reported that on Tuesday, the ‘Petya’ ransomware cyberattack began hitting companies throughout Russia, Ukraine, France, Denmark and the U.S.   Initial reports indicated the attack disrupted more than 80 companies.  Infected computers displayed a message demanding a Bitcoin ransom. The cyberattack hit numerous companies ranging from food processors to crude oil producers to European government agencies as well as A.P. Moller-Maersk, the world’s largest shipping company.

Maersk reported via Twitter that the breakdown affects all company business units. The breakdown affected all business units at Maersk, including container shipping, port and tug boat operations, oil and gas production, drilling services, and oil tankers, the company said.

Maersk’s port operator APM Terminals was also hit, with Dutch broadcaster RTV Rijnmond reporting that 17 shipping container terminals run by APM Terminals had been hacked, including two in Rotterdam and 15 in other parts of the world.  Below is what we have been able to confirm so far:

  • APM Terminal – Elizabeth, NJ – Gate activities currently suspended.
  • APM Termainl – New York, NY – Gate activities currently suspended.
  • APM Terminal – Los Angeles, CA – The most recent report indicates that operations were halted this morning, remaining shut down until at least 5:00 p.m.

Charity Football Pool – WE HAVE A WINNER!

WEEK #17 – FINAL UPDATE

Congratulations to Scot Goddard for winning our 2nd Annual Charity Football Pool.

Scot made it through the final week of the regular season on the strength of Kansas City’s victory over the San Diego Chargers.

Our other finalist, Rich Roudebush (who also deserves congratulations for getting this far) was eliminated when, in probably the biggest surprise of Week #17, the New York Giants, with their playoff seed already locked in, and seemingly nothing to play for, went into D.C. and knocked off the rival Redskins who basically needed only a victory to claim a playoff spot of their own.

Scot has chosen for Austin and our great sponsors, TrimLok, Hettich America, and MIQ Logistics, to make a donation Make-A-Wish America in his name.

With that, this will be our final Charity Football Pool post for the season. We hope everyone had fun with it, and we look forward to having everyone back again next season.

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Charity Football Pool – Week #16 Update

WEEK #16 UPDATE 

After numerous consecutive weeks of favorites consistently pulling out victories, a number of underdogs finally broke through. In fact, Week #16 featured 7 point-spread underdogs coming up with straight-up victories. Heck, even the Cleveland Browns finally got their first win of the season!

In our pool BOTH remaining players fell victim. One went down, along with the playoff hopes of the Tennessee Titans, as they were steamrolled by the Jacksonville Jaguars, who just a week ago fired their head coach. Our other player lost when the struggling Arizona Cardinals went on the road and defeated the NFC West division champion Seattle Seahawks 34-31 on a field goal as time expired.

Because both players lost we are going to issue them a “mulligan” (a.k.a. a do-over), allowing them to keep going so we can see if a winner will emerge in Week #17.

Week #16 by the numbers: 
2 players entered Week #16
2 eliminated
2 advance to Week #17 via mulligan 

Players can click HERE to log in and make next week’s picks!


Charities Win

Austin Hardware, along with our great partners TrimLok, Hettich America, and MIQ Logistics will make a donation in the name of the winner(s) to one, or a combination of, the following charities:

  • Wounded Warrior Project
  • National Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
  • United Way
  • Susan G. Komen for the Cure
  • Make-A-Wish America
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of America
  • Humane Society of the United States
  • Alzheimer’s Foundation of America

Please contact Media Manager, Rob Dell’Elmo, at rdellelmo@austinhardware.com, with any questions.

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Charity Football Pool – Week #15 Update

WEEK #15 UPDATE 

The surprise of Week #15 had to be the Tennessee Titans’, 5.5 point underdogs, 19-17 defeat of the Kansas City Chiefs in sub-freezing temperatures at Arrowhead, on a 53-yard field goal by kicker Ryan Succop as time expired. After failing on a two-point conversion attempt following a touchdown with only 3:14 left in regulation, the Titans trailed the Chiefs 17-16. But Tennessee held K.C. to a 3-and-out and got the ball back with just over a minute to go. The Titans proceeded to drive just into range for Succop’s game winner, keeping them in a tie with Houston for the lead in the AFC South.

Meanwhile, 800 miles to the southeast, the only game that mattered to our final two players took place in the climate controlled environment of the Georgia Dome, where the Falcons dismantled the once-proud 49ers 41-13, dropping San Francisco to 1-13 for the season. Atlanta’s victory, coupled with Tampa Bay’s defeat, gives the Falcons a 1-game lead in the NFC South, and of course extends our pool to the penultimate week of the regular season.

Week #15 by the numbers: 
2 players entered Week #15
0 eliminated
2 advance to Week #16 

Players can click HERE to log in and make next week’s picks!


Charities Win

Austin Hardware, along with our great partners TrimLok, Hettich America, and MIQ Logistics will make a donation in the name of the winner(s) to one, or a combination of, the following charities:

  • Wounded Warrior Project
  • National Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
  • United Way
  • Susan G. Komen for the Cure
  • Make-A-Wish America
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of America
  • Humane Society of the United States
  • Alzheimer’s Foundation of America

Please contact Media Manager, Rob Dell’Elmo, at rdellelmo@austinhardware.com, with any questions.

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Charity Football Pool – Week #14 Update

WEEK #14 UPDATE

We’re slowly chipping away at the field and heading toward a winner in our 2nd annual charity football pool. In Week #14 one of our final 3 players lost their spot when the Houston Texans went into Indianapolis as 6.5 point underdogs to the Colts and came out with a 22-17 victory and first place in the AFC South.

Our final two players advanced on the backs of the Carolina Panthers, who easily handled the San Diego Chargers 28-16 at home, and the Detroit Lions who completed their 8th fourth-quarter comeback of the season (an NFL record) in their 20-17 victory over the Chicago Bears.

Week #14 by the numbers:
3 players entered Week #14
1 eliminated
2 advance to Week #15

Players can click HERE to log in and make next week’s picks!


Charities Win

Austin Hardware, along with our great partners TrimLok, Hettich America, and MIQ Logistics will make a donation in the name of the winner(s) to one, or a combination of, the following charities:

  • Wounded Warrior Project
  • National Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
  • United Way
  • Susan G. Komen for the Cure
  • Make-A-Wish America
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of America
  • Humane Society of the United States
  • Alzheimer’s Foundation of America

Please contact Media Manager, Rob Dell’Elmo, at rdellelmo@austinhardware.com, with any questions.

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Charity Football Pool – Week #13 Update

WEEK #13 UPDATE

Week #13 saw one of our final 4 players eliminated in the most unusual, and heartbreaking ways possible. After trailing the Chiefs 27-16 in Atlanta, the Falcons roared back by scoring two 4th quarter TD’s to take a 28-27 lead with 4:53 to go. That’s when the unthinkable happened. On the 2-point conversion attempt following the Falcons go-ahead TD, Chiefs safety Eric Berry intercepted a Matt Ryan pass and returned it 99 yards giving KC the 2 points, and subsequently taking back the lead, 29-28. Kansas City received the ensuing kickoff and managed to run out the final 4+ minutes of the game to secure the victory.

Our other 3 players advanced to Week #14 when Super Bowl champion Denver upended the Jaguars in Jacksonville, Oakland erased a 24-9 deficit by scoring 29 unanswered points at home to beat Buffalo, and the Seahawks routed the defending NFC champion Carolina Panthers in Seattle on Sunday night.

Week #13 by the numbers:
4 players entered Week #13
1 eliminated
3 advance to Week #14

Players can click HERE to log in and make next week’s picks!


Charities Win

Austin Hardware, along with our great partners TrimLok, Hettich America, and MIQ Logistics will make a donation in the name of the winner(s) to one, or a combination of, the following charities:

  • Wounded Warrior Project
  • National Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
  • United Way
  • Susan G. Komen for the Cure
  • Make-A-Wish America
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of America
  • Humane Society of the United States
  • Alzheimer’s Foundation of America

Please contact Media Manager, Rob Dell’Elmo, at rdellelmo@austinhardware.com, with any questions.

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Charity Football Pool – Week #12 Update

WEEK #12 UPDATE

Coming out of the Thanksgiving weekend games there’s once again no movement to report in the pool. The weekend was lean on upsets as only 4 point spread dogs won outright (San Diego, Tampa Bay, Kansas City, and Green Bay), and none of our players had action on those games.

In Week #12 two players advanced, as usual, by picking AGAINST the hapless Browns, who are now 0-12 for the season after losing 27-13 to the New York Giants. The Dolphins kept the hopes of 1 player alive as they held on for a 31-24 win over San Francisco, recording their 6th straight win in the process. Finally, one player advanced when the Saints rang up 555 total net yards in a 49-21 steamrolling of the Los Angeles Rams.

Week #12 by the numbers:
4 players entered Week #12
0 eliminated
4 advance to Week #13

 

Players can click HERE to log in and make next week’s picks!


Charities Win

Austin Hardware, along with our great partners TrimLok, Hettich America, and MIQ Logistics will make a donation in the name of the winner(s) to one, or a combination of, the following charities:

  • Wounded Warrior Project
  • National Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
  • United Way
  • Susan G. Komen for the Cure
  • Make-A-Wish America
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of America
  • Humane Society of the United States
  • Alzheimer’s Foundation of America

Please contact Media Manager, Rob Dell’Elmo, at rdellelmo@austinhardware.com, with any questions.

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