A Game with Many Options

Over the years, 21 Sundays has had many variations. These rules will outline the four options available for a league to be scored.
  1. Best Picks Record (since 1988)
  2. Head to Head Picking (since 1994)
  3. Game Value Points (since 2009)
  4. Game Scoring Points (since 2017)

Organized Leagues

Over the years, 21 Sundays has had many variations. These rules will outline the four options available for a league to be scored. Leagues are divided into 1-8 divisions and optionally, up to 4 conferences. Leagues can have any number of players, however, in the Head to Head Picking scoring option leagues are limited to 40 players and must contain at least 10.

How is it Scored?

Weekly Pick Points

Pick Points are awarded for every game a player picks correctly and for each game that ends in a tie.
  1. Non-prime-time games: 1 pick point
  2. Prime-Time games: 2 pick points

Prime-Time Points

Prime-Time games are scored in a separate bracket. The number of correct Prime-Time games is part of the tie breaker process to determine who goes to the playoffs and the which seed they hold in the playoffs.

Game Value Points (since 2009)

Each game of each week will be awarded a Game Value. A game’s value is equal to the number of people who picked the game WRONG. The players who pick the game correctly will be awarded value points.
For example:
The Lions are playing the Bears: 14 people pick the Bears and 10 people pick the Lions.

  1. Lions win: Game Value would be 14
    1. The 10 players who picked the Lions would be awarded 14 points.
  2. Bears win: Game Value would be 10
    1. The 14 players who picked the Bears would be awarded 10 points.
Tie Games are awarded 0 Game Value points.

Game Scoring Points (since 2017)

Each game of each week will be awarded Game Scoring Points. A game’s score is calculated based on the percentage of people who pick each team. The players who pick the game correctly are awarded scoring points.
Name of Score Points How it’s scored.
Touchdown 6 All games except ties are worth at least this.
Field Goal 3 Prime Time Game
Missed Field Goal 0 If the Prime-Time game had more than 80% of the players pick the winner.
Two Point Conversion 2 Correctly picking an upset.
Safety 2 Correctly picking an upset where more than 80% of the players picked the loser.
Extra Point 1 Correctly picking an upset where 50-80% of the players picked the loser.
Missed Extra Point 0 A game where more than 80% of the players pick the winner.
How to know what the Score of each game is:
Players Correct: Points Prime-Time
None (Tie Game) 0 0
>80% 6 6
>50 and <=80% 7 10
>=20% and <=50% 8 11
<20% 10 13

Weekly Points (Since 1988)

Each week, all players are ranked by their Pick Points, then by their Game Value Points and then their Prime-Time points. These two factors are ranked highest to lowest. The person with the highest points, is awarded as many points as there are different records. The next highest player(s) are awarded one less, and the next one less until all players are awarded points. The lowest player ranked that week, gets 1 Weekly Point. Players with the same number of Pick Points and Prime-Time Points are awarded the same Weekly Points.
The following is a chart outlining this process:

Old Weekly Points 2009 Weekly Points
Player: Picks 2pt Val Points Player: Picks Val 2pt Points
Ron Steenhagen 11-5 2 N/A 7 Ron Steenhagen 11-5 62 2 8
Dan Reynolds 11-5 1 N/A 6 Dan Reynolds 11-5 54 2 7
Antonio Dukes 10-6 2 N/A 5 Antonio Dukes 10-6 77 2 6
Ethel Steenhagen 9-7 0 N/A 4 Ethel Steenhagen 9-7 54 0 5
Terri Brower 9-7 0 N/A 4 Terri Brower 9-7 45 0 4
Scott Carlstrom 8-8 2 N/A 3 Scott Carlstrom 8-8 66 1 3
Chris Landis 8-8 1 N/A 2 Chris Landis 8-8 34 2 2
Brian Wesche 8-8 0 N/A 1 Brian Wesche 8-8 49 0 1

Old explanation: Since Ron has the best record, he receives six points, which is based on the one less than the total number of different records in the league for that week. Ethel and Terri share the same record therefore they receive the same number of points. Also, since Ethel and Terri have the same number of points, there can be only 7 different records among 8 people.
2009 Explanation: Since Ron has the best record, he receives seven points, which is based on the one less than the total number of different records in the league for that week. Ethel and Terri share the same record but Ethel has more game value points, therefore Ethel receives a higher number of points.

Starting in 2017

The Game Scoring points are included after Game Value points to determine the Weekly points awarded.

Best Pick Points Record (since 1988)

The players with the highest overall pick points for the season in each division are awarded playoff spots. Wildcard spots are awarded to the best players who didn’t win a division. The number of Wildcard spots available depends on the number of divisions and playoff spots available.

Tie Breaking Pick Points

If two players finish a season with the same number of Pick Points, the following table outlines the tie breakers:

  1. Game Value points accumulated
  2. Game Scoring points accumulated
  3. Prime-Time pick points accumulated
  4. Weekly points accumulated
  5. Coin toss

Head to Head Picking (Since 1994)

How it Works

At the beginning of the season, after the league has been organized, 21 Sundays will generate a schedule with 24 matchups for each player. Each week of the 17 week NFL season players will be matched up against other players in the league. In 7 of those weeks, players will be matched up against 2 other players.
When a player makes his picks, they are not shown to the opponents until the opponent(s) have submitted their picks.
A player receives a win if their Weekly Pick Points are greater than that of their opponent. If not, they receive a loss.
Each player is required to pick a point total for the Monday Night game each week. The first player in a matchup who enters their picks gets to choose if they think the NFL teams will score at least 40 points or more than 40 points.
In the event both players end the week with the same pick points, tie breakers are applied in the following order:

  1. Highest Game Value points
  2. Player whose tie breaker points are closest to the final score of the Monday night game.

How to Make the Playoffs

The players in each division who have the best overall win/loss record in Head to Head matchups wins the division.
After determining the division winners, any remaining playoff spots are awarded to the remaining players with the best overall records.

Tie Breaking Head to Head

If two players finish a season with the same number of Head to Head records, the following table outlines the tie breakers:

  1. Pick points accumulated
  2. Game Value points accumulated
  3. Game Scoring points accumulated
  4. Prime-Time pick points accumulated
  5. Weekly points accumulated
  6. Head to Head Matchups between the tied players.
  7. Division record (if the tie is within a division)
  8. Conference record (if the tie is within a conference)
  9. Coin toss

Game Scoring Points (2017)

The players with the highest overall Game Scoring points for the season in each division are awarded playoff spots. Wildcard spots are awarded to the best players who didn’t win a division. The number of Wildcard spots available depends on the number of divisions and playoff spots available.

Tie Breaking Game Scoring Points

  1. Pick points accumulated
  2. Game Value points accumulated
  3. Prime-Time pick points accumulated
  4. Weekly points accumulated

Game Value Points (2009)

The players with the highest overall Game Value points for the season in each division are awarded playoff spots. Wildcard spots are awarded to the best players who didn’t win a division. The number of Wildcard spots available depends on the number of divisions and playoff spots available.

Tie Breaking Game Scoring Points

  1. Pick points accumulated
  2. Game Scoring points accumulated
  3. Prime-Time pick points accumulated
  4. Weekly points accumulated

The Playoffs (1988)

As outlined above, all division winners are awarded playoff spots.
The maximum number of players that can make the playoffs is 16. The minimum should be no less than 12.
Picking a playoff game is different from picking in the regular season. In the playoffs, each player picks only ONE game, and must choose a point spread, not total points for that game.
The players with the best record from each conference get the highest seeds, by record.
The remaining division winners are seeded by record continuing from the lowest conference seed.
Any remaining playoff spots are seeded, by record, to the best players that did not win a division. These are the Wildcards.
In the various rounds of the playoffs, the highest seeded player, that doesn’t have a bye, plays the lowest seeded player. The second highest plays the second lowest, and so on until all players have been matched up.
The player with a higher seed gets to choose whether they would like to set the point spread, or allow his opponent to set it.
After the point spread has been set, the player who didn't set the point spread chooses whether they think the team picked to win will by more or by less than the point spread given.

Bye Weeks in the Playoffs

If there are 16 players entering the playoffs, there are no byes given to any player. Players that receive a bye do not have to pick in the Wildcard round. The number of byes awarded is determined by taking the number of playoff spots and subtract that from 16. In other words, if 12 players go to the playoffs, the top 4 would receive a bye.

Picks Deadline! Get Your picks in Early!!

Any player, who's picks are not received within an hour of the start of any game, will not be allowed to pick the game.