First, many thanks to the artist Karl Jaeger (as well as Aaron from Five Technology) for working with Twinkie Town on this project. I'm honored that they chose to work with us. Visit ArtByASI.com to view the artwork, and you can also find out more by visiting Twins Baseball.
What you see on your right is what you have the opportunity to win. Over the next few weeks, we'll be running three contests with the end result being that the winner of each contest will win a print. Each print retails for $30.00 and measures 18" x 22", and is printed on fine art paper. It features the greatest players in Twins history along with an image of Target Field from Opening Day with the Amerian flag across the outfield and F-16s flying overhead.
Our first contest will be run this Thursday (yes, THIS Thursday!) and we'll have our first winner by the weekend. What is the contest, I hear you asking?
Between 5am and 11pm central time on Thursday, submit the best FanPost you can come up with. It can be on anything you like--analysis, numbers, something funny, opinion, it's completely up to you. By Friday morning at 9am the Twinkie Town administrators will have selected three finalists, who will be put to a public vote. Voting finishes at 11pm Friday night. I will notify the winner by email on Saturday.
That's it. Pretty simple, huh?
For those of you who are curious, these are the dates of the contests themselves:
Thursday, August 26, 2010: Best FanPost
Thursday, September 16, 2010: Who Am I?
Thursday, October 7, 2010: Best FanPost
So get planning! Complete contest rules are posted below the jump, so be sure to let us know if you have any questions...but it's pretty cut and dried. These are designed to be community-involved events, so have fun!
Official Rules for the Best FanPost 1 Contest
No Purchase Necessary. A Purchase will not Increase Your Chances of Winning.
1. Eligibility: The Best FanPost 1 Contest (the "Contest") is open only to legal residents of the
2. Sponsor: The Contest is sponsored by SportsBlogs, Inc., 1740 N Street, NW,
3. Agreement to Official Rules: By entering the Contest, you indicate your full and unconditional agreement to, and acceptance of, (a) these Official Rules and (b) Sponsor’s decisions, which are final and binding. Winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein.
4. Entry Period: The Contest beings at 6:00am ET on Thursday, August 26, 2010 and ends at midnight ET on Thursday, August 26, 2010. Entries submitted before or after the Entry Period will not be eligible. Sponsor’s computer is the official time-keeping device for the Contest.
5. How to Enter: Submit a FanPost (minimum 300 words) based on the Minnesota Twins. It can be serious analysis, it can be funny, it can be number crunching, it can be an opinion piece, or anything else you like provided it is based on the Minnesota Twins. There is a limit of one (1) entry per person/e-mail address. Entries will not be acknowledged.
6. Content Requirements: Your Entry must not: (a) violate any third party rights, including, but not limited to, copyrights, trademark rights, or rights of privacy and publicity; (b) contain defamatory statements; (c) include threats to any person, place, business, or group; (d) be obscene or indecent; (e) depict any risky behavior, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion; (f) contain any third party trademarks or logos; and (g) have been entered in any other contest or have been published or distributed in any other media. Sponsor reserves the right to refuse to post any Entry for any reason.
7. Entrant’s Warranties and Representations: By submitting an Entry, you warrant and represent that: (a) the Entry is an original work created solely by you for entry in the Contest; (b) you own all rights to the Entry; (c) to the extent the Entry depicts any individual or features the voice of any individual, you are the individual pictured and heard in the submission, or, alternatively, that you have obtained written permission from each person appearing in the Entry to grant the rights to Sponsor described in the "Sponsor’s Rights to Entries" section below, and can make written copies of such permissions available to Sponsor upon request; and (d) the Entry complies with all requirements of these Official Rules.
8. Sponsor’s Rights to Entries: By participating, you: (a) irrevocably grant Sponsor, its agents, licensees, and assigns the unconditional and perpetual (non-exclusive) right and permission to copyright, reproduce, encode, store, copy, transmit, publish, post, broadcast, display, publicly perform, adapt, modify, create derivative works of, exhibit, and otherwise use your Entry as-is or as-edited (with or without using your name) in any media throughout the world for any purpose, without limitation, and without additional review, compensation, or approval from you or any other party; (b) forever waive any rights of copyrights, trademark rights, privacy rights, and any other legal or moral rights that may preclude Sponsor’s use of your Entry, or require any further permission for Sponsor to use the Entry; and (c) agree not to instigate, support, maintain, or authorize any action, claim, or lawsuit against Sponsor on the grounds that any use of the Entry, or any derivative works, infringes any of your rights as creator of the Entry, including, without limitation, copyrights, trademark rights, and moral rights.
9. Selection of Finalists: After the Entry Period, Sponsor will evaluate all entries and select three Finalists based on the following Judging Criteria: TwinkieTown editors will select the three FanPosts they deem "the best". In the event of a tie, Jesse will have the deciding vote on which FanPost becomes a finalist. The odds of being selected depend on the number of entries received and the performance of each entrant.
10. Selection of Potential Winner: The Finalists will be posted on the Contest website from 10:00am ET on Friday, August 27th, 2010 to midnight ET on Friday, August 27th, 2010 and visitors to the website will be invited to vote for their favorite entries according to the Judging Criteria. There is a limit of one vote(s) per person. The Finalist with the most votes will be deemed the potential winner. In the event of a tie, the TwinkieTown administrators will decide on a winner. If the Sponsor suspects any fraud, tampering, or any activity that the Sponsor believes may impair the integrity of the voting process, the Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, select the Finalists according the Judging Criteria without reference to the public votes.
11. Notification and Requirements of Potential Winners: Sponsor will attempt to notify potential winners within one business days of the date of selection. If a potential winner does not respond within seven business days after the notice is sent, the Sponsor will select an alternate potential winner in his/her place according to the Judging Criteria. Only three (3) alternate potential winners will be contacted. Except where prohibited, a potential winner may be required to complete and return an affidavit of eligibility, a liability/publicity release, and a release in which he/she irrevocably assigns and transfers to Sponsor any and all rights, title, and interest in Entry, including, without limitation, all copyrights and trademark rights, and waives all moral rights in the Entry. If a potential winner is a minor, his/her parent or legal guardian will be required to sign the documents on his/her behalf. If a potential winner fails to sign and return these documents within the required time period, an alternate potential winner may be selected in his/her place according to the Judging Criteria. Only three (3) alternate potential winners may be contacted.
12. Prize(s): The winner will receive one 18"x 22" fine art paper print of artwork commemorating 50 years of Twins baseball. This fine art print designed by local artist Karl Jaeger features the greatest players in Twins history along with an image of the Opening Day at Target Field with the American Flag across the outfield and F-16’s flying overhead. Approximate retail value $30.00 US, $31.00 CAN. A winner is responsible for paying any applicable income taxes and any and all other costs and expenses not listed above. Any prize details not specified above will be determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. A prize may not be transferred and must be accepted as awarded. You may not request cash or a substitute prize; however, Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize with another prize of equal or greater value if the prize is not available for any reason, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion.
13. General Conditions: In the event that the operation, security, or administration of the Contest is impaired in any way for any reason, including, but not limited to fraud, virus, or other technical problem, Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, either: (a) suspend the Contest to address the impairment and then resume the Contest in a manner that best conforms to the spirit of these Official Rules; or (b) award the prize(s) according to the Judging Criteria from among the eligible entries received up to the time of the impairment, with or without reference to the public votes. Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Contest or to be acting in violation of these Official Rules or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner. Any attempt by any person to undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest may be a violation of criminal and civil law, and, should such an attempt be made, Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. Failure by Sponsor to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision. Proof of sending any communication to Sponsor by mail shall not be deemed proof of receipt of that communication by Sponsor. In the event of a dispute as to any online entry, the authorized account holder of the e-mail address used to enter will be deemed to be the participant. The "authorized account holder" is the natural person who is assigned to an email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider, or other organization responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address. The Contest is subject to federal, state, and local laws and regulations and is void where prohibited.
14. Release and Limitations of Liability: By participating in the Contest, you agree to release and hold harmless Sponsor, its parent, subsidiaries, affiliates, and each of their respective officers, directors, employees, and agents (the "Released Parties") from and against any claim or cause of action arising out of participation in the Contest or receipt or use of any prize, including, but not limited to: (a) unauthorized human intervention in the Contest; (b) technical errors related to computers, servers, providers, or telephone, or network lines; (c) printing errors; (d) lost, late, postage-due, misdirected, or undeliverable mail; (e) errors in the administration of the Contest or the processing of entries; or (f) injury or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from entrant’s participation in the Contest or receipt or use of any prize. You further agree that in any cause of action, the Released Parties’ liability will be limited to the cost of entering and participating in the Contest, and in no event shall the Released Parties be liable for attorney’s fees. You waive the right to claim any damages whatsoever, including, but not limited to, punitive, consequential, direct, or indirect damages.
16. Disputes: Except where prohibited, you agree that any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of, or connected with, the Contest or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the appropriate court located in
17. Results: To request a winners list, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to 282 King's Avenue, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7 4PJ, England. Requests must be received within four (4) weeks of the end of the Entry Period.