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It’s ‘Sack Schultz’ time — how good are you?

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Mark Richt and Paul Johnson discuss their strategy for "Sack Schultz" contest. (AJC)

Mark Richt and Paul Johnson discuss their strategy for “Sack Schultz” contest. (AJC)

Hello again. It’s almost time for college football season, and that means it’s almost time for the “Sack Schultz” contest, and that also means it’s almost time for Weekend Predictions, so let me start with an off-the-books wager (not to be confused with an off-the-books attorney hire, because Cobb County, it seems, has cornered the market on those).

Bobby Petrino vs. Todd Grantham: boom.

Now, back to football.

Weekend Predictions returns next week. The “Sack Schultz” contest returns now. You can register beginning Sunday at AJC.com/go/sackschultz2014.

This contest provides you with the opportunity to pick the outcomes of games better than me, only to fail miserably.

I’ve been told by marketing that the grand prize for the national winner this season will be a custom tailgate smoker/grill, valued at $2,500. I’ve also been told that I’m not eligible. Again.

The grand prize for the local contestant is a 16GB iPad Mini. It turns out I’m not eligible for that either. But I get to keep my job.

Weekly contest winners will receive $50 gift cards from Kroger, and national winners get gifts from “Fathead.”

I checked: There is no Petrino or Grantham “Fathead.” It seemed like a natural.

Again, you can register for the contest at ajc.com/go/sackschultz2014 beginning Aug. 24. The contest begins the first week of the college football regular season and runs through Nov. 29 (the final week before the conference championship games).

Good luck. And as always: Enjoy second place.

 Some recent ramblings (free links)
– Blog: On Braves, McGuirk and repairing baseball
– MyAJC: Baseball repair list: Pardon Rose, quicken pace, shorten season
– Blog: Braves find a groove, but so do Nationals
– MyAJC: Mike Tice has a challenge — and he knows it
– Blog: Bobby Petrino, Todd Grantham reportedly feuding already
– Blog: Falcons can survive without Baker, not others
– Blog: FSU No. 1, Georgia No. 12 in poll of insignificance
– MyAJC: Trent Miles trying to change attitudes at Georgia State
– Blog: With Braves six back, is ‘Fat Lady’ singing?
– MyAJC: B.J. Upton, Braves continue their zombie walk
– MyAJC: Cancer didn’t slow Michael Cooper
– Blog: Braves’ attendance reflects lack of confidence
– MyAJC: Falcons showing humility, lack of comfort — and that’s good
– Blog: Braves being hurt by shortage of leaders
– MyAJC: Can ‘Power 5′ conferences handle this power?
– Blog: Who’s most to blame for Braves’ fall? (vote in poll)
– Blog: Roddy White lost Twitter ‘bet’ and paid off in a big way
– MyAJC: Paul George’s injury shows risk of NBA players in tournaments
– MyAJC: Paul Johnson needs to impress his new boss at Georgia Tech
– Blog: Dan Uggla rejects demotion and is out of a job again
– MyAJC: Pruitt winning over Georgia in ways Grantham didn’t
– MyAJC: We’ll find out how right or wrong Frank Wren is
– Blog: It’s trade deadline day…and it’s quiet here
– MyAJC: Braves hamstrung by finances at trade deadline
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