The GIST Football Pool 2018

The GIST's Weekly Football Pool is LIVE

Thousands of GISTers are participating in our free, quick and fun football pool each week!

We know that some of you (not all) might be a bit unfamiliar with NFL football. We don’t use NFL rules in the Canadian Football League (CFL), and, as women, we don’t often participate in full-contact football. So we want to help you learn more through our own GIST Football Pool. Hopefully you have fun, win some prizes and maybe fall in love with football along the way!

Interested in joining, but wanna know more first? We’ve got you.


The GIST Of It

I’ve never been part of a “pool” before. How does this work?

Each week, we’re gonna send you an email on Wednesday at 12pm EST. In this email, we’ll give you “the gist” on each of the 16 games being played in the NFL that week. With that info, and any other research you wanna do on your own, all you need to do is choose which team you think will win.

You’ll select your options via a link in the email that will take you to Facebook Messenger. Within Facebook Messenger, you’ll select all of your picks. And for the Monday night game, you’ll choose how much you think the winning team will win by (e.g., by 3 points, 7 points, etc.). The person who chooses the most winners, wins that week’s pool. Easy peasy lemon squeezy!  


The Rules

  1. We’ll send you an email on Wednesday at 12pm EST with a link to make your picks through Facebook Messenger. 

  2. Your picks MUST be submitted by Thursday at 5pm EST to participate in that week’s pool.

  3. The person/people who win(s) that week, accurately picked the highest amount of winners. The Monday night game acts as a tie-breaker. In the event of a tie for most winners chosen, the person that picked the correct winner of the Monday night game AND has the most accurate guess on how much the team wins by will be awarded the prize. 

  4. The winner will be announced every Wednesday in our GIST football pool email.

  5. People can win more than one week.

  6. Winners of each week will receive a prize from one of our sponsors:


Do I have to pay?

Nope. It’s completely FREE. You literally can’t go wrong participating.

What if I know nothing about football?

Totally fine. We’ll provide you with the need to know info, as well as some other resources for you to do your own research. And, if you don’t want to do any, that’s totally fine too.

What if I know A LOT about football?

Well lah-dee-dah, let’s see how you do. But seriously, that’s totally fine too.

How long does it take to complete?

It will take less than eight minutes each week to complete your picks using the info The GIST gives you. If you want to do your own research, you might get up to about 30 minutes.

Do I win anything?

You know it! We’ll be giving away awesome prizes from some of our partners including Barre3, Lululemon, ELXR Juice Labs and White Lion Athletics.

This sounds fun. How can I play?

  1. If you haven’t already, subscribe to The GIST (duh).
  2. Refer to the rules section above. When you’re ready to make your picks, click the link in the email. That link will open up into Facebook Messenger chat with us. In messenger,  you can select your picks for the week.

Do I have to participate every week? What if I forget? What if I miss the deadline?

Nope, you don’t have to play every week, but why wouldn’t you? You have nothing to lose! If you forget to participate or miss the deadline, sorry but ya snooze ya lose. Rest assured, you can still participate in future weeks.

I want The GIST newsletter but I don’t want in on the pool.

No problem, we get that football isn't for everyone. There will be an option to unsubscribe from the football pool through the email sent out on Wednesday.


That's it! The pool will be live for the duration of the 2018 NFL regular season.

Got a question? Email hi@thegistnews.ca.