"What’s it like to get beaten?"

I can answer that.

"What’s it like to get beat often?"

I can answer that, too.

"What’s it like to get beaten so badly you don’t want to go to work the next day?"

I can definitely answer that.

Well, it’s that time of year again. Time for me, Bill Burt, to eat more humble pie.

Welcome to the 22nd year of the “I Beat Burt” contest.


How to 'Beat Burt'

If you haven’t played before or need a refresher, here’s how to compete:

How can I play?

■ Visit SalemNews.com/beatburt and complete the entry blank. There are some mandatory boxes that must be filled in, like name, address, email address and phone number.

■ Cut out the entry form in The Salem News every Wednesday and Thursday, check the teams you think will win and mail it in.

How can I win?

Well, there are a few steps:

■ You must pick more winners than I do.

■ If more than 10 people pick more winners than I do, we go to the first tiebreaker (number of points the Patriots scored).

If there is still a tie, the second tiebreaker is the number of correct selections. The third tiebreaker is a random drawing.

When will the results be announced?

■ We print the 10 winners every Wednesday in the newspaper and we announce it online, too. It is a good idea to follow the contest on our website, where results from all the weeks will be available.

How do I get my winning T-shirt?

■ T-shirts are picked up at the newspaper.

■ Don’t forget: This is not just a T-shirt. It’s a badge of honor, for beating my brains in.

Why have there been occasions when more than 10 T-shirts were awarded?

Great question.

Sometimes, especially when I have a bad week and the Patriots score a “typical” number of points, like 27 or 31, we will have 20 entries that pick more winners and have the Patriots score exactly. We decided a long time ago, that you win a T-shirt if that happens. One time, 32 entrants won T-shirts.


Time to brag

How can you boast about winning?

If you have won an “I Beat Burt” T-shirt, we want to know about it.

Send us a photo of you wearing it. If your entire family has won T-shirts, we want to hear your story and see a photo. Send it to me at bburt@salemnews.com.


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