Picks contest returns

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With Monday’s announcement that, yes, the National Football League will have a 2011-12 season after all, the wheels are in motion for the return of the Optic’s annual football picks competition.

Every week of the pro and college football season, participants are asked to submit their predictions for the upcoming weekend’s NFL and select college games. The Optic will e-mail weekly lineups, collect picks, keep tabs of the standings and crown a champion by season’s end.

To take part in the free contest, simply e-mail your full name, e-mail address and favorite NFL team to magnummania@yahoo.com. Do so by Aug. 26 in order to make the cut for the first set of games.