11/26/2014 11:34AM

Fornatale: Head2Head's Turkey Bowl offers chance to switch gears


There is plenty of horse racing on Thanksgiving but let’s face it – the sport of the day is football. That’s become so true that there’s now a marquee game to watch on Thursday night while you make that turkey-stuffing-cranberry sandwich on a Parker House roll.

This year, contest players have a new avenue for their entertainment – the Turkey Bowl. It’s not a horse racing contest but it’s the next best thing – a one-day NFL fantasy game covering the three Thanksgiving games Chicago at Detroit, Philadelphia at Dallas, and Seattle at San Francisco.

The Turkey Bowl will be hosted Head2Head.com Sports, a Daily Racing Form property that has been in the season-long fantasy sports business since 1994. Head2Head is hosting its first-ever one-day NFL cash game. It’s a great opportunity for players to have some fun and win some cash – whether they are already familiar with daily fantasy games or just curious to see what they are all about.

Contest director Stacie Stern explained H2H’s entry into this new area. “We have so many loyal customers for our season-long games at Head2Head.com,” she said, “and we wanted to give them a chance to dip their toes in the water, given the explosion of daily fantasy games across the Internet.”

The buy-in is tiny – just $7.95 to play – and contestants can win over $3,000 in prize money. The top prize of $2,500 goes to the player with the highest score. Any player with a perfect score – in this case that means picking the highest points earning player in each of the eight groups – wins an extra $1,000.

The contest will utilize H2H’s popular Pick ‘Em format where contestants must choose one player from eight groups of five. Points will be awarded based on H2H’s unique scoring system, the details of which can be found at http://www.head2head.com/football/turkeybowl/scoring.xml.

Stern noted that the biggest difference between the H2H scoring system and other popular fantasy scoring systems has to do with the value of touchdowns. “I’ve always been a believer that scoring a touchdown should be rewarded appropriately,” she said. “In the NFL, no matter how a touchdown is scored, it’s worth six points. Why isn’t it six points no matter how it’s scored in fantasy?”

To view the player groupings, check out this link: http://www.head2head.com/football/turkeybowl/player/

To sign up, go to: https://secure.head2head.com/football/turkeybowl/register/?a=amsd1H4-2XuH [live link].