Beat Todd's Standings, Win a Year's Supply of Baseball Action Figures
Friday, March 07, 2003

The Todd McFarlane Show starts its second season April 3 on MLB Radio at, the official Web site of Major League Baseball. Todd's show, which will run each Thursday from 4 to 5 PM Eastern during baseball's regular season, offers listeners an eclectic mix of sports talk and entertainment, a concept we call "Homers and Hollywood," similar to Fox Sports' Best Damn Sports Show Period.

During March, the show takes a different twist, as focuses on spring training games. On Fridays in March (7, 14, 21 and 28), Todd and Seth will talk baseball from 12:30 to 1 PM Eastern, without guests.

With more schedule changes than a reality TV show, how can you keep track of it all? By visiting the new special events page dedicated to the show. Simply head over to where you can listen to the live show each week, as well as check out highlight clips of past guests. The page features a direct link to MLB Radio's home page to listen live, as well as segments from past shows that have aired since Todd started his gig in June 2002. The page is accessible from anywhere on by a special banner on the right side of the window.

And now, on to Todd's Sports Picks Challenge: During the Feb. 28 show, Todd and Seth compared notes on the order teams would finish in each of the six MLB divisions (American League and National League - West, Central and East). On air, Todd challenged listeners (and anyone reading to beat his predictions for the 2003 season. If someone does, that successful prognosticator will win all of the new McFarlane's Sports Picks baseball figures produced in 2003, which adds up to, well a lot of little men in tight plastic pants.

To enter the contest, send an e-mail to with your NAME, MAILING ADDRESS and your PICKS for the standings in each division at the end of the regular season, placing equal weight on the exact (and we mean EXACT) placement of all teams, whether it's the first-, third- or last-place team.

Contest rules and points system: Having each team listed in their correct finish (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, etc) in all six divisions at the end of the regular baseball season is worth zero (0) points, which is a perfect score. If your pick for 2nd place in the NL West ends up in 5th, you are charged 3 points. If that same pick finishes in first, you lose 1 point. So, it doesn't matter if a team finishes better or worse than your pick, it still costs you. Remember, we said exact!

The person who scores closest to "0" (cumulative for all divisions) AND beats Todd's score wins the toys. If more than one person beats Todd, we will have a random drawing for the winner. If no one beats Todd, we keep the goods. Ties go to the company (just like Las Vegas, baby!)

We'll post Todd's picks after the season starts. Or, to hear his picks now you can listen to the archive of the Feb. 28 show by clicking on the link above.

Example AL West Division Pick:
1. Oakland A's
2. Anaheim Angels
3. Seattle Mariners
4. Texas Rangers

If the teams actually finished in this order at the end of the season:
1. Oakland (correct pick)
2. Anaheim (correct pick)
3. Texas (picked 4th, you lose 1 point)
4. Seattle (picked 3rd, you lose 1 point)

Your score for this division: -2 points (minus 2)

Entry deadline is Friday March 21, 2003. To be eligible, include your picks, along with name, street address and phone number. Duplicate, multiple (from the same person) or incomplete entries will be deleted. The winner (if there is one) will be announced on, Friday Oct. 3, 2003.

The winner will also be notified via their entry e-mail. Keep in mind this contest runs the length of the regular season, so use an e-mail address you plan to have active six months from now; or remember to check back on for the results. Good luck ... Todd really does his homework on this stuff.