By Trevor Utley
It is almost time for the group stage of the UEFA Champions League. The competition re-kicks off on Tuesday September 16th with an eight pack of games. With European football's premier international showcase's return, ESPN has created a Champions League Pick 'Em. That of course means that there is a Bleeding Your Colors group for the game.
The group stage has six matchweeks running from September 16th to December 10th. The games are every Tuesday and Wednesday for those six weeks and have start times of 2:45 Eastern Time, outside of the games that are played in Russia and Belarus. Those matches start at noon Eastern.
Each pick in the group stage is worth one point. You can make all your picks at the start or go week to week depending on how previous results play out. I recommend the latter strategy and implore you to turn on the usually annoying e-mail reminders. Over a month and a half of soccer, it is very easy to forget a week now and again.
As the competition progresses, the point values for each correct pick rise. In the round of 16, each correct selection will net you 4 points apiece. A successful pick in the quarterfinals will earn you 8 points. Semifinal and final picks chosen correctly are worth 16 points a pop. It is easy to make up ground in the game if you stumble a bit in the group stage.
To get in on the Bleeding Your Colors action, simply search for the group in the Group Directory of the UEFA Champions League Pick 'Em. There is no password so join yourself and tell your fellow Champions League fans to come join us in the fun. Hope to see you the first time THE CHAMPPPPPPPPPIOOOOOOONNNNNNNNNNNNSSSSSSSSSSS blares over our televisions and Real Madrid prepares to defend their crown.
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