the flying pig wrote:
ok, looking good. as per the OP i'll keep allowing entries until midday.
As promised, I've devised a needlessly labor intensive & drama-laden process for making the draw.
what i reckon i'll do is email Phil, in Excel, sometime before the Russia game kicks off:
(a) a password protected list of the entrants, randomly ordered by me & pasted as valyes; and
(b) a non-password protected [randomly generated] list of the teams & players. i'll ask him to run the randomiser a couple of times & then email it back to me, pasted as values.
when i've got his list of teams & players back i'll put it side by side with my list of entrants, giving us a matched list of entrants & teams/players, which i'll publish on the site.
if anyone wants to challenge the integrity of the process i'll give phil a password to open the list i sent to him at (a) & verify that its ordering is the same as the one that i published on the site.
i'm not sure when phil will be able to send me his list, e.g. he might be tied up tomorrow, in fact i'm quite tied up with work PM, but entrants can rest assured that the randomising will have happened long before kickoff even if the results are published potentially a few hours, or even i suppose a day or whatever, after