14. Let’s break it down to its prime factors: 2 and 7. Two teams trying to get to 7, or what the noted Boston-born poet Black Francis once called god. As 7 represents completeness, so too does 14 symbolize the adaptability and resourcefulness that one must employ when doubling down to reach perfection.
“Not from the stars do I my judgement pluck;
And yet methinks I have Astronomy,
But not to tell of good or evil luck,
Of plagues, of dearths, or seasons’ quality;
Nor can I fortune to brief minutes tell,
Pointing to each his thunder, rain and wind,
Or say with princes if it shall go well
By oft predict that I in heaven find:
But from thine eyes my knowledge I derive,
And, constant stars, in them I read such art
As truth and beauty shall together thrive,
If from thyself, to store thou wouldst convert;
Or else of thee this I prognosticate:
Thy end is truth’s and beauty’s doom and date.”
— Sonnet 14, by William Shakespeare
With the search for truth, beauty, and completeness in mind, we’re pleased to announce that POPS PROPS XIV: The Quest for Sevens is now open for entries. If you’re game, kindly fill out our free entry form by 4:30 p.m. Central time on Sunday, Feb. 11 (one hour before the 5:30 p.m. kickoff).
Our ghouls are standing by to painstakingly score the spreadsheet of all entries. One entry per person, please. We’ll have real-time scoring, so you can see how you’re faring as the game progresses! We’ll send you a link so that you can follow along!
As always, the winner(s) of POPS PROPS will have his/her name(s) added to the POPS PROPS Hall of Champions on the POPS PROPS Championship Beverage Coasters.
If you have a problem filling out your answers, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please feel free to forward this free contest to anyone you know who might have an interest. All are welcome to play. Glory goes to the winner, and we thank you for your time.
The POPS PROPS Committee For Fairness and Integrity