The iPod Giveaway!

Monday5 June 2006

Got all the Office episodes downloaded from the iTunes Store, with nothing to play them on? How ’bout a shiny new 30GB video iPod?


And you don’t even have to work all that hard to win it, especially if you’re already a regular OfficeTally and Northern Attack poster.

In fact, it’s dinkin’ flicka easy.


Add comments to 8 posts, and you could win a brand new 30GB video iPod!

How to play

  1. Once a week for 8 weeks, either OfficeTally or Northern Attack will display one of its posts with this badge:

    iPod Giveaway

  2. Add a comment to all 8 tagged posts, and you will be eligible to win a brand new 30GB iPod!

  3. A tagged post will be closed to new comments after about a week, so get those comments posted early.

  4. Jennie and James will choose one eligible entrant to receive the iPod.

    We will also have a list of runners-up, in case the person we choose as the grand prizewinner doesn’t have a valid email address.


  1. Comments must be: a) appropriate to the content of the post and b) between 20-200 words long.

  2. No typos or grammatical errors, no offensive language, no SHOUTING, no personal attacks, no derogatory remarks.

  3. Leave only one comment per tagged post.

  4. Use the same name and the same valid email address for all comments at both sites. This is the only way we can identify you!

  5. The iPod grand prizewinner must reside in the U.S. or Canada; the consolation prizewinners must reside in the U.S. Sorry, international folks; there are only two of us here, and this was the only way we could keep things manageable.

  6. Jennie and James, at their discretion, will remove any post that does not meet these requirements, and without notice.


  • Sun. Jun 18: iPod Giveaway starts.
  • Sat. Aug. 12: iPod Giveaway ends.
  • Sat. Aug. 19: deadline to add a comment to the eighth tagged post.
  • Week of Aug. 27: iPod winner announced!

All dates are also posted on the OfficeTally Calendar.


One grand prize: A brand new 30GB video iPod!

  • 7,500 songs or over 75 hours video
  • Includes headphones, USB cable, Universal Dock adapter, case, and iTunes CD
  • PC and Mac compatible

Consolation prizes: 5 runners-up will each receive their choice of an Office episode from the iTunes Store!


How will I know whether to go to OfficeTally or Northern Attack for the tagged posts?
You won’t. :)
You’re going to be really sneaky and hide the tagged posts, aren’t you?
No, this is not Hide and Seek. :) All tagged posts will always initially appear on the front page of either OfficeTally or Northern Attack.
Will I need to check the forums at Northern Attack for tagged posts?
No, tagged posts will not appear at the forums.
How will you choose the winner?
Jennie and James will personally select the winners. We’re not exactly sure what this means yet, but it will involve reading all entries, culling our own favorites, and ending quite possibly in a 3-point karate match. Readability will factor significantly into our decision, so please be articulate in formulating your responses (i.e. we like stuff that’s well-written).
Anything else we should know about?
Yes, and this is a standard disclaimer: Jennie and James reserve the right to cancel the contest, for whatever reason, without giving away any prizes, if we feel that the game is taking a dark, uncontrollable turn. We have every hope, though, that this will be good clean fun for everyone!

Have a question?

Leave a comment below, and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can!

Okay, ready to play?

Be on the lookout for the first tagged post the week of June 18th.

Make us proud, folks. If this goes well, then maybe we’ll offer a Prism DuroSport next summer. We hear those things are pretty sturdy.

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Nice! A great way to help pass the time till the new season. Great job James!

1Posted by Art on June 5, 2006

Sweet! "I never owned an iPod before." :)

2Posted by Lindsay on June 5, 2006

What an excellent and generous idea, James. You and Jennie are a fantastic duo. I can't stress that, enough. Thank you!

3Posted by Lori on June 5, 2006

I thought we were supposed to limit the gifts to under twenty dollars?

4Posted by Jinx on June 5, 2006

Everyone wants the iPod. It's a huge hit. It is almost a Christmas miracle.

Thanks OT and NA!

5Posted by Kevin J on June 5, 2006

You'd better not be giving away that cheap-o ipod imitator that Roy got Pam. ;-)

6Posted by Pat D. on June 5, 2006

You guys just cannot stop rocking.

7Posted by Jake on June 5, 2006

Thanks so much for rewarding your loyal posters!!! WooHoo!! J

8Posted by Jane on June 5, 2006

I am not really sure if this post is eligable for the contest, since it DOES have that little icon up there, so I'm playing it safe and making a comment here anyways!

9Posted by Greg Peterson on June 5, 2006

You guys so rock. You could not rock more in fact. You could try, but you would fail. Keep rockin'!

10Posted by Brian on June 5, 2006

That's cool, I guess. I mean, I'm already an OfficeTally and Northern Attack freak. I might as well be able to win something anyway.

Wasn't GMMR also gonna be part of this?

11Posted by John D'arc on June 5, 2006

Just to clarify things: this post does not count as one of the 8 tagged posts. The iPod Giveaway stamp will be displayed prominently at the top of each tagged post.

John D'arc, the nature of this promotion requires a good amount of coordination. Jennie and I live a short distance from one another, so we decided it would be best if we kept it between our two sites.

Also, I'd like to take this opportunity to redirect all of your thanks over to Jennie at OT. She put an enormous amount of effort into organizing this event, and she deserves your full gratitude. I was just there for moral support and the occasional wisecrack.

12Posted by James on June 5, 2006

Neat promotion! I've been coming here for a while and never really posted. This is really nice idea. As if Office fans didn't love this site enough already!

13Posted by Cassie Lockerman on June 5, 2006

Ah, but James, your wisecracks are worth their weight in gold.

14Posted by Jennie on June 5, 2006

Very cool. I have every episode of Season 2 and I'm forced to watch them on my crappy PC. I shouldn't be so ungrateful - some people in third world countries have to use old Apple computers. Think about what THEY go through. I feel much better now that I've put my plight into perspective. But seriously, thank you so much. I hope I remember to participate.

15Posted by Custardy on June 6, 2006

I'm just excited that my Office/Northern Attack/Office Tally addiction is finally starting to pay off. I always knew it would! Really sweet contest, guys!

16Posted by Trent on June 6, 2006

Look who got carried away with the spirit of Christmas!

You did.

17Posted by proudgirl on June 6, 2006

Wait, wait, wait! I know what this is! This is reverse pschology! He wants us to want this ipod! I think. Where did you guys get the money to do this? Afterall, you don't run any ads on your sites...

18Posted by dlo (Prism Duro-Sport) on June 6, 2006

Wow, this really is a nice gesture! I can't think of any ulterior motive here, as neither of you make money off this just want to keep the Office loyal together in these painful summer months, and that's completely admirable.

Though, you know, I wouldn't hate you if you found some way to make some money on something.

19Posted by Graham on June 6, 2006

So....this is an awesome idea.

Question: Can we Canadians play this reindeer game or are we exempt from winning the awesome prize as we so often are in American contests?

Please tell me we can play....please please please. With a cherry on top. :)

20Posted by Nicole on June 6, 2006

Do you mean posts just on NA (and OT) or will it include in the forums of NA as well?

21Posted by Sam on June 6, 2006

This is a very good idea to do this during the summer to keep the community all atingle. Not that we need any incentive to get all excited, especially with the cliffhanger we had!

22Posted by Genevieve on June 6, 2006

It's really cool that you two are doing this for us. It will be a great way to keep the 'Office' frenzy going over the summer until the new season starts!

23Posted by ddker on June 7, 2006

What a great idea! It's funny, because my husband and I were just at Best Buy yesterday and we looked at the video iPods while we were there. I was telling him that while I really love them, I didn't really want to pay for one out of my own money. But if someone gave me one as a gift (or I somehow won one), I would be thrilled! :)

24Posted by Jacki on June 7, 2006

dlo and Graham, you're right: we don't make money off of NA and OT. This show drives us to do foolish things like running fan sites without seeking compensation. It's good like that. As for how this contest was funded, it may or may not have involved robbing a bank and escaping through the sewers. Seriously, though, let's just say that you have generous people looking over your shoulders. We have our ways. :)

Nicole, I'll have to consult my partner in crime on that one, but I don't see why not. Check back for an update.

Sam, only posts that appear on NA and OT will be tagged. The NA forums will not contain tagged posts.

Great questions, folks. I'll sync up with tanster and have an updated version of the FAQ available later.

Update : The Rules and FAQ have been updated. Canada is in.

25Posted by James on June 7, 2006

This show drives us to do foolish things like running fan sites without seeking compensation. It's good like that.

Couldn't have said it better myself. We love what we do and we do it for free.

As for how this contest was funded, it may or may not have involved robbing a bank and escaping through the sewers. Seriously, though, let's just say that you have generous people looking over your shoulders. We have our ways.

Neither James nor I paid for the iPod grand prize. You might say that we have a mystery benefactor. ;)

26Posted by Jennie on June 7, 2006

What a cool thing to do! You guys really do run the greatest "The Office" sites...keep up the great work

27Posted by Erin on June 7, 2006

You guys are too cool. And I wouldn't even trade it for a tea kettle full of goodies from Jim!

28Posted by Stella` on June 7, 2006

Well, if I didn't already have reason enough to visit NA and Office Tally during the summer.
I knew that these sites were going to help the Office fan community get through the summer as it were, but , this is just Office-tastic!

I got my brother a 30G video ipod for christmas (after I saw the Office episode) so he could watch the show (and I'm proud of being suckered into the double promotion) only to have him loan it to me while I flew for a trip from NY to CA in March and leave it in the back pocket of the seat in front of me (Office episodes and all). He hates me now, quite justifiably. I'm going to do my darndest to get us back on good terms with your kind offer.

Thanks so much. You continue to make the simple acts of looking forward to, watching, laughing at, and reflecting on the dialogue and situations of a good tv show that much more enjoyable and communal.

29Posted by ArkM on June 7, 2006


Thanks so much guys for letting us Canucks compete. I don't know what I'd do with myself all summer without your sites. I actually had a dream last night (no joke) that Jim and I were joking around in the lunchroom about what we'd do if we were still at Dunder-Mifflin in 5 years (yes, I'm apparently crazy now). So, as you can see your sites provide a much-needed outlet for us Office fanatics. Keep it up!!

30Posted by Nicole on June 9, 2006

That's such a great idea! Gives me something to look forward to till this next season!

31Posted by Jen on June 11, 2006

Awesome! And maybe after the giveaway, we could play yankee swap!

32Posted by bloodngutslover on June 11, 2006

Great idea, guys! I hope I win it, because I know a cool web site where you can get songs for a penny.

33Posted by D. on June 12, 2006

Wow, that's great! I'm the only one in my family that doesn't have an iPod. Oh well, someday I shall have one.

34Posted by Rayne Kehler on June 13, 2006

My excitment is incalculable right now! I will be here every week, you can definitely count on that! All I have is my computer, and what's better than watching The Office after work for at least one hour everyday? Boosting that time up because now I have an ipod that will give me my office fix 24 hours a day!

35Posted by Danaya on June 15, 2006

Bad Larry! Bad Marry! Bad Spam!

Wait. What day is it again? Oh! the 19th!

::runs to check yesterday's posts::

36Posted by Andy the Cat on June 19, 2006

This is very generous of you folks. I won't be entering as I own the 60GB version but someone out there will be very very happy. Good luck folks.

37Posted by The Svan on June 20, 2006

That is awesome. I could use one of those considering my ancient CD player just broke. YAY!

38Posted by Lacee on June 20, 2006

This is such a great idea! You guys always keep us office fanatics smiling!

39Posted by ham&cheese on June 21, 2006

Admit it, this so-called Ipod really comes with a device already installed that tracks everything the winner records on it, then adds a subliminal track to each song that's played back. I know this to be true because Dwight said it was.

40Posted by Chris Garifo on June 28, 2006

Thanks to Jenna for posting the info about this on her myspace blog! I can't wait for Season 3 of The Office!

41Posted by Kelly Hart on June 28, 2006

Gotta love i-pod!!!!

42Posted by Rachael Johnson on June 28, 2006

I just got wind of this exciting contest! An I-Pod would make my daily 4 hour office commute on the trains less stressful and enjoyable!

43Posted by Renee Lee Greco on July 1, 2006

Well I may not have one but I want to give one to my mom because my mom likes to lisen to clasics. But its hard to fined them but you can fined them on the net.

44Posted by timothy metivier on July 14, 2006