I'm really late this week. Sometimes, work doesn't get in the way of BTB, but sometimes it does.
This was a tough week for many of us. We had seventy-nine 10-for-10 participants this week and one straggler (came in after the early games kicked off and made late/night picks only). So, some of the games were available to 79, and some to 80 this week.
One entry still picked all thirteen games. Please only pick the ten you want scored. There are no bonus points for picking extra games. All I do is count the Cowboys game and the first nine other games and ignore the rest. That actually hurts you because most of us usually score better on the late/night games than we do the early games.
Most of us picked the Cowboys, and almost everyone picked the Saints. Those two games eliminated most of us from 10-for-10.
And, no one did get 10-for-10 this week. However, seven scored 9-for-10, including two of the overall leaders. So, there is beginning to be a little separation between the top of the leaderboard and the rest of us dragging up the middle and the bottom of the standings.
More analysis and the top scores (overall and this week) after the jump:My congratulations this week to the top scorers (weekly and overall) are muted somewhat since five of the top six overall and six of the seven who scored 9-for-10 picked the Patriots. I will congratulate 1Bullseye. He is the only one to score 9-for-10 and only miss the Cowboys. And, mdlusk is the only one in the top six overall who picked the Cowboys.
Muted congratulations to illcowboy and Jebediah Flibberbrush for topping both the overall (47) and the weekly (9-for-10). NOTE - Sorry, I forgot to include illcowboy in my original post. It's fixed now - END NOTE
We welcomed four new players this week. Here's our weekly participation table:
Most of the rest of us are loyal Cowboys fans. As you will see in the table below, almost 80% of us picked the Cowboys last week (63 out of 80). However, that wasn't the biggest "gotcha" this week. The biggest gotcha was the Saints-Bucs game. Almost everyone (75 out of 80) selected this game, and almost all of them (73 out of 75) picked the Saints.
We also had our first non-Cowboys game to go all unanimous - everyone who entered included that game, and everyone picked the same team. All seventy-nine picked Green Bay over the Rams. This almost happened again, as seventy-eight of us picked the Steelers over the Jaguars (no, the other person didn't pick Jacksonville; he just didn't include that game in his picks).
Our cumulative wasn't actually that bad. We had eight solid winners, four solid losers, and one close game (narrow win). Here's the full table with our selections in each game:
|Week #5 Results (Home in CAPS)|
|Win||Winners (we're great)||Lose|
|79||GREEN BAY||St. Louis||0|
|72||NEW YORK JETS||Miami||2|
|Win||Losers (we're bleep)||Lose|
|2||TAMPA BAY||New Orleans||73|
|8||NEW YORK GIANTS||Buffalo||35|
|Win||Pretty Even (we're indifferent)||Lose|
Finally, here are the leaders. Again, note the separation beginning to creep in. For example, I lost three places to the overall leaders last week by scoring only 4-for-10; I lost three more spots this week with my 6-for-10. Now, I'm nine back instead of three back. I did predict that these bye weeks would be tougher and would do some weeding out (not as many games to cherry pick). So far, I have been right.
As we drop more and more behind, we look to play hunches - to get one right that no one else picks. It's sort-of like a trailing team that gets aggressive and takes risks trying to get back into the game. My four misses were "expected to win" Cowboys and Saints and "upset specials" Panthers and Vikings.
Enough rambling from me. KD will have more to add in his next contest piece. When he posts it, I will link to it.
Here are the top scores from week #6 and the top overall leaders:
|TARHEEL PAUL||9||Pnut Gallery||44|
|KD Drummond||8||Hookem Up||43|
|ziggy 19||8||neon greon||42|
|Pnut Gallery||7||TARHEEL PAUL||38|
|Portland's Cowboy fan||7||tsylvest||38|
| *** 26 others had ***
| *** 3 others had ***
| *** 2 others had ***
||4||Portland's Cowboy fan||36|