Welcome to Topsy-Turvy world. A week after bemoaning our worst week ever (only four right in fourteen games), the tables were turned. We had our best picking week ever - twelve right and only one wrong. The one wrong knocked almost half of the field out of 10-for-10 contention (67 missed that game out of 137 who played 10-for-10).
Last year, we had two different weeks where we got fourteen right out of sixteen. The first of those weeks produced our first multiple 10-for-10s, as three went 10-for-10 in the same week. The other 14-2 week came during our record-setting week #12, when nineteen went 10-for-10 in the same week.
This week shattered that record - a record that I thought was as safe as Johnny Unitas' record for consecutive games with a touchdown pass or Lou Gehrig's record for consecutive games played. Here are records that were set this weekend:
- Best record in a week: 13-1 (.928); old record 14-2 (.875)
- Most 10-for-10s in a week: 26; old record, 19
- Most 9-for-10s in a week: 57; old record, 34
Last year, the Hall of Fame had six members who had each completed one 10-for-10 when week #12 happened, and nineteen joined the six. One of those, mdlusk, has the distinction of being the first to complete two perfect 10-for-10s. Like a great surfer, he rode the waves of those two 14-2 weeks to perfection in each of those weeks. This week, he has company in the Hall. Seven who rode the wave last year and were part of the nineteen were also perfect this week. So, there are now eight who have completed two 10-for-10s. Who will be the first to three?
He will probably be too modest to mention this, but in his third year of creating and running this contest, our own KD Drummond scored his first 10-for-10 and gets enshrined in his own Hall. Congratulations, KD! Well done, my friend.
I've been harping all season about That Guy - either the person who makes a Thursday Game Only pick and fails to return with the other nine; or, the person who submits ten games, but fails to include the Cowboys game (a mandatory pick). We had neither one show up this week - for the first time all season - but we had a different issue this week.
It's been a problem all season with weeknight games beginning each weekend. People are having to get picks in earlier than they wish so they can include Thursday; or, they forget about Thursday until it's too late; or, they forget that a game was played on Thursday and include a completed game in their weekend picks.
We had two this week - one on Friday morning and one on Sunday morning - include San Francisco as the winner of one of their ten games. I replied to each, and graciously offered to let them substitute another game as I could not include a completed game as one of their picks. One took my offer and chose a different game. In true poetic justice, his sub game lost. The other - a perfect 9-for-9 - is not in the Hall of Fame, and receives no recognition or congratulations.
I messed up this week, not in scorekeeping, but in judgment. I owe an apology to all on KD's 10-for-10 contest, and especially to Rex Pfister and California805Cowboy. On Thursday night, I was involved in an out-of-town concert and had a hectic Friday. It was Friday night before I finished tallying all of the entries on my FanPost and then turned attention to KD's page.
I noticed that Rex's time-stamp was at 7:40 PM CDT (ten minutes after kickoff), but he included Seattle-SF as one of his games. I pointed out that he was late in submitting that game. My error in judgment was telling him that I would accept it, since the game had just started and trends were not established.
Even though it was Friday night (more than twenty-four hours after his post), I should have offered Rex a chance to sub another game and tell him then that this one was rejected.
What's ten minutes? After I finished tallying all the entries on my FanPost, I turned my attention to KD's page. There, I found the same thing, by California805Cowboy, but this one was time-stamped 8:15 CDT (forty-five minutes after kickoff). If I had seen this one first, there is no question that I would have told him, "Sorry, you can't include this game. It's already begun, and is in the second quarter. Pick another game."
But, I didn't. I felt bad drawing a line and accepting Rex's slightly late pick and rejecting 805's later pick. So, I accepted his pick as well. The only ones I rejected were the ones that came in after the game was completed.
I had talked about it with KD, and his preference was to not count the games, but he would support whatever I decided. I prepared to let them stand when BishopWest asked a probing question that cut to the chase? "So, is it OK now to include games forty-five minutes after kickoff?" My weak reply, "Not really." I told him I would talk to KD.
This time, it was easier to do what was right. He agreed to come on and overrule my calls on those picks. And, that was the right call. Again, I'm sorry that I didn't make that call on Friday night.
I will accept picks again this week on my FanPost, but I will try to make clear which games are in play and when they are not. If a game has kicked off when your picks are time stamped, then that game will not be counted. Period!
With little commentary, here are my weekly tables and reports.
Our season-long trends continue. Each week has had at least one new player, and each week has had fewer participants than the previous weeks.
|Week||Played This Week||Missed This Week||Total|
Half of the 9-for-10s this week missed out on perfection because of Tennessee's last-second touchdown at Buffalo. That was the only game our consensus got wrong this week. Most were not close. The nearest game to even on our preferences was Pittsburgh at Cincinnati, and a slight majority picked Pittsburgh.
On paper, most of these games looked like tossups. Or, we wondered which team would show up in a game (some teams look unbeatable one week and then get dominated themselves another week). Most of us guessed right in most of these games. Enjoy this look at how we did:
|Week #7 Results (Home in CAPS)|
|Win||Winners (we're great)||Lose|
|129||Green Bay||St. Louis||1|
|129||NEW ENGLAND||New York Jets||1|
|91||NEW YORK GIANTS||Washington||15|
|82||New Orleans||TAMPA BAY||17|
|Win||Losers (we're bleep)||Lose|
|Win||Pretty Even (we're indifferent)||Lose|
One more look - enjoy this one, too, and see if we moved back ahead of the Front Page Writers. [Edit - I looked. They also went 12-1 (same exact picks as we did), and are still one ahead of us, at 64-40.]
|2012 Consensus Scoreboard|
I guess this new table helped us know how to better games based on each team's actual performance and not our perception of their strength. Lots of WWs and LLs this week. It's going to be hard to improve on this one:
|Picks/Results for Each Team/Each Week|
|Team||Wk 1||Wk 2||Wk 3||Wk 4||Wk 5||Wk 6||Wk 7||Wk 8||Wk 9||Wk 10||Wk 11||Wk 12||Wk 13||Wk 14||Wk 15||Wk 16||Wk 17||W||L|
|New York Jets||LW||LL||WW||LL||LL||LW||LL||5||2|
|New York Giants||LL||WW||LW||WL||WW||LW||WW||4||3|
Last week, I included all the 5-for-10s and 4-for-10s in my Best of Week #6 table. Otherwise, there would have only been nine people listed. This week, only one person finished 5-for-10, and that was the cellar-dwellar. Everyone else was better.
With record-setting 10-for-10s and 9-for-10s, I am listing everyone with those scores. In the overall, I'm going down as far as I can to keep the table symmetrical. If your name isn't listed in the overall list, then you're probably farther down. KD lists the complete overall leaderboard each week, and he will include you.
Since two of the overall leaders scored 10-for-10, everyone who didn't score 10-for-10 lost ground. It's not bad, though. I was T-7th last week, tied with a bunch of people, and two off the lead. This week, I "dropped" to T-8th, tied with fewer people, and now three off the lead.
Congratulations to all this week.
[Edit - I inadvertantly counted this week's SoCal Cowboys picks as if they belonged to SoCalCowboysFan12. The following table has been edited to fix my mistake. Apologies.]
|Top Scores This Week|
|Week #6||Score||Week #6||Score||Overall||Score||Overall||Score|
|Ben24626||10||hookerhome||9||ziggy 19||48||TARHEEL PAUL||45|
|boys.camncrew||10||I am Ironman!!!||9||CowboyBaby||48||Timmy G||45|
|Hookem Up||10||Jebediah Flibberbrush||9||hookerhome||47||boys.camncrew||44|
|KD Drummond||10||Lajitas Lava||9||slowmotion80||47||MSM33||44|
|Nord15||10||Max2||9||Against the Wall-24||46||Pasipple||44|
|Portland's Cowboy fan||10||mehrans9||9||Aggie Man||46||Rex Pfister||44|
|TARHEEL PAUL||10||neon greon||9||boyman||46||Specific||44|
|True Blue-liever||10||Panzer84||9||cproctor6||46||Through Thick And Thin||44|
|WA_Cowboy||10||Pnut Gallery||9||Jebediah Flibberbrush||46||Uncas||44|
|Against the Wall-24||9||Rohpuri||9||letsgtld||46||Aaron Burtram||43|
|Antonio S||9||Shakeepuddn||9||mdlusk||46||Allan Uy||43|
|Benthere||9||skinny post||9||milehightexan||46||Bellotti's Mustache||43|
|BigBad Joe||9||Tennessee Jed||9||mushpuppy||46||CapitalT||43|
|Cowboy Joe||9||tsylvest||9||shainyc||46||Hookem Up||43|
|cowboy1966||9||Tuna Helper||9||Travlr||46||I am Ironman!!!||43|
|cowdog||9||ziggy 19||9||Antonio S||45||SoCal Cowboys||43|
|EchoEcho||9||34 tied with||8||BigBad Joe||45||Switters023||43|
|Fergie3108||9||14 tied with||7||CowboyinExile||45||tsylvest||43|
|FuriousDman||9||5 tied with||6||cowdog||45||9 tied for 85th||42|
|Gabby||9||1 alone with||5||HALIFAXPACOWBOY||45||3 tied for 94th||41|
|ginge159||9||HLCJ69||45||6 tied for 97th||40|
Almost half of last week's entrants made their picks on my FanPost, so I will continue to take 10-for-10 picks on here as well as Thursday Game Only picks. I will enforce these time-stamps on accepting entries, since I am not always at my computer AND at a television watching games kick off:
- Thursday night - these games are listed as 7:20 PM (CDT) kickoff; however, I haven't seen one yet start before 7:30. I will accept anything that shows up time-stamped by 7:30 PM on Thursday night.
- Sunday early - these games invariably kick off between two and three minutes past the hour. I will continue ask you to time-stamp them by 12:00 noon (CDT), with no grace past 12:03.
- Later games - this only comes into play when the Cowboys play late, since you must include the Cowboys. If you miss the Sunday early games, you can still play the late games this week. However, this week, there are only four later games. Each network only has one game - CBS at 3:05 PM, FOX (Cowboys) at 3:25 PM, NBC at 7:20 PM, and ESPN on Monday at 7:30 PM.
Looking ahead, next weekend ends Daylight Saving Time in most of the United States. So, if you move your clocks on November 4, games will start at the "same" clock hour. If you do not adjust for US DST (or some similar "summer time") next weekend, then please note that all games will actually begin one hour later for you (beginning on November 4).
If you make picks on my FanPost, please format correctly. Everyone (including mobile users) should be able to pick a winner by marking their selection with asterisks before and after the pick (no spaces). For example, to pick the Cowboys, mark the line like this:
New York Giants at *DALLAS*
If you want to follow the lead of all the week #1 losers, and pick the Giants, then mark your line like this:
*New York Giants* at DALLAS
Through Thick and Thin, I'm calling you out. The past two weeks your excuse was that you were overseas and couldn't format correctly. Unless you are someplace where you cannot type an asterisk, you should be able to do this.
Tampa Bay at MINNESOTA
Carolina at CHICAGO
San Diego at CLEVELAND
Seattle at DETROIT
Jacksonville at GREEN BAY
Miami at NEW YORK JETS
Atlanta at PHILADELPHIA
Washington at PITTSBURGH
New England at ST. LOUIS
Indianapolis at TENNESSEE
Oakland at KANSAS CITY
New York Giants at DALLAS (mandatory; must include)
New Orleans at DENVER
San Francisco at ARIZONA
There are four teams with byes this week, so there are fourteen games. Please pick ten (or Thursday Game Only) and delete the games that you are not including. Please also delete the headings. Only include your picks.