KD, I feel your pain. Twice last season, I carried perfect 9-for-9s into my final game. Both times, I had the Cowboys (vs. Cardinals and Giants). Both times, I was disappointed - by the Cowboys losing, and by missing out on 10-for-10.
This week, KD Drummond was one of three who had survived the early games and was perfect. All he needed was a Cowboys win followed by a 49ers win and he would join his Wing of Honor, only a week after joining his own 10-for-10 Hall of Fame.
For almost a year, mdlusk was the only BTBer who had scored 10-for-10 on two different occasions. Seven joined him last week. He is still the only one to go 10-for-10 twice in the same season, as both of his were in 2011.
KD was about to set history by going 10-for-10 back-to-back. The closest anyone has come to that is 19-for-20. Several did that last season, going 9-for-10 either the week before or after their 10-for-10.
Before I go any farther, I must state for the record (and I already have in recent comments) - I like and admire Mikellie. I like and admire BishopWest. Both have had significant success and presence in KD's 10-for-10 contest. BishopWest was the overall champion in 2010 - the first year of 10-for-10 and before I came on board. He was near the top last year, and has scored 10-for-10 twice. I welcome his presence and assistance, because often, when I am recording picks, I come across something that is wrong (too many picks, too few picks, forgot Cowboys game, picked a game that had kicked off or was completed). Usually, BW has already made a comment about what is wrong. Sometimes, he catches things that I miss, but usually, he catches things before I come along to catch them for myself.
Mikellie accomplished a feat last year that is so remarkable I still gush about it nine months later. KD ran a "playoff version" of 10-for-10 - fewer games, but impossibly difficult. After the wild card weekend was over and the division round matchups were set, the contest began. Pick the four division winners, then pick the conference champions, then pick the Super Bowl champion. Now, this wasn't spread out across a month (pick the division winners one week, pick the conference champions from the division survivors, then pick the Super Bowl champion from the two teams that made the game). No, everyone had to pick all seven winners before the division round began. Most everyone had either New Orleans, Green Bay, San Francisco, or Baltimore winning the Super Bowl. So, those teams' losses messed up their subsequent picks. Mikellie is the only one to get all four division winners right; then with his teams in the conference finals, he picked both winners. He was the only one to even have the Giants in the Super Bowl, and finished a perfect 7-for-7 with their win.
He is also in the new Wing of Champions because that is a more difficult and significant accomplishment than scoring 10-for-10 - like winning a season-long contest.
You probably noticed the back-and-forth sniping this week between the two as many (38 out of 137) picked the Giants to beat the Cowboys. They clearly outlined the two "sides" of Cowboys fans picking games. On the one hand, we are all trying to score as many wins as possible each week, so we pick the team that we think will win each game. On the other hand, we're Cowboys fans and we hope and desire each week to see a Cowboys' victory.
So, when those two perspectives come together - Cowboys fans admitted that they pulled for the Cowboys to win, but picked the Giants in 10-for-10 because they thought that the Giants would win the game - Mikellie was quick to reply "TRAITOR" to every poster who picked the Giants. BishopWest replied, "No traitor here: The object is to pick who you THINK will win, not who you WANT to win!" Mikellie's response was, "And you don't think we can win?", followed by BishopWest's "I think we can, I just don’t think we will."
This went on, and on, and on - on both my FanPost (early picks) and KD's page (later picks). Other people joined in occasionally with their comments, but by and large, Mikellie and BishopWest carried those two banners.
Who was right? Is a Cowboys fan a traitor for picking them to lose on 10-for-10? Please discuss this in the comments. Last year, I was asked to look up our composite record in Cowboys games. Most of us were 8-8 (picked the Cowboys each week, won eight times and lost eight times). The "best" record was qbfannn (now known as Cowboy Baby). He was 14-2 picking the winners of the Cowboys games. Is that an honor or a shame?
With the Cowboys playing on Sunday night at undefeated Atlanta, we may see more of the same this week. We have never had a majority pick the Cowboys to lose a game on 10-for-10. Could this be the week that it happens? I hope not.
I have been consistent when I have weighed in before on this subject. Going back to the 1960s, when the late Frank Glieber hosted "The Tom Landry Show", each show's final segment was a pick-em contest where Glieber and Landry each made predictions on select games each week. The final game each week was the Cowboys game. Landry and Glieber always picked the Cowboys. I pick the Cowboys each week.
After my heartbreak last year, when the Cowboys failed to win at Arizona in regulation and lost in overtime, I commented then that I would rather go 9-for-10 with the Cowboys losing than go 10-for-10 by picking the Cowboys to lose.
Last week, we had two games that were played by all 137 players. I already told you that 99 picked the Cowboys while 38 picked the Giants. The other game that was played by all 137 players? Jacksonville at Green Bay. Our picks? 137-0 Packers.
My final word on this subject - remembering previous Cowboys games in prime time against undefeated teams (Saints and Colts) - I will be picking the Cowboys to win. I actually picked the Eagles to beat them last week, especially since Andy Reid had never lost after a bye (remember last year when we caught them after their bye), and I thought that the Falcons had been lucky earlier in the year and were due for a loss.
Let the Eagles' failure (and may their meltdown continue) become the Cowboys' success. Cowboys will win in Atlanta!
End commentary, begin reports:
We had the same number play this week, stopping the trend of fewer participants each each. We continued to add at least one new player each week.
|Week||Played This Week||Missed This Week||Total|
We fell behind the Front Page Writers in the head-to-head competition between their consensus picks and ours. We were one down to them and fell back two more games as they went 10-4 and we only went 8-6 with our consensus picks (the majority who played each game). They got three that we missed (Detroit, Miami, and Indianapolis), while our majority got one right that they missed (Atlanta). We were ahead of them earlier in the season, and can rebound this week.
|2012 10-for-10 Consensus vs. Front Page Writers|
|Week||10-for-10 Wins||10-for-10 Losses||Front Page Wins||Front Page Losses|
Here's how that 8-6 record broke down in each game:
|Week #8 Results (Home in CAPS)|
|Win||Winners (we're great)||Lose|
|123||New England||ST. LOUIS||3|
|Win||Losers (we're bleep)||Lose|
|38||New York Giants||DALLAS||99|
|15||Miami||NEW YORK JETS||57|
|Win||Pretty Even (we're indifferent)||Lose|
With no 10-for-10s this week, I nominate KD Drummond as our "player of the week". He and Shakeepuddn were the only two to go 9-for-10 this week. And, KD gained the most ground on the leader, going from four behind to only two.
Congratulations also to D_Carter, a co-leader the past couple of weeks. This week, he is on top alone, extending the bar from 50 to 57. Most everyone this week got either 6 or 7 right. If you got 8 or 9 right, then you gained ground. If you got 6 (like me) or worse, then you dropped back farther into the pack.
One oddity for this week: we have never had anyone go 10-for-10 in a week and fail to return to play the next week. That happened this week, as two of last week's record twenty-six 10-for-10s failed to play this week.
Here are our top scores for the week and the overall leaderboard.
|Top Scores This Week|
|Week #8||Score||Week #8||Score||Overall||Score||Overall||Score|
|Ben24626||8||swanhooch||7||ziggy 19||56||Allan Uy||50|
|CapitalT||8||TK19||7||KD Drummond||55||Bellotti's Mustache||50|
|Through Thick And Thin||8||connor.cmr||6||Against the Wall-24||53||Uncas||50|
|Travlr||8||Cowboy Joe||6||Aggie Man||53||bcg08||49|
|Against the Wall-24||7||DCB*||6||ChrisMan||53||jockmeister||49|
|Allan Uy||7||Frankster_1||6||Jebediah Flibberbrush||53||SoCal Cowboys||49|
|cee-los||7||hookerhome||6||shainyc||53||I am Ironman!!!||48|
|cowboy1966||7||Junkyard Dog||6||alfanti||52||neon greon||48|
|Cuban Cowboy||7||letsgtld||6||Fergie3108||52||BigHat in NewTexas||47|
|jockmeister||7||Realist Larry||6||Through Thick And Thin||52||kethry1313||46|
|mdlusk||7||SoCal Cowboys||6||Wardo83||52||Tuna Helper||46|
If you are too far down on the overall leaderboard to be displayed here, then look for KD's complete leaderboard in his Week #9 post.
If you think I recorded your entries and scores wrong, please make a comment. There are many more participating than last year, and I am busier. Often, I am working on this late at night or early in the morning when I am sleepy and prone to errors.
A week ago, I had inadvertently posted SoCalCowboys picks on the adjacent row (SoCalCowboysFan12). He called me on it, and that got fixed.
j-man displayed true honesty this week when he called me out to say that he thought his score should be one less than I had it. I found the discrepancy and fixed it. So, instead of being one off the lead (my numbers), he is now two off the lead (right numbers).
With all the 10-for-10 posts grouped together in this hub, it has never been easier for you to check your scores or for me to research and fix mistakes.
Last week, I had almost as many picks on my FanPost as KD did on his contest page. So, I will continue to offer to take Thursday Game Only and 10-for-10 picks on this FanPost. I do apologize, though, that I hadn't realized that the Patriots and Rams were playing in London, not St. Louis. I would have prepared my game list differently (New England vs. ST. LOUIS in London, instead of New England at ST. LOUIS).
Here's how we have done so far this season picking individual teams. The first letter is our consensus prediction. The second letter is the actual result. So, WW is good (we picked a team to win; it won); LL is good (we picked a team to lose; it lost). The other two (WL and LW) are not so good.
|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||WL||5||3|
|New York Giants||LL||WW||LW||WL||WW||LW||WW||LW||4||4|
Here's the lineup for Week #9 (fourteen games, four teams have byes):
Kansas City at SAN DIEGO
Denver at CINCINNATI
Baltimore at CLEVELAND
Arizona at GREEN BAY
Buffalo at HOUSTON
Miami at INDIANAPOLIS
Detroit at JACKSONVILLE
Chicago at TENNESSEE
Carolina at WASHINGTON
Tampa Bay at OAKLAND
Minnesota at SEATTLE
Pittsburgh at NEW YORK GIANTS
Dallas at ATLANTA (mandatory; must include)
Philadelphia at NEW ORLEANS