Well, here we go. Another season of 10-for-10, and another record for participation.
Last year opened with 222 participants, our first time to ever break 100. This week saw 242; all 242 picked the Cowboys over the Giants; and, the Cowboys won. It was a good week.
In last year's Week #1 Update, I mentioned some things that would help me keep score for KD:
- copy/paste all sixteen games - in order - into your comment box (not the subject line)
- make your selections bold (easiest way - use *asterisks* - *like this*, with no spaces before/after your selection)
- after you make all selections for your ten games, then remove the extra 3-6 games
- USE PREVIEW to make sure that everything you wish to select is marked correctly
- submit; review and fix during your ninety second edit window
If you see a mistake, and it's correctable, please reply to your comment with what needs to be fixed. There were three this week that only had nine entries counted, because they had problems with their other entry (one didn't bold; one made the entire line bold; and one only entered nine games). Each got a reply to his entry, with a plea to get back and fix it before it was too late. None of them did.
All in all, this was a great week to score, with very few formatting issues at all. Last year, there were many who didn't pick the Cowboys game. This year, everyone picked the Cowboys game, and most formatted correctly.
This year, there were not only many new 10-for-10 players, but there were an incredible number of first time BTB participants where their entry was their first comment. I have gone back into KD's contest page and rec'd and replied to everyone that I could confirm was a newbie. I know, his page is a dead thread now because everyone is focused on his report and KD's new week #2 page. But, please go back onto his page and rec and welcome all of these to BTB:
mbraunginn, MUTTS, bwo07a, Longdistance fan, Jmar17, AnderJ86, iidacii, melman88, Seatown7, Kire_V, TwoBitWhackJob, suddendeath88, Jacksmyname, kinkyslinky, Doc_J, Psycho Star, Danieltaylor54, and blakkswann.
No one scored a perfect 10-for-10 this week, although eleven came close. One, ginge159, made it all the way through Sunday night at 8-for-8, but (like all but four people) picked the Redskins in his ninth game.
The first week is often the hardest to pick, because we still think of teams as they were constructed last year. For example, New Orleans was a strong team in 2012. However, after Bountygate, they began the year without their head coach, defensive coordinator, and suspended players. Yet, we still picked them overwhelmingly to win their first three games (they lost all three).
This week, we did fairly well - picking eleven winners (majority/consensus) and picking five losers. Most of our winners were by overwhelming majorities, so our scores were good. However, four of our losers were also overwhelming as well. I fell for two of those trap games myself.
- Cincinnati-Chicago - all we heard all pre-season is that the Bengals were on the way up this year and were taking a step to the next level; we also heard that the Bears were in disarray with all the changes that had been made - I fell for that one and took Cincinnati
- New York Jets-Tampa Bay - this was the "easiest" game to pick - "whoever is playing the Jets" - I fell for this one
- Tennessee-Pittsburgh - it may not bring closure for Dan Pastorini, Earl Campbell, or Bum Phillips, but it was good to see the
OilersTitans win in Pittsburgh; I actually got this one right, and do not feel that this is an upset (however, most of you...)
- Philadelphia-Washington - let's see, gimmick offense on one side and rusty quarterback on the other; you overwhelmingly picked the reigning division champions; I stayed away from this one
You won't get all the tables in week #1, because many of them build across the season, but let me share some with you now.
Here's how we did in all sixteen games:
|Week #1 Results (Home in CAPS)|
|Win||Winners (we're great)||Lose|
|242||DALLAS||New York Giants||0|
|68||SAN FRANCISCO||Green Bay||7|
|Win||Losers (we're bleep)||Lose|
|4||NEW YORK JETS||Tampa Bay||191|
|Win||Pretty Even (we're indifferent)||Lose|
Last year, I began tracking our 10-for-10 consensus and comparing our "picks" in each game against the Front Page Writers. "They" narrowly defeated "us" last year, finishing three games ahead on all 256 picks (168-88 to 165-91).
We are tied this year after week #1 at 11-5 each.
Here are the top scores after week #1 (KD is listing them all). Note how tightly packed the scoreboard is. There are only four points separating the best and worst scores this week.
|All Scores This Week|
|Week #1||Score||Week #1||Score||Week #1||Score||Week #1||Score|
|9_to_88 all day||9||mdlusk||8||BoydNation||7||kjohney||7|
|BigHat in NewTexas||9||mikemc68||8||calmyron||7||Longdistance fan||7|
|BoyfromOz||9||MosesArt||8||CarloRue||7||Luc in Chile||7|
|ginge159||9||mwcowboy||8||Cowboy Joe||7||Matt Buresh||7|
|I am Ironman!!!||9||NCHeelsBoysFan||8||cowboyhuck||7||melman88||7|
|Mikhaili||9||Oh Hai Doggy||8||cowboyswin||7||MSM33||7|
|Trent Schoneweis||9||One.Cool.Customer||8||cproctor6||7||neon greon||7|
|Aggie Man||8||Portland's Cowboy fan||8||damnarab2||7||nicomachus||7|
|Allan Uy||8||Realist Larry||8||dcfnlv||7||Nord15||7|
|CDMac24||8||skinny post||8||Farrah's Daddy||7||Rummob||7|
|Dalai Luke||8||Useful_Idiot_||8||jakezze01||7||Tallgrass Prairie||7|
|HonorTheStar||8||illcowboy||7||JJ for President||7||Through Thick And Thin||7|
|Jebediah Flibberbrush||8||Alpha||7||Johnny Cage||7||VictoryorDeath||7|
|Kansas Cowboy||8||bcomets||7||Junkyard Dog||7||westmodelmarket||7|
|letsgtld||8||BigBad Joe||7||kelub||7||ziggy 19||7|
|LoboTX||8||BishopWest||7||kethry1313||7||45 tied with||6|
|Max2||8||bookiebuster||7||kinkyslinky||7||7 tied with||5|
Finally, after hearing the grumbling this week, I have taken liberty to remodel KD's 10-for-10 Hall of Fame. Everyone who has scored 10-for-10 is a member. I have added one wing to all for an extra layer of recognitions. I almost named the wings after the levels of graduation diplomas - degree, degree cum laude (with honors), degree magna cum laude (with high honors), and degree summa cum laude (with highest honors).
I didn't do that, but here is a remodeled Hall of Fame. The Wing of Champions is still for multi-week achievements (overall season champions and Playoff 10-for-10s). There is a new Wing of Achievement to recognize three or more 10-for-10s, and the Wing of Honors recognizes those that have scored at least two 10-for-10s. Everyone else who has one is included, as "member" (note - I am still not there; I have to buy a ticket to gain admission).
Here is the newly configured KDP 10-for-10 Hall of Fame:
|KDP's 10-for-10 HALL OF FAME|
|Member||Wing of Champions||Member||Wing of Champions|
|BishopWest||2010 Regular Season Overall Champion||Mikellie||2011 Perfect Playoffs - 7-for-7|
|Jebediah Flibberbrush||2011 Regular Season Overall Champion||CowboyBaby||2012 Regular Season Overall Champion|
|Member||Wing of Achievement||Member||Wing of Achievement|
|@Tonekupone||Three-time 10-for-10||Hookem Up||Three-time 10-for-10|
|ChrisMan||Three-time 10-for-10||Portland's Cowboy fan||Three-time 10-for-10|
|Member||Wing of Honor||Member||Wing of Honor|
|Aggie Man||Two-time 10-for-10||j-man||Two-time 10-for-10|
|behind.enemylines||Two-time 10-for-10||jstaubach||Two-time 10-for-10|
|Ben24626||Two-time 10-for-10||mdlusk||Two-time 10-for-10|
|BishopWest||Two-time 10-for-10||Nord15||Two-time 10-for-10|
|boys.camncrew||Two-time 10-for-10||Rex Pfister||Two-time 10-for-10|
|cproctor6||Two-time 10-for-10||True Blue-liever||Two-time 10-for-10|
|HLCJ69||Two-time 10-for-10||wittenfan||Two-time 10-for-10|
|Against the Wall-24||CDMac24||ginge159||Johnny Cage||revellyre||Tuna Helper|
|Antonio S||cjbrit||I am Ironman!!!||KD Drummond||Scurrah Jurrah||Unique|
|Archie Barberio||Cowboy Joe||ibleedcowboyblue||krikaley||skinny post||WA_Cowboy|
|boyman||eastbeast||Jebediah Flibberbrush||oldboysfan||Timmy G|
KD listed in his week #1 contest page everyone who had ever scored 10-for-10, sorted by name. Let me give you the same information, but sorted by date. Note the meteoric rise in perfect scores, as more people play and as they play more skillfully.
|Every 10-for-10 (sorted chronologically)|
|Member||10-for-10 (Year-Wk)||Member||10-for-10 (Year-Wk)||Member||10-for-10 (Year-Wk)|
|I am Ironman!!!||2011-02||cproctor6||2012-07||cjbrit||2012-11|
|Cowboys_Attack||2011-12||Portland's Cowboy fan||2012-07||JDobermans||2012-11|
|demarcus94||2011-12||TARHEEL PAUL||2012-07||Johnny Cage||2012-11|
|Hookem Up||2011-12||True Blue-liever||2012-07||MSM33||2012-11|
|mdlusk||2011-12||behind.enemylines||2012-09||Portland's Cowboy fan||2012-11|
|Portland's Cowboy fan||2011-12||ChrisMan||2012-09||revellyre||2012-11|
|Tuna Helper||2011-12||Rex Pfister||2012-09||Rex Pfister||2012-11|
|boyman||2012-01||Against the Wall-24||2012-11||skinny post||2012-11|
|j-man||2012-04||Aggie Man||2012-11||SoCal Cowboys||2012-11|
|Aaron Burtram||2012-07||behind.enemylines||2012-11||True Blue-liever||2012-11|
|Aggie Man||2012-07||BigBad Joe||2012-11||Uncas||2012-11|
There was only one perfect 10-for-10 in all of 2010. There were 24 in 2011, including two by one player (mdlusk) and one week where the stars aligned and nineteen players scored 10-for-10 in that same week. 2012 had 74 perfect scores, including two record-setting weeks (26 in week #7 and 40 in week #11), and one player (ChrisMan) scoring three 10-for-10s in half a season.
If you count all of them up, the Hall currently has ninety-nine members. I wonder what grand prize KD will have for member #100. My suggestion - an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington and be his guest at the Cowboys-Redskins game at FedEx Field.
I still owe CowboyBaby and all the 2012 participants my recap FanPost. It is in the works, but hasn't happened yet.
KD has finished his Week #2 contest, so there is no need for me to take picks on here this week. Make your week #2 picks here on KD's new page. To everyone who made "Thursday Game Only" picks for this week on the week #1 contest page, fret not. I will make sure that they are counted.