This has been a crazy season thus far. One only needs to look at the fact that we've still yet to crown a perfect 10 for 10 for the 2013 season; the longest drought since the contest's inception back in 2010 in the FanPost section. In the contest's infancy, we regularly had between 15-25 people playing each week, and the contest made it all the way until Week 11 before member jstaubach became the first player to achieve perfection.
I haven't told the story of how 10 for 10 came about in a while, so here goes.
Back in 2009, I used to always make one crazy wager that always eluded me. Being addicted to parlays, I would make one bet a week where I would go for the gold. I'd find 10 wagers, whether they be straight up, against the spread, or over/under. Often times, the combination of upsets, favorites and what I considered sure things would create a wager where just risking $10 on 10 picks, could have earned me around $10,000. Suffice to say, I never accomplished that feat, coming close on several occasions and even once having a 9 for 9 go down the drain at the hands of a Monday night over/under.
When Dave, our fearless leader, put out the call for additional front page writers following the 2009 season, I figured I had to to something to stand out from the crowd. I decided to develop this contest, and wrap it up in a Cowboys recap, betting advice and some pics of scantilly eye candy that I knew would ensure a rec or two. Here's a look at a 10-for-10 FanPost from the inaugural campaign. Fun times.
Dave promoted me in December of that year, and the rest, as they say, is history. I went from a tiny contest in the FanPosts (there were a couple of reactions of "who?" in my announcement posts) to interviewing Emmitt Smith and Roger Staubach in the same week, with both calling me by my name like we were old buddies. Insane. KD <3 BTB.
So there you have it, and now, without further ado... let's get back to the contest!
Welcome back to the Webisphere's best Pick'Em Competition, where you have the opportunity to live in internet infamy with just 10 correct picks!
The game is simple enough; look over the NFL schedule of games for the week. Find 10 games, including the mandatory Cowboys contest, and select a winner. Make sure you're entry is in the proper format and hit submit. That's it. Simple, right? Not so fast my friend!
It's more difficult than you think. We've had almost 650 entries over the first three weeks and no one has yet managed to achieve immortality. Now things really get interesting as we get the first of our bye weeks, with two teams taking an early breather.
The contest is two-fold. Every week you attempt to reach perfection with 10 correct picks. This is, by far, the crux of the contest. Part two is that your scores from each week add up for the season-long contest, which was won by CowboyBaby last season, and JebediahFlibberbrush and BishopWest the first two years of the contest. There can only be one season-long champion, but each week is a chance at infamy!
Here's a look at the hallowed 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|
HOOKERHOME IS THE MAN!
Let me take this opportunity to once again thank the guy that has allowed this contest to continue to move forward as my duties have grown over the three years on the front page. BTB member "hookerhome" has been a Godsend to the contest. He's the one keeping track of all the entries every week and then scoring the results and coming up with awesome trend analysis that gives us a great overview on how we see things in the NFL landscape.
Check out his must-read summary from Week 4 here. Also, in case you ever have something that keeps you from the computer late in the week, you can get a jump on the contest in his weekly update post, which normally goes up Tuesday or Wednesday.
Newcomers can win 10 for 10 any single week, and there's still a chance to make gains on the leaders! Get in on it!
1 - YOU MUST PREDICT A WINNER OF THE DALLAS COWBOYS GAME IN YOUR TEN PICKS. If you leave off the Cowboys game, then only nine other games get counted, and the Cowboys game is scored as "wrong", no matter who wins.
2 - You must pick ONLY 10 games. If you pick more than 10, I will score the first nine plus the Cowboys game. If you pick fewer than 10, then you need more fingers to count on; all non-picks will be scored as wrong.
3 - You must make your entry as a comment, not as a reply to another comment. I will only go down the left margin when scoring. Anything indented will get no love here, playa.
4 - You must include the entire matchup in your entry. Simply BOLD the team in the matchup you are picking to win. No lists of only the winners you pick. If you want me to take the time to score your entry, take the time to format it correctly. It's easy, just copy and paste all the matchups from the post, then highlight your pick for each game and hit the B button. Oh, please do me and hookerhome a favor - leave the games in the same order, and delete the extra games that you are not picking (leave just the ten that you want scored). It makes tabulation much easier.
5 - Hit the preview button, because once it's submitted, that's it - there's no turning back.
6 - Picks must be in before the early games of Sunday kickoff in order to try to score 10-for-10. Here are two exceptions:
- If you're including THURSDAY night's game in your picks but not ready to pick Sunday's games, post 'THURSDAY GAME ONLY' in your subject line.
- If you miss the early games kickoff deadline with your picks, you can still submit picks for games that have not kicked off (as long as the Cowboys haven't kicked off). You won't be able to score 10-for-10 without the early games, but that might help you in the overall season-long race.
- Don't forget to look for the "10 For 10" hub on the new front page! You'll always be able to find the latest article or Fan Post there for easy access to get your picks in!
HOME TEAM IN CAPS
(note: If you are posting from a mobile device, you can still bold your winner. Put an asterisk before and after the team you want to bold. For example, *Dallas* or *New England*- with no spaces - will look like Dallas or New England.
|Week #4 Leaderboard|
|I am Ironman!!!||31||Enja||27||ibleedcowboyblue||25||mwcowboy||14|
|BigBad Joe||30||ginge159||27||Joe Ferraiola||25||LJ Longoria94||13|
|hookerhome||30||IRONRAVEN||27||Oh Hai Doggy||25||since '66||13|
|Realist Larry||30||Kansas Cowboy||27||StarloverinWNC||25||American Fan||12|
|beastygaming||29||Max2||27||Vancity Cowboy||25||Luc in Chile||12|
|Rex Pfister||29||nikeorlipstick||27||Jessy S||24||Damnsammit||8|
|swanhooch||29||Pnut Gallery||27||Psycho Star||24||FromtheDarnknessAtMeadowlands||8|
|Travlr||29||Portland's Cowboy fan||27||pugbuddy||24||Hepennypacker||8|
|9_to_88 all day||28||Tennessee_Jed||27||wildtigger2||24||TheBlueBaron||8|
|Antonio S||28||Through Thick And Thin||27||Yellowbeard||24||@Tonekupone||7|
|BigHat in NewTexas||28||Babygirl71||26||Alpha||23||88Deztined46||7|
|EchoEcho||28||Dalai Luke||26||Matt Buresh||22||godspeed.dan||7|
|Jebediah Flibberbrush||28||k@s!||26||T Zig||22||JJ for President||7|
|Wreck'emCowboys||28||traceabides||26||Delirious Nomad||18||Frog Jake||6|
|ziggy 19||28||Trent Schoneweis||26||f the romo haters||18||greatwhitenorth||6|
|1Bullseye||27||VictoryorDeath||26||The Big Jim||18||medina2984||6|
|Canadian Cowboy_74||27||camrin55||25||I'm Jed & I hate the giants||16||lorenzo.avena.5||5|