Fifty-eight new Hall of Fame members this week, a new record!
That would have been the open had the Cowboys been able to run just a few more seconds off the clock and beat the Lions. Instead, I have to grit my teeth and congratulate six perfect scores - picks which included the Lions' win over the Cowboys. Grr. They should be the ones regretting their 9-for-10s because they picked Detroit.
This week, twelve picked the Lions. Six went 10-for-10, and the other six went 9-for-10. Congratulations will come later, although I am personally more proud of the fifty-eight who went 9-for-10 with their only loss - Cowboys.
In our first week with only thirteen games, we had heavy action on ten of the games, and lighter action on the other three. In fact, forty-four of us (almost 25% of this week's players) picked EXACTLY those ten games. Thirty-eight picked the Cowboys; six picked the Lions; and the other nine were picked identically by all - Car-KC-SF-NE-NO-Cin-Den-GB-Sea.
We had six new players this week, but many missed out (early kickoff got some again?). We had 195 participants this week; 193 played 10-for-10, one made a Thursday-Only pick and failed to return; and, one failed to include the Cowboys game in his ten (only the other nine got counted). And, a couple of other players didn't accurately mark their entries, so they only got credit for what was clearly marked (one only had eight counted, and the other nine).
Here is the participation table:
|Week||Played This Week||Missed This Week||Total|
Again, our individual scores are great as most of us played the same ten games and got nine right (plus the Cowboys). The other three had much less interest, which is a good thing because we missed all three. In our nine victories, we were an astounding 1527-14. So, if you played those nine games, there was at least a 99% probability that you got all nine right.
The other three? There were only 203 picks for the combined three games (average of a little over one per participant), and most of those came from those who didn't get in the Thursday game.
Here are our results this week:
|Week #8 Results (Home in CAPS)|
|Win||Winners (we're great)||Lose|
|130||CINCINNATI||New York Jets||4|
|Win||Losers (we're bleep)||Lose|
|14||New York Giants||PHILADELPHIA||46|
We are still perfect picking Jacksonville each week. Eight times we have picked them to lose, and they have lost eight times. Everyone else we have missed at least once. At the bottom of the table are the teams that we are the worst at picking. With our "correct" pick of Miami this week (picked to lose, lost), we have now gotten every team right at least twice this year.
Here's a look at how we have picked each team, each week (first letter - our pick; second letter - actual result):
|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 Giants||LL||LL||WL||LL||LL||LL||WW||LW||6||2|
|New York Jets||LW||LL||LW||LL||LW||WL||LW||LL||3||5|
For the fourth week in a row, we maintain a lead the Front Page Writers. Each week, One.Cool.Customer hosts a pick-em page where all the FPWs offer picks in every game for the week. I track their consensus picks for each game and compare it to our consensus for each game. This week, our preferences, for the third week in a row, were identical to their consensus picks in all thirteen games. So, we maintain our two game lead another week.
Here is that updated table:
|2013 10-for-10 Consensus vs. Front Page Writers|
|Week||10-for-10 Wins||10-for-10 Losses||Front Page Wins||Front Page Losses|
This was our first week with six teams having a bye and only thirteen games being played. From the first picks on my last FanPost to the early picks on KD's contest page, it was obvious that something was up. Several of you posted comments saying that there could be a huge number of 10-for-10s this past week.
It was very easy to tabulate your entries this week. It seemed that almost all were identical. Thirty-eight of you were identical, as you had these ten games and these ten winners: Car-Dal-SF-KC-NE-NO-Cin-Den-GB-Sea. Six more of you had the Lions, but had the other nine picks alike.
As a consensus, we got those nine games right. So, if the Cowboys had held on at the end, there would have been thirty-eight identical 10-for-10 entries (with Cowboys) instead of six (with Lions).
Almost no one paid any attention to the other three games until after the Thursday night game kicked off. It's just as well, as our consensus got all three lightly-picked games wrong.
I mentioned at the beginning of the article that I hate to recognize 10-for-10s on weeks that the Cowboys lose, because that means the perfect score includes picking the Cowboys to lose. I will never go 10-for-10 in a week that the Cowboys lose. Of course, I have yet to score my first 10-for-10 anyway.
Though it may be begrudging, I do need to offer congratulations to the six perfect scores this week. Three - nicomachus, nikeorlipstick, and Tennessee_Jed are new inductees into KD's Hall of Fame as this week marks their first 10-for-10. Making it for the second time is revellyre. And, two are in the lofty heights as three-time perfectionists - Aggie Man and jstaubach (the charter member of the Hall, as he was the first to ever go 10-for-10).
In this FanPost, I am only listing the six 10-for-10s and the sixty-four 9-for-10s. Our overall leader was one of the 9-for-10s. So, if you are not listed, then you lost ground this week. Why so many 9-for-10s? Well, the aforementioned thirty-eight that had the nine winners plus the Cowboys are all there. There were twelve total who picked the Lions. The other six (not the 10-for-10s) all missed one game (four of them picked the Eagles - which is its own reward) and are part of this group. Twenty others had slightly different picks, but also only missed the Cowboys.
Congratulations to lsttexas for holding onto the lead for a fifth consecutive week. However, his lead has been cut to one, and others are gaining ground as well.
Here are the top scores this week, and the top scores on the overall leaderboard.
|Top Scores Through Week #8|
|This Week||Score||This Week||Score||2013 Overall||Score||2013 Overall||Score|
|jstaubach||10||mikemc68||9||Aggie Man||62||BigBad Joe||56|
|Bertangalo||9||Realist Larry||9||Realist Larry||60||ginge159||56|
|CarloRue||9||since '66||9||Max2||59||I am Ironman!!!||56|
|CowboyNeal||9||swanhooch||9||BigHat in NewTexas||58||Sean N||56|
|Dalai Luke||9||TARHEEL PAUL||9||HonorTheStar||58||Antonio S||55|
|DCB*||9||The Big Jim||9||Hookem Up||58||bcomets||55|
|Farrah's Daddy||9||TheDemolitionDan||9||Jebediah Flibberbrush||58||Canadian Cowboy_74||55|
|Gabby||9||Through Thick And Thin||9||Lajitas Lava||58||CDMac24||55|
|IRONRAVEN||9||Witten mittens||9||Through Thick And Thin||58||letsgtld||55|
|Johnny Cage||9||92 tied with||8||illcowboy||57||mushpuppy||55|
|KD Drummond||9||27 tied with||7||KD Drummond||57||Panzer84||55|
|Kegbearer||9||3 tied with||6||Mikellie||57||Portland's Cowboy fan||55|
|kethry1313||9||2 tied with||5||nikeorlipstick||57||Sandmann||55|
|Max2||9||wittenfan||57||18 tied with||54|
Last week, I began to list a comparison of our scores to previous years. Again, I don't have access to KD's 2010 records, but I can provide that comparison to 2011 and 2012. However, the different bye schedules, and the different week-to-week difficulties make a direct comparison fairly difficult.
Because of the way I maintain my records, it would be very time consuming to recreate 2011 and 2012 leaderboards after week #8. Rather than do that, I will name some of the top scores here, and give the links to my FanPosts from those weeks, so you can see my tables from 2011 - Week #8 and 2012 - Week #8.
Top scores after week #8 in 2011:
- 62 - qbfannn (CowboyBaby)
- 61 - Jebediah Flibberbrush
- 60 - illcowboy
- 58 - BishopWest
Top scores after week #8 in 2012:
- 57 - D_Carter
- 56 - BishopWest, CowboyBaby, ziggy 19
- 55 - illcowboy, j-man, KD Drummond, Tennessee_Jed
I have begun posting two weeks' worth of schedules each week. That way - like this week - you won't have to wait for my FanPost or KD's new page to make the next week's picks.
This week, I am very late with this FanPost, and many of you took advantage to post week #9 early picks on the previous FanPost. I am leaving the picks on here, but I do ask that you make your picks on KD's page, and your comments for me on here.
If you wish to make early picks on here for either weeks #9 or #10, I ask you honor these guidelines:
- Put what you are picking in the subject line (Week #9 - Thursday, Week #10, etc.). That will help me tremendously.
- Make your winners bold. The easiest way is to use asterisks before and after your selection. For example, Chicago at *GREEN BAY* will look like Chicago at GREEN BAY; or, *Chicago* at GREEN BAY will look like Chicago at TAMPA BAY.
- Be sure to pick the Cowboys game. This is mandatory.
- Once you have made your ten selections, please delete the other games. That makes my life easier when I am tabulating close to two hundred picks each week.
- Please don't pick the Thursday night game after it has kicked off (or, worse, include it in picks that you post on Saturday or Sunday morning).
- When KD puts up his new contest page, please stop posting picks on here and post them on KD's page. It is easier on me if only one page is actively posting picks. I will still monitor both pages and will record your picks, wherever they are posted.
WEEK #9 (only thirteen games):
Thursday, October 31:
Cincinnati at MIAMI
Sunday, November 3:
Kansas City at BUFFALO
Atlanta at CAROLINA
Minnesota at DALLAS (mandatory; must include)
New Orleans at NEW YORK JETS
Tennessee at ST. LOUIS
San Diego at WASHINGTON
Philadelphia at OAKLAND
Tampa Bay at SEATTLE
Baltimore at CLEVELAND
Pittsburgh at NEW ENGLAND
Indianapolis at HOUSTON
Monday, November 4
Chicago at GREEN BAY
If you wish to make early picks on any or all week #10 games, here is that list:
WEEK #10 (only fourteen games):
Thursday, November 7:
Washington at MINNESOTA
Sunday, November 10:
Seattle at ATLANTA
Cincinnati at BALTIMORE
Detroit at CHICAGO
Philadelphia at GREEN BAY
St. Louis at INDIANAPOLIS
Oakland at NEW YORK GIANTS
Buffalo at PITTSBURGH
Jackonville at TENNESSEE
Carolina at SAN FRANCISCO
Houston at ARIZONA
Denver at SAN DIEGO
Dallas at NEW ORLEANS (mandatory; must include)
Monday, November 11
Miami at TAMPA BAY