KD opened his week #10 Contest Page: "On the heels of one of the worst weeks in the contest's history, all look to bounce back for Week 10".
We bounced back - way back - to our second worst week ever (and our second time to miss more games as a consensus than we got right). What was the worst? I linked it last week. Read my report on 2012 Week #6, our worst week ever.
Like that week, our best scores were only 7-for-10. Most everyone missed the same games: Cincinnati (only seven picked the Ravens), Indianapolis (no one picked the Rams), and Tennessee (only three picked the Jaguars). If those weren't enough to kill everyone's scores this week, add these in for good measure: Washington (only fourteen picked the Vikings), San Francisco (twenty-three picked the Panthers), and Miami (twenty-three also picked the Bucs). Oh, how about the Cowboys? Sixty-nine (including all of the 7-for-10s) picked the Saints, while one hundred seven added to the Cowboys' misery with a loss of their own.
We had one new player this week, something that we have done every week this season. We also had our lowest participation - 176 - which dropped our weekly average below 200 for the first time this year (199.2).This is still - by far - the largest 10-for-10 participation. The other two seasons that I have tracked started out smaller than this season and dropped significantly throughout the season.
This year, we began with 242. Three other weeks have had 200+ participants, and three other weeks have been just under 200. Last year, we began with a then-record 222 - our only week above 200. Each week had steadily fewer participants. By week #10, we were down to 130.
I was asked on KD's page in a comment how many had played all ten weeks this season. I named them - all 136 that have played all ten weeks this season (more than the entire total to play in week #10 last year).
Yes, this contest is growing - both in popularity and in staying power. KD and I salute you, the loyal Cowboys fans and members of Blogging the Boys.
Here is the participation table:
|Week||Played This Week||Missed This Week||Total|
As I mentioned in the open, this is our second-worst scoring week as a consensus (6-8 this week; the worst was 2012-06 when we went 4-10). Also, as mentioned above, we had bad losses, and not just the Cowboys to really hurt our individual scores.
Here are our results this week:
|Week #10 Results (Home in CAPS)|
|Win||Winners (we're great)||Lose|
|116||NEW YORK GIANTS||Oakland||9|
|Win||Losers (we're bleep)||Lose|
We lost our last bit of perfection this week, as we had been perfect all season picking Jacksonville - each week we pick them to lose, each week they lost. This week, they broke the pattern and won (one of the games that most of us missed).
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||Bye||WW||7||2|
|New York Jets||LW||LL||LW||LL||LW||WL||LW||LL||LW||Bye||3||6|
For the sixth week in a row, we maintain a lead the Front Page Writers. Each week, One.Cool.Customer hosts a pick-em page (week #10 picks / week #11 picks) 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, even though we had a bad week, they were almost as bad. They got two right that we missed (Vikings and Eagles), and we got one right that they missed (Lions). So, this week, we're still in the lead, but our three-game lead is cut back to two games.
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|
Again, this is not our worst-ever week on 10-for-10, but it is a record-setting week. Just as the Cowboys set a record for futility by giving up first downs, we set a record for futility with our largest unanimous miss. When I first began tracking this, I tracked our "unanimous losses" - where we all picked one team, no one picked the other, and the favored team lost. I had to rename it after last year's week #10 (the infamous tie between the 49ers and the Rams; we had unanimously picked the 49ers). These are now "unanimous non-wins".
We not only have a new entry, but it is at the top. Congratulations to all, as 172 out of the 176 who played this week picked the Colts over the Rams. More congratulations to the four who stayed away - Babygirl71, DCB*, meisternance, and wildtigger2.
Here is that table. I hope to never have to trot it out again:
|Worst Unanimous 10-for-10 "Non-Wins"|
|2012-10||127||San Francisco||St. Louis (tie)|
|2011-08||77||New Orleans||St. Louis|
|2011-15||64||Green Bay||Kansas City|
In this FanPost, I try to list only the top weekly scores and the top overall scores.If I included the 5-for-10s, then my "top" scores would include over half of the field. So, I am only including the top scores this week (again, fewer than normal this week). Look to KD's next page for the complete leaderboard. If you can't search and find your picks to see how you did, then ask me (either on here or in an email), and I'll tell you what you scored this week.
We have a new leader this week. Aggie Man came into the week one behind our leader for half the season - lsttexas. Aggie Man put up one of the leading 7-for-10s, and inched past lsttexas (one of the fifty-seven 5-for-10s).
Here's how close it was this week. They were tied after the Sunday games, but Aggie Man had the Bucs, and lsttexas had the Dolphins.
Congratulations to Aggie Man, our new overall leader this week, and continuing the record pace this year (highest score through week #10).
Here are the top scores this week, and the top scores on the overall leaderboard.
|Top Scores Through Week #10|
|This Week||Score||This Week||Score||2013 Overall||Score||2013 Overall||Score|
|Aggie Man||7||HLCJ69||6||Aggie Man||75||Through Thick And Thin||70|
|BigHat in NewTexas||6||Oh Hai Doggy||6||swanhooch||71||HLCJ69||68|
|CarloRue||6||Sean N||6||BigHat in NewTexas||70||Hookem Up||68|
|Dalai Luke||6||57 tied with||5||Realist Larry||70||NorthStar99||68|
|DCB*||6||49 tied with||4||spur_for_life||70||Sean N||68|
|EchoEcho||6||21 tied with||3||Tallgrass Prairie||70||TheDemolitionDan||68|
|Gabby||6||13 tied with||2||Tennessee_Jed||70||13 tied with||67|
You requested, and I have begun 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 #9. 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 #10 and 2012 - Week #10.
Top scores after week #10 in 2011:
- 72 - illcowboy,
- 71 - Jebediah Flibberbrush, qbfannn (CowboyBaby)
- 70 - wittenfan
- 69 - BishopWest
Top scores after week #10 in 2012:
- 73 - CowboyBaby
- 72 - BishopWest, D_Carter
- 71 - Hawkeye101 (Yellowbeard), hookerhome (yes, me), KD Drummond, mdlusk
- 70 - ChrisMan, krikaley, Tennessee_Jed, Travlr, ziggy 19
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.
You who complain about having to include the Cowboys game each week - here's your week. This is the one time this season (including playoffs - I earn my sig) that you don't have to include the Cowboys game in your picks.
If you wish to make early picks on here for either weeks #11 or #12, I ask you honor these guidelines:
- Put what you are picking in the subject line (Week #11 - Thursday, Week #12, etc.). That will help me tremendously.
- Make your winners bold. The easiest way is to use asterisks before and after your selection. For example, Dallas at *NEW YORK GIANTS* will look like Dallas at NEW YORK GIANTS; or, *Dallas* at NEW YORK GIANTS will look like Dallas at NEW YORK GIANTS.
- Be sure to pick the Cowboys game. This is mandatory.[EXCEPTION - week #11 is the Cowboys' bye, so no mandatory pick in week #11]
- 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. However, I still all active 10-for-10 pages (KD's and mine) and will record your picks, wherever they are posted. There is no need to double-post.
WEEK #11 (only fifteen games):
** Dallas bye week (no mandatory pick this week) **
Thursday, November 14:
Indianapolis at TENNESSEE
Sunday, November 17:
New York Jets at BUFFALO
Baltimore at CHICAGO
Cleveland at CINCINNATI
Oakland at HOUSTON
Arizona at JACKSONVILLE
Washington at PHILADELPHIA
Detroit at PITTSBURGH
Atlanta at TAMPA BAY
San Diego at MIAMI
San Francisco at NEW ORLEANS
Green Bay at NEW YORK GIANTS
Minnesota at SEATTLE
Kansas City at DENVER
Monday, November 18
New England at CAROLINA
If you wish to make early picks on any or all week #12 games, here is that list:
WEEK #12 (only fourteen games):
Thursday, November 21:
New Orleans at ATLANTA
Sunday, November 24:
New York Jets at BALTIMORE
Pittsburgh at CLEVELAND
Tampa Bay at DETROIT
Minnesota at GREEN BAY
Jacksonville at HOUSTON
San Diego at KANSAS CITY
Carolina at MIAMI
Chicago at ST. LOUIS
Indianapolis at ARIZONA
Tennessee at OAKLAND
Dallas at NEW YORK GIANTS (mandatory; must include)
Denver at NEW ENGLAND
Monday, November 25:
San Francisco at WASHINGTON