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Pick 256 - 2014 Week #1 Report

As I mentioned last night in Passing the Torch, I will be working with One.Cool.Customer on the new BTB contest, Pick 256.

Each Tuesday, I will give a detailed report of how we did, individually and collectively. One of us will post the new link for the next set of entries. I have it. You may begin posting week #2 entries here now, and not wait for his post later today. [NOTE - if you use his post, your username will be auto-filled. He explains in his post what Coty Saxman did for us. However, his JavaScript won't work on FanPosts. So, if you enter from my page, you will have to enter your username yourself.]

On Thursday, O.C.C will post the picks of the Front Page Writers, and give a reminder that all new picks need to be in before Thursday kickoff. That's one of the main differences between Pick 256 and KD's 10-for-10 Contest. You may not omit games, and must make picks in all games before any kick off. So, there will be a Thursday deadline - usually in the evening, but earlier on Thanksgiving. Here is his post from week #1.

In the final post of the week (sometime Friday or Saturday), O.C.C will post a link to download the spreadsheet that is automatically generated from all of your entries. This lets you follow along and keep score - you and your fellow participants. Here is that post from week #1.

My weekly report will contain some of the same elements as my 10-for-10 reports the past three years. But, this contest is different; so, this report will be a little different as well.

Housekeeping out of the way... here goes:

Last year was the most ever to play 10-for-10 on Blogging the Boys. We had 310 different participants throughout the year, and a record 242 in week #1.

[NOTE - I just caught a double-entry - slightly different spelling of the same username - that was accidentally counted as two different entries. I have edited all of the following numbers from what was originally posted, and have updated the tables with the corrected tallies and results.]

Congratulations! We almost doubled that record total this past week. There were 468 individual participants in week #1 of Pick 256.

Since everyone has to submit a pick for each game, there were 468 picks for each game. We had some clear preferences (at least 90% of us supported one team in half of the contests). Others were a little more even, as we did not have a clear favorite. The final game, the late Monday night game between San Diego and Arizona was almost dead-even in our picks (234-232) - quite fitting, considering the outcome of the game.

Unfortunately, in those eight games where more than four hundred of us picked one team, that team lost half the time. 76% of us picked the Cowboys. As devastating as that is to us (both as fans and as pickers), more of us missed the home losses of Chicago and Kansas City, and the road losses of New Orleans and New England. Only sixteen people picked Buffalo to beat the Bears (3% right, 97% wrong) in our most lopsided game.

Here's how we did in week #1 picking each game (sorted by our wins - most down to least):

Week #1 Results
Win Consensus Winners Lose
445 @ Detroit New York Giants 21
426 @ Philadelphia Jacksonville 40
421 @ Denver Indianapolis 45
417 @ Pittsburgh Cleveland 49
359 @ New York Jets Oakland 107
355 @ Seattle Green Bay 111
340 Cincinnati @ Baltimore 126
322 @ Houston Washington 144
297 Carolina @ Tampa Bay 169
234 @ Arizona San Diego 232
Win Consensus Losers Lose
229 Minnesota @ St. Louis 237
114 San Francisco @ Dallas 352
63 @ Atlanta New Orleans 403
49 @ Miami New England 417
37 Tennessee @ Kansas City 429
16 Buffalo @ Chicago 451

We had the exact consensus picks as the Front-Page Writers (same majority preference for each game), so we are tied with them at 10-6 after week #1. I will again be tracking our consensus against the "pros".

Our consensus was better than our individual scores. Our average individual score for the week was 8.85. This contest is a little harder, because every game must be included - not just the "easy" ones, or the teams with which we are more familiar. And, our picks are locked in before weekend news (injuries, suspensions, weather, etc.) makes us wish we could change them.

The next person to go 16-0 will be the first. According to O.C.C, no Front Page Writer has ever gotten all games right. And, when I have tracked 10-for-10 players (like jstaubach the past couple of years), no one has accomplished it either.

Three players finished Sunday with sparkling 11-3 records; all had the Lions in the early Monday night game; and, all had the Chargers, who were looking great midway through the fourth quarter.

So, I was prepared to annouce a three-way tie at the top with 13 this week until - pick one - the Cardinals finished their comeback, or the Chargers blew their double-digit fourth quarter lead. As it was, those three stayed on twelve and were joined at the top by sixteen others whose pick of Arizona was their twelfth win.

I'm not sure how many scores I will list each week, and how many O.C.C will list in his post. But, this week, since this contest is new, I am listing all 466 scores. If you don't remember which games you missed, or why your score was so low, go back and review the spreadsheet that O.C.C made available last Friday. The nineteen leaders are highlighted/bold. All are sorted alphabetically by score.

#REF!

Week #1 Scoreboard
Entrant Overall Entrant Overall Entrant Overall Entrant Overall
1038games 12 Nap 10 markbui 9 rajohnnn 8
DalaiLuke 12 Nate Pennock 10 max2 9 Ray Rivas 8
eriole 12 NCstar 10 mikerz7777 9 RayTarr9 8
ffxsnpxn 12 Nikeorlipstick 10 MIKEVANCOUVER 9 Red1000 8
gabrielau23 12 Nnon 10 Mikhaili 9 rockkicker 8
Its_good_2_b_king 12 NomoRomo 10 Mr._Mulligan 9 Romosexual96 8
Jeff Landrith 12 Nord15 10 non member 9 Roun2It 8
KRO 12 nutriaboudin 10 nreyesjr02 9 scurrah jurrah 8
Mc29xMc 12 Oaktree1992 10 Oldboysfan 9 Sean N 8
neon greon 12 Pagrebo 10 phillip26r 9 Shadowcat 8
NorthStar99 12 Paul Schork 10 Pnut Gallery 9 since '66 8
oddgood 12 poakie 10 pugbuddy 9 Sisco2317 8
Rdbull1 12 PolloLoco 10 rangersvoice 9 smashmouth9473 8
scotty2hotty 12 Portland's Cowboy Fan 10 Rathos 9 socialmediaisforgirls 8
SHDad 12 rangers 10 rickytru12 9 Spaceball 8
Specific 12 RDefee 10 RobbStark 9 ssgcizzle82 8
thepainster 12 revellyre 10 RobJose89 9 stellarowl12 8
TRAVLR 12 rioplayer7 10 Rog.Car.P-Boro.Tx. 9 sweetness22 8
wakemeupbeforeuromo 12 rptril 10 russell.parker0094 9 T Zig 8
aaa61aaa 11 San Antonio Al 10 Samson254 9 Tallgrass Prairie 8
Aggie Man 11 scatman 10 Sandmann 9 tattooed cowboy 8
BOWAC1 11 schnecky67 10 scotscowboyfan 9 Tenaciousc924 8
boys.camncrew 11 SEATOWN7 10 ScrambledEgg 9 THEGALLOPINGPOLISHMAN 8
cowboys1976 11 Skafko 10 Sean Sullivan 9 thelittletramp 8
dandeogden 11 Souna21 10 shooter09 9 thereverendxman 8
Dankdabe 11 Starheel42 10 Smelly Minge 9 toke08 8
Dcowboy 11 Starloverinwnc 10 SoCalCowboysFan12 9 Trent Schoneweis 8
demon_hoya14 11 Staubachfan 10 srt4less 9 Troy 8
DeuceMc 11 Steve12359 10 Star Enigma 9 tsylvest 8
DezDispenser 11 StillStorming 10 Star Struck 9 viciousphilpy 8
eduardo colon 11 stitch11694 10 The Loco Llama 9 Walter27 8
EFTHEGIANTS 11 Str8outtaAk 10 thefan37 9 Wsbman 8
Evil Dallas 11 stuart22 10 thelunatic 9 Yellowbeard 8
FansinceSB5 11 Tabaco 10 tl507362 9 zak 8
GBRUCE325 11 Tennessee_Jed 10 Tr1v1aL 9 13526MIKE 7
Hamstringer 11 Terry 10 transmogrifier 9 33lmitch 7
harrisburgcowboyfan 11 TFenn 10 tru2thecore 9 4evercowboy 7
icebowl68 11 TheBlueBaron 10 Trufus 9 bking 7
jack dein 11 TheIronCowboy09 10 UTCowboy 9 boys4life 7
JayRosser27 11 through thick and thin 10 vafan 9 Briley Fuller 7
jdfoley2 11 TK19 10 vegas cowboys fan 9 BWaj22 7
Jebediah Flibberbrush 11 txinf 10 WA_Cowboy 9 Cowboys4ever 7
jfinch027 11 uriahchase 10 Wildhair 9 crunchberry 7
Jgoddard8409 11 Useful_Idiot_ 10 wildtigger2 9 dherrera1119 7
JJ for President 11 Vancity Cowboy 10 Witten mittens 9 DoomsDay Dub 7
Johnny-Boy 11 wavemstr25 10 wittenfan 9 dsmith12 7
Mav3rek 11 Where the Buffalo Romo 10 Zmen 9 Edward_D_Collins 7
Mighty Blue Star 11 Wreck'emCowboys 10 aat2326 8 eightball 7
Normrock 11 yeahjustJon 10 adamjamessaul 8 GalTex 7
NYHorn 11 Yu had me at herro 10 ajays624 8 hbdc 7
Prfbrain 11 @Tonekupone 9 angie'sdad 8 IMHO 7
SportNomad 11 Aaronn06 9 bandoozle 8 jamesvb 7
Starmesh23 11 Across the pond 9 Baron82288 8 JerrodWheeler 7
stubbynuggs 11 babygirl71 9 Bermystar 8 Jordangill45 7
takeitanlikeit 11 BarbarianLou 9 BigDFanSince77 8 KevinHaji 7
TCB Orange Dino 11 BeastyG 9 Blue Label Cowboy 8 Kwikwetlam Texan 7
Therapist 11 Bertangalo 9 bookiebuster 8 Louluvball 7
Tyrone Jenkins 11 bones42024 9 braininahat 8 Loveless16 7
yushay bohra 11 BR47 9 browserof 8 lucke 7
Zubius 11 brantwaldrep 9 BUBBA KUHL 8 maragath 7
1Bullseye 10 BurntOrangeBenjamins88 9 Buckywaters 8 Mattattack 7
76mustang 10 calgarcia 9 Burrito Electrico 8 mbraunginn 7
Against the wall_24 10 castaway42 9 canuckpaisa 8 mfoster 7
Allan Uy 10 CDMac24 9 carguy102 8 mik888 7
Becho 10 cee-los 9 CARLORUE 8 mikie5454 7
BigHat in NewTexas 10 Chad Loveland 9 christopher.hubert 8 nepacowboy 7
billy 10 Chappycav 9 coledog1 8 Nick.Irvine.88 7
boyman 10 chrisgers 9 couboy12 8 Oakster 7
bubba2nark 10 Chuck Sisco 9 CowboysFan1994 8 phil.mezzetti@gmail.com 7
BVANZANMAN 10 cleanpants 9 Cowtowncowboysfan 8 radomane 7
capitalT 10 Cowboy Joe 9 cromero03 8 rangermad 7
Carla's butcher 10 cowboy of the north 9 Daylate$$Short 8 realfanandairman 7
charris4591 10 cowboy1966 9 dc88 8 Rohpuri 7
chrisvegas 10 CowboyDane 9 dcfanz 8 rviorato 7
codydoser 10 CowboyOcelot 9 Dealataunt 8 sandyf 7
CowboyCurtis 10 cowboysfromhell 9 Deep Dish Pizza 8 skinny post 7
Cowboys Win 10 CowboysNation 9 DeMarcoFan29 8 soonerfbfan4 7
cowboysfan_nepal 10 ctcowboy 9 DemigodH 8 speedmetal 7
Cowtoys 10 Cuban Cowboy 9 dentltek 8 spm01 7
cwby4lf 10 damnarab2 9 DocOcho 8 strobman 7
Daledoe 10 DanoChris 9 dubsmipre22 8 svetfj 7
DarthGrumpa 10 dcfan72 9 duffer33 8 Swanhooch 7
dcow12boys 10 DD03 9 dware$ 8 T.O.'s popcorn 7
DEL1SLE 10 debateallas 9 dwhisper 8 thegloryholediaries 7
Dman21 10 DezBrogden88 9 Elavien 8 Tickle Me Mazelmo 7
doomsdayreturns 10 elviscole_mtl 9 esobotkie 8 traceabides 7
Dub_TC 10 Farrah's Daddy 9 eswan4 8 wfldude@gmail.com 7
EchoEcho 10 fryguy2231 9 floridaboys 8 AnderJ86 6
E-Dawg 10 FUNOLDMAN 9 FrankyC07 8 apprentice_curmudgeon 6
enogueras 10 ginge159 9 fs65 8 cahbro32 6
everydayimrussellin 10 gntlewind 9 GLIFAX 8 coolmajaka 6
fbh1636 10 goddard55 9 glorydaze 8 DaJugganot 6
Florida dodger 10 hedgeman1 9 gts86 8 Dallas Blue 6
Geof 10 ILOVECOWS 9 gypsysailor 8 erikfurton 6
gershwin 10 jackcalypso 9 HEpennypacker 8 Full time fan 6
guranimo 10 jherman 9 HePuntsHeScores 8 hayate88 6
hfd14c 10 jimmymarshall2 9 ibleedcowboyblue 8 JonnyDanger 6
HLCJ69 10 Jockmeister 9 I'm Jed & I hate the giants 8 mikemc68 6
illcowboy 10 Joekuh 9 Impatient 8 smax17177 6
Jessy S 10 Johnny Cage 9 InkedKing 8 switters023 6
jmartinpowers 10 juanners 9 jadubin5 8 thundr 6
JollyRancher 10 Junkyard Dog 9 JDobermans 8 WebbyWebb 6
jordanch68 10 Kansas Cowboy 9 Jojowalker 8 westmodelmarket 6
jtiddahr 10 kaye mcbride 9 Lajitas Lava 8 Ispeakredneck 5
just-the-facts 10 KD Drummond 9 meisternance 8 nicksmithosu 5
jwschee 10 KETHRY1313 9 Moontayle 8 Rev.Trublue 5
k@s! 10 ketom1220 9 NCHeelsBoysFan 8 rleita 5
kat31 10 klkmainiac 9 NOBLE_BLOODLINES 8 Tarheel Paul 5
Katana 10 lee c 9 Nova84 8 yobwoc 5
Krisclark 10 leebot 9 OBWDC 8 YumaCactus 5
LoboTX 10 Livendieblue 9 Panzer84 8 airjesus023 4
Macdude 10 LizardState 9 Patrick_Bateman 8 BigBad Joe 4
mdfan24 10 ljs44 9 Pax Stormtroopers 8 Dallasfan4life 4
Mike Easter 10 lonewolfz28 9 PhiAlphaHalos 8 eagleforce 4
MIllard Fillmore 10 Los_Vaqueros956 9 PrimeTimePlaymaker 8 2 cowboys 2
MUTTS 10 Lrogue 9 qcisco 8

Look for O.C.C's Pick 256 post today; look for the Front Page Writers' picks to be published on Thursday morning; and get your picks in for week #2 before Thursday night.

Week 2 Pick 256 Entry Form

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