Wow! 377ish sign-ups! Good luck!

Wow, another year, another massive growth. We broke the 300 barrier last year, and look to have over 375 participants this year. We also surpassed 500 total participants over the course of the contest! You’re making our jobs hard, but that’s a good thing. Here’s a chart of our growth:

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  • Out of 80 newcomers last year, 49 returned. I’d say that’s a good retention rate!
  • It looks like we have over 100 new participants this year! Great growth!
  • 17 of last years top 20 returned and 9 of 10 in the top 10. So only 1 took their money and ran, and 11-20 weren’t too discouraged by just missing out.

New year, new participants, so why not highlight some past great performances?

2015 was average

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Week 7 Quick Hits

It’s back from the grave… I struggle with expectations and was far too consistent for the first 3 weeks. After 3 weeks off, I decided expectations are non-existent again, so I can finally meet them.

On to the goodies.

Special Teams

It seems special teams have played a big part in some big games this year, but I don’t think anything can top this Michigan-Michigan St. ending:

So many things went wrong, and the rise of Harbaugh is temporarily halted.

Talking about bonehead plays…

this qualifies for a bonehead call as well.


I mean, seriously?

Past his prime

“It was the shoes!”

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What to look for

We hit 300 paid participants! Awesome growth! Because of that, we want to make sure everyone knows what’s going on.

Each week we try and produce a few gems for you to partake in. This is a roundup of those you can know what to watch out for.

Leaderboard page

This is what everyone comes for. This should be updated weekly by Tuesday at 9pm cst. Forgive us if we’re slow, but this is the goal.

We will also provide the top 20 finishers for that week. If you had a good record, you could be on this! It’s our way to show how far off you were from “winning” the week. We can’t all win the whole thing, but 15 of us can claim a week!

Games page

The games tab provides you with a few things. First, you the games for the upcoming week, the day they’re played, and the lines.

Also, you’ll get a summary of last weeks performance for the group. Here you’ll see what this was for Week 1 2015: Continue reading

Those who came before us

Many of us are new to this arena, and many things have changed. John started this in 2006 and my first year was 2009. What started with 25 people grew to 259 last season. Each year has a little different personality, such as last season:

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One thing we’ve done consistently, though, is lose. Only TWICE in 9 years has the group winning percentage been over 50%. We stink, guys.

Since we’re about to commence year 10, I thought it’d be a good time to look back at those original 25:

Drew Speakes
Jeremy Tilton
Mary Stovall
Brent Baisden
Katherine Taber
Tim Young
Travis Summers
Greg Sparks
Nacho Martinez
Jason Addison
Luke Wilkerson
Renee Garnand
Dave Boettcher
Bob Maurer
Jon Taber
Jon Tallet
Daniel Smith
Ty Senour
Joe Garnand
Justin Manning
David Mesigh
Bob Wilkerson
Bary Holleyman
John Stovall
Ryan Ferguson

Now, this list may or may not be in order of finish, but we’ll leave that up to you to decide. I thought it might be a little fun to see how these have faired over the course of the competition. Below you will see those results.

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If you’re interested, you can see the winners, individual stats, or group stats by going to the Archives above. Don’t forget to look at the Excel documents, and you can see where you stand.

One thing we know for certain: in gambling, what goes up must come done.

If you’re at the top: prepare for impact

If you’re at the bottom: don’t screw that up

 

 

Finish Strong – we got a prize!

By Kurtis Hanni

The last four weeks are upon us, which means most of us are out of the running. But, if you’re in the top 75, you still have a chance! I know you don’t believe me, but check this out:

  • Last season, David Boettcher was ranked 55 after week 11. He finished 6th, raking in a nice chunk of the pot.
  • John Mellish climbed the ranks from 52 and finished 8th, just in the money.

Another positive, this year finishers 9-10 were added to the list of money winners. So, if you’re ranked 11-75, don’t give up. If anything, bear down… you still have a shot.

Ranked below 75? Well, this contest is made just for you. It gives you hope! If Best Finish was a thing last year, Kyle Nevels would have won. After Week 11 he was in lowly 186th place. His record was 28-30-2. After finishing the season on a 20-4 run, Kyle finished in the 39th spot. Last season it didn’t get him anything(Poor Kyle). This year he would have finished as our Best Finish winner. So, congratulations on nothing Kyle!

What is Best Finish?

Best Finish is a race to the finish. Scoring is the same, but the person who has the most points in the final four weeks walks away with some extra cash in their pocket.

Sure, this has been a season of disappointments. Sure, you stink at picking games. But, over four weeks… anyone can get lucky. And, you’ve hit your groove, you’ve realized the mistakes of the past 11 weeks and you’re ready to hit your stride. In past years, you had no incentive… but now, you have the all-mighty dollar incentivizing you. So tighten those britches and lets get serious. It’s time to show people you’re a force to be reckoned with… you just didn’t care the first 11 weeks.

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