Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Nastypiece Theater - Week 5

When you merge bigger/stronger/faster athletes and the digital age, you get what I am going to make a recurring segment: Nastypiece Theater.

This week, we have the Jet's Eric Smith (accidentally) going helmet-to-helmet on the back of Cardinals receiver Anquan Boldin. Smith earned himself a 1 game suspension for the hit.


Week 5 NFL Standings

Movers and shakers view.



Sorted view.

Week 5 NFL Scorecard

No double digit scores (everyone scored between 6 and 9!)... Chris edges out Amanda by tie breaker.




Monday, September 29, 2008

Week 5 NCAA Standings

Movers and shakers view.



Sorted view.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Week 5 NCAA Scorecard

Well, I'd say this was a pretty good week for college football... but for *my* picks... ugh, this week wasn't so spectacular.

Props to Rich who rocked a 12 of 15... dude missed as many picks as I got right *sigh*


Thursday, September 25, 2008

Oregon St. 27, (1) USC 21

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haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawww

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Week 5 Card

For all my blog reading peeps... here's a leak of the card the night before it gets emailed.

CLICK HERE FOR THE WEEK 5 CARD

Early bird deadline is Friday at noon.

-G*

My Week 4 Notes

I didn't do a lot of TV watching this weekend, so I did a lot of internet trolling for stories and ESPN watching. I kept some notes as I went along, so this is like a version of live blogging of my weekend football catch-up... or at least a recap.

Vandy is ranked!
#21! Kirby has got to be still drunk from the celebration. Where was my drunk call?

I think BYU just scored again.

Recruit? Whoooooops!
Is it really possible to be as void of talent as tamu seems to be and be a school in the state of Texas?!? Apparently so.

Eh... USC.
Forget the Big East, Big 11, or ACC... could USC go undefeated and still be left out of the BCS championship game?? The Mountain West has walloped the PAC-10 so far.

I don't know about you guys, but i sure am glad the mars polar cap mystery was solved *whew*
http://www.esa.int/esaSC/SEMO78Q4KKF_index_0.html

Mmmm... dislocated kneecap.


Dating tips from Coach Leach?
Aaaarrrg! Greatness!


Do the Titans need VY?
How bad is the Titan's offense anyway? How about bringing some other talent in? On that note, how bad are the Texans... on both sides of the ball... ugh.

How good is America's Team?
After spy-gate, is it time to start calling them America's Team again?

RBs
I'm not ready to go all "Denver," but with the life of a running back in the NFL, are they worth a 1st round draft pick??

Dolphins > Patriots?
Proof that the NFL is still worth watching... and no, not because of parity. Every team has talent. Good coaches figure out how to maximize their strengths and minimize their weaknesses. Hmmmmmm... kinda like the college game. NCAA football > NFL football? Yep.

But will the NFL start adopting more "gadget" eeeerrrrrr creative plays? I kinda hope so...

Week 4 NFL Standings

Movers and shakers view:



Sorted standings view:

Monday, September 22, 2008

Week 4 NFL Scorecard

...and the Week 4 NFL winner is... the newlywed... nice picks from overseas Kyle!




Week 4 NCAA Standings

Movers and shakers view:


















Sorted standings view:

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Week 4 NCAA Scorecard

Late night update from Austin. It was a 5-way tie for the win, with Kirby edging it out with the tiebreaker.


Saturday, September 20, 2008

Week 4 Picks...

... as of entries received by 1AM Saturday morning, but at least you guys have something to play along at home with.


Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Week 4 Card

I'm not sure if everyone in the league has electricity, but here is the Week 4 Card... we'll see how this goes.

CLICK HERE FOR THE WEEK 4 CARD

Early bird deadline is Friday at noon.

-G*

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I can sit and watch my cat play with
a ball of string for hours. It takes
so little to amuse his tiny brain!
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Week 3 NFL Standings

Below is the debut of the NFL Standings Chart.


















Stay tuned for the Week 4 Card... I'll get it out later today.

Week 3 NFL Scorecard

Novacain took the league by storm this week, sweeping both contests. He scored 11 of 15 in the NFL Pick'em and won by tiebreaker. Well done Cain.

No-pickers and low-pickers received a FEMA-aided 7 points this week.


Week 3 NCAA Standings

Below are two graphs, one sorted by last weeks standings to show who the movers and shakers were and one resorted by score to show the current standings. Enjoy.

Standing before the resorting:



















Week 3 Standings:

Week 3 NCAA Scorecard

Below is the NCAA scorecard for this week. Novacain was a man among boys this week scoring 12 of 14. Just as a reminder, the FEMA-aided scores were all 7 and above this week (i.e. no-pickers and low pickers all got at least 7).


Ike Carumba

I see a few of you have been to the website over the past few days. Sorry for the delays. I'm going to start rolling out the results and the Week 4 Card today ASAP.

FEMA has ensured that the lowest score for Week 3 and the upcoming Week 4 will be no lower than 7, since many of you have had power problems.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Week 3 Card

Huge shout out to Kyle this weekend... no, not for scheduling a wedding on the Texas/Arkansas weekend... not for making all the beer for his reception... not for the unlucky timing of the wedding being during a potential hurricane evacuation... and of course, not for making me best man for the sole reason of making sure that I actually attend the event. Congrats to Kyle for out kicking his coverage and making sure to get that locked down. You da man... or something.

Oh yeah dude, and don't let the big day be an excuse to forget to send your card.

CLICK HERE FOR THE WEEK 3 CARD

-G*

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When I was back in college it was thrilling
to see a woman's bra hanging from my doorknob.
But now that I've been married for several
years, it's kind of lost its luster. Now it just
means the damn door isn't going to close properly.
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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

NFL Pick'em: Week 2

Week 2 Thoughts...

Wow... The Texans got reminded they are the Texans... VY got injured... Brady is out for the season... the Colts got smacked by the da Bears... they are definitely on a down slide.

And what about the suck-itude of the Raiders? Nice franchise you have there Al Davis.

Click below to see the final scorecard for the week.



Monday, September 8, 2008

NFL Pick'em: Week 2 Final (delay)

Crap! I left the pick'em spreadsheet (or the hard drive) at work. I'll update the scores and post the scorecard tomorrow (Tues) morning.

Bleep.
-G*

Week 2

HOORAY!!!! College week 2 is over. Outside of ECU smacking Weak(st) Virginia, this week was lame!!! Thank goodness for BEER!!!!

I was beginning to think the ACC was worse than the Big Easy, but Weak Virginia proved that the Big Easy is still the worst BCS conference in the land.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

How Do I Stack Up?

I'm glad you asked... here's a little chart I'll keep updated as we go along.


Saturday, September 6, 2008

NCAA Pick'em: Week 2 (semi-live)

I'm sitting at home at the moment, so this week I'll do a little live blogging during games.

10:33AM: I'm still missing cards from 3 people... but I'm posting everything up anyway. What is up with the lack of good games today. Blah. Only about 30 more minutes of Kirk Shitstreet.

10:38AM: ESPN College Gameday has been teasing an Erin Andrews appearance... her appearance will improve the show tenfold.

10:54AM: TiVo saves marriages, raises better children, and has healing powers. I'm 16 minutes behind now, but I did catch Erin Andrews (who possesses 2 of the 3 powers listed above).

12:37PM: Ugh... how are all the games on TV right now involving the Big 10? Beer is helping me get through this relative football boredom.

12:45PM: In glass half full news... at halftime, Michigan is playing like crap, the Cheese are only leading Marshall by 3 (after going down by 14 to open the game), and Ohio State is losing to Ohio University... sweet.

2:11PM: Woohoo! The big eleven pulled it out in their 11am games. Time to update the card.

2:13PM: Why the hell did I put the Georgia Tech/Boston College game on the card?! I'm disappointed in myself. *drink*

3:07PM: 4 beers in... good. Games... still suck.

5:00PM: sobering up to go visit the in-laws... "live" updates will be suspended 'till tonight.

10:02PM: ugh... late getting home... TiVo is my own personal savior... Texas game will not be missed.

10:05PM: WTF!?!? USF/UCF went into overtime, and somehow Texas is down by 3... the beer fridge is my own personal savior. Oh yeah, and thanks ESPN for moving the game to a channel Comcast doesn't get. Sweet.

12:44AM: Ok... that 9:15PM kickoff sounded great on paper... need sleepy now... I'm shutting this bad boy down. peace out.

5:32AM: Why. Why do kids not respect the sleep requirements of their parents. Seriously, how much hungrier could you be if you just wait a couple hours?

Below is the Week 2 scorecard.


Thursday, September 4, 2008

Week 2 Card: RedDot-gate

Sooo... I was out of the office with my laptop today and got the word of the mysterious red dot on the NFL picks. I downloaded a copy, fixed the error, and then reposted the card.

Unfortunately the crappy M. D. Anderson public wifi signal isn't strong enough for me to transfer a file. Meanwhile twos and twos of you guys were unsuccessfully trying to download the card from the website (cool! I didn't know anyone used that feature!). RedDot-gate quickly turned into Download-gate.

Where are we now?
We are good... I think.

What was the problem in the first place?
1. I usually create the card drunk
2. There is a difference with the way that Excel 2007 (with which I create the cards) deals with conditional formatting vs. the old version of Excel. Because I was switching between the two during testing, I bleeped up the formatting. I've got both versions here at work and have tested the card to work in both.

What happens to my Early Bird bonus point?
T-minus 4.5 hrs and counting (see countdown widget on the website). If you are busy, just email me your pick for the NFL game tonight.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Week 1 Thoughts, League Results

Recap time... since Gary kicked it off, let's start with his (surprisingly good) observations from week 1.

(Gary is in blue)

What have we learned this first week.


USC is legit.

Ok... not profound, but you are just getting warmed up... but, pretty good call... USC is on top of the polls now.

This will not be South Carolina's breakout year

Maybe Vandy will lick Smelley's Gamecocks tonight. I follow the SEC (in that SEC fan won't stop talking about his conference), but when is this elevated expectation of the *other* USC going to finally silence?

ACC still sucks. Maybe worse than the Big Eas(y)t
Good observation.

Tennessee still will only play for one half of a game
Oh man... not more SEC talk... well as long as that is all we are going to do.

LSU is no Michigan
What the sec?! Ok... True... LSU *is* no Michigan... Michigan has a reputation for academics too.

Louisville vs Kentucky was not a Sunday primetime game. Wasn't even close to a Thursday game or even a DirectTV college sports package. Maybe ESPN thought it was a basketball game.
This is an SEC talk freebie... you made a funny. But you know what else is funny? Fat guys running at full speed.



Texas A&M...... Do we really need to say anything about that?
Yes we do... and I found just the quote, courtesy of an article in The Sporting News

From Coach Sherman:
“I’ve been doing this long enough to know … that I have complete confidence in how we do things, what we’re doing, the manner in which we do them,” Sherman said. “I have no doubt we will win. When that is exactly, I can’t pinpoint, but I know for a fact it will happen.”
He's not sure when it will happen, but sometime he will get a win. That's a promise y'all.

Michigan gets smacked by another spread offense. Didn't they learn last year?
...and it couldn't have happened to a better guy in coach Rich Rod. Speaking of good things happening to good people, apparently someone put some holes in a blow-u football and a basketball player.

USC and Missouri proved that they belong in the top 10. What about the rest?
*sigh* I have got to apologize to you guys. My sloppiness has totally mislead you. You see, this is why I should proof my work. *This* is why a little self-editing is important. I've been careless and if you guys want to bail now it's cool.

Gary, that statement above is confusing and mostly meaningless. I don't know what I was thinking telling people to put away their Garynese dictionaries.

Soooo.... Anyone still up for some stats?

NCAA:
  • Week 1 Winner: JM - Jimmy's Team (12), +1 or more over the field
  • Doubles: KH (11), DW, CC, KS, GF, CG (11), A-C, JG (12), JC
  • NCAA Pick'em Leader: JM - Jimmy's Team (12), pretty straight forward
  • Break down of Week 1 Bonuses: Early Bird - 1, GOW - 1, Best Bets - 3 (KH, DW, JH, RK, JG), Weekly Winner - 3

NFL:
  • coming week 2

Overall:
  • No prize here, only pride: JM - Jimmy's Team (12), Dude, you are leading everything!
  • Double Doubles: N/A

Early bird deadline is before the NFL kickoff on Thursday night. If you forget, don't forget to send me your card anyway. Just don't give me some "the dog ate my homework" excuse.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Week 2 Card

Hopefully everyone survived Week 1. You're probably feeling good if you are a 'Bama fan. You're probably also feeling good if you are an.......... Arkansas State fan.

Hey, we even got an email from Gary this week! And I think I understood every word of it too!

For Week 2, we welcome the NFL contest. Don't forget to hit the "NFL" tab on the spreadsheet and do those picks as well. The NFL games are picked straight up (no spread, 'aight Crystal?)

CLICK HERE FOR THE WEEK 2 CARD

-G*

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Past experience tells me a hung-over John
Hancock turned to his wife on the morning
of July 5th and said, "I signed WHAT?!?"
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