Saturday, January 7, 2012

P-F11: 2011 NFL Playoff Challenge

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It's post season time. Be honest with me, you can't say the word "playoffs" in your head without saying "PLAYOFFS!" (Jim Mora style). Be honest.

h/t J.R Ewing (a.k.a. Bevo XIV a.k.a. DW) in comments below.

Speaking of J.R. Ewing, which reminds me of Dallas, which reminds me of wannabe Los Angeles, which reminds me of that West Coast "sound," DJ Quik did as much to mold West Coast hip-hop as Dr. Dre. Thought you should know. And, while not an old school DJ Quik song, this new school one has an NFL vibe.

DJ Quik - Rise To Glory (Featuring Bizarre & E.S. Posthumus)

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Screw Houston or New Orleans, it is the year of the Tebow, until further notice.

Week 1 Score Update:
If I refer to you as KSc, SS, or GN, then you probably wish you had joined the quarter plus percent of the league that failed to make a pick in the first round of the NFL playoffs. Despite losing our Pick'em mortgage, this weekend provided some compelling football games (ignoring that egg that the dirty birds laid on offense).

Three of you guys picked 100% against the spread (CCa, CG, ANe). Of the three, only SEC Rejects (ANe) embraced a bet-big/win-big strategy and went all in for Week 1. The Pick'em house takes no juice, so ANe doubled his money and leads the league going into Week 2. DD and KH also did quite well at the Pick'em Casino this weekend.

I don't know if I even like Denver or Tebow, but I'm fascinated by the story. I'm curious, how many points would someone have to give you before you put REAL money on Denver vs New England? Two scores at least, right? Before you guys get all fundamentalist on me, Jesus clearly doesn't pull for Roethlisberger. You could have taken that on the moneyline. But what about Brady? He didn't get all those gifts he has with just hard work. Uh, obviously he was gifted most of it. Should be interesting this weekend. Just saying.

...As should every game in Week 2 of the NFL Playoffs. Saints. Texans. Defending Champs vs baby Manning. The Jesuses. Unless you are an atheist Cowboys fan, you are going to have a Pitbull-ish Dr Pepper-like real good time. The NFL Playoff Week 2 - Divisional Playoffs card will get sent around Wednesday morning.


Loser has to get a worse tattoo than this one.

Week 2 Score Update:
Ballers, What. The. Foot?!

Seriously? No more who dat? No more Chosen One*? No more Jacoby punt returns? No more discount double check?


I knew I should have worn my VY Texans jersey.

Suck it y'all.

*Brady may actually be the more divinely gifted one. 

BREAKING: According to CBS Sports, Patriots to stick with Drew Bledsoe.

P-F11: 2011 Bowl Pick'em Challenge - Open Post, Pt 2


12/31/11 2:31 PM Update: This is a continuation of the previous post. I will no longer update the card on Part 1 of this Bowl Pick'em Challenge. However, if you want to relive the excitement, mouse click on this here highlighted text.

1/7/12 3:37 PM Update: IT'S OVAH!! Congrats to Large Donkey IPA (KSc).

Let's go bowling!! (treat at 0:57)

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Bowl Games 19-23 of 35
Meineke Bowl - Houston, TX - Reliant Stadium
December 31, 2011 11:00 AM
Texas A&M Aggies 33, Northwestern Wildcats 22

Sun Bowl - El Paso, TX - Sun Bowl
December 31, 2011 1:00 PM
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 27, Utah Utes 30

Kraft Hunger Bowl - San Francisco, CA - Candlestick Park
December 31, 2011 2:30 PM
Illinois Fighting Illini 20, UCLA Bruins 14

Liberty Bowl - Memphis, TN - Liberty Bowl Memorial
December 31, 2011 2:30 PM
Cincinnati Bearcats 31, Vanderbilt Commodores 24

Chick-fil-A Bowl - Atlanta, GA - Georgia Dome
December 31, 2011 6:30 PM
Virginia Cavaliers 24, Auburn Tigers 43

What I learned after these games... Ags halftime line was A&M -4.5. Ahahahahaha. Sucker bet.

What I'm trying to say is... Happy New Year P-F'ers!

What the Bowl Challenge points look like after these games... You know the drill. Leader = Chumlee's Banditos (KP). New Mythical Mathematical leader! = Large Donkey IPA (KSc).

Bowl Games 24-27 of 35
TicketCity Bowl - Dallas, TX - Cotton Bowl
January 2, 2011 11:00 AM
#20 Houston Cougars 30, Penn State Nittany Lions 14

Outback Bowl - Tampa, FL - Raymond James Stadium
January 2, 2011 12:00 PM
#12 Michigan State Spartans 33, #18 Georgia Bulldogs 30

Gator Bowl - Jacksonville, FL - EverBank Field
January 2, 2011 12:00 PM
Ohio State Buckeyes 17, Florida Gators 24

Capital One Bowl - Orlando, FL - Florida Citrus Bowl
January 2, 2011 12:00 PM
#21 Nebraska Cornhuskers 13, #10 South Carolina Gamecocks 30

What I learned after these games... Jay Paterno after the game when asked about his Dad: "He has always done what is right." Terrible. Congrats to the Coogs on an amazing season. It'll take Sumlin a solid 2 years to get another 12 wins.

Of course Nebraska lost. They are in the Big Ten now. In other news, Ohio State lost... also Big Ten. Penn State and Michigan State too. Also grass is green.

What the Bowl Challenge points look like after these games... A lot as changed in the middle, but the top is still KP (actual lead, fairly commanding) and KSc (math lead). KP's picking percentage is a sick 79%.

*update: By the end of the 3OT UGA/MSU game, KP took both leads and is picking with 81% accuracy. Uh oh.

Bowl Games 28-29 of 35
Rose Bowl - Pasadena, CA - Rose Bowl
January 2, 2011 4:00 PM
#9 Wisconsin Badgers 38,#6 Oregon Ducks 45

Fiesta Bowl - Glendale, AZ - University of Phoenix Stadium
January 2, 2011 7:30 PM
#4 Stanford Cardinal 38, #3 Oklahoma State Cowboys 41

If picking the nose and eating the booger videos are wrong, then I don't want to be right.

What I learned after these games... What a fantastic day of football. If you missed any part of it, then 1.) Nothing I say here will help you relive it, and 2.) You probably have a life and didn't watch football all day. (Hey, I went to the zoo in the morning. That's something.) For most of Monday, I was glued to the action like this Oregon fan.

What the Bowl Challenge points look like after these games... *GASP* Chumlee's Banditos missed his Rose and Fiesta picks, which allowed Large Donkey IPA (KSc) to edge slightly closer to his total points and take back control of the mythical mathematical lead. For those of you NOT scoring at home, KP will benefit more by MISSING his Sugar Bowl pick (pick = Michigan). KSc put 28 points on Michigan and will control his own destiny if he gets the pick correct. KP controls his own destiny with a Virginia Tech win.

Bowl Games 30 of 35
Sugar Bowl - New Orleans, LA - Superdome
January 3, 2011 7:30 PM
#13 Michigan Wolverines 23, #17 Virginia Tech 20

What I learned after these games... This was a terrible game. Am I supposed to like this game because the score was close?! No one was there. Neither team deserved the invite to what should be a marquee matchup. This game did more for a playoff than Death to the BCS. OK, I exaggerate... but not about the game sucking.

What the Bowl Challenge points look like after these games... As stated above, Large Donkey IPA (KSc) now controls his own destiny.

Potential outcomes:
If WVU wins (KSc misses the pick): Chumlee's Banditos takes back total control
If Clemson wins: Booyah (MN) temporarily takes over the lead, KSc still controls his own destiny.

More importantly, I found a way that I can win. I need: WVU, Arky, Pit, and No Ill. Just thought you would be interested :)

KSc can win by winning out or by getting the next 3 and missing his 2nd to last pick: Clemson, Arky, Pit, Arky St (BCS Championship wouldn't matter).

The quickest route to a Bowl Challenge Contest win occurs if WVU and Kansas State win the next two games. KP will lock up the win with 3 bowl games remaining in this scenario.

If there are other winning scenarios, then I'm too tired to figure them out.

Bowl Game 31 of 35
Orange Bowl - Miami, FL - Sun Life Stadium
January 4, 2011 7:30 PM
#23 West Virginia Mountaineers 70, #14 Clemson Tigers 33

What I learned after this game... Did you have Under 102? Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! YOU LOSE!

What the Bowl Challenge points look like after this game... Check it.

Potential outcomes:
Ferments-A-Lot (GN) needs: Arky, Pit, and No Ill to lock up a win OR Arky, Pit, and Bama
Large Donkey IPA (KSc) needs: Arky and SMU to lock up a win OR Arky, Pit, Arky St, LSU
Chumlee's Banditos (KP) needs: Kansas State to lock up a win.

Bowl Game 32 of 35
Cotton Bowl - Dallas, TX - Cotton Bowl
January 6, 2011 7:30 PM
#11 Kansas State Wildcats 16, #7 Arkansas Razorbacks 29

What I learned after this game... This game made me sick. It was a real snoozer. What I really mean is that I was puking my guts yesterday (think projectile) and didn't get any sleep the night before. Therefore, I learned two things this game. 1) Throwing up after drinking too much makes you feel like Superman, and throwing up when you are sick also makes you feel like Superman... like Superman wearing a suit made of kryptonite. 2) Given my previously described condition, if you take one short blink during a commercial in the 2nd half, you end up opening your eyes again at 1:00 AM. Damnit.

Arkansas looked like the better team when I was watching. Apparently they won.

What the Bowl Challenge points look like after this game... Getting closer.

Potential outcomes:
Ferments-A-Lot (GN) needs: Pitt and No Ill to lock up a win OR Pitt and Bama
Large Donkey IPA (KSc) needs: SMU to lock up a win OR Pitt, Arky St, and LSU

Bowl Game 33 of 35
BBVA Compass Bowl - Birmingham, AL - Legion Field
January 7, 2011 12:00 PM
SMU Mustangs 28, Pittsburgh Panthers 6

What I learned after this game... I lost and Large Donkey won. He's smart. I'm dumb. He's good looking. I'm ugly. He's cool. I'm a loser.

Bowl Game 34 of 35 Bowl - Mobile, AL - Ladd-Peebles Stadium
January 8, 2011 8:00 PM
Arkansas State Red Wolves 20, Northern Illinois Huskies 38

Bowl Game 35 of 35
BCS Championship Game - Glendale, AZ - University of Phoenix Stadium
January 9, 2011 7:30 PM
Alabama Crimson Tide 21, LSU Tigers 0

Monday, January 2, 2012

All-Time Winners List (P-F11 Update)

This is the annual refresh of the all-time regular season contest winners. Chumlee's Banditos (KP) (rookie) broke the all-time picking percentage record. 13 National Championships (CG), a six year P-F veteran, finally got his first regular season win.

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Sunday, January 1, 2012

P-F11: Week 18 - Final Results

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#1 13 National Championships (CG) 176
#2 Naked Bootleggers (JN) 171

Let me lead with last week's bonus question.

Against the spread bonus picks (Choose 1 for 2pts, 2 for 4pts, 3 for 8pts, 4 for 16pts. Any wrong answers yields 0pts)

Houston -6.5 / Indianapolis +6.5
N.Y. Giants +2.5 / N.Y. Jets -2.5
Philadelphia +1.5 / Dallas -1.5
Atlanta +6.5 / New Orleans -6.5

+4 points. Bevo XIV (DW) N.Y. Giants +2.5, Philadelphia +1.5
+8 points. 13 National Championships (CG) N.Y. Giants +2.5, Philadelphia +1.5, New Orleans -6.5
+16 points! Chicainery (CCa) Indianapolis +6.5, N.Y. Giants +2.5, Philadelphia +1.5, New Orleans -6.5 2011 Week 18 NFL Card (v1.0) - Scorecard

Live-ish leaderboard below.

Your Super Bowl picks (these points will be added to your final NFL Playoff Challenge total):
Northmen (ANo) Green Bay Packers (2)
Ferments-A-Lot (GN) Green Bay Packers (2)
The Yeasty Beasties (KW) Green Bay Packers (2)
Bevo XIV (DW) New Orleans Saints (10)
Mr. Smokeypants (KH) Other (20)
BlitzKrieg (RK) New Orleans Saints (10)
Chicainery (CCa) New Orleans Saints (10)
Large Donkey IPA (KSc) New Orleans Saints (10)
Kentucky Wildmen (GF) Green Bay Packers (2)
Bob and Gary Destroyers (JH) Green Bay Packers (2)
Beelzebubbles (CCo) Other (20)
Cacti3 (DCo) Houston Texans (12)
WhooDat4Life (Lo) New Orleans Saints (10)
Topo Chicas (A-C) San Francisco 49ers (15)
Devil Dawgs (DD) Other (20)
13 National Championships (CG) New Orleans Saints (10)
Naked Bootleggers (JN) New Orleans Saints (10)
SEC Rejects (ANe) San Francisco 49ers (15)
1 Man Wolfpack (MF) New Orleans Saints (10)Gig'em Baby (AP) Houston Texans (12)
Chumlee's Banditos (KP) New England Patriots (4)