Wednesday, October 13, 2021

P-F21: Week 6 NCAA Bonus - Positivity Leaders

Many times you can’t control what happens to you, but you can always control your reaction to what’s happening. Everybody, even Alabama fans, deals with setbacks. How do wrap your head around a place like College Station? The answer is a positive attitude.

I struggle with depression nearly every year in mid-October, but I’ve learned to look at the better side of these events. Someone on the internet may say a positive attitude will cure disease. If it can do that, then it can no doubt lead to better picks.

This was your goal this week, and we practiced on the universally loved but historically disappointed Longhorns and Sooners. Are the Longhorns hurting inside? Secretly. The Sooners? If money can’t buy you love, then do you think wins can?

It is hate week for Sooners and Longhorns. Since all the fans will be filled with hate, say something nice to one or both of the fan bases.

Positive Leadership

A Northmen (AN) – “Thank you for putting the horns down, it means you hate us more than you love yourself. What an amazing compliment. Have a nice day hater. :-)” Alright alright alright. That’s positive. +4

Astros! (AP) – “On the bright side, one of you will win today!” While not negative, this is minimal positivity effort here. +1

Cornholio's Bunghole (BO) – “I've never been so happy to be from AZ.” It’s always sunny in Arizona? +2

18 National Championships (CG) – “We welcome you to the SEC and look forward to both sending A&M further into the dark ages of football.” If I know Texas, the Longhorns will slide into the SEC on the DL. You may not even notice. +3

Middle-aged Hot (CK) – “Longhorns: You are smarter and prettier. Sooners: Norman is better than College Station.” My favorite totally unbiased answer. +5

Swamp Dogs (DR) – “Bevo seems like a nice fellow.” He’s been working hard at media training. +3

Bevo XV (DW) – “Your commitment to hate is impeccable.” Ok, a compliment. +3

Left Hand Scissors (GN) – “No matter what they are dealing with all year living in Oklahoma, they still get excited about coming to Texas each year. I can't same the same for Texas fans. Baker Mayfield is also the man.” +3

Bourbon Barristers (KH) – “I ️ Lincoln Riley.” I do too. I hope he gets promoted. +3

Huntwick Hosers (KW) – “Bless your hearts.” #blessed +3

Bite a Kneecap Offs (RK) – “The property felons’ offense does a great job of getting away with holding every play.” They absolutely do. And good for them. +4

Struggling to be positive

Beelzebubbles (CC) – “nope.” That’s not positive. +1

T-Horns (AM) – “Can't spell Douche without OU.” While true, I think I see what you did there. +2

Buddy the Chimp (BC) – “Please don't fling poop at each other.” Buddy, flinging poop is a bad habit. +2

Riggsmtb713 (CR) – “Gig Em Aggies.” Gigging is something that isn’t positive for frogs and wasn’t something positive for ‘bama this past weekend. +1

Shake and Baker (JN) – “Beef is my favorite food.” More tasty than tiny horse. +3

That’s not nice

 [ON]/OFF (RH) – “OK...OK...I'll stop saying Choklahoma!” I do wish you said it more in October, but that’s not either of us being positive. +2

Accidentchild (MN) – “Texas - Hook'em!  OU - Go f*ck yourselves!” I get it, but I don’t think you understood the exercise. +2

Variants are for beer (KS) – “Fuck both of y’all but at least you will be in actual conference soon.” SEC is positive that they are the best conference. +2

 

Sunday, September 12, 2021

P-F21: Week 2 NCAA Bonus - Bad Pick Vaccine

Pick hesitancy is real, and the so-called sports experts have littered the internet and media airwaves with misinformation. Need further proof, authorities in Vegas were only correct on 26.67% of picks affecting our league.

But there is hope. Astronaut Jeff Bezos is rumored to be developing a vaccine that, during phase one testing, is improving picks in adult humans and chimps to 40+%. As an added benefit, Bezos is including a proprietary and permanent gene-modified signature that will apply Prime Savings to everything you purchase.

Given the proven weakness of our collective picks and the inability to trust Vegas authorities, will irrationality and cynicism rooted in our trust of numbers keep us from getting jabbed en masse? We asked around the league to find out.

PRIME NOW

Some were clearly exited. We found A Northmen (ANo) camped outside the Amazon clinic with an “In Prime We Trust!” tshirt (2). Rabid football fan Astros! (AP) and Swamp Dogs (DR) both yelled from their clinic tailgate, “We already pick less than 40% ATS and Prime is icing on top! Hell yeah whooo” (3)

In between shots, and seemingly at several pre-clinic tailgates, Bevo XV (DW) yelled “I would jump out of an airplane with no parachute for Prime Savings. Yassssss!” (3). This triggered a 2-minute call and response of “YASSSSS” with another patron calling himself the Bourbon Barrister (KH) (2). We would have had some riveting video of the exchange, if not for a pet chimp named Buddy the Chimp (BC) out there playing a game of fling the poo on the Bezos poster (4).

It became clear that much of the crowd at the clinic didn’t seem to care about their bad choices at all. For many, it is was all about Prime. Beelzebubbles (CC) said, “you had me at savings” (2). Huntwick Hosers (KW) knows about that savings, “With the affordability of Pick ‘Em think about how many 10s of dollars I would save every year!” (4).

For others, Bezos' vaccine was just another way to game the system. When asked if he'd be getting the shot, Bite a Kneecap Offs (RK) said "Absolutely -- I'd use the 60% winnings to buy Grays Sports Almanac at a 10% discount." That's solid maths right there (3).

PRIME HESITANT

In a world where bad decisions are a badge of honor and history has taught us to distrust the leadership of the top 1%, it isn’t surprising that not everyone was drinking Bezos’ kool-aid. “Nope,” Riggsmtb713 (CR) succinctly stated (1). Wearing his shirt pulled half over his head, “Hell no. Bezos is the Devil!” (2) snarled Cornholio’s Bunghole (BO)

Reluctance can sometimes be rationalized empirically. “I utilize a healthy organic natural approach to picking against the spread. No vaccine needed” (4). Shake and Baker (JN) is currently picking exactly at the guaranteed vaccine performance level, although he would have been immune to the bad decisions he made in Week 1 with Bezos’ new vaccine. His Prime status is unknown at the time of this report. Masks [ON]/OFF (RH), wearing a shirt that said “Fuck it, Mask Off” knows the place of masks, respects Prime, and has danced with technology billionaires before. On whether he’d be attending the clinic, he responded “Nah. May be too risky with my chip implant. Wife has the Prime Savings covered” (5).


Monday, August 16, 2021

P-F21: Dear Future Self, These 21 Thoughts Are Why You Are Glad You Read the Official Pick'em Dash Football ’21 Annual Recruitment Post

1

I once watched this planetarium show on dark matter. I’m familiar with matter. I’m not saying current or future me could define it, but it is like -- stuff. However dark matter isn’t the dark stuff. Dark matter is like all the other stuff that we aren’t familiar with, and on top of that, apparently the universe contains an unknown amount of matter that we cannot observe!

2

Speaking of matter, small wins matter. Not only do small wins add up to major accomplishments, but small wins have also been shown to give enormous emotional boosts. (I think you see where I am going with this.)

3

Enough said. I am ready to sign up at 3, and I am ready to fill out the registration form.

4

Each year we play 4 games that are guaranteed to keep your weekends interesting from the end of August until mid-February.

5

Game #1: NCAA Pick’em (played against the spread)

  • 15 games per week
  • Games will list a point spread for you to pick against
  • Contest represents approximately 1/3 of the registration pot; Both 1st and 2nd place winners will get something

6

Game #2: NFL Pick’em (played straight up, i.e. no spread)

  • All NFL games (14-16) per week
  • Contest represents approximately 1/3 of the registration pot; 1st and 2nd place winners will get something

7

Game #3: NCAA Bowl Challenge (played confidence style)

  • All the bowls (41? I've lost count)
  • Picks are straight up (no spread)
  • Contest represents approximately 50% of 33% of the pot (uh you do the math); 1st place winner only

8

Game #4: NFL Playoff Challenge (played against the spread, you bet with points Vegas-style)

  • All the playoff games (11)
  • Picks week-to-week; points are cumulative
  • Contest represents approximately 50% of 33% of the pot; 1st place winner only

9

Let your picks speak for themselves. Hot takes are shallow. Save those for bonus questions. Conversely, your hot picks are precious. They are the thing you focus on while everyone else is working or whatever.

10

Psychologists say the view we have of our own future is the greatest determinant of who we are and what we do. If you see yourself picking winners, then that will shape your decisions. You will be a winner. That is science.

11

The universe contains about 6 times as much dark matter as normal visible matter! Look around, then imagine there is way more dark matter (somewhere, maybe not here) than visible matter. Wrap your head around that!

12

Want some advice on how to win this game? Every right decision I have ever made has come from my gut. Every wrong decision I’ve made was the result of me not listening to the greater voice of myself. The moment you start thinking, you’ve already lost. (The subject in this thought isn't me. That is Oprah who said this, you guys.)

13

This game costs $25 to play and it will be the best $25 you’ve ever spent (unless you’ve played before, then it will be the best $25 you’ve ever spent since the last time you played).

14

Don’t be motivated by money. Having it is great, but dear future self, focus on the small personal wins and the money won’t destroy you like it does the rest of those fools.

15

At Pickem Dash Football, you aren’t competing with others as much as you are making them compete with you. Get into the picking zone and you’ll leave the competition behind.

16

You will become unstoppable when you start rooting for your competitors’ success. Just like the SEC does with all that pro-conference chanting. The reason you are happy for other people’s success is because their success has nothing to do with you. You are in control of you. You do you (but also everyone should join the SEC).

17

I actually do not know about the last 3 thoughts. And truth be told, I also actually do not remember any details from that dark matter planetarium show. I only remember that it was mind-bending. I also may have fallen asleep. I googled all the dark matter facts prior to writing this. However, if I hadn’t seen that planetarium show, present and future selves, just think about where we’d be right now.

18

I don’t know why picking winners is so satisfying, but science is really busy right now, so let’s just accept it as truth. 

19

But Commish, your present self is saying, I still don't see how this ensures the success of my future self? Look, it starts by registering for PF-21 and making your first smart decision. Then, each week you’ll be making more and more smart decisions -- continually learning and improving yourself -- making your future self successful.

20

You miss every pick you don’t make.

21

Dear Future Self, you’ll be glad you have this dark matter post as a reference. Go ahead and bookmark it to be safe. You may also be glad you signed up for P-F21. Elevate your trajectory! (or something like that)