2020 Rich’s Ramblings:

Week 17 and Year-End Results

 

Lots of stuff to report after a 16-game Sunday with all sorts of twists and turns.  In the end, the entire year-end race in the pool came down to a single game between two non-playoff contenders.  If Denver could beat the hated Raiders, then NHBroncosFan would have moved into a tie for first place with SweetMan.  However, when the Raiders scored the late touchdown and two-point conversion, traitorous SweetMan (who is also a Broncos fan) grabbed 1st place by two points over NHBroncosFan, who had a tremendous season to land 2nd place all to himself.  Next up is CiscoKid, who steadily moved up the leaderboard in the late season to land 3rd place all to herself, just one point behind NHBroncosFan.  Finally, 4th place is split between BrotherBruce and MurphysLaw, who both finished just one game in back of CiscoKid.  Congratulations to all the year-end winners, it was an exciting race!

 

Other year end prizes were earned as follows:

 

Best Loser prize goes to ShakeAndBake, who definitely earned this prize by finishing one point behind 4th place in the year-end race, but failed to win even one single banana throughout the season.

 

Typically it takes at least 4 bonus points to win the Bonus King prize, but this season we had a few weeks with a pushed point spread game.  This happened again in Week 17 between Indy and Jax, where the point spread was a push, so nobody won a bonus point.  Perhaps that is why 3 bonus points earns the King spot this season, to be split between HolyPicks, Pontooner, jamucc, and Laurenza13.  (I only pay one year-end prize per winner, so MurphysLaw doesn’t split this despite also getting 3 bonus points.)

 

Pay the Middleman prize goes to the person landing right in the middle of the pack, along with anyone tied with that person.  We have a 4-way split between SexyLad, AJpats1221, Go(big)Blue, and Fosser.

 

Finally, the Booby prize is a bit tricky…while there were several low scores this year, the rules require picking at least 12 Thursday night games to be eligible for this prize.  While Wally and Rao had the lowest scores at 117 and 118, respectively, both of these players frequently failed to pick the Thursday night game, disqualifying them from the Booby prize.  The Loser grand champion, therefore, is IhatethePats, who managed a score of 122 for the season, 39 points behind 1st place, while picking every single one of the 255 games that had to be picked this year.  Congrats!

 

Please see below for a chart of the year-end winners and bananas.

 

As for Weekly results:

 

Week 17 had a juicy final sidepool of 660 up for grabs.  When the Football Team beat the Eagles (who seemed to fold their hand in the 4th quarter, much to the dismay of Giants fans, and people in our pool who picked Philly), we ended up with a 3-way tie for 1st and 2nd in Week 17 between JamieD, sassinator, and YaBoyJenks.  Since all three of these players were in the sidepool, they split a nice total of 810 (100 for 1st, 50 for 2nd, and 660 in the sidepool.)  This works out to an even 270 bananas each, which is a great way to cap the season for them.  Congratulations!

 

Week 16 had a 9-way tie heading in to the week, and two of these players remain tied after scoring 12 right in Week 17.  Congrats to Bourne and G$, who will get $75 each, splitting 1st and 2nd prizes.

 

Thank you for all who participated, it was a very interesting race this memorable COVID season, and I look forward to hopefully a return to normalcy next year.  I’ll see you then! 

 

2020 pool Final Standings, through Week 17

Final Place

PlayerName

YTD

 

Wk 16  Rank

 

 

Prize

 

 

Bananas

1st

SweetMan

161

1st      

Y/E 1st

615.00

2nd

NHBroncosFan

159

2nd (t)

Y/E 2nd

310.00

3rd

CiscoKid

158

4th

Y/E 3rd

170.00

4th (t)

BrotherBruce

157

2nd (t)

Y/E 4th (t)

42.50

4th (t)

MurphysLaw

157

5th  

Y/E 4th (t)

42.50

6th

ShakeAndBake

156

6th (t)

Best Loser

70.00

 

HolyPicks

3 bps

 

Bonus King

13.75

 

Pontooner

3 bps

 

Bonus King

13.75

 

jamucc

3 bps

 

Bonus King

13.75

 

Fosser

3 bps

 

Bonus King

13.75

 

 

 

 

 

              

40th (t)

SexyLad

147

 

Middleman

13.75

40th (t)

AJpats1221

147

 

Middleman

13.75

40th (t)

Go(big)Blue

147

 

Middleman

13.75

40th (t)

Fosser

147

 

Middleman

13.75

 

 

 

 

 

 

78th   

IhatethePats

122

 

Booby Prize

40.00

 

 

You can check out your standing in the Year-to-Date race by selecting “Week 99” in the “Everyone’s Points” report.

 

Accounting 2020 pool

Please remember that these are tentative, as discussed below in the COVID-19 policy section.  IF we get in a full season, here are the year-end prizes and accounting:

 

80 entries in the pool this year, down 3 from last year, and down from record of 86 in 2018.  Still, an impressive turnout for this pandemic season!

 

4000 bananas

    50 web site fee

3950 prize pool

 

100 Weekly 1st

  50 Weekly 2nd

17 Weeks * 150/week = 2550 weekly prizes

 

1400 for season-end prize pool

 

615 1st place

310 2nd place

170 3rd place

  85 4th place

  70 Best Loser

  55 Pay the Middleman

  55 Bonus King

  40 Booby prize—need to enter at least 12 Thursday night games to be eligible

 

100% of all entries, less the small web site fee, are returned to the prize pool.

 

COVID-19 news and policy

The following COVID-19 policies remain in effect.  As a reminder, this is how I intend to handle potential COVID-19 related cancelations in the football pool: