2018 Rich’s Ramblings:

Week 17 and Year-End Results

 

Congratulations to BirdFeed, who managed to maintain his nest at the top of the pecking order with a decent final week of the season, and is perched alone in 1st place.  Many games had to go his way, but none more important than the final night game of the season…if Tennessee would have managed to knock off Indy, then HolyPicks would have won the pool.  Instead, HolyPicks is pushed to a 3-way tie for 2nd-4th place with noMSG and SickPuppy, who all fell just one game short of BirdFeed.  It was a tough outcome for NHBroncosFan, who had been leading the pool all the way from Week 3 through Week 15, maxing out at an amazing 11-point lead after Week 10.  His mid-season magic ran dry at the end of the season, and he fell to the painful 5th place position (tied with Bookman), out of the money.  Congratulations to the winners on tracking down and overcoming our season-long leading rabbit.

 

The other Year-End prizes were claimed as follows:

 

Best Loser goes to JR, who managed to get 157 points, only 5 behind BirdFeed, but she somehow managed to not win a single prize for the entire season (not even involved in the final 11-way tie in Week 17!)  She is well-deserving of this prize.

 

Bonus King is taken by Pikachu with a very impressive 7 bonus points this season.  Last year’s bonus king went to two people who “only” got 5 for the year.  Given that in any given week there is only an expected 1 in 8 chance to get a bonus point, scoring it in seven weeks is quite a feat.

 

Pay the Middleman is a 4-way tie between HIDK, Moe$$, PapaO, and theDodger.  Who says mediocrity doesn’t pay?!

 

Finally, the Booby prize is a bit tricky…while there were many low scores this year, the rules require picking at least 12 Thursday night games to be eligible for this prize.  Most of the people towards the bottom did not make their Thursday picks for much of the season, and failed to get the necessary 12 Thursday picks.  But congratulations go out to Capo, who fully earned his crappy score…he did not miss entering a single pick all season, and still mustered a score of 126, a mere 36 games behind BirdFeed.  Well done?!

 

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

 

As for Weekly results:

 

Week 17:  We have an 11-way logjam at the top (fun for Paula, since she needs to write and send checks to the winners.)  Splitting the 150 1st and 2nd prize are Bookman, Brgoalie33, Cleft70, HIDK, Jomama, noMSG, OldMan31, papa2, SteelCurtain17, theSandman, and TheUkranian, who all scored 13/16 games for the week.  They will win 150/11 bananas (13.67 each!).  The once-rolled sidepool will be split by six of these players:  Bookman, Brgoalie33, noMSG, OldMan31, papa2, and theSandman.  They take down 380/6 bananas (66.33 each!).

 

Week 16:  The three-way tie for 2nd place was resolved.  Bookman wins the prize over BirdFeed and CiscoKid.

 

Thank you for all who participated, it was a very interesting race this year, and congrats again to BirdFeed for claiming the top prize!!  (Somewhat interesting, the top score earned last year, by CiscoKid, was 170.)

 

2018 pool Final Standings, through Week 17

Final Place

PlayerName

YTD

 

Wk 16  Rank

 

 

Prize

 

 

Bananas

1st

BirdFeed

162

1st    

Y/E 1st

700.00

2nd (t)

HolyPicks

161

5th (t)  

Y/E 2nd (t)

225.00

2nd (t)

noMSG

161

5th (t)

Y/E 2nd (t)

225.00

2nd (t)

SickPuppy

161

3rd

Y/E 2nd (t)

225.00

5th (t)

NHBroncosFan

160

2nd

squadush

 

5th (t)

Bookman

160

8th (t)

squadush

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9th (t)

JR

157

11th (t)

Best Loser

85.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

9th (t)

Pikachu

7 bps

 

Bonus King

70.00

 

 

 

 

 

              

44th (t)

theDodger

151

 

Middleman

17.50

44th (t)

Moe$$

151

 

Middleman

17.50

44th (t)

PapaO

 

 

Middleman

17.50

44th (t)

HIDK

151

 

Middleman

17.50

 

 

 

 

 

 

80th

Capo

126

 

Booby Prize

50.00

 

 

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

 

Accounting 2018 pool

 

86 entries in the pool this year (new record, 1 more than last year)

 

4300 bananas

    50 web site fee

4250 prize pool

 

100 Weekly 1st

  50 Weekly 2nd

17 Weeks * 150/week = 2550 weekly prizes

 

1700 for season-end prize pool

 

750 1st place

375 2nd place

200 3rd place

100 4th place

  85 Best Loser

  70 Pay the Middleman

  70 Bonus King

  50 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.

 

Millionaire update:  Still no news, and for the next three weeks they will be airing repeats, so it is now official that “my” show will not air during this year’s football pool.  Bummer!  I will send out a quick notice to the pool email list in case anyone wants to catch my show.  It could be any time from January 7th to the end of May.