2021 Rich’s Ramblings:

Week 12 Results


Last week looked like it would be challenging, and indeed it was, unless your name is JR! She had a smashing week, getting to the enviable position of leading the pool by a game heading in to Monday night.  However, she still needed to perform on Monday, as NHBroncosFan had a chance to catch her and roll the sidepool over if the Seahawks could overcome the Football Team.  Alas for everyone in the sidepool except JR, the Football Team prevailed in a game that went down to the wire, meaning JR wins both the Week 12 1st prize (90), and the once-rolled sidepool (470) for a tidy win of 560 bananas.


Bourne, who also picked Seattle, finished just one game back of JR, but beat everyone else to claim the Week 12 2nd prize.


As for old news, we had a 2-way tie for 1st and 2nd in Week 11, and that was resolved. Pikachu and G$ both had solid performances in Week 12 too, but Pikachu ThunderShocked G$ by a score of 10-9, giving Pikachu 1st prize, and G$ 2nd.


While you can get the full standings by checking out Week 99 in the “Everyone’s Points report, here is a snapshot of what it looks like at the top. TheUkranian and AJpats1221 are now tied for 1st, and all seventeen names below are within 6 points from the top!






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The website is ready for Week 13.


Accounting 2021 pool


73 entries in the pool this year, down 7 from last year, and down from record of 86 in 2018.  This, in combination with the fact that we have 18 weeks this season, means that I needed to drop the prizes for 1st and 2nd place by $10 each this season.  73 * 50 means we have a total pot of 3650 to fund the pool this year.  Here is the accounting of how that fund will be distributed


3650 bananas collected

    50 web site fee

3600 prize pool


90 Weekly 1st

40 Weekly 2nd

18 Weeks * 130/week = 2340 weekly prizes


1260 for season-end prize pool


555 1st place

275 2nd place

150 3rd place

  75 4th place

  65 Best Loser

  50 Pay the Middleman

  50 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.


Additional notes for the year-end prizes:

If you want to be in the running for the Booby prize (low score for the season), then you must try to pick winners for each game.  You will lose the chance to win the booby prize if you fail to make your Thursday picks.  I’ll allow no more than 5 blank Thursday games to be eligible for the Booby prize.


One small rule change for year-end prizes this year…I offer two smallish prizes for “Pay the Middleman” and “Bonus King”, but lately these have often been split between several players, watering down the prize significantly.  (Imagine being in an 8-way tie for one of these prizes…it’s happened!)  Therefore I will only pay one winner for each of these prizes.  You get the Middleman prize if you end up exactly in the middle of the pool, based on the algorithm the website uses to list players who are tied.  One winner only…a bit more luck involved, but the prize will be more meaningful.  Same with Bonus King…if there is a tie, this will go to the player with the highest cumulative score in the Year-end race. 

Please read:  YOU are responsible to make sure the system received your picks

After you hit the ‘Submit Your Picks’ button, you will get a page that has the title “The Following Picks Have Been Received For PlayerName”.  Please print out this page, and verify that all the picks are the ones you meant to make.  The following (unfortunate) scenarios have happened in the past:


If you fill out your picks but do not hit the ‘Submit’ button, the system will not get your picks.  If you hit submit, but manage to lose internet connection before you get the confirmation page, then the system did not get your picks.  Finally, it is possible to accidently select the wrong team in the drop down box, so you might discover on Sunday that you mistakenly picked a team you did not mean to.  If you print out the confirmation page, then you will know (and have proof) that your picks are in the system.