Week 21 – Broncos’ Swingin’ D’

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Defense was the big swing factor. Denver vaulted Snowflake into overall 1st and boosted little brother Huey into 3rd. Cassie, Stacie, Bautista, and I felt like Cam… just watching fumbles bounce the other way and dollar dollar bills vanish. The Broncos deserved the win and it was a fitting end to another exciting year of pool action. We wish everyone the best offseason and it’s never too early to start prepping for next year… a lot / most of you guys need a ton of help. Peace out!

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Week 20 – It’s Game Time

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I hope this one ends like it did for Woody and his pals in Toy Story 3. I liken the Bronco’s season much to that of the Toy Story trilogy. The Sheriff and his friends triumphed over often times what appeared to be insurmountable adversity by sticking together and never leaving a man/toy behind. But now they’re up against a machine that has been (for the most part) lights out on both sides of the ball. If the Sheriff comes with a plan, this one could leave us all in tears much like the last 10 minutes of TS3… I didn’t cry but I noticed a lot of other people around me in the theater.

Stacie D had a pretty incredible comeback which is left her vying for the big money once again (2nd time in 3 seasons). A 39 point swing is up for grabs in the upcoming SB week. Not to discourage anyone from finishing the season strong and with great pride, but sadly this puts everyone outside the top 5 in our main pool in a no-mo-money spot. Inside the top 5… all kinds of crazy stuff can happen. Similarly in the Hot Tub… top 4 have a chance at the bling bling.

All AFC/NFC picks have been accounted for in the latest point totals. Bob was the only one to get any points this season for a correct SB team in rolling with Denver. However, this was thoroughly negated by his -24. There’s no more hating on low points at this point, we all know what you were trying to do… the bigger questions is what were you doing all season :)

Good luck and don’t forget your one final pick sheet before game time!

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Week 18 – Beer Me Bro!

By no stretch of the imagination am I a Steelers fan. I really tried to like Cincy… I didn’t pick them, but I tried to like them. However, the whole Saturday night debacle was pretty disgraceful: Marvin Lewis’ lack of leadership, dirty plays, and most importantly… if you’re dumb enough to throw a $12 beer at a guy being carted off the field, at least give him a heads up so he can have a chance at enjoying the tasty brew. Those stale beers should have been thrown at Lewis and Dalton. It’s the playoffs. Big Ben would play with a fractured skull but Dalton’s pinkie was too painful to sack up for his team. You can’t get your hair to look like that without using your thumb… trust me… I’ve tried (it was a few years ago and a College thang).

There were several perfect scores this week, but Meghan & Danita were the biggest winners. Meghan moved into 6th (in striking distance for some diaper cash) and Danita is now leading the Hot Tub once again! Rich posted a -40. This is about 100 points off anything acceptable. Phillip wasn’t too far behind with a -16: the opposite of good.

Division Week!! Good luck and get your picks in before Saturday kickoff!

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Week 16 and a Weak 17

Hope everyone had a great New Year! Jason got back on track in Week 16 after soliciting some solid advice from Mallory (who undoubtedly used her Jedi powers to see into the future). If you’re in the top 10ish at this point, you can still finish in the money. The key is using the force. Gary posted the high in Week 17… which was pretty ugly for most of us. However, he’s still got a little work to do to overtake Faulkner who finally pried 1st away from Danita in the Hot Tub… for now.

hekkerOlga had another rough outing in Week 16, but for the past two weeks, Rich has been as embarrassing as Johnny Hekker. It’s sad to see a grown man cower in fear. Cassie would probably help you some if you just regularly proclaim her greatness. She must think she’s about one week away from taking over 1st place… but I think not!

Wild Card weekend is upon us and it’s all big wagers from here on out! Dreams will be made… and shattered. As exciting as the playoffs are, it starts a sad progression towards the end of football season. It was hard to say goodbye to Scott Hason on Sunday. I’ll miss you my friend. Good luck as we start the post season… get your picks in before the first game on Saturday!!

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Week 15 – Good Ol’ Saint Dick

brian_orakpoThank Santa’s evil cousin Saint Dick for a Lion’s win on the road. The comment of the week… “When have the Lions ever been up by this many points?”. Brit Brit & Trey fully capitalized by hedging on the the volatility of the NFC South (other than Carolina). Nice work but you guys still need another Christmas gift or two!

Best dressed went to Brian Orakpo this week… and Miss Colombia while she was wearing the crown. For those of you who don’t know Brian (pictured above), he likes long walks on the beach, uses GEICO and thought this pimp suit would bring a little Christmas cheer to the Titans… he was right. It’s been the highlight of their season. Olga (aka Nana)… it might be time to find a matching dress… it’s been a rough couple weeks! Kyle might let you borrow his if you ask nicely.

Good luck this week and hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas. Don’t forget to get your picks in before you start drinking too much on Christmas Eve!!

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Week 13 – 14 – Yo!! Sweetness

maxresdefaultSorry that my focus and complete domination of the pool has taken time away from what you all really enjoy! Bautista has blasted on the scene like 1990 MC Hammer or a nice lady with pumps and a bump… so here comes the hammer with a little more song title mix-ology. Richard’s gaining momentum with his too legit to quit-ness which has Danita saying “do not pass me by“. It’s all good because I’m turning this mutha out. So just pray that you don’t feel my power like a funky headhunter because this is the way we roll. Wait for it……. U can’t touch this!

Onto a more serious note… MC Hammer eventually/unfortunately faded off into the sunset. Olga… don’t let this happen to you. At one point you were in 2nd place. I hope you didn’t start taking too much advice from Bob! You got to pray just to make it today.

Good luck this week… and yes, that is an unsolved Rubik’s cube that the Hammer is dancing around.

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Week 12 – Not too Schaub-by

willhillIf you gambled on the Ravens you were essentially betting that Schaub would perform better than his traditional 2 pick 6’s per game. Well he did. He only spotted Cleveland 6 and threw one additional ‘potentially’ game losing interception. He gave his defense a chance… he gave all 7 of us in the pool that picked the Ravens a chance. The biggest winner in this equation was Olga. She jumped 5 spots in the big league and now sits in 2nd overall place. Papa Gonzalez, I’ll say it again… I think you’re getting tips from the wrong experts! Although she switched to the Hot Tub, Danita has been killing it the past few weeks and peaked just in time. She may have received an anonymous tip on the Ravens from someone doing really well in the main pool :).

EliManningPenguinSince I missed last week… Bautista had the high score, but redeemed himself with a penguin boy stat line similar to trusty Eli thanks to not ‘good good decisions’.  However, this week’s biggest bust was May… he dropped like leaves in December. C’mom May’n!!

Good luck this week and hope everyone had a nicer Thanksgiving than Chip Kelly.

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Week 11 – Time for the Hot Tub…

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Many of your favorite Thanksgiving traditions have become taking that plunge into the Hot Tub with your fellow pool bro’s. More write up to come, but just a friendly reminder that this is the week to make the switch! If you want in, just include it in your witty little email messages when you submit your picks this week and you’ll officially hit the reset button… No longer living in the past and thinking about all those “what-ifs” (examples being wagering heavy against the Bucs). There’s no opportunity to future time machine it back to this moment so choose wisely! Happy Thanksgiving for those of you that don’t read this on an hourly basis :)

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Week 10 – The Official Daisy Red Ryder Range Model 1938 Air Rifle BB Gun

andy daltonA trash can of a week was capped by the Red Ryder BB gun needing to be returned to Walmart for a full refund (as opposed to just store credit). The Bucs won but still sucked; a testament to the Cowboys. Jon Claude was almost safer by not submitting picks… after all Christopher-E managed one of our first ever regular season negative postings! You have officially outdone the Nelson clan!

Speaking of our neighborly Nelsons. It’s only fitting that on a week like this, you guys turn in the top score by a long shot. I’m beginning to think that you’re only about the fame and power association with being in the pool press vs. the dollar bills, y’all.

This is probably one of our closest seasons to date. The top 20ish spots are only separated by a handful of points and the leaders aren’t doing much to distance themselves… particularly that guy in 4th place that just seems to sit there. He’s probably just stalking his prey like a South African lion lurking in the brush.

As a reminder, Week 12 (week after this week) will mark the start of the Hot Tub. This is your last week to make a run in the big league and/or tune up before decisions need to be made! Better luck to all of us!

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Week 9 – No Mocking Jay on Monday Night

cutler_ditka_shirtOlga and Jason (Mallory) took a gamble on Smokin’ Jay Cutler… and although Jay rewarded us with one of his traditional pick 6’s, the Bears held on like Sylvester Stallone in Cliffhanger (more like the redemption grip at the end of the movie, not so much the one at the beginning). Bob studies a lot of resources each week which traditionally lead to consistent success in our pool… however, it seems like there might be one resource he could turn to that’s being under utilized in the Gonzalez house :)

After doing so well last week, Danita came back down to earth and joined Lee for the low score (which is pretty normal for Lee). Callan says that you need to do better! I’m not counting Faulkner since he only submitted one pick and was too busy chopping logs, killing deer, and training to fight a genetically engineered Russian in the arctic tundra. I’m proud of the Nelson family this year and the Hot Tub is right around the corner starting Week 12… so just two more weeks of going for upsets and then you can really start submitting picks. At least I think that’s what’s been going on.

Ed Mickey-D took the overall lead, but the Giants have a better shot of winning the NFC. We’re all coming for you my friend! Good luck this week… go Bucs!

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