2021 Rich’s Ramblings:

Week 11 Results


Alert!!  Due to Thanksgiving, we have the normal three Thanksgiving day games on Thursday this week.  You must make those picks one hour before the games kickoff.  I will not be assigning random picks, so please be sure to make these picks before we all get swept up in the holiday fun!  If you happen to miss the deadline and can not get your picks in the system, you can always try to email me your picks, and I will get them in for you, assuming you make the picks before the games kickoff.  Looks like a super-tough week of picks this week, with lots of tiny point spreads!


We again had a player with a lead in the sidepool heading in to Monday night, but this time he could still be caught.  G$ had picked a remarkable 13 of the first 14 games correctly, and only one person in the entire pool, Pikachu, was within a game of him. Unfortunately for G$, Pikachu was also in the sidepool, and worse yet, he had TB to cover while G$ had the Giants plus 11.5.  When TB indeed covered the spread, Pikachu caught G$ to roll the sidepool over.  A doubled pot of 470 is up for grabs this week!


Of some consolation is the fact that G$ and Pikachu have each secured themselves a prize for Week 11, but we will go to tiebreak to determine who gets 1st and who gets 2nd.


Old News: Congrats to AidnBrenD for taking down the four-way tie for 2nd prize in Week 10.


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 remain 1st and 2nd heading in to Week 12.














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The website is ready for Week 12.


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.