The NFL regular is officially over. Let’s all take a brief moment of silence. In some ways it feels like the 4 months went by in an instant, and at other times (like when watching the Eagles on Sunday) it felt like the playoffs could not start soon enough. With the season coming to a close, we see the end of two great 3 Putt Territory segments. Our classic, if not wholly original picks section and the 3PT World Exclusive, DA Fantasy Football, both wrapped up on Sunday. A win in one of these contests is one of the last pure sporting accomplishments left in the world, and the winners should feel justly superior and have a year’s worth of bragging rights. Let’s do Pick ‘Em first….
Final Pick ‘Em Standings:
- Nichols: 46-38-1 (54.7 winning percentage)
- Big Dub H: 44-37-4 (54.3 winning percentage)
- Kraft: 45-39-1
- JCK: 44-39-2
- Grossy: 40-41-4
As you can see, this was an extremely close battle. To have it come down to one game after 85 picks is pretty amazing, especially after last year when I won fairly handily. You see, I have to mention that after this year’s horrid performance. Of course, in the deciding week, there were picks that deserved a bit of focus.
The “96 Dom Perignon” Pick of the Week:
It was a back and forth year in Pick ‘Em. I think everyone aside from yours truly held the lead at one point, but in the end it was Nichols who squeaked out the victory by the slimmest of margins. He took control in week 15 and held on from there. While it was Nichols’ year, for the week, I think we have to identify Big Dub H’s Redskins pick. Big Dub had a real nice week, and almost stole this thing, but his Washington call was on the money. He noticed something off in the line, some of us fell for it, but he backed the Grossman and was rewarded.
The “2009 Andre” Awful Pick of the Week:
I wasn’t the only handicapper that had the Dolphins on Sunday. I guess we all saw the same things. Pats had nothing to play for, the Dolphins historically give them problems. When I woke up Sunday morning I saw the line had jumped to 6 points and I wondered if the extra 1.5 would have come in handy. Hilarious. This game was over immediately. Miami never had a shot. They never had a sniff. So, what was I thinking? Well, it starts with…if you are going to make a pick based on Tom Brady not playing, make sure he’s not playing. I could have gone to several other games instead of watching Tommy Toupee charge into the 30s just after halftime. For the dagger that sent me below .500, I’ll take yet another one of these bullets.
The 2010 D.A. Football Champion Is….
Final Score: Neckbeards and Codeine 67, Team Motorboat 47.
This match-up was everything you’d expect in a D.A. Final. It ended up being a great week for DA Fantasy, and the two finalists honed in on some of the top performers. Team Motorboat had the choice of picks thanks to his higher seed and he took 2/3. That left Neckbeards with the pressure of the #1 selection. In that spot he took what I’d call a fairly safe approach by tabbing Jimmy Clausen. Clausen was coming off a great week and has virtually no D.A. downside. From there, Team Motorboat picked Colt McCoy (spiraling downward and facing the Steelers) and Charlie Whitehurst (Son of David Whitehurst, Career Passer Rating: 59.2). Coming back to Neckbeards at #4, this was the pick that ended up deciding the season. With some doubt as to the starter in Buffalo, Neckbeards took a shot and ended up with Brian Brohm. A steal if there ever was one.
In the early games, this was like a heavyweight prize fight. You can have Ali/Frazier, I’ll take Brohm and McCoy going toe to toe. Brohm exploded out of the gate with a pick-6. He’d throw 2 more picks, fumble, and get totally thrashed by the Jets on his way to 48 points. Simultaneously in Cleveland, McCoy was matching Brohm point for point. McCoy threw 3 picks of his own, he was sacked time and again and piled up the incompletions. He ran his score up to 45 points. Ninety-Three points on the board, but basically a wash. Closing out the early action was Jimmy Clausen, the #1 selection. He was good, but slightly out of place on this afternoon of greatness. His unusually accurate day produced a mere 19 points. Waiting for Whitehurst, Neckbeards was holding a 22 point lead.
Everything came down to Charlie Whitehurst in the Sunday Night game. Twenty-two points seemed like a reasonable request of Whitey, and there’s no way you can criticize the pick, but two factors that fly under the radar in DA are: Who is the opponent, and will the team lose? An ugly win can cost you a quick 7-10 points. And, there are enough bad defenses in this league to make Kerry Collins a spot fantasy starter. The Whitehurst win, against a mediocre Rams team was part of what the made the difference in this one. He didn’t turn the ball over, threw one unfortunate TD, and when it was all said and done, it added up to just 2 points. Had to be a frustrating way for Team Motorboat to go out, but all in all, it was one hell of a final.
*I’ll be in Touch With the Winners Regarding their Prizes.