Tuesday Morning Self-Esteem Check.

Down to a Two-Horse Race?

Get busy winning, or get busy losing.  I’m not sure how things are going in professional tout circles, but we’ve got a few guys around these parts riding the ice luge straight to the curb outside your local OTB.  At this point, it’s just get to the playoffs, clear the slate and start the annual 11-0 dream run.  That isn’t to say we’ve all been losing, though.  I’m trying to show a little scrap.  Give Big Dub something to think about.  With 15 games to go, we’ve got some separation.  Will we dive-bomb back to the field?  Will one of us streak over 60%?  Stay tuned.  And, in D.A. Fantasy Football…the playoffs are set!  More on that later.  Cue the Deer…

NFL Pick ‘Em Standings:  

  1. Big Dub:  38-28-4
  2. Grossy:  38-29-3
  3. JCK:  33-36-1
  4. Kraft:  31-34-5
  5. Nichols:  31-37-2

The “Pre-Ordered Honey Baked Christmas Ham” Pick of the Week: Here’s a little tidbit for you…Green Bay who is 13-0 in the actual standings is 9-4 against the spread.  That’s a pretty good record for a team that has spent most of the year as a prohibitive favorite.  Factor in Green Bay’s potent offense, and it’s a little surprising they haven’t been a more popular pick.  I guess their defense is scaring people off, but there was nothing to worry about this Sunday.  JCK, in dire need of a rally, successfully landed on the Packers and the game was a cover as soon as Carson Palmer set foot on the frozen tundra.

The “What Am I Going to do With My Ben Francisco Jersey,” Awful Pick of the Week:  Dub did the old preemptive request, but New Orleans didn’t cover with enough flair for my liking.  Kraft picked the Red Rifle, but he’s blatantly pro-Dalton, and we can’t hold that against him.  Nope, I think I’m going right back to JCK.  After all, he’s slipping in the standings for a reason.  You win one, you lose some.  Just like the headline said.  So, the Chiefs?  Really?  On the road?  Palko?  Against the Jets?  Hmmm.  This pick was so bad that Todd Haley got fired.

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D.A. Final Standings and Summaries:

We did a little something different with the D.A. Page today.  If you want some thoughts on the year, some info on the playoffs teams, odds to win, and various other odds & ends…you can just check out the old link.

Final Regular Season Standings:

  1. Neckbeards and Codeine: 10-4 (349.5 points)
  2. JCK:  8-6 (282.75 points)
  3. Eli Esses D:  8-6 (213.25 points)
  4. Kraft: 7-7 (436.0 points)
  5. Team Horse Face: 7-7 (392.0 points)
  6. Fake Chow:  7-7 (388.75 points)
  7. The Slop Jocks: 5-9 (259.75 points)
  8. The Shiva Cry:  4-10 (275.25 points

Eli Esses D Barges into the Playoffs with 58.25 to 25.5 win over The Slop Jocks. 

The comeback is complete for Eli Esses D.  They brought in a new general manager midway through the year and things really turned around.  Crippled by a miserable point total, Big Dub had to have a win.  With the 4th pick he was lucky to get Dan Orlovsky (sans late-game magic) who put up 37 points.  Matt Moore’s 21.25 points pre-Losman were just gravy.  The loss ended a disappointing year for last year’s regular season champs, The Slop Jocks.  D.A. Fantasy proves to be a bit like the Super Bowl.  The year after, there’s always a hangover.

Team Horse Face Edges Kraft with 44 to 38.5 Win, Comes up Short in Playoff Bid  

This was the most important head-t0-head matchup in the standings.  Team Horse Face needed a win and a lot of help, Kraft was looking strong regardless thanks to a league-leading point total. It ended up being a close contest.  Josh Freeman, who may make his presence felt in the playoffs, led the way for Kraft with 38 points, but the star of the day was Christian Ponder.  A lot of people probably say…finally.  Ponder was benched in favor of Joe Webb and had the elusive sack/fumble/TD recovery on his way to 33 points.  In the end, though, Kraft moves on and Team Horse Face didn’t quite get the help they needed.

Neckbeards and Codeine Knock Fake Chow from the Playoffs with 49 to 28 Win.  

Tough fate for last year’s runner-up, Fake Chow.  They get a tough match-up in a must-win game and eventually lose out on the tie-breaker.  Neckbeards showed no mercy on their way to their 10th victory.  It all started on Thursday night with Colt McCoy’s usual avalanche of incompletions (37 points).  By the time Monday rolled around, Nichols needed better than 20 points from Tarvaris Jackson, but the Rams defense proved to be too soft.

JCK Snatches Playoff Bid with 54.5 to 46 win over The Shiva Cry. 

If I know The Shiva Cry, and I like to think that I do, knocking JCK out of the playoffs would have been almost as satisfying as making the post-season himself.  He got his picks in about 30 seconds before the deadline on Sunday and thankfully for him, Ryan Fitzpatrick was on board.  Fitzy hit rock bottom with 51 points.  He was atrocious, but he needed to be to offset the TD slangin’ Mark Sanchez.  The match looked lost early in the game Monday night for JCK with Sam Bradford getting the start and not doing anything spectacular, but he’d eventually throw a pick, the incompletions would pile up, and he’d finish with 31 points.  Enough to vault the squad into the playoffs.

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3-PT D.A. of the Week.  

There were a few candidates this week.  Christian Ponder was benched and had a Fumble-6, which is a very rare combination.  If only McNabb was still there to go into the game.  I’m going to award the prize to Ryan Fitzpatrick, though.  I think it’s fitting.  He deserves recognition for what he’s done to the Bills season.  A long while back, I picked the Bills to go 8-8 this year and I’m sure everyone had a good chuckle out of that.  Then, for a few weeks I was looking like a genius.  Now, the Bills are getting throttled every week and Fitzy has to shoulder some blame.  How are these guys so inaccurate?  It boggles my mind.  They don’t have good arms.  The aren’t mobile.  Which skill was it that got them into the league in the first place?  So, enjoy your award, Fitzy, you’ll probably be holding a clipboard next season.

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3 thoughts on “Tuesday Morning Self-Esteem Check.

  1. Your draft strategy next year:

    Picks 1-5: Rodgers
    Picks 6-8: Brees
    Picks 9-10: Brady
    Picks 11-12: Cam Newton

    Never: Andy Dalton.

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