Football Pool Recapping

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

It started off as a bad week for me, as I entered the Monday night slate of games in next to last place, and that was only because one participant had failed to cast their week one picks! But with a pair of late victories by the New England Patriots and San Diego Chargers, I jumped over 100 points for the week and leaped four players to finish the first week in 14th overall, but trailing the overall leader by just 20 points.

The way this pool works is you make your picks and assign confidence points, from 1-16. For example, if I feel strongly confident that the New England Patriots will beat the Detroit Lions, which if the situation came up I would, I would assign the game 16 points. If I was unsure who would win a match-up between the Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs, I would pick a team and assign just one point, so I would not be hurt too much by a loss.

There is a winner every week based on points received each week of the NFL season and the points accumulate all season to determine an overall winner.

Looking at the graph below, as primitive as it is for week one data, shows how I did compared to the weekly winner (congrats to StreetRebel). The red line will track the difference between my points and the weekly winner's points. In addition, the orange line represents my dad's progress.
Of course I will also be paying close attention to the overall points total between my dad and I. Last season my dad destroyed me overall, although I will always hold the fact that I have had the company pool's only recorded perfect week.

This week I fell behind early but used a strong back end of picks to close the gap and pull within 12 points as we prepare for week two. Remember, orange represents my dad while the blue bar designates my overall point total.

Tune in next week for another update on the football pool!

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