2017 BWI College Football Pick'Em Contest

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  1. Tom McAndrew

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    Once again, I invite you to join the BWI March Madness Pick'Em. As always, the competition is just for bragging rights. There is no entry fee to participate, and you don't win any money for winning the March Madness Pick'Em.

    To join, CLICK HERE
    (https://football.fantasysports.yahoo.com/college)

    I caution again that the process I go through to set up a group is not the same as someone that is joining a group. As such, I'm not certain of the order of the process, so if any of the below is out of sequence, please post a corrected order and I'll edit this post.

    From the above LINK, select the Join a Group pushbutton

    From the Join Group screen, go to the right side.

    In the Group ID# field, enter: 7714

    In the Password field, enter "pennstate"

    Then, select the Join Group pushbutton

    At this point, you'll have to create a handle. In Yahoo's lingo, that is your "Pick Set Name." Please try to use your board handle as your Pick Set Name. (Note: I believe the default is to have your e-mail address viewable to all. If you don't want this, then deselect that option.)

    I've opted for the weekly slate of games to be:

    - the Yahoo default games AND the B1G conference games AND Top 25 games

    - tie-breakers will be used each week

    - you get to drop your 2 worst scores for the overall competition (season-long)

    - the deadline for entering selections is 5 minutes before the start of a game

    I have not opted to pick against the point spread, or to rank your games by your confidence level.

    Each year, I try to post the final results from the previous year's standings. Alas, I did not attempt to save last year's final results until a month after the Pick'Em last year, and by that time the system would not show me the final results. My mistake.

    Week 1's slate is supposed to be available on or after August 28th. At the time of this posting, it has not yet been posted.

    Best of luck to all that play!
     
  2. Bob78

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    Thanks, Tom. Always fun.
    Btw, the title of this thread is March Madness. You might lose some folks who aren't looking closely and realize you're piggy-backing the football contest onto last spring's March Madness.
    Or maybe that is just me.
     
  3. Tom McAndrew

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    good catch. I was copying and pasting, while in a rush. Initially the instructions were for the March Madness Pick'Em. I caught that before I posted it, and corrected the instructions. Alas, I forgot that I had also copied the Subject line from the March Madness document.
     
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    I should note that the above is a bit of a change for this year. I'm pretty sure that for the past X number of years, the slate was made up of Yahoo default games AND the B1G conference games. I thought that adding Top 25 games would spruce things up a bit, and could lead to fewer ties having to be settled by the tie breakers.
     
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    Tom I'm in I guess but no games to pick yet---did I screw something up??
     
  6. Tom McAndrew

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    Not sure what the holdup is. My screen still says:

    "Picks for Week 1 will be available on or after Monday, August 28, 2017."

     
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    My picks are in....starting out 39-0! ;)
     
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    ok thanks Tom they are up now--i'm in
     
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    If you've already entered your picks, please go back in. I thought I had chosen the settings so that tiebreakers would be used to break ties. However, when I entered my picks, I noticed that the tiebreakers were not present. I went back and checked the settings, and realized that I had not selected the use of tiebreakers.

    So, if you entered your picks before 12:15 am EDT on Wednesday, you would not have entered your picks for the tiebreakers.

    Sorry for the confusion.
     
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    Week 1 Results:

    Ktownlion and bdgan lead the field, going 36-3 on the weekend. Due to the tiebreakers, Ktownlion was the winner. sneedram55, BrianS, SFNit, UncleRoyBiggins, erie lion, bytir, twak, phyrst, ncwref, and Nittanyfan333 tied for 3rd, with 35 points. There were 20 contestants, including yours truly, who tied for 4th, with 34 points.

    As the contest drops the worst two weekly scores, there isn't much sense in examining the overall competition until at least week 3.

    The slate for Week 2 has not yet been posted, so I'm not sure how many games are in the slate, or if there are any Friday games in the same slate.

    As always, best of luck to all that play, including twak!
     
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    I need to stop rooting for the teams that I did not pick! LOL!
     
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    What's the holdup with Yahoo releasing the picks? The schedules have been out for years! Or is this due to Irma?
     
  13. Tom McAndrew

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    A mystery to me. The game slates have been slower to appear in weeks 1 and 2 of this season than was the case in prior years. Perhaps it's related to my changing the slate to include 3 components, though that seems like a reach. FWIW, I thought the larger slate was a good thing in Week 1, and will make for a better competition this season. At the same time, it was interesting that one of the reasons I added to the slate this season was to minimize the situations where the tiebreakers determined the weekly winner, and in Week 1 two contestants tied, and the tiebreakers did determine the winner. ;)
     
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    Week 2 Results:

    Cigar lion, Ralphie, and AirForce1 tied for the top score, with 29 points. Due to the tiebreakers, Cigar lion took the weekly honors. Sviatoslav, KnightSlayer, WDLion, SFNit, 26heisman2017, Jrs1024, leinbacker, Mrs. Gambit, NewEra 2014, Oxnox II, and paulrandythomas tied for 3rd, with 28 points. Congrats to the aforementioned, and major kudos to Cigar lion.

    As previously indicated, I won't start tracking the season-long competition until after Week 4.

    In the real competition, the twakker bested me, as he had 26, and I had 25. That makes 2 weeks in a row that he's bested me by 1 point. Curses.

    Week 3's slate has not yet been posted.

    Best of luck to all that play, including twak!
     
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    Tom, you cost me money. When my wife (Mrs. Gambit) decided to enter this contest I said "OK, just try not to embarrass me" and she asked "What if I do really well?" I responded that if she won just one week, I would take her out the a very expensive dinner at a place of her choosing. Now she's learned a bit about negotiating having been married to a lawyer for 45 years, so she said "Win a week? That's not fair. How many times did you win a week?" Hmmm. I thought about it for a moment and I said "OK, all you have to do is beat Tom McAndrew one time and you get the dinner" and she said "Deal!". Now, I said this Tom, knowing how well you do at Pick'em and I figured I had made a safe bet. This morning, I'm in the shower and she comes in asking "When are we going to dinner?" and I say "What dinner?" and she says "The dinner I get for beating Tom McAndrew at Pick'em'". I get out of the shower and she immediately shows me last week's results. With a big smile, she said "I not only beat him. I beat him by 3 picks!" If there is a saving grace to all this, my wife gets very amorous after a fine dinner with a good bottle of wine.;)
     
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    Happy to have been of assistance. ;)
     
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    wow I blew major chunks this week!
     
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    I did poorly enough last year, but this past week was really sucky! Hope week 3 goes better.
     
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    Tom --

    Yahoo is very disappointing again this year. I am guessing that their software has decided to eliminate two weeks based on lower scores now rather than later in the contest. It might have been beneficial for Yahoo to state when this would happen later on in the contest. However, I guess, this is just my biased inclination. Let's see what will eventually happen. In any regard, I will have a better contest next year for everyone.
     
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    Week 3 Results

    Major Hoople took the weekly honors with a score of 33. SFNit had 32, and AirForce1 had 31, while 13 competitors had 30 points. Congratulations to Major Hoople.

    As previously indicated, I won't start tracking the season-long competition until after Week 4.

    In the real competition, twak and I tied with 29 points.

    Once again, it appears that I cost @fairgambit some $$, as Mrs. Gambit bested my weekly score. On the flip side, I seem to be assisting in fair getting a good bit of action, so at least he's smiling. ;)

    Week 4's slate has not yet been posted.

    Best of luck to all that play, including twak!
     
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    She's doing much better than I expected and is very consistent. I will again stress she is making all the picks herself. I don't even look at them until all the results are in.
    If she keeps beating you Tom, both my bank account, and my libido, will be gone.;)
     
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    I can't speak about your bank account. As for your libido, my suspicion is that it will be up for the "challenge." ;)
     
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