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Posted by: Guru
- [330592710] Mon, Jan 25, 2010, 10:49

Quote of the day
"As they say down in the French Quarter, ‘Let the bon temps rouler.’ " -- Fox analyst Jimmy Johnson, after the Saints advanced to the Super Bowl

Daily Blurb
To look at the final score of the NFC Championship game, you’d think it was a shootout. But after the first quarter, almost all of the bullets were being fired from the Vikings side of the line. Unfortunately, way too many hit their own feet. The Saints could only score when they started out close to the goal line. And the Vikings only failed to score when they turned the ball over.

Twenty-seven Football Pickoff slates had the maximum possible score of 129 points. Mine wasn’t one of them, but I somehow hung on to a razor thin lead (5 points) going into the final game, meaning that I control my own destiny. And I’ve got almost two full weeks to figure out who to pick. Indy is currently listed as a slight favorite, and I suspect that’ll perist.

While waiting for the Super Bowl, you can get started on GuruGolf, which launched over the weekend. This week’s tournament – the Farmers Insurance Open – will be the only preseason week, essentially just for practice. The regular season starts with the first tournament in February.

      ID: 530142510
      Mon, Jan 25, 2010, 11:15
Hey Guru,

Great race for first place. I don't remember it every being this close. I know that you can't be the official winner of this thing but if someone finishes in second place behind you then are they considered the winner for prizes? It will make a big difference for what I pick because I have a balancing act. I don't want to risk losing the midseason pool but if you don't count then I don't have to worry about it and I can concentrate on what's best for my fullseason pool.
      ID: 330592710
      Mon, Jan 25, 2010, 11:22
Yes, all financial prizes will be determined as though my entry is excluded. (I may retain the Hall of Fame listing for myself, however.)
      ID: 330592710
      Mon, Jan 25, 2010, 11:30
Just a note on my selection strategy for the past weekend.

I figured that most of the contenders would select Indy, which means that they would likely double their Minn/NO pick. Thus, I figured that I should probably double my pick in that game as well. If I got that game right, I'd be in good shape. If I missed it, I would probably be toast, as I figured the top contenders would be split on that game. And if I got it right but didn't double it, I could also be in trouble.

For the Jets/Indy game, I took the Jets just to protect against someone taking the Jets and doubling. I thought that if I got the Saints pick right, I could probably withstand a Jets hit. But that decision was easier to make when the Jets were an 80/20 underdog. As the odds went up over 30%, it got tougher to stay with that pick. Fortunately, I just barely squeaked by.

In any event, I think I'm in the same position I'd be in if I picked Indy. I'd still have to get the Super Bowl right to win it all.
      ID: 41115208
      Mon, Jan 25, 2010, 12:11
Congrats to all the Pickoff contenders! Nice job Guru on maintaining that lead going into the Super Bowl. Hopefully the outcome of the Super Bowl decides the final standings, and I suspect it will, as that always makes the game more intense with the Pickoff Championship on the line! :)
5Perm Dude
      ID: 5510572522
      Mon, Jan 25, 2010, 21:38
I would have done much, much better if I'd just sat out the last 5 weeks or so.
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