Week 12 – Picks

This weeks current set of picks (subject to change and additions as we get late entries).  [Edit: Updated with just one outstanding picker], finally.  LS doing well!].

Still waiting for some people.

The Bus is Late

Just a short post this week.  I’ve often thought that Harry the Hornet was one of the best mascots in the world.

Water Hose!

But this week I found a couple of better non-football related mascots worth watching.  The first is a Chicago minor league mascot.

The second is Benny the Bull who has a massive series of fantastic videos.  He retired a couple of years ago.

Comments

KMFE:  “C’mon City!!! #bluemoonrising”
ME: “I think Man Pretty will beat United… another close game.”
No comment.  Trying to reduce an often inferred bias: it has been said that I unfairly treat Manchester United by pointing out how annoying they are.

ME: “Spuds will need a bit of luck to beat the parked bus of Palace and may want to buy Zaha after the game. Going to be nail biting.”
What’s going on with Arry?  Isn’t he good enough?

BE: “I did my predictions after BE to ensure no cheating… lol”
Mr Funny man!

Week 11 – Results

During the picks last week I posted an image of Wayne Rooney as Shrek declaring that he would never again play for England.  I’d like to apologize to Mr. Rooney because it turns out that he will be playing for England in his very own international testimonial!

Given the result of his Premier League testimonial – a 0-0 draw in Mourinho’s first game – England should be the perfect team to recreate that score.

If England can’t fail to score, no team can.

This weeks results have a tie between ME and AM this week.  This represents the second week in a row that ME has topped the table.

At the bottom was LJ who is once again proving that the more you know about football the harder it is to make correct predictions.  On reflection, maybe ME is proving that too.

Prognosticator of the week goes to AA who managed to pick a 2-3 result out of the hat for Wolves at home against the potato chickens.

Congrats AM/ME and AA!

Picks for the next 2 scheduled weeks are up.

Week 11 – Picks

So we’re waiting on JE (as per usual) and LS.. luckily Paul Merson was around to provide KMFE her picks as she tries to come up with a new methodology.

Time is Counting Down

Here are the predictions that some of us (or Paul Merson) have made and the lucky guesses that ME put forward.

This weeks Comments

It’s hard to know how some of the games might go as many of the players were out trick or treating earlier in the week.

Looks Rude! But He’s Just Drinking

KMFE: “Using Paul Merson’s picks this week as a test (William Hill, you haven’t helped me!)… Hoping they’re not too coke-addled and drunken…”
I actually tracked Paul Merson a couple of years ago as SuperComputer 2.  He was better than Mark Lawrenson but he also forgot to pick mid-week games.

BE:  “If ME does well again this week, I think I will have to start copying his predictions this year!”
They’re guesses not predictions.  You’re a second half player….. and he’s like Spurs….shows promise but never wins in the end.

ME:  “Newcastle are really struggling and your Moosemen should dispose of them.”
You can’t lose every home game and it’s about time but I hope you’re right.  It’s nice to be in the top half of the table.

ME: “West Ham are rubbish but so are Burnley… I think I will choose the home team.”
You stole my go to analysis!

ME: “Fulham are struggling as are Huddersfield..expect both to go down…but Fulham really are pretty dire and will probably lose this one…of course I could be wrong or right…who knows!!”

BE wants to copy this?

AB’s Trivia Corner
This week AB provided another piece of strange football trivia:

In 1992, Stig Inge Bjornebye signed with Liverpool with a clause forbidding being within 200 meters of a ski slope. Seems somewhat harsh on a Norwegian.  Not only was Bjornebye a keen skier, but also had followed his dad’s passion for ski jumping. His father, Jo Inge, was an Olympic ski jumper for Norway.

Analysis

I’m forgoing analysis this week to instead show you what some of the players were dressed as for this Halloween week.

Hugo decided that if he couldn’t drive while drinking he would direct traffic while being a drink.

Beer Lloris

Rooney doesn’t play in England anymore and definitely not for England but that didn’t stop him going in his England cap costume.

Shroonek!

Shaqiri went to his party as the great british comedian Loads-a-money Stavros.

Shaqiri Not Trying Hard As Harry Enfield

Anyone seen Adam Lallana?

Where is Adam Lallana

And while most teams don’t pay most of their staff a livable wage  (you can sign the petition). Sanchez wanted to go as someone “made of money”…

Mr Made of Money

KDB went in this rather amusing gown ..

I have a BUM… (knee)

Some players just didn’t want to participate.

Pogba Pride

But the winner of the best costume had to be John Terry

Where’s Yer Missus?

That’s all we have time for.

Week 10 – Results

Not sure how anyone who thought the potato chickens would be the Citeh finished top this week…. but they did.

Not a lot changed but the AM / ME rivalry is neck and neck.

Week 10 – Picks

Here are this weeks picks.  I thought it would end up being more difficult than it has ended up being so far.

ME is currently winning as he has an exact, a difference, a draw, wins but NOTHING wrong.

Despite this great performance, prognosticator of the week goes to AM who predicted that Watford a.k.a. the “mighty meese” would thump the opposition 3-0!  Well done.

Guesses (subject to change)Some key comments:

ME:
“I have Spurs for a win but I think my head didn’t have much to do with this decision; I expect to be the only Spurs picker.”
Obviously.

“Unfortunately, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Man U could all win..”
With you on four of those.

“I am supporting your Moosemen this week hoping they are over their little blip.”
Not like AM though!

“Enjoy the wedding.”
You were asked about.  I lied and said you looked and were well 🙂

BB:  “I do like the fact I couldn’t put Chelsea down to score 40. Nice.”
I can change that if you really think that’s going to be the score 🙂  I should put checks in to stop people having Spuds score more goals than Citeh!

JE:  “I should have had those three ribs. Food on the plane was horrendous.”
How can a chicken sandwich with no chicken be bad?  It’s just bread.

KMFE: “Dear Arsenal, Figure out what to do with Danny Welbeck. He’s still pretty good.”
Perhaps Citeh will buy him!  He needs to move to a team to play.. He’s better than a bench-warmer.  I’d trade Andre Grey and/or Deeney for him.

Week 9 – Results

I should hopefully resume the normal sarcastic posts this week but for now I’ll just post the results.

This week I downgraded my score after I realized that I had incorrectly listed a 1-1 draw for Chelsea over Manchester United when I had, in fact, picked a 2-1 victory for the home team.  This pushed me down into second place and left ME as the sole weekly leader.

Weekly Leaders

Only one point separates ME and AM!   KMFE  An online betting company gains some points this week but not enough to rise from relegation danger.

Season Leaders

Quotes of the Week

ME: “Another tough week!!”
Rope-a-dope ?

ME:  “Bournemouth to win the sunshine derby.” “Chelski will continue their form and get Mourinho sacked..” “I would like to pick Watford but Wolves are on a roll.. really tough call, maybe a draw is the order of the day!”
Makes me wonder if you weren’t just a wee bit lucky this week.

KMFE: “The Raheem from the England/Spain game will be the one who shows up for us, right? :-)”
Who needs Raheem when you have Bilva, Sane, Mahrez, Fernandino, and Aguero?  That’s right, Madrid.

BB: “Have no idea. Been thinking about bots and law firms not football.”

Legal Briefs

LJ: “The Hornets are stuck in reverse so I have to go against them this week again. Sorry mate…..”

Keep Picking Against us LJ!

LS: crickets
No one expected 2-0 the other way!

AB’s Quiz Corner
AB: “Which player has scored in the most diverse number of competitive club football competitions – during the same football season?”

 

Week 9 – Picks

Apologies for the lack of additional analysis on the games this week. I chose pizza and beer over intellectualizing.

Picks

Results so Far (up to and not including Liverpool leading 1-0 at Huddersfield at half-time)

Week 8 – Results

Keeping it simple this week with just the results (because no one interesting won).

And no one interesting is winning.

Next three weeks worth of picks are ready for picking – you know where the link is.

Week 8 – Picks

Bit of a fubar this week as I put the games to be played on 10/5 and forgot to check for Friday games.  I had become complacent as we had settled into a regular weekend schedule.

Results have been defaulted to 0-0 for AA.

Guesses

Not much to say this week except that one person (shall remain nameless) picked Watford to win at home against Bournemouth and then shamelessly re-entered picks to change it to a draw.

There was also a pick that came in very late for the Brighton vs West Ham came that is under investigation for suspicious picking!  The commissioner will be looking into this!

Sorry for the mess.  I will be posting entry forms for next week tomorrow.

Week 7 – Results

This week’s theme is never give up.

Here’s how the table look at the end of the day Saturday.

Looking Up
Time to Get Better Results

Here’s how the table shifted as the final two games came home and the bottom dwellers moved above mid-table.

Looking Up and Down

NEVER give up.

Here’s where the current aggregate rankings are.

Overall