Week 15 – Results

This week I updated WordPress to a new version and the editor looks completely different.  I’m not sure I like it.  Sounds like a complain that Trafford United fans have this year.   

Weekly Comments
AM: “”Good morning to you. All up & running here in sunny Spain – why wouldn’tit be! Ha.”
Yes, I was having some server issues during a critical time of the week when this site is hammered by the 3 people that bother reading things here and the 9 or so that make entries.  Turns out it had nothing to with my site and was just some random issue.  

AM: “Good work. As a result I have tried to be kind to you & yours inmy prediction by predicting only a 0 – 2 defeat at the hands of Citeh. “
The Hornets have hit a bit of a stumbling block but at I can handle a close loss to the two leaders.  It’s the next three that matter… I’m hoping for 7 points out of the three making us 67% safe.

BE: “I was so bad last week, I thought maybe it would have been better not to pick and take the default scores”
Good decision! Full 7 place jump with probably your highest score of the year!

ME:  “Just looking at my rivalry with AM and I didn’t see AM or JE with two correct results for last week. However, you got my exacts right!!”
There was an error – AM had noticed that the results were a little wrong before you and it was because I had posted Chelsea with a 2-2 draw rather than a 2-0 win.  I then meant to update MY score to a 2-1 because I (rather stupidly changed it from 2-0 to 2-1 before the game) and didn’t do the correct column.  
The correction reduces my score by 3 and doesn’t change AM’s score but just makes it more obvious that it was correct.  Sorry I couldn’t help you there – luckily this week he helped you himself with his picks!!!

Improved Predictions
Dropped me a few places…. BE really did do badly!

Interesting to note that both AM and ME spotted the errors this week!  Rivalry much?

Weekly Predictions and Results

Guesses
Good Week For BB and me. The me me and not the ME ME
Aggregate Positions

Prognosticator of the Week
I might be biased but this week I would give it to myself because I only got two incorrect.  The strategy this week was to randomly throw out some numbers between 1-3 for the team that looked favorite.   Can’t believe Charlie Austin scored in Fergie time against the Potato chickens keeping me from a QUADzacta.

But BB beat me out on alphabetical grounds.

Don’t forget to pick again this for this weekend.

Week 14 – Picks and Results

This past week I was too busy to provide an amusing or information or just post so here’s a simple round up of the picks and the results.

Crappy Guesses

He Caught Me Cheating!!

Who’s the Overall Leader?

Prognosticator of the Week
No one stands out this week.

Week 13 – Picks

Once again we are short some late pickers so I’ll be adding them sometime in the future.

Whatevs.

This week’s picks (so far)

These picks aren’t final until they are all received.

Guesses

Last Week’s Update

I forgot last week to select the prognosticator of the week so here is the winner. It’s KMFE!  She won this week because she picked a Citeh win of 5-0 over the Traffordians.  It might not have happened but that’s one hell of a prediction!

This week’s comments

BB: “no idea. I’m on jury service so my brain is dead. Too much hanging around makes the brain shrivel and die.”
Ozil is supposedly Arsenal’s brain… that doesn’t’ bode well!

BE: “Hope my entry isn’t a complete turkey this week!”
That’s a terrible joke but I appreciate the Thanksgiving effort.  Here’s one you might like:

Did you hear about the guy who gave up eating leftovers?
He quit cold turkey.

ME:  <answers to this week’s trivia>
KMFE answered in the comments like I expected.  I will provide the full answers soon!

Further Analysis
Nothing further this week because .. well I didn’t think of anything until it was too late!  I’ll make a mid-week post instead.

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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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

Week 7 – Picks

Here are the weeks.  Just one left to pick – see if you can guess who!

Tough Guesses This Week

This Weeks Comments

AM: No time for idle chat this week. Ryder Cup looming so gotta get to bed, up early – first tee time UK time is 07:10. Go Europe. 🙂
Looks like Europe got up late on the first day.  Here’s hoping it’s a friendly affair as I’m a bit tired of it ending up like a Duncan Ferguson era Merseyside derby.

BB: “I did enjoy the look that Mourinho gave Pogba at the training ground. I think that there may be a little bit of resentment setting in with regard to their relationship. ”
I know you like to rewrite song lyrics so here we go trying with Never Tear Us Apart (INXS):

“Don’t ask Jose
What you know is true
Don’t have to tell you
I drop you as vice-captain
I was managing
You were there
Two egos collided
And our looks could tear us apart”

 

Pretty crappy effort.

ME: I can’t find Spuds v Watford in the fixtures!😊
Well since our 2nd team lost to your 1st and 1/2 team in the Milk Cup we won’t be meeting again in that competition.

ME: Spuds must show a really positive attitude and get a good result! Please….
Getting desperate.. where are your team playing their next game? Milton Keynes again?

KMFE: Trying an experiment this week picking with odds quoted by the newly-legal sports books in NJ and other states… Let’s see how right they are…
Not a bad strategy.  Betwin.com finished quite well last year as I tracked them week over week!  Good luck – if it works you could automate this!

For those that don’t know when we were in NY we saw loads of these posters as they just made gambling on sports legal in the USA (kind of).

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AA: Insert witty, informed-sounding comment about strikers and loaned players, criticism of managers and tut tuts about that one player who can’t seem to keep from falling apart at exactly the wrong moment. Followed up by slightly off-colour inside joke

Looks like Aaron Ramsey’s contract renewal has hit a snag and he may go on a free transfer at the end of the year.  He could go on loan like Wilshere last year in order to gain regular first team injuries as Unai Emery doesn’t seem to understand he’s the critical link man.    In other news, Chelsea released their tactics recently not realizing that they have an infinite loop.

 

Infinite Loop

And I think I’ve discovered what’s wrong with Sanchez!

The inspiration for this is the following amusing video….not quite Fenton but not bad.

The following is how long I spent making my picks this week: