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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

NFL Picks Contest-Week 13 Results


Here are the Week 13 results.

4th And Long- Baltimore (W 20-17)
TwoMinuteWarning- Baltimore (W 20-17)
Music City Momma- Kansas City (W 40-9)
MOJO- Carolina (L 21-29)
Vegas Vic- Kansas City (W 40-9)
Captain Crunch- Kansas City (W 40-9)
Rob- Carolina (L 21-29)
OneAndDone- Baltimore (W 20-17)
Wide Right- Kansas City (W 40-9)
Grange95- Kansas City (W 40-9)
mrben09- Carolina (L 21-29)

Here are the current standings:

Music City Momma- 15+53+35+30+35+16+19+23+25+46+17+27+41=382
Captain Crunch- 28+53+26+30+35+16+20+32+25-(4)+17+27+41=346
Wide Right- 24+53+35+30+36+16+19+23+25-(15)+20+13+41=320
Vegas Vic- 11+28+26+30+35-(2)+20+32+16+46+17+13+41=313
Grange95- 11+53+35+30+36-(2)+28+24+16+18+18-(3)+41=305
mrben09- 59+53+35+30+35-(2)+20+24+25-(15)+17+27-(8)=300
TwoMinuteWarning- 15+28+35+30+35+16+20+24+16-(4)+20+49+13=297
OneAndDone- 11+16+26-(15)+35+16+20+32+25+46+44+13+13=282
4thAndLong- 59+28+35+30+36-(2)+20+24+16-(15)+17+13+13=274
MOJO- 15+53+35+30+36-(2)+20+24+0-(4)+17+13-(8)=229
Rob- 28+16+26-(15)+35+16+20+24+25-(15)+14+13-(8)=179

All-time record score: 515 pts- cokeboy99 (2014-15 season)

Saturday, November 30, 2019

NFL Picks Contest-Week 13 Picks


Here are the Week 13 picks.

Thanks for playing and good luck everyone!

4th And Long- Baltimore
TwoMinuteWarning- Baltimore
Music City Momma- Kansas City
MOJO- Carolina
Vegas Vic- Kansas City
Captain Crunch- Kansas City
Rob- Carolina
OneAndDone- Baltimore
Wide Right- Kansas City
Grange95- Kansas City
mrben09- Carolina

All-time record score: 515 pts- cokeboy99 (2014-15 season)

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

NFL Picks Contest-Week 12 Results


Here are the Week 12 results.

4th And Long- New Orleans (W 34-31)
TwoMinuteWarning- Baltimore (W 45-6)
Music City Momma- Cleveland (W 41-24)
MOJO- New Orleans (W 34-31)
Vegas Vic- New Orleans (W 34-31)
Captain Crunch- Cleveland (W 41-24)
Rob- New Orleans (W 34-31)
OneAndDone- New Orleans (W 34-31)
Wide Right- New Orleans (W 34-31)
Grange95- Detroit (L 16-19)
mrben09- Cleveland (W 41-24)

Here are the current standings:

Music City Momma- 15+53+35+30+35+16+19+23+25+46+17+27=341
mrben09- 59+53+35+30+35-(2)+20+24+25-(15)+17+27=308
Captain Crunch- 28+53+26+30+35+16+20+32+25-(4)+17+27=305
TwoMinuteWarning- 15+28+35+30+35+16+20+24+16-(4)+20+49=284
Wide Right- 24+53+35+30+36+16+19+23+25-(15)+20+13=279
Vegas Vic- 11+28+26+30+35-(2)+20+32+16+46+17+13=272
OneAndDone- 11+16+26-(15)+35+16+20+32+25+46+44+13=269
Grange95- 11+53+35+30+36-(2)+28+24+16+18+18-(3)=264
4thAndLong- 59+28+35+30+36-(2)+20+24+16-(15)+17+13=261
MOJO- 15+53+35+30+36-(2)+20+24+0-(4)+17+13=237
Rob- 28+16+26-(15)+35+16+20+24+25-(15)+14+13=187

All-time record score: 515 pts- cokeboy99 (2014-15 season)

Saturday, November 23, 2019

NFL Picks Contest-Week 12 Picks


Here are the Week 12 picks.

Thanks for playing and good luck everyone!

4th And Long- New Orleans
TwoMinuteWarning- Baltimore
Music City Momma- Cleveland
MOJO- New Orleans
Vegas Vic- New Orleans
Captain Crunch- Cleveland
Rob- New Orleans
OneAndDone- New Orleans
Wide Right- New Orleans
Grange95- Detroit
mrben09- Cleveland

All-time record score: 515 pts- cokeboy99 (2014-15 season)

Sunday, November 17, 2019

NFL Picks Contest-Week 11 Results


Here are the Week 11 results.

4th And Long- Oakland (W 17-10)
TwoMinuteWarning- San Francisco (W 36-26)
Music City Momma- New England (W 17-10)
MOJO- Oakland (W 17-10)
Vegas Vic- New England (W 17-10)
Captain Crunch- New England (W 17-10)
Rob- Minnesota (W 27-23)
OneAndDone- Baltimore (W 41-7)
Wide Right- San Francisco (W 36-26)
Grange95- Dallas (W 35-27)
mrben09- Oakland (W 17-10)

Here are the current standings:

Music City Momma- 15+53+35+30+35+16+19+23+25+46+17=314
mrben09- 59+53+35+30+35-(2)+20+24+25-(15)+17=281
Captain Crunch- 28+53+26+30+35+16+20+32+25-(4)+17=278
Grange95- 11+53+35+30+36-(2)+28+24+16+18+18=267
Wide Right- 24+53+35+30+36+16+19+23+25-(15)+20=266
Vegas Vic- 11+28+26+30+35-(2)+20+32+16+46+17=259
OneAndDone- 11+16+26-(15)+35+16+20+32+25+46+44=256
4thAndLong- 59+28+35+30+36-(2)+20+24+16-(15)+17=248
TwoMinuteWarning- 15+28+35+30+35+16+20+24+16-(4)+20=235
MOJO- 15+53+35+30+36-(2)+20+24+0-(4)+17=224
Rob- 28+16+26-(15)+35+16+20+24+25-(15)+14=174

All-time record score: 515 pts- cokeboy99 (2014-15 season)

Saturday, November 16, 2019

NFL Picks Contest-Week 11 Picks


Here are the Week 11 picks.

Thanks for playing and good luck everyone!

4th And Long- Oakland
TwoMinuteWarning- San Francisco
Music City Momma- New England
MOJO- Oakland
Vegas Vic- New England
Captain Crunch- New England
Rob- Minnesota
OneAndDone- Baltimore
Wide Right- San Francisco
Grange95- Dallas
mrben09- Oakland

All-time record score: 515 pts- cokeboy99 (2014-15 season)

NFL Picks Contest-Picks Due Today


Just a friendly reminder that this weeks picks are due by 6pm CDT today (Saturday).. I have most of them, but if you haven't sent yours yet, it's time to get with it!

Please e-mail me at nfl.picks@ymail com or leave a comment here with your pick.

Monday, November 11, 2019

NFL Picks Contest-Week 10 Results


Here are the Week 10 results.

4th And Long- New Orleans (L 9-24)
TwoMinuteWarning- Indianapolis (L 12-16)
Music City Momma- Baltimore (W 49-13)
MOJO- Indianapolis (L 12-16)
Vegas Vic- Baltimore (W 49-13)
Captain Crunch- Indianapolis (L 12-16)
Rob- New Orleans (L 9-24)
OneAndDone- Baltimore (W 49-13)
Wide Right- New Orleans (L 9-24)
Grange95- Green Bay (W 24-16)
mrben09- New Orleans (L 9-24)

Here are the current standings:

Music City Momma- 15+53+35+30+35+16+19+23+25+46=297
mrben09- 59+53+35+30+35-(2)+20+24+25-(15)=264
Captain Crunch- 28+53+26+30+35+16+20+32+25-(4)=261
Grange95- 11+53+35+30+36-(2)+28+24+16+18=249
Wide Right- 24+53+35+30+36+16+19+23+25-(15)=246
Vegas Vic- 11+28+26+30+35-(2)+20+32+16+46=242
4thAndLong- 59+28+35+30+36-(2)+20+24+16-(15)=231
TwoMinuteWarning- 15+28+35+30+35+16+20+24+16-(4)=215
OneAndDone- 11+16+26-(15)+35+16+20+32+25+46=212
MOJO- 15+53+35+30+36-(2)+20+24+0-(4)=207
Rob- 28+16+26-(15)+35+16+20+24+25-(15)=160



All-time record score: 515 pts- cokeboy99 (2014-15 season)

Thanks for playing.

Week 11 picks are due by Saturday at 6pm (CST). Only Sunday and Monday games are eligible.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

NFL Picks Contest-Week 10 Picks


Here are the Week 10 picks.

Thanks for playing and good luck everyone!

4th And Long- New Orleans
TwoMinuteWarning- Indianapolis
Music City Momma- Baltimore
MOJO- Indianapolis
Vegas Vic- Baltimore
Captain Crunch- Indianapolis
Rob- New Orleans
OneAndDone- Baltimore
Wide Right- New Orleans
Grange95- Green Bay
mrben09- New Orleans

All-time record score: 515 pts- cokeboy99 (2014-15 season)

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

NFL Picks Contest-Week 9 Results


Here are the Week 9 results.

4th And Long- Seattle (W 40-34)
TwoMinuteWarning- Seattle (W 40-34)
Music City Momma- Buffalo (W 24-9)
MOJO-
Vegas Vic- Seattle (W 40-34)
Captain Crunch- Buffalo (W 24-9)
Rob- Buffalo (W 24-9)
OneAndDone- Buffalo (W 24-9)
Wide Right- Buffalo (W 24-9)
Grange95- Seattle (W 40-34)
mrben09- Buffalo (W 24-9)

Here are the current standings:

mrben09- 59+53+35+30+35-(2)+20+24+25=279
Captain Crunch- 28+53+26+30+35+16+20+32+25=265
Wide Right- 24+53+35+30+36+16+19+23+25=261
Music City Momma- 15+53+35+30+35+16+19+23+25=251
4thAndLong- 59+28+35+30+36-(2)+20+24+16=246
Grange95- 11+53+35+30+36-(2)+28+24+16=231
TwoMinuteWarning- 15+28+35+30+35+16+20+24+16=219
MOJO- 15+53+35+30+36-(2)+20+24+0=211
Vegas Vic- 11+28+26+30+35-(2)+20+32+16=196
Rob- 28+16+26-(15)+35+16+20+24+25=175
OneAndDone- 11+16+26-(15)+35+16+20+32+25=166


All-time record score: 515 pts- cokeboy99 (2014-15 season)

Thanks for playing.

Week 10 picks are due by Saturday at 6pm (CST). Only Sunday and Monday games are eligible.

NFL Picks Contest-Week 8 Results


Here are the Week 8 results.

4th And Long- New England (W 27-13)
TwoMinuteWarning- LA Rams (W 24-10)
Music City Momma- Pittsburgh (W 27-14)
MOJO- LA Rams (W 24-10)
Vegas Vic- New Orleans (W 31-9)
Captain Crunch- New England (W 27-13)
Rob- LA Rams (W 24-10)
OneAndDone- New Orleans (W 31-9)
Wide Right- Pittsburgh (W 27-14)
Grange95- New England (W 27-13)
mrben09- New England (W 27-13)

Here are the current standings:

mrben09- 59+53+35+30+35-(2)+20+24=254
Wide Right- 24+53+35+30+36+16+19+23=236
Captain Crunch- 28+53+26+30+35+16+20+32=240
4thAndLong- 59+28+35+30+36-(2)+20+24=230
Music City Momma- 15+53+35+30+35+16+19+23=226
Grange95- 11+53+35+30+36-(2)+28+24=215
MOJO- 15+53+35+30+36-(2)+20+24=211
TwoMinuteWarning- 15+28+35+30+35+16+20+24=203
Vegas Vic- 11+28+26+30+35-(2)+20+32=180
Rob- 28+16+26-(15)+35+16+20+24=150
OneAndDone- 11+16+26-(15)+35+16+20+32=141


All-time record score: 515 pts- cokeboy99 (2014-15 season)

Thanks for playing.

Week 8 picks are due by Saturday at 6pm (CDT). Only Sunday and Monday games are eligible.

Saturday, November 2, 2019

NFL Picks Contest-Week 9 Picks


Here are the Week 9 picks.

Thanks for playing and good luck everyone!

4th And Long- Seattle
TwoMinuteWarning- Seattle
Music City Momma- Buffalo
MOJO-
Vegas Vic- Seattle
Captain Crunch- Buffalo
Rob- Buffalo
OneAndDone- Buffalo
Wide Right- Buffalo
Grange95-
mrben09- Buffalo

All-time record score: 515 pts- cokeboy99 (2014-15 season)

Friday, November 1, 2019

NFL Picks Contest-Picks Due Tomorrow


Just a friendly reminder that this weeks picks are due by 6pm CDT tomorrow (Saturday).. I have most of them, but if you haven't sent yours yet, it's time to get with it!

Please e-mail me at nfl.picks@ymail com or leave a comment here with your pick.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

NFL Picks Contest-Week 8 Picks


Here are the Week 8 picks.

Thanks for playing and good luck everyone!

4th And Long- New England
TwoMinuteWarning- Los Angeles Rams
Music City Momma- Pittsburgh
MOJO- Los Angeles Rams
Vegas Vic- New Orleans
Captain Crunch- New England
Rob- Los Angeles Rams
OneAndDone- New Orleans
Wide Right- Pittsburgh
Grange95- New England
mrben09- New England

All-time record score: 515 pts- cokeboy99 (2014-15 season)

Friday, October 25, 2019

NFL Picks Contest-Picks Due Tomorrow


Just a friendly reminder that this weeks picks are due by 6pm CDT tomorrow (Saturday).. I have most of them, but if you haven't sent yours yet, it's time to get with it!

Please e-mail me at nfl.picks@ymail com or leave a comment here with your pick.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

The Other World Series

Guess who will be attending the World Series tomorrow night?

This guy, along with his wife and daughter.

Look for us, we'll be wearing orange! :)

Go 'Stros!


NFL Picks Contest-Week 7 Results


Here are the Week 7 results.

4th And Long- Buffalo (W 31-21)
TwoMinuteWarning- Buffalo (W 31-21)
Music City Momma- San Francisco (W 9-0)
MOJO- Buffalo (W 31-21)
Vegas Vic- Buffalo (W 31-21)
Captain Crunch- Buffalo (W 31-21)
Rob- Buffalo (W 31-21)
OneAndDone- Buffalo (W 31-21)
Wide Right- San Francisco (W 9-0)
Grange95- Green Bay (W 42-24)
mrben09- Buffalo (W 31-21)

Here are the current standings:

mrben09- 59+53+35+30+35-(2)+20=230
Wide Right- 24+53+35+30+36+16+19=213
Captain Crunch- 28+53+26+30+35+16+20=208
4thAndLong- 59+28+35+30+36-(2)+20=206
Music City Momma- 15+53+35+30+35+16+19=203
Grange95- 11+53+35+30+36-(2)+28=191
MOJO- 15+53+35+30+36-(2)+20=187
TwoMinuteWarning- 15+28+35+30+35+16+20=179
Vegas Vic- 11+28+26+30+35-(2)+20=148
Rob- 28+16+26-(15)+35+16+20=126
OneAndDone- 11+16+26-(15)+35+16+20=109


All-time record score: 515 pts- cokeboy99 (2014-15 season)

Thanks for playing.

Week 8 picks are due by Saturday at 6pm (CDT). Only Sunday and Monday games are eligible.

Sunday, October 20, 2019

NFL Picks Contest-Week 7 Picks


Sorry for the delay in getting the picks posted. I usually post them on Saturday night, but there was a baseball game on in which I was mildly interested. :)


Here are the Week 7 picks.

Thanks for playing and good luck everyone!

4th And Long- Buffalo
TwoMinuteWarning- Buffalo
Music City Momma- San Francisco
MOJO- Buffalo
Vegas Vic- Buffalo
Captain Crunch- Buffalo
Rob- Buffalo
OneAndDone- Buffalo
Wide Right- San Francisco
Grange95- Green Bay
mrben09- Buffalo

All-time record score: 515 pts- cokeboy99 (2014-15 season)

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

NFL Picks Contest-Week 6 Results


Here are the Week 6 results.

4th And Long- Dallas (L 22-24)
TwoMinuteWarning- Baltimore (W 23-17)
Music City Momma- Baltimore (W 23-17)
MOJO- Dallas (L 22-24)
Vegas Vic- Dallas (L 22-24)
Captain Crunch- Baltimore (W 23-17)
Rob- Baltimore (W 23-17)
OneAndDone- Baltimore (W 23-17)
Wide Right- Baltimore (W 23-17)
Grange95- Dallas (L 22-24)
mrben09- Dallas (L 22-24)

Here are the current standings:

mrben09- 59+53+35+30+35-(2)=210
Wide Right- 24+53+35+30+36+16=194
Captain Crunch- 28+53+26+30+35+16=188
4thAndLong- 59+28+35+30+36-(2)=186
Music City Momma- 15+53+35+30+35+16=184
MOJO- 15+53+35+30+36-(2)=167
Grange95- 11+53+35+30+36-(2)=163
TwoMinuteWarning- 15+28+35+30+35+16=159
Vegas Vic- 11+28+26+30+35-(2)=128
Rob- 28+16+26-(15)+35+16=106
OneAndDone- 11+16+26-(15)+35+16=89


All-time record score: 515 pts- cokeboy99 (2014-15 season)

Thanks for playing.

Week 7 picks are due by Saturday at 6pm (CDT). Only Sunday and Monday games are eligible.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Texas Lotto Chronicles-"Break the Bank"

I try to hit the $100K grand prize on five $5 scratch off tickets.


Saturday, October 12, 2019

NFL Picks Contest-Week 6 Picks


Here are the Week 6 picks.

Thanks for playing and good luck everyone!

4th And Long- Dallas
TwoMinuteWarning- Baltimore
Music City Momma- Baltimore
MOJO- Dallas
Vegas Vic- Dallas
Captain Crunch- Baltimore
Rob- Baltimore
OneAndDone- Baltimore
Wide Right- Baltimore
Grange95- Dallas
mrben09- Dallas

All-time record score: 515 pts- cokeboy99 (2014-15 season)

Friday, October 11, 2019

NFL Picks Contest-Picks Due Tomorrow


Just a friendly reminder that this weeks picks are due by 6pm CDT tomorrow (Saturday).. I have most of them, but if you haven't sent yours yet, it's time to get with it!

Please e-mail me at nfl.picks@ymail com or leave a comment here with your pick.

Monday, October 7, 2019

NFL Picks Contest-Week 5 Results


Here are the Week 5 results.

4th And Long- New England (W 33-7)
TwoMinuteWarning- Philadelphia (W 31-6)
Music City Momma- Philadelphia (W 31-6)
MOJO- New England (W 33-7)
Vegas Vic- Philadelphia (W 31-6)
Captain Crunch- Philadelphia (W 31-6)
Rob- Philadelphia (W 31-6)
OneAndDone- Philadelphia (W 31-6)
Wide Right- New England (W 33-7)
Grange95- New England (W 33-7)
mrben09- Philadelphia (W 31-6)

Here are the current standings:

mrben09- 59+53+35+30+35=212
4thAndLong- 59+28+35+30+36=188
Wide Right- 24+53+35+30+36=178
Captain Crunch- 28+53+26+30+35=172
MOJO- 15+53+35+30+36=169
Music City Momma- 15+53+35+30+35=168
Grange95- 11+53+35+30+36=165
TwoMinuteWarning- 15+28+35+30+35=143
Vegas Vic- 11+28+26+30+35=130
Rob- 28+16+26-(15)+35=90
OneAndDone- 11+16+26-(15)+35=73


All-time record score: 515 pts- cokeboy99 (2014-15 season)

Thanks for playing.

Week 6 picks are due by Saturday at 6pm (CDT). Only Sunday and Monday games are eligible.

Sunday, October 6, 2019

NFL Picks Contest-Week 5 Picks


Here are the Week 5 picks.

Thanks for playing and good luck everyone!

4th And Long- New England
TwoMinuteWarning- Philadelphia
Music City Momma- Philadelphia
MOJO- New England
Vegas Vic- Philadelphia
Captain Crunch- Philadelphia
Rob- Philadelphia
OneAndDone- Philadelphia
Wide Right- New England
Grange95- New England
mrben09= Philadelphia

All-time record score: 515 pts- cokeboy99 (2014-15 season)

Saturday, October 5, 2019

NFL Picks Contest-Picks Due Today


Just a friendly reminder that this weeks picks are due by 6pm CDT today (Saturday).. I have most of them, but if you haven't sent yours yet, it's time to get with it!

Please e-mail me at nfl.picks@ymail com or leave a comment here with your pick.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

NFL Picks Contest-Week 4 Results


Here are the Week 4 results.

4th And Long- LA Chargers (W 30-10)
TwoMinuteWarning- LA Chargers (W 30-10)
Music City Momma- LA Chargers (W 30-10)
MOJO- LA Chargers (W 30-10)
Vegas Vic- LA Chargers (W 30-10)
Captain Crunch- LA Chargers (W 30-10)
Rob- LA Rams (L 40-55)
OneAndDone- LA Rams (L 40-55)
Wide Right- LA Chargers (W 30-10)
Grange95- LA Chargers (W 30-10)
mrben09- LA Chargers (W 30-10)

Here are the current standings:

mrben09- 59+53+35+30=177
4thAndLong- 59+28+35+30=152
Wide Right- 24+53+35+30=142
Captain Crunch- 28+53+26+30=137
Music City Momma- 15+53+35+30=133
MOJO- 15+53+35+30=133
Grange95- 11+53+35+30=129
TwoMinuteWarning- 15+28+35+30=108
Vegas Vic- 11+28+26+30=95
Rob- 28+16+26-(15)=55
OneAndDone- 11+16+26-(15)=38


All-time record score: 515 pts- cokeboy99 (2014-15 season)

Thanks for playing.

Week 5 picks are due by Saturday at 6pm (CDT). Only Sunday and Monday games are eligible.

Saturday, September 28, 2019

NFL Picks Contest-Week 4 Picks


Here are the Week 4 picks.

Thanks for playing and good luck everyone!

4th And Long- Los Angeles Chargers
TwoMinuteWarning- Los Angeles Chargers
Music City Momma- Los Angeles Chargers
MOJO- Los Angeles Chargers
Vegas Vic- Los Angeles Chargers
Captain Crunch- Los Angeles Chargers
Rob- Los Angeles Rams
OneAndDone- Los Angeles Rams
Wide Right- Los Angeles Chargers
Grange95-
mrben09= Los Angeles Chargers

All-time record score: 515 pts- cokeboy99 (2014-15 season)

Friday, September 27, 2019

NFL Picks Contest-Picks Due Tomorrow


Just a friendly reminder that this weeks picks are due by 6pm CDT tomorrow (Saturday).. I have most of them, but if you haven't sent yours yet, it's time to get with it!

Please e-mail me at nfl.picks@ymail com or leave a comment here with your pick.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

My First Attempt at Vlogging

Moving into the 21st Century with my first Vlog.

I talk a little about the poker league I play in, the fantasy baseball league I'm in is wrapping up our 29th season, and the NFL Survivor Contest in which I'm competing. 

Being the multi-tasker I am, I also manage to win a little moolah playing roulette and discussing the Martingale System.

My intention is to continue writing, while sprinkling in a few videos.

Thanks for watching! (Hope it actully plays.)



Sunday, September 22, 2019

NFL Picks Contest-Week 3 Results


Here are the Week 3 results.

4th And Long- Dallas (W 31-6)
TwoMinuteWarning- Dallas (W 31-6)
Music City Momma- Dallas (W 31-6)
MOJO- Dallas (W 31-6)
Vegas Vic- New England (W 30-14)
Captain Crunch- New England (W 30-14)
Rob- New England (W 30-14)
OneAndDone- New England (W 30-14)
Wide Right- Dallas (W 31-6)
Grange95- Dallas (W 31-6)
mrben09= Dallas (W 31-6)

Here are the current standings:

mrben09- 59+53+35=147
4thAndLong- 59+28+35=122
Wide Right- 24+53+35=112
Captain Crunch- 28+53+26=107
Music City Momma- 15+53+35=103
MOJO- 15+53+35=103
Grange95- 11+53+35=99
TwoMinuteWarning- 15+28+35=78
Rob- 28+16+26=70
Vegas Vic- 11+28+26=65
OneAndDone- 11+16+26=53


All-time record score: 515 pts- cokeboy99 (2014-15 season)

Thanks for playing.

Week 3 picks are due by Saturday at 6pm (CDT). Only Sunday and Monday games are eligible.

Saturday, September 21, 2019

NFL Picks Contest-Week 3 Picks


Here are the Week 3 picks.

Thanks for playing and good luck everyone!

4th And Long- Dallas
TwoMinuteWarning- Dallas
Music City Momma- Dallas
MOJO- Dallas
Vegas Vic- New England
Captain Crunch- New England
Rob- New England
OneAndDone- New England
Wide Right- Dallas
Grange95- Dallas
mrben09= Dallas

All-time record score: 515 pts- cokeboy99 (2014-15 season)

Friday, September 20, 2019

NFL Picks Contest-Picks Due Tomorrow


Just a friendly reminder that this weeks picks are due by 6pm CDT tomorrow (Saturday).. I have most of them, but if you haven't sent yours yet, it's time to get with it!

Please e-mail me at nfl.picks@ymail com or leave a comment here with your pick.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

NFL Picks Contest- Week 2 Results


Here are the Week 2 results.

4th And Long- Kansas City (W 28-10)
TwoMinuteWarning- Kansas City (W 28-10)
Music City Momma- New England (W 43-0)
MOJO- New England (W 43-0)
Vegas Vic- Kansas City (W 28-10)
Captain Crunch- New England (W 43-0)
Rob- Baltimore (W 23-17)
OneAndDone- Baltimore (W 23-17)
Wide Right- New England (W 43-0)
Grange95- New England (W 43-0)
mrben09= New England (W 43-0)

Here are the current standings:

mrben09- 59+53=112
4thAndLong- 59+28=87
Captain Crunch- 28+53=81
Wide Right- 24+53=77
Music City Momma- 15+53=68
MOJO- 15+53=68
Grange95- 11+53=64
Rob- 28+16=44
TwoMinuteWarning- 15+28=43
Vegas Vic- 11+28=39
OneAndDone- 11+16=27


All-time record score: 515 pts- cokeboy99 (2014-15 season)

Thanks for playing.

Week 3 picks are due by Saturday at 6pm (CDT). Only Sunday and Monday games are eligible.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

NFL Picks Contest- Week 2 Picks


Here are the Week 2 picks.

Thanks for playing and good luck everyone!

4th And Long- Kansas City
TwoMinuteWarning- Kansas City
Music City Momma- New England
MOJO- New England
Vegas Vic- Kansas City
Captain Crunch- New England
Rob- Baltimore
OneAndDone- Baltimore
Wide Right- New England
Grange95- New England
mrben09= New England

All-time record score: 515 pts- cokeboy99 (2014-15 season)

Friday, September 13, 2019

NFL Picks Contest-Picks Due Tomorrow


Just a friendly reminder that this weeks picks are due by 6pm CDT tomorrow (Saturday).. I have most of them, but if you haven't sent yours yet, it's time to get with it!

Please e-mail me at nfl.picks@ymail com or leave a comment here with your pick.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

NFL Picks Contest- Week 1 Results


Here are the results of the opening week of picks.

4th And Long- Baltimore (W 59-10)
TwoMinuteWarning- Philadelphia (W 32-27)
Music City Momma- Philadelphia (W32-27)
MOJO- Philadelphia (W32-27)
Vegas Vic- Seattle (W 21-20)
Captain Crunch- Dallas (W 35-17)
Rob- Dallas (W 35-17)
OneAndDone- Seattle (W 21-20)
Wide Right- Kansas City (W 40-26)
Grange95- Seattle (W 21-20)
mrben09= Baltimore (W 59-10)

Here are the current standings:

4thAndLong- 59
mrben09- 59
Captain Crunch- 28
Rob- 28
Wide Right- 24
TwoMinuteWarning- 15
Music City Momma- 15
MOJO- 15
OneAndDone- 11
Grange95- 11
Vegas Vic- 11


All-time record score: 515 pts- cokeboy99 (2014-15 season)

Thanks for playing.

Week 2 picks are due by Saturday at 6pm (CDT). Only Sunday and Monday games are eligible.

Saturday, September 7, 2019

NFL Picks Contest-Week 1 Picks


Here are the picks for the opening week of the NFL season.

Thanks for playing and good luck everyone!

4th And Long- Baltimore
TwoMinuteWarning- Philadelphia
Music City Momma- Philadelphia
MOJO- Philadelphia
Vegas Vic- Seattle
Captain Crunch- Dallas
Rob- Dallas
OneAndDone- Seattle
Wide Right- Kansas City
Grange95- Seattle
mrben09= Baltimore

All-time record score: 515 pts- cokeboy99 (2014-15 season)

Friday, September 6, 2019

NFL Picks Contest- Version 8.0, Sign Up Today!


It's BAAAAACKKKK!!!

Our eighth (are you kidding me?) season begins this weekend and NOW is the time to sign up for our contest. There's no cost and you could win a shirt with your favorite team's logo emblazoned across the front. What's the worst that could happen?

Here's your chance to take down the defending champ, TwoMinuteWarning. Will he be able to repeat? Are you the one to assume the throne?
                                                 
Here's your chance.

You don't have to be a blogger, all readers of this missive are welcome to join in the fun!

Once again, the winner will receive either a tee shirt or sweatshirt with the logo of your favorite NFL team emblazoned on it. Cool!

Here are the rules;

1) You pick the winner of one NFL game each week. Must be a Sunday or Monday game (no Thursday or Saturday games).

2) If your pick wins, you receive 10 points.

3) You will receive additional points based on margin of victory. One point for each point your team wins by. For example, if you pick the Steelers to win this week and they are victors by a score of 29-17, you would receive 22 points for the week, 10 for the win and 12 for the margin of victory (29 minus 17 = 12).

4) If your pick loses, you receive 0 points for picking the winner and points will be deducted based on margin of loss. For example, if you picked the Raiders and they lost by a score of 30-14, you would have 16 points deducted from your point total (30 minus 14 = 16).

5) The person with the most points at the conclusion of the Super Bowl will be declared the winner and will receive a free shirt. If there is a tie, whomever picked the most "winners" on the season will win the tie breaker. If there is still a tie, then all players who are tied for first will receive a shirt.

Sign up today by either commenting below or e-mailing me at nfl.picks@ymail.com. Deadline to sign up is September 7th and your pick will also need to be in by 6pm (CDT) that same day.


Thursday and Saturday games are not eligible for this contest (too hard for me to keep up with), but that still leaves the majority of each week's schedule (Sunday and Monday) from which to choose.

Sign up today and let's have some fun!

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

"The Dreaded Pocket Kings," at 4 AM

It was well past my bedtime last night when Hossein Ensan defeated Dario Sammartino in the WSOP Main Event to pocket a cool $10m.



How could we not think of our friend Rob when Ensan turned over "the dreaded pocket kings," as he calls them? All he had to do was fade Sammartino's 12 outs, which he did when a harmless queen of clubs hit on the river.

It must have been an exciting moment, one that very few poker fans saw due to the late hour when it happened, 4 am in Texas to be precise.


Coverage of the final table has been a pet peeve of mine. It seems there should be a better way to schedule it. Currently, the FT is shown over three nights. The first night lasts until three players are eliminated, the second night another three, and the third they play until a winner is crowned (or bracelet-ed). The first two nights do not begin until 9 pm Central, with the final night starting at 8. 


That's too late.


Here's a thought; start it earlier. How about 8 pm Eastern each night, that's 5 in Las Vegas. Surely the players can make it to the Rio by late afternoon. Instead of playing until a certain number of players are eliminated, what about limiting play to four hours per night? Even old fogies like me could stay up watch all the hands. And if it takes the FT five nights rather than three to come to a conclusion, who cares?


Wouldn't it be more fun if we could see the final hand live, rather than reading about it the next day? 


It would also better promote the game we love.


Congratulations Hossein Ensan, it must have been an exciting moment. Sorry I missed it.


Monday, July 8, 2019

Celebrating a Loss and the WSOP Main Event from "Shakey Town"

One of the requirements when preregistering for a colonoscopy, is stepping on the scale, never a pleasant task. I've always been thin, but had developed a bit of a gut as the years passed by and had to face the truth when I tipped the scales at 188, the heaviest I've ever been.


I knew a diet was in order, but Ms. Duck and I were less than two weeks from leaving for Las Vegas. As most of you know, not the best place to start a diet.

I know there are a multitude of different diets these days, Adkins, South Beach, Paleo, etc, but I like to keep thing simple, so I went with my old standby; calories. It's a simple equation, take your target weight, say 170 pounds and multiply by ten. That means you have to limit your calorie intake to 1,700 a day in order to get your weight down to 170. I'm a believer that if you limit your calories, the rest will take care of itself and you'll be eating a generally healthy diet.

Once we returned from Vegas I began. I've always felt my best between 165-170 pounds, so my plan was to limit my calories to between 1,300- 1,500 per day, thinking that would get me there a little quicker. My target weight was 167-168. To accomplish this, I would have to give up two of my favorites, sweets and chips.

Ugh.

I was vigilant, only eating the occasional chocolate chip cookie at our Tuesday night poker game, and have an occasional chip even less than that. By the time I went in for my annual physical in early May, I was down to 181. My blood work came back the best it had been in years, especially my triglycerides, which had always been in the 70-80 range (less than 50 is normal), but this time was down to 50. A little high still, but I was pleased.

By the time we headed back to Vegas for the WSOP last month, I was soooo close to my goal, weighing in a 169. I was worried I would lose some ground while there, but Ms. Duck and I managed to only go to one buffet, always a danger zone. My vigilance paid off and when we got home I weighed exactly the same.

The bad news is that I had plateaued, something everyone who has dieted understands. I weigh on Tuesdays and Fridays, and each time for the last two weeks I was stuck on 169. So close.

Friday morning I stepped on the scale and gave myself a fist pump as it read 166. Yea me!

I need to gain a pound now. Think I'll have some chips!

Well, a few. :)

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Have you watched the first few days of the WSOP Main Event on ESPN? I was pleased to see over 8,500 entrants, confirming poker is still strong. I think the most interesting thing I saw was when the second earthquake started shaking the broadcast booth. Lon and Norm seemed a bit nervous, but California resident Maria Ho was undaunted, even giving the boys a hard time about it. Funny stuff. :)

I'm looking forward to seeing more.

Monday, July 1, 2019

Summer Fantasy

It was the summer of 2001. My son was 9 years old and was ready for his first year of Little League baseball. He went to tryouts and was drafted by the Davis Brothers Diamondbacks. Davis Brothers was a local printer that was gobbled up a few years later by a bigger company.

The Diamondbacks were in need of an assistant coach and since I had experience both playing and coaching, I volunteered. That's when I formed my friendship with Richard, who was the head coach. It became apparent early in the season that we had an exceptional team and we won the league championship and then won the city championship by beating other league champions in our area.

Richard and I, along with our other assistant coach Rob, stayed in touch through the years, occasionally meeting for lunch and reminiscing about that magical summer and catching up with each other's families.

During one of those lunches, Richard mentioned he was in a fantasy baseball league, the Twin Rivers Baseball League. Formed long before the internet sites began hosting leagues, he said the first several seasons they kept score manually, checking the box scores in the local newspaper. As fantasy websites came to be, they joined the ESPN site, which hosted the league stats for years. This season the league switched to the Fantrax site, so there was a learning curve for us all as we played with the new software. He mentioned several times that if someone dropped from the ten team league, he would extend an invitation to me to join. That invitation came four seasons ago.


The league values power hitting and consistent pitching. Hitters receive one point per base on hits, one point each for stolen bases, runs and RBIs. There are no points awarded for walks or hit by pitch. Pitchers receive one point per out and lose two points for each earned run. They also receive seven points for a win, four points for a save, and one point for a hold. No points are awarded for strike outs and no points are deducted for walks. Each team has a total of 25 active players per week, with the entire league playing heads up games beginning each Monday and ending the following Sunday. The top team goes 9-0 for the week with the second best going 8-1 on down to the worst team shouldering a 0-9 week.

Each team is allowed to keep five players from the previous year with the remainder of the 32 player roster eligible for the draft. Every third year all the players, including the "keepers" are eligible to be drafted, causing each team to start clean. The 2019 season is the second season of this cycle, allowing each team to keep five players.
   
This is my fourth season in the league. As a greenhorn, I managed to finish fifth my first season . Not the greatest finish, but I did finish in the top half of the league, which meant I got some of the prize money, so I was satisfied. My second season I made a few roster moves that worked out, plus got a little lucky and managed to win the championship! There are a couple teams that have been in the league since its inception 29 years ago that have not won a championship, so I'm extremely proud of that accomplishment. Last season was one of consistent injuries, a major reason I slipped to sixth place.
 
A week before our draft, which was in late March, each team must submit their list of five player they intend to keep. My five were starting pitchers Blake Snell (Cy Young winner) and Carlos Carrasco, catcher J.T. Realmuto, outfielder Marcell Ozuna and third baseman Nolan Arenado. My thought was Snell and Carrasco would be a strong 1-2 punch at the top of my rotation. Other than the Yankees Sanchez and the Phillies Realmuto, the catching position offered little in the way of hitting, so I felt that keeping Realmoto would give me an advantage at the position. Ozuna and Arenado are both no brainers.
   
Of the players I drafted this season, the ones that have pleased me the most is the Mets' Pete Alonzo and the White Sox Eloy Jimenez. Alonzo has been raking it this year and Jimenez is heating up after a slow start. My biggest disappointment has been Blake Snell. Between injuries and poor performance, he has become a liability. And Carrasco isn't far behind, posting a pedestrian record and spending a lot of time on the injured list.

This past week I threw in the towel with Snell, trading him, along with starting pitcher Jon Gray and first baseman Jose Abreu. Trading Abreu stings a little, but I was able to strengthen both my bullpen (Sean Doolittle) and middle infield by receiving Eduardo Escobar and Scooter Gennett, who is on the field after being on the IL all season. I will also be able to put Craig Kimbrel on the active roster now that he is closing for the Cubs.
       
Currently I'm sitting in fifth place, 16 1/2 games out of first. Although it's not where I want to be, it's not as bad as it looks. A big week coupled with a bad one by the leader can gain you up to nine games in a weeks time, but I can't afford to lose any more ground on the Comets.


I'm sure there will be a few more free agent pick ups and maybe another trade or two before the season ends. My hope is that Carrasco will get back sooner rather than later and that injuries in the second half of the season will be much less common.

Keep your fingers crossed for a big second half by the Lucki Ducks. 🙂

Monday, June 24, 2019

Vegas Trip Report

Ms. Duck and I caught an early flight Saturday from Dallas to Vegas and arrived at McCarron in time for a late lunch. After shuttling to the rental car facility, we grabbed our Celica (which we affectionately named the "Plastic Car," because it was hard to locate any metal on it) and drove to the Ellis Island Casino to share a four cheese, grilled cheese sandwich, plus a couple cold glasses of their in-house root beer.

We then made our way to the Walmart on Spring Mountain to pick up supplies for the week before motoring over to the Orleans and checking in. Since it had been a long day already, we decided to stay at the Orleans and play there for the rest of the evening.

View of the Strip from the Orleans
The clock on the night stand read 8:58 when our heads hit the pillow and I commented to Ms. Duck what a pair of party animals we had become in our golden years. But, we had been up since 3:30 am Vegas time and we were both spent.

I won our local poker league and the prize was a trip to Vegas and an entry into a WSOP event. I chose the Super Seniors Event again this year and would be joined by Philly Phanatic, who won the second seat our league awarded.


Philly and I met at the Rio Sunday evening and walked the hall to register for our tournament. Once we completed that task, Ms. Duck and I drove Philly and his girlfriend back to the Orleans and bought dinner. The chicken and sausage gumbo was as good as I remembered.

Our tournament started at 10 am on Monday with Philly and I seated only one table apart, which I thought was unusual considering how many tables were used for the 2,600 players who entered.

Philly Phanatic prepares for battle.
Beginning with a $20k stack and $100/100 blinds, we had plenty of time to wait for profitable opportunities. We had one player who was uber-aggressive, and my hope was to get involved in a hand with him. My hope was realized when I called a raise with JT soooted and flopped an open ended straight draw. I called Mr. Aggressive's c-bet and was rewarded when my straight hit on the turn. I checked, he bet big, and I pushed my stack towards the center of the table. I was a little surprised when he quickly called and couldn't believe I was all in at only the second level of the tournament. The villain tabled a flush draw, but misses it and I am north of $40k at the first break.

Actual photo of me at the break.
My son texted that he thought doubling my stack every break was a good plan. :) I can't disagree, but the execution is where I was lacking.

I have no big hands to report at the third and fourth levels and at the second break my stack had grown a little to $44k. My table had broken, so Philly and I were separated and I was unable to keep up with how he was doing.

At my second table there was a legally blind player to my immediate left. He used a card magnifier to read hie hole cards and have the dealer read the board to him. It was fascinating to watch him play, and he played well.

When we hit the dinner break I was down to $34k, having lost several small to medium pots. The blinds and antes were getting large enough to be a concern and I knew I needed to start building my stack quickly.

Shortly after the dinner break I was moved again, this time to another room. Looking to my right, I saw Philly sitting at the next table, holding onto a decent stack of chips.

Memphis MOJO texted me earlier in the tournament and I was able to stop and say hi to him as I was moving tables. We were able to visit for a few minutes at a later break and shared an enjoyable talk about poker and preparing for tournaments. MOJO works hard at his craft and it shows in his results. Plus he's a pleasure to be around.


By the time we visited, my stack had dwindled to $18k. I was at $45k when I called an all-in for $25k from the lady to my right. She tabled A9 and I felt good about my AK bringing me a much needed big pot. However, an A-4-9 flop did me in and rather than having $70k to play with, I was short stacked.

A few hands later I pushed with AQ and was called by the big stack at the table who tabled 99. No pair for Lucki Duck and my tournament ended on the final level of the evening.

Philly Phanatic finished the day with $44k chips, but busted at the second level on Day 2, just short of cashing.

MOJO finished number 232 and cashed, so congratulations MOJO!

Ms. Duck and I decided to drive to the Silverton on I15 the next day, and enjoy the buffet and some gambling. We also stopped by the 117.000 gallon aquarium, which is impressive if you like that sort of thing (I do).

On the way we passed by the construction site of the new NFL stadium. They say it will house a professional football team, but it's the Raiders, so I'm not sure that qualifies. :)


Wednesday was moving day as we packed and moved our operations to the Palazzo, one of our favorites on the strip. Once settled, we decided to have a late lunch at the historic Peppermill. We shared some sliders, quesadillas, and chips with salsa. The sliders were excellent, but the quesadillas and salsa were pedestrian. I guess we are too used to the spicy "Tex-Mex" food at home. The atmosphere was great and we will definitely be back, but for an evening meal next time.



Your humble scribe at Peppermill.
I wanted to get the "bad beat" taste out of my mouth, so I entered one of the daily tournaments at the Flamingo. We were nearing the money when I called an all in with AK, and (again) was happy to see my opponent turn over A7. A seven on the flop ended my tournament as I thought "NOT AGAIN!"

Unfortunately, this was the story of my trip. Whether tournament or cash game poker, craps, video poker, slots; I lost at 'em all. It was one of those trips we all have.

Ms. Duck was the recipient of a fresh summer cold, so there's that.

We caught a late flight from Vegas back to Dallas, which was delayed. Once we secured our truck we headed south to Waco, but didn't get far before coming upon a wreck on the freeway, causing another delay. It was a little after midnight when we pulled in the driveway and completed another fun trip to Sin City.

I can't wait to get back!

Good luck to all who are competing in the WSOP this summer, I hope you make a deep run!

Till next time, win the flips!