I know some of you have been obsessing about my first annual Weekly Pick ‘Em Contest… with good reason. It’s not every day that a sports website offers you $100 just for picking games correctly. I fully expect to host this contest again next year so stay tuned.
But before we get to the results of that contest, and ultimate winner of my money, let’s go back to August when I hosted my Sixth Annual Over/Under Contest. You remember that one, don’t you? Where I post each team’s projected win total and you choose ten teams that will go either over, or under, that number and then assign them each confidence points.
Well, wait until you see who won.
As it turns out, no prizes will be awarded after all, for good reason. Here are the standings in reverse order.
Captain Tree – 11
Heavy D – 14
J- Dub – 16
Speedbeagle – 21
Joey Mills – 21
Dr. Milhouse – 23
SportsAttitudes – 23
Rep Guy – 27
Hanahan – 27
Ravenous – 30
Dee Dee – 33
KP – 34
Ronbets – 36
And, in first place, ME!!!
SportsChump – 38
That’s right. I have finally won my own contest. I will proudly be sending myself a SportsChump t-shirt and other fabulous prizes.
Nah, for RonBets’ troubles and his constant support of the site, I will be sending out a SportsChump t-shirt for him to wear around the Vegas sportsbook talking mad trash.
The biggest surprises of the season were clearly the Dallas Cowboys and the Arizona Cardinals. Not a single one of us picked the Cowboys to win more than nine games. As it turns out, they were one of the best teams in football all season long. And while most of us thought the Arizona Cardinals would win over ten games, they came nowhere close.
Here’s how we thought things would shake out…
And now on to our weekly pick ‘em contest and our hundred dollar winner.
In an effort to increase traffic and prove that gambling on pro football was a difficult task, I asked readers to pick five games every week and gamble 5,4,3,2 and 1 points on them based on how confident they were about the outcomes. If they wagered on the game correctly (picked the team that would cover the spread), they would earn the amount of points they wagered but if they picked the games wrong, they would have those points subtracted from their score.
I would keep track of their score all season long. It was quite time-consuming.
Thirteen people entered the required ten weeks and here’s how they finished.
In reverse order:
Dr. Milhouse – 31
J-Dub – 8
Heavy D – 8
Hanahan – 7
SportsChump – 5
Meehan – 2
Kid Sheraton +6
Dee Dee +7
TJ + 16
Hank Mac +34
Plus 34 is an outstanding finish which means not only does Hank win $100 (nice work, sir) but he would have made some serious money had he been actually gambling.
Again, a hearty thanks to all of you for playing and stay tuned for more opportunities to be enshrined in the SportsChump Hall of Fame.