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Thursday, 14 December 2017 13:32

Kibbles and Picks 2017 – Week 15

The struggle continues.

Thanks to a 10-6 record in Week 14, I’ve sliced one game from Stella’s lead. She went 9-7, which means that her advantage is a still-daunting five games with just three weeks (counting this one) left. We’re in the home stretch – I’m running out of time to take my shot.

I’ve got seven games where I can potentially make up some ground here in Week 15. It’s a chance to make a huge move. Conversely, Stella can put this thing out of reach. Most likely, we’ll come down somewhere between the two extremes.

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Wednesday, 13 December 2017 13:01

Going Bowling 2017

It's that time of year again - that time when I use every bit of knowledge I have accumulated in another season of college football semi-fandom in a Quixotic attempt to predict the winners of every bowl game.

I've had some success in the past, but make no mistake - I have no idea what I'm doing.

It's a chance to see some college football teams that you know nothing about. You never know if you might stumble upon a game where something unprecedented takes place – in fact, I (along with my good friend Jason Preble) have a long history of stumbling onto the wildest, most unexpectedly entertaining bowl matchups of each season. I expect more of the same this year.

And with that - let's go bowling.

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Thursday, 07 December 2017 15:16

Kibbles and Picks 2017 - Week 14

Hey guys – remember when I was cutting into Stella’s lead?

Turns out that I’m going to have to continue putting up ridiculous numbers to have any shot at her. Despite a strong 10-6 showing in Week 13, I actually lost the game I gained back in Week 12. Yeah, Stella went 11-5. Because of course she did.

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Wednesday, 06 December 2017 11:49

Patriots Progress Report 2017 - Third Quarter

It seems safe to say that the New England Patriots are currently firing on all cylinders.

The Pats have looked dominant in winning their last four games – a stretch that runs their overall streak to eight straight. Sure, their opponents haven’t been great teams, but wins are wins.

It looks as though New England has things figured out on both sides of the ball. The struggles of the season’s first month are little more than a fading memory at this point – this team looks very much like the squad that had pundits drooling in the preseason.

Will they be able to keep it up against a higher echelon of competition? That remains to be seen. But right now, we’re talking about what has been, rather than what will be.

And what has been is four wins. Another great month.

On to the Progress Report.

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Thursday, 30 November 2017 16:07

Kibbles and Picks 2017 - Week 13

Believe it or not, I actually made some progress last week.

I managed to gain on Stella courtesy of a 12-4 record in Week 12. However, my gain was minimal – just a single game – thanks to her own very strong 11-5 run for the week. As things stand, her lead is at five games as we enter Week 13.

There’s a chance for a big move, though – we’re at odds in seven of this week’s matchups. A strong showing could lead to some major progress for me … or a nigh-insurmountable lead for her.

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Wednesday, 22 November 2017 23:13

Kibbles and Picks 2017 - Week 12

Another week gone and I’m no closer to catching up.

I had a decent week with a 9-5 record. Unfortunately, Stella’s week was equally excellent. We’re that much closer to the end of the season and I have once again made up zero ground; I remain six games back on the year. Crunch time is absolutely upon us – if I’m going to make any sort of move, it has to happen soon.

Even though we’re looking at a full slate of 16 games, Stella and I are at odds in just five of them. That doesn’t give me a lot of room to move up – even if I run the table, I’m still going to be behind. Not to mention the fact that I made a couple of … let’s call them questionable predictions in an effort to catch her.

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Thursday, 16 November 2017 14:21

Kibbles and Picks 2017 - Week 11

That’s how you do it.

Big weeks from both Stella and myself – we each went 11-3. This means that Stella’s lead remains at six games, but it should be noted that the only games either one of us got wrong were ones on which we disagreed. We went 3-3 in the six that we contested … and 8-0 in the rest.

We picked some football is what I’m saying.

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Thursday, 09 November 2017 15:09

Kibbles and Picks 2017 - Week 10

Ouch.

Week 9 was not kind to me. I only managed to muster up a mediocre 7-6 record in my pick. Meanwhile, Stella went a stellar 10-3. She doubled her season lead – from three games to six – in a single week.

Apparently, she was just toying with me up to this point and has now decided to get serious. My only hope now is to try and whittle away at her dominating lead – we’ve passed the point where I could conceivably make up all of the lost ground at once.

However, we do differ on six of Week 10’s 13 matchups, so the possibility exists for me to make a big move. Conversely, it’s not inconceivable that Stella might push her own lead to double digits. Though in truth, we’ll probably split them and be right where we started.

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Wednesday, 08 November 2017 13:11

Road to the Grey Cup 2017

We’re basically halfway through an NFL season that has been weird and unpredictable (in a not-great way) and ultimately not all that interesting. We’re still weeks away from games that have any sort of real implications with regards to the postseason.

However, in the league’s neighbor to the north, the playoffs are upon us.

The CFL postseason is set to begin, with six teams vying for the right to hoist aloft the Grey Cup. This year’s championship game – the 105th in the league’s history – is set to take place on Nov. 26 at TD Place Stadium in Ottawa.

So who’s going to win?

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Thursday, 02 November 2017 14:18

Kibbles and Picks 2017 - Week 9

It looks like Stella might be getting ready to pull away.

Despite my solid 9-4 record this week, I fell yet another game behind thanks to Stella’s even-more-solid 10-3 slate. Yes, we’re only halfway through the season, but it already feels as though yet another Kibbles and Picks title is slipping through my fingers.

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