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Kibbles and Picks 2018 - Week 14

I’m running out of time.

After a spectacular performance in Week 12, I put up another solid number for Week 13, going 10-6. Unfortunately for my chances, so did Stella. This means that with just four weeks to go, her lead remains at 10.

And so … time to go big.

Stella and I are at odds on fully half the Week 14 slate. Eight games. It’s room enough for one of us to make a big move. Granted, I took some risks here – I had to if I was going to have any shot at catching up (or, perhaps more achievably, at least keep it close).

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Wednesday, 28 November 2018 16:27

Kibbles and Picks 2018 - Week 13

I don’t want to alarm anyone, but this week, I … won?

I WON.

Granted, it was only by two games. And yes, I had to go 12-3 to do it – Stella put up a rock-solid 10-5 herself. But still – I WON. For the first time in weeks, Stella’s lead actually went down. There’s still plenty of ground to make up - her lead right now is still 10 games – but I’m actually trending upward. Hooray!

But my job is far from over. I took some risks last week to start swinging the momentum. For me to keep it up, I had to take a few more. All the teams have had their byes, so we’re back to a 16-game weekly slate. Of those 16, Stella and I differ on six. Let’s see if I can’t slice a couple off that big lead.

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Wednesday, 21 November 2018 13:45

Kibbles and Picks 2018 - Week 12

Yeah … I’m definitely in trouble.

See, while Stella didn’t have a spectacular week, going 8-5, I managed to fail spectacularly to the tune of 4-9. That’s four more games added to Stella’s lead, putting it up into double-digit territory – 12, to be exact.

What this means is that I am going to need some miraculous moves to get back into this thing. Granted, there are six weeks left counting this one; if I can pick up two games each time, I’ll finish in a tie. Of course, we all know how unlikely that is – I think I’ve pulled that feat off exactly once all season so far – but hey, at least there’s a chance.

We’re at odds in six of the 15 games on the Week 12 slate. It’s not an ideal situation, but I’ve made a couple of dice rolls and Stella has made some unorthodox picks, so who knows how it will play out?

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Wednesday, 14 November 2018 16:39

Kibbles and Picks 2018 - Week 11

Another week, another tie.

Stella and I both handled our business to the tune of 9-5 – a good record, to be sure, but let’s be clear: 9-5 isn’t going to cut it. Not when I’m eight games back. I need to start making real gains soon if I’m going to have any chance of keeping this a contest.

I’ve got a shot to make up some ground this week – even with six teams on bye and just 13 games on the schedule, we’re at odds in just shy of half of them. A big week out of me could close the gap considerably.

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Wednesday, 07 November 2018 16:41

Kibbles and Picks 2018 - Week 10

Holy crap.

So Stella lit me up again in Week 9 – she put up a shocking line of 10-3 against my mere 7-6. That’s another three games tacked onto her lead, putting it up to eight games. Let’s bear in mind that we’ve passed the halfway point of the season – I’ve got a real uphill climb if I’m going to figure out how to make this competitive.

I’m not going to make up much ground this week, regardless of what happens. Stella and I differ on just five of the week’s 14 games; even if I run the table, she’s going to be comfortably ahead. And let’s be real – I’m not going to run the table.

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Thursday, 01 November 2018 13:15

Kibbles and Picks 2018 - Week 9

At least I didn’t LOSE any ground this week.

Under most circumstances, a 10-4 week could be considered quite good. It was a solid performance for me. Unfortunately, Stella put up an identically solid 10-4 of her own, meaning that Week 8 is a push and Stella maintains her five-game lead.

Now that we’re entering the bye-heavy weeks of the schedule, there are fewer opportunities available for me to make my move. However, I’m making the most of what I’ve got in Week 9; I’ve disagreed with Stella’s take on seven games – more than half the slate.

It looks to be a chaotic weekend, even less predictable than usual. And we’ve both made some questionable calls. Here’s hoping the ball bounces my way.

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Wednesday, 24 October 2018 14:34

Kibbles and Picks 2018 - Week 8

I suppose I should be grateful. After the drubbing I took in Week 6, getting beaten by just one game last week doesn’t seem so bad.

Of course, it means that Stella’s lead is now five games. It’s typical really – she lets be hang around for the first few weeks, then drops a monster week on me to establish a solid lead. From there, she just slowly (and adorably) grinds me into the dirt.

But hey – I’ve got a shot to get some back this week. We’re at odds on over half the slate; eight of the 14 games are in dispute. There’s potential for me to make a big move. There’s also potential for the hole I’m in to get MUCH bigger. We’ll have to see how it goes.

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Wednesday, 17 October 2018 22:05

Kibbles and Picks 2018 - Week 7

Holy s—t.

In the years since I started Kibbles and Picks, I’ve grown accustomed to the notion that my dog is better at picking winners than I am. It’s not a great feeling, mind you, but it is one that I’ve gotten used to.

However, every once in a while, there’s a week where she just lays the smack down in such a brutally thorough manner that I find myself wondering why I put myself through this week after week, season after season.

We were at odds on six games in Week 6. I was correct on exactly one of them – Stella nailed the other five. That means that I’ve gone from a tie to a four-game deficit in a single Sunday. And if the Buccaneers had managed to pull off a comeback, it would have been a shutout.

And with the byes coming faster, the opportunities to catch up are going to become fewer. This week, for instance, we’re going head-to-head in just five games. The only way I can fully catch up is to sweep them, but honestly, any gain will be welcome.

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Wednesday, 10 October 2018 14:26

Kibbles and Picks 2018 - Week 6

It was only a matter of time.

I had been maintaining my slim single-game lead over Stella through the past couple of weeks, but Week 5 finally gave her the chance to close that gap. She went 10-5 for the week – one game better than my 9-6 – and so we are now all tied up, thanks to an ugly victory by the Texans over the Cowboys that gave her four wins to my three across the seven games on which we differed.

This time through, we’re at odds on six games. Usually, things stay pretty close, but the truth is that one of us could make a serious move if we go on a run within that half-dozen.

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Wednesday, 19 September 2018 14:23

Kibbles and Picks 2018 - Week 3

All right then.

We maintained the status quo after Week 2. Stella and I both wound up with identical 9-6-1 records (yet another tie – we’re hoping we’re done with all of that, but considering how lousy the kicking has been across the board, we might be in for more).

On our differences of opinion, we both batted .500. I was right on three, she was right on three and then there was of course Green Bay/Minnesota. For the record, I predicted victories for the Chiefs, the Colts and the Cowboys, while Stella picked Cincinnati, Miami and Chicago to win.

This week, we’re again at odds on seven different games.

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