Thursday, 29 September 2022 17:41

Kibbles and Picks 2022 – Week 4

I’m back in the lead, baby!

Sure, it’s just by one game, with our 10 Week 3 games in opposition leading to a mere two-game swing in the season-long standings, but you know what? That swing turns Stella’s lead into my lead and I will take it – I don’t get many opportunities to feel like a winner in this little competition, so I’ll embrace the small victories whenever I find them.

This week, we’re looking at seven games. Now, Stella and I are both pretty tired, so we’re going to go quick and dirty this time through. And we really mean it this time, not like last week, when we said we’d go short and then didn’t actually go short.

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Thursday, 22 September 2022 19:23

Kibbles and Picks 2022 – Week 3

And so it begins.

With Stella’s correct call on the final game of Week 2 – Philadelphia over Minnesota – she ended the week with a 10-6 record, one better than my own 9-7. Hence, she is in the lead, a lead I don’t expect that she will relinquish for the rest of the season. It’s just a question of how deep the hole gets, you know?

Probably pretty deep, if history is any indicator.

That being said, there’s potential for a big week here – maybe even one of our biggest ever – because Stella and I are at odds on TEN of the week’s 16 contests. If I (unlikely) or she (much more plausible) should go on a big run, there’s a big lead that could be established. Sure, it’ll probably wind up being like 6-4 or whatever, but hey, if one of us goes 8-2 or 9-1, it’s going to be one hell of a hill to climb (apologies for the mixed metaphors – deep holes, tall hills, it’s chaos).

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Thursday, 15 September 2022 17:13

Kibbles and Picks 2022 – Week 2

Nothing like getting off to a lukewarm start, eh?

In a Week 1 packed with the unexpected, it probably shouldn’t be that surprising that both Stella and I struggled a little with our picks. We split the six games in which we were at odds, with the rest of the slate playing out in a similar fashion. The end result? Each of us finished about .500, but just barely – 8-7-1, thanks to the frankly ridiculous tie between the Colts and the Texans.

But hey – I’m not playing the scoreboard, I’m playing my opponent. And any week that doesn’t end with her having some kind of massive lead over me is a good week.

We’ve got a similar situation here in Week 2, but this time, we’re in disagreement on seven contests, which means that one way or another, one of us is almost certainly going to be in the lead come this time next week. And yes, I know that you have a strong suspicion about which one of us that will be – it’s the same suspicion I have … and it ain’t me.

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Thursday, 08 September 2022 18:46

Kibbles and Picks 2022 – Week 1

Holy crap! It’s back! The world’s greatest man-versus-dog NFL picks feature is gracing your internet once more!

That’s right – Kibbles and Picks has returned for a (I can’t believe I’m even typing this) tenth season. When this season is done, I will have spent a full decade cheerfully getting humiliated by my dog’s uncanny football predicting acumen.

For those who are unfamiliar – welcome! Also, Kibbles and Picks is a weekly feature wherein I pick the winners of every NFL game on the slate. My adorable pooch Stella also picks the winners of each game. We do that for the length of the season and at the end, I am inevitably defeated.

For those who are too familiar – and keeping score – of the previous nine seasons, Stella has achieved victory in seven. Yep, you read that right. I have only managed to outpick my dog in two of nine seasons, and it’s worth noting that one of those was in just our second season. So if you want to say that I’ve only won one of the last seven, that would also be accurate. Hurtful, but accurate.

Why do I subject myself to this nigh-inevitable humiliation each year? Who can say? Hope springs eternal, I guess; it’s tough to walk away from such a lengthy ongoing experiment, even if the results are most assuredly in at this point. Stella, on the other hand, just enjoys the process, though it should be noted that neither her enjoyment nor her fundamental adorableness mean that she’s going to take it at all easy on me.

It's on.

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And the status quo is maintained.

While it was one of the best weekends of playoff football we’ve seen in a long time, neither Stella nor I had a lot of success in our picks, with both of us going 2-2. We split the games on which we agreed – we both had Kansas City winning their game and we both whiffed by picking the Packers – and then we each got one right in the games on which we differed. I was correct in picking the Bengals to beat the Titans, while Stella had the Rams taking down the Buccaneers.

Now, this means that I have all but sealed a postseason K&P victory, particularly since we differ on just one of the two conference championship games. Still, we carry on – there’s still plenty of room for me to embarrass myself. Meanwhile, Stella’s indifference to the postseason crown continues to emotionally wound me even as I can’t help but strive for the win.

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