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Wednesday, 09 January 2019 14:05

Kibbles and Picks 2019 – Divisional Round

Not exactly an auspicious beginning to our NFL postseason predictions, but it could have been worse.

I managed a mere 2-2 record, correctly picking the Colts and Cowboys as Wild Card winners and whiffing on my Ravens and Bears guesses. However, Stella did even worse – her sole correct pick was the Chargers, missing on the rest of the games.

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The Pro Football Hall of Fame has released their list of finalists for the Class of 2019.

This list – trimmed from 25 semifinalists – will be subsequently cut to 10 and then to five on Super Bowl weekend. The final five will then be put to a yes/no vote with regards to their potential induction; it takes 80 percent on that final vote to achieve enshrinement.

The list of finalists includes all three ballot newcomers and a number of extremely talented holdovers.

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Man – where was this a month ago?

I had the best week of the season – for either of us – putting up a 14-2 record. I went five-for-five in head-to-head picks; Stella went 9-7.

And for all that, my sole reward is the fact that I cut her final margin of victory to nine. Sure, I got beaten in this Godforsaken competition again – for the fourth year in a row and for the fifth time out of six years – but at least it wasn’t by double digits this time.

Stella has once more dominated Kibbles and Picks with an adorable iron paw, illustrating to me the ongoing foolishness of engaging in this exercise. I am forced to admit yet again that my dog is better at picking football games than I am.

Final Standings

Allen’s season record: 154-100-2

Stella’s season record: 163-91-2

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Thursday, 27 December 2018 21:30

Kibbles and Picks 2018 - Week 17

I almost didn’t bother writing this.

With a 10-game deficit and two weeks left, I had to gamble with my picks last week. It did not go well. I went 9-7 for the week, which isn’t terrible. However, Stella went a remarkable 13-3 to add another four games to her lead.

And so, sitting an insurmountable 14 games behind, I almost didn’t bother. But instead, I thought I’d just muster up my picks and finish strong. I’m not worrying about her picks – I’m simply making mine. And yet, even with all that, we still differed on five games. It isn’t much; my best-case scenario is that I get all five and manage to claw my way back within single digits. 

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Thursday, 20 December 2018 16:25

Kibbles and Picks 2018 - Week 16

So I bounced back somewhat this week. Thanks to a 10-6 record for me and an uncharacteristic 8-8 out of Stella – her second in as many weeks – I gained two games. Of course, that basically just makes up for the two that I lost last week, but regardless – I’m 10 behind with two weeks to play.

Time for my Hail Mary.

This week, Stella and I differ on fully half the slate. Eight games. If I can pull off a big (and I mean BIG) run, I can erase a significant portion of Stella’s lead. However, all Stella has to do is keep it close and she more or less assures herself of a victory. Seriously – I have to go at least six-for-eight to have any shot. So here’s hoping.

Stella is unconcerned.

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Thursday, 13 December 2018 13:50

Kibbles and Picks 2018 - Week 15

That was not good. Not good at all.

It’s safe to say that this was one of the worst weeks Stella and I have had in the entire history of this feature. Stella went just 8-8, leaving me with an opportunity to make a move. And move I did – backwards. I put up a real stinker – 6-10. And so her lead is back up to 12 games, with just three weeks left to go.

We’re at odds on just six games this week, so basically, I need to absolutely crush to have any sort of hope of taking her down this season. If I can’t run the table or at least come close, Stella is simply going to stroll to an easy win.

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Thursday, 06 December 2018 11:00

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, 05 December 2018 15:13

Patriots Progress Report 2018 - Third Quarter

No one who has been a fan of the New England Patriots for any length of time would view this incarnation of the team as a particularly exceptional one. And yet … they’re 9-3 with an AFC playoff spot well in hand.

This last quarter of the season hasn’t been all that impressive, but the Pats still won three of four games. Sure, the competition wasn’t necessarily top-tier; they beat the Packers, the Jets and the Vikings while losing to the Titans of all teams. It wasn’t exciting football – all four games were won by multiple scores.

But hey – wins are wins.

This team might not be the powerhouse squad to which fans have grown accustomed over the years, but nine wins put New England in the mix for a first-round playoff bye; they even have the edge in potential tiebreakers for the top seed. The ongoing run of excellence continues.

On to the Progress Report.

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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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