What a hwirlwind of a season! A bombogenesis even! A ton of noteworthy stuff happened in 2017, so let us identify the stuff worthy of note:
- Worthy: Matt won his first-ever title. He leapt into first out of nowhere in Week 14 and never relinquished the lead.
- Worthy: Matt’s title was, however, not without controversy. Not to tarnish his accomplishment, but Matt’s accomplishment will forever be tarnished with the wretched hue of unpunished lateness.
- Not worthy: Matt went by Matt most of the year.
- Worthy: There were two perfect weeks this year, including the league’s first 16-for-16.
- Not worthy: Tim pulled off the latter.
- Worthy: Joseph led the league in first-place finishes. In fact, he had more first-place finishes (5) in 2017 than he has years on Earth (4.83).
- Worthy: Brady beat out two people who are a combined 50+ years older than he.
- Worthy: Brady’s own mother, however, denied him further glory. Erin trailed Brady by nine after Week 13, before unleashing an all-out picking assault on her first-born. She made up 10 points in the last four weeks, edged her unsuspecting son by one to end the season, and has started posting signs reading “114-105” throughout the McLoughlin household.
- Not Worthy: This post is sponsored by PickManusMicks.com, a parody website someone created to make fun of us but is our only sponsor to-date so we begrudgingly allowed them to advertise here.
- Worthy: We added three new players this season, and then subtracted two of them along the way.
- Worthy: One of the subtracted made a suggestion that became a weekly tradition. The commissioner would be fine discontinuing the Pit of Misery, as it has already long outlasted the typical shelf life of a funny Bud Light commercial (0 units of time). But after hearing how integral it has become to our pre-kindergarten demographic, perhaps a replacement for next year is in order. Suggestions are welcome but subject to ridicule.
- Worthy: For the first time in league history, Ciara had full participation.
- Not Worthy: The previous note has caused the commissioner to get something in his eye.
Thanks to everyone for a tumultuous, historic and entertaining season. It was truly one for the books. Now it’s time to forget about all of this entirely until opening day of 2018.
A quick preview to see where we stand:
- Matt is clinging to a one-point lead.
- Cait’s bold switch to the Niners last week cinched a win and moved her into a tie for second place.
- Peepa is four back, making a final-week run at the title unlikely. But with guys like Sean Mannion starting this week, it might be more likely than we think.
- JFV has made up nine points on JRV in the last three weeks, putting him just three points behind his old man. And something tells me Joseph’s unpredictable picking style will play well this week.
Will Matt hang on for his first-ever title? Will Cait complete her push for her first-ever title? Will I impress everyone by winning my seventh-ever title? The tension is real.
Good luck. May you pick like McFarland.
- Yes, you’ve probably heard the news already: Joe failed to escape the Pit of Misery. His back-to-back POM trips, we have to assume, are a record not likely to be matched in our lifetimes.
- But that wasn’t the biggest story of the week. Kyle forgot to submit picks. Since this is the Year of Leniency, he was granted home teams (and the Pats) and managed a 10. Just one point ahead of Kyle, Ciara must be steamin’ mad, since she submitted picks and also got a 10. Yes, her submission was illegally late and her predicament is very ironic, but I bet she’s still steamin’ mad.
- I mentioned earlier that Joe’s unprecedented misery wasn’t the biggest story of the week. Here’s what was; Peepa tried to pull a Thursday-night Monte on the Commish! He picked the Colts, switched it to the Broncos the morning after the game, seemingly in jest, then wrote in the Broncos on Sunday! Luckily the results are scrubbed clean every week, so Peepa’s Hindu was denied.
- When I said “Here’s what was” above, you’ll noticed I used the droopy colon, which directs the reader farther down the page. Here’s what that droopy colon is pointing to: Tim had a perfect week.
Two weeks left. The gritty is now nitty. Dig deep and pick bravely.
Some Week 14 notes:
- Matt stole the last can of Who Hash by claiming a victory marred by controversy. His picks came in considerably late but, due to his undeniable exuberance to see Santa Claus on Sunday and increased leniency from the Commissioner’s office this year, he got full credit.
- Matt’s win also vaulted him into first place, quite controversially. This was akin to the Grinch lying right to a toddler’s face.
- Amazingly, Joe and Matt were tied going into Week 14. But after losing all of the toss-up games and falling on his sword for the Giants, Joe is now seven points back.
- Stock up on Band-Aids now: Such volatility will undoubtedly lead to an uptick in nail-biting over the last three weeks. Matt’s clinging to a one-point lead, with three players less than five points back. But three fierce battles for bragging rights are still being fought:
- Ciara leads Kyle by one.
- Cait flipped a three-point deficit to Joe into a three-point lead.
- Erin’s nonchalant picking style is aiding her escape from the basement; She’s now tied with Colleen and just one point back of Marie.
It might be cold outside, but the McManus Picks competition is red hot. Pick goodly.
Some terse notes from Week 13:
- More 14’s. Good job.
- Peepa’s now the leader. Congrats so much.
- Going down to the wire. Just as I’d hoped.
Some Week 12 notes:
- Colleen and Uncle Ed were perfect through the one o’clock games, but their bids for perfection were undone by some questionable picks thereafter.
- It was a high-scoring week overall:
- Brady and Marie suffered hard-luck, last-place finishes despite posting double-digit scores.
- I, your fearless yet gracious leader, put up a 12 – tied for my second-best performance of the season – but still gave up ground to all of my closest challengers.
- Through Week 11, the highest score of the year was a 13. Seven players matched or bettered that in Week 12.
- Ciara topped everyone with a 14, setting a new season high for the league. This officially marks the culmination of the best comeback story in McManus Picks history. After 12 years of utter apathy, Ciara’s perfect participation to-date has put her picking prowess on full display, as she now sits just five off the overall lead. From the ashes, she has risen.
As we enter the fiercely competitive home stretch, however, her flight to the top won’t be without obstacle. Choose wisely.
The following things happened in Week 10:
- The “big boy” indeed came back: Brady emerged from the Pit to claim a share of the win with Cait and Uncle Ed.
- His dad, however, did the exact opposite. Matt and Ciara couldn’t handle the pressure at the top of the leaderboard and bungled their way to a last-place finish.
- Marie’s boldness mostly gaveth, but also tooketh. Her hipster picks of the Bucs and Niners put her in a tie for the lead heading into the Monday night game. But she was denied a win when she tried to stick it even further to the man by being the only one to pick Jay Cutler on the road.
Good luck everyone. The stakes are rising.