Mr. Sensitive

August 27, 2011

Football Picks – Brinky Year One

Filed under: Uncategorized — lbej @ 08:41

Following the success of the NCAA basketball tournament picks (I won), we have decided to resurrect the NFL picks for this upcoming season.  Various Eures and Machis have traditionally participated in a months-long contest picking the winners of all the regular-season NFL games over the 17 weeks of the season, with the winner being awarded the Mario Cup (which is to say, nothing).  The Mario Cup was contested for over a decade until the last season, and possibly the one before that.  I blame myself for the interruption, and also for not being sure whether one or two years have passed since the last Mario Cup was awarded.  If you’re not sure what happened, I’m with you.  I know what, of course—do some quick calendar math and you get back to 2009, and if you don’t know what happened here in 2009, you’re pretty darn late to this particular party—but I don’t know why.  I don’t enjoy sitting and watching football games anymore, and I could certainly speculate as to why that could be, but speculation is all it would be.  My brain is a secret to everybody, not least of all to me.

I remember clearly last year talking about it with Katie before the season started, and not for very long at all, with both of us realizing we didn’t have any interest in staging the Mario Cup.  And that was that.  Since then our son was born, and that, coupled with other, unknowable changes to my secret brain, has revived our interest.  But the Mario Cup was discontinued and it won’t be coming back.  The winner of the picks this year will be awarded the Brinky Cup.

The challenge we faced in years past is two-fold: the NFL season is long, and people have lives.  Invariably, picks wouldn’t be submitted in time by one person or another, and one by one almost everyone would lose interest and drop out.  Mario’s going to win anyway, right?  Well, I can’t do anything about that last problem, but I have a solution for the problem of gathering picks from a bunch of people once a week for 17 weeks: I’ll gather them just once.  All I will ask of all Machis, Eures, and Machi-Eure affiliates is that each person picks every game now, before the season starts.  That should take ten minutes or less, especially if you know as much nothing as I do about the upcoming season.  That way, I will have picks in place in advance, for everyone, for the entire season.  In theory, you could win the Brinky Cup with only ten minutes of effort.  Of course, if you want to update your picks on a weekly basis—that’s what we’ll be doing here, since I certainly can’t get the girls and Brinky to focus long enough to pick 256 games in one sitting—you can certainly do so.  I plan to post results on a weekly basis, and I’ll remind my readers at that time to submit their weekly changes should they wish to do so.  Katie or I will presently be sending out the spreadsheet to be completed.  To make it even easier, the spreadsheet defaults to the home team or the Steelers, and you can just go down the ‘winner’ column and make changes.  As a reminder for those who don’t know or have forgotten, you are not permitted to pick against the Steelers.  The reason is simple: if you pick against the Steelers and they lose, Mario will hold you personally responsible for the loss, and I promise you that you don’t want that.  Because the restriction applies to everyone, no one is at a competitive disadvantage.  We are soliciting picks from all human members of the FSX*.  If you do as we ask, you have a chance to receive the first annual Brinky Cup; if you don’t, you have a chance to receive a Brinky doo-doo bomb in your mailbox.  The choice is yours.

*Human non-FSX members and non-human FSX members can also participate upon request.


1 Comment »

  1. I believe Brinky will win the inaugural Brinky cup.

    Comment by euregirlsandboys — August 27, 2011 @ 17:56 | Reply

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