RS
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September 6th, 2017 at 2:51:51 PM permalink
Seems like this would be a perfect opportunity to make a simple webpage with a database so everyone can enter their picks. It would streamline the entire process...that way Mission doesn't have to sift through hundreds of PMs, likely copy/paste them into Excel, and do all this other manual. I don't know if Mission regularly keeps a leaderboard type thing, but that would be very simple to do, as well.

Hell, I can probably do it, I'd just need access to a site with PHP and MySQL. Although any other programmer here could probably do it better/faster and more secure than I could.
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September 6th, 2017 at 3:57:47 PM permalink
Quote: beachbumbabs

I am having a lot of difficulty with the website.

That said, I would like to play again this year. I'm going to be mighty unhappy, though, if I can't access the forum to submit my picks.

But please do.count me in, and let's figure out how I should pay you.



LOL! And here I was contemplating whether you would act as my liaison if I continued my access woes. So much for that =p
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September 6th, 2017 at 4:17:55 PM permalink
1.) Picks Site

-That seems neat if anyone wants to do that. We would probably copy/paste records into here, though, in case anything happened to the site.

2.) Making Picks

I'm going to be posting the Lines tomorrow. I think what I will do is send everyone who paid my E-Mail address. If you have any problems getting on, then you can E-Mail me your Picks until the server is more reliable.
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September 7th, 2017 at 7:32:30 AM permalink
Tad late to the discussion - but I'm all for sticking to the original rules. I think we're "a bit" away from 50, and as others have said it wouldn't be too good if some people could watch us all do terribly then hop in at week 3. Some bumps in the road always happen, but the show must go on =). Best of luck to everyone!
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September 7th, 2017 at 5:38:27 PM permalink
Well, I have now entered. Like Romes said about his entry fee, my $25 is probably just a donation - I find the NFL to be the single most difficult sports bet on the board. There are no secrets about the NFL - it is exhaustively analyzed. The sports line seems to be amazingly accurate when compared to actual results. And just when you think you have a sure thing, the ball is tipped and you lose by a point.

The only sure-fire bet is that I will not be the winner.
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September 7th, 2017 at 6:27:14 PM permalink
(My favorite post of the year!!!)

Greetings!

The Week 1 Lines are as follows:

Jets (+9) @ Bills (-9) O/U 40
Falcons (-6.5) @ Bears (+6.5) O/U 48.5
Jaguars (+5.5) @ Texans (-5.5) O/U 39.5
Eagles (-1) @ Redskins (+1) O/U 48
Cardinals (-2) @ Lions (+2) O/U 48
Raiders (+2.5) @ Titans (-2.5) O/U 50.5
Ravens (+3) @ Bengals (-3) O/U 42.5
Steelers (-9.5) @ Browns (+9.5) O/U 46.5
Colts (+3.5) @ Rams (-3.5) O/U 41.5
Seahawks (+3) @ Packers (-3) O/U 51
Panthers (-5.5) @ 49ers (+5.5) O/U 47.5
Giants (+4) @ Cowboys (-4) O/U 47.5
Saints (+3) @ Vikings (-3) O/U 48
Chargers (+3) @ Broncos (-3) O/U 43

Please remember proper formatting of Picks (though you will only be politely corrected for the first two weeks. Also remember that picks are due by 10:00a.m. EST that is TEN O' CLOCK IN THE MORNING EASTERN STANDARD TIME. Not 10:01, 10:00. Due to controversy throughout the years I shall now be playing all Rules by the book.

Thanks to everyone who has paid/played so far, I really wish we'd have hit fifty, but I fear that is out of reach. We might at least get a few more by Sunday and maybe some Week 2 starters.
Last edited by: Mission146 on Sep 8, 2017
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September 7th, 2017 at 6:45:15 PM permalink
SOME ODDS AND ENDS

Greetings!

Here are a few quick things that I want to address as we are going into Week 1, mostly procedural stuff on my end:

1.) Number of Players

We had thirty players (28 paid) last year and we are down to twenty-five players (23 paid) so far this year, unfortunately, it is very unlikely that the increased donations will be triggered. Honestly, I would actually be pleased if we get up to thirty again.

I would like to think it has more to do with the server issues than any change in the popularity of the game itself. I want to say that this would be the first year ever that has seen a decline, (if it does) but that might not be right.

2.) Prize Pool:

With 23 paid players, as of right now, First Place would win:

(23 * 25) + 100 + 50

(Entry Fees) + (Part of my Donation) + (WoN's Donation) = $725

"Most Average," Consolation Prize: $75 (My Donation)

"You Suck," Consolation Prize: $75 (My Donation)

As always, I will be defending my donations, but I cannot win. What that means is that if I place in the money in any way, that only means I keep my own money. If I come in first, then second place wins all the Entry Fees. WoN is fully eligible to win.

3.) WEEK 1 PICKS:

The server seems pretty much in order, but just in case:

3a.) I will be including my E-Mail address in the PM reminder, so people can E-Mail me picks if unable to login:

WHICH

3b.) Said reminder will be sent tomorrow because I am going to be busy Saturday morning and would risk missing the reminders.

3c.) I will be sending Reminders to paid entrants as well as anyone who has previously participated in the contest.

CONCLUSION:

Still a decent little prize for First Place plus whatever other Entry Fees are collected. There's always that off-chance that we trigger the $500 donations, but I seriously doubt it.
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miplet
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September 7th, 2017 at 7:28:19 PM permalink
I just have one pet peeve: it's Eastern Daylight Time until we change the clocks back on November 5th at 2 am. Would hate for someone to be confused on the exact time. Now I just need to set reminders on my phone so I don't miss getting my picks in.
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September 7th, 2017 at 7:34:19 PM permalink
Quote: miplet

I just have one pet peeve: it's Eastern Daylight Time until we change the clocks back on November 5th at 2 am. Would hate for someone to be confused on the exact time. Now I just need to set reminders on my phone so I don't miss getting my picks in.



Miplet,

The first thing I want to ask is: Is there an error on the program due to L.A. teams? The Broncos/Chargers didn't come up at all on your program, so I filled that in manually. Secondly, the Colts showed up, but not the Rams on that line. I fixed both of those things manually thanks to a great catch by JW17.

I don't know what you mean on the November 5th, because we go back an hour? I'll make a ruling on that right now, Picks will be accepted until 11:00a.m. on THAT WEEK ONLY.
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September 7th, 2017 at 7:45:10 PM permalink
Oops. Didn't check for team changes this year. Will fix by next week.

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