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The NFL Superbowl Thread! Back Again With Big Prizes*

 
 
Reply Sun 25 Dec, 2011 01:54 pm
Watch this space beginning January 2nd, 2012. We will give you, yes you, an opportunity to display your prowess in professional football even if you don't know or care about professional football. You could win the adulation of your co-workers. You could win fabulous prizes* here.
What does it cost to play? Nothing. Nothing except for about 5 minutes of your time. Total prep time: -0-. Cooking time: 5 minutes.
There will be the usual gang here as there have been for 6 or 7 years We invite newbies to A2K to join in and meet some of us from all over the globe. Many of us disagree about other issues, but here we set all that aside.
If the world ends in 2012, this could be your last chance to play.
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Region Philbis
 
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Reply Sun 25 Dec, 2011 02:19 pm
@realjohnboy,

(usual gang-member reserving a spot...)
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Sun 25 Dec, 2011 02:23 pm
@realjohnboy,
I'm in.
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Sun 25 Dec, 2011 02:25 pm
dropping off a snack to hold my spot on the sofa

http://hostedmedia.reimanpub.com/TOH/Images/Photos/37/exps13236_CB1217C18.jpg
ossobuco
 
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Reply Sun 25 Dec, 2011 03:19 pm
@ehBeth,
I'm always rather poor at this game, but remain interested in food scenarios.

In honor of the Dys, whom I don't remember as being ever concerned about football of any sort, I bring you a link for Frito Pie -

http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/photos/uncategorized/2009/03/17/dsc05716.jpg
ehBeth
 
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Reply Sun 25 Dec, 2011 03:27 pm
@ossobuco,
this was a big hit at the fair the last couple of years

tempted to try it, but haven't

http://www.roadfood.com/photos/3557.JPG
ossobuco
 
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Reply Sun 25 Dec, 2011 03:56 pm
@ehBeth,
I have steadfastly refused for several years now.
ehBeth
 
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Reply Sun 25 Dec, 2011 03:57 pm
@ossobuco,
I want to try. Really. But chili and cheese inside a bag of Fritos ... I'm not ready.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Sun 25 Dec, 2011 04:25 pm
@ehBeth,
On my first visit in Abq, while I was going to house sit for Dys and Diane when they went to Europe and I considered the city as a place to live, the first place we went was the 66 diner.

Now, I traveled 66 several times as a kid, so I was saying yeah?, but also glad to see D & D and sit down and eat.

Dys ordered Frito Pie (how can I guess why? he liked it, or he was ribbing me, the food snot, or both).

I forget what I ordered, mediocre. Not that I don't like the place. I like it for the style and the wait staff, many over time friendly but never obnoxious, senses of humor. Food pretty much sucks, milking cheap.

Starting to think of chicken wings.
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Ragman
 
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Reply Tue 27 Dec, 2011 05:08 pm
@realjohnboy,
I'm in. Undoubtedly I'll not do well. For some reason I predict 49-ers to go all the way (at this moment). See what I mean? I should be like the mainstream crowd and predict Packers to go all the way. Such is my mavericky nature.
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jespah
 
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Reply Wed 28 Dec, 2011 04:27 am
I'm in.
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wandeljw
 
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Reply Wed 28 Dec, 2011 06:08 am
I am still waiting to see if the Bears get one of the wild card spots. Smile
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LionTamerX
 
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Reply Wed 28 Dec, 2011 01:48 pm
I'm in.
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realjohnboy
 
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Reply Mon 2 Jan, 2012 04:24 am
So we are going to start with the four wild card games to be played on Saturday, Jan 7th and Sunday the 8th. The deadline for all 4 picks is around 4:30 ET on Saturday.
Please also include guesses as to the final scores.
I'll go over the rules for how this is all going to work once I remember what they are.

Sat 1/7-
4:30: Cincinnati Bengals (9-7 for the season) @ Houston Texans (10-6)
8:00: Detroit Lions (10-6) @ New Orleans Saints (13-3)

Sun 1/8-
1:00: Atlanta Falcons (10-6) @ NY Giants (9-7)
4:30: Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4) @ Denver Broncos (8-8)

Include the final scores, please.
Region Philbis
 
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Reply Mon 2 Jan, 2012 07:40 am
@realjohnboy,

from what i could tell (didn't read the whole thing), last year we did not include final scores for the wildcat(sic) round...
Ragman
 
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Reply Mon 2 Jan, 2012 08:02 am
@Region Philbis,
FWIW, I think the addition of the scores adds a positive wrinkle. What about you guys?
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realjohnboy
 
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Reply Mon 2 Jan, 2012 08:33 am
The final scores is new. I haven't come up yet with an idea for what I am going to do with that extra data. And I did ponder whether asking for that might be too time consuming for players.
In the past, a correct pick in the wildcard games earned 1 point, with 3 points in the next round, 5 in the next and 6 points in the Superbowl.
I can see a problem with players having a bracket broken and losing interest in following along for the conclusion of the game. That happens in the fantasy games when a player fails to make the playoffs. Offering some points for being closest to the final score might remedy that.
I am open to suggestions on all of the scoring rules to try to give each round its proper balance.

On another note, last year we had some 28 players or so, most of them from our year long pick-um game. I would like to get that up this year by emphasizing that knowledge of football is not at all required. To that end, I invite anyone with even a smidgeon of interest to post short snippets of wisdom (or trash talk).
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jespah
 
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Reply Mon 2 Jan, 2012 09:01 am
@realjohnboy,
Sat 1/7-
4:30: Cincinnati Bengals (9-7 for the season) @ Houston Texans (10-6) HOU, 17 - 7
8:00: Detroit Lions (10-6) @ New Orleans Saints (13-3) NO, 17 - 7

Sun 1/8-
1:00: Atlanta Falcons (10-6) @ NY Giants (9-7) NYG, 17 - 7
4:30: Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4) @ Denver Broncos (8-8) PITT, 17 - 7

That's right, folks, there's only one possible scoring combo. And remember - I suck at this!
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George
 
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Reply Mon 2 Jan, 2012 09:22 am
Cincinnati Bengals (21-20)
New Orleans Saints (38-17)

Atlanta Falcons (24-6)
Pittsburgh Steelers (20-13)
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Mon 2 Jan, 2012 10:08 am
Texans 23 - 20
Saints 36 - 17
Giants 32 - 20
Steelers 38 - 10
 

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