Pick’em Contest: Divisional round match-ups
Welcome to the Divisional Round of the 2012 Water Cooler Sports Pick’em Contest! The field has thinned a bit, and it will get still thinner this week. Perhaps the most impressive accomplishment of the first round is that Paul Rubino advanced over opponent SDL despite not picking a score for any of the games.
Congratulations to those contestants who made it through the first round. Best of luck to you all as you contend with our master prognosticators, whose dominance in the regular season afforded them a first-round bye in our postseason contest.
There is only one NFC North team remaining in the playoffs. The Green Bay Packers travel to Candlestick Park to take on the San Francisco 49ers, one of two teams representing the NFC West. The 49ers defeated the Packers at Lambeau Field in Week 1, so it would be sweet revenge for Green Bay if they were able to escape with a win.
Meanwhile the other NFC West team, the Seattle Seahawks, flies into the Georgia Dome in the hopes of driving the NFC South-champion Atlanta Falcons from the roost.
If both the Packers and the Seahawks were able to pull out an upset, that would mean the NFC Championship Game would be played at Lambeau Field. It’s an interesting dilemma for the Packers. Of course, any team wants to play at home whenever possible, but with quarterback Aaron Rodgers at the helm, Green Bay has performed significantly better indoors than in the elements. It’s possible that it would actually be to Green Bay’s advantage to play at Atlanta. All of this is moot until they defeat the 49ers, of course.
On the AFC side, the Houston Texans travel to Foxborough, Massachusetts, to contend with the New England Patriots in what will probably be the most hyped game of the week. Houston wouldn’t be in this position had they taken care of business the last three weeks of the regular season, and they hardly looked dominant against Indianapolis last weekend. Can they stand up to the juggernaut, or will they be routed at the hands of Bill Belichick’s squad?
Rounding out the card, the Baltimore Ravens fly into Denver to take on the resurgent Broncos, lead by quarterback Peyton Manning. Baltimore will be motivated to get the face of their franchise, linebacker Ray Lewis, one more win. On the other hand, the Broncos will be equally motivated to bring one home for the gipper.
No doubt the media will be bubbling all week over the possibilities of a classic Manning/Brady rematch.
Mind the rules
The rules for this week’s contest remain the same as last week. In brief, contestants receive one point for every correctly picked winner, one point, for every correctly predicted score, and five points for every perfectly predicted game. Picking scores in the games is optional but highly recommended, as it improves your chances for scoring.
Here are the Divisional Round match-ups:
- Baltimore Ravens at Denver Broncos (3:30 CT Saturday)
- Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers (7:00 p.m. CT Saturday)
- Seattle Seahawks at Atlanta Falcons (12:00 p.m. CT Sunday)
- Houston Texans at New England Patriots (3:30 CT Sunday)
- Tiebreaker: total points scored in Green Bay at San Francisco game
Submit your predicted winners and scores to email@example.com no later than 9:00 a.m. CT Thursday if you want them to be published. Of course, late entries will be accepted up until kickoff of the first Divisional Round game. If you fail to submit your entry on time, your slot will be filled by one of our eager waiting-list contestants.
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Average commercial from my youth... but memorable. (Listen with sound and I'll let you in on a joke)
@SDL let me guess- these commercials inspired you to name your dick "Chunky"
@SDL Oooh ooooh! Let me guess: you say that in your head every time the 20-years-younger hot wife goes down?
@SDL At the least, you will think of that next time. Mu-ah-AH-AH!
@SDL everyone must have gotten horny back in your day after seeing that commercial come on.
The new NFL pose courtesy of RGIII: GRIFFINING:
did you guys get a chance to see Alex Jones's rant last night on Piers Morgan? Jones actually challenged the guy yo a boxing match, and I can;t think of anything that I would rather watch
@Joe Webb- making Caleb Hanie look good Two questions:
1) Who is Alex Jones?
2) Who is Piers Morgan?
@jwoude23 @Joe Webb- making Caleb Hanie look good Alex Jones is the conspiracy theorist behind infowars.com if you have ever heard about that (claim 9/11 was an inside job, Gov't is drugging us so that more people go on killing sprees so they can take our guns)
Piers Morgan is a CNN anchor from England that is annoying as hell.
@SDL no, but I do remember RC Cola if that helps
@tmonson78 or Chicago. What, are we all on Pangaea
@SDL Yes. In the silver and gold wrappers, right? Gold had peanuts I think, and silver was just chocolate.
"The expansion of the Oneida gate also will allow for some upgrades to
the football facilities, including new equipment and space for a
strength and conditioning and walk-through area that will be larger and
more efficient than the current gymnasium."
So now the packers get serious about strength and conditioning.
Does this site now reject my posts once the Vikings are out of the playoffs? Do I not swear enough? Testing. . . . .
@Duncan926 - you do not swear enough- but your post is showing up. they haven't banned me after MN's loss- more likely of a ban if MN won
@Duncan926 Get a cat/cartoon/NFL-related avatar already. Its been like a week.
You gotta swear MORE!
imgur won't take it, and its anti-packer, but I like it.
@___bp___ that is the messgae therapist that didn;t get fired
Sorry maized. Something more up your alley:
@___bp___ " My brother is MORE HADSOME than Spiderman"
Marvel, Marvel, Marvel, Marvel, DC, Marvel, Marvel, Marvel, DC, DC
Doesn't the artist know not to cross comic companies? That's almost as bad as crossing the streams.
I wonder what this "Delete Post" button does...
@___bp___ HULK MISS TACKLE!!!
@___bp___ Ha! That's actually quite clever if you look at all the names.
@___bp___ i don't see a penis. try again.