Postseason Pick’em Contest: Conference Championship Round
In any well-designed tournament, the best teams usually rise to the top. Sure, you get your occasional Cinderella stories, those teams that come out of nowhere and catch everyone off-guard. You get those high seeds who feasted on inferior competition in the regular season and then are exposed as frauds in the postseason. You get those teams who went through the gauntlet and whose records don’t reflect their talent.
But overall, the cream should and does rise to the top. We see it in the NFC right now, where the top-seeded Atlanta Falcons will be squaring off against the No. 2 seed San Francisco 49ers for the right to go to the Super Bowl. Over in the AFC, the situation is a little different. The No. 1 seed Denver Broncos, who had one of the easiest schedules of the past two decades, are out, as are the No. 3 seed Houston Texans, who faded down the stretch, leaving the No. 2 seed New England Patriots to host the No. 4 seed Baltimore Ravens. None of the wildcard teams have made it to the conference round. All is as it should be.
In our tournament, by contrast, there is much more spread. We started out with 24 contestants, and our remaining seeds range from No. 1 (dalaislama) to No. 21 (Big Cheese). This might be partly attributable to our somewhat unconventional pairing system. In most tournaments, the top seed would take on the lowest seed, second highest seed the second lowest seed, etc.; but that isn’t what we see.
As the bracket below shows, this week features dalaislama (1) against automated algorithm nonstopdrivel1 (9), BearsSaveLives (13) vs. upstart Big Cheese (21), Paul Rubino (18) vs. jwoude13 (7), and Preparation_A (3) vs. Childerz (11). This format ensures that higher-seed players will be eliminated in our Conference Championship round than might normally be the case. It will be interesting to see if this format favors the higher or lower seeds.
In any case, we have only two games on the card this week, so there is less room for error. To keep the scoring potential constant, point values will double. Games will be scored as follows:
- 2 points for every correctly predicted winner
- 2 points for every correctly predicted score
- 10 points for every perfectly picked game
- Example: jwoude23 predicts New England Patriots 31, Baltimore Ravens 20; actual score is 17-21; he scores no points.
- Example: BearsSaveLives predicts Atlanta Falcons 27, San Francisco 49ers 21; actual score is 24-21, so he scores four points.
All other rules remain the same. If you have any questions about these rules, be sure to write me at the address listed below.
Conference Championship bracket
Here are the two games we’ll be picking this week:
- San Francisco 49ers at Atlanta Falcons (2:00 p.m. CT)
- Baltimore Ravens at New England Patriots (5:30 p.m. CT)
- Tiebreaker: total points scored in NFC Championship Game
Submit your entry — including your screen name, score predictions, and tiebreaker — to firstname.lastname@example.org (yes, it works again) by 9:00 a.m. CT Friday if you want your picks to be published. Be sure to have your picks in before kickoff of the NFC Championship Game to ensure your slot isn’t given to one of our eager waiting-list members.
Good luck to everyone. Things are getting real now!
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Childerz is taking his newly acquired father status to the next level.
30 foot swells at Mavericks, top 30 surfers in the world will be there starting on Sunday, sounds like I might miss the games!
@Godfather Reggie 3000 Better comment.
@Godfather Reggie 3000 My generosity knows no bounds, my young apprentice.
@BearsSaveLives That Zamboni Google game was so cute.
@BearsSaveLives But mine was in French; therefore, it was a crosslingual pun!
@Godfather Reggie 3000 Comment allez-vous?
@Godfather Reggie 3000 Still, you are artificially inflating your generosity factor. I wonder why they allow that.
@Godfather Reggie 3000 I wonder if that is a bug or a deliberate design decision. My money is on the latter. They don't want people sitting around artificially inflating each other's like counts, I imagine.
@ScarletandCream There was a meeting? Did you have powerpoints?
@ScarletandCream I thought a lot of really good ideas were advanced and that if we want to implement them, we should start setting some targets so we don't just spin big notions that never get put into place.
@Nonstopdrivel @ScarletandCream sure, I thought everyone was on board, which is important.
@ScarletandCream I am looking forward to that so much. I have no design sensibilities. I know what I don't like (or like) when I see it, but I am not good at visualizing things in my head before they happen.
@Nonstopdrivel @ScarletandCream I'll get the design guy on it, it won't take long, the decisions to move forward will take longer.
@ScarletandCream Indeed. It is going to take a lot of hard work, but I think it can pay off.
actually im gonna take one back, stay at 2999, and make people post funny things tomorrow to earn that 3000th.
@Godfather Reggie 3000 You now who's great? The New Orleans Saints. Super Bowl 2013!
@BearsSaveLives Yep. Even if defenses adjust quickly to the style and effectively neutralize it, it will have done the job for a couple of weeks, and sometimes that is all you need.
That wouldn't bust my chops too badly. Better the Niners than the fucking Patsies
@SDL That skinny flash in the pan might well win the Super Bowl this year, though. Curses.
@Godfather Reggie 3000 Doesn't work like that on Livefyre. Even if you unlike a comment, your like count stays the same. or at least it used to. I know my like total includes a number of posts I liked by accident and subsequently unliked.
@Godfather Reggie 3000 Well, commenting platforms are inherently social networking tools, so I imagine they want to accentuate the positive to the greatest extent possible.
You're worthless and weak... now drop and give me twenty (likes, that is)
I'm about to pass 12K likes given, you woman, you....