Postseason Pick’em Contest: Announcing our champion!

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Updated: February 5, 2013

It’s time to stand up and cheer for the champion of our first annual Water Cooler Sports Postseason Pick’em Contest!

Winner’s circle

Out first annual Water Cooler Sports Postseason Pick’em Contest is complete, and it was a resounding success, if I do say so myself. (And I do.)

Congratulations to top-seeded dalaislama, who defeated 7th-seeded challenger jwoude23 to take home the WCSN Postseason Pick’em crown. He correctly picked both the winner of Super Bowl XLVII (the Baltimore Ravens) and the Super Bowl MVP (quarterback Joe Flacco). His total combined score prediction of 61 points was a mere points away from the actual combined total of 65. His foe significantly underestimated the total scoring and predicted the San Francisco 49ers to take the Lombardi Trophy.

Our contestants braved the elements to survive five grueling rounds en route to the championship.

In our Bronze Match, 11th-seeded Childerz pursued an unusual strategy, predicting the 49ers to win but Joe Flacco to take the MVP. His correct MVP projection pushed him over the top of BearsSaveLives, who picked the 49ers to take it all and Colin Kaepernick to bring home MVP honors.

Award ceremony

It was originally announced that this would be a winner-take-all contest, with the top finisher receiving a $25 gift certificate to the WCSN Store and everyone else going home with nothing.

After seeing how close the final results were, though, the judges conferred and made an executive decision, electing to change the prize structure a bit. Because this was our first-ever season and we started out with twice as many contestants as we should have, forcing our competitors to pick the silly Pro Bowl to advance to the final round, we have decided to award each of our final four contestants a prize.

Our champion dalaislama will be taking home a brand-new WCSN zip-up hoodie, while our runners up will each receive a long-sleeve WCSN t-shirt! We hope you proudly wear your attractive apparel at every opportunity, and we fully intend to guilt trip you into telling your curious friends about your favorite online sports hangout.

Once again, congratulations on advancing so deep into our first annual pick’em contest. And thanks to everyone who participated and made this such a fun event. Let’s do it again next year!

Super Bowl round results

Seed Contestant BAL @ SF Pts MVP Pts Score TB Result
1 dalaislama BAL 31 SF 30 8 Joe Flacco 1 9 61 dalaislama wins
7 jwoude23 BAL 24 SF 27 0 Colin Kaepernick 0 0 51
11 Childerz BAL 21 SF 28 0 Joe Flacco 1 1 53 Childerz wins
13 BearsSaveLives BAL 20 SF 27 0 Colin Kaepernick 0 0 47
Actual results BAL 34 SF 31 Joe Flacco 65

Final bracket

Grand reveal

We promised that after it was all said and done, we’d be revealing the algorithms behind our two automated contestants, Nonstopdrivel1 and Nonstopdrivel2. Since you’re no doubt dying of curiosity, here they are:

Nonstopdrivel1

  1. Pick team with better record.
  2. (If tied) Pick home team.
  3. Tiebreaker: Sum of year-to-date average offensive points scored per game.

Nonstopdrivel2

  1. Pick team with higher passer rating.
  2. (If tied) Pick home team.
  3. Tiebreaker: Sum of year-to-date average points allowed per game.

So there you have it. If either or both of these algorithms advanced farther than you in all your human intelligence and wisdom did this season, consider simplifying your prognosticatory strategy next season.

Now that football is finally over for the year, it’s time to turn our attention to the upcoming WCSN NFL Draft Contest!

About the author(s)

Rourke Douglas Decker covers the Green Bay Packers beat for Water Cooler Sports. He resides with his family in the Twin Cities. He can be reached for questions or comments at . Connect with .

468 comments
thebaskett
thebaskett

The vikings added the first new piece to their roster today, adding a CFL CB Rod Williams. The Vegas odds should shift accordingly in a few minutes

Johnathan Wood
Johnathan Wood moderator

Here you go, Nate, a meme that is 100% for you

Kuato Face
Kuato Face moderator

I need to come up with some contest ideas that give me a better chance of winning. Like beard growing or who has the most scars.

Kuato Face
Kuato Face moderator

I'm not gonna lie. I stopped paying attention to the Pick em once I was eliminated. Can't spell eliminated without Nate.

Johnathan Wood
Johnathan Wood moderator

Oprah Winfrey calls her Twitter followers "Tweethearts"


GAG

RWB Robert-Woude-Bromance
RWB Robert-Woude-Bromance

we all know they run every 1st play. throw to CJ every pass play.
So ya every one knows our play book...
Let Riolia and Peterman go. Naggy new center, draft a big right guard or free agent. Reilf new left tackle and Fox right tackle or gone 4 yrs and still on roaster.... smith gone, logan gone, kv , advil gone.
need new kicker 50 yds every kick, burner for return man.
Gruden to coach Stafford. Gruden supports the sidearm, so get him(stafford) a coach that knows how to

thebaskett
thebaskett

as an ex florida resident. I can tell you that there are a ton of crazy people there. No one is originally from Florida who lives there. The crazies flock there

MIBearFan
MIBearFan

  

WTF have the Bears started?!!!

Kuato Face
Kuato Face moderator

 Rough couple weeks for snow sports. Didn't some snow mobiler die from a crash at the X-Games?

Kuato Face
Kuato Face moderator

 I thought we were friends. You are mean. You better watch your back, Johnny boy.

MIBearFan
MIBearFan

  

I'm not gonna lie. I'm hungry. You can't read Nate without ate.

MIBearFan
MIBearFan

 

I am in tears. I have never seen anything as brutally murdered as the job you just did to the English language.

Johnathan Wood
Johnathan Wood moderator

  I am interested to see how many CFL players get a chance to earn a roster spot in Chicago's training camp this year

Johnathan Wood
Johnathan Wood moderator

  should be ok if you focus more on safety and enjoyment than pure speed

Kenny Fucking Powers, Bitch!
Kenny Fucking Powers, Bitch!

  Thats because it was a bad video.  If you can pause it just perfectly, you see the right lower leg bend perpendicular to the right!  Fucking wow, and all she did was just land!

Johnathan Wood
Johnathan Wood moderator

  I'll be flying in to Portland on June 22, and be in the city from June 27 to July 1.  Good luck

Kuato Face
Kuato Face moderator

  A Meme that was 50% for me. That's awesome. Thanks.

Johnathan Wood
Johnathan Wood moderator

 eli is also in there, which makes me happy

Kuato Face
Kuato Face moderator

  I'm hungry too but i am probably going to be healthy and eat greek yogurt with grains and fruit and honey. I had kind of a meat fest this last week.

Johnathan Wood
Johnathan Wood moderator

  clearly you've never listened to a professional athlete give an interview

Kuato Face
Kuato Face moderator

   Vaginal Clamping Ligament?

MIBearFan
MIBearFan

   

I wouldn't mind tearing her VCL, if you know what I mean?!

Kuato Face
Kuato Face moderator

  Also, the convention center is right next to the Rose Garden where the Blazers play. There definitely are places to get a drink around there.

Kuato Face
Kuato Face moderator

  So wait, what you are telling me is that your wife is crazy and expects you to be at a HarryPotter Con from 8am til 2am three days in a row. Fuck that crazy shit. I go to comic cons and stuff but that is just too much harry fucking potter. 18 hours a fucking day. I'd tell her no way on that shit. I'm taking several breaks hon. Deal with it.

Kuato Face
Kuato Face moderator

   She'd probably figure that out pretty quickly. 

MIBearFan
MIBearFan

   

I'm sure there's a way you could sneak Nate in through a back door.

Johnathan Wood
Johnathan Wood moderator

  my wife would literally KILL me if I tried that.


And it's at the Portland Convention Center

Kuato Face
Kuato Face moderator

  Take a break from GeekyCon. It is probably right in an area where there is lots of places to get a drink. Nobody can take that much Con on end without some libations.

Johnathan Wood
Johnathan Wood moderator

  i was actually thinking this would be really fun, but I don't know how well the logistics will work.  We're flying in on Saturday and immediately heading to the coast with my parents.  Then we're back the following Thursday for LeakyCon (ComicCon for Harry Potter), which goes from about 8am-2am until ending Sunday afternoon. 

We don't fly out until Monday morning, so maybe we  could meet up sometime that Sunday if it works out.  

Kuato Face
Kuato Face moderator

  You should watch your back so I don't scare you when i come up behind you to buy you a beer. If you are going to be in Portland for for a few days that should be long enough to meet somewhere for beer. I promise, I won't even embarrass you in front of your wife.

Kuato Face
Kuato Face moderator

   There is when you are trying to lose weight and impress the ladies. Once they are impressed there is no such thing as too much.

Johnathan Wood
Johnathan Wood moderator

   no such thing as too much cheesesteak, hotdogs, burgers, and ribs

Kuato Face
Kuato Face moderator

  I have developed a taste for it. Some brands are worse than others. Some taste like metal.

Kuato Face
Kuato Face moderator

   My way of saying I ate to much cheesesteak, hotdogs, burgers and ribs in the last week.

MIBearFan
MIBearFan

   

Greek yogurt is nasty shit.

Johnathan Wood
Johnathan Wood moderator

  meat fest?  Is this your way of coming out of the closet?  Because we still accept you for who you are