School Is In Session

School Is In Session

006 - How quickly my plans become derailed.  I originally set out to post on this blog twice a week: once on Tuesdays, and again on Saturdays.  Last week got a little shaky, with both posts being pushed towards the end of the week.  This week, the Tuesday post went out the window.  It is the first week of school, and with all that goes into preparing and starting the school year, I have already been  burning candles late into the night just to get my real work done.  This new found love of fantasy curling had to be …  I was just about to write “put on ice” right there but then thought better of it.  First and foremost, that is just a horrible pun.  Second, it is 32℃ (89℉) outside. Why is curling happening right now?

I also find myself at odds with my own strategy.  In a previous post, I freely admitted that I am only picking matches correctly at a rate of about sixty percent.  So instead of counting on a non-existent knowledge of the sport to propel me to the top of the fantasy league, I am just making a lot of picks.  It worked early on, but I have found the administrator for the league keeps adding matches.  Here is a hypothetical situation you may encounter if you take on this fantasy curling habit.

You start the day by logging on and confidently picking all the matchups that are presented.  Then you may choose to acknowledge your family, go to work, and/or put clothes on and step outside for a while.  When you return to the computer some hours later, you come to discover that somebody smarter than you actually knows what they are doing and made more correct picks than you, which is fine.  You may also find, however, that people picked more matches than you did!?!  While you were forced to interact with real people, generate income, generate some Vitamin D, and actually leave your computer, matches had been added and pantless loners elsewhere in the world pounced on the opportunity.  Sometimes you get an email notifying you of these additions, but sometimes not.

So to keep up with my own stated plan, I have to be more diligent about checking on my picks and may have to turn on some dreaded email notifications to my phone.

I have also discovered that the curling schedule ramps up very quickly.  The forty or so picks I made while the curlers were in Switzerland seemed like a commitment at the time.  Now look at what faces me when I log into the site.

So I am sticking to my guns.  I am trying to keep up with the new matches as they are added and am using a blatant, brute force tactic to my advantage.  I am slowly climbing the leaderboard, even though my overall percentage of correctly picked matches is slipping a little.

My commitment may have been shaken a little this week, but I march forward.  Come back on Tuesday when I will share my discovery of some delightful Minnisotans.  For the time being, I have to log back into the CurlingZone to see if any matches have been added while I was typing this.  Wish me luck!


Image Credits

School Image of the entrance of an Ansley Public School in Nebraska.

Taken by flickr user: jdog90, modified and reproduced under a Creative Commons License.

All screen captures taken from CurlingZone.com

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