Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week
010 - I could feel this coming on from the beginning. Right from the first pick this week, I knew this was going to be a tough one.
Well even after Niklas Eden (and Peter De Cruz) fell to start the week, I still had my game plan to fall back upon.
Pick a lot of games and let dumb luck rule.
So as I logged in on Friday morning to get started in earnest, I saw there was a raft of games that had been played, and I never picked.
Once again, I found myself playing from behind. So I picked and I picked, and slowly climbed the ladder once again. I ultimately got myself to thirteenth place for the week, though my overall standing dropped to ninth. Every time I checked in this weekend, however, I kept having this nagging feeling. Things were not adding up. I saw that there were events where I had only made a few picks according to the official tally, but recalled making many more. It is difficult to keep tab of your progress while the week is happening, but now that everything is over, I have been able to look back at results.
AMJ Campbell Shorty Jenkins Classic (Men): The official tally for me is 39/56 (70%) picked correctly. When looking back at my actual picks, however, it appears that I actually got 48/67 (72%) correct.
This same pattern appears in several other events this past week as well. A number of matches I picked, both correctly and incorrectly, are not being counted in the overall tally. As a percentage, this may not have a great impact, but my only hope in this league to simply make more picks than as many opponents as possible, and let statistics take care of the rest. I need every click counted, and there appear to be ghosts in the machine that are conspiring against me.
There are some good things that came of this week. First, Niklas Eden got a rematch with Jason Gunnlaugson.
It was nice to have my initial instincts confirmed.
Secondly, one of my Twitter followers (@curlschenectady) has decided to take the plunge into fantasy curling and we have some nice exchanges about the experience. In the “Careful What You Wish For” department, she has taken the handle of WarrMachine at the CurlingZone, and beat me by one win last week!
So to WarrMachine, let me give you my thanks. Not for beating me, that stinks. Thank you for being the first person I know of to take my lead into this crazy obsession.
All screen captures taken from CurlingZone