I watched the Super Bowl over at the TYT Sports studios – they’re part of the TYT Network that covers politics, and I didn’t realize the viewing party was a live broadcast alternative to the Super Bowl. (I was sitting just out of the shot for most of it, so I’m barely in it.)
Being wrong about the NFL is an interesting experience – you’re surprised at the particulars (which team won or lost, which players scored TDs), but not at all surprised you were wrong. There’s a dissonance between what you believe will happen and the knowledge that your belief could easily be wrong. So it was with the Patriots who I expected to roll Sunday, but I knew were only three-point favorites for a reason.
I’m on vacation in Idaho this week, but I was able to catch most of the games. I opted out of a big chunk of Denver-Pittsburgh because (1) it was getting dark, and I wanted to get some sledding in with my daughter; and (2) the game was so boring and poorly played I couldn’t take it anymore.
I went to a Palm Springs resort for the weekend with my family, so I didn’t watch all of the games for the first time in years. I was unlucky enough to catch the Texans-Chiefs, the end of the Steelers-Bengals and most of the Vikings-Seahawks, so I spent Sunday afternoon teaching my nearly four-year-old daughter how to swim. By that I mean standing in the pool, throwing her five feet into the air and watching her crash into the water, bubble to the surface and say: “Again!”
I honestly thought the Giants would step up in what was likely Tom Coughlin’s final game and blow out an Eagles team that had mailed it in weeks ago. But it turns out the Eagles hated Chip Kelly more than the Giants loved Coughlin.
Good Day and welcome to Week 17 with the long, long trip for the 2015-16 season is coming to an end.
Week 17 is probably the most unpredictable week of the NFL season. There’s a pretty good reason why most standard fantasy leagues have eliminated Week 17 in the last decade. If your season-long fantasy league has ended and about 95 percent of those leagues have ended, you can head over to FanDuel to play Sunday with several contests available for the final regular season week.
Week 17 is also the Rotowire Expert Championship with the experts who finished in the top five each week and/or the top 10 overall (weeks 1 through 16) earning an entry into the final with $2,000 up for grabs.
Shannon McKeown (rotoshannon) held on to win the RotoWire Expert Championship regular season that ended last week and he doubled it up by winning Week 16. McKeown was one of the few that had a good Week 16 as he thoroughly outpaced the field with 162.92 points, more than 10 points ahead of Brian Pelowski (brianp) who finished with 152.42 points.
McKeown took the season title with 2,074.98 points where he extended his lead after Week 15 over Josh Collacchi (JCollacchi) who finished second overall with 2,018.54 points as he accumulated only 121.92 points in Week 16. Joel Bartilotta (joelbartilotta), Tate McIntyre (tamc10) and Peter Merrill (black26) finished third, fourth and five place overall respectively.
McKeown rose to the top of the list last week with the Jaguars duo of QB Blake Bortles and WR Allen Hurns with the pair combining for 57.82 points. As it turned out it really didn’t matter if you had Hurn’s WR teammate Allen Robinson who rolled up 24.1 points. Shannon also chose RB Tim Hightower who was only owned by 2.8 percent of the owners, but rang up 30.4 points. He also benefitted from the Vikings blowout of the Giants with 23 points from Minnesota K Blair Walsh.
It was in the third quarter of the late games when Doug Baldwin caught a touchdown, and Blake Bortles threw a 90-yard TD to Allen Robinson that I knew I was sunk in the $10K Stopa Law Firm League. I was a slight favorite for most of the day, but Ben Watson didn’t show up, the Steelers kicker and defense gave me seven points combined, and I needed Bortles to do his damage mostly away from Robinson. A 90-yarder gave Bortles 8.5 points and Robinson 15.5 (half-point PPR), a net loss of seven, and Baldwin’s catch, yards and score made it more like 15.