Week 17

Here we go! The final week! Let's look at picks. Unanimous: Buccaneers, Patriots, Chiefs, Cardinals, and Seahawks. Solo: Sam with Cleveland and Jacksonville. Duplicate: Karen (50) = Laura (48). Buck and Tim only differ on the Bears/Vikings game, so Tim can at best tie for first overall. Billy can't catch either of them. Billy and Karen differ on the Cowboys/Eagles game and the Redskins/Giants. If Dallas and Washington win, Karen takes third. Gayle could potentially jump from The Cellar to seventh, and if that happens, Sam would end up in last place! A lot going on today. Skol Vikings!

Week 16 Winner - Gayle!

The Commish takes home her second win of the year! With one week to go, we have some interesting races to watch. Buck still holds the lead by one over Tim. Tim is four ahead of Billy in third, but Karen, Kremer, and Laura are just one, two, and three back from Billy, respectively. And then we have the race for The Cellar. Gayle gained three picks on Gwen, and is now just one back. Who will end the season in abject shame??? In LOTW news, Billy and Buck remain undefeated, and therefore tie for the win. Congratulations, Gayle! One more time around...

Song: We Need a Little Christmas by Kimberly Locke

Week 16

Fa la la la la, la la la let's look at picks. Unanimous: Patriots, Packers (woof), Redskins, Raiders, Seahawks, Steelers, and Chiefs. Solo: Gwen with Philadelphia (bam!) and Detroit, Matt with San Francisco, and Gayle with Jacksonville. Duplicates: Buck (46) = Megan (42), and Karen (38) = Kremer (42) = Laura (48) (seriously, again guys???). Eliminations: none, but Billy can at best tie Gwen. Skol Vikings!

Week 15 Winner - Matt!

Take it down, Two Fish! That's four weeks in a row that it took 13 picks to win...the first week we all hit double digits...we're getting better....well, most of us. Two weeks to go and the middle of the leader board remains blank under Gwen, Karen, and Kremer. It looks like we're probably down to two horses down the stretch. Tim trails Buck by just one pick. Billy is four back of Tim in third, and Karen two back in fourth. It looks like Danny decided to go take a peak at Gayle in The Cellar. Gayle remains three back of second-to-last Danny, who fell one back to Gwen. With two weeks to go, Billy and Buck are still spotless in LOTW...one more week clinches it. Congratulations, Matt!

Song: HandClap by Fitz and the Tantrums

Week 15

Sweet stew of Tagliabue it's cold! Let's look at picks anyway. Unanimous: Seattle (yay), Green Bay, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, Houston, and Atlanta. Solo: Danny with Denver and Tampa Bay, Gayle with Cleveland, Tim with Detroit, Matt with Indianapolis, and Buck with San Diego. Duplicate: Gwen (42) = Karen (38) = Kremer (42) = Laura (48) = Sam (50). You guys really need to knock that crap off. Gwen, Karen, Kremer please listen. You guys keep copying off each others' papers, but none of you have realized YOU'RE ALL CHEATING OFF THE DUMB KID IN THE CLASS!!!! Billy can't win, and Megan can at best tie the herd of duplicates. Well, my fireplace will be working overtime today. Skol Vikings!

Week 14 Winners - Buck & Tim!

Ten Dimes and Savage Southpaw take home the bacon! Not a lot of movement on the leader board: Matt +2, Laura +1, Megan -1. Buck still leads by 2 over Tim, who is 3 in front of Billy, who is 3 in front of Karen. Gayle is still all alone in The Cellar, and Gwen, Karen, and Kremer are winless with 3 weeks remaining. Karen is out of LOTW; now it's just Billy and Buck who still have spotless records. When will it all end? Congratulations, Buck & Tim!

Song: Mr. Big Stuff by Jean Knight

Week 14

Let it snow because the fireplace is warm and it's football time! Let's look at picks. Unanimous: Lions, Buccaneers, and Falcons. Solo: Danny with *gasp* Jacksonville, Gayle with Houston, and Sam with Baltimore. Duplicate: Karen (52) = Kremer (44) = Laura (48) (seriously, guys, enough). Eliminations: none, but Megan can at best tie Billy. For LOTW, Billy and Buck have Detroit, and Karen has Indianapolis. Exciting times! Skol Vikings!

Week 13 Winner - Danny!

With only two misses, Lt. Dan takes the win! Well, well, well...we have some exciting things this week! Everybody but Gayle, Kremer, and Matt gained ground on Buck in the lead. He is now just two ahead of Tim, who is 1 ahead of Billy. Aaaaaaaand flipping to the back page for the other side of the leader board, Gwen packed up her shit and left Gayle all alone in The Cellar. Oh the places she'll go! Maybe a win??? Well, looking at the weekly grid, maybe not in that lonely space in the middle. Gwen, Karen, and Kremer are still winless...four weeks to go...tick...tick....tick....

What else, what else, what else? Oh yes, some more kicking while they're down...LOTW! Kremer, Matt, and Tim: please fold up your chairs and kindly piss off. It's down to three! Will it be the heeeeaaaavvvvy favorites, Billy and Buck, with spotless records? Or will it be the crafty underdog from Cherry Court? (that's Karen, guys) Will it be a Christmas miracle? Or will the Grinch finally set fire to Whoville? 

Congratulations, Danny! Maybe it's time to just be humble.

Song: I'm So Humble by The Lonely Island

Week 13

Well the Vikings are done for the week after playing 3 games in 12 days. Five of you picked the boys in purple, so is anyone eliminated for the week? Let's find out by looking at picks! Unanimous: Patriots and Raiders. Solo: Gayle with Houston and Carolina and Megan with Tampa Bay. Duplicate: none! Eliminations/ties: Gwen can at best tie Sam, Kremer can also at best tie Sam (different than Gwen's), and Tim cannot win as he matches Laura from here out. Skol Vikings!

Week 12 Winner - Buck!

Ten Dimes goes back-to-back solo style! Everyone hit double digits this week...except Megan.  Buck now has a 3 pick lead over Tim, who has a 2 pick lead over Billy in third. Again, no damage done in LOTW, so the show goes on. Danny has a 1 pick lead over Gayle and Gwen in The Cellar. Who will drag up the rear as we head into the last 5 weeks of the year??? Time will Tell.

Song: Simple Man by Lynyrd Skynyrd

Week 12

Week 12 is here and the Vikings have already lost, so let's look at the other picks. Unanimous: Dallas (yay!), Tennessee, Buffalo, New England, Oakland, and Denver. Solo: Billy with the Colts (oops), Gayle with the Bengals, Danny with the Browns, Megan with the Rams, and Sam with the 49ers. Duplicate: Karen (48) = Matt (58). Eliminations: Billy and Kremer can't win as they match Matt and Karen here out. Danny and Tim can at best tie Karen and Matt, Gwen can at best tie Buck, and Laura can at best tie Karen, Matt, and Sam. That's all folks! Skol Vikings!

Week 11 Winner - Buck!

Only two misses for Ten Dimes this week on the road to victory! Buck now has a 2 pick lead over Billy and Tim tied for second. Danny was the only real mover this week, dropping 3 places to tenth. He is just two picks ahead of Gayle and Gwen in The Cellar. Eleven picks in five weeks is a lot, but not impossible. Probably still too early to call (unless you're Sam marking games after the coin flip...he's had Megan as a lock since Week 1). No eliminations in LOTW. It's getting exciting! Congratulations, Buck! NFL w/ g won't drive you crazy this week.

Song: I Need a Lover by John Cougar Mellencamp

Week 11

Week 11 is upon us, and it's time for those Vikes to get off the schneid. Let's look at picks. Unanimous: Dallas, Kansas City, New York Giants, New England, Seattle, and Oakland. Solo: Gayle with Cleveland (again) and Sam with Jacksonville. Duplicate: none. Eliminations: Laura and Matt can't win as they match Buck. Danny can at best tie Billy and Gwen, and Karen can at best tie Kremer and Tim. Skol Vikings!

Week 10 Winners - Matt & Megan!

Congratulations, Two Fish and Meggles! Here's the thing...for everyone else, the second worse thing that could have happened was Matt winning outright. The only worse possible finish was Matt and Megan tying for a win. Because of that result, 7 of the other 10 losers not only lost, but had their worst or tied for worst week of the year! It was metal in a microwave...Matt closed the door, Megan pushed start, we burned.

LOTW lost its thirst this week, as everyone survived - the first time since Week 3.

Congratulations, Matt & Megan! Baby, they got our money!

Song: Got Your Money by Ol' Dirty Bastard

Week 10

Vikes need a win today! Let's look at picks. Unanimous: Baltimore (yay!), Arizona, and New England. Solo: Danny with Jacksonville and Megan with Miami and Cincinnati. Duplicates: none! Buck, Karen, Matt, and Tim have already survived LOTW this week. Skol Vikings!

Week 9 Winners - Matt & Tim!

Two Fish and Savage Southpaw hit pay dirt with 11 picks! The win puts Tim tied for the lead with Buck. Matt's win now leaves just Gwen, Karen, and Kremer without a win. What's going on there? Gayle and Gwen kicked Matt out of The Cellar and put in bunk beds. Laura bet on the Pack and is now out of LOTW. We're now down to just six. Exciting times. Congratulations, Matt & Tim!

Song: God Bless the U.S.A. by Lee Greenwood 

Week 9

Week 9 is here, and it's time for the Vikings to get off the schneid. Let's look at picks! Unanimous: Atlanta (yay!), Kansas City, and Green Bay. Solo: Sam with Detroit, Gayle with Cleveland and Buffalo, and Gwen with San Francisco. Duplicate: Billy (37) = Buck (43) and Matt (21) = Tim (40). Eliminations: none! Buck and Karen can already relax as they both had Atlanta for LOTW. That's what we've got to start the day. Skol Vikings!

Week 8 Winners - Billy, Danny, Laura, Megan, & Sam!

Congratulations *deep breath* BK, Lt. Dan, L.A. Woman, Meggles, and Mr. Emoticon! While 9 picks isn't an impressive feat, Megan has now tallied her 4th win...that is, she's won half the weeks. What is going on? Buck slipped a bit, and now only has a 2 pick lead over Tim & Billy. Things are tightening up! ...except for our sweet Matt. He has established dominance of The Cellar. We're getting toward the end of 2016, and he's been there so long that he should look into tax breaks for owning such shitty property. Ok, this is getting a little mean, but it's hard to be pleasant after watching the Vikes ride a bike down a bumpy road without a seat or pedals.

In LOTW news, Gwen picked the Purple and promptly perished. It's down to seven, and just BK and Buck are unscathed.

Congratulations all of you...you took home spots 1-5 this week!

Song: Atlas, Rise! by Metallica

Week 8

Week 8 is underway, so let's look at picks. Unanimous: New England, Denver, and Minnesota. Solo: Matt with Jacksonville (oops), Buck with Green Bay, and Gayle with Philadelphia. Duplicate: Danny (27) = Laura (48), and Gwen (45) = Kremer (40). Eliminations: none, but Matt can at best tie Megan if Washington wins, and if Cincinnati wins, he at best ties Gayle, Karen, and Megan. Monday night is big! Skol Vikings!

Week 7 Winner - Buck!

Ten Dimes takes home his second win in three weeks! It was a bit ugly this week as Billy was the only other one with double digits. Karen, Laura, and Megan only got 6 right, and Gayle only 5! Yikes! Oh, how the mighty have fallen; Megan dropped 3 spots and is now T-4. Buck has a 4 pick lead over second place now...that is going to be tough to catch. Kremer had the biggest move this week, jumping 4 in the standings.

It was a bloodbath in LOTW this week. Three eliminations (Danny, Megan, Sam), and four now LOAP (see, I told you it was gonna be a thing). Only Billy and Buck are unscathed. Congratulations, Buck! Keep it up and you can afford to pay more for the dirty deeds!

Music Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap by AC/DC

Week 7

Here we go! Let's look at picks. Unanimous: Chiefs, Vikings, Bengals, Falcons, and Broncos. Solo: Matt with the Saints and Megan with the Steelers. Duplicate: Karen (46) = Laura (48). Eliminations: none, but Karen, Laura, and Sam can at best tie Kremer. Skol Vikings!

Week 6 Winners - Gayle & Tim!

The Commish and Savage Southpaw chalk up a dozen for the win! It was moving day as a bunch of us moved more than two spots. The Good: Karen & Kremer +3, Gayle +2, Buck & Tim +1. The Bad: Danny -4(!), Laura -3, Billy & Megan -2, and Sam -1. The Ugly: Matt is still lonely in The Cellar. But, hey...silver linings. He's now above 0.500 on the year! Buck has taken sole possession of first place with Tim just one back and Megan & Gayle two back. The next closest is four back, so there is work to be done.

In LOTW news, Danny & Laura each got their first loss, and join fellows LOAPers (it's gonna be a thing!) Karen, Megan, and (serial LOAPer) Sam.

Congratulations, Gayle & Tim! Show some love.

Song: What the World Needs Now by Dionne Warwick

Week 6

Kick back and relax, it's Vikings Bye Week. Let's look at picks. Unanimous: Titans, Patriots, and Cardinals. Solo: Danny with San Francisco, Laura with Baltimore, Gayle with Miami, and Buck with Indianapolis. Duplicate: Karen (48) = Kremer (42). Eliminations: none. Everyone is still in it for a solo win, except for the Karen/Kremer duo. It's time to turn on NFL Red Zone for 6+ hours of commercial-free football! Bye bye bye!

Also, check out Spotlight for Volume 2 of Stats w/ D!

Week 5 Winner - Buck!

Ten Dimes takes the W as the only player to make it to double digits this week! In doing so, he is now only 1 pick behind Megan, who's still leading. Beyond that, Tim and Billy at T-3 are five back. Are Megan and Buck going to pull away from the peloton (have people forgotten this word since Lance Armstrong)? Either way, everyone better pick their game up (swidt)! Matt retains his homestead in The Cellar as the last three weeks he's gone 6-6-6...hmm. He's four back of Gwen, so there is work to be done. 

In LOTW news, it has come to an end for Gayle. Got off to a hot start with three straight wins, then posted back to back losses to bring the season to a screeching halt....wait a second...am I talking about LOTW or Gopher football. (ok, ouch...that one really hurts) Congratulations, Buck! 'Murica!

Song: Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue by Toby Keith

Week 5

Here we go! Let's look at picks. Unanimous: Patriots, Vikings, Steelers, and Raiders. Solo: Matt with the Giants, Danny with the Bears, and Billy with the Buccaneers. Duplicate: Gayle (41) = Kremer (42). We have our first Thursday elimination of the year as Laura can't win because if she goes perfect from here out, Gayle and Kremer tie. Gwen can at best tie Gayle and Kremer, and Sam can at best tie Karen. That's what we have to start the day. Skol Vikings!

Week 4 Winner - Sam!

Well Megan is finally out of the win column as Mr. Emoticon is the only one to get to double digits. With that win, Sam vaults out of The Cellar ... ok, "vaults" is a bit of a strong word since he went from T-10 to T-9 ... let's say he used a step stool and got a boost to crawl out. Not only did Megan not win, but she had the lowest score of the week! Everyone but Billy and Karen is allowed to point and laugh. In LOTW news, Gayle and Megan picked up their first loss. So they are the three LOAP*. Congratulations, Sam! In my mind, I'm ready for another Vikings win!

Song: In My Mind by The Amazons

*LOAP = livin' on a prayer ... shut up, I know it's lame, but I'm using it!

Week 4

Wow what a day! Football and Ryder Cup all day?!?! And you can channel surf between games because no Vikings today. How sweet it is! Let's look at picks. Unanimous: Bengals, Redskins, Patriots, Broncos, Cardinals, and Steelers. Solo: Sam with the Saints and Buck with the Giants (go figure). Duplicate: Billy (43) = Karen (40), and Danny (45) = Gwen (45) = Tim (40).

With a Jaguars win: Billy and Karen can at best tie Gayle and Laura; Danny, Gwen, and Tim can at best tie Laura.
With a Colts win: Gayle can at best tie Billy and Karen; Laura can at best tie Billy, Danny, Gwen, Karen, and Tim.

Skol Vikings!

Week 3 Winners - Billy & Megan!

BK and Meggles synced up and took home Week 3! Now, is anyone a bit suspicious that BK copied Megan and won? Now, we addressed the C-word a bit last week, and things are seeming a little...fishy? Moving on... With the win, BK vaulted up 8 spots to T-3 with LA. Tim also climbed 3 spots, Buck 2, and Sam 1. Karen took the biggest negative hit, dropping 3 spots. Well, it's starting to get crowded in The Cellar. Gwen, Matt, and Sam are all snug down there. Awwwwww....Gwen with her two boys. Image result for that is so sweet meme 

Congratulations, BK and Megan (again)! It's harder than you think!

Song: harder than you think by Public Enemy

Week 3

And here we go! Well after becoming the first ever to open up a season with two wins, can Megan do it again? Fun fact from Stats w/ D...the leader after Week 2 has an average season finish of 5.92. However whoever is in second after Week 2 (Karen, Laura) has the best finishing average of 2.11. Alrighty then, let's look at picks.

Unanimous: Cardinals, Giants, Dolphins, Packers, Buccaneers, Seahawks, and Cowboys. Solo: Gayle with Philadelphia and Tim with Atlanta. Duplicate: Billy (51) = Megan (42) and Kremer (47) = Laura (48). Nobody is eliminated yet, but Matt can at best tie Kremer and Laura. Let's see how it turns out! Skol Vikings!

Week 2 Winner - Megan!

Meggles does it again! Opening the season with two solo wins is amazing. That's gotta be some kind of record, but we'll leave that to our newly appointed statistician, Danny. Now, this might be jealousy coming out, and it's generally in bad taste to toss around the C-word............but, is it possible that Megan is a dirty, rotten, Cheater?! Either that, or she's done wonders learning the Dark Arts. Whatever it is, she has an undefeated season going. Well, it's the end of Week 2, so it's time to check out who's in The Cellar: Billy and Sam! We'll see if they got an hourly rate or went for the money saver and booked a multiple week stay. Anyway, congrats, Megan! All she does is win!

p.s. Check out Spotlight. It's how we used to do Trash Talk where I (BK) would write something every week and people would respond. There will be new posts every week (likely Tuesdays), but it won't always be me. We'll have guest bloggers now. This week is the first week of a statistics feature by Danny. I gave him our weekly data, and he went overboard. It will come in multiple installments. The first may look long, but it's not. I'm a slow reader, and I timed it as a 2 minute read my second time through. So check it out and comment. Next guest blogger will be Sam.

Song: All I do is Win by DJ Khaled

Week 2

Oh boy oh boy oh boy oh boy! It's time to open the doors! Bring on the Pack...they are about to become an interesting tidbit about the new era of Vikings at US Bank Stadium! But for now, let's look at picks. Unanimous: Panthers, Steelers, Patriots, Ravens, Cardinals, and Broncos. Solo: Megan with New Orleans, Matt with Tennessee, Gayle with Los Angeles, and Buck with Atlanta. That's a lot! Duplicate: Billy (41) = Gwen (42). And nobody is eliminated yet! Woohoo! Skol Vikings!

Week 1 Winner - Megan!

Meggles takes home the first win of season 11! What a crazy week of games. Is a Patriot win when they're underdogs to the Cardinals really an upset? I don't know. What I do know is that Blair Walsh needs to get out of his head and just kick like he's a rookie again. Congratulations, Megan! Next week the Vikings open the doors to the pack Pack and say "Welcome to my house!"

Song: My House by Flo Rida

Week 1

Welcome back to season 11 of NFL w/ g! Now enough of the emotional stuff, let's look at picks! Unanimous: Chiefs, Texans, Packers, Seahawks, and Colts. Solo: Buck with Tampa Bay, Megan with New England, and BK with Dallas. Duplicate: Danny (23) = Gwen (42) = Kremer (48), with a twist that Karen would tie them, and Matt (21) = Tim (46). And with the quickest elimination in NFL w/ g history, Sam cannot win as his picks match Karen's except for her solo Denver pick! Week 1 and we're already setting records. Gonna be a great year! Skol Vikings!