Feb 15, 2009

And the Winner Is… - February 2009

Well, the scores have been calculated and the results are in! The winner of the 2008 -2009 Football Picks Competition is ME!!!

If the news actually cared about our little competition I think the news article would go something like this.


“I can honestly say that this is a contest I never thought I would actually win.” These were the words of the newly crowned champ as she exited the presentation stage, trophy clutched tightly in her hands. Her record of 166 wins and 98 losses was just enough to beat the two time champions record of 163 wins and 101 losses.

When asked what her strategy was and if she was able to hold to her guns during the grueling 17 weeks of regular season play, she smiled and said, “Well, I don’t want to reveal all my secrets, but I really owe my success to being open to new ideas and new ways of picking the winners.” She went on to reveal that the first six weeks she alternated between “who had the cuter mascot and which color uniforms I thought looked best.” She noted that in the beginning I really tried to focus on things I liked and in the second half of the season, I really thought hard about what would work and win games”.

One thing can be seen about this year’s winner. With one glance at the season, you will notice that she has a fierce loyalty for the Tennessee Titans. Without fail she picked them to win each week and only four times in the entire season, including the playoffs, did they fail to produce a win for this year’s competitors. “That is one of the things that the Hub and I have in common. We are crazy loyal Titans fans!"

In the 2008-2009 NFL season, including the playoffs, there were a total of 264 games played and when you look at the final scores, the race looks like it was tight, with the Hub losing it all by only three games, however, reviewing the entire season shows the truth.

In the first part of the season, Lili came out strong, and in week 6 and 7 she solidified her lead by picking 12 wins and only 2 losses both weeks.

But the real highlight of the season came in week 10, when the Hub set a lifetime best a nearly perfect week with 13 wins and 1 loss. “The final game that week was between Arizona and San Francisco. “He’d picked the 49ers and I’d picked Arizona that week. It was the week that Mike Singletary had been named as the interim coach.” says this years Champ. After hearing that story and knowing that the Hub was one game away from a perfect week, I found myself cheering for the 49ers hoping that I wouldn’t win that game.”

Suze, a holiday house guest and special guest competitor in week 16 commented “Wow Lili, you’ve got a great lead, but you’d better look out. He’s gonna sneak up on you and win for the 3rd time in a row”. That would not become the fortune of the two time Picks Champ. In the second week of the playoffs he gave a concession speech indicating that “there wouldn’t be enough time to come back because our picks are going to be the same pretty much from now to the Super Bowl”.

As with every major sports competition, this year’s NFL Picks Competition was scarred by roomers of foul play. Not steroid use, but just as bad in the eyes of fierce competitors like the Hub. “After I’d leave for work in the morning I’m positive she watched the rerun of Mike & Mike and I know I wasn’t the only one in our house going to ESPN.com and Yahoo sports”. Despite numerous requests to provide proof that this year’s champ wasn’t playing by the rules, there was never any evidence that any unlawful activity was taking place. When asked to comment about the controversy the 2008 - 2009 champ declined to comment, stating that she hadn’t had time to really pay attention to anything being said. “It has taken a lot of hard work and time to keep this trophy polished. There just hasn’t been any time to listen to roomers”.

Now that the NFL season is over and the Pro Bowl has been played, the excitement is starting to brew about the awarding of prizes and also about who will be next year’s winner. “As far as this year’s prizes are concerned,” said this year’s champ “The Hub will be taking me to the Melting Pot sometime in March and the car washing will begin in the spring.” When asked why she had decided to wait so long to receive her prizes, she simply stated “Look guys, all of this winning has been great, but to be honest, next year isn’t a given, so I just want to make it last as long as I can”.

As for who‘s going to win it next year, there are a few favorites, and a few little four legged ones practicing on this year’s stage, but it’s really a mystery. There’s always the possible dark horse that could sneak in, pounce on the competition and win it all. We’ll just have to wait and see.

Till next time,
Bon Voyage!


Sarah :) said...

Congatulations Lili! I knew you could do it! :)

Sarah :) said...

Congratulations Lili! I knew you could do it! :)

Anonymous said...

That is brilliant! Congrats.

Mano Rennt said...

You should write a sports column! I loved your posting!!!! :)

Amanda said...

that was hilarious!

Stephanie Sabbe said...

good story! I don't know anything about sports anymore. Love that your rockin' the jersey

Meg said...

i think your black kitty could be friends with my black kitty :) I think i fixed my comments, you will have to let me know!

Lili said...

Meg - I can't comment on your blog yet. =( Oh so sad. I'll try to make you a tutorial on how to do it!

Suze said...

I love this post! Great writing! It made me giggle! Can't wait to see that trophy next time I come in town. Oh yea....are we competing next season?? Just wondering