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Shannon
14 - 2
Brad
12 - 4
Joe
12 - 4
Alan
11-5
Jason
11-5
Lloyd
11-5
Jay
11-5
Phil
11-5
Shyam
11-5
Tanya
10-6
Kerry
10-6
Tony
9-7
Satish
9-7
Kip
9-7
Cody
8-8
Shane
8-8
Tracy
8-8
Mike
6-10

Week 1

September 9 - 13

Joe and Brad found out that sometimes, even a great score like 12-4 just isn't enough. That's because Shannon, your intrepid contest leader, absolutely smoked the rest of the competition with a dirty 14-2 record. Talk about starting the season off with a good old-fashioned butt-whoopin'. Only Baltimore and Houston let Shannon down. (In fact, Cleveland's win came as a surprise to everyone except Tracy, Lloyd, and Mike.) Speaking of the quintuplet of contest newcomers, three of them got an absolutely rude introduction. Shane and Tracy only finished 8-8 and Mike trailed the group with a dismal 6-10. Kip did only nominally better than those three with 9-7, while Lloyd earned a respectable 11-5. A mark of five losses was scored by six contestants, which will keep each of them in the contest quite easily. I may have a two-game contest lead, but we all know how these things tend to go...

As for key good/bad picks, besides the Bal/Cle game, a big one was the GB/Car game, which was picked correctly by only Alan, Kip, and the Packer-fan trio of Jay, Lloyd, and Shannon. Alan made a great solo pick of SD over Houston, but he subsequently failed just as spectacularly by joining only Tracy and Mike in taking Dallas over Minnesota. Only Kip and Lloyd failed to see the Seattle win over New Orleans, and only Tracy thought - wrongly - that the Giants could overtake the Eagles.

Former contest headliners like Tony, Tanya, and Cody didn't navigate week 1 very well, but it's early and there is too much time to know where this is going yet!

Shannon       14-2
Ind @ NE
Ari @ StL
Bal @ Cle
Cin @ NYJ
Det @ Chi
Jac @ Buf
Oak @ Pit
SD @ Hou
Sea @ NO
TB @ Was
Ten @ Mia
Atl @ SF
Dal @ Min
NYG @ Phi
KC @ Den
GB @ Car
Joe              12-4
Ind @ NE
Ari @ StL
Bal @ Cle
Cin @ NYJ
Det @ Chi
Jac @ Buf
Oak @ Pit
SD @ Hou
Sea @ NO
TB @ Was
Ten @ Mia
Atl @ SF
Dal @ Min
NYG @ Phi
KC @ Den
GB @ Car
Brad            12-4
Ind @ NE
Ari @ StL
Bal @ Cle
Cin @ NYJ
Det @ Chi
Jac @ Buf
Oak @ Pit
SD @ Hou
Sea @ NO
TB @ Was
Ten @ Mia
Atl @ SF
Dal @ Min
NYG @ Phi
KC @ Den
GB @ Car
24 at 27 10 at 17 3 at 20
Alan            11-5
Ind @ NE
Ari @ StL
Bal @ Cle
Cin @ NYJ
Det @ Chi
Jac @ Buf
Oak @ Pit
SD @ Hou
Sea @ NO
TB @ Was
Ten @ Mia
Atl @ SF
Dal @ Min
NYG @ Phi
KC @ Den
GB @ Car
Jay              11-5
Ind @ NE
Ari @ StL
Bal @ Cle
Cin @ NYJ
Det @ Chi
Jac @ Buf
Oak @ Pit
SD @ Hou
Sea @ NO
TB @ Was
Ten @ Mia
Atl @ SF
Dal @ Min
NYG @ Phi
KC @ Den
GB @ Car
Jason           11-5
Ind @ NE
Ari @ StL
Bal @ Cle
Cin @ NYJ
Det @ Chi
Jac @ Buf
Oak @ Pit
SD @ Hou
Sea @ NO
TB @ Was
Ten @ Mia
Atl @ SF
Dal @ Min
NYG @ Phi
KC @ Den
GB @ Car
24 at 31 20 at 16 13 at 10 21 at 24
Lloyd           11-5
Ind @ NE
Ari @ StL
Bal @ Cle
Cin @ NYJ
Det @ Chi
Jac @ Buf
Oak @ Pit
SD @ Hou
Sea @ NO
TB @ Was
Ten @ Mia
Atl @ SF
Dal @ Min
NYG @ Phi
KC @ Den
GB @ Car
Shyam           11-5
Ind @ NE
Ari @ StL
Bal @ Cle
Cin @ NYJ
Det @ Chi
Jac @ Buf
Oak @ Pit
SD @ Hou
Sea @ NO
TB @ Was
Ten @ Mia
Atl @ SF
Dal @ Min
NYG @ Phi
KC @ Den
GB @ Car
Phil             11-5
Ind @ NE
Ari @ StL
Bal @ Cle
Cin @ NYJ
Det @ Chi
Jac @ Buf
Oak @ Pit
SD @ Hou
Sea @ NO
TB @ Was
Ten @ Mia
Atl @ SF
Dal @ Min
NYG @ Phi
KC @ Den
GB @ Car
27 at 20 21 at 7 10 at 16
Kerry           10-6
Ind @ NE
Ari @ StL
Bal @ Cle
Cin @ NYJ
Det @ Chi
Jac @ Buf
Oak @ Pit
SD @ Hou
Sea @ NO
TB @ Was
Ten @ Mia
Atl @ SF
Dal @ Min
NYG @ Phi
KC @ Den
GB @ Car
Tanya            10-6
Ind @ NE
Ari @ StL
Bal @ Cle
Cin @ NYJ
Det @ Chi
Jac @ Buf
Oak @ Pit
SD @ Hou
Sea @ NO
TB @ Was
Ten @ Mia
Atl @ SF
Dal @ Min
NYG @ Phi
KC @ Den
GB @ Car
Kip              9-7
Ind @ NE
Ari @ StL
Bal @ Cle
Cin @ NYJ
Det @ Chi
Jac @ Buf
Oak @ Pit
SD @ Hou
Sea @ NO
TB @ Was
Ten @ Mia
Atl @ SF
Dal @ Min
NYG @ Phi
KC @ Den
GB @ Car
17 at 7 21 at 19 17 at 35 17 at 31
Satish          9-7
Ind @ NE
Ari @ StL
Bal @ Cle
Cin @ NYJ
Det @ Chi
Jac @ Buf
Oak @ Pit
SD @ Hou
Sea @ NO
TB @ Was
Ten @ Mia
Atl @ SF
Dal @ Min
NYG @ Phi
KC @ Den
GB @ Car
Tony            9-7
Ind @ NE
Ari @ StL
Bal @ Cle
Cin @ NYJ
Det @ Chi
Jac @ Buf
Oak @ Pit
SD @ Hou
Sea @ NO
TB @ Was
Ten @ Mia
Atl @ SF
Dal @ Min
NYG @ Phi
KC @ Den
GB @ Car
Cody            8-8
Ind @ NE
Ari @ StL
Bal @ Cle
Cin @ NYJ
Det @ Chi
Jac @ Buf
Oak @ Pit
SD @ Hou
Sea @ NO
TB @ Was
Ten @ Mia
Atl @ SF
Dal @ Min
NYG @ Phi
KC @ Den
GB @ Car
24 at 34 24 at 14
Shane           8-8
Ind @ NE
Ari @ StL
Bal @ Cle
Cin @ NYJ
Det @ Chi
Jac @ Buf
Oak @ Pit
SD @ Hou
Sea @ NO
TB @ Was
Ten @ Mia
Atl @ SF
Dal @ Min
NYG @ Phi
KC @ Den
GB @ Car
Tracy            8-8
Ind @ NE
Ari @ StL
Bal @ Cle
Cin @ NYJ
Det @ Chi
Jac @ Buf
Oak @ Pit
SD @ Hou
Sea @ NO
TB @ Was
Ten @ Mia
Atl @ SF
Dal @ Min
NYG @ Phi
KC @ Den
GB @ Car
Mike            6-10
Ind @ NE
Ari @ StL
Bal @ Cle
Cin @ NYJ
Det @ Chi
Jac @ Buf
Oak @ Pit
SD @ Hou
Sea @ NO
TB @ Was
Ten @ Mia
Atl @ SF
Dal @ Min
NYG @ Phi
KC @ Den
GB @ Car
Here are some player quotes from Week 1 and before...
Tony: I’m in. I wouldn’t be surprised if someone chickens out against the two-time defending champ.
THREE-PEAT BABY!
Cody: THREE-WORDS BABY! NOT A CHANCE!
Satish: Don't count on winning the prize money this year. You can be lucky once! You can be lucky twice! But you cannot be lucky all the time and now your time is up.
Kip: I definitely want in, although you guys probably dont want me in considering your chances for money will disappear.
Brad: Man this is my favorite time of year!
Cody: You know, I'm going to do a 180 from last year and win this thing... I don't have something like being in a different COUNTRY to stand in my way this year... the only thing i have standing in my way is you and all the other piddily contestants of this game, which, if I do say so, my outlook looks pretty good! Three words for all of you out there: BRING IT ON!
Jay: I will be heading up to the great land next week for the home opener against the bears. What a great time it will be.
Tanya: I really hate the first week of picks....
Kip: let me know when my lead is so high the game's pretty much over :)
Cody: YOU ALL ARE GOING DOWN!!!!!!! This is the YEAR OF CODY!
Brad: Alright, so far so good. 1-0 start. Can we end the contest now?
Phil: (on picking Minn) Will Testaverde throw more TD passes to his own team or the Vikings?
Shannon: Thought we'd get the season started off on the right foot. Everyone feel free to give it right back to Cody since he's already started the "year of Cody" with 0-2!
Cody: hahahahaha! Laugh it up, but when I go 14-2 this week, i'll be laughing right back at you! those are the only two games i'm going to lose!
Tanya: I don't have a problem giving Cody sh*t but I'd much rather dish on Tony.... :-)
Shannon: With this 2-game lead I expect expressions of fealty from all. KNEEL!
Tanya: Don't hold your breath on the kneeling thing...
Kerry: Shannon is not worthy of a kneeling. He IS worthy of another posture (a good mooning). Come to think of it, he's not even worthy of that!