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175 - 81
Joe
170 - 86
Kip
168 - 88
Brad
166-90
Jason
166-90
Satish
164-92
Jay
163-93
Kerry
162-94
Cody
159-97
Tanya
159-97
Phil
158-98
Shyam
158-98
Tony
158-98
Shannon
157-99
Shane
153-103
Alan
151-105
Tracy
137-119

Week 17

January 2, 2005

As opposed to previous seasons, this year's contest finish held very little drama. No one could really mount any kind of challenge to Lloyd in the final few weeks. He claimed sole control of first place way back on week 6 and succeeded in keeping all competition at arm's length for the duration of the contest. Second place winner Joe and third place winner Kip could only insignificantly chip away at Lloyd's huge lead. Interestingly, these results mean that two of the top three players were newcomers to the contest this year. Unfortunately, Tracy, the other newbie, couldn't keep up, and she held last place for 14 out of the 17 weeks. Two-time defending champion Tony stumbled early out of the gates and could not recover. Back in 2001, Kerry and Phil shared the contest crown, but both of them had a disappointing 2004 season. As for this year's winner, Lloyd somehow just had the right formula for picking games, week after week. Whether it was Bucs over Chiefs, Bears over Titans, or Saints over Cowboys, he had an uncanny knack for picking the upsets that almost no one else saw coming. That success earns Lloyd a well-deserved Picks Contest championship. Congratulations!

As for this final week, the combination of teams trying to get into the playoffs and teams resting players made for a tumultuous week of picks. Shane navigated the choppy waters best, earning a week-leading 11-5 mark. Phil had a good record of 10-6, and five others scraped together 9 wins. But beyond them, 10 players finished the week with 8 or less wins. This was, in fact, the second-worst week of picks this year, with a group tally of 51.8%. Not the best way to transition into the playoffs, but the slate is cleared and everyone starts over! Thanks to everyone for another great year and God-willing we'll all be able to do it again in 2005!

Shane           11-5
Cin @ Phi
Cle @ Hou
Det @ Ten
GB @ Chi
Mia @ Bal
Min @ Was
NO @ Car
NYJ @ StL
Pit @ Buf
SF @ NE
Atl @ Sea
TB @ Ari
Ind @ Den
Jac @ Oak
KC @ SD
Dal @ NYG
Phil             10-6
Cin @ Phi
Cle @ Hou
Det @ Ten
GB @ Chi
Mia @ Bal
Min @ Was
NO @ Car
NYJ @ StL
Pit @ Buf
SF @ NE
Atl @ Sea
TB @ Ari
Ind @ Den
Jac @ Oak
KC @ SD
Dal @ NYG
Shyam           9-7
Cin @ Phi
Cle @ Hou
Det @ Ten
GB @ Chi
Mia @ Bal
Min @ Was
NO @ Car
NYJ @ StL
Pit @ Buf
SF @ NE
Atl @ Sea
TB @ Ari
Ind @ Den
Jac @ Oak
KC @ SD
Dal @ NYG
38 at 10 22 at 14 19 at 24
Shannon       9-7
Cin @ Phi
Cle @ Hou
Det @ Ten
GB @ Chi
Mia @ Bal
Min @ Was
NO @ Car
NYJ @ StL
Pit @ Buf
SF @ NE
Atl @ Sea
TB @ Ari
Ind @ Den
Jac @ Oak
KC @ SD
Dal @ NYG
Joe              9-7
Cin @ Phi
Cle @ Hou
Det @ Ten
GB @ Chi
Mia @ Bal
Min @ Was
NO @ Car
NYJ @ StL
Pit @ Buf
SF @ NE
Atl @ Sea
TB @ Ari
Ind @ Den
Jac @ Oak
KC @ SD
Dal @ NYG
Brad            9-7
Cin @ Phi
Cle @ Hou
Det @ Ten
GB @ Chi
Mia @ Bal
Min @ Was
NO @ Car
NYJ @ StL
Pit @ Buf
SF @ NE
Atl @ Sea
TB @ Ari
Ind @ Den
Jac @ Oak
KC @ SD
Dal @ NYG
31 at 14 23 at 30 18 at 21 21 at 18
Alan            9-7
Cin @ Phi
Cle @ Hou
Det @ Ten
GB @ Chi
Mia @ Bal
Min @ Was
NO @ Car
NYJ @ StL
Pit @ Buf
SF @ NE
Atl @ Sea
TB @ Ari
Ind @ Den
Jac @ Oak
KC @ SD
Dal @ NYG
Tanya            8-8
Cin @ Phi
Cle @ Hou
Det @ Ten
GB @ Chi
Mia @ Bal
Min @ Was
NO @ Car
NYJ @ StL
Pit @ Buf
SF @ NE
Atl @ Sea
TB @ Ari
Ind @ Den
Jac @ Oak
KC @ SD
Dal @ NYG
Tracy            8-8
Cin @ Phi
Cle @ Hou
Det @ Ten
GB @ Chi
Mia @ Bal
Min @ Was
NO @ Car
NYJ @ StL
Pit @ Buf
SF @ NE
Atl @ Sea
TB @ Ari
Ind @ Den
Jac @ Oak
KC @ SD
Dal @ NYG
29 at 32 29 at 24 7 at 21
Lloyd           8-8
Cin @ Phi
Cle @ Hou
Det @ Ten
GB @ Chi
Mia @ Bal
Min @ Was
NO @ Car
NYJ @ StL
Pit @ Buf
SF @ NE
Atl @ Sea
TB @ Ari
Ind @ Den
Jac @ Oak
KC @ SD
Dal @ NYG
Satish          8-8
Cin @ Phi
Cle @ Hou
Det @ Ten
GB @ Chi
Mia @ Bal
Min @ Was
NO @ Car
NYJ @ StL
Pit @ Buf
SF @ NE
Atl @ Sea
TB @ Ari
Ind @ Den
Jac @ Oak
KC @ SD
Dal @ NYG
Cody            8-8
Cin @ Phi
Cle @ Hou
Det @ Ten
GB @ Chi
Mia @ Bal
Min @ Was
NO @ Car
NYJ @ StL
Pit @ Buf
SF @ NE
Atl @ Sea
TB @ Ari
Ind @ Den
Jac @ Oak
KC @ SD
Dal @ NYG
26 at 28 7 at 12 14 at 33 13 at 6
Jason           8-8
Cin @ Phi
Cle @ Hou
Det @ Ten
GB @ Chi
Mia @ Bal
Min @ Was
NO @ Car
NYJ @ StL
Pit @ Buf
SF @ NE
Atl @ Sea
TB @ Ari
Ind @ Den
Jac @ Oak
KC @ SD
Dal @ NYG
Jay              7-9
Cin @ Phi
Cle @ Hou
Det @ Ten
GB @ Chi
Mia @ Bal
Min @ Was
NO @ Car
NYJ @ StL
Pit @ Buf
SF @ NE
Atl @ Sea
TB @ Ari
Ind @ Den
Jac @ Oak
KC @ SD
Dal @ NYG
Kerry           7-9
Cin @ Phi
Cle @ Hou
Det @ Ten
GB @ Chi
Mia @ Bal
Min @ Was
NO @ Car
NYJ @ StL
Pit @ Buf
SF @ NE
Atl @ Sea
TB @ Ari
Ind @ Den
Jac @ Oak
KC @ SD
Dal @ NYG
17 at 24 24 at 28
Tony            7-9
Cin @ Phi
Cle @ Hou
Det @ Ten
GB @ Chi
Mia @ Bal
Min @ Was
NO @ Car
NYJ @ StL
Pit @ Buf
SF @ NE
Atl @ Sea
TB @ Ari
Ind @ Den
Jac @ Oak
KC @ SD
Dal @ NYG
Kip              6-10
Cin @ Phi
Cle @ Hou
Det @ Ten
GB @ Chi
Mia @ Bal
Min @ Was
NO @ Car
NYJ @ StL
Pit @ Buf
SF @ NE
Atl @ Sea
TB @ Ari
Ind @ Den
Jac @ Oak
KC @ SD
Dal @ NYG