Seahawks Completely Duped on Rams Punt Return

One thing I wanted to add to the festivities of this year’s football survivor pools is a biggest upset of the week recap. Last week was the missed field goal by the Cincinnati Bengals Mike Nugent at the end of overtime in their game against the Carolina Panthers. This week, we have a real doozy of a play, from a game that resulted in 11 people getting knocked out of our Classic Survivor and 9 from our Loser’s Survivor.

The Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks were completely fooled on a punt return play by the St. Louis Rams. In a nutshell, all of the defenders moved to one side of the field. The ball was caught and returned on the opposite side of the field. While the Seahawks special teams was a disaster the entire game, in which they ultimately lost only 28-26, this play will live on in infamy.

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The best video I found I can’t embed in our blog, but funny enough the one I found that best showcases the play was on the Seahawks own website under “highlights”.

Bengals Picks Get Booted From Survivor Pools on Missed FG in OT

Seattle Seahawks actually caused slightly more exits in our Classic Football Survivor Pool, 9 picks to 8 for the Cincinnati Bengals, and our Lucky Loser’s Survivor Pool (6 to 3), but this was certainly a more heartbreaking way to get knocked out.

Bengals kicker Mike Nugent lined up for an it should be automatic 36-yard FG in overtime, with no time left on the clock, and. . . shanked it. Final score, 37-37. Tie game, which per our rules is equivalent to getting shown the door. Congrats to those who stayed alive, and condolences to those who didn’t.

Back By Popular Demand Our Traditional Football Survivor Pool Now Open, Starts Week 4

Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints

Yes! Traditional pick one team to win, can’t pick the same team more than once, football survivor is back! Oh, and Jimmy Graham, how the heck did you guys lose to the Cleveland Browns last Sunday?

If there is one thing I learned to start this football season it is to give the people what they want. And if you think about changing what you usually give them, then make darn sure they are okay with the changes.

I’m referring to our annual pay-to-play Football Survivor Pools. I thought it would be interesting to change the rules from our traditional football survivor this year. Instead of picking one team to win each week, and entries cannot pick the same team twice, I decided to set up a pool so entries pick one team to lose each week, and they can pick the same team as often as they like. That is the format of our Lucky Loser’s Pool.

My bad. While I wouldn’t say response was terrible – we did nearly sell out the pool in the end – there was definitely a vocal group of our veteran players who prefer the old way. Of course since the pool was already open and Week 1 was fast approaching, I couldn’t change course at that time. I did learn from the experience however, and promised our players I would open a new, traditional football survivor pool soon. Today is the day. Introducing the . . .

$2,500 Classic Football Survivor Pool (Week 4 Start)

Pick a team to WIN. You cannot pick the same team more than once (unless the pool extends into the NFL Playoffs). It is $25 per entry with a winner-take-all grand prize of $2,500, and the entries are capped at 120. This pool is slated to start Week 4 of the NFL season, so you have just one and a half weeks to join the pool.

Please pay for the pool using INTERAC as instructed on the rules page, and if that option is unavailable to you then email me to discuss other options. If you are still playing in the Lucky Loser’s Pool, make sure to not confuse your entries whether you are picking winners (this pool) or losers (that pool). Thanks in advance for signing up, and good luck!

Lucky Loser’s Pool Update

Only two weeks in the books and we are down to nearly half of the entries. The pool stats I just noticed are slightly off because it includes my own ineligible entry in the pool. The current tally is 56 out, 59 still alive, competing for the grand prize.

There wasn’t one surprise team that knocked out a whole bunch of entries last week, but rather six different teams that were selected that all won their game. The biggest upset was Cleveland Browns beating New Orleans Saints, although it was outside, on the Browns home grass turf. Maybe it shouldn’t be too surprising as those are not ideal conditions for the Saints.

The most popular pick was the Kansas City Chiefs facing the Denver Broncos, and heck, they made a game of it even without Jamaal Charles who left early. 29 entries picked the Chiefs while a close second was the New York Jets at 22 picks, losing to the Green Bay Packers in another, “that was closer than expected,” contest.

I have to wonder if we are getting settled in after a wild first two weeks of the season and things will calm somewhat for our usual 10+ weeks to decide our survivor champ, or if there are many more upsets on deck and this pool will wrap up relatively quickly.

The NFL loves their parity. They hate their controversy and criticism (which they are dealing with in spades right now), but they love their parity. That is what contributes to these survivor pools being so fun and frustrating all at the same time. Love it!