Mookie4ever wrote:I always thought of MM as you vs the games not you against the other pickers (until it gets down to just two of you that is).
I know why you're saying - that's why I put up this thread. Fact is though that the number of players remaining in the game is just a benchmark to figure out how hard the season is - instead we could also use some kind of indicator derived from Vegas spreads/results. That would be too complicated of course, but the idea is simply to give the icon a more stable value, and not just give it out to basically everyone who participated in some years like it happened last season. So although it looks
like you'd be competing against other players to get the icon, that's not really the idea behind it.
danleroi22 wrote:And let me make one thong clear: There are NO easy games to predict in the NFL.
Well, last year definitely proved that wrong.
As for being already limited, it looks like the new rules work great to get that number of players down by week 17, but for the first season half it's not that effective. The actual reason why only a reasonable number of players survived week ten wasn't for the new rules, but for the MAJOR upsets in weeks 9 and 10 (where 56% of the players still in the game bit the dust - in each week
). Hadn't it been for those, the whole picture could have looked quite differently.
All boils down to the question whether or not we care if in some seasons, half of the people participating get the icon. In my mind, the people who got the icon this year did a great job dodging those upsets, and getting those icons was a big achievement. I don't think it's a good idea to give it out like candy next year (or any other year). The icon should be a reward for playing well, not for playing in the right year. (At least that's what I think when I see the life-preserver icon - I don't assume that that person is good at predicting upsets, but that he probably played in the 2005 season
But in the end, it's a game for you guys. If there's a majority leaning in one direction or the other, I'll go that way (not that the Cafe is a democracy
). But if there isn't, I'll probably go and tip the scales.