This 100k contest started at Sportsbook.ag on September 9 with 12,299 entries. Here we are 111 days later where 31 still stand. Glancing back at the teams I have used, I managed to chose 12 teams that are either in the playoffs or still fighting for their lives. Only four teams that I used are having bad seasons. Somehow, the plan is all working out the way I had hoped. I have scrupulously saved New England for Week 17 like a wise Crow saving a shiny button. I spent the first part of this week floating on the feeling that I had already made my toughest decisions for this journey, I survived the Tennessee v Washington near debacle whilst walking through the French Quarter on Saturday evening, and now all I had to do was plug New England into the final spot and wait.
But there's a wrinkle. I forgot that this clause in the Terms and Conditions had been triggered.
Moreover, if there are between 10 and 34 entries alive after Week 16, each contestant must select two teams that will win their Week 17 game outright.
Well, that changes things a bit now doesn't it? I'm back to full worry mode again. You can imagine the noises my stomach is making as I sit here drinking coffee three days before kick off. While on the one hand it's good that this is more than likely going to vastly narrow the field of winners down, it is no longer a 90% certainty that I am going to make it across the finish line myself. However, I have made good decisions thus far and now my usage of marginal teams NYG, ATLANTA and TENN in weeks 14-16 is going to pay off, because I still have Houston in my back pocket, ready to play in a spot I liked them in: at home vs. a team playing for nothing in a position where they need to win to secure the division title.