• FP 2016 Upset Special Challenge: The Essence of this Contest or Your Divisional Playoff Round Open Thread


    Dagnabbit, Raven...

    She ran my big ugly ass down. It appears we have a new leader poised to become the first two-time winner in the FP Upset Special's now seven-year run.

    Congrats, J. It's always good to get hot at the right time. Time to slug it out. You see, I also am gaming to be the first two-time champ.

    RichG sez:
    Quote Originally Posted by Rich Gapinski View Post
    Which, for the first time in a long time..... gives us a new leader:

    Name TTL
    Raven 9.565
    Biggie 9.400
    Chris 7.355
    Brian 7.350
    Hobbes27 7.250
    Amy 7.245
    Rich G 6.490
    Matt K 6.305
    ScottDCP 5.195
    xmenehune 4.170
    Ragar 4.130
    Afrocomb 3.140
    jhinkamp 3.115
    Thanks, Rich.

    Let's boogie. Jiminy Flippin' Cupcakes, we have a 16-POINT 'DOG THIS WEEK. I dare ya. Nah. I Triple Dog Dare ya.

    Rules:
    • One pick per week
    • Your chosen team must be at least a (+2) underdog (Only games listed in this column are eligible)
    • Your chosen team must win the game outright (no 'pushes' or 'covers')
    • Season winner is the one with the most upsets correctly chosen between Week #1 through the Conference Championship Games (20 weeks all together)
    • There will be a points system to determine a winner in the event of a tie
    • Points will be accumulated by adding the game spreads for your correct picks (if you take Carolina (+4.5) and Carolina wins, you will be awarded a win and 4.5 points). Be careful making picks based on the number of points possible. Points only count if you are tied for the total wins lead when the whole contest is finished.
    • The No Upsets Option: Predict correctly that 'No Upsets' will occur in any given week and you will be awarded one win and a point total equal to the sum of all the spreads in that week's Upset Special. If you wish to exercise the 'No Upsets' Option, that prediction is due by 5 minutes prior to kickoff of the first game of the week in question. This includes Saturday games. The 'No Upsets' option is confined to the Upset Possibilities listed in this article.
    • The All Upsets Option: Predict correctly that 'All Upsets' will occur in any given playoff week and you will be awarded one win and a point total equal to the sum of all the spreads in that week's Upset Special. If you wish to exercise the 'All Upsets' Option, that prediction is due by 5 minutes prior to kickoff of the first game of the week in question. The 'All Upsets' option is confined to the Upset Possibilities listed in this article.
    • Picks are due no later than 5 minutes before the scheduled start of the broadcast time for your game. The FootballPros.com time stamp on your post is gospel.
    • Spread lines, once posted, will remain static throughout the week. This isn't The Sports Book at Caesar's Palace, after all.

    Odds by OddsShark.
    All times Eastern.
    Underdogs in bold.

    2016 Divisional Round Upset Special Possibilities

    Saturday, January 14, 2017 4:35 PM
    • Seahawks (+5) @ Falcons

    Saturday, January 14, 2017 8:15 PM
    • Texans (+16) @ Patriots

    Sunday, January 15, 2017 1:05 PM
    • OFF ** Per the rules, as of this writing, this is a game wearing a 1-point spread. If that changes between now and Sunday, tough. The game is off the board in this contest. Sorry. Rules is rules.

    Sunday, January 15, 2017 4:40 PM
    • Packers (+4.5) @ Cowboys

    Biggie's 2016 Divisional Round Upset Special: I am down to the 'Hawks and the Pack. Probably would have gone Steelers if the game were available.... Gonna have to make a pick in the forum.
    Gimme the Not the Texans. Definitely not the Texans.

    Comments 33 Comments
    1. Amy's Avatar
      Atlanta is starting to pull away. TD catch for Coleman with :53 left in the half.

      19-10 Atlanta. 99 yard drive.

      Atlanta gets the ball to start the second half.
    1. Amy's Avatar
      Deshawn Shead has been taken to the locker room a cart. Michael Bennett also hurt. Julio Jones might also be.

      Atlanta marched down the field to open the half. Freeman punches in a 1 yard TD with 9:12 left in the half.

      Game's getting chippy. The Falcons were chirping a lot in the first half and Steretore's crew let it go. If they don't get control soon, this could get ugly.

      26-10 Atlanta.
    1. Amy's Avatar
      Seattle's drive was saved by a special teams penalty on Atlanta. They take advantage, but not to the extent that they should have. They settle for a FG.

      26-13 Atlanta with 3:04 left in the third.
    1. Amy's Avatar
      Atlanta starts the 4th with a made FG. 29-13. That might be it.
    1. Amy's Avatar
      Happy Dance time.

      And we covered the spread!

      Go Pats!
    1. Rich Gapinski's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Rich Gapinski View Post
      Instant Classic Alert. I'm going with Rodgers and The Pack over the 'Boys in a 37-35 barn-burner.
      Whelp, I probably won't get one as right as that one for the rest of 2017.
    1. Rich Gapinski's Avatar
      Looks like Raven, Afrocomb and I are the winners this week.
    1. Rich Gapinski's Avatar
      Here are the Standings. Biggie needs to nail the final couple of weeks.

      Name TTL
      Raven 10.610
      Biggie 9.400
      Rich G 7.535
      Chris 7.355
      Brian 7.350
      Hobbes27 7.250
      Amy 7.245
      Matt K 6.305
      ScottDCP 5.195
      Afrocomb 4.185
      xmenehune 4.170
      Ragar 4.130
      jhinkamp 3.115
    1. Patrick Sullivan's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Rich Gapinski View Post
      Biggie needs to nail the final couple of weeks.
      The Upset Special ends next week. The only way I can win is if I go either No Upsets or All Upsets, be right and have a combined spread total of 22+ points. The combined spread total right now is 10.

      Oh. And Raven would have to miss on her pick.

      It's over. Congrats, J. Way to close out the season on a wicked hot streak.
    1. Amy's Avatar
      Why I love BB. Today, at his presser:

      Mike Reiss: "Having home field advantage, playing in front of your home fans, how much does that help you?"

      BB: "I don't know. Go ask Dallas and Kansas City."

      I get his point, which is why I love the answer. I'm glad we're the home team, but, in the end, if we play badly then it won't matter where the game is.
    1. Raven's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Patrick Sullivan View Post
      The Upset Special ends next week. The only way I can win is if I go either No Upsets or All Upsets, be right and have a combined spread total of 22+ points. The combined spread total right now is 10.

      Oh. And Raven would have to miss on her pick.

      It's over. Congrats, J. Way to close out the season on a wicked hot streak.
      Thanks Biggie! I also came from behind with a hot streak last time I won. When should I expect to receive my prize money. lol
    1. Patrick Sullivan's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Raven View Post
      Thanks Biggie! I also came from behind with a hot streak last time I won. When should I expect to receive my prize money. lol
      You'll get your prize money once I get the FP(L) hoodie Turk promised me when I won the inaugural Upset Special Top Dog (you know, back in 2011).

      Let's say... I dunno. Monday, March 17, 2025. Luck o' the Irish and all that.
    1. Rich Gapinski's Avatar
      I believe all we have left in the FP(L) prize closet is a very used pink flamingo and some Polish guy available for parties. There's not much left of these offices anymore. Brian even chose to live on the streets rather than come to work anymore.