Was that a crazy 2‑minute drill or what?!?!?! Eli manning surely is growing up. It would’ve been nice to have seen the perfect NFL season in my lifetime though. Oh well, maybe next year(?) =)
Well, it was a great game. It was raining, ball was slippery, and Manning finally got his ring. But what about the last three minutes of the fourth… Why didn’t the Colts kick the ball? For those of us who just had the urge to bet Colts ‑7 and over 47/47.5/48—that was the big question.
A couple of factors played its part on this outcome. Here’s some that I know:
- Bad weather. It was raining so the ball was a bit slippery, and it was too risky to air it out if you are Manning and facing Chicago’s defense. This is a plus for the Bears from the getgo as they’ve played in this type of weather (as most analyst thought from the beginning).
- Running the ball can run the clock out.
- Vinatieri wasn’t that automatic tonight. I doubt that he was solely to blame. First of all, Hunter Smith couldn’t get the ball in place. But he wasn’t to blame as well… it was pouring down hard for Christ’s sake. Also, laces were out if I recall correctly. Although, kicking the FG would’ve score 3 more points, and still guaranteed the Colts a win even if the Bears score a TD.
- The Mafia and their control of the Vegas/handicapping boards(?)
Meanwhile, though you might think that that decision was pretty bad (as I did in terms of straight out playing to win with exclamation, we-deserve-this mentality by the Colts), there is… the Human factor. So what factor am I talking about you say? H‑U-M-A‑N factor… like the commercial. Even though Gatorade was more likely in the Colts tonight, they were also very good sportsmen.
The sportsmanlike conduct in not trying to humiliate your opponent w/ less than three minutes left wasn’t really the first thing that came to people’s mind (those who wagered for the over for sure). It wasn’t on top my list when I was thinking about it for sure (thanks to Ces for shining light on the subject). But it was in the Colts, and especially Coach Dungy’s. Don’t forget, Coach Smith and Coach Dungy are good friends after all. Ahhh, the Human factor—one reason why I love Sports.
Now, if only the rest of us can take the positive things that we find in everyday things (like Sports) and transcend that energy to the world we live in… what a better place it would be right?
From my mind to yours, the Human factor.
Oh the things you find while Blingo-ing. Since it’s that time of year again for the Super Bowl, with it comes: the backyard-BBQ parties, the trash-talking between teams, the millions-of-dollars-worth of bets, funny & creative commercials and last but not least, the office Super Bowl Pool. A couple of friends and I have been doing this for the past couple of years now. Too bad, no one wanted to do it this year. Don’t know why?
Meanwhile, having the feeling of just trying to get into the spirit of the Super Bowl (even though the teams weren’t my pick from the start of the season), I asked around MA to see if we are doing one this year. Turns out there wasn’t even one for last year’s. So, I just volunteered not remembering how John-John facilitated it.
Anyways, with a call to J2 and some Blingo-ing, I found some templates. The best one I found was through:
Num Sum. Easy, Sharable Web Spreadsheets. Keep your records, lists and spreadsheets in one place online. Easily slice, dice and share with others.
It’s FREE. You have the ability to share with friends and family that don’t even have an account but with they just won’t be able to update the sheet directly and save it. You may also interact with a group or team, and share a sheet for collaboration. It’s a nice, FREE and great web app.
Other observations that I found while studying and using Num Sum was it’s homepage layout. It strikes simplistic similarities with the very-outstanding Basecamp in its early days. Why not, right? Why not follow something that has done very well in performance.
So, after spending some time to get everyone to join in on the fun, I managed to get a 10x10 (100 squares) Pool filled out . The pot is big—$500. It’s $5 per square and you get $75 for the First, Second/Half and the Third. Then a humongous sum of $275 for the Fourth/Final, no OT. I was getting worried Wednesday night (after sending the email on Monday morning about the Pool), that only half of the Pool was taken. But alas, everyone came through to chip in for a couple of squares and complete it eventually.
After having individuals pick from a sombrero (literally, the one from Chevy’s), I got the following numbers (Steelers/Seahawks): 5/1, 3/5, 5/4 and 4/7. The 5s might be hard to get but there is very great hope on the jewel “4/7” combo: 14 & 7, 24 & 7 and 24 & 17 to name a few. I can’t wait. This should be a fun way for MA to do something together. Good times.
Here’s the complete Pool. Ain’t it colorful? Damn skippy, it took a while trying to get the same background-color when someone wanted to add a square. I hope Num Sum adds the feature to do some kind of eyedropper tool to just pick the same color, font-style, size or what have you.