Hockey Pool, Week 10

Yay Chall!

Most of us chugged along as usual… with the exception of Chall, who reclaimed top spot with a sterling 34 point week, and Ricardipus, who managed the best weekly total – 35 points – and climbed from 7th place to joint 5th!

I’ve tweaked my team again, but am keeping the same goalie in an attempt to use my rotten goalie-luck to jinx Chicago, the bastards.

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15 Responses to Hockey Pool, Week 10

  1. ricardipus says:

    Thomas – speaking as one who quite obviously knows what it means to stink at hockey pools – yes, you do. πŸ˜‰

    Cath – you are DOOMED I say. My l33t h0ck3y p1xx1n6 sk1llz will leave you behind, LOLZ etc. etc. etc. *cough hack splutter*

    Also – my week was likely a fluke, and as late as Sunday morning I was pretty sure Chall had smoked me. Go… um, er… whoever I picked this week!

  2. Cath@VWXYNot? says:

    Thomas, I almost feel bad for prodding you into bragging that time you were in the lead.

    However, I have identified your problems:

    1) No Crosby?! The man’s on one of the longest points streaks the league has ever seen! I know he broke your heart in the Olympics, but c’mon!

    2) You’ve picked the same goalie as me. Don’t do that. I am the kiss of death to goalies. Turco let in 7 last night – mwa ha ha ha!

    Ricardipus, if you can repeat your performance for two more weeks, I’d agree πŸ™‚

  3. Part of the problem is I got engaged over the weekend,which means I haven’t been paying any attention to any of my fantasy sports picks. Something had to give, right?

  4. Cath@VWXYNot? says:


    Congratulations! That’s awesome!

    (I hope your fiancee doesn’t notice that you called this a problem, though. Oh, and there’s still no excuse not to have Crosby).

  5. ricardipus says:

    Cath – I don’t think I picked Crosby, electing to spread his cap value around a bit. This might not be the best strategy though.

    Thomas – what the heck kind of excuse is that? πŸ˜€

    Oh, and congratulations!

  6. *ahem* I meant -reason- not -problem-. πŸ˜‰

  7. chall says:

    woho πŸ™‚ Congrats Ricardipus!!

    I’m still not sure this will stick… did change all my players this week since most of mine were only going to play 2 games. I’m starting to think that I shouldn’t go for quantity of games but it’s hard to break the habit…. ^^

  8. As I look back though, all is not lost. I did earn 30 points this week, which means I have a bit steeper slope than a few other people. That means while I’m still DFL, I did gain some.

  9. ricardipus says:

    Chall – that’s my strategy (# of games played). I have no loyalty to specific players or teams any more. πŸ˜›

  10. Cath@VWXYNot? says:

    Well done Thomas, nice save! (And yes, you did close the gap a wee bit last week).

    Chall, number of games can be a big factor! Especially with the top scoring players like Crosby. I kept Danny Sedin this week, even though the Canucks only have two games, but ditched all my other Canucks. Four games next week, so I’ll restock!

    Rciardipus, glad to hear that. Your prior strategy of stocking your team with Leafs was definitely more of a problem than a reason πŸ™‚

  11. chall says:

    Cath> yeah, I think I ditched both the brothers but not sure…. it might have been hard to find swedes/leafs/redwings/someoneifancy to fit the pool πŸ™‚ I did remember to take a screen shot of my former picks though so “normal order” can be restored… or something…

    Riocardipus> I still try with my selection (only way I can not have Crosby or the other cool one). It’s mainly Swedes/Leafs/Canucks/Redwings/(and some Czech ppl whom I lfancy)… ^^

  12. Cath@VWXYNot? says:

    I wonder if Bob kept the Sedins / Ruutus? He does seem to have a thing for pairs of Scandinavian brothers…

    BTW, talking of Swedes I fancy, did you see that Naslund’s jersey was retired on Saturday? They did a nice ceremony before the game. In his speech he said he remembered skating at the town rink as a kid, and seeing the Sedin twins crawling on the ice on their knees, trying to play hockey before they could even walk (I guess they’re all from the same town in Sweden!) And he looked all proud as he looked over at them on the bench, Henrik with the Captain’s C on his jersey and Daniel with his Assistant’s A, and said “look at you guys now! Wow!”

    It was very cute.

  13. chall says:

    Yes, I did see it. Choked up a little even (sappy me).

    Funny enough (?) NΓ€slund, Sedins and Forsberg (and Victor Hedman – newcomer to Tampa Bay if I remember….) come from the same team back home… it’s a small town… and they have a hockey team… Modo. They are indeed not the same age though πŸ˜‰ But I guess it was one of those moments when Sedins can look at someone they saw play on “their” ice as youngsters and then play in the same team! wow.

    I wondered when I saw that ceremony if Sundin will ever get that… I mean, he did mess up last year and they never won (the Leafs I mean)… ahhh… the pain of being a supporter to a lost cause. You just take pounding after pounding… ^^

  14. chall says:

    oh and the tid bit would be that Forsberg’s father (Kent Forsberg) was the head coach for the team when Forsberg played in Modo…. and he was later the head coach for the national team for a few years. They are both very involved with the “bringing back to the town” and have invested a lot of money in a new ice rink etc… a golf course I think? But they are, as most people would say about NΓ€slund specifically, extremely down to earth and kind people in that part of the country…. πŸ˜‰

    (and no, no family ties there for me… )