Well, last weekend, this photo somehow got posted on Twitter:
Were the 40% correct? Let’s see!
Here’s the graph of everyone’s points from the start of the season until the end of last week, i.e. not including the final week’s points:
The pool separated into two main groups quite early on, with Modscientist, Lavaland, Ricardipus and me fighting it out for the top spot. Having more players this year definitely made things more exciting, as the lead changed hands many times and it was any of the top three’s game right until the final week.
Gerty spent a good few weeks well clear in fifth place, but a strong challenge from ScientistMother in the last few weeks sent her down into sixth. Chall had an excellent week 25, but could she catch Gerty and SM?
Meanwhile, at the bottom, Bob, Beth and Mr E Man stopped changing their picks. At least one of them had excellent reasons for this failure of pool maintenance; at least one of them said “it’s just too much work!”. I don’t know about Bob 🙂
I decided two days into the final week to record everyone’s points daily, but then promptly forgot the next day, which is why there’s a day on the graph below where it looks like no-one got any points. I pulled it together for the last few days though, even as I despaired at my picks and spent a lot of time swearing quietly under my breath as I refreshed the nhl.com scores page (especially last night). I’d taken some variables into account – the number of games each team was playing, which goalies were facing which other goalies, who was still fighting for a playoff spot and who was just trying to get through the last few games without anyone getting injured – but forgot about others, such as teams resting their star players (or at least giving them reduced ice time) ahead of the playoffs. And, unfortunately, it showed:
40% of #vwxpool members clearly had no idea what they were talking about!
Many congratulations to Ricardipus, who was at or near the top of the pool almost all the way through. Well played, sir, and enjoy those bragging rights! Modscientist also played a stormer, as my Dad would say, and her last minute surge into second place spot is well deserved.
THANK YOU to everyone who played, trash talked on blogs and/or on twitter, and especially those who have their own blogs and helped with the hosting duties. It’s been a blast, and we will definitely be doing this again next year!
BUT FIRST, there’s the small matter of the playoffs! I’ll be cheering on the Canucks – President’s Trophy winners AGAIN, doncha know (not that it did us any good last year) – as they take on the LA Kings (hooray for opponents in the same time zone! I hate weekday 4pm starts against allegedly “Western” teams who play in the Eastern time zone).
Thanks to Lavaland, we also have a playoff pool! It’s on the same platform as the regular season pool we’ve just wrapped up, and all players should have already received an email from the CBC with details of how to join the pool – the private group is called vwxpool, password vwxpool.
GO CANUCKS GO!
UPDATE: as well as joining the Hockey Night in Canada Playoff Pool mentioned above, a few of us are also playing in the NHL Bracket Challenge in a league set up by Modscientist. Instead of picking players you just pick the winner of each series and guess the number of games they’ll play. Join up here – group name and password are both hockeysci.