by Gerald Udowiczenko
Well we've only two weeks of the regular season left and still three division titles have yet to be decided. Granted, that in the AFC East, all the Bills need to do is win one of their remaining two games, or for me to loss either and it's all over. But it's still possible for me to win the title, which I gave up so many years ago. In the AFC Central, though it is mathematical possibly for the Browns to lose the title, I think they've safely got it (famous last words?). The AFC West title has gone to the Broncos again. While in the NFC East its probably going to go to the last week of the season, between the Skins & Eagles. As will the battle in the NFC Central, between the Bears & Vikes. And it comes as no surprise that the NFC West has gone for the umpteenth time to the Rams.
The Wildcards are a little clearer. In the AFC we've got our first wildcard place for some five(ish) years. While the Titans, Steelers & Hawks are still chasing the last wildcard. In the NFC, its probably down to whoever losses their divisional battles. The Skins or Eagles will be there, then its down to either the Bears or Vikes with the 49ers. And not forgetting the Lions, Falcons and Saints (though they are outside bets).
Well the votes and have been counted and it seems that not too many of you care when the newsletter goes onto the website. So from this issue, the newsletter will appear on http://brucey.net/nflab/ as and when Bruce gets the time. I usually get the newsletter in the post for the Monday before the deadline and send Bruce a copy, that evening. So I'm guessing it should appear Tuesday/Wednesday?
Some of you will notice we have a new predictor this week. You may also notice that the name doesn't appear anywhere in the league. That's because its not a person, it's Bruceys (S)tupid (P)redictor (L)oses (A)ll (T)he (T)ime program, generated from his AB web site. So lets see how it does and let the battle commences.
Thanks to Graham, Jon & Brucey for their contribution this week, as always I am lost without them.
W8) @ MD (5-9,
W2) Last time : wk 9, 2002 (38 - 35 OT)
L2) @ BB (12-2,
L2) Last time : wk 13, 2002 (20 - 39)
L1) @ NY (4-10,
L1) Last time : wk 11, 2002 (28 - 32)
L4) @ NE (10-3-1,
W1) Last time : wk 4, 2002 (31 - 31 OT)
L2) @ TT (7-6-1,
W3) Last time : wk 1, 2002 (14 - 19)
W1) @ CL (9-4-1,
W8) Last time : wk 15, 2002 (0 - 12)
W16) @ WR (13-1,
W9) Last time : wk 15, 2002 (24 - 6)
L5) @ PE (13-1,
W1) Last time : wk 15, 2002 (19 - 29)
L1) @ DC (3-11,
L9) Last time : wk 15, 2002 (19 - 12)
L1) @ AC (1-13,
L11) Last time : wk 4, 2002 (27 - 0)
L1) @ CB (7-6-1,
W2) Last time : wk 9, 2002 (24 - 22)
W1) @ DL (5-9,
W1) Last time : wk 13, 2002 (9 - 0)
Gerald to Brucey Boy : Nice cop out with the computer picking the winners each week. Personally I think it's you hiding behind your PC.
Gerald to All : I will sort out in the next few weeks the predictor's table. I know I've said that before, but I've been real busy. Anyway, it's coming to the end of the season, so I had better pull my finger out and do it.
Gerald to Paul Gregory : For someone whose trying to lose their remaining games, you've came awfully close last week to winning. Looks like you could be a real handful next season.
Gerald to Julian : Congrats on wining the division (baring a disaster).
Gerald to Julian : So where's the contributions you said you do when you had won the AFC Central?
Gerald to Paul Spence : Another great defensive display. The only question is whether you can continue like this come post season? Or will the cruse hit you again? Come to think of it, I've still to overcome it as well.
Gerald to Richard : The result was fare, but the score didn't reflect how close it was. But hell I don't mind. If you could lose this week (assuming I win), that would make the week 16 games real interesting. Though I can't see that happening.
Gerald to Richard : So what was the result of that benchmark test for your offence against a good defence?
Graham to Paul S : I'm not looking forward to this so I'm hoping you remember you're a Rams fan!!.
Graham to Martin : Tough luck. I always know my divisional rivals are going to give me a really hard game and it's good to see you're no exception. Look forward to our next meeting.
Graham to Gerald : I haven't been keeping score. How do we match up in Diddleys now?
Gerald to Graham : In the Diddleys series, its 4 -3 to us. But the Bengals have also won it twice. So it's not quite a two horse race. But I think I'll be hard catch, but we'll just have to wait and see. I'm guessing that you'll be doing the Rammies in the post season, what about the Diddleys? I guess if you want to take the title away from me, you're going to have to. But if I progress any further than the first wildcard game and break the cruse. I'll have done it via the Diddley, so I can't see you catching me.
Jon to Dave C : Sorry, should have realised it was you but I didn't have my results in front of me when I wrote last week.
Jon to Gerald : Awesome and unexpected. Well done.
Jon to Paul S : Good luck and see you in Washington next week. It's my division and I want it back ;-)
Jon to Gerald : The team did turn up, for one half. Then they decided to rest for the playoffs (?). I hope!
Gerald to All : Not bad. The first 4-page newsletter for quite a while. Hopefully we can keep it up.
Just a short reminder about the pub meet. We're meeting on Friday 6 April, at the Fulmar & Firking Pub in Holborn (Central & Piccadilly Lines), Central London. When you get out of the station, cross Kingsway, turn left down Kingsway and its the 1st or 2nd street on the right, about 30 yards. For those that don't know me (you lucky, lucky people), I will be wearing an old style Patriots Jacket (blue). So hopefully see you there from 7pm onwards.
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