2014 Cheddar Bay headcount.
I’ve been getting some familiar feelings of late.
- Can’t wait to profit from Matt Johnson and Dino Babers (Garropolo’s coach), and GEHRIG DIETER.
- Need to get out in front of the Wake Forest betting lines before the squares catch on to Dave Clawson.
- B1G storylines I’m not seeing enough of include:
- James Franklin to Penn State,
- Gary Andersen, continued upward trajectory,
- Connor Cook.
- I’m up on Bucs, Bears, Colts, Chargers; down on Skins, Niners, Pats, Rams and ready to invest along these lines.
- Nick Marshall is legit.
- Bettors trying to capitalize on holes in Andrew Luck will lose.
And of course there’s the Browns. Our Vegas correspondent reports an unsettling development:
… money is pouring in on the Browns under 6.5 wins this week. Same with the panthers under 8.5. The browns went from -150 on the over 6.5 to -130.
Good. Get that market level. My only question is can I get +500 if I tease the Browns up to ten wins?
If you’re having the same sorts of feelings and observations, then it’s time to start thinking about testing your football savoir faire in the original Reality Football Pickstravaganza. If you’re not familiar with the concept, Cheddar Bay founder and reining champion, ClevelandFrowns offered this eloquent overview a couple years ago.
Reality football in its most basic form is what some folks would call a pool or a pick-em league. When done correctly, reality football is all the fun of fantasy football plus much more, with none of fantasy’s meaningless restrictions and useless distractions. Reality football means never having to worry about where a team’s playbook happened to end up at the end of a scoring drive, or whose number was called for a score. In reality football, any player can be yours, or not, every week. Injuries can’t wreck reality football seasons, nor can the vagaries of a randomly determined draft order. And reality football means only watching the games you want to watch.
Reality football is a chess match every week. Fantasy football is spinning a roulette wheel once at the beginning of the season, with a few even more meaningless roulette spins as the season wears on, depending on how crappy your first spin went (“Do I start Roy Helu or Deion Branch at flex this week?” /chews own face off). One is no more “wagering” than the other, yet the NFL itself relentlessly promotes fantasy — which requires exponentially less skill and analytical ability than the alternative — because the NFL wants you to be stupid so it can control you. ((Emphasis mine.))
And if all that’s not enough, the Cheddar Bay Reality Football Pickstravaganza is only the most phenomenal and best reality football competition in the world.
Are we ready?
I shall have an official sign-up up within two weeks. Rules figure to be largely unchanged from last year’s which can be found here. But I am curious on who all will be joining this year. We had around 50 last year.
So let me get a non-binding headcount: give me an ‘in or out’ in the comments below as well as the sleeper storylines you’re sitting on for max early-season profit.