Monday, December 29, 2003

(sports) believe the hype

Excepting a small coda three days hence, Rob's NFL pool has come to an end. My conniving half-sister Dahlia made a bold comeback, but in the end it proved not to be enough. From Rob's e-mail of the results:
After week #12, Dahlia "Snuffleupagus" Hawkins was in 8th place and was 8

points behind 1st place. This would mark the low point of her season,
never finding herself lower in the standings, in place and in
points-behind-first place. But over the last 6 weeks, Dahlia did the
impossible, SeaBiscuit-ing her way back into contention and winning a
share of the last two weekly championships![...]
Here's how Dahlia has progressed since week #12:

After: Place Points Behind 1st Place
Week #12 8 8
Week #13 6 5
Week #14 6 2
Week #15 6 3
Week #16 4 2
Week #17 3 0
Coupling Dahlia's dramatic surge with Rob "Babycakes" Clark gaining one

precious point on Anne "Smash" Berry, our little pool finds itself with a
three-way tie for 1st place in the final standings!
So, implementing our
"Number of Weekly Championships" tiebreaker, we derive the following final
prize positions:
1st Place: Rob Clark (6 weekly championships) ($180 + Haiku Prize)

2nd Place: Anne Berry (3 weekly championships) ($75 Prize)
3rd Place: Dahlia Hawkins (2 weekly championships) ($45 Prize)

ATTENTION. After a series of complicated negotiations made between all
relevant parties and major media outlets, the how's and when's of the
unveiling of Dr. Jeremy Freese's "Haiku to the Champion" has been
determined. At the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve, Dr. Jeremy
Freese will post his haiku on his weblog!
This idea is so brilliant and grand (and it is Jeremy's idea), that it

transcends the constraints of linguistic description and reduces me to
uncontrollable babbling. So why not help bring in the New Year with some
poetry, NFL POOL-style? With one eye fixed on the dropping ball, and the
other on the refresh button of your computer, this will be a New Year's
bash you'll never forget!

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