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dirty-dawg 2018 Kicks off September 1 and 9

by: Sugar (August 11, 2018)


It is time to write the words I wait all summer to write. Welcome Back dirty-dawgers! dirty-dawg's flagship contest, the College Football Confidence Contest (CFCC) begins its 20th season on September 1. Yes, 20 years. For those of you that have been with us since the beginning, you are now 2 decades older! As am I. The Pro Football Confidence Contest (PFCC) will begin the following week on September 9.

Everyone knows that they are due 15 minutes of fame. So, we would like to thank the Joneses of Albuquerque, New Mexico for treating two dirty-dawg directors like they were actually special during an April 2018 visit. And around the same time, this dirty-dawger had a great conversation with Seth Binau, a member of the vaunted Binau dirty-dawg dynasty (and defending CFCC Group Play Champion Bucknutz). Seth told me how dirty-dawg performances of various family members is a big topic of conversation at all holiday gatherings. Turkey, stuffing and dirty-dawg does have a nice ring to it! Anyhow, we appreciate the kind words and royal treatment from time to time and if anyone is wondering, Binau is pronounced (Bee-now). Now we all know.

So here we are facing another interesting college football season. Alabama doesn't have a quarterback. Ohio State doesn't have a coach and nobody outside of Ann Arbor likes Jim Harbaugh. Will Washington be as good as advertised? Will Jimbo Fisher get Texas A & M properly motivated? Will Tom Herman justify the latest UT splurge on an even bigger video board and new suites for disappointed good old boys with deep pockets? There are a lot more burning questions and fun facts, but these are enough to get us started. Wait a minute, one more. Will Scott Frost work his magic and bring back the Nebraska Cornhusker swagger? Time will tell, of course.

For those of you new to dirty-dawg, you need to know that we do things a little differently. Sports Confidence Contests make players not only pick winners of selected football games but also mandate players place a confidence factor on each game. The contest is scored by awarding points for game winners correctly selected and by subtracting points for boneheaded picks. Typically, the player with the most wins for a season does NOT win the contest. See rules sections of this website if you want the complete down and dirty-dawg on how this whole thing works.

While we await the first week in September to arrive, it is that time of year to recruit some new dirty-dawgers. The far majority of new dirty-dawgers comes from recruitment efforts of current dirty-dawgers, so get after it! We will have Week 1 CFCC and Week 1 PFCC ready for all of your expert analysis ready soon. Remember, CFCC starts Labor Day Weekend with the games starting on Saturday, September 1st. The following week, PFCC will begin with the games on Sunday, September 9. Good luck once again this year and thanks for playing dirty-dawg.com!

dirty-dawg 2018 Kicks off September 1 and 9

by: Sugar (August 11, 2018)


It is time to write the words I wait all summer to write. Welcome Back dirty-dawgers! dirty-dawg's flagship contest, the College Football Confidence Contest (CFCC) begins its 20th season on September 1. Yes, 20 years. For those of you that have been with us since the beginning, you are now 2 decades older! As am I. The Pro Football Confidence Contest (PFCC) will begin the following week on September 9.

Everyone knows that they are due 15 minutes of fame. So, we would like to thank the Joneses of Albuquerque, New Mexico for treating two dirty-dawg directors like they were actually special during an April 2018 visit. And around the same time, this dirty-dawger had a great conversation with Seth Binau, a member of the vaunted Binau dirty-dawg dynasty (and defending CFCC Group Play Champion Bucknutz). Seth told me how dirty-dawg performances of various family members is a big topic of conversation at all holiday gatherings. Turkey, stuffing and dirty-dawg does have a nice ring to it! Anyhow, we appreciate the kind words and royal treatment from time to time and if anyone is wondering, Binau is pronounced (Bee-now). Now we all know.

So here we are facing another interesting college football season. Alabama doesn't have a quarterback. Ohio State doesn't have a coach and nobody outside of Ann Arbor likes Jim Harbaugh. Will Washington be as good as advertised? Will Jimbo Fisher get Texas A & M properly motivated? Will Tom Herman justify the latest UT splurge on an even bigger video board and new suites for disappointed good old boys with deep pockets? There are a lot more burning questions and fun facts, but these are enough to get us started. Wait a minute, one more. Will Scott Frost work his magic and bring back the Nebraska Cornhusker swagger? Time will tell, of course.

For those of you new to dirty-dawg, you need to know that we do things a little differently. Sports Confidence Contests make players not only pick winners of selected football games but also mandate players place a confidence factor on each game. The contest is scored by awarding points for game winners correctly selected and by subtracting points for boneheaded picks. Typically, the player with the most wins for a season does NOT win the contest. See rules sections of this website if you want the complete down and dirty-dawg on how this whole thing works.

While we await the first week in September to arrive, it is that time of year to recruit some new dirty-dawgers. The far majority of new dirty-dawgers comes from recruitment efforts of current dirty-dawgers, so get after it! We will have Week 1 CFCC and Week 1 PFCC ready for all of your expert analysis ready soon. Remember, CFCC starts Labor Day Weekend with the games starting on Saturday, September 1st. The following week, PFCC will begin with the games on Sunday, September 9. Good luck once again this year and thanks for playing dirty-dawg.com!

2018 March Madness Has Arrived

by: The Cold Hard Truth


The time has arrived. Another great college basketball season has reached its culmination, and once again, the seedings that will arrive later today come with their usual controversies. Good teams will get ripped off while other teams will make it into the field unjustly - at least in my opinion. For every person who claims someone deserves the invite, there is another who can easily present legit facts to support an opposing viewpoint. I guess that's why it's great that I get to write this article, because it allows me to ignore everyone else, cut to the chase, and provide all you guys with the correct answers. Let's get started. First and foremost - let's eliminate the cheaters. CBS Sports reported on February 24 that Arizona coach Sean Miller's contract states that he gets 10 million dollars if he is fired for cause and only 5 million if he is fired for no reason. It makes more sense to me now that Miller held a press conference where he denied having pay-to-play conversations even as the FBI wiretapped his phone and has recordings! Miller doubles his money for his wrong doings and Arizona higher-ups know that they won't be playing good basketball in the foreseeable future. They're making the most of their 2018. Sean Miller and Arizona - you're cheaters. We have "100,000" reasons for DeAndre Ayton to not play. Arizona, you're eliminated from the bracket.

Louisville, you had to vacate your 2013 title and 123 wins. The sad thing is it appears this is just the tip of the iceberg. You're still cheating - recruitment, sex scandals, etc. Even with all of that, the politics of bracketology is still trying to get them in the tournament. They lost to Kentucky by 29. Duke beat them by 26, and Virginia just beat them by 17. Plus, I've never seen a team lose a 5 point lead in a game with one second to play, but some how they did that too. Louisville - you're out.

I just love the bracketologies - I watch them every day this time of year. However, you can't help but notice the inconsistencies. Sure, Kentucky has been playing better as of late, but for much of the season, they weren't a very good team. They lost 4 games in a row mid-season and barely moved in the bracketology. In contrast, Mississippi State at one point was 3rd in the SEC and now has 22 wins and a .500 record in conference and won't even come close to making this tournament. The same situation is occurring with Nebraska. They tied for 4th in the Big 10 with Michigan. They finished 4 games ahead of the next placed team. They have 22 wins, and some how they are out. That is a travesty. Yet, somehow Oklahoma remains in the field. They are 2-9 their last 11; 4-10 their last 14; and they haven't won a road game in all of 2018. They lost head-to-head against OSU in the Big 12 tournament, in what should have been a play-in game. Oklahoma State and Nebraska - you're in my tournament field. Oklahoma, you're in the NIT. The sad thing is that politics does play a role. Even though Trae Young is a great talent, but that shouldn't mean he gets a bye into the NCAA tournament.

I can hear it now. "Cold Hard Truth, you just don't understand the selection process that the committee uses. They are looking at Quadrant 1 victories. Nebraska only has 1 Q1 victory. OU has 6 Quadrant 1 wins. Well, the bracketeers have been raving about how political juggernaut Notre Dame deserves a bid because they just got Bonzie Colson back from injury. Since when do we factor that in? I don't see people jacking up Missouri's seeding now that Michael Porter Jr. is playing. The Fighting Irish Quadrant 1 record is 2-9. Fighting Irish - you're out. Middle Tennessee has a 2-3 record against Q1 teams this year, The Blue Raiders have won games each of the last two years in the NCAA tournament. I think MTSU earned an invitation despite losing in their conference tournament to Southern Miss. However, I heard a stat the other night that a win would have given them a 99.2% chance to earn the invite. A loss resulted in their changes lowering to .5% (a 99% difference). That is just plain stupid. Kentucky can lay 4 eggs in a row - no problem. MTSU plays one bad game in three years and they are doomed. The system must change and acknowledge conference dominance - regardless of the conference.

The fact remains that conferences have rivalries. All conferences have difficult road games. Nobody can win every game on the road. We need to let these smaller schools play a few tough games out of conference without judgement and then accept the conference standings at face value. You don't beat them in ranking by using in-conference RPI or the KenPom. Again, this is just my opinion (which I'm told is usually correct).

So let's talk about something good. Stephen F. Austin is in the tournament for the 4th time in 5 years. In non-conference, they went into LSU and beat the Tigers by a point. They followed that up with a 1-point loss to Mizzou in a game they easily could have won. Then they went into their conference, played well, but ended up 14-4 and in third place behind Nicholls State and SE Louisiana. This is more proof that all conference are competitive. My earlier remarks would suggest SFA should perhaps be out of the discussion. However, in this case, they played well in non-conference and then defeated both teams ahead of them in their tournament. SFA is legitimately in the field in my opinion. They have an aggressive defense and are a talented team. They could be an interesting upset special in their first round game.

This year is tough to judge. Is the American Athletic Conference really that good? I'm having trouble deciding whether Cincinnati, Houston and Wichita State are really that good. My gut makes me think they're a bit down - good enough to win a game of two early but lacking enough talent to make a real run. The Atlantic 10 - same thing. Davidson just took down Rhode Island by a point in the A10 Final. Rhode Island is 2-5 in Quadrant 1 wins and somehow has kept their RPI in the Top 15. They are likely in the tournament. This means Davidson just locked out a bubble team - hopefully the Sooners. However, do we really think the A10 has enough talent for a team to make it deep in the field? They could do that (and ruin my bracket), but a more likely scenario would be a few early wins and an early exit. Lipscomb took down Florida Gulf Coast in the Atlantic Sun tourney. I love the athleticism of FGSU (they're obviously out), but Lipscomb is a pretty replacement. They are a good offensive team. They are not an easy out and should be fun to watch. The ACC looks tough again as usual. The Big 12 - I'm not too sure. Kansas may earn a 1 seed, but they really only have one great player in Devonte Graham. Is that enough fire power to make a Final Four Run? West Virginia looks awesome at times and beat Virginia this year. However, they lose big leads which is never a good thing. Texas Tech has been a big surprise this year. They're patient, have a ton of talent, and understand that Keenan Evans is their go-to-guy in crunch time. I like this team a lot. The only problem is they are the "Dead Raiders", famous for screwing up almost every time it looks like they should win. That said, an Elite 8 run is certainly within reach. The Big 10 has been bashed on all year. Four teams will make it (5 if they do the right thing with Nebraska). I think they'll make some noise this year. All those teams are talented, and a deep run is possible. The West Coast Conference - Gonzaga - "The Best in the West" had a great run last year to the final and has reloaded nicely. Saint Mary's never seems to get their due respect and is either barely in or on the bubble despite 28 wins, a 2-1 Quadrant 1 record, and a #40 RPI. I'd like to see the Gaels make a run, probably won't happen. The Bulldogs are not as good as last year. However, when has that ever stopped them from making a run. They have the right mentality and the right coach. We'll see what happens with Gonzaga. The PAC 12 - clearly the best high school conference in college basketball. They don't deserve to get a team in this tournament. However, politics might get USC and UCLA into the dance with Arizona. However, if I was picking, I'd toss bubble team Arizona State into the mix. They have had an unexpectedly good year and a good non-conference run. Best of all, they didn't cheat to do it. The SEC - a much improved conference with a lot of even teams. Auburn lost a key player to injury. They haven't looked the same. I don't know if these teams can make a deep run, but should perform fine in early rounds. Teams like Bucknell, Loyola Illinois, Buffalo, South Dakota State - these are the teams that make March Madness great. They all have talent and can win a game. The big question is whether you have the guts in your CBCC bracket to take a chance on them. Finally,how good is the Big East? I just watched Providence take two potential #1 seeds in Xavier and Villanova to overtime, beating Xavier and then finally losing to the Wildcats. I think this is where my main research will take place the next few days. Seton Hall, Creighton, Providence, and Butler - we know they can be good. The question is whether they will be good. I am sure it will be fun to find out!

So here we are, only a couple hours away from hearing the seedings. It's the best time of the year and we get to all sit down and share this moment together. Best of luck to all you diligent CBCC fans who recognize this moment as the greatest in all sports. Let's roll up our sleeves are get to work. We have some basketball to watch!

Tina Fausey takes home PFCC Gold; Hailraisers Top Group

by: Sugar (February 14, 2018)


Let's kick off the PFCC 2017 wrap-up with a fun dirty-dawg fact. Just a little under 10% of dirty-dawgers are of the fairer sex. However, after the ladies took 2 out of the 3 top CFCC positions for 2017, two more take home bones in the PFCC. Veteran Tina Fausey, from Dillsburg, PA is our 2017 PFCC Champion, followed by runner-up Linda Kunches from Niwot, CO. Great job, ladies! For those of you keeping score at home, that's 4 out of 6 bones for the women in 2017!

Tina has played dirty-dawg since any of us can remember and she finally strikes gold in 2017. She was in 2nd place after 17 weeks of PFCC play, but scored 223 points for the Super Bowl Blowout to take the championship. Tina had a stellar record of 163-75. And Tina, even though she is from Pennsylvania, actually had 12 on New England and only 7 on Philly, yet she still pulled off the trophy. Great job, Tina. You will forever live in the annals of dirty-dawg history.

Linda Kunches moved from 6th place to the runner-up position after the Super Bowl Blowout and finished with 1219 points, just 2 points off the championship pace. Linda knocked down 248 bowl blowout points. Another dirty-dawg veteran and perennial powerhouse, John Leibold, from Fenton, Michigan, scored 284 blowout points to jump from 25th place after the regular season all the way into 3rd place, to add the 2017 Bronze Bone to his 2013 Bronze Bone. Excellent work, John! And another dirty-dawg vet, Jason Runyen of New Braunfels, TX, finished in 4th place after a stellar blowout score of 283. Jason was also up 22 spots only to fall 3 points short of a bone. Nate McGinnis was another 3 points back in 5th place while Robert Tarr, playing from tomorrow in Perth, Western Australia was yet another 3 points back in 6th place. Melissa Harrall, Brandon Bigelbach, who led some of the year's contest, Jeff Raberding and Asam Michael round out the Top 10 for 2017. Great job folks. The PFCC is a marathon where just getting picks in on-time for 18 weeks is quite an accomplishment, but figuring out the NFL enough to end up in the Top 10 is very impressive! Congratulations on a game well played.

A couple of former champions ruled the Super Bowl Blowout this year. Our 2006 champion Mary Drobnik, from Albuquerque, New Mexico won the blowout with an impressive 299 points. And that's right, Mary had 12 on Philadelphia and 11 on New England. And yes, Mary is another dirty-dawg lady showing the dudes how it is done. Andrew Schmidt, the 2015 champion was the blowout runner-up with 290 points. Andrew also had 12 on Philly with 10 on New England. Andrew Tucci and, no kidding, Sam Lucci finished 3rd and 4th. Dan Luyk, who won the CFCC Bowl Blowout this year, flexed his PFCC muscle to wrap-up 5th place in the Super Bowl Blowout. Dan Noirot, John Sikora, John Leibold and our old friend Ray Sondag tied for 6th place with 284 points. Jason Runyen rounds out the Top 10.

On the Group Play front, we see first time winners, Hailraisers, taking home the championship with an average score of 1093.5 points. Hailraisers is a group open to Penn Staters, which is a departure from many past group winners which are hand-selected by their leaders specifically to compete in group play. Very impressive folks! Harvey Crusaders was the group runner-up with an average score of 1081.8, also very impressive since these folks dealt with Hurricane Harvey just before the season and with the aftermath once the season began. Traditional group powerhouse BoomerBacks finished 3rd, followed by our favorite 2017 PFCC group name, The Juice is Loose and We're Here to WOW Ya.

That's a wrap on the 2017 football season here at dirty-dawg.com, our 18th season on the Internet. If all goes well, we will be back in September 2018 for another shot at some entertainment for all of our loyal dirty-dawgers. And don't forget the College Basketball Confidence Contest coming up in March. Enjoy the off-season!

CFCC Top dawgs

Final Standings

Place Player Pts W L
1 Becky Pritt 927 152 67
2 Daniel Lamb 919 152 67
3 Penny Zabel 905 151 68
4 Johnny Vegas 893 154 65
5 Brett Williams 893 148 71
6 Kent Kuyper 891 149 70
7 Linda Kunches 867 145 74
8 Phil Grigsby 865 154 65
9 David Schomaker 859 148 71
10 Stephen Storts 854 151 68
Full CFCC Standings

PFCC Top dawgs

Through Week 18

Place Player Pts W L
1 Tina Fausey 1221 163 75
2 Linda Kunches 1219 164 74
3 John Leibold 1209 162 76
4 Jason Runyen 1206 162 76
5 Nate McGinnis 1203 169 69
6 Robert Tarr 1200 165 73
7 Melissa Harral 1198 163 75
8 Brandon Bigelbach 1193 163 75
9 Jeff Raberding 1192 165 73
10 Asam Michael 1192 158 80
Full PFCC Standings

CBCC Top dawgs

2018 Contest

Place Player Points
1 Bill Gargan 7824
2 Pat Vesper 7770
3 Nicole Ventimiglia 7757
4 Steve Beaver 7705
5 Tim Tinsley 7688
6 Chris Charters 7670
7 Zach Sefcovic 7659
8 Keith Sherburn 7654
9 Scott Carpenter 7645
10 Ken Gribek 7597
Full CBCC Standings

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