2014, It was a very good Year.

I have tried to write this a few times now and must say it has been difficult not to sound to big headed, so I am going to keep it simple if I can.

Firstly you should all know how pleased and relieved I am to have won this this year. I was very pleased with my rookie performance last year in making the final but it wasn’t the Holy Grail and it hurt to get so close and not win. I think if anything tho it made me more determined to not make any mistakes this year if possible. I new going into the play off that I had the strongest team and it was mine for the taking but with such a strong squad I still needed to play the right players on the right weeks which didn’t make life any easier. Last year I had about 10 good players so my team picked its self making decisions that much easier.

How have I won it? What was my secret?

Well because it worked for me reasonably well last year I opted for the same starategy of playing 3 RBs wherever possible and I also used a lot of luck. I came out the Draft with 2 cowbell RBs in Murray and Lynch who were with me right to the end. These 2 were the Keystone to my success they gave me week in week out points without fail all I needed to do was build on them. I use the waivers as much as I can too, I see a lot of you just sit on your team because you have a good starting 9 players where as I aimed this year to have 15 good players, so every week I trawled the waivers to find someone better as at least one player on my bench. With this I did get lucky especially this year with so many injuries, the best of them all being a wide reciever that goes by the name Odell Beckam. Apart from that I had a good QB that got steady points and a good kicker this year, defences were as last year a bit of a streamin game and as last year I played without a TE but it wasn’t so bad this year as there were a few of you in the same boat.

That is about it as I don’t want to go into to much detail and blow my own trumpet. But I will say this, when August comes around the draft is the single most important day of the season and the least important at the same time. What do I mean? Its important to get a few top players from the draft but not important to get a whole team as the team will change and develop as the season progresses!

So I will leave you all by thanking you for all taking part again in what has been another very enjoyable campaign, and I look forward very much to retaining the trophy next year. I am pleased I have won this early on as it takes the pressure off going into next year. Things could have been very different if I had indeed been bridesmaid twice. But know this I won’t be lying down next year now that I have a Championship, as I have the Hall of Fame to think off.

A special word of thanks to our Convener who puts a lot of work into this and makes it all possible.

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Pick um or Stick um Final Result

A big congratulations must go out to the Earlston Earthquakes head coach Chris Powell as our first Pick um or Stick um Champion.

I think a lot of your were surprised as I was just how difficult it was to predict just 6 score correct. As this was only done once by Nitten Pickaxe coach Gav and once on a 4 game week by the 69ers coach Richie. So well done to both of them too.

I hope you all enjoyed a little game on the side to run a long with the main event as I know I did. A big thank you must go out to all that took part to the end and for those who never bothered or gave up before the end then get you arse into gear for next year.

This years winner will be presented with his trophy on Superbowl night, so well done once again Cozy and I will now leave you with the final standings.

Final Standings

Earthquakes 37
187s 35
JJJ 35
Pickaxe 34
Bohemians 33
69ers 32
Flush 30
Touchdowns 27
TiTs 25
Fog 12
Oddities 3
Panthers 0

Pick um or Stick um The Final

Here are your week 16 picks

Coach Euan:

187s, Bohemians, JJJ, Touchdowns, TiTs, 69ers.

Coach Ally:

Bohemians, Fog, Panthers, 187s, TiTs,  JJJ.

Coach Nicky:

Pickaxe, TiTs, Panthers 187s, Fog, JJJ.

Coach Paul: 

Flush, Bohemians, Touchdowns, 187s, TiTs, Fog.

Coach Stuart:

No entry submitted.

Coach Russell:

JJJ, Panthers, Pickaxe, Earthquakes, Oddities Fog.

Coach Gav:

JJJ, Pickaxe, 187s, Fog, Panthers TiTs.

Coach Richie:

69ers, Pickaxe, Flush, Touchdowns, 187s, Oddities.

Coach Cozy:

Earthquakes, Bohemians, JJJ, Touchdowns, Oddities, Fog.

Coach Jimmy:

Fog, TiT, 187s, Touchdowns, Pickaxe Flush.

Coach Harry:

No entry submitted

Coach Rab:

No entry submitted

So here is how the voting went.

Bohemians 4 Picks

Pickaxe 5 Picks

JJJ 6 Picks

Flush 3 Picks

Touchdown 5 Picks

187s 7 Picks

TiT 6 Picks

Panthers 4 Picks

Oddities 3 Picks

Earthquakes 2 Picks

Fog 7 Picks

69ers 2 Picks

So there you have it this weeks Pick um teams are The Fog and for the second week running the 187s with 7 Picks each and this week we have 2 Stick um teams on 2 Picks and they are Earthquakes and again for the second week The 69ers.

Standings.

JJJ 32
Earthquakes 32
Pickaxe 31 100% x 1
187s 31
69ers 29 100% x 1*
Bohemians 29
Flush 26
Touchdowns 24
TiT 22
Fog 12
Oddities 3
Panthers 0

* 100% in a 4 game week.

Good Luck to all still in with a chance.

Pick Um or Stick Um week 15

Here are your week 15 picks

Coach Euan:

Flush, Panthers, JJJ, 69ers.

Coach Ally:

Bohemians, Panthers, JJJ, Touchdowns.

Coach Nicky:

Bohemians, Fog, JJJ, Touchdowns.

Coach Paul: 

Flush, Panthers, JJJ, Touchdowns.

Coach Stuart:

No entry submitted.

Coach Russell:

JJJ, Bohemians, fog, Touchdowns.

Coach Gav:

Pickaxe, Bohemians, Fog, Touchdowns.

Coach Richie:

69ers, Flush, Fog, JJJ.

Coach Cozy:

Flush, Fog, JJJ, Touchdowns.

Coach Jimmy:

Flush, JJJ Panthers, Touchdowns.

Coach Harry:

No entry submitted

Coach Rab:

No entry submitted

So here is how the voting went.

Pickaxe 1 Picks

Flush 5 Picks

Fog 5 Picks

69ers 2 Picks

Panthers 4 Picks

JJJ 8 Picks

Bohemians 4 Picks

Touchdowns 7 Picks

So there you have it this weeks Pick um team is  The JJJ with 8 Picks and this week we have their opponents  Nitten Pickaxe with 1 Pick (His own vote) as this weeks Stick um team.

Standings.

Pickaxe 30        1  100%
JJJ 30
Earthquakes 29
Bohemians 28
187s 28
69ers 25
Flush 24
Touchdowns 22
TiT 20
Fog
Oddities 3
Panthers 0

Pick um or Stick um Week 14

Here are your week 14 picks

Coach Euan:

187s, Earthquakes,Oddities, Fog.

Coach Ally:

Oddities, Fog, Earthquakes, 187s.

Coach Nicky:

Fog, Flush, earthquakes, 69ers.

Coach Paul: 

Flush, Pickaxe, Oddities, Fog.

Coach Stuart:

No entry submitted.

Coach Russell:

187s, Pickaxe, 69ers, TiTs.

Coach Gav:

187s, Pickaxe, Oddities, Fog.

Coach Richie:

69ers, 187s, Pickaxe, Fog.

Coach Cozy:

Earthquakes, 187s, Oddities, TiTs.

Coach Jimmy:

Flush, Earthquakes, 69ers, Fog.

Coach Harry:

No entry submitted

Coach Rab:

No entry submitted

So here is how the voting went.

Pickaxe 4 Picks

Flush 3 Picks

187s 6 Picks

TiT 2 Picks

Oddities 5 Picks

Earthquakes 5 Picks

Fog 7 Picks

69ers 4 Picks

So there you have it this weeks Pick um team is  The Fog with 7 Picks and this week we have Tranent International Tornadoes with 2 Picks as this weeks Stick um team.

Standings.

Earthquakes 29
Pickaxe 28 1. 100%
187s 27
Bohemians 27
JJJ 27
69ers 22
Flush 21
Touchdowns 20
TiT 17
Fog 12
Oddities 3
Panthers 0

Pick Um or Stick Um week 13

Here are your week 13 picks

Coach Euan:

187s, Earthquakes, Fog, TiT, Oddities, JJJ.

Coach Ally:

Bohemians, Flush, Panthers, Pickaxe, 187s, JJJ.

Coach Nicky:

Pickaxe, Flush, Panthers, Bohemians, 187s, JJJ.

Coach Paul: 

Flush, Fog, TiT, Oddities, 187s, Touchdowns.

Coach Stuart:

No entry submitted.

Coach Russell:

JJJ, 187s, Bohemians, Pickaxe, Panthers, Earthquakes.

Coach Gav:

JJJ, Flush, Oddities, 187s, Pickaxe, Fog.

Coach Richie:

69ers, Flush, Bohemians, Fog, Pickaxe, JJJ.

Coach Cozy:

Earthquakes, Fog, Pickaxe, Oddities, 187s, JJJ.

Coach Jimmy:

JJJ, Earthquakes, Panthers, Pickaxe, Bohemians, 187s.

Coach Harry:

No entry submitted

Coach Rab:

No entry submitted

So here is how the voting went.

Bohemians 5 Picks

Pickaxe 7 Picks

JJJ 8 Picks

Flush 5 Picks

Touchdown 1 Picks

187s 8 Picks

TiT 2 Picks

Panthers 4 Picks

Oddities 4 Picks

Earthquakes 4 Picks

Fog 5 Picks

69ers 1 Picks

So there you have it this weeks Pick um teams are JJJ and 187s with 8 Picks each and this week we have 2 Stick um teams on 1 Picks and they are Touchdowns and The 69ers.

Standings.

Pickaxe 24          1   100%
Earthquakes 24
Bohemians 23
187s 23
JJJ 22
Flush 19
69ers 18
Touchdowns 15
TiT 13
Fog 12
Oddities 3
Panthers 0

Pick Um or Stick Um week 12

Here are your week 12 picks

Coach Euan:

No entry submitted.

Coach Ally:

Bohemians, Panthers, TiT, Oddities,earthquakes,JJJ.

Coach Nicky:

TiT, Earthquakes, JJJ, Flush 69ers, Touchdowns.

Coach Paul: 

Flush, Bohemians, Pickaxe TiT, Oddities, Touchdowns.

Coach Stuart:

No entry submitted.

Coach Russell:

JJJ, Touchdowns, Earthquakes, TiT, 187s, Oddities.

Coach Gav:

Earthquakes, Flush, 69ers, Fog, Pickaxe, TiT.

Coach Richie:

69ers, Earthquakes, JJJ, Panthers, Flush,Touchdowns.

Coach Cozy:

Earthquakes, JJJ, Panthers, Flush, 69ers, Fog.

Coach Jimmy:

JJJ, Earthquakes, Panthers, 187s, Oddities, Fog.

Coach Harry:

No entry submitted

Coach Rab:

No entry submitted

So here is how the voting went.

Bohemians 2 Picks

Pickaxe 2 Picks

JJJ 6 Picks

Flush 5 Picks

Touchdown 4 Picks

187s 2 Picks

TiT 5 Picks

Panthers 4 Picks

Oddities 4 Picks

Earthquakes 7 Picks

Fog 2 Picks

69ers 4 Picks

So there you have it this weeks Pick um  team is for the first time is the Earthquakes with 7 Picks and this week we have 4 Stick um teams on 2 Picks and they are Bohemians, 187s, Fog and once again Pickaxe.

Standings.

Pickaxe 21      1  100%
187s 19
JJJ 19
Bohemians 19
Earthquakes 18
Flush 17
Touchdowns 14
69ers 14
Fog 12
TiT 10
Oddities 3
Panthers 0

Pick um or Stick um Week 11

Here are your week 11 picks

Coach Euan:

Oddities, Flush, Panthers, Touchdowns, Earthquakes, Fog.

Coach Ally:

Bohemians, Panthers, TiT, Oddities, Earthquakes, JJJ.

Coach Nicky:

TiT,Flush, Pickaxe, Oddities, Earthquakes, Fog.

Coach Paul: 

Flush, Panthers, Touchdowns, Earthquakes, JJJ.

Coach Stuart:

Fog, Flush, Panthers, TiT, 187s, 69ers.

Coach Russell:

JJJ, Earthquakes, Oddities, Pickaxe, Bohemians, TiT.

Coach Gav:

Bohemians, 69ers, Oddities, JJJ, Touchdowns, Pickaxe.

Coach Richie:

69ers, Bohemians, Panthers, Touchdowns, Oddities, JJJ.

Coach Cozy:

Earthquakes, Flush, Panthers, Touchdowns, 187s, JJJ.

Coach Jimmy:

JJJ, Bohemians, Panthers, TiT, 187s, 69ers.

Coach Harry:

No entry submitted

Coach Rab:

No entry submitted

So here is how the voting went.

Bohemians 5 Picks

Pickaxe 3 Picks

JJJ 7 Picks

Flush 5 Picks

Touchdown 5 Picks

187s 3 Picks

TiT 5 Picks

Panthers 7 Picks

Oddities 7 Picks

Earthquakes 6 Picks

Fog 3 Picks

69ers 4 Picks

So there you have it this weeks Pick um is for the first time we have a 3 way tie at the top with 7 votes each we have JJJ, Oddities and The Panthers which means we also have a 3 way tie at the bottom for the Stick um teams this week with the 187s, Fog and division Champs Pickaxe only receiving 3 votes each this week.

Standings.

Pickaxe 18              1   100%
187s 16
Bohemians 15
JJJ 15
Flush 13
Earthquakes 13
Touchdowns 11
69er 10
Fog 10
TiT 9
Oddities 3
Panthers 0

Pick um or Stick um Week 10

Here are your week 10 picks.

Coach Euan:

187s, Fog, Pickaxe, TiT, Earthquakes, JJJ.

Coach Ally:

187s, Oddities, Flush, Pickaxe, TiT, JJJ.

Coach Nicky:

TiT, Flush, Earthquakes, Bohemians, Panthers, Pickaxe.

Coach Paul: 

No entry submitted.

Coach Stuart:

Fog, 187s, Pickaxe, TiT, Earthquakes, JJJ

Coach Russell:

187s, Fog, TiT, Earthquakes, Pickaxe, JJJ.

Coach Gav:

187s, Pickaxe, JJJ, TiT, Oddities, Fog.

Coach Richie:

69ers, Bohemians, Flush, Touchdowns, Earthquakes, Panthers.

Coach Cozy:

Oddities, 187s, Fog, Pickaxe, TiT, Panthers.

Coach Jimmy:

JJJ, 187s, Flush, Touchdowns, TiT, Oddities.

Coach Harry:

No entry submitted

Coach Rab:

No entry submitted

So here is how the voting went.

Bohemians 2 picks

Pickaxe 7 picks

JJJ 6 picks

Flush 4 picks

Touchdown 2 picks

187s 7 picks

TiT 8 picks

Panthers 3 picks

Oddities 4 picks

Earthquakes 4 picks

Fog 5 picks

69ers 1 picks

So there you have it this weeks Pick um is for the first time Tranent Internatioanal Tornadoes with 8 votes and this weeks stick um is again for the 3rd week running is the friendless 69ers with 1 vote.

Standings.

Pickaxe 14      1  x 100%
187s 13

JJJ 11
Earthquakes 10
Bohemians 10
Flush 9

69ers 8

Fog 7

Touchdowns 7

TiT 7

Oddities 3

Panthers o

Pick um and Stick um.

Here are your week 9 picks.

Coach Euan:

187s, Panthers, Pickaxe, Fog, JJJ, Flush.

Coach Ally:

JJJ, Earthquakes, Bohemians, Flush, Oddities, Pickaxe.

Coach Nicky:

TiT, Flush, Earthquakes, Bohemians, Panthers, Pickaxe.

Coach Paul: 

Flush, Oddities, Earthquakes, 69ers, Bohemians, JJJ.

Coach Stuart:

TiT, Flush, Panthers, 187s, Pickaxe, Fog.

Coach Russell:

Touchdowns, Oddities, Earthquakes, Pickaxe, Fog, JJJ.

Coach Gav:

JJJ, Touchdowns, 187s, Bohemians, Oddities, Pickaxe.

Coach Richie:

Oddities, Earthquakes, Fog, JJJ, Flush, 69ers.

Coach Cozy:

Earthquakes, Oddities, Bohemians, Pickaxe, Tit, Flush.

Coach Jimmy:

JJJ, Panthers, 187s, Pickaxe, Bohemians, Touchdowns.

Coach Harry:

No entry submitted

Coach Rab:

No entry submitted

So here is how the voting went.

Bohemians 6 picks

Pickaxe 8 picks

JJJ 7 picks

Flush 7 picks

Touchdown 3 picks

187s 4 picks

TiTs 3 picks

Panthers 4 picks

Oddities 6 picks

Earthquakes 6 picks

Fog 4 picks

69ers 2 picks

So there you have it this weeks Pick um is Pickaxe with 9 votes and this weeks stick um is again the 69ers with 2 votes. (Chin up Richie).

I will put together a proper graph that I can copy over for next week with the standings but at the moment this is what we have.

Standings.

Pickaxe 10      1  x 100%
187s. 8
Earthquakes 7
Bohemians 6
Flush 6
JJJ 6
Touchdowns 5
69ers 5
Fog 3
TiT 3
Oddities 3
Panthers 0