Tuesday, November 25, 2008
My advice this week for players in non-profit NFL pools -- take all the underdogs.
I will be back next week with picks for week 14 and updated results for the season so far.
NBA Underdog Update
8 wins and 3 losses so far for underdogs of 12.5 points or more. According to Stanford undergrad whiz kid Gibbs (see 1 November post), we can expect to see heavy NBA underdogs finish above 50% by a statistically significant margin over a long period of at least one full season. I will keep track this year on behalf of players in non-profit NBA pools.
The Myth of Fingerprints is my favourite. Official Lady Godiva toy boy Archibald fancies cheesy 1980s "comedy" Love At Stake. Archibald will mail at his expense a bound copy of his Ph.D. thesis to anyone who can tell him who played the part of the turkey in this turkey.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Week 9 results:
NY G -9
Season so far:
If I had backed all underdogs (or all overdogs) all year long, I'd be sitting right at 50%, instead of -8. My "value overdog" picks have been dismal this year and last. Nevertheless, I'm sticking to my system and picking 3 more value overdogs this week hoping to turn the tide over the last half of the year.
My sympathies to the Raider Nation. Official Godiva toy boy Archibald's father is losing his marbles, so I know how painful it must be for Raider fans to live through owner Al Davis' King Lear years.
NFL Playoff Team Predictions
With the first half in the books, here are my predictions for who will be in the January playoffs:
Top 2 seeds
Other division winners
NY Jets San Diego
New England Baltimore
Top 2 seeds
NY Giants Arizona
Other divisional winners
Philadelphia Tampa Bay
1 win and 2 losses so far for underdogs of 12.5 points or more.
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Mr. Gibbs thinks he has discovered evidence that NBA players are consorting with gamblers. I'm not convinced. I think there are other explanations for the distribution of point differentials that he makes such a big deal about. But, whatever the explanation, his data analysis does suggest that if you always take underdogs by 12.5 points or more when playing in a friendly, non-profit office pool picking NBA winners against the point spread, you will end up a statistically significant touch above 50% on your "heavy underdog" picks over the course of an entire season.
So, today I recommend:
LA Clippers +13.5 over UTAH
Oke City +14 over HOUSTON
I will keep track of how "heavy" underdogs do during this coming regular season and we'll see at the end whether the pattern identified by Mr. Gibbs is still holding up.