January 23, 2008

GotFrag started a new prediction system about a week ago, and I’m a big fan. Detailed predictions are incredibly hard to do week-in and week-out. It takes more time than you might suspect, causing most predictions to slowly fade away like a five-alarm hangover. Believe me, I know from experience. About the predictions, not the hangover. I think the new, quick format is an upgrade, and hopefully it has some staying power.

And since they’re working hard at doing predictions, what better way to reward their effort than point out all their mistakes while enjoying the comforts of hindsight? That’s a joke; I won’t be seriously critiquing their performances. I might make a joke here and there or poke fun, but mostly I think it’d be interesting to keep track of their records as predictors. There’s also a guest predictor to complete the panel of five, and I’ll just compile their totals under “Guest”.

Here are the results from the first two weeks, broken up into Week 2.2 and Week 2.1 in parenthesis:

Singlecoil: 10-1 (5-1, 5-0)
SirScoots: 9-2 (5-1, 4-1)
Midway: 7-4 (4-2, 3-2)
Guest: 7-4 (3-3, 4-1)
jeSUIT: 5-6 (3-3, 2-3)

I’ll give more notes as the season progresses, but for now I’ll just say Singlecoil’s only loss from the first two sets of matches came when Carolina upset the LA compLexity. Only one person, SirScoots, dodged that bullet, and I honestly have no idea how he did. coL seems to lose once every season in CEVO, and somehow Scoots knew it was coming. Just a marvelous prediction.

I’ll add the Week 3.1 results once they’re in. It looks like most of the matches will be finished tonight with only one being rescheduled for a later date.

There’s another trend besides the records that I wanted to mention briefly. After an innocent first set of predictions, Midway’s broken out the exclamation points like it’s a buy-one, get-two free sale. It could be the predictor’s version of a poker tell. Zero exclamation points means he flipped a coin. One exclamation point means he’s bluffing or not confident in his prediction. Two means he’s got some gusto behind his words.And look out when he uses the four-exclamation ending, also known from here on out as the Midway Special. He’s holding a monster when he uses that.

And not for nothing, he’s also starting to corner the market on ALL-CAPS WORDS … !!!!

Stay tuned for more prediction action and reaction!!!!

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