Archive for March, 2013

For the second week in a row I lost to Ian. This time by two games 28-24 to 26-26. He now leads me by nine games for the season-long bet of dinner and a back rub.

Season Standings — Ian: 169-121          Aly: 160-130

This week’s bet is a Honey-Do Pass. The winner of the pass will get out of a chore given to them by the significant other. The only stipulation is that it cannot be used to get out of a weekly bet chore.

NHL Sunday Picks:

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The last two days are finally here. The standings are in from last night’s action, leaving me with a good shot at cleaning the basement.

Thursday Standings — Ian:  20-17          Aly:  18-19

Hopefully tonight I can close the gap again and not fall further behind.

NHL Friday Picks: 

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Friday Standings — Ian:  22-19          Aly:  20-21

I closed the gap by one game, keeping myself in the running for a relaxing Sunday afternoon without having to clean the basement. But today’s games will decide it all. The four games are even more important because the season will be over in a few weeks and I’m trailing by eight games.

NHL Saturday Picks:

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Another week is in full force for the picks race. The challenge this week will be who gets to clean our corner of the basement….which is going to be a day-long activity for whoever loses.

Standings — Ian:  4-3          Aly:  3-4

The race is close, and each game we split will have an impact on the end, just like last week. To recap, I lost by one game and am now cursed with wearing a Bruins jersey out every day this week. And believe me, it’s a curse.

NHL Monday Picks:

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Monday Standings — Ian:  8-6          Aly:  7-7

The standings didn’t change at all. I still trail Ian by one game, but at least the score is close. I think this is the first time that the score has been this close for the first two days of the week. We only split two of the games tonight, so that doesn’t leave much room for one of us to pull ahead. Every game counts.

NHL Tuesday Picks:

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Tuesday Standings — Ian:  13-10          Aly:  11-12

Well, Ian gained another game on me taking every game we split except for one. The challenge is for me to find a way to catch up. The Bruins get the Canadiens tonight after the Penguins pulled out a 1-0 win. I actually picked the Canadiens to win the game, because of the recent Bruins struggles. We split every game, so if there is a time for me to catch up, this is it.

NHL Wednesday Picks:

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Wednesday Standings — Ian:  14-13       Aly:  14-13

I was able to tie the score last night by taking all but one game. Now the eyes turn toward tonight’s games and the four games we split. The Penguins continue to stack their team and last night pulled the blockbuster trade of the season, acquiring Jerome Iginla.

NHL Thursday Picks:

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The picks were extremely close, and after the first three games were entered we stood tied. As I watched my lead slowly became a deficit. After a hard-fought battle that came down to the last game, Ian beat me by one: 28-19 to 27-20.

So this week I’ll be wearing around a Bruins jersey and hoping to not be too embarrassed. Next week the loser will be tasked with cleaning the basement. Believe me, it is going to be quite a task for whoever loses.

Season Standings — Ian: 141-97          Aly: 134-105

NHL Sunday Picks:
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Well, it’s Friday! We’ve made it through most of the week and only have to wait two more nights to find out who will be cursed with wearing the other team’s jersey all next week.

Standings — Ian:  20-14          Aly:  21-13

Ian really closed the gap after taking four of the games last night, leaving me with a one-game lead. Tonight we split two of the games, which could make a winner out of one of us.

NHL Friday Picks:

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Friday Standings — Ian:  23-15          Aly:  24-14

Going into tonight, it’s still anyone’s game. We’ll have to wait till tomorrow to see who will get cursed with wearing the Bruins or Penguins jersey all week. I hope it isn’t me.

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Well, the week has officially started and so far I stand above Ian going into the second day for the first time! I’m liking my chances of seeing him in a Penguins jersey all next week, so hopefully the picks will continue in my favor.

Standings — Ian:  1-3          Aly:  3-1

We split five of the games tonight, so I have a great opportunity to extend my lead and potentially close the gap for the season race. (I’m behind by seven games.)

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Monday Standings — Ian: 5-6          Aly: 8-3

Yesterday I maintained my three-game lead over Ian. But in tonight’s action the only thing that will change are the win/loss numbers. We picked the same teams to win in each of the NHL games tonight, including the Bruins and Penguins.

NHL Tuesday Picks:

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Tuesday Standings — Ian:  10-10          Aly:  13-7

After a not-so-great performance by the Bruins, Ian has to wake up and realize half the week is over and he still trails by three goals, which means he’ll have to wear the Penguins jersey around for a week. He does have the opportunity to close the gap since we split two of the games. He thinks the Blackhawks will come out on top over the Ducks, but I think that Anaheim will play well enough to overcome Chicago’s power.

NHL Wednesday Picks:

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Wednesday Standings — Ian:  14-11          Aly:  17-8

Another day done and I still maintain my three-game lead. Ian has a golden opportunity tonight to take the lead and put me in a Bruins jersey all next week. There are six games tonight that we split on, so either one of will take the lead or stay where we are.

NHL Thursday Picks:

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Last week’s picks were so close, one game decided who would have to clean the room. I lost, by one game, and now the job of cleaning comes to me. (After the Boston-Pittsburgh game of course.)

Next week’s loser has to wear the other team’s sweater around the house for the whole next week and out on any errands. This will be terrible for the loser, and I’m hoping to see Penguins colors around the house for a week.

Season Standings — Ian: 113-79         Aly: 107-85

NHL Sunday Picks:
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This week has been a race for me to catch Ian in the standings. I have finally caught up to being two games behind, but with only two days left, the chances are slim that I can catch him and make him the one who cleans the room Sunday.

Standings:  Ian: 22-15         Aly:  20-17

NHL Friday Picks:

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Friday Standings — Ian:  23-17        Aly: 21-19

I’m still two games down going into the last day, as it looks, Ian will maintain his lead for this weekend and for the large prize at the end. I need to have a perfect pick day today, which never happens when there are a lot of games.

NHL Saturday Picks:

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Now it’s time for another week of picks. Yesterday’s NHL action left Ian and I tied up going into today. This week features the first matchup of Boston and Pittsburgh, and no surprise we both picked our respective teams to win. This week’s loser gets to clean and vacuum the room, which is quite a task because it hasn’t been thoroughly cleaned in quite awhile.

Monday NHL Picks:

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Monday Standings — Ian: 7-5        Aly:  8-4

Thanks to a Kings win, I lead Ian by one game going into the Boston-Pittsburgh matchup. The games tonight are big, the halfway point in the season has been reached and the stretch for playoff spots has started.

Tuesday NHL Picks:

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Tuesday Standings — Ian:  14-9        Aly:  12-11

Ian really picked up the pace after trailing by one game. He now takes the lead by two games going into tonight’s action. Since we split two of the three games, there is a chance I could come back and even the score.

Last night’s Boston-Pittsburgh game caused a bit of a rift in the house, seeing as Boston looked as if it had the win until the Penguins turned on the offense. Young goaltender Anton Khudobin was no match for Brandon Sutter and Chris Kunitz, the latter is tearing up the league in plus/minus and points. Pittsburgh and Boston are both back in action Thursday night, for matchups against Toronto and Florida, respectively. The way things are going, these two teams could meet in the playoffs at some point, making this relationship a love/hate for both Ian and myself.

Wednesday NHL Picks:

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Wednesday Standings — Ian:  16-10        Aly:  12-14

Ian took both of the games we split last night, making his lead just that much bigger. Looks like I’ll be cleaning the room Sunday and Ian will get a backrub and dinner at the end of the season. We split four games tonight though, so there’s a chance that if I take all four, we’ll go into the weekend tied. I’m hoping to even the score, but the Capitals, Ducks, Jets and Predators will have to come up with wins for that to happen.

Thursday NHL Picks:

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Thursday Standings — Ian: 22-15         Aly:  20-17

Last week Ian lost by two games and had to clean the bathroom. This week, he tries to redeem himself and save himself from cleaning and vacuuming the room.

The grand prize at the end of the season still stands at dinner and a back rub. The grand totals from the first three weeks:

Ian:  83-56      Aly: 78-61

I have a long way to go to catch up, but with a good week of picks, it could happen.

NHL Sunday Picks:

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