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GTP: 2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

About 1,000,000 people visit the Seattle Space Needle every year. This blog was viewed about 4,100,000 times in 2013. If it were the Space Needle, it would take about 4 years for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

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New, improved commenting (maybe)

In response to some reader requests, I’ve dug around at WordPress and activated something new for commenting.  It’s called Markdown and you can read about how to use it here.  The short version is that it should enable you to italicize, bold, quote, etc. in comments fairly easily (at least that’s what I’m hoping).

Play around with it and let me know if it’s worth leaving it in place for you guys.

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Why we’re here.

Every once in a while, it really hits me why I enjoy this blog so much.  Certainly it’s nice to have a public outlet to express myself and it’s gratifying when I get a public response to my opinions.  It’s no secret that I enjoy the give-and-take of a good debate as much as anybody and I’ve had plenty of those with you guys in the comments.

But the best part of the GTP experience for me, hands down, comes every time I’m reminded what’s at the core of why you and I have a special feeling about college football, which, after all, is just a game.  And that core isn’t statistics or playoff formats or whether this coach or that one is the right man for the job… and it sure as hell isn’t money.

It’s community.  It’s being part of a group of people who bind together, both face to face on a few special Saturdays every fall and by sharing something of themselves in a virtual sense the rest of the year, over a common passion.  You know the pain and pleasure, the highs and lows that everyone feels, even if those sometimes are expressed very differently.

I’ve been lucky in both ways.  I’ve celebrated the fall with a close group of friends for more than thirty years now.  We’ve watched each other get older, seen our kids grow up, had our laughs and our share of tears.  And on the blogging side of things, I’ve been the recipient of a steady stream of e-mails that start with something like “I’ve been a long time reader of your blog and wanted to share this with you”… and then they do.  And I honestly marvel every time I see that how this shared experience matters.

Where I’m getting to with this is that somebody e-mailed me yesterday about a video that’s posted on YouTube.  It struck a chord.  I’ll let the author describe it:

I made this film to profile my father’s tailgate. I’ve been going to University of Georgia football games since I was 6 years old. I wanted to share with everyone what our tailgate experience is all about. Family, love, and compassion are just a few words to describe what these people mean to me.

Watch it.  I hope you get as much out of it as I did.

There’s something I try to say every time somebody reaches out to me with an e-mail like that.  And I hope you understand that when I say it, it’s not offered as some automatic gesture of politeness.  It’s sincere.  So I’ll say it now in that spirit, Jon.

Thanks for sharing.

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UPDATE:  The NFL, on the other hand

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Fabris Invitational Bowl Pool

I just set it up.  Those of you who played during the regular season should be getting an invite by e-mail.  Those who didn’t play before, but want to sign up now should click here.

The format is unchanged from the regular season pool.  That means you’re picking games against the spread.  The pool spreads won’t be locked in until the 17th, so keep that in mind if you’re just dying to make your picks as early as possible.

The first bowl game will be played on the 21st.  However, because of the length of the bowl season, I’ve set it up so that you have until noon on Christmas day to make all your picks final.  So if you want, you can make your choices for the first few games and have a couple of extra days to set the rest of them down.

I have changed one thing with regard to the tiebreaker.  Instead of winning team score being the deciding factor, it’s now total score for both teams, so think about the over/under when you set your tiebreaker.

I think that covers everything, but if I’ve missed something, just let me know in the comments.

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Fabris Invitational results, Week 15

The last week of the season brings us an undisputed weekly champ.

STANDINGS for WEEK 15
Rank
Selection Name
Standings
Adjustment
W-L
Pts
Tie Breaker Game
42-59
1 Bone Adj 9-1 9   28-35
2 jadams4148 Adj 8-2 8   37-45**
2 CoastToCoast Adj 8-2 8   31-35
2 econodawg Adj 8-2 8   28-35
2 Biggen Adj 8-2 8   28-35
2 uganewt Adj 8-2 8   27-31
2 Dilemma Adj 8-2 8   24-31
2 CallingtheDawgs Adj 8-2 8   38-34

Congrats to Bone, for pulling in the last W of the regular season.

And now, it’s time to crown our champ for the 2013 season.

SEASON STANDINGS through Week 15
Rank
Selection Name
W-L
Pts
1 Trbodawg 95-55 95
2 ShockleyforHeisman 93-57 93
3 Sundiata 92-58 92
3 ParrishWalton 92-58 92
3 BosnianDawg 92-58 92

Trbodawg hangs on and wins by a comfortable 2-game margin! Plus-forty on the season… too bad if you didn’t monetize that in Vegas. Congratulations.  Take a lap.

Just so you know, just like last year, there will be a bowl pool for everyone to jump in.  I’ll have the info on that in the next few days.

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Fabris Invitational results, Week 14

A single winner this week…

STANDINGS for WEEK 14
Rank
Selection Name
Standings
Adjustment
W-L
Pts
Tie Breaker Game
28-34
1 Sanders7631 Adj 9-1 9   31-21
2 Coltrain79 Adj 8-2 8   34-31**
2 NFL and/or College Football Pickem. Teams are set Adj 8-2 8   33-28
2 Silver Creek Dawg Adj 8-2 8   31-27
2 CallingtheDawgs Adj 8-2 8   36-24
2 Rhino1 Adj 8-2 8   28-17
2 docidiot Adj 8-2 8   0-0

Congrats to Sanders7631 for that.

With one week left to go, it looks like the seasonal race is going down to the wire.

SEASON STANDINGS through Week 14
Rank
Selection Name
W-L
Pts
1 Trbodawg 88-52 88
2 ShockleyforHeisman 87-53 87
3 Sundiata 85-55 85
3 ParrishWalton 85-55 85
3 BosnianDawg 85-55 85

Please note that the Week 15 schedule is a little on the thin side, so I picked a Friday night game. You’ll need to get your picks in a day earlier than usual, as a result.

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It really never gets old.

WordPress just reminded me that GTP celebrates its seventh anniversary today.  It was Georgia’s ’06 win over Georgia Tech that inspired me to start blogging, and this post was the result.  (Thanks for the memories, Reggie.)

And while I’m reminiscing, I can’t help but share my favorite post about Tech over that seven years.

When you say “Tech fan base”, you’ve said it all.

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Gratitude

Honestly, I don’t know why I don’t post this every Thanksgiving.  It’s a classic.

As a middle-aged man, I’m thankful for all the usual things – a loving family, great friends, small-batch Bourbon, a lack of need for a product which includes a warning to call your doctor for an erection lasting more than four hours, etc. – but on a more topical note, I’d like to express my appreciation to Mark Richt and his program for two of the most exciting games I’ve ever seen in person.  It’s been a topsy-turvy season, one that’s not going to wind up where we hoped, but, damn, those games against South Carolina and LSU were tremendous.  Thanks for that, guys.

And thanks to y’all, too.  I don’t know if you noticed, but the hits tally for GTP crossed seventeen million yesterday.  Never in my wildest dreams, and all that.  I’ll modestly take some credit for the success of the site, but the blog wouldn’t be all that it is without what I think is the best community in the Dawgosphere.  You guys are great.  Now go stuff yourselves.

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Fabris Invitational results, Week 13

Logjam at the top this week.

STANDINGS for WEEK 13
Rank
Selection Name
Standings
Adjustment
W-L
Pts
Tie Breaker Game
10-34
1 Djiboutidawg Adj 9-1 9   21-27**
1 wtjoyner Adj 9-1 9   38-42
1 Trbodawg Adj 9-1 9   38-31
1 DCWeez Adj 9-1 9   35-27

Congrats to Djiboutidawg.

And as you can guess from the weekly results, Trbodawg’s showing something of a finishing kick in the seasonal standings.

SEASON STANDINGS through Week 13
Rank
Selection Name
W-L
Pts
1 Trbodawg 84-46 84
2 Front Ranger 80-50 80
2 ShockleyforHeisman 80-50 80

With only one week left to go in the regular season pool, that’s an almost insurmountable lead.

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Fabris Invitational results, Week 12

This may have been the most brutal week of the season.  We had a logjam at 7-3.

STANDINGS for WEEK 12
Rank
Selection Name
Standings
Adjustment
W-L
Pts
Tie Breaker Game
17-20
1 www Adj 7-3 7   21-27**
1 deadeye9145 Adj 7-3 7   21-31
1 Wolpfack Adj 7-3 7   35-21
1 JonBenet Rams Adj 7-3 7   24-17
1 Front Ranger Adj 7-3 7   28-23
1 back9k9 Adj 7-3 7   34-17
1 uglydawg Adj 7-3 7   30-24
1 jbryan94 Adj 7-3 7   42-27

Congrats to www for pulling it out with the tiebreaker.

The seasonal standings are as close as you can get, with sixteen of us within four points of the lead.

SEASON STANDINGS through Week 12
Rank
Selection Name
W-L
Pts
1 Trbodawg 75-45 75
1 Front Ranger 75-45 75
3 BosnianDawg 74-46 74
4 ShockleyforHeisman 73-47 73

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