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A decade of bloviation

I forgot to mention yesterday that the blog turned ten.  As the saying goes, time flies when you’re having a good time.

Anyway, it’s been a blast.  And thanks to everyone who visits, whether you comment or are content to sit back and read.  You’ve all helped grow this place from the tiny drop of water it was at the start to the small pond it is today.  GTP is a great place and I’m proud to be a part of it.

Oh, and thanks again, Reggie Ball.  I couldn’t have done this without you, dog.

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Fabris Pool results, Week 13

And, so, my friends, we come to the end of another year of regular season pick ’ems.  It’s only fitting that the last week end in a tiebreaker.  But we have a new weekly winner.

STANDINGS for WEEK 13
Rank
Selection Name
Standings
Adjustment
W-L
Pts
Tie Breaker Game
27-30
1 suzieuga Adj 8-2 8   28-31**
1 dawg with no fleas Adj 8-2 8   14-17

Congrats to suzie.

And then there’s the season race.

SEASON STANDINGS through Week 13
Rank
You
Selection Name
W-L
Pts
1 Gravidy Picks 79-50 79
2 wilcodawg 77-52 77

The lead tightened, but not enough in the end. Congrats to Gravidy, this year’s certified college football genius.

Before you ask, yes, there will be a bowl game pick ’em, so stay tuned.

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On politics and GTP

I hate doing posts like this, but after last night’s shit storm it’s unavoidable.

Listen — there is a time and place for political observations here.  Sometimes politics and college sports intersect, usually in a regrettable manner.  That’s fair game.  And sometimes resorting to a political analogy to make a point is a reasonable thing.  (In my opinion, that was the innocent start that set some of you off yesterday.)  I’m not going to censor or boot people who want to discuss politics simply because… well, politics.

Unfortunately, for some of you, the introduction of any political topic is an invitation to wallow in the personal and lay in to others for the sin of disagreeing with your politics.  I’m guilty of tolerating the bad behavior to some extent because I don’t like intruding on people’s politics, but it’s past the point of getting out of hand.  It’s rude and it’s boring.

So here’s the deal.  If you can’t read something here that makes a political point without feeling an overwhelming urge to go after another commenter on a personal level, before you begin tickling your keyboard with what you perceive to be a witty response, my suggestion would be for you to step away and take a walk outside, play with the family dog, see what’s for dinner or any number of other things that would lead you to cool off.  Because otherwise, if you can’t help yourself, you’ll have to take it somewhere else besides this blog anyway.

There’s going to be enough grumbling over the football program this offseason to keep us occupied.  I’m not looking for any more trouble than that.  Please respect my wishes and we’ll all be happier for it.

That’s only my first point here.  Regrettably, we were visited by someone last night by a first-time commenter who some of you took as a troll and others as a comrade-in-arms.  He is neither.

He was banned as soon as I saw what he was posting and had the chance to backtrack to his blog.  I want to be clear on one thing here.  I’m as big a believer in freedom of speech as you’ll find, but I’m not going to put up with any form of outright bigotry here.  Anyone who engages in that in the comments section will suffer the same fate as he did.  If you don’t like that, tough.  There’s a difference between speech and behavior. I look at the comments section as a place for guests to mingle and converse. I wouldn’t let you show your ass like that if you were at a tailgate or party I was hosting and I don’t see any difference simply because we’re not face to face here.

As for those of you who have a problem comprehending the difference between outright prejudice and a mere political point of view, I don’t know what to say, other than, just damn.  Wake up.

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It wouldn’t be a GTP Thanksgiving…

… without a little WKRP.

The punchline in and of itself justified the existence of the show.  Hell, it may have justified the existence of television.  It’s that great.

Enjoy your day with family, friends, whomever and be grateful for life’s blessings.  They sure beat the alternative.

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A Fabris Pool housekeeping note

Word to the wise:  normally, the pick ’em involves only Saturday games, but there are two exceptions to the rule, opening week and Thanksgiving week.  First game is tomorrow’s LSU-TAMU meeting; there are a couple of Friday games on the list, too.

It’s the last pick ’em of the regular season, so don’t skip any of them.

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Fabris Pool results, Week 12

In the regular season’s penultimate week, there’s no tiebreaker in the pick ’em.

STANDINGS for WEEK 12
Rank
Selection Name
Standings
Adjustment
W-L
Pts
Tie Breaker Game
16-10
1 Gravidy Picks Adj 9-1 9   21-31

It’s a good thing, too. There were 18 people tied at 8-2. Congrats to Gravidy.

As for the seasonal race,

SEASON STANDINGS through Week 12
Rank
You
Selection Name
W-L
Pts
1 Gravidy Picks 75-44 75
2 wilcodawg 71-48 71
3 Chapindawg 67-52 67
3 Ga92grad 67-52 67
3 Boomshakalaka 67-52 67

It’s starting to look like Gravidy’s year. Hope he put some money where his mouth’s been.

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Fabris Pool results, Week 11

The FP was angry this week, my friends.  Top mark was 7-3.

STANDINGS for WEEK 11
Rank
Selection Name
Standings
Adjustment
W-L
Pts
Tie Breaker Game
29-28
1 Vegas Dawg Adj 7-3 7   21-24**
1 ChiliDawg Adj 7-3 7   14-24

Congrats to the appropriately named Vegas Dawg for pulling it out in the tiebreaker.

As far as the season goes,

SEASON STANDINGS through Week 11
Rank
You
Selection Name
W-L
Pts
1 Gravidy Picks 66-43 66
1 wilcodawg 66-43 66
3 Boomshakalaka 65-44 65
4 Ga92grad 63-46 63

… things remain tight. Very tight.

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