I don't know anything about football. I mean, I know enough to root for the Pats and understand what's going on, but I don't track stats or play fantasy football or chat it up with people about the best defensive tackle in the AFC blah blah blah. Off the top of my head, I couldn't name 10 non-QB players in the NFL.
But I am in this football pool with Alex, my Dad, Jonathan, and like 50 other people. It's a weekly pick-em thing - whoever pics the most per week wins. Whoever has the most correct picks at the end of the season wins like $500 bucks.
Jonathan and especially my Dad labor over these pics every week. I don't know any better, so I just pick them at random. In last year's pool I tried tricking my friends into making pics for me ("What do you like more: pork chops or applesauce?" where "pork chops" = home team and "applesauce" = away team). I don't know how the line / spread / whatever gets set for games, but it seems like those people know what they're doing. And if you're in a pool where you have to beat the spread, the odds are like 50/50, right?
Anyway, this year, I simplified the process and whipped up a webpage that makes random pics for me. Every Friday I hit this page and then just copy and paste the picks into the Sportsline pool and that's it.
I was telling my Dad about this and he was like "You're just wasting your money!" (meaning the $50 I paid to get into the pool), but I think I beat him like 3 of the last 4 weeks.
I tied for third place for this week and, after 5 weeks, I'm tied for 3rd place overall. Pow!