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Week #12 - Cup Holders 'Mixmix' Continue Their Run

Published: 14 November 2018


INTRODUCTION

I must thank the Coach of M1 again for continuing the flow of ideas on how we might improve the Golden Boot Game. It will certainly provide us with some food for thought during the empty days until the Premier League returns. In an ideal world we would be able to test out a few of these proposed options to see how they play but resources dictate that this is unlikely to happen. One of our biggest concerns with many of the proposals is that they force players to change their teams on a regular basis. We have always had some players who change their teams infrequently or do not change them at all. These players have traditionally not done very well over the full season but do have their occasional time in the sun with a Cup upset or a good performance in a Hot Spot Game. At this stage the last thing we want to do is alienate any of our loyal players so any changes to the rules must accommodate a wide variety of methodologies.

WEEK #12 REVIEW

Goal scorers proved hard to come by in Week #12 as Salah and Aguero accounted for almost ninety percent of all points scored. Even Rondon’s two goal contribution only produced points for two teams. Those Salah and Aguero goals did manage to push the average up to 9.6 points with only two teams missing out. Two teams did manage three goal scorers in their line up with Back to Back getting four goals from theirs for sixteen points. Lancashire Rover got their sixteen points from three strikers thanks to Paterson’s point. These two were followed by a group of four teams who got a maximum fifteen points with their two goals coming from just two strikers.

As well as retaining their top spot in the overall classification Cheshire Town became the first team this season to reach fifty goals. Almost half of their goals have come from their top two selections which helps to explain why the gap at the top is the largest gap in the entire table. Lancashire Rover have moved up into second place some 21 points behind the leaders but six ahead of M1 who have swapped positions with them this Week. Still moving up the standings stealthily Magic Eight Balls sit fourth some four points behind M1. Now that they have exited the Cup at the first hurdle they are the highest placed team able to concentrate on the league. After Week #12 there is now only one team who do not have goals from every selection position. BF Giants have yet to register anything from their 4-point striker. Perhaps thirteenth time will be the charm.

GOLDEN BOOT CUP ROUND 1

With their Week’s best score Lancashire Rover easily saw off any hopes BF Giants had of producing an upset, the contributions of Salah and Paterson merely adding gloss to their better return from Aguero. While donnyvegas were one of three Cup teams among the four who got fifteen points, their opponents PJ Auxerre were one of the two teams who drew a blank, making this the most one sided tie of the round. The other two fifteen point teams, Real Muirfield and Vamos Unai, had identical five point victories against Ard Mhacha Abu, who had eight Rondon points, and Magic Eight Balls respectively. The latter result was the one real Cup upset of the Round. The holders Mixmix made it safely through to Round 2 against their top ten rivals Uttley Allstars thanks to adding six Salah points to their five from Aguero. In the mid-table battle between Eight Wizards and Bury Wanderer no amount of magic could stop the away side doubling the gap between the teams as they moved up the table and their opponents slipped the other way. J1 got through against their higher ranked opponents, Weakenders, three Aguero points making all the difference while Team Of The Weak had an even closer result against Imperial Booze Boys both getting 8-points from a Reds striker (Salah and Martial) with Aguero again making the difference with a 2-pointer. In traditional Match Of The Day style the lowest scoring tie is left until last with Oxford Orange getting through against londonlads, Salah getting the only goal. Despite the congested scoring this Week there are no ties to be replayed in Week 13 so we already know the sixteen teams who will be going into the draw for Round 2.

TOTAL GOALS GAME

Of the eight teams who scored seven goals in the first Week of the Total Goals Game only Lancashire Rover were able to add more than two this Week to take an early outright lead. Five of the others (Mixmix, donnyvegas, Cheshire Town, fdringo and Magic Eight Balls) added two goals and now sit in joint second place on nine goals where they have been joined by Back to Back this Week’s leading goal scorers with four. With Lancashire Rover on their own at the top of the standings and PJ Auxerre equally lonely at the bottom, the spread has hardly increased at all after the second Week. In other words, when we return from the international break everyone will still be in it with a decent chance of taking the prize; assuming we get plenty of goals over the final few Weeks of the contest.

COMING UP NEXT WEEK

No Premier League matches over the next week or so which will no doubt give us more time to consider the future of the Golden Boot Game. Rather than that, though, the early resolution of the Round 1 ties affords the opportunity to make the draw for Round 2 before the busy December/January period gets started. Since the Second Round is scheduled for Week #15 we only have a couple of Weeks before we whittle the contenders down to the last eight. So I propose to publish the list of teams going into the draw in next week’s blog which will be available on Wednesday 21st November. We will then make the draw on Thursday 22nd November so that it will all be done and dusted by the time the Premier League returns on Saturday 24th.


Player Comments on the Blog

From: M1

at: 18:44 on 14 November 2018

When all is said and done this Golden Boot game is quite unique as it is... Any tweaking will have both a positive and negative outcome, so maybe we should just plod on and enjoy what we have..... This being a game that is open to all with good odds on winning at least one prize even without changing your selection!!!!

From: Cheshire Town

at: 20:16 on 14 November 2018

Well said M1i agree that the game does not need any changes however just for discussion how about if you could play a "joker" once a season. The joker when played would double your score/goals scored that week. Having said that still do not see need for change ynwa

From: M1

at: 20:38 on 14 November 2018

A joker brings back big smiles of "It's A Knock Out!!!" Our younger players may have to google that one up!! Nice comment Cheshire Town...

From: Cheshire Town

at: 21:11 on 14 November 2018

Showing my age now

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