• Greg Viehman won the 2013 and 2015 pools! And his son won in 2017.
  • Larry Eder won the 2016 season pool and David Mueller won in 2014.
  • Historically, weeks 5 thru 7 have the most upsets and weeks 12 -13 the least.
  • Double-Down Sunday: pick 2 or more games - but you must win all you pick. Week 17 only.
  • 2014 - Week #10 produced an amazing 10 upsets out of 14 games played
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Week 2 - the beat goes on

September 18, 2018

7 upsets and another tie. We picked all but one (Tennessee over Houston) - but that was the game with no line until late in the week.

34 players and 18 came away with points. We're doing well so far this season.

Our big winners were Kurt Negwer, Dale Howard and Dave Fellwock - each got 20.5 points for the Indy Colts upset of the Redskins.

Here is the completed slate and the results list.

    Week 2 (2018)              
Score   Underdog     Game Day Spread Margin Bonus Total #/picks WINNERS
34 23 1 CINCINNATI BENGALS  vs  Baltimore Ravens   (Thur) 1 11   12 1 1
0 34 12 Arizona Cardinals  at  LOS ANGELES RAMS  (Sun)       0 2  
18 21 9 Cleveland Browns  at  NEW ORLEANS SAINTS  (Sun)       0 1  
20 31 7 BUFFALO BILLS  vs  Los Angeles Chargers   (Sun)       0 0  
24 31 6 Carolina Panthers  at  ATLANTA FALCONS  (Sun)       0 5  
21 9 6 Indianapolis Colts  at  WASHINGTON REDSKINS  (Sun) 6 12 2.5 20.5 3 3
27 30 5.5 Detroit Lions  at  SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS  (Sun)       0 2  
19 20 5.5 Oakland Raiders  at  DENVER BRONCOS  (Sun)       0 3  
42 37 5 Kansas City Chiefs  at  PITTSBURGH STEELERS  (Sun) 5 5 2.5 12.5 6 6
20 12 3 Miami Dolphins  at  NEW YORK JETS  (Sun) 3 8 2.5 13.5 1 1
27 21 3 TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS  vs  Philadelphia Eagles   (Sun) 3 6   9 2 2
13 20 3 New York Giants  at  DALLAS COWBOYS  (Sun)       0 2  
31 20 2 JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS  vs  New England Patriots   (Sun) 2 11   13 2 2
29 29 1 GREEN BAY PACKERS  vs  Minnesota Vikings   (Sun) 1     1 3 3
20 17 1 TENNESSEE TITANS  vs  Houston Texans   (Sun) 1 3   4 0 0
17 24 3 Seattle Seahawks  at  CHICAGO BEARS  (Mon)       0 1  
                    Total --> 34 18

 

Points  "Your name" Team Choose UNDERDOG 2018 WEEK TWO
20.5 Kurt Negwer   6 point spread => (underdog) Indianapolis Colts at WASHINGTON REDSKINS (Sun)
20.5 Dale Howard   6 point spread => (underdog) Indianapolis Colts at WASHINGTON REDSKINS (Sun)
20.5 David P Fellwock   6 point spread => (underdog) Indianapolis Colts at WASHINGTON REDSKINS (Sun)
13.5 Dan Eagan omega 3 point spread => (underdog) Miami Dolphins at NEW YORK JETS (Sun)
13 josh v   2 point spread => (underdog) JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS vs New England Patriots  (Sun)
13 Larry Eder 2 2 point spread => (underdog) JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS vs New England Patriots  (Sun)
12.5 Tom blight   5 point spread => (underdog) Kansas City Chiefs at PITTSBURGH STEELERS (Sun)
12.5 David Jones   5 point spread => (underdog) Kansas City Chiefs at PITTSBURGH STEELERS (Sun)
12.5 evan v   5 point spread => (underdog) Kansas City Chiefs at PITTSBURGH STEELERS (Sun)
12.5 Steve Rosenfeld   5 point spread => (underdog) Kansas City Chiefs at PITTSBURGH STEELERS (Sun)
12.5 Joni Erickson   5 point spread => (underdog) Kansas City Chiefs at PITTSBURGH STEELERS (Sun)
12.5 Janice Martin   5 point spread => (underdog) Kansas City Chiefs at PITTSBURGH STEELERS (Sun)
12 Larry Erickson   1 point spread => (underdog) CINCINNATI BENGALS vs Baltimore Ravens  (Thur)
9 Kyle Kurtzeborn   3 point spread => (underdog) TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS vs Philadelphia Eagles  (Sun)
9 Larry Eder 1 3 point spread => (underdog) TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS vs Philadelphia Eagles  (Sun)
1 Ryan Carter   1 point spread => (underdog) GREEN BAY PACKERS vs Minnesota Vikings  (Sun)
1 Nathan Rosenfeld   1 point spread => (underdog) GREEN BAY PACKERS vs Minnesota Vikings  (Sun)
1 Ashley Rosenfeld   1 point spread => (underdog) GREEN BAY PACKERS vs Minnesota Vikings  (Sun)
  dave drury   12 point spread => (underdog) Arizona Cardinals at LOS ANGELES RAMS (Sun)
  Dorothy Becker   12 point spread => (underdog) Arizona Cardinals at LOS ANGELES RAMS (Sun)
  Greg Viehman   3 point spread => (underdog) New York Giants at DALLAS COWBOYS (Sun)
  Lafayette braxton   3 point spread => (underdog) New York Giants at DALLAS COWBOYS (Sun)
  Dan Eagan alpha 3 point spread => (underdog) Seattle Seahawks at CHICAGO BEARS (Mon)
  Joe Martin   5.5 point spread => (underdog) Detroit Lions at SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (Sun)
  Tom Jennings   5.5 point spread => (underdog) Detroit Lions at SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (Sun)
  paula v   5.5 point spread => (underdog) Oakland Raiders at DENVER BRONCOS (Sun)
  Mike Timpe   5.5 point spread => (underdog) Oakland Raiders at DENVER BRONCOS (Sun)
  Norm Koch   5.5 point spread => (underdog) Oakland Raiders at DENVER BRONCOS (Sun)
  David Mueller   6 point spread => (underdog) Carolina Panthers at ATLANTA FALCONS (Sun)
  Matt Koch   6 point spread => (underdog) Carolina Panthers at ATLANTA FALCONS (Sun)
  carl beck   6 point spread => (underdog) Carolina Panthers at ATLANTA FALCONS (Sun)
  Stephen Gehner   6 point spread => (underdog) Carolina Panthers at ATLANTA FALCONS (Sun)
  Rick Mueller   6 point spread => (underdog) Carolina Panthers at ATLANTA FALCONS (Sun)
  Kyle Gehner   9 point spread => (underdog) Cleveland Browns at NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (Sun)

Leader Board - Week #2

23 players have gotten on the board. 13 are still winless. Here are our leaders:

First Last Team Total Week 1 Week 2
Dan  Eagan Omega 54 40.5 13.5
Dave  Fellwock   36.5 16 20.5
Josn  Viehman   35 22 13
Dave  Jones   28.5 16 12.5
Janice  Martin   28.5 16 12.5
Tom  Blight   28.5 16 12.5
Steve  Rosenfeld   28.5 16 12.5
Joni  Erickson   28.5 16 12.5
Larry  Erickson   28 16 12
Larry  Eder 1 25 16 9
Nathan  Rosenfeld   23 22 1
Dale  Howard   20.5 0 20.5
Kurt Negwer   20.5   20.5
Lynn  Zond   20 20  
Skip  Beck   16.5 16.5 0
Kyle  Gehner   16 16 0
Steve  Gehner   16 16 0
Kyle  Kurtzeborn   15 6 9
Larry  Eder 2 13 0 13
Evan  Viehman   12.5 0 12.5
Lafayette  Braxton   6 6 0
Ashley  Rosenfeld   1 0 1
Ryan Carter   1 0 1

A blank in a week indicates no pick was made. It becomes a tie-breaker if needed.


Week 1 - 2018 The Week That Was

What a great weekend to kickoff the new season - our 6th. There were 5 upsets (as a group we picked 4) and one tie. There were also 4 near upsets.

34 entries were posted for this week, and 17 were awarded points. We have 6 new players who made their initial pick this week and 4 walked away with points and there was a near miss:

  • Kyle Kurtzeborn and Lafayette Braxton received the spread for the Cleveland-Pittsburgh tie (they were the only ones to pick this game)
  • Kyle Gehner scored the KC upset over LA Chargers, along with 9 seasoned veterans, including his proud father, Steve Gehner
  • Lynn Zond was the only one to pick the Tampa Bay upset over the Saints
  • Pastor Dan Johnson was the only person with the choice of the Bears over the Packers - but Aaron Rodgers spoiled his debut. You gave it the old college try, Pastor - but this is the PROS!!

 Here is our summary slate:

    Week 1 (2018)              
Score Spread Underdog     Game Day Spread Margin Bonus Total #/picks WINNERS
12 18 3 Atlanta Falcons  at  PHILADELPHIA EAGLES THUR       0 4  
3 47 7 Buffalo Bills  at  BALTIMORE RAVENS SUN       0    
34 23 3 Cincinnati Bengals  at  INDIANAPOLIS COLTS SUN 3 11 2.5 16.5 1 1
20 27 6 Houston Texans  at  NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS SUN       0 1  
15 20 3 NEW YORK GIANTS vs Jacksonville Jaguars SUN       0    
21 21 6 CLEVELAND BROWNS vs Pittsburgh Steelers SUN 6     6 2 2
16 24 6 San Francisco 49ers  at  MINNESOTA VIKINGS SUN       0 1  
48 40 9.5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers  at  NEW ORLEANS SAINTS SUN 9.5 8 2.5 20 1 1
27 20 1.5 MIAMI DOLPHINS vs Tennessee Titans SUN 1.5 7   8.5   0
38 28 3.5 Kansas City Chiefs  at  LOS ANGELES CHARGERS SUN 3.5 10 2.5 16 10 10
8 16 3 Dallas Cowboys  at  CAROLINA PANTHERS SUN       0 3  
24 27 3 Seattle Seahawks  at  DENVER BRONCOS SUN       0 2  
24 6 1.5 Washington Redskins  at  ARIZONA CARDINALS SUN 1.5 18 2.5 22 2 2
23 24 7.5 Chicago Bears  at  GREEN BAY PACKERS SUN       0 1  
48 17 7 New York Jets  at  DETROIT LIONS MON 7 31 2.5 40.5 1 1
13 33 5 OAKLAND RAIDERS vs Los Angeles Rams MON       0 5  
                    Total --> 34 17

Here is our roster of entries for the week:

 "Your name" Team Points Choose UNDERDOG 2018 WEEK ONE
Dan Eagan omega 40.5 7 point spread => (underdog) New York Jets at DETROIT LIONS (Mon)
Josh V   22 1.5 point spread => (underdog) Washington Redskins at ARIZONA CARDINALS (Sun)
Nathan Rosenfeld   22 1.5 point spread => (underdog) Washington Redskins at ARIZONA CARDINALS (Sun)
Lynn Zond   20 9.5 point spread => (underdog) Tampa Bay Buccaneers at NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (Sun)
carl beck   16.5 3 point spread => (underdog) Cincinnati Bengals at INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (Sun)
David Jones   16 3.5 point spread => (underdog) Kansas City Chiefs at LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (Sun)
David P Fellwock   16 3.5 point spread => (underdog) Kansas City Chiefs at LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (Sun)
Janice Martin   16 3.5 point spread => (underdog) Kansas City Chiefs at LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (Sun)
Joni Erickson   16 3.5 point spread => (underdog) Kansas City Chiefs at LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (Sun)
Kyle Gehner   16 3.5 point spread => (underdog) Kansas City Chiefs at LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (Sun)
Larry Eder 1 16 3.5 point spread => (underdog) Kansas City Chiefs at LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (Sun)
Larry Erickson   16 3.5 point spread => (underdog) Kansas City Chiefs at LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (Sun)
Stephen Gehner   16 3.5 point spread => (underdog) Kansas City Chiefs at LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (Sun)
Steve Rosenfeld   16 3.5 point spread => (underdog) Kansas City Chiefs at LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (Sun)
Tom blight   16 3.5 point spread => (underdog) Kansas City Chiefs at LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (Sun)
Kyle Kurtzeborn   6 6 point spread => (underdog) CLEVELAND BROWNS vs Pittsburgh Steelers  (Sun)
Lafayette Braxton   6 6 point spread => (underdog) CLEVELAND BROWNS vs Pittsburgh Steelers  (Sun)
Ashley Rosenfeld     3 point spread => (underdog) Atlanta Falcons at PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (Thur)
Dale Howard     6 point spread => (underdog) Houston Texans at NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (Sun)
Dan Eagan alpha   3 point spread => (underdog) Atlanta Falcons at PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (Thur)
Dan Johnson     7.5 point spread => (underdog) Chicago Bears at GREEN BAY PACKERS (Sun)
dave drury     3 point spread => (underdog) Dallas Cowboys at CAROLINA PANTHERS (Sun)
David Mueller     6 point spread => (underdog) San Francisco 49ers at MINNESOTA VIKINGS (Sun)
Dorothy Becker     3 point spread => (underdog) Seattle Seahawks at DENVER BRONCOS (Sun)
evan v     3 point spread => (underdog) Dallas Cowboys at CAROLINA PANTHERS (Sun)
Greg V     3 point spread => (underdog) Seattle Seahawks at DENVER BRONCOS (Sun)
Joe Martin     5 point spread => (underdog) OAKLAND RAIDERS vs Los Angeles Rams (Mon)
Larry Eder 2   5 point spread => (underdog) OAKLAND RAIDERS vs Los Angeles Rams (Mon)
Matt Koch     3 point spread => (underdog) Atlanta Falcons at PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (Thur)
Mike Timpe     5 point spread => (underdog) OAKLAND RAIDERS vs Los Angeles Rams (Mon)
paula v     3 point spread => (underdog) Atlanta Falcons at PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (Thur)
Rick Mueller     5 point spread => (underdog) OAKLAND RAIDERS vs Los Angeles Rams (Mon)
Ryan Carter     3 point spread => (underdog) Dallas Cowboys at CAROLINA PANTHERS (Sun)
Tom Jennings     5 point spread => (underdog) OAKLAND RAIDERS vs Los Angeles Rams (Mon)

 

 


God's Chosen Pool - Year #6

September 4, 2018

This is our sixth year.

Year 1 was won by Greg Viehman [186.5 points] - and American Cancer Society received $220.

Year 2 was won by David Mueller [170.5 points].He contributed the prize pool ($300) to the Atonement Endowment Fund.

Year 3 was won by Greg Viehman (again) [153 points] - and American Cancer Society received $165.

Year 4 was won by Larry Eder [141 points] - and Gateway Pet Guardians received $225.

Year 5 was won by Josh Viehman - and American Cancer Society received $195.

 

A warning to all players.In order to allow those making multiple picks to enter their separate cards withot having to log out, there is a submit button AND a checkout button. You need to hit both to register your pick.  Good Luck!

(The submit button records the pick and then allows you to make a second pick (or more) before you hit the CHECKOUT button).

If you want to have a second pick, please let us know you are willing to pay a second entry fee -- and then use the team names field to differentiate. Dan Eagan, for example, has had an "ALPHA" team and an "OMEGA" team.


Attention Visitors

September 4, 2018

This football pool is named "God's Chosen Pool" for two reasons. The primary reason - every penny taken in is donated to charitable causes. The other reason - God loves underdogs - and that's all this pool looks to highlight.

The pool is based on a 50/50 concept. Half the charitable donation made by the benefactor is used by the organization that is 'selling' entries. The other half goes into the prize pool - where the pool winner selects the charity.

The pool is a cumulative score for the entire season. Each week that a player simply picks an underdog that wins, they score the margin of victory, the spread (as published in our entry page drop-down menu) and a kicker of 2.5 points for a road victory.

A tie score earns the spread.

The final weekend is called "double-down" weekend. A player can select more than 1 game, however, the player must be correct in all games selected -- all or nothing.

Picks can be made up until kickoff of the game being picked. Unlike fantasy football, this pool does not require much analysis to be successful. And, it is far more fun to root for a team if you have 'bet' on them.

God's Chosen Pool is administered by the Men's Club of Atonement Lutheran Church (Florissant, MO). If you (your organization) would have an interest in participating, please contact Steve Rosenfeld (strosenfeldstl@yahoo.com).


from the commish

September 1, 2018
 
 
 
You've already done the good deed and your donation is already at work doing God's work.
 
Now is the time for you to have some fun.
 
Play as often as you would like or skip any week you can't manage to play. All you need to do is log in and pick your underdog before the game begins.
 
For those of you who understand the football betting lines, we will use the Yahoo Sports line published on Tuesday. That means, that if Yahoo Sports says on Tuesday that the Chiefs will lose by 6 points to the Patriots - then the Chiefs are the official underdogs that week. If Tom Brady (the Patriots quarterback) should get injured in practice Thursday and be unable to play that weekend, then the Chiefs are still 6-point underdogs for our pool - even if on game day every sports line in the world has the Chiefs favored by a touchdown!
 
In order for us to prepare the website for entry - we ask that you hold off making entries until Wednesday. The full week's schedule will be posted - and all you need to do is select your game. You will get an e-mail inviting you to make your selection when the website is ready.
 
The entry form has five fields.
1.       Your name.
2.       Your team name (some people are playing multiple times - like I am picking for my grandchildren or paying for them and having them tell me who they want to win). This field is not required for other players.
3.       Your pick for the week. All games will be displayed and the underdog will be identified first.  The home team is in CAPS. Just click on your game selection - you are picking that underdog to win..
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We may also be making some additional changes to the website during the season, trying to make it a more informative experience.
 
There will be one winner of this year's pool. We hope that in future years, more people will join in and have some fun, while doing God's good work. If we reach more than 100 players, there will be a second winner. We thank you all for your participation this year.
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