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RandoEFC

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  1. Any doubt (if there was any ) over our trophy drought extending to a 28th domestic season in a row well and truly ended with that draw.
  2. A proper colourful update above! Again, apologies for the slack standards compared to the usual write-ups. Like I said, work is mental and I'm also enjoying a new relationship so neither of those are particularly conducive to the one-day midweek turnaround required to run this for a World Cup! Thanks for taking part to those that have been eliminated. I think the new rule has forced a lot of people into taking early risks! And good luck to the final four.
  3. It's down to @Dan, @Viva la FCB, @Machado and @N U F C. Fixtures for the third round: Make sure you don't make a repeat pick!
  4. Work has been insane this week so sorry about the not proper update but the following people have survived the first round: @Beelzebub @Viva la FCB @6666 @N U F C @Redcanuck @Dan @DeadLinesman @Machado @...Dan @Michael @Storts The fixtures this time around: Wales - Iran Qatar - Senegal Netherlands - Ecuador England - USA Tunisia - Australia Poland - Saudi Arabia France - Denmark Argentina - Mexico Japan - Costa Rica Belgium - Morocco Croatia - Canada Spain - Germany Cameroon - Serbia South Korea - Ghana Brazil - Switzerland Portugal - Uruguay Good luck and remember not to pick the same team again!
  5. Special goal that. Very Richarlison to turn up and bag a brace at the World Cup after not scoring in a league game yet this season.
  6. Still chance to enter Round 1 with these fixtures remaining to choose from - last chance though!
  7. The Hamilton-Russell dynamic is certainly going to be interesting. You can't sniff at the fact that George beat Lewis in the standings and won the team's only race of the season. However, Hamilton actually out-performed Russell for most of the season. Dropped a lot of points after a sloppy start but then generally had the better of him for most of the year. By that point, though, the car was miles clear of the midfield and Lewis was only scratching back a few points over George for finishing a place or two above him in the top six. It's going to be difficult for them if they're in a championship fight with Red Bull, for example. Perez simply won't take points off Max on a regular basis but Lewis and George will. I think Lewis tones down his mistakes and finds more consistency when he has a championship-contending car and therefore something to lose from going all out for a win/podium. He would beat George over the course of the year in these circumstances but not every weekend, and those weekends could cost him a title against Max. Depends what the competitive order looks like though. Mercedes may have improved in the back end of the season and nicked a win, but as things stand, they still have a long, long way to go to catch Red Bull for next year.
  8. Is there anywhere the rule changes are detailed for next season? I don't think I know of a single one. Usually the competitive order won't change much if there are barely any rule changes. Unless there's a team who came across an entirely new concept for their car during 2022 and need months to put it into practice. Most teams will go for evolution rather than revolution with their cars in these circumstances so Max and Red Bull will be clear favourites for next year as well.
  9. Results - Abu Dhabi Grand Prix The Predictions League reached its conclusion this weekend after the chequered flag at the final Grand Prix of 2022! After a couple of lean weekends, the group returned to form this weekend with a more predictable set of results. Max Verstappen's return to pole position on Saturday gave everyone aside from @nudge 5 points to start the weekend, as Lewis Hamilton missed his last opportunity to continue his run of securing at least one pole position in every F1 season since he was a rookie. The podium predictions were characterised by an over-reliance on Mercedes to continue their form following their 1-2 in Brazil, with almost everyone backing at least one of Hamilton or Russell to make the rostrum, to no avail. @RandoEFC, @Coma, @OrangeKhrush, @DeadLinesman and @Whiskey all backed the pole-win double for Max Verstappen, with @Tommy, @Stan and @nudge picking up 2 consolation points for putting him elsewhere on the podium. Title-chasing @RandoEFC and @Tommy picked up a further 5 points for placing Sergio Perez in third place, but the major spoils go to @Coma here. The only man to back a Ferrari for a podium finish at all, @Coma actually rounds off the season with a perfectly predicted top three, scoring him a total of 20 points. The limited faith in Ferrari to return to form this weekend was reflected in the random driver category, with nobody predicting a top four finish for Carlos Sainz. His 4th placed finish sees @RandoEFC, @Tommy, @OrangeKhrush, @DeadLinesman and @Whiskey score a couple of points each for going joint-closest with 5th. Finally, @Coma and @DeadLinesman called the bonus question correctly, with Daniel Ricciardo's 9th placed finish meaning that he finished highest out of the drivers not due to be on the grid for next season. Another 5 points each for them. Results - Pre-Season Predictions Below are the results for the various predictions made in pre-season, with a potential total of 90 points up for grabs! Starting with the championship winners, there was 20 points available for each of the Drivers' and Constructors' champions, and 10 points available for picking a driver or team finishing 2nd or 3rd. @DeadLinesman and @Whiskey take a hit here, their Hamilton/Mercedes combination only bagging them 10 points out of a possible 40. @Tommy's Leclerc/Ferrari combo scores him a total of 20 points, whereas @RandoEFC, @Coma, @nudge and @OrangeKhrush score 30 each for a correct Drivers' Champion and Ferrari or Mercedes in the Constructors' top three. The major spoils go to @Stan here, though, who scores the full 40 points for backing Verstappen and Red Bull to wrap up both championships. @Stan's good form continues into the "Drivers to Win a Race" category. Predicting the lowest number of everyone with 5 drivers, @Stan was already on track to pick up 5 points for coming closest until George Russell broke the Mercedes duck in Brazil, turning his prediction into a full 10-pointer. In the "Constructors to Score a Podium" category, scepticism about the competitive nature of the 2022 season was rewarded again, @DeadLinesman picking up a vital 10 points in the close title fight for being the only one to predict just four teams to score a podium. Nobody predicted that Carlos Sainz would have the most retirements throughout the season with six, so 5 points go to those who chose the next highest driver. There was a three-way tie between Alonso, Albon and Magnussen, on four retirements each, heading into the final weekend, but a fifth retirement for Fernando Alonso in Abu Dhabi put his nose ahead of the others, meaning that @Tommy and @nudge both pick up the 5 point consolation prize. The team mate qualifying battles largely cancel each other out. Each one was worth 2 points and there was little variation in people's picks, so this will be re-worked for next season if we run this Prediction League again, but a shout out to @Whiskey here who got closest to a full house, calling 9 out of the 10 match-ups correctly. F1 Predictions League 2022 - Final Standings Congratulations to @DeadLinesman, who wins the Predictions League with a margin of 7 points following a solid score in the final race and a healthy lead that he has sustained throughout most of the season. @RandoEFC wins out over @Tommy in the season-long battle for 2nd place, with the differing Drivers' Championship picks proving to be a decisive factor here. @Coma's bumper 30-point score at the last race, the joint highest for the whole season, sees him come from nowhere to claim 4th place ahead of @nudge and @Whiskey, the latter suffering badly when the pre-season predictions were calculated. @Stan's 66-point haul from these categories was the highest by far, and enabled him to overtake @OrangeKhrush in the battle for 7th. Thanks to all who took part this season! Hopefully it added some spice to a fairly processional F1 season. I'm sure we'll talk about whether to do the same thing or try something else for 2023.
  10. Gone kind of numb to this between confirmation of Qatar getting the tournament in the first place and now, but it's dawned on me again over the past few days and weeks that it's a total disgrace that it's being hosted in this country. FIFA really is an odious institution, rotten to the core. That press conference Infantino did the other day, I only saw clips of it but it's surreal. I'll still watch it of course, at least when I'm not busy. I don't know if anyone's got a "well you're just as bad and if you feel strongly about it then you should boycott it" up their sleeve but if so, save it. There's nothing any of us can do about FIFA or Qatar. Sometimes you just have to say life's too short and watch the footie.
  11. Another bump before the first game starts. Remember you can enter with a pick after the first games have been and gone, you'll just be choosing from a smaller pool of fixtures. Deadline is the end of the first set of games.
  12. Last race, hopefully we get some sort of interest here because this track is usually a total procession. Last year's track changes did seem to help a bit to be fair, even before the Masi drama, so here's hoping.
  13. A shame for Mick Schumacher. The Hulkenberg appointment is underwhelming but it's also hard to make a compelling case for Mick. He's been unlucky a few times but hasn't helped himself too often either. I do think he'll probably get another chance with a Williams or Sauber type team if he's determined to.
  14. Pole Position - Who will do the fastest lap in Q3? Verstappen The Podium - Who will finish the race in 1st, 2nd and 3rd? Verstappen, Hamilton, Perez Random Driver - Guess the finishing position of this week's random driver, Carlos Sainz. (All of the drivers have been put back into the hat for the last two races now that they've all been up once). 5th Bonus Question - As Sebastian Vettel, Daniel Ricciardo, Mick Schumacher and Nicolas Latifi face what could be each of their final races in Formula 1, which of these drivers will finish the highest on Sunday? Mick Schumacher
  15. Predictions - Abu Dhabi Grand Prix It's the last race! Below are your predictions for Abu Dhabi. The deadline for predictions is the start of qualifying on Saturday! You have until then to submit and amend your predictions. @RandoEFC @Tommy @Coma @Stan @nudge @OrangeKhrush @MUFC @DeadLinesman @Whiskey. Pole Position - Who will do the fastest lap in Q3? The Podium - Who will finish the race in 1st, 2nd and 3rd? Random Driver - Guess the finishing position of this week's random driver, Carlos Sainz. (All of the drivers have been put back into the hat for the last two races now that they've all been up once). Bonus Question - As Sebastian Vettel, Daniel Ricciardo, Mick Schumacher and Nicolas Latifi face what could be each of their final races in Formula 1, which of these drivers will finish the highest on Sunday? Good luck!
  16. Three Championship stadiums, very inclusive.
  17. Some quick projections ahead of the finale based on the current season predictions: @DeadLinesman is on track for 298 points + his Abu Dhabi score. @RandoEFC is on track for 286 points + his Abu Dhabi score. @Tommy is on track for 280 points + his Abu Dhabi score. With the championships, top threes, qualifying battles all settled, there isn't much left that can shift, between the top three at least, in the season standings. The main thing is that if a Constructor other than Mercedes, Ferrari, Red Bull or McLaren scores a podium, it will cost DeadLinesman 10 points as he predicted 4 Constructors to score podiums this season, making it a lot closer between the top three. This is an unlikely scenario though. There are a few scenarios where DeadLinesman or Tommy or both could lose 5 of the points they are currently projected through the Most Retirements pick. In all likelihood, though, the points above plus the scores from the last Grand Prix are what we're dealing with in terms of a champion.
  18. Results - Brazilian Grand Prix Immediately following the Mexican Grand Prix, which was the lowest scoring weekend of the season, the Brazilian Grand Prix blows it out of the water without a single person making into double figures. Unsurprisingly, nobody predicted a pole position for Kevin Magnussen in the Haas, and nobody predicted a race victory for George Russell. @Tommy was, in fact, the only person to predict a top three finish for F1's latest Grand Prix winner at all, and scored a healthy 7 points for his podium predictions as he, along with @RandoEFC, pick up 5 points each for Hamilton's 2nd place. @DeadLinesman was the only other predictor to make a 5 point pick for Carlos Sainz in 3rd place. @Coma, @Stan, @OrangeKhrush and @Whiskey all picked up 2 points for putting Lewis Hamilton in the wrong slot in their top three, while @nudge sadly failed to pick up any points for her podium prediction. Pierre Gasly was the first driver to be drawn as the random driver for a second time this season. His 14th-placed finish was more disappointing than anyone dared predict, with @nudge and @OrangeKhrush picking up 2 consolation points each for getting closest with P12. Finally, @nudge was the only person to call the bonus question right, with not one but two changes for the lead occurring on track during the Sprint Race, Max Verstappen relieving Kevin Magnussen of his early lead before being shuffled down the order himself by George Russell. 5 points for @nudge here take her to the position of joint top-scorer this week despite scoring nothing for her regular Pole and Podium predictions! As you'd expect in a low-scoring week such as this one, the table sees minimal change. @DeadLinesman retains his lead at the top, while @Tommy and @RandoEFC swap yet again in the next two positions, and remain separated by just a single point. @Coma and @OrangeKhrush have the closest points battle going into the final race, but remember that the season predictions could shake up the table significantly when they are calculated after the season finale. Abu Dhabi predictions will be up tomorrow.
  19. Tagging everyone taking part in this season's Last Man Standing League. Everyone else is welcome too, of course! @nudge @Dan @Michael @Beelzebub @Redcanuck @Whiskey @Stan @DeadLinesman @The Liquidator @Viva la FCB @Tommy @RandoEFC @Rick @Rucksackfranzose @N U F C @Pyfish @CaaC (John) @Storts @Bluewolf @Lucas @...Dan @6666 The rules here are largely the same as any Last Man Standing competition. You pick a team you think will win from each set of fixtures and if they manage it, you progress, otherwise, you're out, and you may not back the same team more than once throughout the tournament. There will be some sort of tie breaker for the final round if necessary. There is one major difference to previous knockout formats. If you get to the Semi-Finals of the World Cup, for instance, and you have already used all four remaining teams to get that far, you are eliminated. Bear this in mind when making your early picks! Will you take the safer routes in the early rounds, or will you plan several games in advance and try to hold back a winner all the way to the World Cup Final? Preview - Gameweek One Below is the opening set of fixtures, starting on Sunday. Qatar vs Ecuador England vs Iran Senegal vs Netherlands United States vs Wales Argentina vs Saudi Arabia Denmark vs Tunisia Mexico vs Poland France vs Australia Morocco vs Croatia Germany vs Japan Spain vs Costa Rica Belgium vs Canada Switzerland vs Cameroon Uruguay vs Korea Republic Portugal vs Ghana Brazil vs Serbia My pick for Gameweek One is Argentina. Good luck!
  20. Here are the standings for this season with two rounds completed. With victory in the first round and a healthy runner-up spot in Round Two, @nudge has a solid six-point lead at the top of the standings. @Dan is her closest competitor with a pair of top three finishes, but nobody else has more than half as many points as our leader.
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