Friday, September 2, 2011

The 2011-2012 Tempo-Free Gridiron

Normally around this time I'd be writing a post about the changes I've made to my system over the last year and how those will affect the rankings and predictions for the coming year. I say "normally" because even though I've done that periodically over the last two years, generally the TFG predictor has done well enough to stay just ahead of Eddie's RBA system. With success comes a degree of complacency, but that complacency has allowed me to go through and automate a lot of the day-to-day running of the blog by generating the predictions, rankings, and projections, and uploading that to the blog for the final tweaks.

Besides, it's fun to watch Eddie fume and rage about trying to wipe the grin off my face.

Instead during the off-season I spent most of my efforts trying to support the massive amount of content we're planning to churn out this coming season. A basic overhaul of the blog, better weekly projections, more informative rankings, complete per-conference projections, integration with our Twitter feed, improved game selection for our not one but two pick'ems (both for TotalFark members and for the public at large), an upcoming countdown of the best BCS champions of the last decade, a regular look at the remaining undefeated teams (as opposed to the occasional glance last year), and more behind-the-scenes work on making it easier for us to get this information to you.

So while I've been busy contributing to the common good here, Eddie's been focused on himself and flailing around trying to catch up to me. I'm not worried just yet, and probably won't be until near the end of the year. After all, last year he started out strong, only to flag down the home stretch.

Maybe in the meantime I can start putting together predictions for that other football league.