2016 Steel Ball Trophy Winner

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Now that we’ve licked our wounds it’s time to crown the 2016 winner of the Steel Ball Trophy. After a satisfying run as reigning champion, copanut must step aside for this year’s winner: Army01. Army01 correctly predicted the Steelers’ wins in both regular season and postseason (11 and 2 respectively and was close enough in divisional predictions to hold the title.

Others are deserving of honorable mention. Abennihana and Tuskeegee_Brown both correctly predicted 11 wins for the Steelers. Tuskeegee_Brown and Malsor both correctly predicted two playoff wins, and malsor even correctly predicted a loss to the Patriots, and along with steelerfan58, correctly predicted the Rats would crawl to the finish with only 8 wins. Nobody foresaw the collapse of the Bengals, although copanut and kalel1199 were closest, while Army01 and mwalsh26 came closest in predicting the near perfect record of the Browns.

Rounding out the bottom were tompaulbillybob and chicosteelersfan, but to be fair it’s not because they are not good predictors. They lost a lot of points for areas where they failed to provide predictions and so got the lowest value by default. Lesson for next year: make sure you cover each category that is being measured.

Here are the results for posterity.

Raw data:

Name Steelers Rec Ravens Rec Bengals Rec Browns Rec Steelers Div Ravens Div Bengals Div Browns Div Playoff Wins
copanut 12 10 9 3 1 2 3 4 3
tompaulbillybob 12 1 4 2 3 3
steelerfan58 12 8 11 5 1 3 2 4 3
kalel1199 13 10 9 4 1 2 3 4 3
army01 11 9 10 2 1 3 2 4 2
tobiathan 12 10 10 9 1 2 2 4 3
malsor 10 8 10 3 1 3 1 4 2
mwalsh26 10 9 11 2 2 3 1 4 1
abennihana 11 9 10 3 1 3 2 4 1
tuskegee_brown 11 9 11 6 1 3 2 4 2
estimatedprophet 9 7 10 5 2 3 1 4 1
chicosteelersfan 12 3
ACTUAL 11 8 6 1 1 2 3 4 2

Scored and sorted results. Scores are the absolute difference between
predicted and actual results.

Name Steelers Rec Ravens Rec Bengals Rec Browns Rec Steelers Div Ravens Div Bengals Div Browns Div Playoff Wins Total
army01 0 1 4 1 0 1 1 0 0 8
copanut 1 2 3 2 0 0 0 0 1 9
malsor 1 0 4 2 0 1 2 0 0 10
abennihana 0 1 4 2 0 1 1 0 1 10
kalel1199 2 2 3 3 0 0 0 0 1 11
steelerfan58 1 0 5 4 0 1 1 0 1 13
mwalsh26 1 1 5 1 1 1 2 0 1 13
tuskegee_brown 0 1 5 5 0 1 1 0 0 13
estimatedprophet 2 1 4 4 1 1 2 0 1 16
tobiathan 1 2 4 8 0 0 1 0 1 17
tompaulbillybob 1 8 6 1 0 2 1 1 1 21
chicosteelersfan 1 8 6 1 1 2 3 4 1 27

7 Responses to “2016 Steel Ball Trophy Winner”

  1. Army01 Army01

    Thank you….thank you……what is that they say about blind squirrels? LOL…..and I am fairly certain my wife would not let me display the “trophy”!! Go Steelers!

    • copanut copanut

      I would be positively shocked if Mrs. Army does not appreciate the beauty of the trophy. It is a model of class and dignity.

  2. abennihana abennihana

    Copa cheated. He went back and changed his entry.

    • copanut copanut

      Considering that I lost I must not be a very good cheater. Well, even Palpatine doesn’t win every time, having lost two of his last three Super Bowls.

      • abennihana abennihana

        15 yard penalty for cheating.

  3. abennihana abennihana

    abennihana
    September 10, 2016 at 4:10 pm
    Prediction Actual
    L Week 01, Sep 12 7:10, at Redskins (Monday) W
    W Week 02, Sep 18 1:00, Bengals W
    W Week 03, Sep 25 4:25, at Eagles embarassing L
    W Week 04, Oct 02 8:30, Chiefs (SNF) triumphant W
    L Week 05, Oct 09 1:00, Jets W
    W Week 06, Oct 16 1:00, at Dolphins L
    W Week 07, Oct 23 4:25, Patriots L
    Week 08, BYE WEEK
    W Week 09, Nov 06 1:00, at Ravens L
    W Week 10, Nov 13 4:25, Cowboys horrifying L
    W Week 11, Nov 20 1:00, at Browns W
    L Week 12, Nov 24 8:30, at Colts (Thursday / Thanksgiving) W
    W Week 13, Dec 04 4:25, Giants W
    L Week 14, Dec 11 1:00, at Bills W
    L Week 15, Dec 18 8:30, at Bengals (SNF) W
    W Week 16, Dec 25 4:30, Ravens (Christmas) W
    W Week 17, Jan 01 1:00, Browns (New Year’s Day) W

    AFCN
    1) Steelers 11-5 11-5
    2) Bengals 10-6 6-9 Yes! Vanquished foe with sweep! We Dey!
    3) Ravens 9-7 8-8 Piss off, John Harbaugh.
    4) Browns 3-13 1-15 and may have overacheived relative to talent.

    Steelers win AFCN, #2 Seed in the playoffs, go 1-1 in the postseason, losing in the AFC Championship Game. Copa screwed me out of at least half a point here. I correctly predicted the Steelers would lose in the AFCCG. Underestimated, the record of the AFCW champion by believing they would beat each other up. SD sucked and Denver’s O was a bust.

    Opponent Win Totals:
    Baltimore 9 8
    Cincinnati 10 6
    Cleveland 3 1
    Washington 9 8-7-1
    Philadelphia 5 7-9
    Kansas City 9 12-4
    NY Jets 10 5-11 Jets, the cliff was right there. All you had to do was stay away from it.
    Miami 9 10-6
    New England 11 14-2. I think that 11 game prediction was wishful thinking surrounding Brady missing 4 games.
    Dallas 6 13-3 well, that came out of nowhere.
    Indianapolis 9 8-8 Andrew Luck, playing in the worst division in the NFL, continues to confound.
    NY Giants 8
    Buffalo 7

    • abennihana abennihana

      NY Giants 8 11-5
      Buffalo 7 7-9


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