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Time to put on your thinking caps…

Posted by on Monday, 30 August, 2021


Make your 2021 season predictions below. Same rules as previous seasons. Entries must be submitted by midnight before the season opening game.

Please include (1) W/L predictions for each Steelers game, (2) season records for each team in the division, and (3) number of playoff wins. Any other predictions will be taken into consideration as tie breakers.

Copanut Reclaims Title for 2020 Season

Posted by on Tuesday, 26 January, 2021

Yes, it was a strange season with very high highs and very low lows, but one good thing came out of it: the Ballers’ Trophy comes back home to where it belongs. 
Here were the guesses on number of wins:

Steelers Rats Stains Bungles Playoffs
Actual 12 11 11 4 0
ESPN 12 12 7 7 0
MWalsh26 11 12 9 5 4
copanut 13 12 8 4 3
steelersfan58 11 12 0 0 4
tennbob 13 13 10 6 3
JAMESH 16 11 9 7 3
EstimatedProphet 10 12 6 5 2

Although we were all rooting for JAMESH to get the win (and it looked promising for 11 weeks) it just was not to be.

Here is the final tally of results, which is the difference between estimated and actual results. Low score wins:

Steelers Rats Stains Bungles Playoffs Total
Actual 12 11 11 4 0
ESPN 0 1 4 3 0 8
MWalsh26 1 1 2 1 4 9
copanut 1 1 3 0 3 8
steelersfan58 1 1 11 4 4 21
tennbob 1 2 1 2 3 9
JAMESH 4 0 2 3 3 12
EstimatedProphet 2 1 5 1 2 11

As you can see, copanut tied ESPN for the best prognostication. Although ESPN is the only entry that was exactly correct on the Steelers, copanut was closer with the Stains. Other differences cancelled out. MWalsh26 and tennbob were close behind with a score of 9. The dirty hippie might have won but failed to give guesses across the division and thus lost out. I gave him the courtesy of a guess for the Rats at 12 wins since he predicted they would finish ahead of the Steelers, but even that was not enough.

Better luck to all of us, in every way, for 2021.


Pittsburgh’s Mt. Rushmore

Posted by on Wednesday, 13 May, 2020

From The Athletic

My vote was for: Lemieux, Clemente, Greene, and Palmer. Monument to be erected on the backs of Honus Wagner, Josh Gibson, and The Chief, and a statue of Crosby gazing up. While we’re at it, maybe one of Troy Polamalu leaping over top of the whole lot of them, glorious mane flying in the wind…

Stay Vigilant

Posted by on Thursday, 26 March, 2020

Current confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the US, as of 3/25.  Be smart. Stay safe and distant.

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Bell and AB: But… but… but… it was all Ben’s fault!!

Posted by on Wednesday, 4 September, 2019

2019 Season Predictions

Posted by on Sunday, 25 August, 2019

Well I think we’ve seen enough of preseason to stake out our positions regarding season results, so let’s get to it.

It’s that time of year where Steel Ballers put their reputations on the line to make their season predictions. Let me remind you of the rules of engagement:


  1. Lowest score wins.
  2. Points are based on accuracy. An exact prediction yields zero points.
  3. Categories include:
    • Final regular season record for each AFCN team.
    • Divisional positioning of AFCN teams.
    • Number of Steelers playoff wins (first round bye counts as a win)
  4. Tie breaker: first, accuracy of game-by-game predictions, then earliest submission

If you are too lazy to provide predictions in any of the above categories, you will get maximum points for that category.

Predictions will be accepted until Midnight ET September 7. You may change your predictions up until that time without penalty.

Good luck!

RIP Darryl Drake

Posted by on Sunday, 11 August, 2019

Let’s Get Metaphysical, Metaphysical… Off Season Off Topic

Posted by on Tuesday, 2 July, 2019

Some feedback on alien visitations, in response to a chat inquiry… Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on Saturday, 8 June, 2019

Maybe not pretty but at least they’re clean.

2019 Draft Predictions Winner

Posted by on Sunday, 12 May, 2019

After bit of a delay due to traveling, I’m pleased to present the trophy to the winner of our 2019 Draft Predictions contest: Earl. Earl kicked major butt by correctly guessing 2 names and 4 position / round combinations, giving him 6 points – twice the points of our second place finisher MWalsh26 who nailed 2 named selection and 2 position / round combos. EstimatedProphet was the only other participant to hit on a named selection. Here are the final results:

Baller Name Pos/Round Trade Total
MWalsh26 2 2.0 0 4.0
Earl 2 4.0 0 6.0
copanut 0 2.5 0 2.5
malsor 0 1.0 0 1.0
steelerfan58 0 1.5 0 1.5
EstimatedProphet 1 2.0 0 3.0

In honor of Earl’s achievement I’m presenting a special version of the Steely McBeam trophy. Congratulations Earl!