I'll tell you what happened. AStar was on a tear for the first nine games, scoring in each of them. The top of the podium AND the year's first 10-pick week were well in his grasp. Until...


Norwich's 1-0 victory took all that away from poor AStar, as Captain Kirk 3 warped the Enterprise NOR-1701 in at the last moment with the clever pick of the week and landed in first place for the week by the skin of his teeth.

Week 27 (click for spreadsheet)

Points IKTS
Captain Kirk 3 13 2
Astar 13 1
hansdampf 10 1
Sam5001 10 1
unclf14 8 1
AndrewMain 8 0
jellomon 8 0
HoodRiverDuck 6 0
Philly37 6 0
T.Coolguy 6 0
SteakBaller 5 0
sluellwitz 4 1

So yeah, Captain Kirk, AStar, hansdampf and Sam5001 are all crowded up there. Good job.

CLEVER PICK OF THE WEEK: Ck3 and Sam5001 pciked Norwich 1-0 over Tottenham, which really should have won the wishful thinking pick of the week, too, except that I've saved that for the truly bizarre.

CRISIS PICK OF THE WEEK: jellomon and CK3 value Marouane Chamakh extremly highly, and thought he'd lead Palace to victory over some other, much lesser ex-Arsenal striker's club this week. C'est la vie.

Philly37 WISHFUL THINKING PICK OF THE WEEK: Required math, and Philly37's 576-πr^2 pick in the Cardiff-Hull stinker match of the week might have scored him points...IF the radius of the circle in question had been greater than sqrt(576/π). But I checked, and it totally wasn't. So he'll just have to settle for taking home his own award again.

Season Standings

Points IKTS
HoodRiverDuck 250 31
hansdampf 246 29
sluellwitz 229 29
SteakBaller 226 26
silverace99 223 25
Scrupio 222 27
jellomon 220 25
Captain Kirk 3 220 24
Astar 215 23
AndrewMain 213 25
T.Coolguy 208 18
Adnan Ilyas 205 23
Philly37 147 17
Sam5001 140 16
PowderedDonut 123 15
bmasson11 105 10
rzor 90 10
LePrince 33 4
Harold Harpoon 25 3
bearcatcardfan 16 1
unclf14 14 2
DJ Holm 8 0

I'm afraid it's looking more like a two-horse race, but if someone goes all Steakballer on us for a few weeks, you never know. Plus, there are the imaginary European IKTS slots to vie for! If only we knew some IKTS people at SBN's FC Chornomorets Odesa site, we could arrange this. Hold on, the fairy editor that lives on my shoulder is whispering something to me.

Huh. Apparently there are no Ukrainian soccer SBN sites. Seriously, SBN? You guys need to step up your game.

IKTS Cup Sponsored by TSF Industries Standings

Points IKTS
sluellwitz 20 4
PowderedDonut 17 4
HoodRiverDuck 16 4
SteakBaller 15 3
Scrupio 15 2
Astar 14 3
hansdampf 14 1
AndrewMain 13 3
silverace99 13 2
Philly37 12 3
Adnan Ilyas 12 2
Captain Kirk 3 11 1
T.Coolguy 10 2
Sam5001 10 1
jellomon 9 1
bmasson11 5 1
rzor 2 0
LePrince 2 0
Harold Harpoon 2 0
bearcatcardfan 2 0
DJ Holm 1 0
unclf14 0 0

No change this week, but we get superhot double cup action again next week!

On to the (abbreviated) fixture list! Thankfully we lost in the League Cup, so we can watch one of the matches that matter this week!

Week 27 (all times Eastern):
Saturday, March 1:
Stoke vs Arsenal, 10am, NBCSN
Everton vs West Ham, 10am, Premier League Extra Time
Fulham vs Chelsea, 10am, Premier League Extra Time
Hull vs Newcastle, 10am, Premier League Extra Time
Southampton vs Liverpool, 12:30pm, NBCSN

Sunday, March 2:
Spurs vs Cardiff, 11:30am, NBCSN
Swansea vs Crystal Palace, 11:30am, Premier League Extra Time
Aston Villa vs Norwich, 11:30am, Premier League Extra Time



Stoke vs Arsenal
Everton vs West Ham
Fulham vs Chelsea
Hull vs Newcastle
Southampton vs Liverpool
Spurs vs Cardiff
Swansea vs Crystal Palace
Aston Villa vs Norwich

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