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2011 GOG Winnerz!

No Big Surprises - vignette17, congratulations! 

We all expected vignette17, the leader by a good margin throughout the year, to maintain his top honors to the end.  Urgent Mirth managed a bit of a Rays-like run, but fell short in the end.  Other obvious standouts were nevermoor, danmerqury, and cuppingmaster. New GOGsters weenmAN, Athletix Man, and PDXAthleticsFan all broke the top ten. 

Many thanks to the GOG-writers throughout the year: colin (who got this year's GOGging off the ground), nevermoor, cuppingmaster, PDXAthleticsfan, GoAs, streetfan, stranahanahan, and doctorK.  A special shoutout for doctorK, whose own-GOGging was a monumental disaster.  He came in last or nearly last on every GOG he authored!   If there were a BABIP for own-GOGs, doctorK would have set a record low.

About halfway through the season we instituted a "proxy" system, whereby if any players missed posting answers, they would score as their chosen proxy scored.  Since some folks were doing this anyway (e.g., "I'll copy nevermoor's answers!"), it seemed to make sense to formalize it.  I have to wonder, though, if it didn't contribute to an "out with a whimper, not a bang" to this year's GOGging, since by September we typically had just over half the active players posting on any given series.  Or, maybe they just wanted the draft position!

As a result - and much to my good fortune - I began keeping track of the points and leaderboard "old-style," that is, points only for playing.  This seriously advantaged the more obsessive players among us, and detracted heavily from some players who had been near the top, but dropped out of sight in September.  I took over the lead when the actual good GOGgers missed a few rounds (the high-scoring kind, too!), but then got caught by Urgent Mirth in the final series of the year - we tied! 

A few interesting results follow.  Let me know if anything stands out to you:

  • Urgent Mirth had the highest GOG average;
  • vignette17 won (or tied, tie counts for a win) 10 times, or 24% of the time he played; Jason James, this year's late joiner, won 21% of the time he played, and nevermoor with 8 wins also was at 21%. 
  • Compare this to danmerqury, who did not win a single time in 46 plays, but nevertheless stayed near the top of the leaderboard the entire season. A statistical oddity, given that his average is near the top, too!
  • The collected statistics for GOG Authors shows a lower per-GOG average than any single player (except streetfan - but let it be known that streetfan played entirely in the first half of the season, when the scores, like the A's batting averages, were lower).  Own-GOGging is proven hazardous, yet again, and frowned upon by 4 out of 5 major religions.

It hardly needs saying, but GOGging is my favorite fansport, and I hope that everyone from this year keeps coming back, and that we're joined by some fresh faces again in 2012.


Final Leaderboard


Name Total Points
W/Out Proxy

GOG winz
Place 
Points #Plays
Avg. Winz Win%
1- vignette17 624 10 495 42 11.8 10 24%
2- UrgentMirth 616 1 572 47 12.2 4 9%
3- nevermoor 612 17 425 38 11.2 8 21%
4- paris7 572 1 572 52 11.0 4 8%
5- danmerqury 569 7 505 46 11.0 0 0%
6- Athletix Man 567 3 567 52 10.9 2 4%
7- cuppingmaster 554 8 499 46 10.9 4 9%
8- weenmAN 540 4 540 50 10.8 2 4%
9- buddahead9 532 6 515 46 11.2 3 7%
10-PDXAthleticsfan 521 5 516 48 10.8 1 2%
11- twinkle toes 520 13 447 41 10.9 2 5%
12- King Richard
508 15 436 37 11.8 4 11%
13- CmdrKhraanik 498 9 498 50 10.0 2 4%
14- longtimeasfan 497 11 478 46 10.4 2 4%
15- GoAs 492 12 457 46 9.9 4 9%
16- SoCal As Fan 492 18 316 31 10.2 2 6%
17- Berry Jo 484 16 433 44 9.8 3 7%
18- doctorK 471 14 443 45 9.8 2 4%
19- colin 455 20 244 25 9.8 0 0%
20-A'sBowlingLeague 445 19 276 28 9.9 0 0%
21- streetfan 171 21 171 21 8.1 0 0%
22- Jason James 159 22 159 14 11.4 3 21%
xx- GOG Authors
506 (13) 506
52 9.7 1 2%


Final Note - I am pretty much responsible for any and all errors, as this was all done by hand on an excel/numbers spreadsheet.  I can post the season tally sheets to googledocs if requested. There are scores as well for folks who played fewer than 21 games, but at that point, we're at less than 40%, and I had to draw a line somewhere (I think that last year's cutoff for qualification was 50%).

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