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2010 Formula One
  Picks? Race My Guesses Guess Cutoff
1. Bahrain GP
First race of the season!
? Sat March 13
12 p.m.
UTC
2. Australian Grand Prix
? Sat March 27
6 a.m.
UTC
3. Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix
? Sat April 03
8 a.m.
UTC
4. Chinese Grand Prix
? Sat April 17
7 a.m.
UTC
5. Gran Premio de España Telefónica
Not much passing likely but lots of technical updates
? Sat May 08
12 p.m.
UTC
6. Grand Prix de Monaco
the epitome of formula one
? Sat May 15
12 p.m.
UTC
7. Turkish Grand Prix
? Sat May 29
12 p.m.
UTC
8. Grand Prix du Canada
Wall of Champions
? Sat June 12
5 p.m.
UTC
9. Telefónica Grand Prix of Europe
container ships and warehouses
? Sat June 26
12 p.m.
UTC
10. Santander British Grand Prix
Can McLaren pull off a one-two finish?
? Sat July 10
12 p.m.
UTC
11. Großer Preis Santander von Deutschland
Will one of six German drivers conquer Hockenheim?
? Sat July 24
12 p.m.
UTC
12. Magyar Nagydíj (Hungarian GP)
who's got downforce today?
? Sat July 31
12 p.m.
UTC
13. Belgian Grand Prix
? Sat Aug. 28
12 p.m.
UTC
14. Gran Premio Santander d'Italia
? Sat Sept. 11
12 p.m.
UTC
15. SingTel Singapore Grand Prix
? Sat Sept. 25
12 p.m.
UTC
16. Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix
? Sat Oct. 09
5 a.m.
UTC
17. Korean Grand Prix
a fresh oily tarmac could make this inaugural race a doozy
? Sat Oct. 23
5 a.m.
UTC
18. Grande Prêmio Petrobras do Brasil
? Sat Nov. 06
4 p.m.
UTC
19. Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
last race of the season
? Sat Nov. 13
1 p.m.
UTC

Comments

OMG-This doesn't belong here. Dooo!

Posted by: Jimbo on Tuesday Sep 27, 2011 at 6:44 a.m. UTC

Besides EVERYONE picking Vettel, nine picked poor Alonso, who got passed by a guy that can't seem to start a race (poor Webber).

I think this is the 2nd time I've been P1, but the first was a short lived mistake last season. This time I spent the day in a buoyant tub full of bubbly Mumms with a couple of Jenson's groupies. We figured out all the 55 possible combinations of scores one could get. Of the 37 actual scores, only 24 of them are unique! Those girls were fascinating! They're coming back next week since there is no race to discuss the blown diffuser. They promised to bring more Mumms.

I wonder if racerx holds a record this season for time at the top? I will enjoy my two weeks basking at the pinnacle! It's great to have docsue up here with us too! Hey Graham, when we go to visit a past race, (like at http://cracklyfinger.com/fantasy/event/75/), is there a way to show the standings as of that time? I want to look back at the podiums in the past.

Posted by: Jimbo on Tuesday Sep 27, 2011 at 6:41 a.m. UTC

racerx is now above graham as a result of newly implemented tiebreaker rules (# of first place picks, etc).

Posted by: graham on Saturday Feb 26, 2011 at 1:16 a.m. UTC

If "racerx had the most #1 picks of the season (11) and thus out-brakes graham", how come graham is above racerx in the "Pink Zone"?

Posted by: Jimbo on Monday Nov 15, 2010 at 12:42 a.m. UTC

Congratulations HotRod, scuderiateocalli and (biggest jumper) matbarlow! I'm happy to finish in the "Pink" (and ahead of 89TurboTA)! And thanks to Graham for another swell season of CracklyFinger F1! (With a number of nifty improvements over this season!)

Who'da thought? Vettel was supposed to let Webber around! Alonso was a shoe in. Totally great race! Totally great sport! I dread the months ahead with no pics to make. Poor Vettel, could NOT get that bottle to squirt. (Must have got some sand in the Carbonator.)

HotRod sent me a few pictures from the antics over at CracklyFinger/FlyingCracker HQ this morning. I put some links below (also a link to the Final JimboLog file).

Trophy presntation HotRod self portrait Final destination of the 2010 CracklyFinger F1 Trophy!

Jimbo Race Log

Posted by: Jimbo on Sunday Nov 14, 2010 at 10:21 p.m. UTC

It was a great Formula 1 season -- I look forward to next year. And a hearty "Congratulations" to HotRod......

Posted by: scuderiateocalli on Sunday Nov 14, 2010 at 8:21 p.m. UTC

Wow, what an unbelievable finish! Congratulations HotRod on a strong finish to become the 2010 cracklyfinger/flyingcracker Fantasy Formula One champion. Finishing second is our great buddy scuderiateocalli. matbarlow leaps three spots in the final race and takes P3 on the basis of a 1st place pick tiebreaker over brickyard. racerx had the most #1 picks of the season (11) and thus out-brakes graham (6) for a second tiebreaker decision. Great racing everyone.

Posted by: graham on Sunday Nov 14, 2010 at 7:04 p.m. UTC

OHhhhhhhhhhhh! What about a last minute matbarlow podium charge!!!! In a tie breaker with brickyard I taste the bubbly two years in a row! Congratulations to Hotrod on a well won championship!

Posted by: matbarlow on Sunday Nov 14, 2010 at 4:36 p.m. UTC

Abu Dhabi brings us two big possibilities for a cracklyfinger podium change. The battle for first place beween HotRod and scuderiateocalli is tight, just five points separate the boys. They each picked two completely different drivers for the final race.

  • HotRod [Webber, Vettel] vs scuderiateocalli(-5 pts) [Alonso, Hamilton]

The battle for the third and last podium spot rages between yours truly and brickyard. (racerx can also move past graham but since he and brickyard picked the same they will not change order.) Again we have a completely different set of picks for the last race.

  • graham [Webber, Hamilton] vs brickyard(-4 pts) and racerx(-9 pts) [Alonso, Vettel]

Additional cracklyfinger races...

  • scuderiateocalli [Alonso] vs graham(-22 pts) [Webber]
  • graham [Webber] vs matbarlow(-16) [Vettel]
  • brickyard [Alonso] vs matbarlow(-12) [Hamilton]
  • racerx [Alonso] vs matbarlow(-7) [Hamilton]

Posted by: graham on Saturday Nov 13, 2010 at 7:50 p.m. UTC

Wish I could be there for the showdown at cracklyfinger headquarters!

Posted by: matbarlow on Saturday Nov 13, 2010 at 4:04 p.m. UTC

I didn't see any mention of a Brazilian, but you're free to fantasize Graham!

Posted by: matbarlow on Saturday Nov 13, 2010 at 4:03 p.m. UTC

What can you say? Seriously. Alonso gets a brazilian prior to his championship race.

Posted by: graham on Saturday Nov 13, 2010 at 3:54 a.m. UTC

Drivers championship title permutations: what must happen for each remaining contender to win. We need something like this for cracklyfinger.com!

Posted by: graham on Saturday Nov 13, 2010 at 3:42 a.m. UTC

In the final race of the season, scuderiateocalli and HotRod duking it out for P1... graham is hoping to fend off racerx and brickyard for the third and final podium spot. Good luck everyone, enjoy this exciting finale.

Posted by: graham on Saturday Nov 13, 2010 at 3:19 a.m. UTC

And here you have it boys, who could win?

http://www.formula1.com/news/features/2010/11/11509.html

Posted by: Jimbo on Friday Nov 12, 2010 at 5:58 a.m. UTC

It has been difficult keeping the tires cool and the brakes hot,,,,but I am dusting off a place next to my Baja 1000 Trophy !! It would be GREAT if MatBarlow , Jimbo and scuderiateocalli could be at Graham's for for Abu Dabi !!

Posted by: HotRod on Monday Nov 8, 2010 at 2:09 p.m. UTC

I was very surprised that Vettel was not instructed to move over -- having said this, I applaud the Red Bull team for letting the race results reflect straight-up competition among teammates. Looks like this competition will go down to the wire...

Posted by: scuderiateocalli on Sunday Nov 7, 2010 at 7:43 p.m. UTC

Hey scuderiateocalli, I think you've done a far better thing by running for public office and placing second than not running at all. This country needs more people like you. However, now that your Texas race is over you can concentrate on the much more fun and exciting cracklyfinger Formula One fantasy league and the last two races of our season. Don't get nervous or anything but HotRod and brickyard are right there in your mirrors...

Posted by: graham on Thursday Nov 4, 2010 at 4:06 p.m. UTC

Good luck tomorrow scuderiateocalli. You would have my vote if I was a Texan!

Posted by: Jimbo on Tuesday Nov 2, 2010 at 6:02 a.m. UTC

My prediction has been made -- but no bragging or pearls of wisdom just yet. As Sue and Graham know, I'm currently running for Texas State Representative, District 73. Tuesday night I will either experience "The Thrill of Victory!" or "The Agony of Defeat!" My wife has hidden all the sharp objects (including the Emmy because of the needle-like wing tips) just to be safe...

Posted by: scuderiateocalli on Monday Nov 1, 2010 at 9:26 a.m. UTC

Come on scuderiateocalli, no bragging, no predictions, no pearls of wisdom? No comment? Are you polishing your Emmy and making room for the new trophy?

Posted by: Jimbo on Monday Nov 1, 2010 at 6:10 a.m. UTC

I wonder if all the Koreans made it home yet?

Posted by: Jimbo on Tuesday Oct 26, 2010 at 1:59 a.m. UTC

On Friday Oct 1, 2010 scuderiateocalli wrote, "The Cracklyfinger F1 Trophy is terrific -- it will look very nice next to my Emmy...."

Hey buddy, it's not over until Abu Dhabi. Nice pickin' this week Bob but keep your eyes on your mirrors.

Our DVR recording ran out just after Kubica crossed the finish line. What a wild card race, I can hardly believe both my picks DNFed. Looks like a full-on scrum for our fantasy podium!

Posted by: graham on Sunday Oct 24, 2010 at 9:44 p.m. UTC

Wow! What a crapshoot. Big changes at the top. I tried to watch for a while last night and then gave up. Set the DVD to record the next three hours of programming and boy did I need it!

Posted by: matbarlow on Sunday Oct 24, 2010 at 8:24 p.m. UTC

OMG! Holy Cow! scuderiateocalli jumps from 4th to 1st! Graham drops to 4th.HotRod and brickyard stay the same. The first 17 laps behind the Saftey Car and then an hour of Red Flag. I'm guessing that a lot of people's DVR's did not record the whole race. Bummer. I thought I would be in bed by 1 and now it's past 2. Nite all

Posted by: Jimbo on Sunday Oct 24, 2010 at 9:18 a.m. UTC

Rowlini predicts Big Changes tomorrow (tonight!). No one in the top six picked the same pair; 3 of the top 10 picked Webber and Hamilton; 2 picked Webber and Vettel. Mathematically, even 89TurboTA could go to the top. Of course everyone else would have to do poorly but the top five could/will scramble around in the last 3 races I'm sure. The excitement swells! A little over 8 and a half hours to race time.

Posted by: Jimbo on Saturday Oct 23, 2010 at 9:21 p.m. UTC

And if "Most P1" picks are a tie, then move to P2... I like it!

You never know, all you Vettel pickers could have had 18 points instead of 43 last race. Moneymoto could take him out in Korea. Beware! The Pink Zone is rumblin!

Who said anything about DINNER with Margaritas? P3 is done; Still over an hour unit Q1. The brain is thrashing, but I'm sticking with my picks.

Posted by: Jimbo on Saturday Oct 23, 2010 at 3:59 a.m. UTC

Sounds good,, just like F.I.A. I bet Jimbo would want to Tequila shots. Graham,,,,, are you checking your mirrors ??

Posted by: HotRod on Saturday Oct 23, 2010 at 3:09 a.m. UTC

Hey fans, the team here at flyingcracker / cracklyfinger headquarters just realized we need a tie-break plan in the (likely) case of a tie in the standings at the end of our season.

My suggestion is the player with the most P1 picks wins the tie. Perhaps you've got a better idea?

Please post your suggestion here and we'll make a communal decision (if possible).

Posted by: graham on Friday Oct 22, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. UTC

Although I plan to "Slipstream" Past Grahm and take the trophy back to it's birth place,,,, I would be proud to have created something that would stand next to an EMMY !!

Posted by: HotRod on Wednesday Oct 20, 2010 at 3:42 p.m. UTC

I won an Emmy for THE LEGEND OF BILLY THE KID -- a very successful prime time documentary that aired many times on the Disney Channel. No Oscar -- yet -- but in the meantime I am focusing on the Cracklyfinger F1 Trophy!

Posted by: scuderiateocalli on Thursday Oct 14, 2010 at 9:23 p.m. UTC

The only change in the Top Ten Fantasy players: Jimbo and matbarlow trade places (Ouch!)

Posted by: Jimbo on Sunday Oct 10, 2010 at 8:19 a.m. UTC

What Emmy?

Posted by: Jimbo on Tuesday Oct 5, 2010 at 11:32 p.m. UTC

The Cracklyfinger F1 Trophy is terrific -- it will look very nice next to my Emmy....

Posted by: scuderiateocalli on Friday Oct 1, 2010 at 4:46 p.m. UTC

View a photo of the 2010 cracklyfinger fantasy F1 trophy here. This fantastic piece of hardware was designed and built by HotRod. Thanks!

Posted by: graham on Monday Sep 27, 2010 at 9:05 p.m. UTC

Holy mackerel! Singapore GP 2010 was a video game come to life, what a cool event. Kubica drove like a man possessed in those last few laps, and how about Heikki extinguishing that huge fire blazing inches behind his helmet! That almost surpassed Kimi's human barbecue from last season. Heikki's got a seriously large pair of attachments, you've got to agree.

HotRod is drafting me too closely, maybe I can out-brake him at the next corner. apexalex emailed to say he had a shunt of sorts and forgot to enter his picks. bummer... lewis hamilton can relate. docsue was pleased to get 4 points from P24 starting Massa, good job Felipe-baby.

Dueling fiercely with four races to go in the next seven weeks, quite a few cracklyfinger fantasy players have a legitimate shot at our F1 podium. And once again we have a racy trophy for the winner designed and created by our very own HotRod. I'll post a link to the photo asap...

Posted by: graham on Monday Sep 27, 2010 at 6:29 a.m. UTC

Oh, and one more thing. In response to 89TurboTA, they're a small, quick and temperamental. My wife brought 2 lovely chihuahuas home from our neighborhood park. I am making a fabulous offer to all the CracklyFinger F1 fans. Two FREE sporty, aerodynamic chihuahuas shipped anywhere in the world! (Pictures of these compact little units are available.) Don't wait, these sleek canines will go FAST!

Posted by: Jimbo on Sunday Sep 26, 2010 at 6:48 p.m. UTC

A new record at CF Fantasy: Four contestants get 43 points! Congratulations: HotRod, brickyard, scuderiateocalli and racerx Biggest mover up in the standings: racerx, 3 positions Biggest mover down: apexalex, 4 positions Graham's 11 point lead is now only 2 as HotRod is now basking in the heat of Graham's diffuser! The top 4 positions are unchanged but Danifrog and superbestfriends moved up 2 places and Jimbo, matbarlow and 89TurboTA all moved down 1. Looks like the Fantasy finish will be as close and exciting as Real Deal! Question: What happened to OTBM, kapt and dahlio??

Posted by: Jimbo on Sunday Sep 26, 2010 at 4:43 p.m. UTC

Just to break the silence for Jimbo...Someone has posted since August! Just saw a video of an evil Chihuahua! Makes me think of Jimbo, living in his ankle biter sanctuary! Sorry Jim! Pick well my friend, pick well!

Posted by: 89TurboTA on Saturday Sep 25, 2010 at 7:07 a.m. UTC

Am I reading the above chart correctly? SuperBestFriends has picked more Number 1 finishers than anyone else? My life may have just gotten even more complicated...

Posted by: scuderiateocalli on Monday Aug 30, 2010 at 10:15 p.m. UTC

Karun = Suckon Moneymoto

Big$$ = U-Drive

Posted by: Dinkledorph on Saturday Aug 28, 2010 at 3:30 a.m. UTC

We still have seven races to go and no fantasy position is safe. Everyone in our top ten is has a chance and is vying for a podium spot, so make your last seven race picks count!

Posted by: graham on Thursday Aug 26, 2010 at 4:47 p.m. UTC

SuperBestFriends picks up 43 points! Number 11 is not bad for starting on race 4.Graham increases his lead by 7 to 46. Four pickers get 40 and three get 33. Not the right race to pick Hamilton,eh. Go Vitaly! Look out for that wheel! Black flag for Schumacher? What a race!

Posted by: Jimbo on Sunday Aug 1, 2010 at 8:33 p.m. UTC

Sorry scuderiateocalli, I called you mat. Lost my head.

Posted by: Dinkledorph on Saturday Jul 31, 2010 at 5:59 a.m. UTC

Hey Mat-I wanna go to Texas (usta live in Brownsville) and I definitely have less points than you. Put me in the bowl and pick Dinkledorf. I make a mean Margarita and killer chile rellenos!

Posted by: Dinkledorph on Saturday Jul 31, 2010 at 5:57 a.m. UTC

The elete 43 Club has 4 members:

graham and matbarlow (Twice)

HotRod and SuperlBestFriends (Once)

Yeah baby! Who's next?

Posted by: Jimbo on Saturday Jul 31, 2010 at 3:47 a.m. UTC

With Red McCombs being named a primary investor in the proposed Austin Formula One Track I feel this may actually be a legitimate enterprise after all. As I have previously posted, Austin has had a series of high-profile, major announcements regarding motion picture studios, among other things, which were never realized. Given what I know today, I am thinking it is around a 50-50 proposition that this track will be built after all. My fingers are crossed... And the first person to ask and whose final points are below scuderiateocalli at the end of this season will be welcome to come and stay with us for the inaugural event.

Posted by: scuderiateocalli on Friday Jul 30, 2010 at 9:26 p.m. UTC

$100,000 fine for Ferrari's team orders, I wonder if the points and standings will remain the same?

Posted by: graham on Monday Jul 26, 2010 at 5:36 a.m. UTC

Biggest Jump: apexalex, 40 points=5 places; HotRod, 40 points=4 places to 2nd! Picks for this race the same: 2 w/ 40 2 w/ 27 and 3 w/ 23 points Ties in current standings: apexalex & Jimbo, matbarlow and racerx Graham still maintains a comfortable lead of 39 points over #2. Only 21 points separate #2 and #10. The new points system can really move things around quickly. Need more data? The JimboLog

Posted by: Jimbo on Sunday Jul 25, 2010 at 9:36 p.m. UTC

I'm going all German this weekend, but just switched from one German to another. Good luck to everyone! Enjoy the race.

Posted by: graham on Saturday Jul 24, 2010 at 5:02 a.m. UTC

Hi everyone, remember that the Hungarian Grand Prix is just one week after Hockenheim. Be sure to make provisional picks now just in case you forget later.

Posted by: graham on Friday Jul 23, 2010 at 4:45 p.m. UTC

Best Pickers: 89TurboTA and superbestfriends (37) Best jump: 89TurboTA (8th to 2nd) I will NEVER pick Alonso again! Did he really loose 6 positions at the start? And then a drivethru, OY!

Posted by: Jimbo on Sunday Jul 11, 2010 at 8:27 p.m. UTC

I think that if anyone picked Kobayashi they should have gotten double points. Him in seventh, and even finishing a race, who woulda thunk. Isn't this only the third race this year he has finished??

Posted by: OTBMP on Monday Jun 28, 2010 at 7:43 p.m. UTC

I have updated the Jimbo Log with the correct results which does indeed shuffle some Fantasy Pickers around a bit. It should open on the Fantasy tab but all the races to date are on the tabs to the right. I saved the Provisional data under the Final if you want to see how it was.

Note - Button, Barrichello, Kubica, Sutil, Buemi, De la Rosa, Petrov, Liuzzi and Hulkenberg all had five seconds added to their race times for speeding under safety-car conditions. Glock had 20 seconds added for ignoring blue flags.

Posted by: Jimbo on Sunday Jun 27, 2010 at 11:08 p.m. UTC

Holy Cow boys and girls, F1 has revised the results from #8 down. Alonso went up 1, Nico R +2, Massa +3! I think only Alonso (+2) and Nico R (+1) Pickers will be affected. Looks like users can only enter the results once. Sorry for the "Provisional" data, I'll try to hold my horses next time. There will be some minor shuffling on the Top Ten List, like a little 4.7 rumbling through.

Posted by: Jimbo on Sunday Jun 27, 2010 at 9:04 p.m. UTC

How 'bout that HotRod: 43 points! DocSue and scuderiateocalli not bad w/ 40 points each too! Graham extends his lead from 24 points last race to 47 this one! We have a tie for 7th place with 89TurboTA and brickyard. The view from the podium looks good for me but Danifrog is right on my gearbox. The Top Ten have definitely shuffled again.

High point of the race: Mark Webber's major air, whoa Nelly! Kobayashi takes 2 positions on the last lap! Imagine 6 drivers in the top 10 that no one picked. What a race! As of 11 PST, F1 still reports the results as "Provisional" so things could change??

Posted by: Jimbo on Sunday Jun 27, 2010 at 5:57 p.m. UTC

Boy did I mess up those links! BBC Nugget should now work as well as BBC Jewel. Markdown newbie llama errors.

Posted by: Jimbo on Thursday Jun 24, 2010 at 8:20 p.m. UTC

@graham Is the "posted time" GMT? At 20:42 my time it says 03:42 tomorrow eh.

Posted by: Jimbo on Thursday Jun 24, 2010 at 3:48 a.m. UTC

You all know about this BBC nugget? A global zoom-in view of all the tracks. (Well, some are blocked?) The way-cool thing is the car leaves a green or red trail depending on acceleration. You can briefly see the path through the corners changing color at the apex(alex).

For hot gossip and stats, this BBC jewel is win. They report "McLaren believe the upgrades Ferrari are planning to take to Valencia this weekend could give the Italian team an advantage." We LOVE upgrades! Sunny, low 80's in Valencia predicted. A little over 28 hours to P1 at this posting. Can't wait!

Posted by: Jimbo on Thursday Jun 24, 2010 at 3:42 a.m. UTC

My favorite "Chuck Norris"-type comment about Adrian Newey on this F1Fanatic thread: "Adrian Newey only owns two pairs of shoes. He calls them his Primes and Options."

Posted by: graham on Monday Jun 14, 2010 at 7:19 p.m. UTC

Hats off to Graham too for being among the elite top 3 that scored 43 points! Three skilled contestants also scored 37. Two three-way ties for this event. There was definitely some heavy shuffling on the Top Ten list. (Not complaining, I like the view 6 points from the podium! matbarlow has the same view of brickyard: on the gearbox!) I agree, it was most entertaining, full of racing and passing, no yellow-dog laps and great weather!

Maybe one of flaviosfinger's boys was supposed to take Button out or something, but doing Bottom Picker math, that's 18-10=8. Whereas dukedoggler did well with Kamui for -25 points. Too bad he didn't pick Senna for -18-25=-43. Dinkledorf still rules the dregs at -118! My calculations have duke at -64 and flav at -5 as of Canada. Still available at my site.

Posted by: Jimbo on Sunday Jun 13, 2010 at 11:32 p.m. UTC

Astute comment from Jenson Button after Canadian GP qualifying: "...going flat-out every lap might not be the quickest way to get to the end of the race in the shortest possible time."

Posted by: graham on Sunday Jun 13, 2010 at 7:57 p.m. UTC

That race (the Canadian Grand Prix) was one of the more entertaining scrums of this season. Bridgestone nominally blew the tire call but the result was some very good racing. What about Schumi getting lapped, finishing behind Force India and out of the points!? At least Nico helped the team. Congrats to Force India for their first ever top ten finish for both cars.

Hats off to SuperBestFriends and matbarlow for their astute picks for the Canadian GP. And for the second time in a row all (real) players in our series got points for both of their picks. Nice job everyone.

Posted by: graham on Sunday Jun 13, 2010 at 7:19 p.m. UTC

My apologies to Kubica, slipped a cog I reckon. Rain is still predicted, who knows how much action the walls will get. Gee, and we can watch it live!

Posted by: Jimbo on Sunday Jun 13, 2010 at 3:03 a.m. UTC

@jimbo your "top ten" somehow left out Kubica in P8 ahead of Sutil. Hats off to the Force India team, let's see if they can make it stick.

Posted by: graham on Saturday Jun 12, 2010 at 8:13 p.m. UTC

Our top 10: Hamilton Webber, Vettel, Alonso, Button, Liuzzi!, Massa, Sutil! and Rosberg Hot Diggity!

Posted by: Jimbo on Saturday Jun 12, 2010 at 6:08 p.m. UTC

@Jimbo if a player changes their pick, the guess time is updated accordingly. It shows the time of your most recent selection. I'll consider your idea for ties, thanks.

Posted by: graham on Friday Jun 11, 2010 at 8:06 p.m. UTC

Regarding ties: How about, like F1, there aren't any. Of the two (or more) tied contestants, who had the most 1st place picks, then 2nd and so on until there is a victor. In the event of still being dead even, then they have to come to Cracker HQ and have a drinking contest. Last man standing!

The new features are great! What if one changes his pick? Will the 1st or last time and date display? I like how the wall hits go w/ the drums and cymbals in the video. Nice mixing.

Posted by: Jimbo on Friday Jun 11, 2010 at 1:39 a.m. UTC

Nice Grand Prix du Canada "Wall of Champions" video compilation from our friends at Axis of Oversteer.

Posted by: graham on Thursday Jun 10, 2010 at 5:31 p.m. UTC

Recent fantasy site improvements:

  • As you can see in the event detail pages, we now display the date and time you made your picks for that event.
  • Series standings now reflect all results even if some results are not yet approved by the series admin.

We haven't yet figured out (programmatically) how to assign series standings ties.

Posted by: graham on Wednesday Jun 9, 2010 at 10:28 p.m. UTC

"provisionally updated", I like that! Nanee Nanee 89TurboTA, me 'n Mat are breathing down 4BktVet's neck wheel to wheel. Some people got negative points, but that's not zero. FYI: HotRod is pulling out of Jimbo's driveway in the early AM tomorrow (Monday).

Posted by: Jimbo on Monday May 31, 2010 at 7:35 a.m. UTC

What a good race... I thought lots of us were getting 43 points but instead Vettel took himself out and pushed Webber to third. I'd like to have heard the private conversation between those two afterwards! My feeling was Seb didn't have it made and forced the issue, and that may affect the championship result for both drivers and constructors. And who would have guessed Kamui Kobayashi would score his first points of the season in Turkey?! Certainly not dukedoggler and flaviosfinger.

One cool note about this race, everyone who made picks got points - there were no guessers who totally blew both picks. So good job everyone, way to stay on top of your game.

Soon I'll implement a few more site updates including a method to indicate ties. This week matbarlow and Jimbo should both be shown as (5) in the pink. [89TurboTA, "in the pink" is Jimbo's nomenclature for a top ten standing.] Another thought is that the standings should be provisionally updated when race results are entered. That way you can see our standings before I get around to verifying the results.

Posted by: graham on Monday May 31, 2010 at 5:44 a.m. UTC

Sorry Jimbo, but after looking at the standings you are still trying to get into the pink! You did get lucky and score good this weekend, but it's gonna take another weekend of luck(and teammates running into each other) for you to come back. Good Ruck!

Posted by: 89TurboTA on Sunday May 30, 2010 at 11:36 p.m. UTC

Graham still rules! Go Graham! Top 3 scores this race: Dalio-40, SBF-35, Jimbo-33 Finally, I'm back in the pink, tied w/ Mat Barlow for 5th. Check your mirror 4BktVet, we're coming on. I'll bet Vettel got a hell of a scolding, eh? Dinkledorph is dominating the bottom at -100. To download the bottom-picker's data browse to [this page] (http://personal.linkline.com/jrowler/FantasyLog2.xls).

The new features on the Fantasy site are dandy Graham! Very cool. Guess I should look into the markdown syntax so I can take advantage of the increased bitchiness. Great race day: F1 and Indy!

[edited by graham to insert the backmarker link]

Posted by: Jimbo on Sunday May 30, 2010 at 7:14 p.m. UTC

Dinkledorph here just getting under the wire with my bottom picks. No one can catch me now.

Posted by: Dinkledorph on Saturday May 29, 2010 at 7:53 a.m. UTC

Lynda and I were totally surprised by this news -- there has been zero information and/or publicity about plans to bring F1 to Austin. Of course, we are excited and have our fingers crossed that this will actually happen. I hate to sound negative, but Austin has a history of grand schemes being announced, backed up by contracts of one kind or another, only to discover that six-months later the developers are gone and nothing has happened. Wish I could be more optimistic -- but this whole thing just doesn't "smell" right. When I hear anything substantive in the days ahead -- either way -- I'll post it here.

Posted by: scuderiateocalli on Thursday May 27, 2010 at 7 p.m. UTC

Formula1.com has announced that F1 racing will return to the United States in Austin, TX in 2012! Apparently the track and facilities will be specially built for F1 racing. Who woulda thunk it?! Did scuderiateocalli have anything to do with this?

Posted by: graham on Tuesday May 25, 2010 at 6:34 p.m. UTC

The eagle-eyed amongst our fantasy players might have noticed a few small site changes lately.

First, we now give feedback that you picked drivers for a race. After you click "Submit Picks" you should see a box near the top of the page, "Your picks have been saved." If you don't see that acknowledgement then your pick was not saved.

Second, we now show the race guess deadline on the race page. We also show the date and time you entered your picks, if applicable.

Third, the 2010 Formula One main page now shows the next race and guess deadline. If you have not made any picks for the next race an alert appears, otherwise your current picks are shown. This is my favorite improvement.

Finally you can preview your comment before posting. This helps when using the new comment formatting (see the markdown link) which allows text highlighting, bullet lists, web page links and more.

We hope you like our little improvements. Please feel free to suggest your own ideas, either by email or here in the comments. Thanks.

Posted by: graham on Monday May 10, 2010 at 6:28 p.m. UTC

What a bummer for all the Lewis Hamilton fans... a puncture in the next to last lap?! Fickle-fingered hand of Fate indeed.

What can we say about Nico Rosberg? He needs to get back in the short wheelbase chassis and forget about what Schumi is doing. Lead, don't follow.

My favorite F1 fan site these days is F1 Fanatic. Keith doesn't have a good fantasy system (compared with cracklyfinger!) but he's got a well-informed user community and informative blog posts. Highly recommended.

Posted by: graham on Sunday May 9, 2010 at 11:31 p.m. UTC

Eeeehaw!

Posted by: Dinkledorph on Saturday May 8, 2010 at 3:32 a.m. UTC

Very nice Mat Barlow! Thanks Graham! CrLf 2 practices down 1 to go. Don't think I'll be up at 2 for real time so my picks are in. Funny that Hamilton and Vettel swapped 1st and 5th in practice 1 and 2. Can you say 1 2? How 'bout Glock and Senna, eh?

Posted by: Jimbo on Saturday May 8, 2010 at 3:30 a.m. UTC

Hey, if any of you F1 fans wondered about matbarlow's bona-fides, check out this footage posted on Axis of Oversteer: http://axisofoversteer.blogspot.com/2010/05/up-in-the-air.html. Nice work Mat, let us know when the HD version is posted!

Posted by: graham on Friday May 7, 2010 at 5:06 a.m. UTC

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6HFvF-QfTo&feature=player_embedded

Posted by: Jimbo on Thursday May 6, 2010 at 3:23 a.m. UTC

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6HFvF-QfTo&feature=player_embedded

Ferrari Steering wheel.

Posted by: Jimbo on Thursday May 6, 2010 at 3:22 a.m. UTC

Check out the line-up for tomorrows Moto-GP race. The times amongst the front-runners are unbelievably close. So awesome to see Nicky battling Stoner so tight this year. Looks like a year of learning the torque-monster Ducati has allowed him to challenge up front again!! 8 am ET Pos Rider Team Time Gap 1. Dani Pedrosa Honda 1m39.202s 2. Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1m39.487s + 0.285s 3. Casey Stoner Ducati 1m39.511s + 0.309s 4. Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1m39.558s + 0.356s 5. Nicky Hayden Ducati 1m39.560s + 0.358s 6. Randy de Puniet LCR Honda 1m30.591s + 0.389s 7. Colin Edwards Tech 3 Yamaha 1m39.970s + 0.768s 8. Ben Spies Tech 3 Yamaha 1m39.989s + 0.787s 9. Andrea Dovizioso Honda 1m40.021s + 0.819s 10. Marco Melandri Gresini Honda 1m40.027s + 0.825s 11. Loris Capirossi Suzuki 1m40.206s + 1.004s 12. Hiroshi Aoyama Interwetten Honda 1m40.322s + 1.120s 13. Alvaro Bautista Suzuki 1m40.416s + 1.214s 14. Hector Barbera Aspar Ducati 1m40.482s + 1.280s 15. Aleix Espargaro Pramac Ducati 1m40.555s + 1.353s 16. Marco Simoncelli Gresini Honda 1m40.586s + 1.384s 17. Mika Kallio Pramac Ducati 1m40.803s + 1.601s

Posted by: brickyard on Saturday May 1, 2010 at 5:54 p.m. UTC

Were Button (9 picks)and Vettel (11 picks) favorites? How about 5 people got 33 points, 5 got 26 and 4 got 20. Some crazy numbers. No ties in the total score though. Bahrain and Malaysia had one tie but there were 5 Fantasy positions tied in Australia! Where will it all go? Gleefully, I am back in the pink (top 10)!!

I was just going to watch the start, maybe first few laps. I was up til 2, glued. The head was bobbin a bit at the end there but I made it thru live. I noticed that the Live Timing seemed to lag a little. I wonder how live it is? Seconds, minutes?

How bout that fat and feisty Russian, eh? Petrov scores 12 points! Seems like all the other names are somehow similar but PETROV is soo Russian. I like saying PETROV, PETROV. What a race! Button rules! Nico's cool. What's up w/ the Ferrari engines? Holy cow, they blew a bunch of 'em!

I've noticed that the Fantasy data and graph graph don't go negative which does not reflect the other end of the scale. I have proposed that the three low-ball pickers (dukedoggler, flaviosfinger and Dinkledorph) get negative points mirroring the other end. The first driver out gets -25 points. So like this race saw Glock, Liuzzi and Kobayashi on the bottom of the podium.

I have created an Excel spreadsheet that does include this data. It should open w/ the fantasy tab selected. The other tabs are copied from Formula1.com. I recommend selecting save and then opening it. It will change after each race but the link will be the same. Check it out. http://personal.linkline.com/jrowler/FantasyLog2.xls

Posted by: Jimbo on Monday Apr 19, 2010 at 5:34 a.m. UTC

Go Nico! I am glad to see him on the podium two weeks in a row.

Posted by: OTBMP on Monday Apr 19, 2010 at 12:30 a.m. UTC

My IRL race review from the barber motorsport park, last Sunday: A female commentator sitting way up high on a bar stool? That seems kind of silly... along with most of the interviewer questions - just plain silly. Good to see Takuma Sato doing well. Most cars did three pit stops, that certainly upped the strategery quotient. The car camera moves! The vaunted "IRL non-stop!" coverage is a) not particularly easy to see, b) frustrating when something does happen because then you're really pissed off about the commercial break, c) not non-stop! Several times I saw a complete break in action for full-screen commercials. Dead cars can be towed to the paddock, repaired and returned to the track for more laps. The race "strategist" interviews, live during the race, were pretty nice, the guys demonstrated remarkable candor about their situations. Good touch. And finally the "overtake button"? From what I gathered, you get 9 HP for a limited time, after which there is a "reset" period when you can't use the button. You get to press the button 20 times during a race. It's useful for passing and blocking and becomes part of your strategery. Bottom line? I like Speed's commentators much better, IRL has better camera work and in-race interviews. As for IRL's car passing versus F1? Well frankly it's better than F1. I don't know if it's the magic button or what but they just seem to be able to make passes more frequently in dicey situations. I like F1 better on a whole but IRL has better passing.

Posted by: graham on Thursday Apr 15, 2010 at 5:38 a.m. UTC

IRL review from the barber motorsport park quallys. On-camera interviews, ad speed. On-screen graphics, ad VS. Driver personalities, equal. Danica factor, 0%. Drivers as role models, ad clean-cut IRL. Driver accessibility, ad VS. But their drivers are boring and all spout inanities. Best forward promotion, ad VS with, "coming up next, PBR Encore..." - I can only imagine. General commentary: ad Speed - David Hobbs at his most sloshed talks circles around those goofs. Looking forward to viewing the actual racing.

Posted by: graham on Sunday Apr 11, 2010 at 4:59 a.m. UTC

Damn it, I dropped Webber this time and look what happened. Oh yah, no snivelers.

Posted by: 4BktVet on Sunday Apr 4, 2010 at 3:17 p.m. UTC

Best comment by a commentator during today's race: "He's as fit as a butcher's dog." (Referring to Sebastian Vettel)

Posted by: scuderiateocalli on Sunday Apr 4, 2010 at 12:47 p.m. UTC

Westbury Gillet aka token anglophone is terrible, and hilarious all at the same time.

As for highest DNF rate, you'll have to ask forix.com for that one. I'd wager Olivier Panis' win at Monaco in the Prost has to be pretty high up there.

Posted by: matbarlow on Thursday Apr 1, 2010 at 6:34 p.m. UTC

Best comment by a commentator during today's race (re. Sebastian Vettel): "He's got some mighty big attachments."

Posted by: scuderiateocalli on Sunday Mar 28, 2010 at 9:40 p.m. UTC

I never imagined my pre-race prediction of 8 drivers out of the race would get exceeded by 25%! Ten drivers never made checkers. Paging Kamui Kobayashi: please double check your front wing nuts before your next stint! Can anyone tell us the highest single race DNF total in F1 history for a completed race?

Posted by: graham on Sunday Mar 28, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. UTC

Wow, our fantasy field just got a lot tighter! 4BktVet and racerx tied for first, followed closely by Jimbo in today's, much more exciting, race.

Now seriously, Vettel goes out from an uncontested lead?! That's just crazy. Maybe Red Bull's ride-height suspension "trickery" failed, putting a grin on Martin Whitmarsh' face. Or maybe it was another spark plug failure. No wait, they're saying it was a loose wheel nut.

Will someone please tell Lewis Hamilton to grow up?

Perhaps the biggest laugh of the race on SpeedTV was Westbury Gillett talking to a grid girl about her cheeky outfit, all while quite obviously leering through the mesh down into her cavernous cleavage. Atta boy, Wes! If the drivers won't talk with you, might as well make time with the ladies.

Posted by: graham on Sunday Mar 28, 2010 at 7:04 p.m. UTC

Formula 1 is the absolute pinnacle of automotive technology -- so why do some of the team radios sound worse than two tin cans strung together with string?

Posted by: scuderiateocalli on Friday Mar 26, 2010 at 3:58 p.m. UTC

I want to party as hard as Jimbo,,so I made my pics now as well. Thanks Graham for the reminder ! How about a photo of Matt and the C.F 2009 F1 Trophy ? Keep an Eye in your Mirrors,,,,,,, Hot Rod

Posted by: HotRod on Thursday Mar 25, 2010 at 1:10 a.m. UTC

Welcome back Jimbo. The logo we are referring to is the new cracklyfinger.com logo displayed top left, courtesy of matbarlito. scuderiateocalli is used to docsue's lectures, we're private pilot buddies from way back.

"Where's slacker when you need him?" Jimbo, I hate to tell you but "brickyard" is a reincarnation of last year's "slacker". I had a problem with password reset before the race and so let slacker create a new persona.

I'm really proud of how everyone who guessed got two drivers in the points. That certainly didn't happen last season. Get your picks in early for next race!

Posted by: graham on Wednesday Mar 17, 2010 at 5:48 p.m. UTC

I finally crawled out from under my blanket of doom and have ventured to the comment box. Holy cow! Who woulda knowed? The very bottom of the pile! Yikes! Where's slacker when you need him? Only one picker got 1 and 2, Go Graham! Straight to the top! Are we referring to the F1 logo at formula1.com? And no scuderia, only points for picking winners. If you wine too much, you may get a lecture from docsue. Well new guys, I'm Jimbo, also know as Rowlee, a friend of Gillman's who lives in the CracklyFinger neighborhood (aka-FlyingCracker HQ). I live in Claremont CA so I get to go to the Winternationals and the Finals for a nitro fix at least twice a year. I drive a '64 4 door Chevelle wagon which has been to Gillman's Hot Rod Lodge. I work in the automotive industry and love internal combustion, eh! F1 is the pinnacle of IC, aerodynamics and all that increased bitchiness.

More on Vettel's spark plug: http://www.autoevolution.com/news/vettel-s-engine-failure-leads-to-poor-reliability-claims-for-renault-18086.html

Posted by: Jimbo on Wednesday Mar 17, 2010 at 4:01 a.m. UTC

Hey -- don't I get any points for picking the pole winner in the first Formula 1 race of the season? Can't wait until the next race...

Posted by: scuderiateocalli on Tuesday Mar 16, 2010 at 1:46 p.m. UTC

Thanks for entering the results Jimbo and great new logo matbarlow. Frankly I thought the race was a tad boring. Too bad for Vettel, a bad spark plug is a terrible way to lose first place. Massa and Alonso are looking strong, yeah baby! I wonder how the provisional engine change will affect Ferrari later in the season. Welcome OTBMP, 89turboTA, kapt and brickyard. Tell your racing fan friends about our league, missing one race isn't a huge handicap based on our results last season. Just a reminder, it's wise to make provisional picks now for the next race just in case you forget later on.

Posted by: graham on Monday Mar 15, 2010 at 11:25 p.m. UTC

I guess my rubbing my lucky 2009 Cracklyfinger F1 World Champion trophy only gave me medium luck with my guesses this weekend... Better watch out though!

How about that new points system?! Makes for crazy reading when you're used to the old system. I guess it wouldn't change much if applied retroactively though. Crazy that Ferrari has 40something points after only one race though.

Also, welcome newbies to the game!

How about that sweet new logo?

Posted by: matbarlow on Monday Mar 15, 2010 at 1:23 a.m. UTC

Whoa! Nice pickin docsue and new-guy OTBMP! (OnTopBigMountainPeak?) 2nd and 3rd aren't bad picks either Graham! We're off and running. How about those Ferraris, better than last year, eh? Tomorrowcould be full of fail. Hot and Heavy. About 6 hours to race time, I'll be asleep. What time is viewing at FlyingCracker Headquarters? Will the Ramos Fizz be on the breakfast menu? Welcome new fans: OTBMP, 89TurboTA, 4BktVet, kapt and brickyard! So where's racerx and slacker? Have you seen Berni's new watch? (http://www.formula1.com/news/headlines/2010/3/10521.html) Maybe FC should order three of these babies for this year's Podium finishers.

Posted by: Jimbo on Sunday Mar 14, 2010 at 6:05 a.m. UTC

US F1, R.I.P.

Posted by: graham on Tuesday Mar 2, 2010 at 9:30 p.m. UTC

@scuderiateocalli - of course you can change your guess, anytime before the guess deadline listed for the event. I believe CT is -6/-5 from UTC. As mentioned last season, it's best if you make a provisional guess for the next race when the current race ends and you check results. That way, three weeks later after you slurp too many margaritas friday night and forget, you at least have a chance at points.

Posted by: graham on Thursday Feb 4, 2010 at 6:28 a.m. UTC

I'm assuming I can change my early picks anytime prior to the race deadline. Yes? If not, I'm probably already screwed...

Posted by: scuderiateocalli on Wednesday Feb 3, 2010 at 9:10 p.m. UTC

I can't wait for the season to start...

Posted by: scuderiateocalli on Monday Feb 1, 2010 at 2:46 p.m. UTC

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