Fantasy Chase: Week 4 results

Kansas was an ugly race for some of the major Chase contenders. And that meant elimination for 36 players in our Fantasy Chase — 34 percent of the overall field!

We’re now down to 71 people remaining with six races to go.

The bottom four drivers at Kansas — shockingly — were Brad Keselowski, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kahne. So that means a fond farewell to the following people:

Keselowski (11):


Earnhardt (5):


Johnson (3):


Kahne (5):


In addition, 12 people were eliminated when the race took the green flag due to their picks of drivers who were no longer in the Chase. They were:

Kurt Busch (6):


Greg Biffle (6):


Movie review: Gone Girl

The less you know about Gone Girl before seeing it, the better. So you won’t find any spoilers here except for this one: Spend $10 to go see Gone Girl in the theater, and it’ll be worth every penny.

After all, movies are supposed to entertain us. That’s the reason we’re still willing to invest a couple hours in a single activity, put our short attention spans on hold and fork over $13 for a soda and popcorn.

Gone Girl is dark and a bit twisted, but it’s also sprinkled with humor to break some of the tension. It feels all too real at times, which certainly is a reflection of our society’s obsession with high-profile crimes. The cast is electrifying, and the film sucks you in to such a degree that you lose track of the nearly 2.5-hour run time.

Above all, it’s compelling — and wildly entertaining.

If you’re one of the people who have already read the book, you know the kind of roller coaster ride that awaits. I hadn’t read it, so I was surprised by all the developments — and I didn’t mind it one bit. Without giving too much away, Gone Girl is about a Midwestern housewife who suddenly disappears on her fifth anniversary. All signs point to her husband, who gets the Nancy Grace treatment and endures a harsh media spotlight while everyone picks apart his behavior.

Did he kill her? His behavior certainly seems suspicious. Or was she abducted? Was it something else? What happened to her?

Ben Affleck is terrific as the husband, and it probably ranks as one of his best performances. Rosamund Pike, who I wasn’t familiar with before this, is perfect in her role as the wife and the lawyer played by Tyler Perry will make you forget all about Madea. Neil Patrick Harris is also creepily good.

But the real stars are the crisp writing — former Entertainment Weekly TV critic Gillian Flynn adapted her own bestselling novel — and the direction of David Fincher, whose ominous, foreboding style works perfectly for this story.

While I loved Gone Girl and highly recommend it, I don’t think it will be in line for any of the major category Oscars. It’s not really a Best Picture type film, nor are the actors going to get all that much buzz. It reminds me of Fincher’s Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, which didn’t get a Best Picture nom in 2012.

It should still do extremely well at the box office, though, and rightfully so. This film lives up to the hype, and you won’t regret investing your time and money to see it.

Rating: 10 out of 10

Fantasy Chase picks: Week 4

The next stop in the Fantasy Chase is Kansas Speedway — at least for the 107 remaining players.

As an update, here’s how the game is progressing so far:

Pre-race Players left
Chicago 197
New Hampshire 183
Dover 113
Kansas 107

Now let’s take a look at your picks for this week. All 12 of the remaining Chase drivers were picked — guaranteeing more people will be eliminated after Kansas.

But we already know some of the people who will go home. Unfortunately, 12 people picked Greg Biffle and Kurt Busch. Since those drivers are already out of the real Chase, their picks won’t allow them to advance past this week no matter how well Biffle and Busch perform at Kansas.

The rest of the picks are pretty evenly spread, but Jeff Gordon is getting the most love.

Here are your selections (Italics represents a driver who is not eligible for this week):

Twitter ID Kansas
thejosh20 Biffle, Greg
4toddboyer Biffle, Greg
ZTsmiley Biffle, Greg
scottaltimaman Biffle, Greg
prettymonkey Biffle, Greg
Daniels_Caudill Biffle, Greg
hollywoodtlb Busch, Kurt
pamnielsen Busch, Kurt
bradleykarnes Busch, Kurt
cswiecki84 Busch, Kurt
kid67y Busch, Kurt
PhotoMatt_KCCO Busch, Kurt
Kfisher88 Busch, Kyle
devyanks90 Busch, Kyle
Chubdubblub Busch, Kyle
KeviRHatfield Busch, Kyle
turbojunker Busch, Kyle
caseylandrum15 Earnhardt Jr., Dale
arlenekrue Earnhardt Jr., Dale
MaximeB92 Earnhardt Jr., Dale
DeuceStaley_48 Earnhardt Jr., Dale
jojolv48 Earnhardt Jr., Dale
CopaCavanna Edwards, Carl
bruce_compton15 Edwards, Carl
davidlerner75 Edwards, Carl
stephenflorentz Edwards, Carl
gonzalezterence Edwards, Carl
Huth88 Edwards, Carl
ClintLJones Edwards, Carl
ItsAlexKaplan Edwards, Carl
Readymixchick Edwards, Carl
ncraiderfan17 Edwards, Carl
trv240sx Edwards, Carl
Amishkid17 Edwards, Carl
Nascar_Nut Edwards, Carl
thndrnghrd24 Gordon, Jeff
Ed_326 Gordon, Jeff
wdoyle66 Gordon, Jeff
Springwolf Gordon, Jeff
cgros127 Gordon, Jeff
lancesells Gordon, Jeff
digertwo Gordon, Jeff
katiecole125 Gordon, Jeff
chris_siebold22 Gordon, Jeff
quickdraw222 Gordon, Jeff
Bradley_016 Gordon, Jeff
jsoupzzz Gordon, Jeff
Revvin4Seven48 Gordon, Jeff
csvelin Gordon, Jeff
bakemoney2000 Gordon, Jeff
kennethriggs Gordon, Jeff
jdubharris Gordon, Jeff
brian_wiggins Gordon, Jeff
HD388 Gordon, Jeff
BPierce Hamlin, Denny
cpeuterb Hamlin, Denny
Dfblanchard Hamlin, Denny
AshBollinger Hamlin, Denny
lorettamagers Harvick, Kevin
HitYourMarks Harvick, Kevin
fatbuzz66 Harvick, Kevin
DRLDeBoer Johnson, Jimmie
MoWhi Johnson, Jimmie
BigLiciousT Johnson, Jimmie
DillonSims Kahne, Kasey
jsugi48 Kahne, Kasey
Jddorman2 Kahne, Kasey
tvphotog17 Kahne, Kasey
_Chouinard Kahne, Kasey
CFDIG Kenseth, Matt
TheTigerBones Kenseth, Matt
dave_phillips1 Kenseth, Matt
Coates_Burghfan Kenseth, Matt
AppBuckeye31 Kenseth, Matt
oldguyjk Kenseth, Matt
gregatkins Kenseth, Matt
Gael78II Kenseth, Matt
rebel388 Kenseth, Matt
fnmetal Kenseth, Matt
mattgross Kenseth, Matt
poloshot Kenseth, Matt
Sam_Beishuizen Kenseth, Matt
Toenailurface Kenseth, Matt
basspro24chevy Kenseth, Matt
whenske Keselowski, Brad
Jrig1980 Keselowski, Brad
Race5599 Keselowski, Brad
jmorris_np Keselowski, Brad
Hokiefitz Keselowski, Brad
RealJDogg_82 Keselowski, Brad
NSCRtruckFAN Keselowski, Brad
18frannie Keselowski, Brad
ashaver13 Keselowski, Brad
CraigHaasis Keselowski, Brad
echo837 Keselowski, Brad
Sports2hiphop Logano, Joey
Mattdobson_7 Logano, Joey
Scottwilfong Logano, Joey
ZHorrall224 Logano, Joey
mauhernz Logano, Joey
tcholbrook Logano, Joey
coreyr12 Logano, Joey
Adam_Huth Logano, Joey
icemankeller Logano, Joey
dallasjunebug Logano, Joey
dickiep1018 Logano, Joey
chrisonethree Newman, Ryan

Fantasy Chase: Week 3 results

If you recall, 70 players (including me) were eliminated from the Fantasy Chase last week. Seventy! In one week!

So how would Dover treat the remaining 113 people? Pretty darn well, actually.

Only six people were eliminated this week — one who picked Aric Almirola, two who picked Greg Biffle and three who picked Kasey Kahne (AJ Allmendinger was the other bottom four Chase driver, but no one picked him).

So it’s farewell to the following players:

Kasey Kahne (3):


Greg Biffle (2):


Aric Almirola (1):


So now you’re thinking, “Oh geez, we have 107 people left. Maybe there will be too many still playing at Homestead if this keeps up.”

Ah, but you’re forgetting the twist! Remember, if a driver has already been eliminated from the real Chase (such as Biffle or Kurt Busch), that pick is no good if used for an upcoming race.

If you look at it that way, there are 12 people who are guaranteed to be eliminated at Kansas because they picked either Biffle or Busch (I’ll post the Kansas picks later this week).

And the trend continues, too:

— Six people have picked drivers for Charlotte who are already eliminated

— 15 at Talladega

— Five at Martinsville

— One at Texas (someone picked AJ Allmendinger — why?)

— None at Phoenix

— Three at Homestead (three people picked Biffle; can you imagine getting all the way to Homestead and then having your pick already eliminated? Ouch!)

As you can see, it’s not going to be easy to survive all the way to Homestead — particularly if a big name falls out of the Chase this round.

Enjoy the week and I’ll post another update as Kansas approaches.

Fantasy Chase picks: Week 3

This is the last “normal” week of the Fantasy Chase.

Why? Because starting in the next round, some players will be eliminated before that week’s race even starts. Remember: If you picked a driver who is already eliminated from the Chase, your pick is no good.

That makes Dover really big for some people. If you have Denny Hamlin at Talladega, for example, you need him to make Round 2 (whatever it’s called) or you’ll be eliminated that week if you’re still playing.


And we’ve already had a lot of attrition — more than I expected, to be honest. Check out how quickly our field is dwindling:

Pre-race Still playing
Chicago 197
New Hampshire 183
Dover 113

So we’re down to 113 people, and those 113 have picked 15 different drivers at Dover (everyone but AJ Allmendinger) — which means more are guaranteed to get cut this week.

The most popular choice? Jimmie Johnson, who carries the Fantasy Chase hopes of 34 people this week. It’s a pretty good bet, but you would have thought the same about Hamlin last week at New Hampshire.

Here are the picks for Dover:

Twitter ID Dover
CodfishCodfish Almirola, Aric
jrkenbok Biffle, Greg
nuggie99 Biffle, Greg
davidlerner75 Busch, Kurt
dallasjunebug Busch, Kurt
BPierce Busch, Kurt
Daniels_Caudill Busch, Kurt
trv240sx Busch, Kurt
Toenailurface Busch, Kurt
Mattdobson_7 Busch, Kyle
pamnielsen Busch, Kyle
AshBollinger Busch, Kyle
ItsAlexKaplan Busch, Kyle
Jddorman2 Busch, Kyle
DRLDeBoer Busch, Kyle
cpeuterb Busch, Kyle
jojolv48 Busch, Kyle
bakemoney2000 Busch, Kyle
lancesells Busch, Kyle
csvelin Earnhardt Jr., Dale
katiecole125 Earnhardt Jr., Dale
Dfblanchard Earnhardt Jr., Dale
digertwo Earnhardt Jr., Dale
Huth88 Earnhardt Jr., Dale
BigLiciousT Earnhardt Jr., Dale
chrisonethree Edwards, Carl
quickdraw222 Edwards, Carl
scottaltimaman Edwards, Carl
devyanks90 Edwards, Carl
jsugi48 Edwards, Carl
basspro24chevy Edwards, Carl
HD388 Edwards, Carl
Sam_Beishuizen Gordon, Jeff
CraigHaasis Gordon, Jeff
Gael78II Hamlin, Denny
tcholbrook Hamlin, Denny
fnmetal Hamlin, Denny
Scottwilfong Hamlin, Denny
poloshot Hamlin, Denny
kennethriggs Hamlin, Denny
Ed_326 Harvick, Kevin
18frannie Harvick, Kevin
dave_phillips1 Harvick, Kevin
fatbuzz66 Johnson, Jimmie
Amishkid17 Johnson, Jimmie
prettymonkey Johnson, Jimmie
tvphotog17 Johnson, Jimmie
jdubharris Johnson, Jimmie
bradleykarnes Johnson, Jimmie
jmorris_np Johnson, Jimmie
mauhernz Johnson, Jimmie
Chubdubblub Johnson, Jimmie
Coates_Burghfan Johnson, Jimmie
rebel388 Johnson, Jimmie
wdoyle66 Johnson, Jimmie
jsoupzzz Johnson, Jimmie
ZHorrall224 Johnson, Jimmie
Springwolf Johnson, Jimmie
Revvin4Seven48 Johnson, Jimmie
CopaCavanna Johnson, Jimmie
gonzalezterence Johnson, Jimmie
hollywoodtlb Johnson, Jimmie
CFDIG Johnson, Jimmie
whenske Johnson, Jimmie
Jrig1980 Johnson, Jimmie
cswiecki84 Johnson, Jimmie
Kfisher88 Johnson, Jimmie
KeviRHatfield Johnson, Jimmie
chris_siebold22 Johnson, Jimmie
ZTsmiley Johnson, Jimmie
kid67y Johnson, Jimmie
4toddboyer Johnson, Jimmie
Nascar_Nut Johnson, Jimmie
lorettamagers Johnson, Jimmie
brian_wiggins Johnson, Jimmie
RealJDogg_82 Johnson, Jimmie
Sports2hiphop Johnson, Jimmie
spitz121 Kahne, Kasey
n08fear Kahne, Kasey
Bob_14 Kahne, Kasey
bruce_compton15 Kenseth, Matt
echo837 Kenseth, Matt
icemankeller Kenseth, Matt
Hokiefitz Kenseth, Matt
ashaver13 Kenseth, Matt
Adam_Huth Kenseth, Matt
coreyr12 Kenseth, Matt
caseylandrum15 Kenseth, Matt
dickiep1018 Kenseth, Matt
DeuceStaley_48 Kenseth, Matt
Bradley_016 Kenseth, Matt
Race5599 Kenseth, Matt
cgros127 Keselowski, Brad
ClintLJones Keselowski, Brad
thndrnghrd24 Keselowski, Brad
oldguyjk Logano, Joey
DillonSims Logano, Joey
Readymixchick Logano, Joey
HitYourMarks Logano, Joey
mattgross Logano, Joey
stephenflorentz Logano, Joey
MaximeB92 Logano, Joey
PhotoMatt_KCCO Logano, Joey
NSCRtruckFAN Logano, Joey
arlenekrue Logano, Joey
TheTigerBones Logano, Joey
AppBuckeye31 Logano, Joey
gregatkins Logano, Joey
turbojunker Logano, Joey
_Chouinard Newman, Ryan
ncraiderfan17 Newman, Ryan
MoWhi Newman, Ryan
thejosh20 Newman, Ryan

Fantasy Chase: Week 2 Results







New Hampshire knocked me out of the Fantasy Chase, making me one of 70 players to end the season this week. And it stinks. I couldn’t even survive two races? Why did I pick Kurt Busch? Come on, man!

Seriously, though — if you could have predicted Kasey Kahne, Jeff Gordon, Kurt Busch and Denny Hamlin would be the bottom four at New Hampshire, you should be in Las Vegas and not wasting your time with this game.

Hamlin’s bad day was costly for many people. We lost 47 players who picked Hamlin, including Gordon’s public relations rep Jon Edwards, who was added to the Chase as a commissioner’s selection at Chicagoland.

It’s frustrating, but that’s how the Fantasy Chase goes. In just two weeks, we’ve already said goodbye to 84 people. That leaves 113 players left to battle it out for the final eight races.

Here’s the breakdown of how the season ended for me and the others who were eliminated this week (38 percent of the field!):

Kasey Kahne (6):


Jeff Gordon (3)


Kurt Busch (14)


Denny Hamlin (47 — was this week’s most-picked driver)

Lil’ Debbie

Wondering if you’re still in the game? Check out the New Hampshire picks to see if you survived the cut.

Fantasy Chase picks: Week 2

It’s Week 2 of the Fantasy Chase, and starting this week, no one has a safety net.

That bonus point buffer everyone had at Chicagoland? Gone. Starting with New Hampshire and continuing for the rest of the Fantasy Chase, there’s nothing to save you if your driver doesn’t do his job.

A reminder of how it works this week: Your pick must finish better than four other Chase drivers. If your driver is 13th, 14th, 15th or 16th among Chase drivers, you’re out of the Fantasy Chase and your season is over.

This week, every Chase driver was picked at least once — but only 12 of those are correct picks.

A bad day by Denny Hamlin would have the biggest impact on the game, as he’d knock out 47 people. Also, if Ryan Newman struggles, it would end the season for 33 people.

And if both have a bad day? The Fantasy Chase field could be a whole lot smaller by Monday.

Should be interesting! Here are your picks:

Twitter ID   New Hampshire
chrisonethree Allmendinger, AJ
spitz121 Allmendinger, AJ
_Chouinard Almirola, Aric
Sam_Beishuizen Biffle, Greg
CodfishCodfish Biffle, Greg
ncraiderfan17 Biffle, Greg
bruce_compton15 Biffle, Greg
LoganReardon20 Busch, Kurt
jay_wilkins17 Busch, Kurt
jeff_gluck Busch, Kurt
DJstatman482454 Busch, Kurt
VinnieV77 Busch, Kurt
samhissett7 Busch, Kurt
JoeGwilt Busch, Kurt
alovewithoutend Busch, Kurt
P_prissypants Busch, Kurt
thasmoke Busch, Kurt
_Carlton Busch, Kurt
LDGringo Busch, Kurt
1kfox Busch, Kurt
grammatea4u Busch, Kurt
quickdraw222 Busch, Kyle
fatbuzz66 Busch, Kyle
Amishkid17 Busch, Kyle
Ed_326 Busch, Kyle
echo837 Busch, Kyle
icemankeller Busch, Kyle
scottaltimaman Busch, Kyle
MoWhi Busch, Kyle
Gael78II Busch, Kyle
oldguyjk Busch, Kyle
DillonSims Busch, Kyle
Readymixchick Busch, Kyle
jrkenbok Busch, Kyle
tcholbrook Busch, Kyle
n08fear Busch, Kyle
prettymonkey Busch, Kyle
cgros127 Busch, Kyle
HitYourMarks Busch, Kyle
mattgross Busch, Kyle
CraigHaasis Busch, Kyle
tvphotog17 Busch, Kyle
stephenflorentz Busch, Kyle
jdubharris Busch, Kyle
ClintLJones Earnhardt Jr., Dale
Bob_14 Earnhardt Jr., Dale
bradleykarnes Edwards, Carl
fnmetal Edwards, Carl
csvelin Edwards, Carl
katiecole125 Edwards, Carl
Dfblanchard Edwards, Carl
Scottwilfong Edwards, Carl
digertwo Edwards, Carl
Mattdobson_7 Edwards, Carl
LAW9960 Gordon, Jeff
mrdevore Gordon, Jeff
Kharvfanfla15 Gordon, Jeff
NancyatStudioN Hamlin, Denny
joey_fonseca Hamlin, Denny
jonedwards24 Hamlin, Denny
mattlovisa Hamlin, Denny
DTrainMurphyTX Hamlin, Denny
glenburdett Hamlin, Denny
Carlajarvi Hamlin, Denny
Lil’ Debbie Hamlin, Denny
goofyfordfan Hamlin, Denny
vasteve Hamlin, Denny
clebren45 Hamlin, Denny
The_real_tc_ Hamlin, Denny
hzirbel Hamlin, Denny
Cody_Masse Hamlin, Denny
dwilwer Hamlin, Denny
bshell00 Hamlin, Denny
jjwolfeman Hamlin, Denny
chrisallen_nc Hamlin, Denny
markvphotos Hamlin, Denny
richman43 Hamlin, Denny
foolrain Hamlin, Denny
kevinkletti Hamlin, Denny
soller00 Hamlin, Denny
robwright11 Hamlin, Denny
ashinyobject Hamlin, Denny
abadacejr182288 Hamlin, Denny
Jrioux_ Hamlin, Denny
J_Carleton Hamlin, Denny
MrsJPancake Hamlin, Denny
jbenik Hamlin, Denny
rsc654 Hamlin, Denny
Freak4Harvick Hamlin, Denny
dfairhurst2448 Hamlin, Denny
jayua Hamlin, Denny
stevelo48 Hamlin, Denny
folimu Hamlin, Denny
AndrewWaldrop Hamlin, Denny
YenndeeZ Hamlin, Denny
acheckeredflag Hamlin, Denny
07vanquish Hamlin, Denny
Bundy315 Hamlin, Denny
MarkRH Hamlin, Denny
TannerFoutz Hamlin, Denny
StatsDavid Hamlin, Denny
3Dingo Hamlin, Denny
dlschamp Hamlin, Denny
DR_FNP Hamlin, Denny
jmorris_np Harvick, Kevin
MaximeB92 Harvick, Kevin
davidlerner75 Johnson, Jimmie
stevemichalik Kahne, Kasey
summerbrooke23 Kahne, Kasey
kjflye Kahne, Kasey
pat_decola Kahne, Kasey
Shady__Hill Kahne, Kasey
HotStoverReport Kahne, Kasey
devyanks90 Kenseth, Matt
PhotoMatt_KCCO Kenseth, Matt
NSCRtruckFAN Kenseth, Matt
mauhernz Kenseth, Matt
pamnielsen Kenseth, Matt
Chubdubblub Kenseth, Matt
AshBollinger Kenseth, Matt
Huth88 Kenseth, Matt
Coates_Burghfan Keselowski, Brad
rebel388 Keselowski, Brad
wdoyle66 Keselowski, Brad
jsoupzzz Keselowski, Brad
dallasjunebug Keselowski, Brad
ZHorrall224 Keselowski, Brad
Springwolf Keselowski, Brad
ItsAlexKaplan Keselowski, Brad
Revvin4Seven48 Keselowski, Brad
BigLiciousT Keselowski, Brad
CopaCavanna Keselowski, Brad
arlenekrue Keselowski, Brad
gonzalezterence Keselowski, Brad
hollywoodtlb Keselowski, Brad
TheTigerBones Keselowski, Brad
AppBuckeye31 Keselowski, Brad
CFDIG Keselowski, Brad
Hokiefitz Logano, Joey
Jddorman2 Logano, Joey
18frannie Logano, Joey
DRLDeBoer Logano, Joey
whenske Logano, Joey
Jrig1980 Logano, Joey
BPierce Logano, Joey
thejosh20 Logano, Joey
cswiecki84 Logano, Joey
Kfisher88 Logano, Joey
poloshot Logano, Joey
KeviRHatfield Logano, Joey
Daniels_Caudill Newman, Ryan
jsugi48 Newman, Ryan
chris_siebold22 Newman, Ryan
gregatkins Newman, Ryan
ashaver13 Newman, Ryan
Adam_Huth Newman, Ryan
ZTsmiley Newman, Ryan
dave_phillips1 Newman, Ryan
kid67y Newman, Ryan
coreyr12 Newman, Ryan
4toddboyer Newman, Ryan
Nascar_Nut Newman, Ryan
turbojunker Newman, Ryan
cpeuterb Newman, Ryan
caseylandrum15 Newman, Ryan
basspro24chevy Newman, Ryan
dickiep1018 Newman, Ryan
trv240sx Newman, Ryan
Toenailurface Newman, Ryan
DeuceStaley_48 Newman, Ryan
Bradley_016 Newman, Ryan
jojolv48 Newman, Ryan
lorettamagers Newman, Ryan
brian_wiggins Newman, Ryan
kennethriggs Newman, Ryan
bakemoney2000 Newman, Ryan
lancesells Newman, Ryan
RealJDogg_82 Newman, Ryan
Sports2hiphop Newman, Ryan
HD388 Newman, Ryan
thndrnghrd24 Newman, Ryan
Race5599 Newman, Ryan
nuggie99 Newman, Ryan