Beat Mike Week 1 (Season 11)

Mike DiMauro@miked31784Senior Writer ISeptember 4, 2009

PITTSBURGH - AUGUST 29:  Running back Rashard Mendenhall of the Pittsburgh Steelers carries the ball in the first quarter for 2 yard gain during the game against the Buffalo Bills at Heinz Field on August 29, 2009 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Beat Mike
Season 11, Week 1
Hello everyone! Welcome to the 11th season of Beat Mike. Can't believe it seemed like just yesterday when Beat Mike crowned WP as the winner of BMN Bowl X in Tampa. It also seemed like yesterday when I sent my first newsletter of season 10 from my apartment (Chatham 16303) that I shared with Justin and Travis and the other person at the time that I will not say who that person is. Anyways, I know that this will be a great season for everyone, whether this is your first year of playing the game or the 11th year of playing the game. Unfortunely, I am not in Central Florida anymore. I am back in Massachusetts. I will be in Massachusetts until hopefullty December 13, then surprise, because I will be going back to Central Florida to work at Disney during my winter break. I hope this move to Central Florida will be pernament, lol! You know how much I enjoyed working at Disney and I miss working at Pizza Planet/Parking Lot with all of you! We'll see how this semester will go, ok folks!
Ok, there will be a few changes regading the playoffs this year. I want to address that now and I will remind you again towards the end of the season. First, since the Pro Bowl will be played before the Superbowl this year, there will be a total of five rounds in the playoffs. Second, those that will make it to the playoffs will be the people in the top 32 or those who are behind the leader by 32 points. It will be the first time since season 4 that there will be five rounds of the playoffs and 32 (at least) people in the playoffs. The format of the playoffs will be announced later on in the season, but it will be similiar to what was used in the past years.
If you are new to this game, welcome. Those of you who I sent this to, will hopefully come and join us. It's the best game around and it's free to play! I have ran this game for ten seasons and it's a blast.
Also, if you are new to the game, I just want to give you a heads up. I have sent the week 1 newsletter early because of Labor Day. For the rest of the weeks, expect to get your newsletter on Monday or Tuesday before the games for that week begin. For those weeks that involve Thursday, Friday or Saturday night games, the deadline for the Sunday & Monday games will be on Sunday before kickoff. Please make sure that you see the deadline printed below the games and if you send in your picks after the deadline, you will not receive any points for that week.
Let's play Week 1:
Tennessee @ Pittsburgh (KICKOFF GAME; THURSDAY NIGHT; NBC)
Miami @ Atlanta (CBS)
Philadelphia @ Carolina (Fox)
Denver @ Cincinnati (CBS)
Kansas City @ Baltimore (CBS)
Minnesota @ Cleveland (Fox)
Jacksonville @ Indianapolis (CBS)
Dallas @ Tampa Bay (Fox)
Detroit @ New Orleans (Fox)
New York Jets @ Houston (CBS)
San Francisco @ Arizona (Fox)
St. Louis @ Seattle (Fox)
Washington @ New Yok Giants (Fox)
Chicago @ Green Bay (NBC)
Buffalo @ New England (MONDAY NIGHT; ESPN)
San Diego @ Oakland (MONDAY NIGHT; ESPN)
DEADLINE: Thursday Game: September 10 @ 8:25PM ET. Yahoo Pick'em: September 10 @ 8:25PM ET All Other Games (via e-mail): September 13 @ 12:55PM ET
To all you new players, when you send me your picks, please send them either of the following ways:
Buffalo @ New England-New England
Buffalo @ New England-NE
New England
Also when you send your picks, please send them in a new message because there will be times that I might be getting your picks (e-mails) on my phone and it takes too long if they are in the newsletter. Thank you!
You may have noticed that a couple of the games are in red text. The NFL is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the American Football League and they will have 16 games during the season where the original eight teams (BUF, DEN, KC, NE, NYJ, OAK, SD, TN) will play in their original uniforms. The Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins will also be featured in a couple of games each. Anytime this season you see a game in red text, that means it will be a legacy game.
If you have any questions regarding Beat Mike or you are simply confused, please e-mail me or text me on my phone! I will be glad to help!
By the way, this will be the first season that I am letting my family members play the game (exception my parents, my sister, my grandparents, my aunts, my uncle).
Thank You,
Mike DiMauro
P.S. If you would like to join Beat Mike on Yahoo! Pick'em, the ID is 22858 and the Password is gopats. If you would like to play by e-mail, please e-mail Good luck to everyone!