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Should Tomcat be an official pollster?
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 Post subject: Application: Tomcat
PostPosted: Tue Sep 30, 2014 11:24 am 
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Hello fellow CFB fans...
I received an invitation to become a pollster so please let this serve as my application.
I started following and interacting with this site 2-3 years ago as a result of my frustration and with, what I thought, was a inadequate BCS system. The CFB "playoff" is better, granted, but still not where it needs to (or should) be in my humble opinion; that said, I am still engaging and doing my small part in an effort to voice my displeasure that the current "playoff" system is still not up to snuff; it's my hope that we can get to, at least, 8 teams in a playoff in my lifetime.
You may notice a discrepancy in my rankings two weeks ago (the transition between weeks three and four); this due to a change in methodology of how I think about ranking the top teams (especially the top 4). Specifically, I decided to eliminate the bias that comes with preseason (and prior-season) rankings and therefore to rank (especially the top) teams based on how complete they look per their most recent performance(s). I use a combination of many (50+) recognized polls and cpu rankings systems to get a baseline and then make slight tweaks, where and if it appears necessary, with the top 6-10 teams based on their most recent performance(s); this in an effort to ensure the best 4-teams are ranked in the top four. I use 50+ polls and cpu systems because, as we all know, there is no perfect system and my thinking is that a larger sample will help alleviate any shortcomings, biases or weaknesses inherent in any singular poll or cpu algorithm.
A little about me...I was born and raised in Nashville, TN and learned early on that CFB wasn't life or death...it was, in fact, more important. For all intents and purposes, my entire family attended Auburn University so therein lies my loyalty. In '01 I moved to West Palm Beach, FL as a career move and have resided here since. I still live passionately for Saturdays. (all my friends know I'll have a remote in my hand, instead of a golf club, on Saturdays during CFB season).
Lastly, I humbly consider myself a man of honesty and integrity and do my best to eliminate any (conscious) bias I may have towards Auburn (and/or the SEC).
Feel free to ask any questions and I'll do my best to answer in a timely manner (work allowing). Thanks in advance for your consideration.


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 Post subject: Re: Application: Tomcat
PostPosted: Tue Sep 30, 2014 12:44 pm 
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Yes from me. I think Tomcat will be a great addition to our community.

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 Post subject: Re: Application: Tomcat
PostPosted: Tue Sep 30, 2014 2:15 pm 
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Yes.

Solid application.

Glad to have you on the site!


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 Post subject: Re: Application: Tomcat
PostPosted: Tue Sep 30, 2014 6:08 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Application: Tomcat
PostPosted: Wed Oct 01, 2014 12:04 pm 
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Thank you gents.


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 Post subject: Re: Application: Tomcat
PostPosted: Wed Oct 01, 2014 2:20 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Application: Tomcat
PostPosted: Wed Oct 01, 2014 4:58 pm 
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stevenra wrote:
A yes for me.


Thank you sir...and enough already with the good pick'ems picks for crying out loud!


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 Post subject: Re: Application: Tomcat
PostPosted: Wed Oct 01, 2014 8:00 pm 
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make it so, #1. Welcome to our humble halls

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 Post subject: Re: Application: Tomcat
PostPosted: Wed Oct 01, 2014 10:44 pm 
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CFBrocks wrote:
make it so, #1. Welcome to our humble halls


Thanks much for including me.


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 Post subject: Re: Application: Tomcat
PostPosted: Fri Oct 03, 2014 12:12 pm 
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"Made it so!" At 11:0, Tomcat is our newest official pollster.

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