Welcome to Porker Central

Created by The Comishes on 08/31/2016 12:00 am


Week 13

Congratulations to Jason Tarman on the weekly win. Only one pick away from a perfect week kept Jason at the top, uncontested. Rachel Luhrsen still sits atop the pack in the overall standings. With only a few weeks left, will anyone be able to catch up?

Week 12

Congratulations to Steve Humason.

Week 11

Congratulations to the winner.

Week 10

Congratulations to Ryan Shope on the uncontested weekly win. Ryan was alone at the top this week with 12 wins. Rachel Luhrsen still sits atop the overall leader-board with a near insurmountable lead. We're all looking at you, Pat & Laura, to tighten the gap.

Week 9

We have the first ever four-way tie! Congratulations to Rachel Luhrsen, George Osborne, Dwayne Trevelen, & Greg Martin on the split pot ($10/ea). What are you going to do with that big payout? 

Week 8

Ascent's own Saagar Yadav wins week eight for his first win of the season. If the Vikings won, there were a bunch of people who were going to face off in a tie breaker to claim the week. But no one saw Saagar who snuck in with a Bears victory and the best tie breaker score. Rachel cusioned her lead a bit and is leading by three points going into the second half of the season. 

Week 7

Rachel Luhrsen takes week seven for her second weekly win of the season. George Osborn was hoping for a higher scoring game on Monday night, but the under took the tie breaker. Rachel is happy to win her second week, but now she has the difficult task of maintaining the top spot of the whole tourney, as she is now in first place! 

Week 6

Laura Holmes takes week six for her second weekly win of the season. Not only did she double her winnings, but she vaulted herself up four positions into second place. Pat Shurnas isn't feeling as comfortable at the top as he once did. Laura & Rachel are only two points away from the leader, and there is a lot more football to be played.   

Week 5

Congratulations to Jennifer Mills for winning week five. It wasn't an easy win as she had to battle seven other players on Monday night in a tie breaker. Jennifer bet on a low scoring affair, and that's what she got. Pat Shurnas still tops the leader board but he sees a few in his rear view closing the gap.

Week 4

Congratulations to Laura Holmes for winning week four. No need for a tie breaker this week. Pat Shurnas continued his stellar picking & padded his lead by one point. Only four weeks in and Pat already has a five point lead over the rest of the pack.  

Week 3

Congratulations to Megan Eschleman, who, thanks to a high scoring game on Monday night, edged out Pat Shurnas in the tie breaker. Pat lost the week, but launched himself to first place overall with a comfortable four point lead. 

Week 2

Congratulations to our week two winner, Rachel Luhrsen. She took a couple risks with Minnesota & LA that paid off. Good work Rachel.

Week 1

Congratulations to our first weekly winner Terry Green on his stellar victory. 14 wins of 16 picks is hard to beat.

A new Master is crowned...

Created by The Comishes on 04/04/2016 12:00 am

It took 12 years but he finally did it...  Yep, it all fell into place this year as Scott Kelly picked an impressive 73% of the games correctly to easily take the title.  

When the smoke cleared Greg Uding was alone in second place followed by Megan Eschleman and George Osborne who ended up in a statistical dead heat. John Buckel was in the money in fifth place. Russ Mindt, Joe Jaquez, Greg Martin, Joe Eschleman and Tom Walcot rounded out the Top 10. 

Believe it or not, NONE of our 39 players took Villanova to win it all.  On the other hand 3 Carolina Blue hearts broke when the final shot tickled the twine.

The Madness is back...

Created by The Comishes on 03/14/2016 03:00 pm


It's that time again !!!  The bracket is set and it's time for the Master of March Madness to step forward...  Are you ready to dance ???  If you are here are the links that you'll need to be part of the fun:

2016 Tournament Information Sheet

  • See how to enter...
  • Check out the prizes...
  • Get access to the Comishes' private email...

2016 Pick 'em Page

  • Grab your name from the pull-down menu and make your picks...

2016 Master of March Madness Webpage

  • Check the Leader Board...
  • Take a look at other players brackets...
  • Once the Sweet 16 is set, view tournament projections and player scenarios...

Last but not least, you can come back to this page to get tournament news and to do a little trash talkin' along the way.  GOOD LUCK !!!

Are you ready for some football ???

Created by The Comishes on 10/19/2015 05:00 pm

The Tournament Scoreboard      The Pick 'Em Page      The Rules


Greg Uding is this year's Pigskin Picking Champion! 

Week 17 Recap

Congratulations to Chris Lovin on the weekly win. He wanted to wait until the last week to get his money back.

Week 16 Recap

Good work George Osborne! George took down the week with an uncontested win. Picking Atlanta to break Carolina’s streak was a stroke of genius (or madness), and it paid off big time.

Greg Uding pushed past Russ Mindt on the overall leader board. With only one week left, there are only three points separating the first four players, so anyone can still emerge as the porker champion. Robert Boucher & Terry Green are tied for fifth place, so there is also a fight to see who will be in the money.

Good luck to everyone in their last chance to get a weekly win.

Week 15 Recap

Congratulations to Kevin Kranjack on the weekly win. Thanks to a few daring picks he came out on top of the pack and secured himself the W.

The overall leader race got interesting, as Greg Uding nudged himself right next to Russ Mindt at the top of the pack Scott Kelly & Tyler are now two points behind the two leaders.

Two weeks left folks!
Week 14 Recap
Congratulations to Vince Bernacchi for an uncontested vicory in week 14. If Miami would have won on Monday night, it would have gone down to a tie-breaker between Vince, Marie Kranjack, & Steve Killmer. But the NY Giants didn't let that happen.
There were a lot of tough ones this week, and Vince seemed to know something no one else did with picks like Philly, St. Louis, & Jacksonville. Good work Vince!
There were more shifts in the overall leaderboard. Russ Mindt had the best week of the leaders, pushing him past Tyler right to the top of the leaderboard. Scott Kelly & Greg Uding also took advantage of Tyler's stumble and the three are now tied for second place.
There are only three weeks left. With all of the leader changes to this point, it's hard to predict a victor. Only time will tell. 

Week 13 Recap

Terry Green takes week 13 with an uncontested victory, vaulting him up to sixth place. Terry only missed 3 picks this week (Oakland, New England, & Washington). Congratulations to Terry!

Overall, the four-way tie at the top was broken up. Robert, Russ, Scott, & Tyler all had similar picks aside from two games: Giants vs Jets & Bills vs Texans. Fortunately for Tyler, the Jets came back and won in overtime to put him back on top. Unfortunately for Russ & Robert, they missed both games putting them two points back.

There are only four weeks left and there are only six points between the top ten players. It’s time to make your move if your name is to be emblazoned on the Perpetual Pigskin Picking Trophy. Good luck!

Week 12 Recap

Congratulation to Nick Docous for the weekly win.

It came down to Monday Night Football where Nick & Baltimore were victorious over George Osborne & Cleveland. You’ve got to take risks in this league to get that weekly win. Nick got risky with a few upset picks paying off, such as, Chicago over Green Bay, Denver over New England, & Baltimore over Cleveland.

There are couple additions to the top of the leaderboard. Now, we have a four-way tie between Tyler Gahagan, Russ Mindt, Robert Boucher, & Scott Kelly. Who will emerge as the overall winner? Stay tuned.

Week 11 Recap

This blogger needs to apologize for missing the week 11 recap. Congratulations to Laura Holmes for her third weekly victory! Give someone else a chance will ya.

The overall leader, Tyler Gahagan stumbled a bit this week, allowing Co-commissioner, Russ Mindt, to catch up.

Week 10 Recap

This was the wildest week of football to date. Looking at the Vegas odds, ten out of fourteen games were upsets. This week, anyone playing conservatively was left with little points to show for their safe play.

This week’s winner threw a Hail Mary to the back of the end-zone and got his first win. Ryan Shope won by picking five of the ten upsets and all of the favored winners correctly.

The score was tied going into Monday Night Football. Kevin Kranjack thought he had the week in the bag. All he needed was for the undefeated Bangles to beat the struggling 3-5 Texans. Unfortunately for Kevin, T.J. "Bangle Poacher" Yates came in as backup QB in the third quarter, and beat Cincinnati for the 4th time in four years.

Russ Mindt was dancing in his deer blind, as his seven wins would surely help him pass the leader, Tyler Gahagan, who only had a measly three wins. However, thanks to the bye week, Tyler threw this week in the trash and still remains ahead of Dr. Von Wag (Russ) by one point.

On to Week 11!

WEEK 9 Recap

Week 9 is complete and a new weekly winner has emerged. Congratulations Dave Garese on the week 9 win!

It was the Green Bay vs Carolina game that separated the leading players from the rest. Unfortunately for those who picked The Packers, Aaron Rodgers, who was rocked all game long with 14 hits by the Panthers defense, failed to find a wide open Randall Cobb on fourth down near the end of the game. A TD and two point conversion would have tied it up, but it was not to be.

On Monday night, the Bears’ win helped the pool newcomer, Saagar Yadav, get into the leader mix with Dave & Jennifer Mills. However, Dave’s perfect tie breaker score solidified the win.

Tyler Gahagan is still atop the season leaderboard, but his pick for the Cowboys helped Russ Mindt get one point closer to catching up.

WEEK 8 Recap

Congratulations to Pat Shurnas for the big win in week 8.

It came down to Monday Night Football. Four competitors were watching the score very closely. Steve Killmer was feeling confident until The Colts marched down the field and scored with only 2:37 left in the fourth quarter. Then, George Osborne was sure he had the money until Adam Vinatieri kicked a field goal with only two seconds left, handing the weekly pot over to Cliff Moore & Pat. At that point, Cliff was rooting for the rare tie game, so that he too could tie and secure half of the win, but those hopes were dashed when Carolina sealed the deal with a 52 yard overtime field goal.

Tyler Gahagan still sits atop the season standings with Russ Mindt right behind him. Will Russ abandon his homerism and pick against his Steelers? Will Tyler slip-up and accidentally pick his 49ers? We’re only half-way through the season, there is plenty more football to play.

WEEK 7 Recap

In a wild contest across the pond, the Jacksonville Jaguars overcame their issues to secure a 34-31 win over the Buffalo Bills. Only a few hours later, the Pittsburgh Steelers lost a slow grind of a game at Arrowhead Stadium. Only two Pick ‘Em players were crazy enough to pick the Jags and the Chiefs, but it paid off for both.

Tyler Gahagan & Laura Holmes will split the pot this week, as they had the exact same picks including their tie breakers. Rachel Luhrsen gave them a run for their money, but the under scoring Monday night game sealed the deal for the two winners. Laura has been on top two of the past three weeks and Tyler has had the top score three of the last four weeks.

At first place overall Tyler didn’t feel the need to play conservatively, and it cushioned his lead. Tyler is on top overall with and adjusted total of 67 points. Russ Mindt has 65, Robert Boucher, & Scott Kelly are nipping at his heals with 64 a piece.

WEEK 6 Recap

Once again, Ascent’s own, Tyler Gahagan has won the week before Monday night football even begins (unless Lindsay, Chris, or Russ are brave enough to switch their pick to the Giants). If Philadelphia wins tonight Tyler took the week with 12 wins.

After two weekly wins in three weeks, Tyler has risen to the top of the leaderboard with 62 wins. Larry McElwain steps down to second place (61). Tied for third place is Russ Mindt, Robert Boucher, and the Moore family (60).

Were through a third of the season, but there is a lot more football to play. Who will come out on top?

WEEK 5 Recap

A newcomer to the chase for the porker takes the win for week five! Laura Holmes only missed on two picks. Chicago & Cleveland spoiled her perfect week.

Robert Boucher was rooting for San Diego on Monday night, as his perfect tie-breaker score would have earned him the W. However, Mike Vick & Le’Veon Bell weren’t going to let that happen.

Larry McElwain isn’t lonely at the top anymore. Cliff Moore’s eleven points has him tied for first with Larry at 53 points. 

WEEK 4 Recap

This weeks winner threw up a Hail Mary with picks like New York over Buffalo, Washington over Philly, & Chicago over Oakland. Sometimes, crazy pays off.

Tyler had the week wrapped up on Sunday night when the Saints got to the endzone on their first OT drive. Cain Dwyer had a chance to tie it up if the Cowboys would have won, but Monday nigh wasn't a factor after CJ Spiller passed the pylons.

Larry McElwain is still on top of the leaderboard. But after a big win, Tyler is now right in Larry's rear view.

WEEK 3 Recap

It was rumored that this weeks winner, Don Ferguson, put on a blindfold and threw darts at his pick 'em sheet to make his picks this week. Whatever he did, it paid off with an uncontested week 3 win!

Overall, Larry McElwain takes a two point leed going into week 4.

WEEK 2 Recap

Wow!  If you're the type of Pick 'Em player that can recite every Vegas line from every game and knows the pool’s standing’s by heart, you probably weren’t very chipper on Monday morning. It was a bloodbath out there on Sunday.

Vegas underdogs had a field day -- the Patriots beat the favored Bills, the Bucs beat the nine-point favored Saints, the Browns beat the favored Titans and Washington beat the favored Rams. The Falcons beat the favored Giants after New York blew a late lead, the Jaguars beat the favored Dolphins, the Raiders beat the favored Ravens and the Cowboys beat the favored Eagles.

It came down to Monday Night Football between Herb Knieriem, Steve Thinglum, Colin Hoyt, & Steve Killmer. Even Though Steve K didn’t have the right team picked, his tie breaker points helped him get the W.

Congratulations Steve. No one knows where you came up with those picks, but it certainly paid off (literally).

WEEK 1 Recap

As summer comes to a close, there should be only one thing on everyone’s mind – THE RACE FOR THE PORKER.

We are excited to announce that we have 48 players vying for the coveted Pigskin Picking Prize, the largest field in 12 years of existence.

Not surprisingly, week 1 came down to a tiebreaker with two tied at 13 wins. Jeff Loverde, first time player and recently engaged to long time player Jessica Mindt, beat out Steve Humason, Lawson Mechanical, by going low with 30 points to Steve's 42. Hopefully, Jeff & Steve don’t get too comfortable as 19 players are with 2 games and another 13 within 3 games. This will be a great battle.

The Master stepped forward a little early this year...

Created by The Comishes on 03/31/2015 09:00 am

You know at first glance Megan's Bracket isn't really that impressive…  8 for 8 in the first round of the East but she dropped 4 games the South, 2 in the West and 1 in the Midwest.  Heck she lost 3 out of 4 in the Midwest’s second round and 2 more in the East.

That said, Megan Eschleman salted away the title of 2015 Master of March Madness before they even turned the lights on in Indianapolis.  That’s right, Megan amassed 610 points in the first 3 rounds including a perfect Final Four to win it all.

Truth is the top four spots are a fait accompli.  That’s right, Greg “Hoops” Uding will be the bridesmaid while Herb Knieriem’s early momentum kept him in 3rd place and in the money.  First time player and SAFE Credit Union executive Dave Roughton had an impressive debut locking up 4th place..

Ah but we are not completely without drama.  If Duke cuts down the nets Joe Jaquez, another first timer, will be in the money.  If Coach K’s boys stumble Joe will drop out of the top 10.  Becky Davis’s Jayhawks were out early but if Big 10 members Wisconsin and Michigan State advance she will be feeling pretty good about things.  Last but not least there’s the story of John Buckel.  He’s sitting in 6th place and any of 4 different scenarios will put cash in his pocket.

So we move on… a little short on drama but long on fun.  Was Notre Dame the last speed bump in Kentucky’s road to a perfect record and immortality ???  Will the Cameron Crazies will the Blue Devils to the title ???  Can Wisconsin pull it off and save Joe Eschleman (yep, he has them winning it all) a little face at home ???  Will Tom Izzo and Sparty lose the Big 10 regular season and tournament tittles only to take the biggest prize of all ???

It’s time to find out…

Rock, Chalk, Jayshock

Created by The Comishes on 03/25/2015 11:00 am

Wow !!!  They don’t call it March Madness for nothing…

Imagine a sports bar in Lawrence, Kansas where rooting for the Jayhawks deep into the tournament is a birthright.  Speaking of Big XII powerhouses, Baylor and Iowa State fans are suddenly thinking about spring football instead of their three seeds.  I suppose Virginians are a little less “cavalier” this week and how about the City of Brotherly love where their number one seeded Villanova Wildcats got to start Spring Break a little early.  That can’t sit well in the town that boos Santa Claus.

It’s safe to say that there were “shockers” beyond those playing for Wichita State.  How about Herb Knieriem who jumped 22 places on Sunday to take over the top spot on our Leaderboard !!!  Herb is a bracketology veteran who is hoping that Kentucky can help him go from payer to player.  Megan Eschleman is up to her old tricks.  The pride of Penn State is making her husband look bad and with Kentucky and 384 possible points she is the favorite in the clubhouse.

The top 5 is rounded out by pool newcomer and fast pitch softball guru Joe Jaquez, self-acclaimed basketball expert Greg “Hoops” Uding and the irrepressible sports non-enthusiast Robert Boucher.  Let’s just say that if Duke or Arizona cuts down the nets Joe or Robert will be buying.

So on we go…  Can Kentucky complete a perfect season ???  Can Gonzaga or Wisconsin go on a run that turns things upside down ???  Can the Fighting Irish take intern Saagar Yadev from obscurity to celebrity ???  Who will step forward to become the 2015 Master of March Madness…

Ascent Softball - Final Update

Created 09/30/2014 08:00 am

Ascent Builders co-ed softball team “Caught Looking” returned for its final week of action against “Plan B.”

We had to win big and get some help in order to get into the championship game. The game was a shootout with us getting a narrow 12-11 win. Since we only won by a run it was not enough to get us into the championship with a better run differential than “Cheaters Sports Bar.” In the end it was “Hittin Dingers” who came out on top in the championship.

Even though we were not in the championship game, fun was had by all. If you are interested in joining us in the spring season feel free to contact us.


Regular Season

Mon, Sep 8 @ 7:30 PM: Loss Ascent Builders 10 vs. Hittin Dingers! 11

Mon, Sep 8 @ 8:30 PM: Win Ascent Builders 16 vs. Saved By The Balls 6

Mon, Sep 15 @ 6:30 PM: Win Ascent Builders 11 vs. Plan B 4

Mon, Sep 22 @ 7:30 PM: Win Ascent Builders 6 vs. Hittin Dingers! 4

Mon, Sep 29 @ 6:30 PM: Win Ascent Builders 5 vs. Saved By The Balls 4

Mon, Oct 6 @ 6:30 PM: Loss Ascent Builders 4 vs. Cheaters Sports Bar 10

Mon, Oct 13 @ 7:30 PM: Loss Ascent Builders 4 vs. Cheaters Sports Bar 8

Mon, Oct 20 @ 6:30 PM: Win Ascent Builders 12 vs. Plan B 11



·         Ryan Shope

·         Travis Batts

·         Colin Hoyt

·         Mark Shope

·         Jason Williams

·         Mike Seegert

·         Adam Della Monica

·         Steve Sopinski

·         Cliff Moore


·         Alyssa Shope

·         Tiffany Morales

·         Monica Perez

·         Kristina Glaiberman

·         Vanessa Trejo

Ascent Builders Softball - Week 2 Update

Created 09/09/2014 12:00 am

Ascent Builders co-ed softball team “Caught Looking” returned for its second week of action against “Team B”.  

The team looked good throughout the game as most everyone seemed to be hitting and fielding fairly well. Despite leaving a lot of stranded runners, Caught Looking controlled the game throughout, easily winning 11-4. With the win, the team’s record is now at 2-1 and we will be looking to avenge our only loss next week!

Our next game is Monday, September 22nd at Reichmuth Park at 7:30 PM, 6135 Gloria Drive, Sacramento, CA 95831. Feel free to come watch us play and enjoy a beer.


Regular Season

Mon, Sep 8 @ 7:30 PM: Loss Ascent Builders 10 vs. Hittin Dingers! 11

Mon, Sep 8 @ 8:30 PM: Win Ascent Builders 16 vs. Saved By The Balls 6

Mon, Sep 15 @ 6:30 PM: Win Ascent Builders 11 vs. Team B 4



·         Ryan Shope

·         Travis Batts

·         Colin Hoyt

·         Mark Shope

·         Jason Williams

·         Mike Seegert

·         Adam Della Monica

·         Steve Sopinski

·         Cliff Moore


·         Alyssa Shope

·         Tiffany Morales

·         Monica Perez

·         Kristina Glaiberman

·         Vanessa Trejo

The 2014 Race for the Porker is on...

Created by The Comishes on 09/04/2014 03:00 pm


Hello football fans and welcome to the home of the 2014 Race for the Porker !!! This is your one stop shop for scores, statistics and smack talk. Everything you need to know is one click away...

The Tournament Scoreboard      The Pick 'Em Page      The Rules

Week No 5

Cain Dwyer of Rampart Enterprises was our Week 5 winner. Cain deftly picked 14 winners this week for the highest weekly win total yet this year. His only glitch was the surprise the Panthers gave Da Bears. He did, however, take the Bills to win in Detroit – good call.

George Osborne still leads the pack and I’m sure he is getting nervous, to long at the top will start to haunt you.  

You should notice a change in the season’s standings and accordingly, your win total for the year. That’s right sports fan’s, we are now calculating the standings taking into account your free gift – the ever popular “Bye Week”.  Your worst week has been thrown out, counting only your best of the last 4 weeks. For some of you I know this is a blessing.

Week No 4

Well, we are a quarter of the way through the season sports fans and George Osborne has somehow risen to the top of the heap. George leads the pack with 40 wins, but there are 11 hungry pigskin pickers within 3 games and right on his heels.

Julia Gahagan who happens to be the reigning “Master of March Madness” was our winner for week 4. She beat out Terry Green (Williams + Paddon Architecture) and Kris Jensen (IT Wizard) in the tie-breaker with a total of 44 points. It would have been nice if the Patriots had showed up, but you can’t count on any sure bets this year.

Week 5 is loaded and ready 

Week No 3

Week 3 had four players going into MNF tied at 12 wins.  Jessica Mindt and Steve Sopinski took the Bears while Pat Shurnas and Pat Derickson were riding with the Jets. As crazy as this year has been so far and surprisingly, the favored Bears came out on top.

Jessica and Steve “just happened” to both use 44 points as their tiebreaker and seeing as we don’t like to complicate thing they will split the pot. It doesn’t happen very often, but that’s what makes it fun – everybody wins – except the sad and sorry Jets (guess who took the Jets)

Week four is loaded and ready  Good Luck this week as we approach the quarter point of the season.

Week No 2

Week 2 is in the books and George Osborne came out on top. Hard to believe he could pick that many winners during a chaotic weekend.

Have you ever seen so many “sure bets” fall to the underdogs?  Come On Man!!! Seattle, New Orleans, SF and of course my Steelers all fell victim to the 2nd half blues.

To answer last weeks questions. No the 49ers are not “that” good, Yes the Cowboys are “that” bad – they just got lucky, KC is not quite a “flash in the pan” but their not going anywhere and No, New England should not panic.

Pick Wisely...

Week No. 1

Congratulations to Paul Eblen who jumped on top with a win in Week 1.  Bryan Hansen and Robert Boucher are tied atop the Season leader board with 12 wins but Paul edeged them out in the MNF tie-breaker.

Are the 49ers that good ???  Are the Cowboys that bad ???  Was Kansas City a flash in the pan ???  Should New England panic ???

On we go...

The Master leaves no doubt...

Created by The Comishes on 04/07/2014 09:00 pm

This one was never in doubt...  After going 16 for16 on Day 1 Julia Gahagan had Mercer over Duke on Day 2 and it was all over but the shouting.

Looking at the big board its obvious that hubby Tyler was looking over Julia's shoulder, staying within eye sight of the lead and finishing 2nd.  Cain Dwyer, Patty McElwain and Dave Garese finished 3rd through 5th respectively but none of them were able to break through the 500 point plateau which will forever be known as the "Gahagan Line". 

This year was full of firsts as for the first time ever not one player picked the eventual champion.  Truth is that not one player had a team in the championship game...  Go figure.

At any rate we hope you had fun again this year and remember, the NFL season is just around the corner !!!

The Comishes

It's time for the Master of March Madness

Created by The Comishes on 03/18/2014 12:00 pm

It's that time again !!!  The bracket is set and it's time for the Master of March Madness to step forward...  Are you ready to dance ???  If you are here are the links that you'll need to be part of the fun:

2014 Tournament Information Sheet

  • See how to enter...
  • Check out the prizes...
  • Get access to the Comishes' private email...

2014 Pick 'em Page

  • Grab your name from the pull-down menu and make your picks...

2014 Master of March Madness Webpage

  • Check the Leader Board...
  • Take a look at other players brackets...
  • Once the Sweet 16 is set, view tournament projections and player scenarios...

Last but not least, you can come back to this page to get tournament news and to do a little trash talkin' along the way.  GOOD LUCK !!!

Ascent Indoor Soccer - Final Update

Created 12/13/2013 12:00 am

The Ascent indoor soccer season has come to a close. Though we finished a mere 1-7 a great time was had by all and we improved leaps and bounds as a team in the end. Next time we will look at being in a less competitive league!as

Thanks to everyone who came out and supported us! 

Ascent NFL Pick Em' - We Have A Winner!

Created 12/30/2013 12:00 am

Russ Mindt and Kris Jensen split the pot for week 17 with 15 wins and the same tie-breaker.

Russ Mindt is the grand champion this year with 169 points. Kris Jensen, Heather Killmer, Patty McElwain and Cliff Moore round out the top 5. Thanks to everyone for playing!

The year-end party will be at Ascent Builders on Monday, January 6th at 4:30 PM. We will have pizza, beer and the BCS Championship game on the big screen as Florida State takes on Auburn. Please let Russ Mindt know if you are coming at

Final standings and reports can be found here.

Season Standings Top 5

1. Russ Mindt

2. Kris Jensen

3. Heather Killmer

4. Patty McElwain

4. Cliff Moore

Weekly Winners

Week 17 – Russ Mindt/Kris Jensen

Week 16 – Cain Dwyer

Week 15 – Jennifer Mills

Week 14 – Dave Garese

Week 13 – Russ Mindt

Week 12 – Jennifer Mills

Week 11 – Pat Shurnas

Week 10 – Heather Killmer

Week 9 – Jennifer Mills

Week 8 – Herb Knieriem

Week 7 – Anthony Roy

Week 6 – Dwaine Gonzales

Week 5 – Nick Docous

Week 4 – Colin Hoyt

Week 3 – Dave Garese

Week 2 – Greg Martin

Week 1 – Scott Kelly

ABI Survivor Pool - Week 13 Recap

Created 10/15/2013 12:00 am

And we have a winner for round 3! We had 4 people sign up for the inaugural .500 or below round 3 and it was over in a week.

Pat Shurnas is the lone survivor again for round 3. Pat took Baltimore to beat Pittsburgh while everyone else took Cleveland to beat Jacksonville.

We are not going to have a round 4 due to time. Thanks to all that played and I hope to see everyone play again next year!


Round 1 – Mike Seegert

Round 2 – Pat Shurnas

Round 3 – Pat Shurnas

Evidently this year's Porker participants are serious...

Created by The Comishes on 09/10/2013 08:00 am

If Week 1 is any indication its going to be one heck of a Race for the Porker !!!

It’s hard to believe but we had 12 players with a dozen wins, 7 with 11 W’s a piece and another 10 players just 2 games off the lead with 10 victories.  That’s 29 players in double digits for the week and that constitutes an all-time record for average wins.

Commissioner Kelly won the tie-breaker by accurately predicting the shoot-out in San Diego and getting onto the money list.  Let the rumors of hanky-panky in the league office begin… 

Are you ready for some football...

Created by The Comishes on 08/16/2013 11:00 am

It’s time for the 10th Annual Race for the Porker !!!

Wondering how to play… follow this link to the 2013 Tournament Rules.  Wondering how to make picks… here’s a link to our Pick ‘Em Page.  Wondering how we keep score… here a link to the Ascent NFL Home Page where you can get real-time results throughout the season.

So there’s only one question left…  Are you in ???  Click here to let us know that you’re a player baby !!!  Click here if you want us to put you down as a no.

So here’s to a great Fall and a great football season !!!

The Comishes

It's time for the Master of March Madness to emerge...

Created by The Comishes on 03/25/2013 09:00 am

Cinderella is at the dance and her name is Florida Gulf Coast...

That's right.  In a year of upsets nothing can quite compare to FGC's run to the Sweet 16.  That's not to say that Witchita State's win over Gonzaga or LaSalle's win over Mississippi weren't impressive, they were.  It's a shame that one of them has to go when the meet up this week.  Still, who among you had ever heard of the FGC Eagles ???  Well, the Hoyas and Aztecs have now...

Meanwhile George Osborne sits atop of our leader board with 394 points and a Louisville team that looks like it has what it takes to win it all.  Robert Boucher (Florida) and Rod Johnson (Duke) are clearly close enough to win the title if their championship game picks pan out.  Patty McElwain made a nice run to the 4th spot but she and Gonzaga won't be around when the tournament arrives in Atlanta.

If you're looking for a dark horse you would have to consider Russ Mindt, Joe Eschleman and John Buckel who are hoping to sneak in the back door with Miami, Duke or Indiana.

Onward we go...

How do you spell madness ???     H-A-R-V-A-R-D

George Osborne rode Cal and Oregon to a small lead at the end of day 1.  Beyond those two picks he played things pretty close to the vest but wins by the two #12 seeds gave him 48 points and a slight lead over Rod Johnson.  Rod had both of those games right but he got greedy, picking Akron to shock VCU.  When the smoke cleared VCU had a record margin of victory and Goerge had the lead.

Steve Thinglum took it on the chin losing New Mexico from his Great Eight and Bucknell from his Final Four.  

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Pizza & Pucks

Created by Tyler Gahagan on 02/04/2013 04:00 pm

Every year during the hockey season, Ascent Builders' families & friends enjoy a night in Stockton to watch some minor league hockey (in one of our superintendents' case, his family and everyone else he knew within a 100 mile radius. Lynol, I'm looking at you.). The night always starts off with some pizza and drinks at Mr. D's Pizza & Sports Pub, which is conveniently located a few blocks from the arena.

This year we saw the Stockton Thunder (Edmonton Oilers affiliate) play the San Francisco Bulls (San Jose Sharks affiliate). If you were a Thunder Fan the night went pretty well, as they jumped off to an early lead scoring the first two goals within 23 seconds of each other. After that, the Bulls couldn't come back, and the Thunder prevailed in a 5-2 victory.

Whichever side you were rooting for, it was a fun night of company bonding. Shoot Tyler a call if you're interested in attending next year. we always have associates of Ascent along for the fun and the more the merrier. Click here to jump to our photo gallery and take a look at some snaps...

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Pigskin Picking Champion

Created by Russ Mindt on 01/16/2013 04:00 pm

What a football season it was. After 17 weeks of battling for the top spot, Vince Bernacchi of Schetter Electric came out on top and claimed the Ascent Builders Perpetual Pigskin Picking Prize. It was a pretty good battle to the end. Vince fought it out with Larry McElwain (2nd place), Cliff Moore (3rd place)  and Scott Kelly (tied for 4th) who were all in the top spot at various times during the season. Rounding out the top finishers were Steve Humason and Dave Edwards who finished tied with Scott. We had over 40 players this year and it's always tough to make just the right pick each week to differentiate yourself from the pack, but Vince did an outstanding job holding on to the top spot in the final weeks.

On a side note - The Steelers still are the only team with 6 Super Bowl trophies - I'm just saying.

Second Annual Car Show - Great Success

Created by Robert Boucher on 10/02/2012 03:00 pm

Thank you to everyone who joined us on Saturday for our second annual car show. We had a great showing with lots of variety. Dan Roy did a great job with the tri-tip and Colin Hoyt may have a future as a bartender if the construction thing doesn't work out. Take a look at some of the photos here.

Car Show Coming Soon

Created by Robert Boucher on 09/07/2012 11:00 am

The car show is on September 29th. Check out the flyer HERE.

The Master of March Madness pays us a visit...

Created by Scott and Russ on 05/02/2012 06:00 pm

Look who showed up at our place...  That smile and that check both belong to interior designer Becky Davis, the 2012 Master of March Madness.

Becky was in town to walk the Kroc Center but she made time to stop by collect her winnings and pose with the Stephen Perry trophy.  

It's the Big Dance baby !!!

Created by The Comishes on 04/03/2012 10:00 am

The Final 4

It came down a dream match-up of two of the most storied programs in college basketball history with Kentucky's young guns were just too much for a game group of Jayhawks,  After winning what was arguably a bigger game against in-state rival Louisville, Kentucky was played a spectacular first half and a serviceable second half to claim their 9th National Championship.

Becky Davis, the pride of BRS Architects and the University of Nebraska, followed up a strong 2011 performance with a convincing 2012 victory and her name has been added to the Master of March Madness trophy.  Ryan Shope held off Tyler Gahagan for 2nd place while Courtney Wetsell and Scott Kelly rounded out the money list. 

Thanks again to all 26 Bracketologists for another great tournament !!!

Sweet 16 / Great 8

... and then there were 4.  Kentucky vs Louisville in an in-state rivalry that may be as big as the tournament for some.  Kansas vs Ohio State in a battle of the bigs, Big 10 vs Big 12.  (Never mind the fact that neither conference has the right number of teams)

In our little test of skills we have a new leader in the Clubhouse...  Becky Davis, who was in the money last year, slowly worked her way up the Leader Board and will spend the week with a view from the top.  Tyler Gahagan clawed his way into second place followed by Paul Eblen and Ryan Shope.  On the other hand, we can't divide up the money yet because we have 8 possible scenarios and the "Fab Four" will be broken up in all of them.

The truth is that the Master of march Madness has come down to two... Herb Knienem and Becky Davis.  Herb has all of his chips on those Kansas Jayhawks while Becky will take the prize if anyone but Kansas cuts down the nets in New Orleans.  If you want to know where you stand take a look at the Player Scenario Report.

The road to the final 4 has come to an end.  Now let's see who wins it all...

Round of 32

Well Saturday and Sunday didn't disappoint as we narrowed the field to 16.   Buckeyes, Bobcats, Musketeers and Bearcats...  That's four, count 'em four, teams from the Great State of Ohio.  Forget the November elections, Ohio has become the "Swing State" for this tournament.

Paul (Orange) Eblen remains on top of the Leader Board with David (Go Gators) Garese and Herb (Rock Chalk Jayhawk) Knieriem right behind him.  Beware... Ryan Shope and Kris Jensen are hanging around the top and both Kentucky and NC State have looked VERY strong.

On to the Sweet 16 we go !!!

Round of 64 -- Day 2

If you had Lehigh or Norfolk State you're a genius or you're completely nuts.  Either way, your bracket would be smokin' hot !!!  

The "madness" took over on Day 2 and so did Kris Jensen, rising to the top of the Leader Board in spite of his beloved BYU Cougars bowing out.  Paul Eblen and Ryan Shope are close behind but Mizzou's early exit could come back to haunt all three of our leaders.

If you make it through today with your Final Four in tact you'll be in pretty good shape to see some winnings...

Round of 64 -- Day 1

Well, we're off...  It was a quiet first day by Madness standards with only two mild upsets...  Colorado and VCU advanced but the first day belonged to the selection committee.  Will day two follow suit  ???  Did you pick the big upset or did you play it close to the vest ??? Remember, in our pool it's not only how many games you win it's which games you win !!!

Congrats to Steve Humason and Paul Stukas for taking a lead into the clubhouse. Click here to check the Leader Board.  


It's hard to turn on the TV these days without seeing some "expert" filling out their bracket.  Even Barak Obama had an ESPN special to let the world know that he's got North Carolina winning it all.  As far as our picks go it looks like Kentucky is the popular choice.

More to come...

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It's time for the Master of March Madness to step forward...

Created by The Comishes on 03/26/2011 07:00 pm

Are you ready ???  It's almost time to dust off your bracket and get in the big dance baby !!!

If you'd like to be the Master of March Madness click here to email the Comishes. You can also click here to access the Pick 'em Page, the Master of March Madness Scoreboard and our update page..  Here's a look at the complete 2012 Men's Bracket.

Here’s our scoring system…

  • Round of 64             Winner’s Seed x 2 pts                   (each game)
  • Round of 32             Winner’s Seed x 4 pts                   (each game)
  • Sweet 16                 Winner’s Seed x 8 pts                   (each game)
  • Elite 8                     Winner’s Seed x 16 pts                  (each game)
  • Final 4                     Winner’s Seed x 24 pts                 (each game)
  • The Final                 Winner’s Seed x 32 pts

Note -- Our pool does not include the play-in games.  We will start with the final 64 teams and go from there.

A portion of the entry fee will go towards the awards party and the rest will go into the pot.  The bigger the pool gets the bigger the pay-out…

  • 1st Prize 40% of the pot
  • 2nd Prize 30% of the pot
  • 3rd Prize 15% of the pot
  • 4th Prize 10% of the pot
  • 5th Prize 5% of the pot

The 2012 Pigskin Picking Prize is awarded

Created by The Comishes on 12/15/2011 07:00 pm

After 17 weeks and more than 240 games we had a first...  The Race for the porker ended up in a tie with Dave Lindquist and Scott Kelly both amassing 170 wins. Perhaps more impressively Steve Humason and George Osborne were deadlocked with 169 wins a piece. In fact we had 12 different pickers finishing with ten games of the top this year.

As always, the Comishes would like to thank everyone who played, especially those who thew in a little trash talking along the way...

The Oakland A's might be the better team in the Bay this year...

Created by Phil Wonders on 03/31/2011 02:15 pm

It's TRUE. For those of you few true Giants fans and the many, many jump on the bandwagoners; keep your eye out for the team across the Bay. The Oakland A's are poised to steal the thunder from the Giants this season. I would like to cite a recent article from the Sacramento Bee

Unless the Giants regain their hops and their health, they might not even be the best baseball team in the Bay Area. Don't laugh. Could happen. That's what the team in Oakland is quietly pitching, by the way.

That being said. Go A's...

Super Bowl Proves Traumatic for Preconstruction Guru

Created by Robert Boucher on 02/09/2011 08:56 am

It's not clear what's worse for Russ - Watching his beloved Steelers lose to Green Bay or having to make good on his bet with Dan by donning the rival colors. Russ did say that he'd rather wear the cheese than have to "eat some of the nasty stuff". For those who don't know, Russ would rather take a bullet than eat cheese. Crazy.

Ascent NFL Week No. 17

Created by The Comishes on 12/30/2010 10:00 pm


1/3 @ 8:30  Congrats to Chris Lewis who picked 14 games to win Week No. 17.  Here are the results fo the week...

Patty McElwain held on to 2nd place with Dan Roy and Chris Simas edging out Commissioner Mindt for the last of the money spots.  You can check out complete results here.

12/30   Though the Porker Prize is all sown up for the year the rest of the money slots are still very much in play. Going into this weeks action at least 7 and maybe as many as 11 players are still in the hunt.

Will Patty "Billie Jean King" McElwain be able to hold off the men and hold on to second place ???  Can Russ hold off the trio of players (including his son-in-law) who trail him by 1 ???  Can George Osborne recover from a Week 16 stumble to climb back into the money ???  Will a dark horse run the table and leapfrog their way into some cash ???

We'll be publishing the final standings and coordinating this year's end of season party on Monday so keep an eye out for details !!!

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