Whispering Pines Resident Double Dips in Football Contest
Even though I went only 10-6 last week I’m just as happy as Bob Hennessey.
At least I think Mr. Hennessey will be pretty happy, but we’ll get back to him later.
First I’m going to crow a bit about my week. Faithful readers might remember that I went with all the home teams last week except for two. Those two were Washington and Dallas. I like Washington, I don’t like Dallas.
So, my Sunday was made when the Detroit Lions came roaring back to the beat the Boys in Dallas, and Washington hung on to win at St. Louis.
Now, if Philadelphia and Arizona knew how to hold on to leads I would have done even better. But why quibble over that when I got to revel in the Washington-Dallas parlay.
But enough about me and my so-so 42-22 overall record for the season. At least it’s so-so when you consider Mr. Hennessey’s parlay.
The sage of Whispering Pines not only won the weekly contest with a 14-2 mark, but he sits atop the standings all by his lonesome with a sterling 49-15 effort.
Now his winning the weekly contest didn’t come easy. There were three other contestants that boasted 14-2 marks, so, you guessed it, folks, to the tiebreaker we did go.
The other three with 14-2 marks were Dick Kolke of Pinehurst, Seth Norris of Aberdeen and Dorothy Brown of Robbins.
The tiebreaker game was a shootout, with the Giants coming from 10 points back in the fourth quarter to claim a 31-27 win over the Arizona Cardinals.
If my calculator is working correctly, then that would be equal to 58 points. Hennessey had 51 as his tiebreaker in earning the first-place check for $50.
That brings us to the battle between Norris, Kolke and Brown for the other two money spots.
Kolke and Norris both had 48 points for their tiebreaker number. Brown had 37 points, so she dropped to the wayside.
But what to do with Kolke and Norris, since both had 48 points. Well, it was time for the super-secret tiebreaker device: Put both names in a hat and let my trusty assistant Mr. Righthand man pull one out.
And the winner, or more accurately, the second-place winner of $30, was Kolke. Norris gets the third-place check for $20.
By the way, the weekly winners proved to be almost as adept as Hennessey in the overall contest. Both Kolke and Norris are tied for second, along with Joan Mangrum, with 48-16 overall records.
Look below and you’ll see the names of everyone in the contest who has had at least 40 or more correct picks in the first four weeks of the contest.
Wait a minute, I almost forgot, I’ve got to make my picks for this week: Pittsburgh, N.Y. Giants, Jacksonville, New Orleans, Oakland, Philadelphia, Indianapolis, Minnesota, Tampa Bay, New England, Oklahoma (M.J., you better be telling me right about this Red River Rivalry stuff), LSU, Va. Tech, North Carolina, Houston, Tennessee.
49-15 — Bob Hennessey
48-16 — Dick Kolke, Seth Norris, Joan Mangrum
47-17 — Gary Deese, Jeffrey Williams, Kurt Osterman, Michael Branscome, Michael Brown
46-18 — Michael Gantt, L. Johnson, Paul Brodict, Lee Muarath, Jonathan Luck,
45-19 — Harry Graham, Bo McEachern, Chase Blake, Tony Grausso, Holly Hill, Glenn Boerner
44-20 — Steven Horton Jr., Logan Beck, Kayla Britt, Patty Camp, Taft Gantt, Rich Wingfield, Jody Britt, John Eastman, Craig Reaser
43-21 — Barry Miller, Brad Robbins, Stan Whitaker, Cecil Blake, Amanda Latham, Reuben Davis, David Hale, Noah and Aidan Lyons, Dick Maag, Bill Norris, Ralph Tindall, Dorothy Brown, Brian Norris, Pam Wase
42-22 — Kelly Collins, David McKinnon, Andrew Lyons (and Grace), Amy Britt, Marlene Houghtaling, Dale Kellis, Michael Weaver, Herb Conway, Velma Davis, Paul VanHulle, Joshua Rock
41-23 — Glenn Camp, Daniel Burns, Dal Butler, Steve Coney, Brian Gray, Dorothy Maag, Arlene Paz, Jerry Williams, Michael Ed Brown, Sherry Salzwedel, David Weaver, John Weaver, Sandra Blake, Cecil Brewer
40-24 — Justin Flinchum, Bryan Reynolds, Dasha Horton, Jackie Horton, Haynes Brigman, Woody Burnell, Kevin Miller, Annie Morris, Steve Lassiter
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