Panel stymied in Week Six by up­sets, turn in worst week so far

Porterville Recorder - - SPORTS - BILL PAR­SONS

Well Week Six of Pigskin Prog­nos­ti­ca­tors is in the books, and now that things are well un­der­way I’ve no­ticed that, de­spite one slate af­ter an­other of tough-to-call games, it re­mains a close con­test. In all of my years do­ing such pan­els at pa­pers around the coun­try, I’ve never seen a com­pe­ti­tion where so few wins sep­a­rate first from last.

That’s the bright side. The not-so-bright side is that our Prog­nos­ti­ca­tors put up the worst num­bers of the sea­son so far in Week Six, go­ing a lessthan-im­pres­sive 16-34 with their picks. Con­tribut­ing the most aroma to the col­lec­tive stinker that was Week Six was the Recorder’s ed­i­tor Matt Sarr. Af­ter putting up an im­pres­sive 8-2 record in Week Five, Matt went 1-9 in Week Six. 1-9? Ouch. Per­haps Matt felt a bit too con­fi­dent as he picked his Week Six win­ners and skipped on do­ing his home­work like the other Prog­nos­ti­ca­tors. I did no­tice that he looked a lit­tle green around the gills in the of­fice ear­lier this week; per­haps it was mo­tion sick­ness from plum­met­ing from the pent­house to the out­house in the mat­ter of a week.

Chin up, Matt —your fel­low pick­ers didn’t do that much bet­ter than you, and it’s still close enough that any­thing can hap­pen. Matt cur­rently sits in fourth place over­all with a record of 2632-2.

Com­ing in at 3-7 for Week Six was Sun­crest Bank’s Gary Gosta­nian. Gary claims he’s been eas­ing his foot off the gas pedal af­ter a strong start for the sake of par­ity and pity, but with the picks as tricky as they are, he might just want to feel around on the floor­board and make sure he hasn’t lost track of the gas pedal al­to­gether. Gary is cur­rently tak­ing up the rear spot on our panel with an over­all record of 25-33-2.

Pick­ers Judy Hall, Milt Stowe and David Horowitz all went 4-6 in Week Six. All three picked the Texans over the Cow­boys, and Mayor Stowe was the only Prog­nos­ti­ca­tor to pick the Jets over the Bron­cos. Judy’s still in the lead over­all with a record of 31-272, fol­lowed by Mayor Stowe at 29-29-2 and David Horowitz with a record of 28-30-2.

Even though all Prog­nos­ti­ca­tors fin­ished be­low .500 for the week, it re­ally is hard to tease them too much af­ter a week with many sur­prise out­comes. All our panelists missed the boat on the Red River Show­down, as Texas proved yet again they are a force to be reck­oned with by knock­ing off No. 7 Ok­la­homa.

They all picked LSU to pre­vail over Florida in Gainesville as well, but that didn’t work out the way they wanted ei­ther, with Florida win­ning 2719.

The panel was unan­i­mous in pick­ing the 49ers over the Ari­zona Car­di­nals and the Ti­tans over the Bills, but again, no luck.

Net re­sult: 0-20 for the panel as a whole on those four games alone.

But hope springs eter­nal with Week Seven, and our prog­nos­ti­ca­tors are once again ready to put their sports acu­men to the test. Week Seven fea­tures sev­eral com­pelling games in both col­lege and the pros, in­clud­ing a Top 25 matchup in the Pac-12, when No. 7 Washington vis­its No. 17 Ore­gon and an­other in the SEC when No. 13 LSU hosts No. 2 Ge­or­gia.

Panelists will also have some tough sled­ding on the NFL side with what fig­ure to be some close con­tests (at least on pa­per) when the Kansas City Chiefs visit the New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots, the Washington Red­skins host the Carolina Pan­thers and the Chicago Bears visit the Mi­ami Dol­phins.

We never said the Recorder’s Pigskin Prog­nos­ti­ca­tors con­test would be easy, but we do try to make it fun. Thanks once again to our panel for be­ing such good sports, and best of luck in Week Seven.

If you read­ers have been en­joy­ing fol­low­ing the tri­als and tribu­la­tions of the Pigskin Prog­nos­ti­ca­tors thus far, don’t for­get to show your grat­i­tude by stop­ping in at Deli De­li­cious and thank­ing them for spon­sor­ing our con­test weekly. While you are there, take the op­por­tu­nity to try some of their de­li­cious of­fer­ings. You will be glad you did.

Un­til next week, have a blessed week and keep root­ing for your fa­vorite Prog­nos­ti­ca­tors.

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