What a week! Every panel mem­ber .500 or bet­ter on the sea­son

Porterville Recorder - - SPORTS - BILL PAR­SONS

Af­ter week 13 when no one was above .500 and the panel went a com­bined 20-30, we had to hope week 14 would be bet­ter. In what ap­pears to have been a wake-up call, the fear­less panel of Prog­nos­ti­ca­tors flipped the script, and all were over the .500 mark for the week. With a com­bined 35-15 record the panel pro­duced one of the best weeks of the sea­son as a group. Af­ter 14 weeks, no one is less than even for the sea­son. Con­grat­u­la­tions ev­ery­one!

In a week when the cream came to the top, the king of cream, sul­tan of swat, the Sammy Baugh of Porter­ville foot­ball (could not help but to throw in one of David’s all time fa­vorite Red­skin play­ers), the Michael Jor­dan of sports bet­ting, the Joe Na­math of sports pre­dic­tions, the most jew­eled of jewel­ers (all of these may be go­ing a lit­tle too far, but David promised me $5.00 for each one I got in my col­umn), lo­cal jew­elry store owner David Horowitz led the way in week 14. David rolled up a 8-2 week and con­tin­ues to stand alone in first place for the sev­enth week in a row. With a record of 81-57-2, David now has a seven game lead.

Con­tin­u­ing his climb back up the leader lad­der is Sun­crest banker Gary Gosta­nian. Af­ter a hot start to the sea­son, Gary went a lit­tle cold and has been try­ing to over­come his drop to the bot­tom sev­eral weeks ago. With a 7-3 week 14, Gary has now moved into a tie for se­cond place. Even though he finds him­self seven games back of David, Gary be­lieves there is still hope and plans to nar­row the gap dur­ing the next four weeks. Gary is 74-64-2 for the sea­son.

Tied with Gary for se­cond is long time Recorder staff mem­ber, Judy Hall. Judy slipped back a lit­tle with a week 14 record of 6-4. Judy sailed through the col­lege games with a per­fect 5-0 mark, but stum­bled with the pros, only pick­ing one game cor­rectly out of five. Judy is also 74-64-2 for the sea­son and still wait­ing for David to drop his guard. I feel cer­tain Judy will be ready.

Still on the roll coaster, Recorder Ed­i­tor Matt Sarr had an­other good week. Matt has been up and down all sea­son, but was up in week 14 at 7-3. As I have said be­fore, if Matt could put a cou­ple of good weeks to­gether, he would be near the top. At 71-67-2, Matt finds him­self only three games out of se­cond, but 10 games out of first. Hang in there Matt, it could hap­pen. (It could, re­ally it could). Maybe?

Last but by no means least is Porter­ville Mayor Milt Stowe. Milt proved he is not out of it by re­bound­ing nicely in week 14 with a 7-3 record. Milt has now evened him­self up for the 2018 sea­son at 69-69-2. I said last week that Milt would be on the rise and he cer­tainly proved it. I ex­pect to see him con­tinue to so dur­ing the next four weeks.

That is it for week 14, but week 15 looks ex­cit­ing with mostly pro games on the list for this week. As the col­lege sea­son winds down, there will be a healthy diet of pro games the next four weeks. We will sprin­kle in a few col­lege games over that time span, just to keep things in­ter­est­ing.

Be­fore I close this week, I just wanted to thank all of the fans that have been fol­low­ing the Prog­nos­ti­ca­tors this sea­son, and es­pe­cially those that stopped by the of­fice and picked up one of our lit­tle “An­gels” from the tree in the Recorder front of­fice. Since last Thurs­day, we have had 82 “An­gels” adopted. We are so thank­ful, but we still have 52 more to go, and the dead­line to help these spe­cial chil­dren is com­ing up quickly. We need to have all the gifts back by De­cem­ber 14th in or­der to get them de­liv­ered in time for Christ­mas. So please, if you have not come in and picked up your “An­gel” please do so. We do not want to have any of the “An­gels” not be picked.

We need your help. Christ­mas is such a won­der­ful time of the year, and what makes it even more won­der­ful are those that give so that oth­ers will have a Merry Christ­mas. I have seen how giv­ing the Porter­ville area is just in the past few months that I have been the Pub­lisher of the Recorder.

Be­cause of your ef­forts, 82 boys and girls (and count­ing) will have a hap­pier Christ­mas. Be­cause you cared, these chil­dren will have a rea­son to smile on that most spe­cial of days.

Please stop by to­day, 52 more chil­dren need you. I know you will not let them down. My prayer is that your days will be brighter, your Christ­mas mer­rier and your life blessed be­cause you cared enough to help those that could not help them­selves.

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