Well, well, well. Seems we have an NFL season after all.
Despite the drama of a lockout and a summer full of uncertainty, here we are on the eve of our 11th year of the News Enterprise’s friendly NFL Picking Contest.
Another exciting finish last year had Denton Publication’s illustrious Managing Editor John Gereau again taking the top spot. Hard to believe, especially when you consider he makes his picks based on his favorite birds and animals, being the sportsman that he is.
Gereau edged out Project Vote Smart’s most popular intern, Sam Grant, in the final week last year in what will long be remembered as … um … oh, wait … do I have that right? Well, I’m sure John and Sam remember it. Somewhat.
It’s not important. What is important is how this thing works. Each week you’ll find a sheet listing every NFL game in the News Enterprise — in print, in .pdf format, and online. All you need to do is select which team you think will win each game. I also ask that you predict a score for each game, but that’s just to add to the fun. I’ll keep a running tally on everyone’s performance and publish it here for all to see.
With some 60 people participating the last several seasons, only one sheet per person is allowed. All entries must be received prior to kick off of the first game each week — and remember, the season officially kicks of on Thursday, Sept. 8 with the defending Super Bowl Champion Packers hosting the Saints.
You can fax your picks to 518-873-6360; mail them to PO Box 338, Elizabethtown, NY 12932; or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. If you choose the latter, be sure to include your name and phone number, and be very clear about who you’re choosing to win each game.
For those of you out of town, feel free to get a weekly schedule off the Internet or your local paper – just make sure you get your picks in on time. You can find the current issue of the News Enterprise online by going to denpubs.com. And remember, this is just for fun, and we’re big on the honor system.
This is going to be my year for sure, both with my picking performance, and the performance of The New York Football Giants. For the past few years, I’ve predicted a Manning vs. Manning Super Bowl (OK, so I was wrong. So were a lot of you with your lame predictions). This year, however, I see a slightly different match-up: Yes, it’s the Subway Series Super Bowl — Giants/Jets! How cool will that be?!
I’ll give you my picks for Week 1 next week, but rest assured, I’ll be picking the Jints all the way!
GO BIG BLUE!!!