Beat Burt Contest

Here are the “I Beat Burt” T-shirts, worn here by Bill Burt.

Darn. I had skirted the issue for the first 17 weeks of the NFL season. Then they had to add that 18th and 17th game.

And it caught up to me: I was a bum.

The flip-a-coin season had the flip-a-coin week with divisional “rivalry” games all over the Saturday and Sunday schedule. There was one problem I didn’t properly identify — the amount of teams that literally tried to lose.

Of course, I messed up the Patriots pick again, as did the vast majority of entries.

I had only seven correct picks out of the full slate of 16 games, my first real embarrassing performance.

Sure, I beat or tied about 120 of the 381 entries, but the average entry in Week 18 had just over 9 correct picks. There were 18 entries with 11 correct picks, which was a season low.

There were games like Cleveland-Cincy and Green Bay-Detroit, in which starters were rested, and then there were games like the Pats-Dolphins and Cowboys-Eagles where pride mattered more than any potential changes in seeding.

When I have a tough week, the first tiebreaker is tantamount, as the “regulars” who play this contest know all too well.

Each week a maximum of 10 T-shirts are awarded. But there is one caveat to that rule: If an entry picks more winners than me AND has the first tiebreaker (Patriots point total) spot on, they are guaranteed a T-shirt.

Well, 18 entries not only had more winners than I did, but they also had the Patriots point total of 24.

So if you’re wondering why the list of winners appears long, it’s because it is long.

Anyway, it was a fun season. The stories from readers and their interest in pro football, their family involvement, etc. is nice to hear.

Enjoy the playoffs.

Week 18 winners

Roger Powers of Danvers

Steve Olearcek of Somers, Ct.

Howard Farber of Peabody

Bruce Bisson of West Newbury

Christina Crovetti of Amesbury

Tom Smith of Beverly

Steve Carroll of Topsfield

Joe McBrien of Beverly

Walter Ruszkowski of Rowley

Mike Ciaramitaro of Gloucester

Linda Sampson of Rowley

Daniel Murphy of Gloucester

Stan Jankowski of Salisbury

Thomas Mitchell Lattof of Gloucester

Bob Osgood of Peabody

Kim Bukowski of Gloucester

Ken Pellerin of Groveland

Bina Beauregard of Amesbury

Trending Video

Recommended for you