Apparently ‘Christmas in June’ didn’t have the same ring.
Bettie Wiedo of Phoenix, aka June, nearly became the Gridiron Guru’s first two-time winner of the year by picking 15 games correctly last week.
Unfortunately for her, so did reddurango (Carolyn Hately).
The Dallas Cowboys just happened to smile a little brighter on reddurango’s 28-21 tiebreaker pick.
That’s not to leave out Ben Ruybal, who cleverly calls himself benruybal, who also picked 15 games correctly.
Most of our other recent champions found themselves in the 10-13 wins range, perfectly acceptable for championship aspirants.
Your venerable Guru kept himself in the pack with 11 correct prognostications.
Johnny Football did me no favors, and neither did Matty Ice.
Maybe I should refrain from placing my trust in quarterbacks with catchy nicknames.
That’s not to say that every recent champion kept their lofty perch.
Gary Hudson (gdhudson53) and Frank Hawkins (hawk99) only picked up eight and six wins, respectively, to land in the losers.
Thursday, Dec. 18
TENNESSEE AT JACKSONVILLE (NFL NETWORK): Awful game to end Thursday night games. Pick: Jaguars, 15-9. Line: Jaguars by 3.
Saturday, Dec. 20
PHILADELPHIA AT WASHINGTON (NFL NETWORK): The Redskins are a mess. Pick: Eagles, 31-21. Line: Eagles by 8½.
SAN DIEGO AT SAN FRANCISCO (KCNC, KREZ): Give me Diego in the battle of the Sans. Pick: Chargers, 21-20. Line: 49ers by 2½.
Sunday, Dec. 21
BALTIMORE AT HOUSTON: Not willing to pick against J.J. Watt. Pick: Texans 17-14. Line: Ravens by 4.
CLEVELAND AT CAROLINA: Sipping on the Johnny Football Kool Aid. Pick: Browns 20-13. Line: Even.
DETROIT AT CHICAGO: Always pick against Jimmy Clausen. Pick: Lions 21-10. Line: Lions by 4½.
GREEN BAY AT TAMPA BAY: Green is the better bay. Pick: Packers, 33-10. Line: Packers by 10½.
KANSAS CITY AT PITTSBURGH: Time for the Chiefs to fall apart. Pick: Steelers, 20-19. Line: Steelers by 3.
MINNESOTA AT MIAMI: Vikings can’t take the heat. Pick: Dolphins, 20-17. Line: Dolphins by 6½.
NEW ENGLAND AT NEW YORK JETS: Few playing better than New England, worse than New York. Pick: Patriots, 30-10. Line: Patriots by 10.
ATLANTA AT NEW ORLEANS: A playoff spot is on the line. Give me Brees. Pick: Saints 28-27. Line: Saints by 6½.
NEW YORK GIANTS AT ST. LOUIS: Coughlin is coaching for his job. Pick: Giants 20-19. Line: Rams by 5.
BUFFALO AT OAKLAND: The Raiders have momentum. Pick: Raiders, 14-13. Line: Bills by 5½.
INDIANAPOLIS AT DALLAS: The Cowboys collapse is coming. Pick: Colts 34-28. Line: Cowboys by 3.
SEATTLE AT ARIZONA (KOBF, KUSA): Wilson over Lindley. Pick: Seahawks 17-6. Line: Seahawks by 7½.
Monday, Dec. 22
DENVER AT CINCINNATI (ESPN): I don’t trust Andy Dalton in primetime anymore. Pick: Broncos, 27-13. Line: Broncos by 3½.