Football bragging rights

'Pigskin Pundits' tackle 13th week of NFL picks

Solid week as five pickers combine to finish 54-21 — .720 winning percentage
By Staff | Nov 29, 2018

Rockland — This is the 13th week of the 2018-19 National Football League season and the weekly game picks from the Courier Publications/VillageSoup prognosticators and guests have resulted in a mixed bag of gridiron guessing success for a schedule now in its home stretch.

In Week 12, Courier Publications/VillageSoup Owner Reade Brower finished 10-5, Sports Director Ken Waltz 11-4, Associate Sports Director Mark Haskell 11-4 and sports reporter Zack Miller 11-4. Guest Brad King of Rockland finished 11-4.

Thus far this season, through 12 weeks, Miller leads the pack at 109-65-2 (.626 winning percentage), while Waltz is second at 106-68-2 (.609), Haskell 101-73-2 (.580) and Brower 94-80-2 (.540). The guests are 102-72-2 (.586).

For the guests, in Week 1, Howard Fogg of Monmouth finished 7-8-1; Week 2, Ethan Butler of Appleton, 9-6-1; Week 3, Richard Carlsen of Vinalhaven, 9-7; Week 4, Jason Karam of Warren, 8-7; Week 5, Sandy Cameron of Belfast, 9-6; Week 6, Scott Case of Belfast 8-7; Week 7, Dwight Collins of Lincolnville 10-4; Week 8, Bruce Turner of Orrington 9-5; Week 9, Ricky Bagnall of Rockland 9-4; Week 10, Kyle Donlin 7-7; Week 11, Laurie Cole of Rockland, 6-7; and Week 12, Brad King of Rockland 11-4.

The Week 13 guest is Mary Messer of Rockport.

This is the 20th straight year the "Pigskin Pundits" make their weekly NFL game selections.

For decades, the weekly picks were featured in the print editions of Courier Publications’ newspapers, The Courier-Gazette, The Camden Herald and The Republican Journal. Now, those picks are made exclusively on the organization’s websites — knox.villagesoup.com and waldo.villagesoup.com.

The picks appear each Thursday online.

Each year during the NFL season, through the Super Bowl, Brower, Waltz, Haskell and a weekly guest went head-to-head against one another by picking that week’s slate of pro football games. This year, sports reporter Miller joins the group to try to earn football picking bragging rights.

The “winners” are not selected by a points spread, but merely the final score.

After 16 weeks, the guest with the best weekly record will return to pick against Waltz, Haskell, Miller and Brower for the playoffs and Super Bowl. The guest with the best weekly record also will receive a year's subscription to any of Courier Publications' newspapers or either of the organization's websites.

Those interested in being a weekly guest picker should email Haskell at mhaskell@courierpublicationsllc.com.

So, who do you like in Week 13? Here is what our "experts" and guest think:

The Week 13 schedule includes:

Thursday, Nov. 29

New Orleans at Dallas

Sunday, Dec. 2

Baltimore at Atlanta

Denver at Cincinnati

Los Angeles Rams at Detroit

Arizona at Green Bay

Buffalo at Miami

Chicago at N.Y. Giants

Carolina at Tampa Bay

Indianapolis at Jacksonville

Cleveland at Houston

N.Y. Jets at Tennessee

Kansas City at Oakland

Minnesota at New England

San Francisco at Seattle

Los Angeles Chargers at Pittsburgh

Dec. 3

Washington at Philadelphia

The following are the Week 13 picks of the Courier Publications/VillageSoup crew and the weekly guest:

Brower — New Orleans, Atlanta, Denver, Los Angeles Rams, Green Bay, Miami, Chicago, Carolina, Indianapolis, Houston, Tennessee, Kansas City, New England,  Seattle, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.

Waltz — New Orleans, Baltimore, Denver, Los Angeles Rams, Green Bay, Miami, Chicago, Carolina, Indianapolis, Houston, Tennessee, Kansas City, Minnesota, Seattle, Los Angeles Chargers and Philadephia.

Haskell — New Orleans, Baltimore, Denver, Los Angeles Rams, Green Bay, Miami, Chicago, Tampa Bay, Indianapolis, Houston, Tennessee, Kansas City, Minnesota, Seattle, Los Angeles Chargers and Philadelphia.

Miller — New Orleans, Baltimore, Denver, Los Angeles Rams, Green Bay, Miami, Chicago, Carolina, Indianapolis, Houston, Tennessee, Kansas City, New England, Seattle, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.

Messer — New Orleans, Baltimore, Denver, Los Angeles Rams, Green Bay, Buffalo, Chicago, Carolina, Indianapolis, Houston, Tennessee, Kansas City, Minnesota, San Francisco, Los Angeles Chargers and Washington.

History lesson

Last season, Brower was the “top dog” as he finished with a 178-78 record (.695 winning percentage), while the weekly guests finished second at 169-87 (.660), Haskell third at 156-100 (.609) and Waltz fourth at 153-103 (.598).

As a guest picker last season in Week 8, Miller finished a perfect 13-0 and earned the right to pick against Waltz, Haskell and Brower in the playoffs, along with Sandy Cameron of Belfast and Mark Cooper of Fairfield, who finished with 13-3 records in Week 13 and Week 16, respectively.

As an employee in another Brower company, Miller was ineligible to collect the free year’s subscription, but picked playoff games along with Cameron and Cooper, who had the second-best guest marks.

Haskell, Miller and Cooper correctly picked the Philadelphia Eagles to defeat the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII.

Courier Publications' sports staff can be reached by email at sports@villagesoup.com or by phone at 594-4401.

Comments (0)
If you wish to comment, please login.