The winners of each week will be posted here and we’ll add a little description as to how they won and their winning picks.

Week 18 Bob Kickner blocks a final entry to Post Season Tournament!

Bob Kickner won for the 2nd time this season blocking a 12th entry into the exclusive Prof DW Postseason tournament. Kickner was an amazing 14 of 16 and although over in his point tie-breaker was just 2 points off. Kickner guessed 602 and the total was 600. Kickner came out strong hitting his 1st 12 in a row only missing on San Fran and Philly.

Academy Sarge had a great run but missed by 1 with 13 correct missing on New England, Chicago and San Fran. Brian Permann a 2-time winner and Lee Stockwell also a winner were in the mix with 12 correct.

The Professor finished the season 1-17 winning the 1st week and then reeling off 17 losses in a row. He was well off his mark in the tie-breaker as well guessing well above the total of 600 with 723.

This leaves a total of 11 playing in the exclusive Prof DW Postseason tournament. Dave Pavletich, Brian Permann, Katie King, Darin Arthur, Hal Bowes, Cliff Nichols, Lorilynn Mohney, Bob Kickner, Kevin Hamrick, Lee Stockwell and Danny DeBock. Although DeBock has worked for ESN and is coming back this month to work some basketball games he was not a member of our staff when he qualified and works as an independent contractor calling basketball games a few nights a week so he was ruled eligible by the Professor.

All 11 will get an e-mail on Wednesday with full details and rules on how to compete for the $100 Grand Prize plus additional gift cards and an ESN Hoodie.

Week 17 Several pickers nail it but only Danny DeBock stands alone almost records a clean slate!

7 pickers had 11 or 12 correct out of 15 but only 1 hit 14. Danny DeBock advances to the exclusive post seson tournament just in time after nearly sweeping his picks in week 17. DeBock walked through the split games perfectly picking Dallas, Baltimore and Indianapolis but then pulled Arizona out of his bag of tricks.

DeBock nearly pulled off the 100% but New Orleans was the spoiler as he went with the home town Tampa Bay Bucs as his only stumble. Professor DW wasn’t totally embarrassed but hit only 10 but again was close on the total points. The Prof guessed n674 and 667 total points were recorded.

DeBock joins 12 other weekly winners for the post-season tournament where a shot at $100 is on the line with prizes wsorth $50 more including an ESN Hoodie is on the line.

This next week is the final chance to enter and win at a chance at the exclusive tournament so be sure to get your entries in. If you are a weekly winner your exclusive entry will come to the e-mail you have used on your entry forms, follow the instructions and return it to be eligible. You will need to complete and enter by the deadline or nyou will be out. Again, entry blank and details will go out next Monday, January 8.

Week 16 Crazy 4-way tie goes to Tie-Breaker and Lee Stockwell finally gets across the finish line!

Lee Stockwell is the most exprienced player this year in the tie-breakers but had come up short 3 times. This week the craziness kept everyone in the game with 4 players tying with 9 winners. First, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Dallas, Kansas City and San Francisco nearly got everyone. Lee’s 2 picks that was on the short side of agreement that got him to 9 wins were the Jets and Miami.

The others with 9 wins were David Hardt, Jared Kickner and 2-time winner Brian Perman. It lloked like newcomer Hardt was going to run away with it as the only one to pick Atlanta and was 7 of 8 in the 1st 8 games missing only Minnesota. Hardt then went 2-5 in the final 7 games. Oddly, Stockwell was the only 1 of the 4 not to pick Pittsburgh in the 1st game.

So it came down to the tiebreaker, total points scored of all the games except Thursday night of course. The final tally was 720 points which was a good jump in the offensive output over the past few weeks. I like what Hardt did here, he was tyring to be sneaky with a guess of 350.4. But not close to the total points. Kickner was closer at 487 but nstill well off. In the running came the 2-time winner Perman with 590, but still too conservative trying to avoid our Price is Right rule of you can’t go over and this is where being in his 4th tie-breaker that Stockwell came through with a guess of 635 for the win.

Stockwell beat the Professor who began the year 1-0 and now has a record of 1-15. But the Professor has been deadly at predicting the final score and missed by just 4 points this week although was over at 724 points. Maybe one of these days the Professor will be able to put his tiebreaking skills to work. He had just 7 wins this week.

Next week we have 1 Saturday night game which is the Monday Night Football game since all nthe college’s will be playing on Monday. With it being a night game we will say 3pm Saturday is the deadline. Only 2 weeks left and only 2 chance to get qualified for the weekly winners only post season tournament!

Week 15 Close bit no Cigar player finally gets to light up!

Kevin Hamrick or Coach Hamrick finally got to the finish line and is blazing up his victory cigar as we speak. Hamrick ran away with this one hitting 13 of 15 stumbling only on Green Bay and Philadelphia. Hamrick’s roots are from the class of 83 in Tumwater so if he had stuck to his home grown area he could have picked Tampa Bay over Green Bay because their starting TE is Cade Otton who is also of course a Tumwater grad and grandson of Hamrick’s Football Coach. He then could have simply taken his hometeam NFL Seahawks over the Eagles a team by the way who are now 0-8 against Pete Carroll. Had the Coach not out thought himself he could have been the 1st perfect entry of the year.

Prof DW went against his own rule of picking his favorite team Green Bay, had he not the Prof would have hit 13 and it would have come down to the tie-breaker for the T-shirt. The Prof has been deadly at predicting the tie-breaker including hitting it on the button in week 13. This week he would have won again missing the final point total by just 2 points. The total was 629 and the Prof predicted 627.

Danny DeBock was close as well hitting 12 but had he not picked Green Bay, the Giants or philly he would have been disappointed as Hamrick held the tie-breaker over DeBock with a guess of 517 to DeBock’s 459.

Deadline for next week is going to be Friday night at midnight again so we get the Saturday games. Only 3 weeks left to qualify for the Professor DW Exclusive Post-season Tournament!

Week 14 New Winner goes against the grain for week 14 victory

Miles Woods added his name to the post season tournament with hitting 10 of the 14 games in a difficult week of picking. Woods went against the grain several times by picking Tampa, Cleveland, the Giants and oddly Dallas as very few people selected the Cowboys including the Professor who happens to be a Cowboys fan went with Philly. Ugh Prof!

The teams that upended most of the pickers this week were Atlanta, Detroit, Green Bay, Houston, Miami and Philly. Also a strange fact is everyone picked Houston of all teams it was a clean sweep for the Jets who hammered the Texans 30-6. The total points scolred were 601 and the Professor despite his putrid 4 correct was 2nd best at guessing total points with 588. 2-time winner Brian Perman was closest with 591 too bad he only had 6 right.

Time is running out! If you haven’t qualified for the Professor’s exclusive post-season tournament you have 4 more chances and if you have already won you have 4 more chances to keep another person from qualifying reducing the post-season pool of players. This week we’re adding the Saturday games too so the deadline is Friday night at midnight.

Week 13 3rd week in a row the Tie-Breaker determines the winner! Bob Kickner gets it over Lee Stockwell who gets nosed out again.

Only 12 games this week and no one could catch either Bob Kickner or Lee Stockwell who both went into Monday night with 9 correct and both selected Jacksonville which meant it came down to the tie-breaker. Bob and Lee submitted identical entries picking with both missing on Pittsburgh, Kansas City and Jax. They both had San Fran which was what separated them from everyone else.

So it came down to the tie-breaker and it appeared Lee was in the driver’s seat with a conservative pick of 396 total points. Bob guessed 540 points. After the 1st 11 games the total was 481 which meant Bob was over going into the Monday Night game and needed 59 points to win. Cincy came in with a back-up QB and both teams have pretty decent defenses so a 30-29 game seemed like a long shot.

Well longshots come in and this game went to OT for a 34-31 final and pushing the total points to 546 getting Bob in just under for the win. Lee again is picking great but can’t get his tie-breaker in. Congrats Bob on a well fought showdown.

The Professor had a pathetic 5 wins but has been awfully good on the point totals and this week hit it on the head guessing 546 points. The Professor is thinking of teaming up with Lee, let him pick our winners and He will guess the tie-breaker.

The Professor’s official entry

prof DW
los-angeles new-orleans new-york pittsburgh tennessee miami houston tampa-bay los-angeles philadelphia kansas-city jacksonville 546

Week 12 Another week, Another Tie-Breaker! Cliff Nichols edges Lee Stockwell in the tie-breaker!

So easy to say I should have picked this team or that team in the end both Cliff and Lee had at least one of those but they also had many that most others did not with 12 correct picks out of a full field of 16 games. Both Cliff and Lee got off to a great start as one of the few who had Green Bay over Detroit. Cliff then went on a rampage hitting the 1st 8 selections in a row with being in the minority on the Atlanta win over New Orleans and Indy upsetting Tampa Bay.

Lee was just 1 behind by pickiing the Saints but made up for it taking the Giants over New England and he and Cliff were even at 8. Both kept up their against the grain picks but both lost with Carolina had either decided against the Panthers there was the chance to avoid the tie-breaker. Both went with the majority missing Cleveland but then Lee was the only one to pick the Raiders who got beat by KC so Lee fell behind by 1. They both had Philly and Baltimore but Lee was 1 of 2 who were on the Chicago Bears bandwagon and that tied Lee and Cliff with 12 wins each. It came down to the total points tie-breaker and Lee went with 483 total points while Cliff was at 515. Both were well under the 661 total points scored this week as most people may have forgotten all 32 teams played this week with no bye weeks. So Cliff Nichols gets his 2nd win of the season while Lee Stockwell just missed.

Two other things, Bob Kickner was the other one with the Bears and there were 6 with 10 correct. Professor DW, however had his best day since opening day just missing with 11 wins for 3rd on the week. Back to the regular schedule this week with the deadline on Saturday night at 12 midnight. No Thursday night pick this week. You can still win and get in the exclusive post-season tournament!

Week 11 Price is Right rule gets Coach Hamrick! Lorilynn Mohney wins in a Tie-Breaker

Ouch!! The Price is Right Tie-Breaker crushes Kevin Hamrick who had 10 right but guessed 528 total points for his tie-breaker. Lorilynn Mohney also got 10 right but guessed 390 total points scored by all the teams. Remember you can’t go over and the final total was 525 total points. Kevin was over and despite missing by just 3 points Lorilynn’s 390 guess is under and she wins.

Both missed on Washington and Seattle, Hamrick had the Chargers for his 3rd loss and Mohney had Kansas City for her 3rd loss. Not to rub salt into the wound but Hamrick a Seahawks fan can look straight to Jason Myers missed field goal to win the game as also costing him this weeks pool. Had Myers hit the field goal Hamrick and Mohney would still be ties with 11 winners but the total points would have been 528!

Mohney wins the $24 in $2 bills and an Eli Sports Network T-Shirt because Prof DW stunk it up once again! Mohney also earns an entry into the Porfessor’s exclusive Post Season Tournament. You can still get in there are 7 weeks remaining. Remember if you have won you can win again but you only get 1 entry into the post season but will prevent someone from getting in so far we have 8 in the tournament with a possible total of 15.

This week starts early got to have your picks in by Wednesday night at midnight so we get the Thanksgiving day games in!

Week 10 Gary West wins with 1st time entry! Denver wins it for West!

1st time winner Gary West takes week 10 by taking the right gambles at the right time. Three were tied for 1st going into Monday night’s game but Gary was one of 2 with Denver selected to upset the Bills. That also made him the only one with double digit wins with 10 out of 13 correct. A couple of others that he nailed were Houston and Tampa Bay. He lost some ground with Green Bay but was on the right side of Indy and San Fran which had many on both sides of those picks. 

Scoring was up this week too with a total of 610 points scored. West earns a place in the Prof DW Post Season “exclusive” Tournament so keep trying you must be a weekly winner to earn your way in with cash and prizes of up to $150. West wins the $24 in $2 bills weekly jackpot and he also defeated Prof DW who had 8 correct winners and was close on the total points with 572. Lee Stockwell was closest to the point total with 577 but Stockwell and the Prof need to pick more winners!

Good luck in week 11 and remember next week  in week 12 we have an early deadline as we will include all the Thanksgiving Day games. 

Week 9 Three-way tie goes down to tie-breaker and results in 3rd 2-time Winner!

It came down to the tiebreaker in week 9 with 3 competitors all tied with 9 correct out of 13. In fact there were 5 with 8 winners going into Monday Night’s game with Kevin Hamrick, David Walick and Brian Perman all with 8 winners and the Chargers while Paige Davila and Cliff Nichols were with the Jets. Had the Jets won Cliff would have edged Paige with his total points guess under the 540 scored. Paige was over and would have taken 2nd.

Brian with his 1st winnings

So it came down to the the tiebreaker for the 3 that had 9 winners. First let’s see where one of them may have been able to tilt the balance. The only one with a chance was Dave as all 3 missed on Miami and Atlanta. Kevin and Brian also had New England for identical selections. Dave’s 3rd miss was the Rams at Green Bay which was the underdog had he gone with the favorite Dave would have been the only one with 10 wins.

But the trio all had 9 wins so it was up to the tie-breaker. The total points scored was 540 by the 26 teams. First no one was under, had anyone used the Price is Right strategy of 1 would have won as you can’t go over, unless all of them are over and in that case it is who is closest. Dave guess 652, Kevin was closer at 628 but it was Brian’s 589 that gives him his 2nd win of the season.

The Professor had a better week but still fell short with just 8 wins and had his worst points guess of the year at 624. So Brian wins the 12 $2 bills and another Eli T-Shirt. Since he already has his exclusive entry into post-season he does prevent both Kevin and Dave from getting in reducing the final pool of participants by 1. Through 9 weeks 6 have qualified for the post season tournament. Congrats Brian the Professor looks forward to your 2nd victory picture!


Week 8 Winner Darin Arthur wins in the tie-breaker for his 2nd win of the year! Edges out Cody Farris

With a full slate of games this week the pickers had their best week of the year with 10 in double digits. Darin Arthur and Cody Farris each had 11 going into Monday night’s game but both had selected Detroit so it came down to the tie-breaker. But Sydney Timothy McConnell had 10 and had the Raiders. Even if it had been a 3-way tie though Darin had the tie-breaker of total points scored by all 30 teams. Darin guessed 555, Cody had 485 and Sydney Timothy was below that. The total points was 674 as point scoring was up quite a bit this week and we remind you the tie-breaker is the total points scored by all teams. 

Darin’s picks of Carolina, New Orleans and Tennessee is what separated him but he almost got caught with one of only 2 picks for Arizona over Baltimore. Cody also had Carolina and New Orleans but had Atlanta over the Titans but made it up against Darin with Baltimore over Arizona and it came down to the tie-breaker. This is Darin’s 2ns win which means he’s already qualified for the post-season tournament and his win means there will be 1 less in the winner’s only post-season tournament. The pool is down to a max of 16 from 18 with 2 2-time winners so far. 

Darin and virtually everyone else smoked the Professor who was awful this week with just 8 correct and with idiotic picks like Green Bay, Giants and Washington it wasn’t a real challenge to knock off Professor DW which could stand for dim wit. And his guess of 561 was better than both our winners but still his worst of the year. 

Congrats Darin and we hope everyone keeps playing for your chance to win and it’s FREE! 

Week 7 Winner Cliff Nichols! Tough week of picking except for Cliff who roared through his entry

#7 is lucky for Cliff Nichols who is our winner this week! It was a tough week of picking but Cliff clinched his big win as the LONE person to select Minnesota over the 49ers on Monday night Football. Cliff was equally perceptive as 1 of only 2 to pick New England over Buffalo. Nichols ended up with 8 correct out of 12 and also found himself on the right side of several split games picking off Baltimore, the Giants and Pittsburgh.

Cliff easily defeated the Professor who had an embarrassing 4 correct. The only thing the Professor did right was be the closest to the tie breaker total points which he seems to be very good at, now it would be nice if he could pick a winner. The total points scored with only 12 games was 509, the Prof guessed 456 and the 12 games seemed to throw the pickers off a bit with some really high guesses and low guesses all over the board. But for Cliff being too low was no issue with the outright win! Congrats Cliff and he is now the 6th winner to gain entry into our exclusive post-season tournament.

Week 6 Winner Hal Bowes advances to the Post Season Tournament, locks in with 11 winners!

Hal Bowes is the 5th person to qualify for the Post-Season tournament correctly selecting 11 of 14 games. The only games he missed were Seattle, San Fran and Philadelphia and everyone missed the 49ers and Eagles, no one selected the upset in either of those games. Hal separated himself by picking the winners of the most split decisions by our pickers this week sweeping the difficult Washington, Minnesota and Houston games. Had either of the 10 win pickers been able to tie him he still would have won with his tie-breaker guess of 424 total points and was under the others were over the final 524 total points.

The Professor finished with a paltry 8 winners and his score prediction was 101 over at 625 so Bowes gets his 12 $2 bills and an Eli Sports T-Shirt or polo shirt. Just a reminder you must win a weekly contest to advance to the Prof DW post season tournament and once you qualify you can keep playing the weekly contests but you only get 1 entry. However, if you win a 2nd time that knocks out one of the available post season entries. Congrats Hal!

Week 5 Winner our 1st 2-time Winner Congrats Katie King!!

Katie King was the only one to get into double digits with 10 of 13 correct beating a trio at 9 wins in Darin Arthur, last week’s winner and Kariann Sullivan. The 3rd to have 9 correct was none other than Professor DW who loses again. However, the Professor’s 565 total points tie-break was just 5 off of the 570 total. So the Professor remains dialed in on selecting the total points. 

This week if the Professor had hit 10 to tie Katie, Katie had a big surprise because she also out “Price is Righted” the Professor with a guess of 567 so she would have won the tie-breaker anyway. Darin Arthur also had a great guess of 555 but would have needed 11 wins to beat Katie. Kariann was looking for a low scoring week with a tie-breaker guess of 416. 

Katie wins another T-Shirt and of course the 12 $2-bills and since she already qualified for the post-season tournament she does not get a 2nd entry but she has eliminated one of the positions so now instead of 18 competitors there can only be as many as 17. This is why you want to keep entering after you win a weekly contest. Congrats Katie!

Week 4 Down to the wire and to the Tie-Breaker! Darin Arthur slips past Chris Bell for the win!

Darin Arthur wins week 3 although his betrayal of the Seahawks nearly cost him. Arthur expertly selected 12 winners out of the 1st 14 games. On games pretty much split on selections he was on the right side of Baltimore over Cleveland, Jacksonville over Atlanta and Minnesota over Carolina and then was one of a few taking Tampa Bay over New Orleans. He did go wrong with Miami and Pittsburgh leaving him with 12 right going into Monday night but was one of only two to pick the Giants over Seattle and we know how that ended.

Meantime, Chris Bell got off to a slow start missing early on Atlanta and Miami. Then was the lone person to take Washington and nearly pulled it off. But he made up a bunch of ground with underdog picks of Baltimore, Tennessee and most of all one of only 5 to take Houston to get to 11 on Sunday. His Monday night pick was Seattle and Chris tied Darin each with 12 wins. So it came down to the tie breaker and the total points scored in the 15 games was 646. Darin guessed 555 and Chris guessed 777. So remember we have the “Price is Right” rule, you can’t go over so Darin Arthur held on for the win in a thrilling week 4 contest.

Professor DW was much better this week hitting 11 but had he hit 12 he would have lost the tie-breaker as well with a guess of 675. So Darin Arthur wins the 12 $2 bills and an Eli Sports shirt and best of all has now qualified for the exclusive Prof DW Postseason Tournament. The only way you can get in is to win a weekly challenge. Those who have won can keep playing but they only get 1 entry to the Postseason tournament so now their strategy is to block out additional competition. 

Congrats Darin!! and great work Chris it came down to the tie-breaker!

Week 3 Down to the Wire, Katie King wins it on the final game of the week! The Professor disappoints again.

Week 3 was very competitive with many pickers agreeing on a lot but it was those who went their own way that got into position to win. It came down to Katie King and Cliff Nichols. Both had 10 correct going into the Monday night double header. Both had picked Philadelphia who won easy so both had 11 with the LA Rams at Cincinnati. Katie went with the Bengals and Cliff took the upset with the Rams. The Bengals won 19-16 giving the weeks win to Katie.

Had they tied Cliff would have won the tie breaker guessing a total of 469 points would be scored in all 15 games with Katie being careful not to go over with a guess of 237. The total was 664. Katie’s picks of Cleveland, the Chargers, Pittsburgh and HOUSTON is what separated her from the core of the pickers. Cliff was the only one to have Indy over Baltimore and also had Cleveland and Pittsburgh to make it close but the Rams fell short. 

Professor DW was disappointing with a sad 8 correct but was nearly on the money with the total score guess of 660 missing by 4 points, too bad he can’t pick winners like he can guess total points! 

Katie wins the 12 $2 bills and gets the bonus prize of an Eli Sports Network T-Shirt or Polo Shirt plus she is now qualified for the Prof DW Post Season Tournament. Be sure to get signed up for next week’s the new entry form should be up by Tuesday afternoon.

Week 2 Brian Permann wins with 10 correct and hands Prof DW his 1st loss to win bonus prize!

Brian and his winnings!

Week 2 so a big uptick in contestants and Brian Permann squeaked out a win hitting 10 of 15. Permann went against the grain on several picks that made the difference. Permann began with Atlanta, then had Indianapolis got bailed out with the Arizona collapse and finished strong by sweeping Monday night with New Orleans and Pittsburgh.

Permann wins the 12 $2 bills and either a T-Shirt or Polo Shirt and joins Dave Pavletich in the exclusive post-season tournament. To get in the post season tournament you must be a weekly winner. You can only qualify for 1 post season entry but you may win multiple weekly contests.



Week 1 Dave Pavletich of Centralia 6 of 15 wins by tie-breaker

Believe it or not it came down to Monday Night Football for our 1st winner to be determined. We had just 4 entries but it ended in an unbelievable 4-way tie! The winner was determined by the tie-breaker point total guess. The 1st entrants were not all that successful in selecting as it was a 4-way tie with just 6 correct. Going into Monday night Pavletich had just 5 correct while the others already had 6 but Pavletich was the only one to select the NY Jets to win Monday night football to tie him with the other 3. 

So it came down to tie-breakers and Pavletich predicted a total of 432 points would be scored by all 30 teams over Sunday and Monday. He was the closest without going over as a total of 607 points were scored. The other predictions were 240, 310 and 690. Although 690 was closer we have the “Price is Right” rule, you can’t go over so the win goes to Pavletich. 

However, none of our contestants were close to Professor DW’s expert picks hitting 10 of 15 or 67% and his tie-breaker prediction was closest of all but was also over at 667. So no Bonus prize in week 1 but congrats to Dave Pavletich for being the inaugural winner of Professor DW’s Football Challenge!

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