Some people are satisfied with the status quo and, while that is good news for front-runners, those on the hunt, on the chase, want more. They want to make a move. Not down, but up the ladder. They want to improve their position in the pecking order.

With that stated, this year's "Pigskin Pundits" weekly selection leader — Zack Miller — is more than happy to maintain the status quo. That is because Miller, for another week, stays atop the picker pile as king of the football mountain.

For now.

As all know, when it comes to predicting the outcome of sporting events, the fall from grace can be quick and not close to painless. It mostly hurts.

But those thoughts and feelings are for different day.

It is Week 7 of the National Football League regular season and Miller maintains a four-game lead over the competition — and eight-game cushion over the weekly guests.

Some of the "Pigskin Pundits" found moderate success in Week 6 — again, except two.

That group and their guest will be back at the prediction game in Week 7 in the 22nd annual version of the "Pigskin Pundits."

After 17 weeks of the regular season — if the NFL can successfully navigate the seemingly never-ending waters churned by COVID-19 — will one from the media company's group or guest have bragging rights?

As usual, the Courier Publications/VillageSoup "Pigskin Pundits" include Reade Brower, owner; Ken Waltz, sports director; Haskell, associate sports director; and Miller, sports reporter.

The way it works is each week through the Super Bowl, a guest, along with the VillageSoup group, make predictions on the outcome of games. The outcomes are based on wins and loses, not a point spread.

In Week 6, Miller and Waltz finished 9-5, while Brower and Haskell were 7-7. Guest Richie Oliver of Jefferson also ended 9-5.

The Week 7 guest is Casey Holmes of Dixmont.

After six weeks, Miller has compiled a record of 61-29-1 (.678 winning percentage), while Waltz is 57-33-1 (.633) and Brower and Haskell 55-35-1 (.611). The guests are 53-37-1 (.589).

For the guests, in Week 1, Dave MacNeill of Warren finished 8-8; Week 2, Howard Fogg Jr. of Monmouth 13-3; Week 3, Rusty Worcester of Cushing 7-8-1; Week 4, Emily Cole of Waldoboro, 6-9; Week 5, Ryan Jackson of Warren, 10-4; and Week 6, Richie Oliver of Jefferson, 9-5.

For the Courier Publications/VillageSoup crew, Miller and Waltz have the best weekly records at 14-2 in Week 2, while, for the guests, Fogg has the best weekly mark at 13-3 in Week 2.

Waltz has been the regular-season winner the last two years, but others have risen to the top in the postseason.

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

The picks appear each week online.

After 17 weeks of regular-season play, 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 one of Courier Publications' newspapers or one of the organization's websites.

For the past two years, the guest winner has been Brad King of Camden, who has clearly proven the “king” of the guest pickers. Last year, he went 12-3-1 in Week 1 to earn the right to pick against Brower, Waltz, Haskell and Miller in the playoffs, while two years ago, King went 11-4 in Week 12 to earn the honors.

Those interested in being a weekly guest picker should email Haskell at

The seventh week of the 2020-21 schedule includes:

Thursday, Oct. 22

N.Y. Giants at Philadelphia

Sunday, Oct. 25

Detroit at Atlanta

Cleveland at Cincinnati

Pittsburgh at Tennessee

Carolina at New Orleans

Buffalo at N.Y. Jets

Dallas at Washington

Green Bay at Houston

Seattle at Arizona

Kansas City at Denver

San Francisco at New England

Jacksonville at Los Angeles Chargers

Tampa Bay at Las Vegas

Monday, Oct. 26

Chicago at Los Angeles Rams

The following are the Week 7 picks of the Courier Publications/VillageSoup "Pigskin Pundit" crew and guest:

Brower — Philadelphia, Atlanta, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, New Orleans, Buffalo, Dallas, Green Bay, Seattle, Kansas City, New England, Los Angeles Chargers, Tampa Bay and Los Angeles Rams.

Waltz — Philadelphia, Detroit, Cleveland, Tennessee, New Orleans, Buffalo, Washington, Green Bay, Arizona, Kansas City, New England, Los Angeles Chargers, Tampa Bay and Chicago.

Haskell — Philadelphia, Atlanta, Cleveland, Tennessee, New Orleans, Buffalo, Washington, Green Bay, Seattle, Kansas City, San Francisco, Los Angeles Chargers, Tampa Bay and Los Angeles Rams.

Miller — Philadelphia, Detroit, Cleveland, Tennessee, New Orleans, Buffalo, Dallas, Green Bay, Seattle, Kansas City, New England, Los Angeles Chargers, Tampa Bay and Los Angeles Rams.

Holmes — Philadelphia, New Orleans, Buffalo, Cleveland, Dallas, Green Bay, Detroit, Tennessee, Seattle, Kansas City, Los Angeles Chargers, New England, Tampa Bay and Chicago.

History lesson

In 2019-20, Waltz finished 165-90-1 (.647 winning percentage), Brower 159-96-1 (.624), Haskell 158-97-1 (.620), Miller 155-100-1 (.608) and guests 158-97-1 (.620).

Among the 'Pigskin Pundits,' Brower had the best weekly records at 14-1 in Week 8 and 13-2-1 in Week 1, while Brad King finished 12-3-1 in Week 1 for the best mark among the guests.

In the playoffs, Miller went 9-2, Waltz and Haskell 7-4, Brower 5-6 and King 3-8. Miller, Waltz, Haskell and Brower correctly picked the Kansas City Chiefs to beat the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl 54, with Haskell’s prediction of 33-23 the closest to the 31-20 final score.

Guest participants in 2019-20 were: Week 1, Brad King of Rockland, 12-3-1; in Week 2, Michele Scheffler of Jefferson, 8-8; in Week 3, Howard Fogg of Monmouth, 11-5; in Week 4, Ethan Butler of Appleton, 7-8; in Week 5, Scott Case of Belfast, 7-8; in Week 6, Emily Cole of Waldoboro, 9-5; in Week 7, Casey Holmes of Dixmont, 11-3; in Week 8, Jacob Light of Warren, 10-5; in Week 9, Chad Blake of Rockland, 6-8; Week 10, Brad Strong of Rockland, 4-9; Week 11, Otis Kneeland of Stockton Springs, 10-4; Week 12, Chris Hart of Rockport, 10-4; Week 13, Sandy Cameron of Belfast, 11-5; Week 14, Dagney Ernest of Thomaston, 10-6; Week 15, Lynsey Carr of Augusta, 11-5; Week 16, Connor Kneeland of Stockton Springs, 12-4; and Week 17, Laura MacDonald, 10-6.

In 2018-19, Waltz was the “top dog” in the regular season as he finished 161-93-2 (.634 winning percentage), thanks to a 16-0 final week, while Miller was second at 157-97-2 (.618), Haskell third at 151-103-2 (.594) and Brower fourth at 142-112-2 (.559). The guests finished 148-106-2 (.583).

Overall, Waltz finished 167-98-2, Miller 162-103-2, Haskell 158-107-2, Brower 150-115-2 and guests 159-110-2.

Brad King of Rockland, who went 11-4 in Week 12 and earned the right to pick against Waltz, Haskell, Miller and Brower in the playoffs.

In the postseason, Brower finished 8-3, Haskell and King 7-4, Waltz 6-5 and Miller 5-6. All five correctly picked the Patriots to defeat the Rams in Super Bowl LIII.

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