The other three “Pigskin Pundits” and their guests have a message and question for Mark Haskell: “Enough is enough. When is too much too much?”

Not only is his favorite team, the Philadelphia Eagles, at this moment, perhaps the best in the National Football League, but Haskell also has hogged the limelight for a good chunk of the 2022-23 game picking season.

Reade Brower

Thus far, he has had his cake and eaten it too.

A fan of the league’s best team and the best overall record in the weekly game picks.

The other “Pigskin Pundits” are jealous. So jealous.

Be warned: Haskell now has a target on his back.

No one knows better than Haskell that most dislike a front runner. Cue Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, who Haskell despised for decades for a variety of reasons, but, mainly, because they won. Over and over again.

Now Haskell is them.

And his appetite for victories grows week to week.

He has been a glutten for punishing the other prognosticators and their guests. No lead, no margin, is too great.

But, perhaps, this is the week it will change.

No more Haskell time.

Time for him to be taken down a peg or two.

Now, if the rest of the “pundits” could simply come up with a way to do that, the final stretch of the regular season might, in fact, be a bit more exciting.

That being stated, Haskell had another strong showing in Week 12 and has widened his solid advantage over the field.

Surely, things could get tighter and more interesting going forward as the “pundits” and their guests jockey for position — behind Haskell, for now — and the coveted top spot after the final touchdowns, extra points and field goals are compiled.

As everyone knows, a lot can change from week to week when it comes to who wins and loses NFL games. It is called the ups and downs, peaks and valleys and the ever-changing nuances of the sport.

Ken Waltz

One week a team is the greatest since sliced bread. The next, that same squad is on the scrap of historically bad teams who have so far to go to reach the top. And respectability.

As the pundits and their weekly guests continue to realize, predicting the outcome of games is harder than it looks — and always a hit-or-miss proposition.

Will it be more of the same in lucky Week 13, or will there be a dramatic shakeup? Well, it depends on one’s perspective and what the football gods have in mind.

As they say in the unpredictable world of weekly football game picking, we shall see. The proof will be in the proverbial pudding.

The MaineStay Media/VillageSoup “Pigskin Pundits” include Reade Brower (company owner), Ken Waltz (sports editor), Haskell (associate sports editor) and Jim Leonard (Republican Journal reporter).

Those four, with a different weekly guest, pick the outcome of games.

In Week 12, Haskell finished 12-4, Waltz and Leonard 9-7 and Brower 8-8. Guest Amin Hernandez of St. George finished 11-5.

Twelve weeks into another crazy NFL campaign, Haskell remains in first at 115-64-1 (.642 winning percentage), Brower 108-71-1 (.603), Waltz 106-73-1 (.592), Leonard 105-74-1 (.587) and guests 105-74-1 (.587).

Thus, Haskell leads Brower by seven games, Waltz nine and Leonard and guests 10 as the NFL’s regular campaign heads down the back stretch.

The Week 13 guest is Brandon Hurd of Brooks.

This season for the guests, Sam Adolphsen of Hope finished 6-9-1 in Week 1, Rachel Coor of Damariscotta 7-9 in Week 2, Zach Smith of Belfast 6-10 in Week 3, Dan Falla of Tenants Harbor 10-6 in Week 4, Quinn Commeau of Rockland 11-5 in Week 5, Chris Audet of Searsport 8-6 in Week 6, Casey Holmes of Dixmont 9-5 in Week 7, Sam Bickford of Vinalhaven 9-6 in Week 8, Ethan Abbott of Belmont 9-4 in Week 9, Ibrahim Moustapher of Camden 8-6 in Week 10, Connor Light of Warren 10-4 in Week 11 and Amin Hernandez of St. George 11-5 in Week 12.

Mark Haskell

Thus far, Brower and Haskell have the best weekly records among the “pundits” at 13-3 in Week 4 when total number of wins are tabulated, or Haskell at 12-2 in Week 7 (.857) if winning percentage is the deciding criteria. Amin Hernandez of St. George (11-5) in Week 12 and Quinn Commeau (11-5) in Week 5, as well as Connor Light (10-4) in Week 11, have the top marks among guests.

The NFL games got under way on Sept. 8 and, after 18 weeks (17 games) of the regular season, which includes a bye week for all teams, and a few weeks of playoff battles, it will be time for Super Bowl LVII on Feb. 12, 2023 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Az.

As the dog days of summer quickly transition into the brisk days of fall, the start of the regular season is upon us as 32 teams gear up for a run at the coveted Vince Lombardi Trophy.

And, on a Midcoast level, sportswriters and sports aficionados look to prove their mental mettle for bragging rights.

For the 24th year, the MaineStay Media/VillageSoup sports staff ushers in its “Pigskin Pundits” weekly NFL game selections, where readers/fans test their football wits against the “pros.”

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 prognosticators and weekly guest go head-to-head when they pick the winners — no scores or points spreads involved — of that week’s slate of games.

Jim Leonard

After 18 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 one of MaineStay Media/VillageSoup newspapers or one of the organization’s websites.

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

The games for Week 13 include:

Dec. 1

Buffalo at New England

Dec. 4

Pittsburgh at Atlanta

Green Bay at Chicago

Jacksonville at Detroit

New York Jets at Minnesota

Washington at New York Giants

Tennessee at Philadelphia

Denver at Baltimore

Cleveland at Houston

Seattle at Los Angeles Rams

Miami at San Francisco

Brandon Hurd

Kansas City at Cincinnati

Los Angeles Chargers at Las Vegas

Indianapolis at Dallas

Dec. 5

New Orleans at Tampa Bay

The Week 13 picks for the “Pigskin Pundits” and their guest include:

Brower — New England, Pittsburgh, Green Bay, Detroit, Minnesota, Washington, Tennessee, Baltimore, Cleveland, Seattle, San Francisco, Kansas City, Los Angeles Chargers, Dallas and Tampa Bay.

Waltz — Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Green Bay, Jacksonville, New York Jets, Washington, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Cleveland, Seattle, San Francisco, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Dallas and Tampa Bay.

Haskell — Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Green Bay, Jacksonville, Minnesota, Washington, Tennessee, Baltimore, Cleveland, Seattle, Miami, Cincinnati, Los Angeles Chargers, Dallas and Tampa Bay.

Leonard — Buffalo, Atlanta, Green Bay, Detroit, Minnesota, Washington, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Cleveland, Seattle, San Francisco, Kansas City, Los Angeles Chargers, Dallas and Tampa Bay.

Hurd — Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Green Bay, Detroit, Minnesota, New York Giants, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Cleveland, Seattle, San Francisco, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Dallas and Tampa Bay.

History lesson

Last year’s top guest picker was Ryan Verrill of Warren, who finished 12-2 in Week 14, and earned the right to pick against Waltz, Haskell, Brower and former picker Zack Miller in the postseason.

In the playoffs, Haskell and Miller finished 9-4, Waltz 8-5, Brower 7-6 and Verrill 6-7, as Haskell, Waltz and Miller correctly picked the Los Angeles Rams to defeat the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl LVI.

Overall in 2021-22, Brower finished 188-96-1 (.662); Haskell, 184-100-1 (.648); Waltz, 180-104-1 (.634); Zack Miller, 176-108-1 (620); and guests, 176-108-1 (620).

MaineStay Media/VillageSoup sports staff can be reached by email at