Football bragging rights

'Pigskin Pundits' tackle ninth week of NFL picks

Miller, Waltz pull into tie at 75-44-2 — .630 winning percentage
By Staff | Nov 01, 2018

Rockland — This is the ninth 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.

In Week 8, Courier Publications/VillageSoup Owner Reade Brower finished 8-6, Sports Director Ken Waltz 12-2, Associate Sports Director Mark Haskell 9-5 and sports reporter Zack Miller 11-3. Guest Bruce Turner finished 9-5.

Thus far this season, through eight weeks, Miller and Waltz lead the pack at 75-44-2 (.630 winning percentage), while Haskell is 69-40-2 (.580) and Brower 66-53-2 (.555). The guests are 69-50-2 (.580).

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; and Week 8, Bruce Turner of Orrington 9-5.

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

The Week 9 guest is Ricky Bagnall of Rockland.

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 9? Here is what our "experts" and guest think:

The Week 9 schedule includes:

Thursday, Nov. 1

Oakland at San Francisco

Sunday, Nov. 4

Chicago at Buffalo

Kansas City at Cleveland

N.Y. Jets at Miami

Detroit at Minnesota

Atlanta at Washington

Tampa Bay at Carolina

Pittsburgh at Baltimore

Houston at Denver

Los Angeles Chargers at Seattle

Los Angeles Rams at New Orleans

Green Bay at New England

Monday, Nov. 5

Tennessee at Dallas

The following are the Week 9 picks of the Courier Publications/VillageSoup group and the weekly guest:

Brower — Oakland, Buffalo, Kansas City, Miami, Minnesota, Atlanta, Carolina, Pittsburgh, Denver, Seattle, New Orleans, New England and Dallas.

Waltz — Oakland, Chicago, Kansas City, Miami, Minnesota, Washington, Carolina, Baltimore, Houston, Seattle, New Orleans, New England and Dallas.

Haskell — San Francisco, Chicago, Kansas City, N.Y. Jets, Minnesota, Washington, Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh, Denver, Los Angeles Chargers, Los Angeles Rams, Green Bay and Dallas.

Miller — San Francisco, Chicago, Kansas City, Miami, Minnesota, Washington, Carolina, Pittsburgh, Denver, Seattle, New Orleans, New England and Dallas.

Bagnall —San Francisco, Chicago, Kansas City, Miami, Minnesota, Washington, Carolina, Pittsburgh, Houston, Seattle, Los Angeles Rams, New England and Dallas.

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.

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