What a year for the swamis.
The ups and downs of the NFL teams certainly affected our swami predictions. It may have been the toughest in our 11 years of choosing winners.
The overall winning percentage for the top swami was under 60 percent. In years’ past percentages were higher, with five-time king Dave Rive going over 70 percent one season.
This year’s king is Don Healy, winning his second title. His overall mark was 158-87, with Mike Vanderjagt just two points away at 156-89. Weiner tallied 152-93 and Roger Raymond, 141-104. All went 11-5 the final week.
“It’s been a fun year for me, nothing like winning!,” Healy said. “I must say that I did not think I could come back from the week I only had a couple of wins.”
Actually he had four wins, going 4-11.
Healy’s selections, with some unusual reasoning, made it fun for the readers to try and glean his expertise. His thinking for who wins the Super Bowl is a good example.
“I have to believe that only a team that knows how to win the big games will be around at the end. The AFC will be won by one of three, New England, Pittsburgh, or Indianapolis.
The NFL will be won by whichever club truly believes they will win. I don’t believe there is a superior team. I’m rooting for Da Bears.”
“And the champion is …. He did not say. I wonder if he is related to baseball’s Yogi Berra?
Defending champion Weiner had a tough finish, going from the lead to third place.
“I was in first or second place all season, but the week before the final week did me in,” she said. She went 4-10.
“The season was real interesting, there were many games that could have gone either way, they just didn’t go my way,” she said.
Raymond, on this year of mayhem, said, “It has been a very strange season. Denver is an example of up and down and Oakland surprised some people. The Seattle/St. Louis situation is a little strange, but that is okay with me ... the winner is the winner regardless of record.”
Seattle made the playoffs with a losing record.
Raymond continues, “Brady is back at full speed and I really think they will be hard to beat in the AFC, but with that being said, I thought the Colts could very easily have beaten them earlier this year and this time they will and back to the Super Bowl the Colts go!
I think the Saints are gone early and the new NFL power in the big one will be Philadelphia. Too much Manning though ... Colts win it all.”
Rookie Vanderjagt had a sound season.
“I thoroughly enjoyed my time as a swami,” he said. “I learned that anyone can beat anyone at anytime, no matter what happened the week earlier. The NFL is a great league when you never know who’s going to win.
“With the exception being the New England Patriots. So having said that, the Super Bowl teams will probably not be the Patriots and the Eagles cuz that’s who I’m picking. Its a QB league and Brady and Vick are as good as any.
Sooo, the final count is only Raymond and Weiner pick the Super Bowl champs.
Weiner, says New England beats Atlanta. Raymond picks the Colts over Philadelphia.
As Vanderjagt says, “See ya next year.”