All right, who let her in the pool again?

Paula Tessier
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Exactly one year ago, I told you about a football pool I was part of, one of those organized online things where you’re expected to log in every week, make your picks, and try to out strategize the others on the list.

There I was, the lone female surrounded by some pretty intense football fanatics.

Them with their macho nicknames, me with mine (ChickP). For people who didn’t know better, if you scanned the list, my nickname would instantly have that old “Sesame Street” song “One of these things is not like the others …” bouncing around in your head for the rest of the day.

Remember that song? Sing it — it’s catchy! Is it stuck in your head yet? You’re welcome.

At the beginning of each of the 26 weeks, (yes, half a friggin’ year!) hubby would remind me to make my picks to determine the teams I think might be victorious.

Going by which quarterback I liked best on the “Ellen” show, or which team played from a city I’d love to visit, picks were made.    

Shockingly, before the Superbowl game was played, I was so far ahead in the pool that no one could catch me!

In fact, way back at the beginning of the season we all had to make bonus picks for fun and potential extra points.

Those bonus picks were the two teams we predicted would be in the final big game.

How in the name of goodness would I even start with that? There are 32 teams in the NFL, the Superbowl was nearly six months away, and I had no idea who was fit to eat or not.

So, before the start of last season, I made my choices, again with my sophisticated selection strategy — Baltimore Ravens because I had just seen that true story movie “The Blind Side” where the lead character landed on the Ravens, and the San Francisco 49ers, because hubby used to worship veteran 49ers quarterback Joe Montana. Simple!

Well, if you’re a football fan, you know the outcome of that.

If you’re not, you’ll do what I just had to do and Google the 2013 Superbowl teams (because a year later I had forgotten who actually played in the game) and see that indeed, both those teams were in the big finale!

It was nothing short of delightful to have those big, masculine, football men hand me their share of my winnings. Each of them with the same look of “Are you freaking kidding me?” on their faces.

So, this year, hubby was getting this online pool thingy ready again and asked me if I wanted to defend my title by joining. Why not? It was only 20 bucks at risk.

Like it was just yesterday, hubby had to remind me each week to make my picks, and like it was just yesterday, I made my selections.

The “Horse” team one week (Colts or Broncos, didn’t matter) the “Tigers” (Bengals), or the “Thunder Bolts” (Chargers). And, lo and behold, while bouncing from first to second place (I kid you not), at the end of this season I am once again in first place.

The Superbowl is this coming Sunday, I am five points ahead of my closest competitor, and here’s the kicker: my bonus-points predicted final teams are … the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks!

That’s right, football fans (Google for the rest of you, and me). Can’t wait to go shopping with my winnings … again!

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Organizations: Baltimore Ravens, Google, Blind Side Bengals Chargers Denver Broncos Seattle Seahawks

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  • SayWhat
    January 28, 2014 - 10:58

    Here's one for you. I have a relative who visited Racine, Wisconsin many years ago and became a Packers fan for life. In 2010, this 78 year old woman was invited to a Super Bowl party. Everyone had to put into the pot a tidy sum. You had to pick a winner and the spread. Only two people at the party picked the Packers. And she said Packers over the Steelers by six. Final score 31-25 Packers, she walks out of the party with three grand in her pocket.