And then there were TWO.
Week #9 saw 3 more games decided in overtime, but none more significant to our pool players than the one in New Orleans between the Saints and Titans. Just when it was starting to seem safe to put faith in the Saints, the Big Easy’s favorite sons proved again just why they are the league’s most enigmatic team. After digging out of a (0-3) hole to start the season, New Orleans had clawed back to a (4-4) record heading into this home date with the reeling, (1-6) Titans. Losers of 6 straight, and having just seen their head coach, Ken Whisenhunt, fired this week, the Titans were installed as 8.5 point underdogs. But despite all of that, and never actually leading the game during regulation, the Titans hung around long enough to force OT, where they took their opening possession 80 yards on 9 plays to score the winning TD, and breaking the heart of one of our final three players.
Our two other players advanced by correctly predicting the victories by the (still unbeaten) New England Patriots over Washington, and the New York Jets over Jacksonville.
Week #9 by the numbers:
3 players began Week #9
2 advance to Week #10
Note: Now that the pool has been reduced to only 2 players, the possibility exists for BOTH to be eliminated in the same week. If that happens we’ll give both players a “mulligan” and let them keep going until we do have just one remaining.
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- Wounded Warrior Project
- National Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
- United Way
- Susan G. Komen for the Cure
- Make-A-Wish America
- Boys & Girls Clubs of America
- Humane Society of the United States
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