By Brendan Loy
Lisa Velte, a.k.a. “The Major’s Girl,” won the second annual Living Room Times College Football Pick ‘em Contest, besting Brad Warbiany (a.k.a. “Old Gold & Black”) on a tiebreaker.
Velte, whose identity as “The Major’s Girl” had remained a mystery until this afternoon, and Warbiany both finished with 252 points out of a maximum possible 340. The tie was broken by who did better in predicting the final weekend of games: Velte, who was 12-for-12 on Saturday to Warbiany’s 10-for-12. (Both were 0-for-2 on Friday.)
Velte, seen at right wearing a “FUSC” cheerleader/Song Girl outfit prior to the 2006 USC-ND game, is, of course, my friend and classmate from Notre Dame Law School. She previously won my 2008 Oscar pool. In an odd twist, we actually saw each other yesterday — Loyette and I met up with her during an airport layover — but I had no idea that I was staring at the mysterious “Major’s Girl” until she e-mailed me just now. Nor did she have any idea that she had won my contest, having not followed it closely online. Heh.
[Incidentally... stay tuned for my 6th annual Bowl Pick 'em Contest, coming soon!]
Anyway, the Top 9 in the final standings are as follows:
1. The Major’s Girl (Lisa Velte) 252
2. Old Gold & Black (Brad Warbiany) 252
3. Seawolves 247
4. Jeff F. (Jeff Freeze) 239
5. ADRIAN CLAYBORN WILL EAT YOU (Marty West; last year’s winner) 238
6. Charles Fenwick 235
7. AMLTrojan 222*
8. Brendan Loy 217
9. David K. 214
*scored one “zero” for failing to submit his picks; would likely have finished in #4 to #6 range otherwise
Everyone ranked below ninth forgot at least twice to submit their picks, or in some cases simply stopped competing altogether after a few weeks. Everyone’s lowest score was dropped, so forgetting once to submit picks was not fatal. (Even forgetting twice, and thus getting 0 points one week, wasn’t enough to stop AMLTrojan from finishing ahead of David and me. Heh.)
For the record, the scores of the various forgetters/non-finishers were:
10. Benjamin Sloniker 191 (two “zeroes”)
11. B. Minich 161 (four “zeroes”)
12. AwesomeSauce 134 (six “zeroes”)
13. IrishDC 104 (seven “zeroes”)
14. Ken Stern 104 (seven “zeroes”)
15. USCarlos 90 (eight “zeroes”)
16. Alison Flipse Vargas 85 (eight “zeroes”)
17. The Vacated Heisman 68 (nine “zeroes”)
18. amyjoy 61 (eight “zeroes”)
19. Becky Loy 19 (eleven “zeroes”)
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