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NFL playoffs: the best time of the sports year

Friday, January 13th, 2017
Cameron Turner

Playoffs in any sport are exponentially more exciting and enjoyable than the regular season. Oftentimes regular seasons in any sport can drag on and become monotonous. Add in the fact that sports with many games over the course of that time, subsequently then each game is ‘less important’ due to the sheer volume of games.

This brings me to why I feel the NFL Playoffs are truly better than any other in American sport. There are 16 games in the 17 week regular season. The playoff landscape of win or go home – one game matters and your whole 14-2 season is down the drain. This adds excitement to a sport that is already viewed as America’s most popular sport.

This is not a knock on Hockey, Baseball, or Basketball but I feel personally coming from playing sports in my past that sports are meant to teach a lesson. One such lesson to be taught is the importance of the here and now – every play counts, every game counts – and therefore even though watching Lebron James and the Cavaliers come back after a huge series deficit to win the NBA championship was fantastic – that mentality shows that it is okay to lose a few games here and there, because eventually you can pull off the big win. In reality, sporting events are a microcosm of the real world, and therefore, it is all about winning and the lessons you take away from the losses to win later on down the road.

In football, all too often you see a red hot young team go into the playoffs with high hopes, and just dissipate in the face of a more mature team. The bright lights can be too much for some, no matter how good they were during the regular season. Therefore, I enjoy watching teams go through this process of playoff football, everything is on the line, it is sink or swim.

For instance last week, The New York Giants lit up social media when their receiving group was photographed partying on a boat in Florida some time before their first playoff game against the Green Bay Packers. The Giants then went into their game against Green Bay and lost by a terrible score of 38-13, as the more veteran Packers were able to take control in the second half of the game. This lack of focus on the grand prize of a Superbowl championship shows the immaturity from the Giants, as receivers like Antonio Brown were notably home training vigorously before and after the Wild Card game– as his Steelers are now advancing further into the playoffs after defeating the Miami Dolphins last week 30-12.

I appreciate when I see teams win a game and instantly focus on the next game, this ‘we made the playoffs’ mentality needs to end as far too many teams – and people in life – are happy just making it to the big stage. This should never be the goal, the goal is to go all the way, reach your dreams and goals, and this cant be completed if you are celebrating a minor accomplishment.

Wild Card weekend was full of disappointing games as the many young up and coming teams fizzled out when faced with the veteran teams who have been in playoff situations in years prior.

Some may argue that the playoff series over just one game is a better aspect when it comes to the game itself and it allows a team to recover and persevere through for the win. However, just speaking logistically and even though the NFL’s ratings are hurting in 2017, the Superbowl will still have the most viewers when compared to other championship games. When speaking on a game or life level it is evident that games become more lax in a game one of a World Series, rather than the tension felt in a elimination game.

The mindset of having the Giants and the Packers – both highly successful in years past, and in the 2017 season – with everything they have worked for all year be on the line, all compact in one 60 minute game intrigues me.

Therefore, I will get to the part where I give my take on each of the upcoming Divisional round games of the NFL.

This week on Saturday, Jan. 14, we have the 11-5 Falcons hosting the 10-5-1 Seahawks at 4:35 p.m. and the 14-2 Patriots taking on the 9-7 Texans at 8:15 p.m.

The first matchup is quite intriguing, as the Falcons are a team with a potential MVP winner of a quarterback at Matt Ryan and hold the better overall record. As much as I would like to see the Falcons overcome the Seahawks I can see this game going down to the final minutes in order to be decided. The Seahawks have battled through injuries but hold the maturity level over the Falcons as they have made multiple playoff runs and even Superbowl runs in recent years. I am going to go against my better judgement and choose the Falcons to win this one by a close score of 27-24.

The later game on Saturday is cut and dry. Tom Brady and the New England Patriots will devour the young Texans led by below-average quarterback Brock Osweiler. This will not even be a matchup, as the Patriots and potential MVP Tom Brady win in a landslide at 30-7.

On Sunday, Jan. 15, is when the one and done scenarios get real exciting. The early game at 1:05 p.m. features the 12-4 Chiefs taking on the 11-5 Steelers. While the later game at 4:40 p.m. will have the 13-3 Dallas Cowboys hosting the 10-6 Green Bay Packers.

The Kansas City Chiefs and the Pittsburgh Steelers will come down to star power, and how these stars respond in a big playoff game. The Steelers are riding off of their quarterback Ben Roethlesberger’s arm as well as the talent of wide receiver Antonio Brown and running back Le’Veon Bell. If the star studded Chiefs defense is to overcome them – in what could possibly be their best chance at a Superbowl run – they will need to play with composure as they have all of 2017. I am calling it the Chiefs win over the Steelers in a nail-biter 20-17.

With the most recent news of Packers star wide receiver Jordy Nelson not being medically cleared to suit up for the Packers vs. Cowboys game on Sunday, I am unfortunately changing my prediction. Originally, I was going with the hot and more weathered team in the Packers – due to Dallas relying on too much inexperience with their rookie phenoms Dak and Zeke. However, as football is a team sport, it does come down to all the team being ready to play. Although, I think quarterback Arron Rodgers and the Packers will use the next man up mentality and it will suffice, making it interesting, I can not see them pulling off the win in Dallas. Dallas wins 27-21 at home.

With having the top seeds advancing to the Conference Championships in each the AFC and NFC leagues, I am looking forward to see if my predictions hold strong, or if I will be proved wrong.

With one last shot here I do appreciate the fans of all teams who can step back and recognize when their team is lousy or when their team loses. This rational approach to sports, while not being so infatuated in the love of their team, allows for a more complex look into whatever sport it may be. Let’s see if the fan-bases of the Packers, Cowboys and Patriots can hold up to this if a loss does occur and not simply slump into oblivion, grasping at every excuse they come across.

As for me, I will sit back and watch some solid football games this weekend, knowing my Indianapolis Colts had a very subpar season at 8-8. I am happy to say their terrible season is okay with me, as I know no excuse can change it and life goes on, no amount of me saying they’re the best can change the scores of 16 games.

Enjoy the weekend of playoff football and stay safe in the New York weather.

DEA sweeping new laws under the rug?

Friday, December 30th, 2016
Matt White

Days ago, the DEA took yet another stab at marijuana by amending its already bizarre classification of pot as a Schedule I drug. Thumbs down to yet another bureaucratic overreach. Now, all extracts, including cannabidiol (CBD), will be listed right up there with heroin as a “drug with no medical use.” No medical use? Tell that to the thousands of epilepsy sufferers, who are mercifully enjoying relief from intractable epilepsy and polymorphic seizures. No, I’m not some pot head, and, but yes, (full disclosure) I do feel that responsible recreational consumption of the drug should be legalized—but more importantly the efficacy of the plants internal compounds with regard to it’ medicinal value absolute should not be fodder for DEA classification as an infamous Schedule 1. Interesting, since the DEA can only carry out the law, not create it. But even as the DEA is now considering CBD oil to be a federally illegal Schedule I drug (let’s face it, they always have), there are temporary safeguards in place that protect patients in many states from federal prosecution over possession of the oil—such as the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment. This 2014 amendment to a Congressional appropriations bill prohibits the Justice Department from spending funds to interfere with the implementation of state medical cannabis laws; upheld as recently as August in Federal 9th U.S. Circuit Court in the face of a challenge brought by federal prosecutors.

Bike lanes? We’ve got ‘em!…One.

Monday, November 21st, 2016
Matt White

While I appreciate the idea of there being dedicated space for our biped brothers and sisters, what exactly is the point of having only one designated “bike lane” at an intersection that historically has had that space reserved for motorists making a right turn north onto Silver at East Main? It seems unnecessary and confusing, especially given the amount of traffic that busy intersection sees being adjacent to downtown’s only gas station. No slight to bicyclists, but to me and others in the community I’ve spoken with about it–it seems like a per usual, ill-planned and half cocked idea. The City’s traffic commission (or whomever) should either embrace the idea of accommodating bicycle lanes with a sweeping execution throughout the entire City at all major intersections, or scrap the idea altogether. How awesome would it have been to have a paved bike rail trail that (much like the on in Vestal) travels from the north side of the city to the south plaza or even WalMart?
That railway has not been used since the spring flooding of 2006, and when a group of rail trail proponents addressed the Industrial Development Agency about creating a rail-trail the entire length of the unused railway—the IDA turned a blind eye to envisioning anything other than re-establishing the railway and their vision of heavy industry returning in Chenango County. Even though there were no local customers for the railway service when the trains stopped running 10 years ago, and even though there are no current or expected customers, the IDA has been unable to envision tourism as an industry that should be a part of their mission for the use of the railway corridor, which they own.
I spoke with Tom Holmes who was one of the community members advocating for the mixed use trail, and have to agree with his position that it’s ” not only sad, but also very unfortunate that they are unable to see the use of that corridor as a major attraction for young people who are interested in active transportation and living in a small community. I believe that it is a major opportunity lost to help re-vitalize our community.”
Not only would a rail trail have made commuting through the city more enjoyable for pedestrians, cyclists and health enthusiasts, it also would have addressed another ticking scenario: those who walk the unlit shoulders of Highway 12 in the dark of night to get to the only major department store in the Town of Norwich.
Many of these people are working poor who cannot afford transportation. And with the City/county’s dismal excuse for public transportation, these unlucky and less-than-fortunate have absolutely no alternative but to walk along a unlit, two-lane stretch of highway to buy their staples. Often pushing strollers. No side walks. Not even a “pedestrian” sign.
While creating precarious situation where 3,000 lb machines, bicyclists and pedestrians all meet just seems like a bad idea, and it’s only a matter of time before someone is physically hurt— lacking the foresight to make the types of enhancements other small communities are embracing is likewise damaging.
I feel it’s an absolute shame that our county’s leaders are more invested in the bleak possibility of future industry than the present safety and good of the public that has historically been dealt the dirty end of the stick by said industry, leaving them and their families high and dry whenever is was possible to make a buck elsewhere outside of the County.

News flash: tourism is a viable industry. How many people come to town for the Turkey Trot, Allegro Run for the Arts, and Colorscapes Color Dash?

Let me know when the County makes a dollar from that restored railway.

Evening Sun Football Contest comes to a close

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016
Cameron Turner

CHENANGO COUNTY – And so marks the completion of the 10 week contest that The Evening Sun offers each and every football season, for its avid readers, residents of Chenango County, and well over 500 contestants throughout the year.
Each week in the football contest 10 local individuals along with myself – our ‘experts’ – submit their choices on 20 football games ranging from the NFL, to the collegiate level all the way down to local high school games.
This year the employees at Snyder Communications and The Evening Sun would like to congratulate all 10 experts in their participation and cooperation throughout this past 10 week span. A special congratulations goes out to Todd Hall of Ye Olde Shanty, located at 44 South Canal Street in Oxford, as Todd was our 2016 champion of the experts. Todd finishes the 10 week span on a low note – only choosing eight out of 20 games correctly, however, the lead he had amassed allowed him to safely cruise to a three point win over second place Andy Lagoe of Gilligan’s, located at 64 North Main Street in Sherburne.
Marking the contest’s completion in week 10, there was a new winner of the 39 weekly contestants – other than the 11 experts. Thomas W. Fahy, of Norwich took home the final win of the 2016 season. Fahy, a regular contestant, earned the win on the final week with a weekly high of 15 games chosen correctly – effectively beating out even the experts – while also and more importantly edging out Polly Hopson of Norwich for the $25 weekly prize – Hopson guessed 14 games correctly.
The Evening Sun would like to thank all who help make this contest possible, all who advertise with us, and especially the Parker Walsh Team, Matthews Ford, Sherburne News, Gilligan’s, Greene Bowlodrome, Ye Olde Shanty, Nina’s, McCredy Motors, Inc., and The Stadium.
Expert standings after 10 weeks: 1) Todd Hall – 8-12 on the week – 136-64 (.680) on the year; 2) Andy Lagoe – 8-12 on the week – 133-67 (.665) on the year; 3) Kevin Walsh – 11-9 on the week – 132-68 (.660) on the year; 4) Sean Miller – 11-9 on the year – 130-70 (.650) on the year; 4) Gary Tackabury – 10-10 on the week – 130-70 (.650) on the year; 5) Cameron Turner – 13-7 on the week – 128-72 (.640) on the year; 6) Scott Seiler – 14-6 on the week – 125-75 (.625) on the year; Dave Shull – 11-9 on the week – 124-76 (.620) on the year; 8) James McDaniel – 13-7 on the week – 123-77 (.615) on the year; 9) Rebecca Walling – 12-8 on the week – 121-79 (.605) on the year; 10) Mike Grant – 7-13 on the week – 119-81 (.595) on the year.
Week 10 game results: 1. Georgia 2. Oklahoma 3. Ole Miss 4. West Virginia 5. Ohio State 6. Georgia Tech 7. Stanford 8. Miami 9. Notre Dame 10. UCLA 11. Chiefs 12. Broncos 13. Cowboys 14. Seahawks 15. Rams 16. Eagles 17. Texans 18. Buccaneers 19. Redskins 20. Dolphins.
Sports Editor’s Note: Due to slow delivery of on-time mail – on a semi-weekly basis – Fahy has been named the winner as of press time on Nov. 16. During week nine of the contest, Alan Ingerto was the winner of the 39 contestants, with his 17 games chosen correctly. Ingerto would win the fourway tie-breaker at 17, due to his closest score chosen in the Virginia vs. Wake Forest game for the tie-breaker game. Ingerto did have an on-time mailed in entry, however, his submission was delivered late.

Evening Sun’s Football Contest: Week seven and eight

Thursday, October 27th, 2016
Cameron Turner

With the change of season’s and the constant influx of local sporting events in Chenango County, my body finally gave in to the bombardment. This past weekend I got pretty rundown, so therefore this writeip is a little recap of last week’s Football Contest as well as this week’s.

Week 7: In week seven of The Evening Sun’s weekly contest, the winner was announced as Logan Smith of Norwich. Smith took the prize with his 15 correct games guess in a week where the majority of people managed around to guess only 12 or 13 games – 10 contestants and eight contestants respectively.

Smith guessed the winning number of 15 on the backs of three very pivitol games on the week – Greene over Harpursville-Afton, and Bainbridge-Guilford over Unatego-Franklin in the high school games, and in the college world Syracuse over Virginia Tech,

Greene upset then fifth in the state ranked Hapursville-Afton when they stripped the division title from the Hornets by shutting them out 23-0. Bainbridge-Guilford managed a huge upset as well on the week – which Smith predicted correctly – as they hosted then undefeated Unatego-Franklin, beating them 25-7. Syraucuse tacked on an underdog win over Virginia Tech by a score of 31-17 – marking only their third win of the season.

Therefore, of the 45 submissions on the week, Logan Smith landed the $25 winnings for week of many upsets.

Weekly game results: 1. Chenango Forks 2. Oxford 3. Greene 4. Holland-Patent 5. Bainbridge-Guilford 6. Walton 7. Alabama 8. North Carolina 9. Arkansas 10. Ohio State 11. Army 12. Syracuse 13. Stanford 14. Redskins 15. Patriots 16. Giants 17. Texans 18. Seahawks 19. Titans 20. Chiefs.

Week 8: In this most recent week’s competition – week 8 – another Norwich resident was the winner of the $25 prize.

Janice M. Coleman guessed the magic number when she predicted 15 total games correct for the week. For the second strait week 15 has been the winning number, as an abundance of upsets seems to happen more and more often as the season progess.

Notably for week 8 of The Evening Sun’s contest, this marked the first week with a reduced amount of high school games. The reason being that playoffs in the Section IV Class D schools had begun and therefore it is always uncertain if non-playoff teams will be afforded extra games.

However, with the only local game of the 20 contest games chosen being Norwich against Oneonta, an astounding number of contestents kept it local choosing Norwich for the win. Which in retrospect was a solid choice for the 43 contestants, as Norwich pulled off the comback win over Oneonta, winning by 35-34.

While the NFL world was a mess with upsets this past week – Eagles defeating the Vikings, Colts over the Titans, Chargers over the Falcons, just to name a few – what truly set Coleman ahead of the five individuals who guessed 14 games correct was her choice of North Texas defeating Army West Point.

As we move into the last few weeks of the weekly contest, I encourage all the readers of The Evening Sun to submit a contest form – it is free of charge and there is a weekly winner regardless.

Sports Editor’s Note: The game between the Seahawks and the Cardinals of the NFL, which ended in a 6-6 tie, resulted in every individual receiving a correct choice for the 13th place slot on the form.

Weekly game results: 1. Norwich 2. North Texas 3. Louisville 4. Syracuse 5. Auburn 6. Wisconsin 7. Alabama 8. Utah 9. Penn State 10. Washington State 11. LSU 12. Colts 13. Seahawks vs. Cardinals 6-6 tie 14. Patriots 15. Lions 16. Eagles 17. Giants 18. Jets 19. Dolphins 20. Chargers.

Small Town living, Big World Problems

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016
Kieran Coffey

It’s no secret that there is an epidemic taking a hold of our small little community, and it threatens to envelop us more and more each day. That epidemic comes in the form of drugs. Drugs such as heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine have infiltrated our tranquil, humble abode slowly and have begun to take over.
However, there is an even bigger threat to our community that many remain unaware of; whether it’s because of the fact that they chose to ignore it, or that they simply just don’t know about it. That threat comes in the form of prescription drugs.
Many people say that marijuana is a ‘gateway’ drug.
I witnessed a court case just the other day where a Father came in to support a son who had stolen an item of great value from him in order to fuel his drug addiction. That Father testified in court that his son’s addiction began at the tender age of 15, when he was prescribed Oxycontin by a doctor to treat a minor injury. That is what, in my personal opinion, can be classified as a ‘gateway’ drug.
Whenever someone reads a story in the paper or watches a news piece regarding a drug arrest, they are quick to assume that the individual has always been a ‘less than reputable’ character. While sometimes that is true, it is usually not the case. In fact, most times, the individual was a grade-A student who happened to be led astray by hanging with the wrong crowd, or in some cases, inadvertently got addicted to prescription medications, and needed to find a cheaper alternative to reach that ‘high’ when their prescription expired.
The District Attorney’s Office and the Judges around the County are doing their best to help solve this immensely troubling problem, but by the time most of the drug-related cases reach them, it is often too late. Sure, they can sentence someone to drug treatment court, but we need to put preventative measures in place to ensure that cases never even have to get that far in the first place.
The other alternative to drug treatment court is a hard dose of reality; meaning prison. Sending these poor, young, misguided souls to prison, some of whom are first-time offenders, won’t help solve or curb the addiction problem in our community.
I believe Macklamore said it best in his new song ‘Drug Dealer’
“Best friends with the thing that’s killing me;
Enemies with my best friend, there’s no healing me.”
What people need to understand is that addiction is a disease, just like any other. Counties have multiple programs dedicated to addressing alcohol addiction and mental health issues, so why not drug addiction?
We need to start programs to help those who are afflicted with this terrible ailment, before it’s too late.
It is a welcome change to see initiatives like the ‘Shed the Meds’ event and free narcan training that was held in Greene in late September, which was also attended by Senator Fred Akshar. During this event, attendees were invited to turn in their unused prescription medications in an effort to prevent them from getting on the streets. The event also aimed to provide awareness of opioid abuse.
With more initiatives such as this, we can help raise the awareness needed in the community to get new programs instituted, which will hopefully ensure that someone else doesn’t just become a statistic.
We all need to play a part in taking back our community, and making it a happy, thriving, drug-free place to live once more.

Oil changes, yoga, golf, and air filter clocks

Sunday, October 16th, 2016
Ashley Babbitt

I had the pleasure of attending Classic Casino Night at the Northeast Classic Car Museum Friday. I found there is something I may enjoy more than Blackjack: Silent Auctions.
The items on the tables for the silent auction varied from jewelry to sports memorabilia to automotive items and beyond.
The tables – set up just before the entrance to the dining and gambling location in the NBT Bank Event Room – were filled and staffed with volunteers.
The organization of the silent auction was fantastic.
I did seek the insight from friend Joe Angelino on how it all worked. From that point, it was game on for Mrs. Managing Editor.
Golf packages, wrote my name down. Yoga set, wrote my name. Oil change? I need one, so why not? Framed and signed Syracuse University Basketball Final Four photo? Thought I needed it. A ring that was two and a half sizes too big for my fingers? You betcha. A signed football from a team I don’t like … Sure. A crockpot even though I already own two? Wrote my name down. A clock made out of a vehicle air filter … Need it.
I arrived a little late and the Kate Spade handbag and signed SU basketball were already claimed, so I lost out there.
It’s just nice to see some friendly competition outside of the gambling tables where those winnings could be used at the live auction.
A gentleman and I went back and forth on bids for a golf package at least four times.
I’d write my name on something, then eat, then go back out and check and see if someone out-bid me. If they did, I’d go up the required amount, then back into the main area.
Has the good golfing weather passed? I have no idea. But I learned that in a silent auction I have more control over the outcome than at a Blackjack table.
It was all in good fun, and all for a fantastic cause and a wonderful establishment, so it was well worth it.
Did I win everything I wrote my name on? Negative. I came to a point where I realized I wouldn’t be able to carry everything if didn’t draw the line at some point.
But I’d like to extend my gratitude to all of those who donated items for the silent (and live) auctions, the volunteers who kept the tables organized, and to the folks who went back and forth with me on various items.
Now, I can schedule my oil change and tire rotation, make sure I’m not late by checking the time on my air filter clock, while doing yoga as the husband is out playing golf (a total of 72 holes, if I’m not mistaken).

Football Contest: week six

Friday, October 14th, 2016
Cameron Turner

And with this week completed, we have another winner of The Evening Sun’s weekly Football Contest. This week’s winner is David L. Wentworth of South Otselic who won the three-way tie earning the top spot and $25 weekly winnings. Wentworth moved above the other 42 contestants for the week to claim the win.

Wentworth and the two individuals who matched his score for the tie, Alan Ingerto of Smyrna and Mike Eldred of Norwich, each guessing a total of 16 games correctly – earning the top spot, besting each of the ‘experts’ for the week as well.

The three-way tie was decided after Wentworth correctly chose the Bills to defeat the Rams in the NFL, while also choosing the closest total points to the actual score of the game. Wentworth guessed a 47 point game to which the actual game panned out to amount to 49 points. Wentworth ran away with his two point win in the overtime game, as Ingerto guessed the game correctly but only guessed a total of 41 points. Eldred finished in third as he chose the Rams to beat the Bills.

A college game which gave each of the three top contestants trouble this week was Penn State verses Maryland. Each – Wentworth, Ingerto, and Eldred – chose Maryland to win, which they did not in-fact.

On the NFL level each of the top three chose the Eagles and their rookie quaterback Carson Wentz to contnue their winning wasy, however, the unpredicatle Lions overthrow that notion with a win.

Impressively, all but one of the local games was chosen correctly by the top three contestants. The only missed local game was Harpursville-Afton at Chenango Valley, by Ingerto.

Harpursville- Afton did infact command that game remaining undefeated on the season, while also upping their New York State Ranking to fourth in Class D standings.

Leading the ‘experts’ on the week’s choices was Gary Tackabury of Matthews Ford, Sean Miller of the Greene Bowlodrome, and Todd Hall of Ye Olde Shanty. These three guessed 14 correct games to further their standings on the 10 week contest.

Through five weeks: Kevin Walsh leads the ‘experts’ with 77 correct, followed by Todd Hall with 72 correct, Sean Miller with 69 correct, Gary Tackabury with 68 correct, Andy Lagoe with 66 correct, Dave Shull with 65 correct, Cameron Turner with 64 correct, James McDaniel with 63 correct, Mike Grant with 62 correct, Scott Seiler with 61 correct, and Rebecca Walling with 57 correct.

Weekly game results: 1. Susquehanna Valley 2. Sidney 3. Greene 4. Canastota 5. Bainbridge-Guilford 6. Harpursville-Afton 7. Texas A&M 8. Alabama 9. Florida State 10. -postponed- 11. Washington 12. Oklahoma 13. Penn State 14. Cowboys 15. Packers 16. Titans 17. Raiders 18. Lions 19. Redskins 20. Colts.

Sports Editor’s Note: Due to Hurricane Matthew, the game between LSU and Florida was postponed and therefore everyone received a free correct game at that spot for this week. Notably, this previous week marks the last week that local football will be heavily included due to their seasons wrapping up.

Evening Sun Football Contest: week five

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016
Cameron Turner

With another weekend of football completed, comes another weekly winner of The Evening Sun’s Football contest.

After careful calculations of 43 entrees, Jean Tyler of New Berlin was named this week’s weekly winner of the $25 prize. Tyler was ultimately named the winner after an 11-way tie fell in her favor – with 14 correct games chosen being this week’s magic number.

Tyler edged out three individuals this week for the one-point win in the tie-breaker – Boston would win the game against Buffalo 35-3, making the total points scored 38 – to which Tyler guessed just three-points off the total score with 41-points guessed. Tyler was trailed by: Yvonne Steward, Kyle Berdua, and Betty Ann Conant – each had guessed 14 correct games and managed a four point guess off the correct 38, at 42-points, 34-points, and 34-points guessed.

One local game which gave many contestants trouble in week five was the match-up between Norwich and Chenango Valley. Coming into the game, Norwich was thought to be heavily favored, based off overall records, as CV held a 1-3 record to Norwich’s 3-1. However, what many did not know was the 1-3 CV Warriors had taken two losses at the hands of powerhouse teams such as Elmira-Notre Dame and Corning.

On the college level Florida State was upset in a big way when North Carolina managed to break FSU’s 22 game home win streak, despite a 21-point fourth quarter push by FSU.

With the Patriots losing in the NFL, being shutout for the first time ever at Gillette Stadium, the Buffalo Bills 16-0 win on Sunday sent many contestants another missed opportunity.

Leading the ‘experts’ on the week’s choices is Sean Miller of the Greene Bowlodrome who managed to lead all participants with 15 correct guesses. Leading overall for the ‘experts’ is still Kevin Walsh of the Parker Walsh Team with 63 correct guesses to just 17 misses, followed by Todd Hall of Ye Olde Shanty with 57 correct to 23 wrong.

Weekly game results: 1. Chenango Valley 2. Harpursville-Afton 3. General Brown 4. Greene 5. Walton 6. Newark Valley 7. Clemson 8. Air Force 9. Tennessee 10. Washington 11. Ohio State 12. Notre Dame 13. Oklahoma State 14. North Carolina 15. Saints 16. Vikings 17. Bills 18. Seahawks 19. Raiders 20. Steelers.

Sports Editor’s Note: A mistake was made in the Tuesday, Oct. 4, print edition of The Evening Sun. Sylvia Witchella was named the winner of the football contest, however, after a closer look Jean Tyler was the correct winner. Witchella was a part of the 11-way tie but failed to win the tie-breaker as she guessed 31-points, making her guess seven away from the correct 38-points.

Evening Sun Football Contest: week four

Monday, October 3rd, 2016
Cameron Turner

This past week’s Evening Sun football contest featured many more participants than previous week’s – with a total of 54 entries submitted.

Of the 54 entries, three lucky individuals managed to guess correctly 18 of the 20 games. The three-way tie came down to Daniel Eichler of Norwich, Janice Coleman of Norwich, and Sheldon Schuman of Earlville.

With the $25 weekly prize up for grabs, it was Eichler who won the prize due to his closest total points in the tie breaker game – Wisconsin at Michigan State, which ended with a Wisconsin loss at 30-6.

Closest to the 36 points scored in that game was Eichler with his 33-points guess, compared to Coleman with 41, and Schuman with 43.

The trend in games missed in week four – which saw an average score of 13 – was one local and one NFL game. The loss that Greene high school suffered to Owego, at 20-14, threw many people off as the Trojans were previously undefeated entering that game. The Vikings in the NFL impressed everyone, with another upset win, this time over the Panthers who were playing at home. These two games were a trend throughout most submissions, while each of the three who guessed 18 correct, missed these two games.

Leading the ‘experts’ after the week of games is Kevin Walsh who has an impressive 49-11 record in the contest. Following Walsh is Todd Hall with a 46-14 record, and in third is Dave Shull with 43-17 overall.

Check out Tuesday’s edition of The Evening Sun for how this most recent week’s results pan out for the ‘experts’, and so you can grab another entry form for this coming week of games, good luck!

Week four results:

1. Norwich 2. Oxford 3. Owego 4. Sherburne-Earlville 5. Deposit-Hancock 6. Unatego-Franklin 7. Harpursville-Afton 8. Ole Miss 9. Michigan 10. Tennessee 11. Baylor 12. Stanford 13. Texas A&M 14. Washington 15. Raiders 16. Ravens 17. Broncos 18. Colts 19. Chiefs 20. Vikings