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Experts game ends; time for raffle

Walter Ford
Sports Editor
Walter Ford, Sports Editor
John R. Hart |

After 10 weeks, 140 games and nearly 400 participants, the Beat the Experts football contest has concluded its 2013 run. Now all that’s left to do is give away the big prize.

The 55-inch LG LED HDTV will be raffled off at 5 p.m. Thursday at Beam “Easy Living” Center, located at 422 Henderson St. in Grass Valley.

Despite the experts’ combined record of 95-35 (Walter Ford 50-17, Brian O’Brien 45-18) there were many who rose above and proved themselves the experts from week to week, including Dave Beghetti, who won the final Beat the Experts contest of 2013 with a 10-3 record, far exceeding O’Brien and my combined 8-5. In fact, 10 entries beat us in the final week. Far fewer then the season-high 26 players who beat us in Week 9.

There are 124 total entries in the raffle. Eleven weekly winners (there was a tie in Week 2) who claimed the top spot and won the smaller weekly prizes (Suds Bros. Car Wash and Plaza Jalisco gift cards) in addition to being entered in the raffle. And there are 113 entrants who beat the experts at some point throughout the contest. Those in the raffle will be contacted by phone. The raffle winner does not need to be present to win.

I will be honest — after Week 1, when there was just one participant who beat the experts, I figured there would be a mere 10 entries for the grand prize, but Nevada County stepped it up, averaging 12 entries per week that beat the experts.

I think people caught on to Colfax’s football prowess and Nevada Union’s lack of one. Also participants got smart about the tie-breaker, often picking one point above or below ours, essentially taking a page out of the “Price is Right” playbook.

There were no repeat overall winners, but several participants beat the experts on multiple occasions and, therefore, will have a higher chance of winning the raffle.

We here at The Union hope everyone enjoyed the return of Beat the Experts and encourage those in the raffle to come out Thursday for the drawing at Beam “Easy Living” Center.

To contact Sports Editor Walter Ford, call 530-477-4232 or email wford@theunion.com.


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