A fight to the finish between Bonzo and the "experts"

Cold, Hard Football Facts for Dec 30, 2005



Well, folks, it's going to be a fight to the finish. Who's going to prove himself the best NFL analyst this season? Is it going to be one of the "experts" from CBS Sportsline or will it be our very own prehensile primate, Bonzo the Idiot Monkey?
 
It all comes down to the final week of the NFL season.
 
Bonzo the Idiot Monkey held a lead over the best "experts" CBS Sportsline could throw his way for six straight weeks. Then last week, as if a circus clown had stepped on one of his discarded banana peels, Bonzo let it all slip away with his 7-8-1 mark picking the NFL's Week 16 contests (hey, at least he did better than the Quality Wins Quotient).
 
Bonzo is now two games out of first. But, with just 16 games to play this season, only a disaster will keep him from finishing at least in a tie for second place.
 
Each week, Bonzo puts his picks up against those of four "pundits" from CBS Sportsline: Minister of Hackery Pete Prisco, Clark Judge, Greg Bromberg and Michael Fabiano.
 
Fabiano overtook Bonzo when he posted a nifty 10-5-1 mark last week.
 
CBS publishes these as its "Expert Picks" and lists them under the heading of an "Exclusive Feature" on the Web site. Apparently, the heading "Even a Coin-Flipping Monkey Can Do Better than Our Experts" didn't go over too well in a meeting of the editorial board.
 
We suggest CBS Sportsline find some new "experts."
 
How does each participant in our contest pick their games? Well, the "pundits" at CBS Sportsline have years of experience writing about football, access to the most sophisticated and expensive data out there from every major stat service, a full command of rudimentary stone-chipping tools and, as writers for the official news source of NFL.com, inside access to every NFL locker room.
 
Bonzo blindly flips a coin. And he's a monkey.
 
You would think humans with every imaginable advantage over a lesser species would cruise to victory. But you'd be wrong. Bonzo the Idiot Monkey took over first place in Week 10, pulled away in Weeks 11 and 12, came down from his treetop throne a bit over the last few weeks, but is still more than holding his own against the so-called "experts."
 
In other words, if you're turning to CBS Sportsline for guidance in the world of gridiron analsis, you're climbing up the wrong tree. Even a stupid monkey can outdo these donkeys merely by flipping a coin.
 
Here are the results of our competition so far this season, along with this week's picks at the bottom.
 
 
Bonzo
Prisco
Judge
Bromberg
Fabiano
Week 16
7-8-1
7-8-1
8-7-1
9-6-1
10-5-1
Overall
125-107-4
122-110-1
122-110-4
119-113-4
127-105-4
 
For the full story on Bonzo, click here. You can check out last week's picks here.
 
Week 17 picks:
 
Favorite
Spread
Underdog
Bonzo
Prisco
Judge
Bromberg
Fabiano
at SD
-10
Denver
Den
SD
Den
Denver
SD
NYG
-8.5
at Oak
NYG
NYG
Oak
NYG
NYG
at Indy
-6.5
Arizona
Indy
Indy
Indy
Arizona
Ari
Balt
-3
at Cleve
Cleve
Cleve
Balt
Baltimore
Balt
Buffalo
-3
at NYJ
NYJ
Buff
Buff
Buffalo
Buffalo
Carolina
-4.5
at Atl
Carol
Atl
Atl
Atlanta
Carolina
at Minn
-3.5
Chicago
Chi
Minn
Minn
Minnesota
Minn
at KC
-8
Cincy
KC
KC
Cincy
KC
Cincy
at Pitt
-14
Detroit
Pitt
Pitt
Pitt
Detroit
Pitt
at NE
-6.5
Miami
Miami
NE
Miami
Miami
NE
at TB
-13.5
NO
NO
NO
TB
Tampa
NO
Houston
-1.5
at SF
Hou
Hou
SF
Houston
SF
at Jax
-3.5
Tennessee
Jax
Jax
Jax
Jax
Tennn
at GB
-3.5
Seattle
Sea
GB
Sea
Seattle
GB
Wash
-7.5
at Philly
Philly
Philly
Wash
Wash
Philly
at Dallas
-12.5
St. Louis
St.L
Dallas
St.L
St. Louis
Dallas

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