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Burns wins forecasting title

With Sunday’s Seattle-St. Louis game proving the difference, sports writer Rob Burns won The Daily World Pro Football Forecasting Contest that concluded Sunday.

Correctly picking a Seahawk victory, Burns finished with a (13-3) final-week record and a season mark of 156-70-1, a.690 percentage. He finished one game ahead of Special Sections Editor David Haerle, also 13-3 on the final week.

Haerle had picked the Rams to upset the Hawks and would have won the contest had St. Louis retained its halftime lead. For that matter, he would have also prevailed via the Lock of the Week tiebreaker had he predicted a Seattle victory.

Imploding on some upset picks on the final week, Sports Editor Rick Anderson went 9-7 and finished five games off the pace. Brandon Barnes went 12-4 as the final-week guest forecaster.

Following a recalculation of weekly records, Hoquiam High boys basketball coach Curtis Eccles and HHS assistant football coach Rick Moore tied for the Guest Forecaster of the Year award with 11-2 records (previous references to Eccles taking the undisputed lead were in error). Since defending champions are always invited to return, they presumably can settle the deadlock in 2013 while giving Eccles an opportunity for an unprecedented guest forecasting three-peat.

As a group, guest forecasters went 141-85-1.

No late Monday scores

Due to an early pre-holiday deadline, results of Monday afternoon and evening games will not appear in today’s edition. Monday scores will be published in Wednesday’s Daily World.

Daily World staff reports