The Golden Nugget’s Ultimate Football Challenge has proven to be the best Las Vegas contest for members of Team Odds Shark through the first two weeks of the season, partly because it allows entrants to pick any combination of seven sides between college football and the NFL. In Week 1, it was Harry Gagnon’s Cuseboy entry that went 6-1 to tie with two others for first place among the 282 contestants overall.
In Week 2, Cousin Sal did Gagnon one better by going a perfect 7-0, turning in winners with the Houston Cougars (+9), West Virginia Mountaineers (+6.5), Temple Owls (+7), Oklahoma Sooners (-22.5), Kansas City Chiefs (-7.5), Denver Broncos (+2.5) and Atlanta Falcons (+1.5). Not to be outdone by much, Gagnon also put together another outstanding week in going 6-1 again to stay tied for the overall lead with 12 points. He had winners with the Mountaineers, Eastern Michigan Eagles (+7), Iowa State Cyclones (+2), Buffalo Bills (-2), Falcons and Cleveland Browns (-2.5). Ironically, it was the Syracuse Orange (+27.5) who kept Gagnon from matching Sal with a 7-0 mark.
The Szokoli brothers also enjoyed winning weeks in the Ultimate Football Challenge, with Brian going 6-1 as well and Darren ending up at 4-3. If you do the math, that’s a fantastic 23-5 record (82 percent) for Team Odds Shark in Week 2 of that contest.
The team continues to fare well in the William Hill College Pick’em contest too, as Odds Shark’s own Jon Campbell and Clay Travis each went 4-3 in Week 2. Campbell improved to 9-5 overall while Travis is 8-6 with the three co-leaders sitting at 12-2.
In addition, two members of Team Odds Shark went 4-1 on their five NFL picks in the SuperContest and Circa Sports Million in Paulo Antunes and Odds Shark’s Joe Osborne, respectively. The New Orleans Saints (+2.5) kept Antunes from going 5-0 in a 27-9 road loss to the Los Angeles Rams that saw quarterback Drew Brees suffer a thumb injury requiring surgery. Meanwhile, Osborne’s lone loss was the Cincinnati Bengals (-1.5), who were blown out 41-17 by the San Francisco 49ers at home.
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