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Gagnon Flexes Muscles With Near Perfect Mark in Ultimate Football Challenge

Overall, the 2019 edition of Team Odds Shark went 41-41 on a combination of 82 NFL and college picks over four different Las Vegas football contests in Week 1. Out of the 14 members of the team, seven finished with a winning record on their picks while the other seven struggled a bit, especially in the new Circa Sports Million pro contest.

The team’s best performance came in the Golden Nugget’s Ultimate Football Challenge, where entrants can select any seven sides among both pro and college football games. Harry Gagnon led the way by going an impressive 6-1, including winners on Missouri (-14), Arkansas State (+1) and LSU (-6) in college and the Buffalo Bills (+3), New England Patriots (-5.5) and Houston Texans (+7) in the pros. Cousin Sal went 4-3 in Week 1, going 3-1 in college with easy winners on Maryland (-2), Baylor (-26) and San Diego State (+7.5). Sal also had the Tennessee Titans (+5.5). Brothers Darren and Brian Szokoli went 5-9 between them on their 14 picks in Week 1.

College football does seem to be the team’s strong suit so far, as Odds Shark’s own Jon Campbell (5-2) and Clay Travis (4-3) went a combined 9-5 in the William Hill College Pick’em contest as well. Campbell and Travis joined Gagnon with LSU (-5.5) over Texas, and the duo shared another winner with Penn State (-29.5) routing Buffalo.

The results were not as good for Team Odds Shark in the SuperContest and Circa Sports Million, with entrants required to pick five NFL sides against the spread. The team of Anthony Riccobono (2-3), Frank Schwab (2-3), Jon Anik (3-2) and Paulo Antunes (3-2) managed to go 10-10 in the SuperContest, as three of them lost with the Denver Broncos (pick’em) on Monday Night Football to close out Week 1.

In the Circa Sports Million, Odds Shark’s Joe Osborne (3-2) was the only one of four members to have a winning record in Week 1. Kris Abbott (2-3) and Joe Fortenbaugh (1-4) were both burned by the Broncos (-2.5) too while the lone winner for Pamela Maldonado (1-4) was an easy one with the Titans (+5.5) over the Cleveland Browns.