Week 16 did not turn out well for the top two members of Team Odds Shark competing in the Golden Nugget’s Ultimate Football Challenge, the only Las Vegas contest allowing entrants to make any combination of seven pro and college picks. “Cousin Sal” Iacono and Harry Gagnon each could have used a big performance to move one step closer to finishing among the top 20 contestants who get paid out at the end of the year. Instead, both struggled and will now need their competitors to do that in Week 17.
Sal went 3-4 in Week 16 but actually moved up from a tie for 41st to 34th out of 282 total entrants with 63 points (62-48-2). Meanwhile, Gagnon’s ‘Cuseboy entry was not as lucky, going 1-6 to drop from a tie for 24th down to 43rd with 62 points (61-49-2). The current leader of the Ultimate Football Challenge went 4-3 and has 71.5 points (70-39-3), with the cut-off for the top 20 spots right now sitting at 65.
So even though Week 16 did not turn out well for Sal and Gagnon, the same can be said for many of those competing for prize money. A rebound winning record in Week 17 along with some help could definitely still push Sal and/or Gagnon into the money. Another positive is that they will be able to select any college bowl games the rest of the way in addition to Week 17 NFL matchups in an effort to improve their chances.
The other 10 members of Team Odds Shark are also hoping to finish on a positive note in their respective Vegas football contests. The four participating in the NFL-only Circa Sports Million all had winning marks in Week 16 and will try to duplicate that feat in Week 17. Odds Shark’s own Joe Osborne continues to lead the way for the team with a respectable 43-34-3 record after going 4-1 while Pamela Maldonado, Kris Abbott and Joe Fortenbaugh each went 3-2. In the SuperContest – the world’s largest football handicapping contest – Jon Anik went 3-1-1 last week to move closer to .500 at a team-best 37-41-2. The overall leaders in both contests are hitting better than 70 percent.