SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: A good loser is still a loser

Published: Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 05:21 PM.

Sometime my desire to win the weekly picks will lead me to choose the team I think will win over the team I want to win. Most people know that I never want the University of Tennessee or Gulf Breeze High School to lose. I hate picking against the schools I attended and still hold dear, but when it comes to winning or losing I’m going to pick the team I think will win.

I know my picking against Crestview or Baker doesn’t always sit well with local players and fans, but it’s nothing personal I just want to win.

When making the picks I try to throw out the emotional angle and look at the straight hard facts. If a coach tells me off the record that a key a player is injured I’ll keep that information to myself, but it will influence my picking process.

I try to find out as much as I can about teams from outside the area when I’m picking a game involving a school from another state or another part of Florida. It’s not always easy, but I do want to win and will look at every side of things in deciding who might win.

Yes, a fire that burns deep inside me hates losing, even when it comes to football panels.

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