Turns out that Manchester quarterback Pat Orlando wasn't the only winner in his family on Thanksgiving Day.
Not only did Orlando lead his Hornets to a convincing 27-7 triumph over rival Georgetown that secured both a share of the Commonwealth Small title and the league's postseason pass, but his father, Vincent, won the Beat Forsberg: Thanksgiving Pick'em contest in nearly as convincing fashion.
With 34 correct picks out of 40 games, Vincent Orlando is this year's top Turkey Day prognosticator. Orlando easily outdistanced a trio of second-place finishers with 32 correct selections.
Your humble blogger tied for fifth place with 31 correct picks. As we promised before the competition, here are the names of the three second-place finishers who, like Vin, beat me.
Shaun G. of Weymouth
Sean M. of Boston
Brian M. of Chelmsford
Congrats to everyone. All of the ballots have been scored and you can check out how many picks you got correct by visiting our friends at SportsBallot. While you're there, enter your picks for Tuesday's 12 playoff games. No prize on the line this time (Vincent took home a Sony PSP), just pride.
As for Vin's winning ballot, what exactly was the key game? Picking Manchester to top Georgetown didn't hurt.
"It didn't matter what the records were there," joked Vin, a Gloucester native. "Everyone knew who I was picking."
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