Last week my loan application was turned down as Capital City banker Brian Timmons did me in, hitting 7-of-10 picks to my 6-of-10 in my weekly prediction column.
The loss dropped me out of the Top 25, leaving me with a 5-2 season mark.
I'll try to climb back into favor this week when I take on old boyhood buddy, Don Stiller.
Don and I go way back to my Ebro youth when we used to take jugs of water to a clay pit and throw a baseball up and hit it back and forth to each other no matter how hot
the weather was. Don was always the Dodgers while I was mostly the Reds in those imagination baseball games.
Like myself, Don has always been a big sports fan and like myself, he was a graduate of Vernon High.
A couple of years younger than I am, Don went to work as a Florida Park Ranger about six months after high school graduation.
His work kept him in the Panhandle at Fort Pickins, Basin Bayou, Grayton Beach and Henderson Beach.
In all, Don spent close to 45 years with the Park Service.
Married to Carol Pruette of Pensacola, the Stillers raised sons Danny and Chad and daughter Heather mostly in Portland, a community just outside of Freeport.
In fact, the Stillers are close to Freeport High where a son and daughter, and a grandson, Ryder, had athletic careers.
Moving back to Ebro gave me cause to get to spend time with Don. We enjoy going to Pensacola Blue Wahoo games, and no matter the length of time we spend together we never run out of things to talk about.
One thing we talk about is Don's Dodgers who are in the play-offs now giving him a fun-filled fall.
I hope that fun-filled fall doesn't include a win over me as he says the football week will go like this ...
HAMPTON over FAMU - Rattlers haven't played real well this year.
MIAMI over VIRGINIA TECH - ‘Canes having a decent year.
USF over TEMPLE - I'll go with the Bulls.
INDIANA over NORTHWESTERN - Hoosiers have an offense.
TEXAS over KANSAS STATE - Longhorns have the better team.
STANFORD over COLORADO - Cardinal at home.
NAVY over MEMPHIS - Navy's a top 25 team.
ALABAMA over TEXAS A&M - ‘Bama's ranked number 1!
AUBURN over ARKANSAS - War Eagles soar at home.
LSU over MISSISSIPPI - Saturdays in Baton Rouge are tough for visiting teams.
And it looks like Don is going to be a tough foe for me but I'll say ...
FAMU over HAMPTON - Rattlers’ quarterback may be an answer.
MIAMI over VIRGINIA TECH - Just a hunch.
USF over TEMPLE - Bulls can move the football.
NORTHWESTERN over INDIANA - Wildcats have some defense.
KANSAS STATE over TEXAS - I think the Horns have problems.
STANFORD over COLORADO - Win over Irish was big.
NAVY over MEMPHIS - This will be a very entertaining game.
ALABAMA over TEXAS A&M - Aggies unbeaten season goes away.
ARKANSAS over AUBURN - 'Backs have more muscle.
MISSISSIPPI over LSU - In a crazy Saturday night Baton Rouge game.
I just hope I'm not also crazy as Don and I differ FIVE times.