Akers second to none this year

Jan 8, 2002 8:46 AM

The Venetian’s Rob Akers had the right strategy this year. He saved his worst week for last.

“I wanted to wrap it up for I didn’t make myself sweat to the end,” the resort’s director of race and sports said after his victory in the annual GamingToday Bookies Battle.

Akers finished with 154-93 for the year, seven games ahead of Scott Elliott of Joker’s Wild. Elliott posted a 147-100 mark after a 7-7 closing week.

The victory allowed Akers to avenge last year’s second place finish in the contest.

“I didn’t want to finish second two years in a row,” he said. “I was beginning to get that Buffalo Bills syndrome of coming close too often, but not being able to win the big one.”

The panelists will be asked for their opinions on the NFL playoffs, but the results do not count as regular season picks.

“I like Philadelphia playing for the NFC title,” Akers said. “I think they have the defense and offense to at least reach the final against St. Louis. The Rams to me are the team to beat.”

Akers believes the AFC title game will match Pittsburgh and New England, with the Patriots reaching the Super Bowl.

“New England has the good D and solid running game to get to the Super Bowl.”

Akers picks the Rams to win it all. “Just too strong.”