The 2002 Bookies Battle heads into the final week and, like the NFL playoffs, the best record has not been decided.
Johnny Spot of the Barbary Coast posted an 8-7 record in a wild Week 16 to share first place with the Primadonna’s Glynis Mickelian.
Both Spot and Mickelian are 141-98 against the spread, one game ahead of the Monte Carlo’s Tom Wilczynski. The totals were as of games played Sunday, Dec. 22. The Monday night result will be added to the season totals for the final week, as has been the policy of the contest.
Scott Elliott of Joker’s Wild stands alone in fourth at 139-100, despite a tough 5-10 week.
The consensus was just 3-12, with the Stardust’s Joe Lupo’s posting the week’s best mark at 10-5.
There are 11 competitors within five games of the co-leaders with only 17 selections remaining in the regular season, including the Pittsburgh-Tampa Bay contest last Monday night.
Mickelian had moved into the lead last week ahead of Spot, who has been battling Bob Smith of Leroy’s for lead most of the year.
The 3-12 consensus record was by far the worst of the year and stands at 52.7 percent (126-113) for the 16 weeks.. The leaders are hitting 58.9 percent of their selections.
The Bookies Battle continues during the postseason playoffs for the benefit of the readers. The official contest ends next Monday, following the San Francisco-St. Louis game.