By DAVID GREEN
Sometimes it pays to be a football fanatic. Just ask Jeremy Keene.
The Morenci pigskin prognosticator entered the Hard Core Football Challenge sponsored by Fox 36 television in Toledo. When the regular NFL season ended, Jeremy was the champion and the owner of a new iPad.
His success came as quite a shock because he never thought much about how he was doing in the contest—until the very end.
Each week contestants would send in their predictions about which team would win every NFL game played. Weekly winners were determined and Jeremy was never one of them.
“I would check my weekly score,” he said, “but I never checked my overall average.”
He finally logged in during the final week of the contest.
“My son was standing over my shoulder and he said, ‘Dad, you’re the leader!”
Even in the final week Jeremy fell one game short of a perfect mark. He correctly predicted 14 of the winners, but someone else among the 601 entrants got all 15.
He did have an impressive guess for the tie-breaker. Each week participants had to send in their guess about the score of one game to break a tie should more than one player come up with the same number of winners.
Jeremy said Arizona would top Seattle 21-20. In actuality, they won 23-20.
He picked up his prize at the TV station last week and was interviewed during a sports show.
The host was surprised to learn that Jeremy won the big prize without ever coming out on top as a weekly winner. It turns out he was close enough each week to keep his overall standing among the best.
Following football is nothing new for Jeremy.
“I’ve always been a big football fan,” he said, “but I only care about the NFL. And I really only care about the Lions.”
His love for the Lions cost him a few games.
“I went with the Lions all year and I missed a few,” he admitted, including his bid for a perfect week in the final game.
“When they started out 5-0, I thought, wow, they haven’t done this since before I was born.”
They let him down a few times, but in the end it didn’t matter. Now he has an iPad to follow his team and of course there’s an app for that.