Sports Editor Mario Renteria went a perfect 5-0 to win the final regular season week of the Beat the Press competition.
Now, as the NFL moves into the playoffs so does the BTP competition.
Here’s how things will happen: eight will advance into the second week of the playoffs.
Six spots are already taken — four by contestants and two by BTP staffers.
Juan Pablo Lopez, Carlos Nava, Wayne Cartee and Steve Alsip all recorded two wins and a spot in the second round of the playoffs.
BTP staffers Marketing Consultant Ross Rodriguez and Local Content Editor Richard Brown advanced to the second round as well.
Rodriguez had the most wins of anyone (three) and the best record among the staffers.
Brown had the second best record.
That means two spots are up for grabs among Renteria, Sports Writer Ryan Leon, District Manager Sam Rice and anyone that had one win during the regular season — you know who you are.
To not give the public an unfair advantage, the picks of Renteria, Leon and Rice will not publish until Sunday’s edition.
That means no one will see anyone’s picks until then.
Here are the matchups:
In the NFL, Cincinnati will be at Houston, Detroit will play at New Orleans, Atlanta will play at the New York Giants and Pittsburgh will play at Denver.
The BCS National Championship game, scheduled for Monday night, between No. 2 Alabama and No. 1 LSU will be our tiebreaker game.
Deadline to turn in picks is 11:59 p.m. Friday by e-mailing them to email@example.com
Good luck and thank you to those that participated in Beat the Press this season.