It's all over but the crying.
Due to a tabulation error in the "I Beat Burt" Contest results for Week 16, using the wrong Patriots point total tiebreaker — 19 was used instead of 9 — here is the corrected list of the winners for last weekend's games.
The best scene from the weekend was on Monday night when Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield, setting up for the 2-point conversion late in the fourth quarter, raised his arms to tell the 12,000 fans to be quiet.
If you picked only six winners (or more) out of the 13 NFL games this past weekend and were within in one point of the Patriots point total (20), you probably won a T-shirt this week.
A stock answer I get from most people that play the "I Beat Burt" contest, when asked about selecting the New England Patriots, is "I always pick the Patriots."
If you picked the New England Patriots to beat the Seattle Seahawks this past Sunday night, you not only made a wrong pick, but your chances of winning an "I Beat Burt" T-shirt dropped to almost zero.
Alex Carter has a ritual. He buys his Salem News at his favorite store in Topsfield, Gil's Grocery on Main Street, and checks out the "I Beat Burt" contest entry blank. By midweek he starts plotting the weekend.
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