There are readers that have been playing the "I Beat Burt" contest for several years, without any luck.
They've never beaten, well, me when it comes to pro football games in the fall and early winter.
Then there are people like 9-year-old Tyler Williams of Methuen, son of Scott and Joyce Williams.
He played the contest for the first time two weeks ago and won.
Tyler, according to his nana Joanne Williams, is a very good student in Mrs. Sullivan's fourth grade class at the Comprehensive Grammar School (CGS) in Methuen. But he might have a future in sports management after this performance in which he correctly had 10 winners of the 14 games (I had nine correct).
"My favorite player is Malcolm Butler, because he gets interceptions," said Tyler.
Tyler doesn't yet play football, but is in his second year in mixed martial arts. His sister, Sam, a sixth grader, is passionate about the sport and plays flag football.
Tyler said he loves watching football and probably gets that from his dad, who doesn't miss a Notre Dame game.
"If he's not home he records it," said Tyler. "When it comes to Notre Dame, we watch and be quiet or we leave the room. He's a crazy fan."
Tough week for all
As predicted (see story last week), Week 3 was every bit as tough as expected.
I only had seven winners out of the 15 games (Thursday nights not included), but surprisingly only 66 of the 346 entries had more than seven wins.
I had two upsets (Buffalo and Tennessee) and still only won seven games. I believe this is the new NFL and there will be more weekends like last one. The message is: Do your homework.
All of the Week 3 winners were within one point of the Patriots point total (36), the first tiebreaker. In the end, most of the winners had nine correct selections, which is the second tiebreaker.
In looking at Week 4, with at least eight games listed by a field goal or less, it won't be much easier.
Week 3 winners
Brian Karolow of Bradford
Rick Kolenda of Bradford
Ray Flynn of Gloucester
George Langley of Gloucester
Corey Harding of Methuen
Debby Eskenazi of Peabody
Jim Hennessey of Salem
Helen Apostolides of Peabody
Chris Simonian of Methuen
Lee Fasoli of Salem