Helen Apostolides spent most of her adult life as a teacher, elementary school principal and now, retired, as a consultant for Class Measures.
In other words, she knows a lot about kids.
Well, the 71-year-old from Peabody, knows a lot about football, too.
The Week 3 winner of the "I Beat Burt" contest said her intimate knowledge of football started in earnest as a teenager in the 1960s.
"I've been watching the Boston Patriots games since 1960s with my parents and sisters, and presently, now, with my husband, John (Apostolides)," said Helen. "I don't miss a game. I haven't in a long time."
Helen grew up in Jamaica Plain and didn't really play sports growing up.
But as an adult exercise became more important, specifically squash. She plays out of the Marblehead YMCA and Phillips Andover Academy, in the Mass. Squash Women's League.
"I'm a big sports fan," she said. "My husband and I watch them all; the Patriots, Red Sox, Celtics or Bruins, and really any other sporting events on TV."
As for the Patriots, Sundays are for them.
"Offensively they are great," said Helen. "Defensively, they have given up too many points and have many adjustments to make. But I believe in Bill Belichick."
Helen admits she picks the Patriots every week, even the rare weeks it doesn't look too good.
"I never give up on them," she added.
As for her "picking" philosophy, she says it's pretty simple: " In addition to guessing, I try to pick teams that have skilled players, superb coaching and have had a good record."
Week 5 winners:
Bill Albert of West Newbury
George Langley of Gloucester
John Lund of Gloucester
Mark Daigle of Newburyport
Margaret Higgins of Peabody
Peggy Pucillo of Peabody
Tony Amenta of Beverly
Mary Kelleher of Newburyport
John Liss of Newburyport
Robert Smith of Salisbury