Beyond Golf — 28 December 2015 by Jim Street
Predictions: College bowl games

One of the wildest games of the college football bowl season ended up being the title-clincher for Bob Sherwin.

All but assured of going into the National Championship game with a one-game lead over Kirby Arnold in the always-popular Golferswest.com bowl prediction game, Bob gleefully watched TCU overcome a 31-0 halftime deficit to defeat the University of Oregon Ducks, 47-41, in a triple-overtime Alamo Bowl thriller on Jan. 2.

That gave Bullet Bob (aka CEO) a 25-16 record and three-game lead over fast-fading Arnold with only one game remaining.

Kirby, who had a staff-best 10-game winning streak from Dec. 26-30, went down in flames in January, missing on four of his last five selections and eight of his last 12 overall. From now on, he says, he’s sticking to golf.

Newcomer Candace Oehler, who went 0-4 on Jan. 2, and defending champion Jim Street are tied for third place at 22-19 with one game remaining — the mythical National Championship game on Jan. 11. Candace selected ‘Bama and Jim picked eventual titleist Clemson.

Congrats,  Bob, but there is no gloating around the GW office. Oh, we don’t have an office? Never mind.

(bold face CAP=winner)            

                Bob (27-15) Jim (22-20) Candace (23-19) Kirby (23-19)

Celebration                       Alcorn        NCA&T      NCA&T       NCA&T

New Orleans/Dec. 19    LA. TECH  Ark. St.        Ark St.            Ark. St.

New Mexico/Dec. 19        ARIZ          NMS           ARIZ            ARIZ

Cure/Dec. 19                    S.JOSE    Ga.Tech       S.JOSE         S.JOSE

Royal Purple/Dec. 19       UTAH       UTAH        UTAH          UTAH        

Camellia/Dec. 19               Ohio         APPST         APPST        APPST

Miami Beach/Dec. 21       S. Fla.       W.KY.            S. Fla.           W.KY.

Idaho Potato/Dec. 22       UtahSt.     AKRON       AKRON       UtahSt.

Boca Raton/Dec. 22         TOLEDO   Temple       Temple          Temple

Poinsettia/Dec. 23            BOISE       BOISE       BOISE         BOISE

GoDaddy/Dec. 23             BG               BG               BG          BG      (GA.SO.)

Hawaii/Dec. 24                SD ST.         SD ST.       SD ST.          Cincy

Bahamas/Dec. 24            W. MICH.  W. MICH. W.MICH.  Mid.Tenn.

Heart of Dallas/Dec. 26   WASH         WASH      WASH        WASH.

Pinstripe/Dec. 26              Ind.           Ind.            Ind.            Ind.     (DUKE)

Foster Farms/Dec. 26      UCLA         UCLA       UCLA          UCLA  (NEB)

Independence/Dec. 26     VT              Tulsa              VT                VT

St. Pete/Dec. 26        MARSHALL MARSHALL   Conn   MARSHALL

Sun/Dec. 26                       WSU              WSU          WSU            WSU 

Quick Lane/Dec. 28          MINN        MINN           C.Mich.         MINN

Military/Dec. 28                NAVY        NAVY          NAVY          NAVY

Russell Ath./Dec. 29       BAYLOR       NC                  NC            BAYLOR

Texas/Dec. 29                    LSU             LSU              LSU             LSU

Armed Forces/Dec. 29     CAL              AF                 CAL             CAL     

Arizona/Dec. 29                Colo. St.         Colo. St.     Colo.St.          NEV.

Birmingham/Dec. 30       Memp.         Memp.      AUBURN    AUBURN

Holiday/Dec. 30                USC             USC              USC         USC   (WIS)

Music City/Dec. 30         Texas A&M   Tex A&M    L’VILLE    Texas A&M

Belk/Dec. 30                    MISS.ST.     MISS.ST.  MISS.ST.  MISS.ST.

Peach/Dec. 31                    FSU           HOUSTON      FSU            FSU

Orange/Dec. 31                 CLEM           CLEM       CLEM         Okla

Cotton/Dec. 31                  ALAB           ALAB          MSU          MSU

Fiesta/Jan. 1                      OSU               OSU             ND!!!         ND

Outback/Jan. 1                   NW                 NW              NW           TENN

Citrus/Jan.1                     MICH           MICH       MICH        MICH

Rose/Jan. 1                       STAN           STAN        STAN        STAN

Sugar/Jan. 1                  OLEMISS       OKSt.    OLEMISS     OKSt.

Taxslayer/Jan. 2               PSU           GEORGIA    PSU            PSU

Liberty/Jan. 2                   ARK            KSt.              KSt.             ARK

Alamo/Jan. 2                    TCU             Ore.              Ore.              Ore

Cactus/Jan. 2                    ASU            ASU              ASU           ASU (W.VA) 

Nat. Champ/Jan. 12        ALAB         Clem             ALAB          Clem

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Jim’s 40-year sportswriting career started with the San Jose Mercury-News in 1970 and ended on a full-time basis on October 31, 2010 following a 10-year stint with MLB.com. He grew up in Dorris, Calif., several long drives from the nearest golf course. His first tee shot was a week before being inducted into the Army in 1968. Upon his return from Vietnam, where he was a war correspondent for the 9th Infantry Division, Jim took up golf semi-seriously while working for the Mercury-News and covered numerous tournaments, including the U.S. Open in 1982, when Tom Watson made the shot of his life on the 17th hole at Pebble Beach. Jim also covered several Bing Crosby Pro-Am tournaments, the women’s U.S. Open, and other golfing events in the San Francisco area. He has a 17-handicap, never had a hole-in-one, although once he came within two inches of an ace, and witnessed the first round Ken Griffey Jr. ever played – at Arizona State during Spring Training in 1990. Pebble Beach Golf Links, the Kapalua Plantation Course, Pinehurst No. 2, Spyglass Hill, Winged Foot, Torrey Pines, Medinah, Chambers Bay, North Berwick in Scotland, and Princeville are among the courses he has had the pleasure of playing. Hitting the ball down the middle of the fairway is not a strong part of Jim’s game, but he is known (in his own mind) as the best putter not on tour. Most of Jim’s writing career was spent covering Major League baseball, a tenure that started with the Oakland Athletics, who won 101 games in 1971, and ended with the Seattle Mariners, who lost 101 games in 2010. Symmetry is a wonderful thing. He currently lives in Seattle and vacations in Arizona (and other warm climates) as much as possible.

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