Beyond Golf — 16 December 2022 by Jim Street
Predictions: College bowl games

A wild two-horse race from start to finish in the celebrated season-ending pick’em exercise basically was determined with a coin toss.
That is when TCU called “tails” and it came up “heads”, an appropriate beginning to what became the most lopsided score in the history of the College Football Playoff.
The 65-7 rout by the Georgia Bulldogs National Champions but made Bob Sherwin a two-time winner of the world-renowned College Football pick’em competition.
Bob and Kirby Arnold entered the grand finale with identical 25-16 records, just a shade or five ahead of third-place finisher Jim Street, the odds-on favorite to win his third title. Not to be.

After a blazing start (9-1), Sherwin cooled off a bit and Arnold moved into a tie when Mississippi State defeated Illinois in the ReliaQuest Bowl (whatever that is) on Jan. 2.

Congrats to the GW co-founder, CEO and the site’s best bowl winner-picker in the ’22-23 season.


                                             Bob (26-16)     Jim (20-21)          Kirby (25-17)

Bahamas/Dec. 16                   UAB                  UAB                   UAB

Cure/Dec. 16                          TROY                UTSA                  UTSA

Kimmel/LA/Dec. 17                FRES                 WSU                   WSU

New Mexico/Dec. 17              BYU                  BYU                    BYU

Wasabi/Fenway/Dec. 17         CIN                   CIN                     CIN          (LOUISVILLE)

Lending Tree/Dec. 17             S.MISS              S.MISS               S.MISS

Las Vegas/Dec. 17                  OSU                  OSU                   OSU

Fresno/Dec. 17                       BOISE               BOISE                 BOISE

Myrtle Beach/Dec. 19             MARS               MARS                MARS

Idaho Potato/Dec. 20             E.MICH             S.JOSE                SJOSE

Boca Raton/Dec. 20               LIBERTY            TOLEDO              TOLEDO

New Orleans/Dec. 21             S.ALAB             S.ALAB                 S.ALAB         (W.Ky.)

Armed Forces/Dec. 22           BAYLOR            BAYLOR               BAYLOR         (AF)

Independence/Dec. 23          HOU                 HOU                    HOU

Gasparilla/Dec. 23                 WAKE               MISSOURI            WAKE

Hawaii/Dec. 24                      SD.ST                 SD.ST                  M.TENN

Quick Lane/Dec. 26               BG                     N.MEX                N.MEX

Camellia/Dec. 27                   GA.SO               GA.SO                 GA.SO           (Buff)

First Responder/Dec. 27        MEMP              MEMP                 MEMP

Birmingham/Dec. 27             E.CAR                E.CAR                 E.CAR

Guaranteed Rate/Dec. 27      OK.ST                OK.ST                 OK.ST           (Wisc.)

Liberty/Dec. 28                      ARK                   KAN                   ARK

Military/Dec. 28                     UCF                   DUKE                 DUKE

Holiday/Dec. 28                     ORE                   ORE                   ORE

Texas/Dec. 28                         TT                      TT                      MISS

Pinstripe/Dec. 29                   SYRA                  MINN                MINN

Cheese-It/Dec. 29                  FSU                    FSU                    FSU

Alamo/Dec. 29                       WASH                TEX                    TEX

Sun/Dec. 30                           UCLA                  UCLA                 UCLA           (Pitt)

Duke’s Mayo/Dec. 30            MARY                 NC.ST                NC.ST

Arizona/Dec. 30                     OHIO                 WYOM               OHIO

Gator/Dec. 30                        ND                     S.CAR                 S.CAR

Orange/Dec. 30                     CLEM                 TENN                 CLEM

Music City/Dec. 31                IOWA                 KY                       IOWA

Sugar/Dec. 31                       ALAB                  ALAB                  ALAB

Peach/Dec. 31                       OSU                   GEORGIA            GEORGIA

Fiesta/Dec. 31                       MICH                  MICH                 MICH          (TCU)

ReliaQuest/Jan. 2                  ILL.                      ILL                      MISS.ST

Citrus/Jan. 2                          LSU                     LSU                    LSU

Cotton/Jan. 2                        USC                     USC                   USC           (Tulane)

Rose/Jan. 2                           PENN.ST             UTAH                 PENN.ST

Nat. Champ/Jan.                  GEORGIA.             –                        TCU

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Jim Street

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 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, made his first and only hole-in-one on March 12, 2018 at Sand Point Country Club in Seattle 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, Gleneagles and Castle Stuart in Scotland, and numerous gems in Hawaii 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 has an 8-year-old grandson, Andrew, who is the club's current junior champion at his home course (Oakmont CC) in Glendale, Calif.

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