Ness Guess not comfortable with lead

Originally Posted Online: Dec. 06, 2012, 9:25 pm
Last Updated: Dec. 06, 2012, 9:51 pm
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By Marc Nesseler,

This three-game lead in the Ness Guess Football Challenge against WQAD-TV sports director Matt Randazzo seems most uncomfortable right now.

First of all, it's the same lead Randazzo held a year ago, one that diminished by the end of December and turned into a pie in Randazzo's face on a Sunday night show on Channel 8.

It also now is a situation where even ties favor Randazzo. Last Week's 9-6s make the overall standings 7-4-2. Last week, the Ness Guess needed just one win in five weeks to assure no worse than a tie. Now that same one win is needed with four weeks left.

Plus, Randazzo vows to walk the ultra-conservative line. You will see nary a risk. "Desperation, my friend," he texts after predicting favorite after favorite. That means having no choice but to find underdogs with the best chance of coming through.

Uncomfortable indeed.

The NFL games aren't getting easier either. Last week's $100 prize went to Bill Marmion of Geneseo, who was one of three to go 12-3 and was off on the tie-breaker by just one point.

The others at 12-3 were Scott Sensabaugh of East Moline (off by 3) and Kay Davis of Milan (off by 7).

This week's games
1. Ravens at Redskins
Ravens: Ray Rice might be the difference-maker.
Dazzo: Redskins: RG3 deservedly gets headlines, but defense playing well also.

2. Chiefs at Browns
Browns: Chiefs can't still ride that emotion wave.
Dazzo: Browns: Quinn homecoming and no one cares.

3. Chargers at Steelers
Steelers: Turning up the heat as December hits.
Dazzo: Steelers: All my buddy Jose wants for Christmas is some Charger firings.

4. Titans at Colts
Colts: Andrew Luck has been an amazing story.
Dazzo: Colts: Won't need a "Lucky" finish this week.

5. Jets at Jaguars
Jaguars: One TD for Jets at home last week, against pitiful Cardinals.
Dazzo: Jaguars: No picking Sanchez for the rest of the year.

6. Falcons at Panthers
Falcons: Playing for home edge throughout the playoffs.
Dazzo: Falcons: Closing in on No. 1 seed.

7. Eagles at Bucs
Bucs: OK, not as good as the Falcons. But close in my opinion.
Dazzo: Bucs: Long list of reasons why.

8. Rams at Bills
Bills: Rams spent it all against the Niners.
Dazzo: Bills: As long as it doesn't go to OT.

9. Cowboys at Bengals
Bengals: Cowboys continue to tease their fans.
Dazzo: Bengals: Just when the Cowboys suck, they back in and lay an egg.

10. Dolphins at 49ers
49ers: Alex Smith will be back at QB before month's end.
Dazzo: 49ers: Miami pays dearly for last week's Dome debacle.

11. Saints at Giants
Giants: Confounding team. Very.
Dazzo: Giants: Breese will throw a few TDs this week, though.

12. Cardinals at Seahawks
Seahawks: Cardinals not confounding. They're just plain horrible.
Dazzo: Seahawks: Cardinals are who we thought they were.

13. Lions at Packers
Packers: This game will prove Dazzo's desperation.
Dazzo: Packers: I will not succumb to Ness peer pressure. (Editor's note: Like I said.)

14. Bears at Vikings
Vikings: AP ran for over 200 last week against the Packers. And Urlacher is out.
Dazzo: Vikings: Life without Urlacher never good.

15. Texans at Patriots
Patriots: It's one of those where I wish the Texans would win, but they won't. Not here.
Dazzo: Texans: AFC championship game preview.
You can enter the Ness Guess Football Contest, and have a chance at winning the $100 prize, until midnight tonight at, clicking on the contest icon.


Local events heading

  Today is Thursday, July 31, the 212th day of 2014. There are 153 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.

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