Princess Peaches becomes Press’ newest soothsayer
Princess Peaches Pumpkin Pie, the Press office cat, has joined with three other new soothsayers who will give us their idea of who will win and lose prep, college, and professional football games.
Peaches, dressed in her Cleveland Browns orange-colored fur, a rare color for a female cat, will select each winner from among two treats offered to her by the sales staff.
If the odds have their way, she should finish .500, well below the rest of the soothsayers, but she may surprise with some of her picks. If she gets lucky and finishes better than her seven competitors, shame on them.
The other new soothsayers are Press contributing writer Yaneek Smith; WRSCSports.com internet radio broadcaster Al Singlar; and long time Press carrier Adam Mihalko, a 2011 Clay graduate now pursuing a college degree in social work.
They join four returnees back for one more stab — Genoa Banking Company President Marty Sutter; Oregon jewellery store owner Alan Miller; Press contributing writer Mark Griffin; and Tim Williams, a Northwood graduate, former Miami University Red Hawk (then Redskins, he stresses), and former professional football player in the World Football League who once coached at Gibsonburg High School. Like Williams, Smith also attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
Press contributing writer Nathan Lowe, a Lake graduate and Bowling Green State University student, not only was the 2012 Soothsayer champion — he set an all-time record in winning percentage, besting a mark previously set by former WRSC Sports broadcaster Mark Reeves of Oregon. Lowe, who interned at the NFL Hall of Fame in Canton the previous summer, finished at 122-24 (83.6 percent).
However, the top four soothsayers last year all did well — any would have set an all-time record.
Finishing tied for second was Sutter and Press Sports Editor J. Patrick Eaken at 120-26 (82.2 percent). Finishing fourth was Oregon Mayor Mike Seferian (113-33). Following Seferian was Miller (113-33), Griffin (107-39), Williams (106-40), and former Oregon Mayor and retired school teacher Marge Brown (95-51). Seferian, who is running against challenger Tom Susor, and Brown were not invited back because 2013 is an election year.
The first year for soothsayers was 2002. Soothsayers each week pick the winners involving 10 local prep football teams, the University of Toledo, Bowling Green State University, Ohio State University, and University of Michigan football teams and Cleveland Browns and Detroit Lions NFL games.
NBC Game of the Week
This Friday’s Eastwood football game at Northwest Ohio Athletic League power Patrick Henry will be telecast by Toledo Sports Radio, airing on Saturday afternoon starting at 3 p.m. on Channel 13 ABC Plus (13.2) and My 58, WMNT-TV.
It is the first in a 10-week long series of Northern Buckeye Conference game of the weeks telecast by TSR, which is owned and operated by Mike Jameson.
The rest of the NBC schedule involving local teams include: Sept. 6 — Genoa at Oak Harbor; Sept. 20 — Genoa at Rossford; Sept. 27 — Eastwood at Genoa; Oct. 4 — Lake at Eastwood; Oct. 11 — Woodmore at Rossford; Oct. 18 — Lake at Elmwood; Oct. 25 — Rossford at Lake; Nov. 1 — Genoa at Woodmore. The Clay at Whitmer game on Sept. 27 will also be telecast.
In addition, all Lake and Northwood football games will be internet broadcast live by WRSCsports.com, which is beginning its fifth year. Pre-game starts at 6:45 p.m. each Friday night.