Throw in a couple of make-up hits, and the Prophet had a pretty good6-2 week in forecasting high school sports events.
The rage of a sage was 4-2 on his regular six-pack, missing a major upset in wrestling and calling for an upset in boys hoops that didn't happen.
With Old Mill ranked No. 1 by the Maryland State Wrestling Association, how could the Prophet go wrong picking the two-time defending state champion over then-seventh-ranked Broadneck? Old Mill had won 33 dual matches in a row and looked like a sure thing at Broadneck last Friday night, and thus, the Prophet's reason for making it the eight-point favorite.
Well, Broadneck not only shocked the mat expertsbut the Prophet as well by winning, 31-28.
In boys basketball, the Prophet called for an upset, saying that Southern, a 34-point loser(86-52) earlier in the season to Northeast, would be a Prophet upsetwinner by two points. Northeast won again, 72-71.
The Prophet hits in boys hoops were: Old Mill over Broadneck, 68-59 (Old Mill favored by one); Annapolis over Meade, 62-58 (Annapolis by two); and Annapolis over Broadneck, 75-39 (Annapolis by one).
In girls basketball,the sage told you that "Old Mill is right there with St. Mary's as the top two girls hoop teams in the county" and would beat Broadneck by at least four points. Old Mill prevailed, 46-32.
St. Mary's girls followed the Prophet's script and hammered Southern in a Saturday make-up, 54-34. The Saints were established as a six-point favorite bythe Prophet.
That game was moved because St. Mary's athletic director and head girls coach Carmine Blades is a gentleman. Southern hada public school make-up game the week of the original St. Mary's date (Jan. 19) and would have had to play four games in a few days.
When Southern requested a postponement, Blades, who is a class guy, moved it without hesitation.
Severn's boys made up their game with St. Paul's and lost by the predicted two points, 56-54.
The 6-2 record runs the Prophet's overall record to 108-45, a percentage of .706. Prophet Pat wishes he could include his uncanny Super Bowl pick andadd about 10 points.
Last Friday, Prophet Pat picked the Giants over the Bills, 20-17, on WBEY (103.1 FM) and WYRE (81 AM) on the RickScarda and Ray Hoffman shows, respectively. Scarda publicly mocked the Prophet for his "weird headdress (turban)" and said he "didn't have a clue."
We all know the Giants won, 20-19. But back to the highschools because picking the pros is a piece of cake, and the Prophetwould rather predict high school sports where the kids are more sincere and are not prima donnas.
Broadneck at Northeast,
7 p.m. Friday
With Broadneck coming off its Tuesday night embarrassment at home by 75-39 to Annapolis, coupled with a 68-59 loss to Old Mill the previous Friday, how could anyone pick it to win here?
The Bruins (11-4) are in a serious slump and in danger of ending up as fourth seed in the Class 4A Region IV playoffs.
Class 2A Northeast (10-4) was upset Tuesday at 5-11 Arundel, 58-53, after its Friday win at Southern (10-5). It's a lot different picking up the pieces after a five-point loss than a 36-point one.
The Prophet believes that Broadneck can get out of its doldrums by playing 7-foot-2 center Boris Beck more. Beck was the lone bright spot in the Annapolis loss, by scoring 12 points with Florida State head coach Pat Kennedy looking on.
But for this game, you've got to go with the Eagles of Johnny Barbour. They've been much more consistent, and they're home where Kevin Mursch, Gene Pleyo, Steve Strauss and guys play very well.
Northeast plus 1 over Broadneck.
Glen Burnie at Arundel,
7:30 p.m. Friday
This contest matches two 4A teams vying for one of the final playoff berths in Region IV. Six teams will go to postseason play, andGlen Burnie (5-9) and Arundel (5-11) are in the running for the fifth or sixth seeds.
The visiting Gophers are coming off two straightwins, including Tuesday's 47-45 triumph over North County, but Arundel should be sky high at home after its big 58-53 upset of Northeast on Tuesday.
Take the Wildcats with a big night coming from Trevelin Queen.
Arundel plus 2 over Glen Burnie.
Southern at Old Mill,
7 p.m. Tuesday
Host Old Mill continued its surprisingly great seasonby doing whatever it took to win. It came from behind on Tuesday at South River to edge the 9-6 Seahawks, 66-61. Old Mill (12-3) rallied in the final period, outscoring the Hawks, 23-13.
The same night, Southern (10-5) lost its second straight heart-breaker, 77-74, at Meade (12-4). That came on the heels of Friday's tough 72-71 loss to Northeast.
It was back on Dec. 11 down in Harwood that Old Mill dropped a 73-71 decision to Southern. The Prophet has a good hunch that Damion Sewell and the guys will be eager to prove that first Southern game was a fluke and avenge that defeat to a 2A school.
Old Mill plus 3 over Southern.
Old Mill at North County,5:15 p.m. Friday
Can North County get even with the Patriots? The Prophetdoesn't think so.