Hard to believe that another school year has come to a close and that once again Prophet Pat has so accurately called the shots on local high school sports events.
Prophet Pat closed out the year by going 4-0 in the baseball and softball playoffs to finish with an overallrecord of 171-80, a percentage of .684. That is just below last year's .718 on a record of 176-69.
The rage of a sage had hoped to reach the coveted 70 percent markfor the fourth year in a row, but fell short. In his defense, it must be mentioned that he did make more picks over the entire year than ever before at 251, six more than last season.
This was the Prophet's fifth year picking games year-round, which sets him apart from all other local prognosticators. Those other guys take the easy way outand just pick pigskin games in the fall, and we all know that's a piece of cake.
Once football is over, the
Prophet is out there all alone, and his guidelines don't just call for him to pick the winners but also the number of points or goals by which they win. That makes it a lot tougher to be right and easier to appreciate the Prophet's work.
His final week of 1990-1991 was as spectacular as the county's two baseball and two softball teams. With the blessings of the Prophet, the Northeast and Chesapeake softball teams won state titles last weekend as did the Northeast and Arundel baseball teams.
The Prophet wrote about softball last week, "It will be Northeast by 1-0 or 2-1."
It was Northeast by 1-0 over Damascus and its outstandingwindmiller Marcie Whitehead. The rage of a sage said that the Eagles' gutsy Kristy Zulka would be one run better and would be less likelyto give one up.
Zulka came through for her school and the Prophet.
In the other softball state championship game, the Prophet
took Chesapeake by four runs over Frederick. Now that's a bold pick, but the Prophet knows his stuff. Chesapeake rolled behind the classy Amy Jakubowski, 6-0.
Of course, that's no boast, because it's publicinformation that Anne Arundel County 4A softball is leaps and boundsahead of the rest of the state.
On the baseball side of it, the Prophet took powerhouse Northeast to do a number on Hammond of Howard County in the Class 2A finale. The sage told you that he
"wouldn'tbe surprised to see the Eagles bury Hammond," and the Eagles did, 15-3.
Along with many others, the Prophet was convinced the Eagles would not be denied from winning their first state title since 1975 tobecome the first public school to go 24-0 in baseball.
Arundel's Wildcats were expected to have a little tougher time with defending state 4A champion Perry Hall of Baltimore County, but definitely get the job done by a run or more. The Wildcats breezed, 8-1.
And that brings another fun year to an end for the Prophet, who began predicting games back in 1979. His greatest season came in 1981, when he went76-20 in football picks for an all-time high 79 percent (.791).
Through it all, the most flattering thing occurred recently when the Severna Park girls lacrosse team arrived on its bus at the Prophet's house. You see, the Prophet had picked the Falcons to
lose the state 4A final to Chesapeake by a goal, but Severna Park won, 9-5.
After leaving the state championship site at Catonsville Community College, the Falcon girls headed for the Prophet's abode. Unfortunately, the Prophet wasn't there that late Saturday afternoon, but it was evident who had stopped by.
His front lawn and bushes were adorned in the Falcon colors of blue and gold. Streamers and balloons were everywhere and that night a couple of rolls of Charmin decorated the Prophet's trees.
It was an unforgettable sight and fitting ending to this season.
So, until football season in September (when the Prophet will have a new photo instead of this one that keeps the younger kids up at night), the Prophet is outta here.
Prophet's final stats
Right.. .. Wrong.. .. Pct.
171 .. ....80 .. ... .684