While he actually picked four winners out of six high school basketball games last week, the Prophet can only claim three for the "W" column.
One of his four picks did not cover the point spread, giving him a 3-3 slate and leaving the rage of a sage at 76-33 overall, a percentage of .687.
Using a point spread makes it tougher for the Prophet to be rightand gives you guys a chance to rag on the Prophet when he shows up at a game.
Annapolis came through for the Prophet last Friday night, but failed to do likewise Monday night against Mount St. Joseph, although the Panthers did come through for Coach John Brady.
ProphetPat tabbed Annapolis to down Carver of Baltimore by three points or more on Friday, and the Panthers responded with a 90-82 victory. But Mount St. Joe almost pulled one out of the hat before bowing to the Panthers, 75-74.
The visiting Gaels were a four-point underdog by the Prophet's crystal ball, but at least they didn't spoil John Brady's 300th victory celebration.
"Thought you said this one (St. Joe and Annapolis) was guaranteed," needled a fan Monday night, as the Gaels came roaring back down the stretch in nearly upsetting the Panthers.
As for the other two Prophet hits, the Northeast boys and Old Mill girls made the sage look good. Northeast was a four-point favorite over North County and ripped the Knights, 73-49, while Old Mill waspicked to deal St. Mary's its first loss by two points or more and did by 58-53.
The Broadneck boys and Northeast girls didn't do whatthe Prophet said and lost their games.
Broadneck was upset at South River last Friday night, 56-55. The sage made the Bruins a two-point favorite, noting it was the season opener for Broadneck and that Seahawks' coach Kenny Dunn, whose team was 1-1, would need "20 games under his belt, to none by Broadneck, to have any kind of an advantageover Bruin coach Ken Kazmarek."
Little did the Prophet know that Dunn would not coach because of knee surgery and that assistant Jack Jordan would run the show.
"Kazmarek would need 200 games under his belt to out-coach Jack Jordan," Jordan said, laughing, on the 24-hour Sportsline (647-2499) Friday night.
The Northeast girls droppeda 58-47 decision to North County after the sage had picked the Eagles to win by two.
After going 5-6 the first two weeks of the hoops season, the Prophet feels he's got a perfect card for this week.
South River (3-1) at Southern (3-1), 7 tonight
Call this one "The Boys Hoops Game of the Week." The winner takesbragging rights for southern Anne Arundel County, but the two teams meet again at South River Feb. 18.
Both teams are off to good starts at 3-1, but South River is coming off Tuesday night's 68-47 romp over Northeast (2-2), while Southern was humbled by Meade, 77-61.
Since losing at Leonardtown in the season opener, 49-48, South River has reeled off three straight wins, including a 56-55 thriller over perennial Class 4A contender Broadneck.
To date, Darren Hall and Albert Lee have been living up to preseason predictions that they would be among the county's best and lead South River to a banner season. The pair combined for 41 points in the Northeast victory and 40 pointsin the upset of Broadneck.
Their supporting cast is better than the one Southern's high-scoring Chatney Howard has around him, and that will be the difference.
The only way South River loses in Harwood is if the team gets a replay of the kind of officiating it had at Leonardtown. South River plus 2 over Southern.
Broadneck (1-1)at North County (0-4), 7 tonight.
Unfortunately for the Knights, they still will be winless around 9 o'clock this evening. The struggling Knights, who dropped their fourth in a row to Arundel, 78-59, Tuesday night, haven't had much to cheer about and now face a potent Bruins squad.
Teon Carter, a 6-foot-2 sophomore, has been the lone bright spot for the Knights, hitting for 20 points or more in each of the four games. Carter bagged 23 in the loss to Arundel (2-2), but it will take much more than one big shooter to do in the Bruins.
Broadneck rebounded emphatically from its upset loss to South River to bury Queen Anne's (1-2), 54-36, Tuesday night. Senior Jeff Vincent paced the Bruins with 18 points and should be one of the main culprits, along with Maurice Washington, in taking care of business at North County this evening. Broadneck plus 7 over North County.
Annapolis (2-0) at St. Mary's (4-1), 4 p.m. today.
The Prophet double-checked his stat sheet to make sure the Annapolis record was correct. Really, when was the last time an Annapolis girls basketball team was 2-0?
Was it when Bobby Ross was football coach at Maryland?
How's that for a segue, sports fans, since Teresa Ross, daughter of Georgia Tech coach Bobby, is the Annapolis girls coachand doing a great job?
The second-year Panthers' coach promised considerable improvement from last year's 5-17 campaign and has delivered. It looks like it's going to be a good season for the Cap City girls, for a change.