It was another 9-1 picking mark for my opponent last week and that gave County Commissioner Eric Hinson a win over me, with my 8-2 week.
It marked the fourth time I’ve lost in five tries this season and to be honest, I need a win bad.
This week I’m battling Gadsden County’s executive director of the Chamber of Commerce, David Gardner.
David is Gadsden County-born and raised, coming from a family that has been in the county since the late 1800s.
He got his high school degree from Maclay before attending Florida State where he earned a degree in Finance.
He’s been Gadsden County’s Chamber of Commerce executive director for the past eight years coming from Visit Florida, a tourism-marketing state program where he was one of the program’s directors.
Married to the former Noreen Chisholm of Gainesville, the Gardners have three children whom they are very proud of.
The oldest is daughter Guerrin, an FSU graduate who lives in Los Angles with husband Brett Johnson.
Guerrin, an actress, has appeared in several television shows and movies. Brett is a television writer who has written for “Mad Men” and now is a writer and story editor for “Ray Donovan” on Showtime.
Next in line is daughter Lindsey who attended UF, has a Masters in Nursing, and runs a medical clinic. She and hubby Adam Taylor, a manager for the Ferguson Company, live in Gainesville and are the parents of one-year old Nora, the present apple of the Gardners’ eyes.
Gage is the Gardners’ youngest child. He’s finishing a degree at UF in Scene and Set Design and plans to move to L.A. to pursue a film industry career.
From the hustle and bustle of keeping the Chamber of Commerce going, David took time to see if he can keep my losing ways going.
The rabid Seminole fan will try with these picks….
FSU over MARYLAND - Way too much offense!
MIAMI over GEORGIA TECH - ‘Canes too strong!
VIRGINIA TECH over NORTH CAROLINA - In a close one.
FLORIDA over ARKANSAS - Home field advantage helps Gators in a narrow win.
VANDERBILT over MISSOURI - Vandy, but barely.
MISSISSIPPI over AUBURN - Rebels gain revenge for last week over the other Alabama team.
LSU over MISSISSIPPI STATE - Tigers way too much!
FAMU over MORGAN STATE - Have to go with the local team in this one.
GEORGIA over TENNESSEE - Mark Richt is a great coach.
NAVY over AIR FORCE - My sister Jane’s husband, Bob Preston, went to Annapolis.
If I don’t win this week I might get sent to Annapolis or Siberia as I pick….
FSU over MARYLAND - Terps could be hard to handle though.
MIAMI over GEORGIA TECH - ‘Canes feel they are on the way back.
VIRGINIA TECH over NORTH CAROLINA - Sanctions are hurting the Heels.
FLORIDA over ARKANSAS - Another defensive win for the Hogtown boys.
MISSOURI over VANDERBILT - In a this-one-could-go-either-way game.
AUBURN over MISSISSIPPI - Auburn was off last week. Rebels wish they had been too.
LSU over MISSISSIPPI STATE - A different week, a different set of Bulldogs.
FAMU over MORGAN STATE - Maybe a week off will help Rattlers straighten out their fangs.
GEORGIA over TENNESSEE - Dawgs don’t have much to growl at this week.
AIR FORCE OVER NAVY - The flyboys will sink the water boys.
And I hope David doesn’t sink me as we differ THREE times.