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Les, Lucas Knutson finish 1-2 in Pigskin Pick 'em

WORTHINGTON -- By the slimmest of margins, Daily Globe sports reporter Les Knutson edged his son and reporter colleague, Lucas, in the 2008 "Pigskin Pick 'em" final standings.

Tied going into the final week, Les correcty picked the Philadelphia Eagles to defeat the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants in an NFC Divisional Playoff game.

So, by one game, the elder Knutson ended the season with a final record of 125-69 for a correct percentage of .644.

Lucas, who won the contest in both 2005 and 2006 before finishing a close second last year, had a final 2008 record of 124-70 for a percentage of .639.

Rookie sports reporter Matt Huss, who was coming on strong at season's end, went 0-4 in the final week and finished third with a 118-76 mark (.608). Huss did well all season, despite never picking the Minnesota Gophers to win.

Sports editor Aaron Hagen was the only picker with the wisdom to predict an Arizona Cardinals victory over the Carolina Panthers last week and went 3-1, keeping him out of the cellar with a final record of 116-78 .(598). 

Meanwhile, Daily Globe managing editor Ryan McGaughey, a dyed-in-the-wool New York Giants fan, was unable to repeat his late-season surge that earned him the "pick 'em" title in 2007. By going 1-3 in the final week, McGaughey went from first to last, finishing the campaign with a 113-81 record for a correct percentage of .582.

Just 12 games separated first from fifth in a close race throughout the 20-week season (19 weeks x 10 games, and the last week of four games) which had the five pickers choose from a total of 194 games.

For the whole season, the five pickers combined to pick more than 61 percent of the games correctly, going 596-374 for a correct percentage of .614.

The Daily Globe would like to thank the sponsors of the annual "Pigskin Pick 'em" contest and also acknowledges the favorable and "unfavorable" comments received throughout the campaign by sports page readers.