Originally created 09/17/99

I dumped Dorsey: Week 3



Sue Bacon made it a point to tell me she makes her I Dumped Dorsey picks on her own. No input from her football-loving husband Lee.

The 59-year-old property manager in North Augusta earned my attention when she became the only winner in 536 entries in this weekly football picking contest, missing two of the 15 games contested.

"I expected to see a big list like the first week," Bacon said, referring to the 186 people to Dump Dorsey in week one.

"I didn't have my glasses on when I opened the paper, and my husband hollered at me, `I don't think you're going to need them."'

A graduate from the University of Rhode Island, Bacon's job brought her to Jacksonville, where she became a devout Jaguars fan and moderate Florida Gators supporter. A transfer to North Augusta in 1994 hasn't diminished her interests.

This is Bacon's second T-shirt won; she's 13-2 in consecutive weeks losing only the Notre Dame and Falcons game in week two.

I tried to squeeze her for her selections this week. She laughed and politely refused. Bacon has sons and daughters who've given her shirt sizes.

"They think I'm going to win every week," she said.

So do I.

Last week: 12-3 overall (7-0 colleges, 5-3 pros.) Overall: 22-8 overall (17-5 colleges, 5-3 pros.)

Colleges:

East Carolina over South Carolina: Pirates run variation of West Coast and wishbone. Pick your poison, Gamecocks.

Georgia Tech over Central Florida: Knights have given up 47 and 55 in consecutive weeks. Think Joe Hamilton's smiling?

Oregon State over Georgia Southern: Jet lag won't be the Eagles' only problem; these Beavers aren't patsies anymore.

Florida over Tennessee: Vols still haven't found a replacement for kicker Jeff Hall, last year's game hero.

Penn State over Miami: Watch out, LaVar. 'Canes punter much tougher than Pittsburgh's.

Michigan over Syracuse: Wolves still fuming from spanking Donovan McNabb administered.

LSU over Auburn: War Chickens tried to buy out game but Baton Rouge Prep wasn't interested.

Florida State over N.C. State: Don't know if Wolfpack can keep up with blocked punts alone.

Nebraska over Southern Miss: After game, Huskers punter quits team citing lack of playing time.

Jaguars over Panthers: Dom Capers will finally enjoy a trip to Ericsson Stadium.

Dolphins over Cardinals: If the Eagles can score 24 on Arizona, what will Marino and Co. do?

Patriots over Colts: Suddenly, the New Englanders are among the AFC favorites.

Giants over Redskins: New Yorkers gained four first downs and won a week ago, DCers scored 32 straight points and lost.

Broncos over Chiefs: Who would think replacing Steve Atwater more difficult than replacing John Elway?

Bills over Jets: Rick Mirer's last quality win came in Sugar Bowl.