Steve and I will go head-to-head in Tribskin Pick’em throughout the season for our annual dinner bet. I lead the overall series, two years to one.
Last Week: Robledo (15-5); Ramirez (15-5).
Season: Robledo (82-28); Ramirez (77-33).
Last week: We’re both losing too many games each week, part of the unpredictability with so much parity in the Valley, probably the most we’ve seen in a while. Steve and I both missed taking South Hills over Monrovia and Rosemead over San Gabriel. Steve had a chance to gain ground, because I also lost taking Diamond Bar over Diamond Ranch, Workman over Gladstone and Pomona over Baldwin Park (what was I thinking). While Steve picked up those three on me, he gave it right back by taking South El Monte over Temple City, Ayala over St. Paul and Bassett over Ganesha (why?). What an ugly 15-5 week from both of us.
This week: Only 18 games on the schedule, plenty of teams using their bye week after zero week games. The entire Sierra League is off with the exception of Damien playing a non-league game against undefeated JSerra (4-0), but the game of the week without a doubt is West Covina at Rowland. The problem I have with Rowland is the same with everyone else in league, nobody is going to stop the Bulldogs’ running game. You have to outscore them, and nobody is going to outscore them, simple as that. Sierra Vista and Azusa shapes up as a game of the week, both 4-0 and 1-0, both ranked in the Mid-Valley top ten, but that’s all on paper. The Aztecs will probably win by three touchdowns or more. Though I think Sierra Vista will do enough to finish third in the Montview when all is said and done, Azusa is too tall a task the way they’re playing. How about Baldwin Park at San Dimas. The Braves can go from the outhouse to the penthouse just like that, but don’t bank on it. I’m taking San Dimas, using the stupid analogy that San Dimas beat Monrovia, Monroiva beat South Hills, and South Hills beat Baldwin Park. Fair enough? Wilson’s league opener against Covina is interesting. Colts QB Billy Livingston is banged up, but he will play. In a toss-up, I’m going with the team that beat West Covina … Covina. I’m still not on the Ranch bandwagon, guessing they will have a letdown and Walnut takes advantage.
Note: Steve will update his picks this afternoon.
This week’s games and predictions.
Bonita at Diamond Bar, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Bonita); Ramirez (Bonita)
Diamond Ranch at Walnut, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Walnut); Ramirez (Walnut)
West Covina at Rowland, 7 p.m. — Robledo (WCovina); Ramirez (Rowland)
Bassett at Duarte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Bassett); Ramirez (Bassett)
Sierra Vista vs. Azusa at Citrus College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Azusa); Ramirez (Azusa)
Workman at La Puente, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Puente); Ramirez (La Puente)
Baldwin Park at San Dimas, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SDimas); Ramirez (San Dimas)
Covina vs. Wilson at Covina District Stadium, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Covina); Ramirez (Covina)
Northview at Pomona, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Pomona); Ramirez (Northview)
Bell Gardens at South El Monte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Bell Gardens); Ramirez (Bell Gardens)
Chino at El Monte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Chino); Ramirez (Chino)
JSerra at Damien, 7 p.m. — Robledo (JSerra); Ramirez (JSerra)
La Canada at Arroyo, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Arroyo); Ramirez (Arroyo)
Rosemead at Temple City, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Rosemead); Ramirez (Rosemead)
Venice at Bishop Amat, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (BAmat); Ramirez (Bishop Amat)
South Hills at Los Osos, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Los Osos); Ramirez (Los Osos)
Gladstone at Ganesha, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Ganesha); Ramirez (Ganesha)Saturday
Mountain View vs. Bellarmine-Jefferson at Burroughs, 7 p.m. — Robledo (MView); Ramirez (MView)