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Ask the Experts, Season 3: Week 1

Ron Cortes

After two years of splendid competition, Ryan Smith’s brainchild, Ask the Experts, returns once again for its third season.  As in the past, the competition will consist of editors, the student council president and a fictional chicken choosing the winners of a variety of professional and collegiate sports games.  The season will culminate with the Super Bowl, wherein the two players with the best records will make their picks for eternal glory.

In our last season, science and technology editor Holden McGinnis came away with the victory by picking the Giants in the Super Bowl, proving that being a sports editor is not a key to victory.  In this season, Holden, now the editor in chief of features, and Clucko the Chicken return alongside a group of newcomers: student council president Dhruv Pillai, science and technology editor Eric Dannenbaum and sports editors Will Zike and Brandon Lapensohn.

Will Holden be able to pull off the remarkable and repeat?  Will Clucko the Chicken be able to improve on his 3rd place finish last year despite his humble origins as a quarter in Holden’s pocket?  Will Dhruv Pillai be able to dominate the competition as he did the elections?  Is there any hope that a pair of new sports editors will be able to fill the vast shoes of graduated editors and perennial top finishers Ryan Smith and Alex Settle?  Can Eric Dannenbaum manage to succeed despite editing a section that has absolutely nothing to do with sports?

These questions aside, let the season commence with these picks:


Cowboys at Giants

Holden: Giants

Dhruv: Giants

Eric: Cowboys

Will: Giants

Brandon: Giants

Clucko: Cowboys


Eagles at Browns

Holden: Eagles

Dhruv: Eagles

Eric: Browns

Will: Eagles

Brandon: Eagles

Clucko: Eagles


49ers at Packers

Holden: Packers

Dhruv: Packers

Eric: Packers

Will: Packers

Brandon: Packers

Clucko: Packers


Redskins at Saints

Holden: Saints

Dhruv: Saints

Eric: Saints

Will: Saints

Brandon: Saints

Clucko: Redskins


Colts at Bears

Holden: Bears

Dhruv: Colts

Eric: Colts

Will: Bears

Brandon: Bears

Clucko: Colts


Auburn at Mississippi State

Holden: Auburn

Dhruv: Auburn

Eric: Auburn

Will: Auburn

Brandon: Mississippi State

Clucko: Auburn


#23 Florida at Texas A&M

Holden: Florida

Dhruv: Florida

Eric: Florida

Will: Florida

Brandon: Florida

Clucko: Florida


 #6 Georgia at Missouri

Holden: Georgia

Dhruv: Georgia

Eric: Georgia

Will: Georgia

Brandon: Georgia

Clucko: Missouri

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About the Contributor
Holden McGinnis, Editor-in-Chief
Holden McGinnis, Editor-in-Chief (Features), is a senior entering his third and final year with the Harriton Banner. After spending last year as the Science and Technology Editor, he is excited to serve as Editor-in-Chief of Features.  When he's not working on the newspaper, he enjoys participating in a variety of school activities including Science Olympiad and Jazz Band.  

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