Press Soothsayers

        The Press has announced its 2020 soothsayer staff, which includes defending co-champions and Gladieux Home Center employees Joe Szyperski and Ron Gladieux.
        In picking the winners of 148 high school, college, and professional football games, Gladieux and Szyperski both finished 119-29, which at 80.4 percent is slightly under the all-time record. Press soothsayers have been choosing winners, and losers, since 2001.
        “I’m just proud of Joe,” Gladieux said. “If I had to tie, I’d be happy to tie with Joe. He wanted to win badly but at the end I was happy that we tied.”
        Szyperski added, “It was fun. It gave us something to talk about every day.”
        Press contributing sportswriter Yaneek Smith finished third, three games back at 116-32, followed by Press features editor and defending champion Tammy Walro (113-35), Genoa Banking Company President Marty Sutter (111-37), Oregon jeweler Alan Miller (105-43), ESPN The Ticket 106.5 Saturday morning talk show host Steve Taylor (103-45), and Jill Bench (95-53) of Bench’s Greenhouse in Elmore.
        This year Sutter and Miller return to the mix. New additions include Greg Dunn of Oregon automobile dealership Dunn Chevrolet Buick. After a hiatus, returning for an encore are Toledo Sports Network and Great Lakes Golf Show (ESPN 106.5 The Ticket Saturday morning show) broadcaster Mik Gonzales, Press sales person Leeanne LaForme, and Press Sports Editor J. Patrick Eaken.
        The press box at The Ice House on Alexis Road in North Toledo was named for Gonzales during a ceremony last year because of his involvement with the Toledo Cherokees. LaForme played junior high football with the boys at Northwood in the 1978 and 1979, is an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan and a fan of football at all levels.
        This year, there will be no college games since the Mid-American Conference and Big Ten are not playing football. However, once the Cleveland Browns and Detroit Lions begin playing, those games will be added to the mix.
        High school teams are playing a revised six-game schedule with a seventh league game added in some cases depending on how the playoffs go. All football teams will get to play a first round playoff game on Oct. 9 or Oct. 10 with seeding voted on by coaches in the same manner as other sports where every team gets into the tournament. Teams may play a 10-game schedule, picking up games if they are knocked out of the playoffs.
        Nine out of 10 teams in the Eastern Maumee Bay community are playing football. The Toledo City League has suspended fall sports, but will review the situation to possibly begin play on Oct. 1, which could leave Waite with a five-game league schedule. The Press will put out a preview with next week’s August 31 edition.

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