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UPickEm: Game tightening as playoffs near

It’s coming down to the last few weeks of the regular NFL season now, and things are tight at the top of the Sierra Sun’s Pro Football UPickEm Challenge.

Bob Habeger of Carnelian Bay is out in the lead for the season-long race on the strength of many top finishes this year, with plenty of other players aiming to knock him off the top of the leaderboard.

In fact, Bob barely missed out on another win this week, taking second place behind Sam Pursel of Truckee, with the margin being the predicted score in the tie-breaker game.

So congratulations Sam! As usual, Sam has his choice of gift certificates from our sponsors ” Pete ‘n Peters in Tahoe City and the Blue Coyote in Squaw and Truckee, both of which are excellent places to catch all the NFL games this season.

For his second-place finish, Bob ” who must be quite a regular at the Blue Coyote and Pete ‘n Peters, considering the number of times he’s won this year ” will receive the gift certificate not chosen by Sam.

Think you can do better? Then get in the game now at SierraSun.com/ProFootball.

Each week you pick the winner for each pro football game up to 15 minutes before it is scheduled to start. And each week the player with the most correct picks (see Web site for tie-breaker rules) wins their choice of a Blue Coyote or Pete ‘N Peters gift certificate, with second place taking the prize not selected by the winner.

In addition, we publish the names of the top 10 or so local players every Wednesday, meaning that even if you don’t win, at least you can brag if you beat your friends.

There’s still plenty of time to win weekly prizes, so get in the game! Log on to http://www.SierraSun.com/ProFootball now and sign up.

The Sierra Sun and Sugar Bowl Resort are teaming up to offer college football fans the ultimate chance to prove their knowledge of the game ” the UPickEm College Bowl Game Challenge.

Register online at SierraSun.com/BowlGames, then log in and pick the winner of every bowl game from the Dec. 20 Eagle Bank Bowl to the FedEx BCS National Championship Game on Jan. 8.

Players receive one point for each correct pick (six points for correct picks in BCS games), with the National Championship game acting as tie-breaker.

Players have up until 15 minutes before the start of each game to make their picks. And if you forget to make a pick, the computer will automatically pick the team that more people across the nation have chosen.

And now for the best part ” the prizes.

The local winner will receive four lift tickets to Sugar Bowl Ski Resort, home of some of the deepest snow in the Sierra and a great place to get in some laps before kicking back with a beer in the lodge to watch the games.

Second and third place will each receive two lift tickets to Sugar Bowl as well.

It’s easy to sign up, and you don’t have to know anything about college football to make your picks as you can see on-screen which team has been picked by the most people.

So log on to SierraSun.com/BowlGames now and get in the game!

For more information about Sugar Bowl, see SugarBowl.com.

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