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Bench Press: Week nine: Connolley, Harris Nab Prizes

Ties have been the norm of late, but this week Mike Connolley claimed the $20 gift certificate with one miss, while Tanya Harris lucked out in a three-way draw-off for second place. (Your prizes are ready to be picked up at the Free Press office.)

Around the office, Nona missed only one — and the one she missed seems to have tripped up almost everyone who entered. All three NFL games very nearly produced unexpected results, but the Seahawks and Colts spared most contestants with late rallies. The Jets nipped almost everyone who entered; Harris was one of the very few who picked all three NFL winners.

Last week’s results: Prairie beat Potlatch, Genesee beat CV, Canyon Ridge beat Wood River, Jerome beat Burley and Grangeville beat Nampa Christian in the high school games.

In the college games, Florida State beat Miami, Georgia beat Florida, Doane beat Dordt and Sam Houston beat Stephen F. Austin.

In the NFL games, Indy topped Houston, Seattle survived a scare from Tampa Bay and the New York Jets upset New Orleans.

In this week’s high school games, give me Grangeville, Prairie, Salmon River, Fruitland and Skyview. I’ll go with San Jose State, Jones County, Friends and Washington in the college games.

In the NFL games, put me down for New York Giants, Detroit and Atlanta. (The entry form is on 2B.)

In the mail this week, I received a note from a Margaret Fuller announcing the publication of a book called “Ski the Great Potato: Idaho Ski Areas Past and Present.”

The book includes stories about “stolen snowplows, an exploding stove, a moose taking a nap on a ski run, a dog who stole sack lunches, the fate of a young woman who froze to the seat of a Porta-Potti,” and more.

The one about ski jumpers taking off in Eastport and landing in Kingsgate, British Columbia sounds like it could be interesting.

The collection as a whole sounds quirky, to say the least, and for that I suppose the title fits the subject matter exactly right. Still, I’m not sure I’d name my book after a misbegotten 1970s-era slogan cooked up by the Idaho Department of Commerce.

But then, I’ve never written a book.

A few hardy souls around town are trying to do exactly that this month. They’re diving into NaNoWriMo, the annual challenge to writers — pros and amateurs alike — to bang out a 50,000 word novel during November.

Good luck, novelists.

Thanks to George Fischer for sending in the hunter success photo below. If you have a big game or big fish photo you’d like to share, e-mail us, give us a call or come by the office.

We’re also looking to write up all the stories readers care to share.


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