Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Challenger Is Ready to Lay Down the Law

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Challenger Is Ready to Lay Down the Law

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Counselor Bill Hellmich grew weary of dominating the football pool at the law offices of Weier, Hockensmith & Sherby, P.C., so he turned to Wise Guys for a fresh challenge.

"The competition at the office is pretty weak. I wanted a real challenge," he said.

An equal opportunity handicapping service, we've taken on all comers over the years - politicians, show business and sports personalities, beer barons, clowns, produce pickers, you name it.

Counselor Hellmich is but the latest hotshot to come down the pike full of vim, vigor and braggadocio.

It is hoped that he travels back up the road a loser, being that he has promised Wise Guys some of his considerable legal talents if he loses.

Says Hellmich: "The question is, are you willing to accept the challenge from West County's No. 1 Rotisserie/Football Pool Prognosticator? My record speaks for itself:

"In 1992, as a rookie, I won our Baseball Rotisserie League (final standings enclosed). But for a ridiculous rash of injuries, I'd be repeating this year. I also won the Football Pool (copy enclosed). This really was not much of a challenge. It involved picking winners on a weighted point system, no point spread. Also, the competition was pretty weak.

"I'm off to a slow start in 1993. I was only 9-5 against the spread in Week 1."

Hellmich actually submitted a challenge last week, complete with point-spread picks for the second NFL week. Unfortunately, we had committed to the service crew at Brett Hull's Restaurant & Grill (whom we beat despite a miserable effort). Hellmich staggered home at 7-7, hardly the stuff of which champion challengers are made.

"Actually, I felt good coming out of that 7-7," he said. "It was a brutal week."

The secret to his success, Hellmich said, really is no secret.

"I follow the NFL fairly closely. I keep up with it. I read two sports pages a day. I read Pro Football Weekly. I'll sometimes buy one of those prognosticator sheets, but they can throw you off more than anything," he said.

He dragged his nephew, Dave Larsen, into this public fray.

"He's been my partner in rotisserie," Hellmich said, "my sports buddy for 25 years."

Another key, Hellmich says, is to go with your head and not your heart. "I have no favorite teams," he said. "The only team I'm pulling for on a given weekend is the team I pick. I do not like the Phoenix Cardinals. I didn't like them when they were in town. I couldn't stand the quarterback (Neil Lomax) or the management. …

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