After 53 years, Brookings native Jim Barrett still knows how to pick ‘em.
As the most recent winner of the Pilot’s Pigskin Picks contest, Barrett has added a third win to his repertoire, competing in the contest off and on since he was 8 years old.
In Barrett’s most recent win, he picked the results of seven out of eight games correctly and then won a tie-breaker to claim the $100 prize. His first win, in 1965 when he was 10 years old, also saw him in a tie-breaker as he guessed the results of 14 out of 19 games correctly for a $5 prize. Barrett won again in 1971, only getting three results wrong.
“I was born and raised in Brookings, though I’ve moved away off and on. I’ve been involved with sports non-stop, just like my dad, and have always watched a lot of sports,” Barrett said. “(My dad) had never won so I got to rub his face in it a bit. I’ve always been good at choosing upsets because I like to base things off of how I think they’ll do, not how they’ve been doing.”
According to Barrett, the local result-picking competition hosted by the Pilot has been an ongoing rivalry between him and his father for many years. His father, also named Jim Barrett, has also won once in the past, but for now the younger will keep a 3-1 lead.