All-Knowing Swami Earns His Football Stripes
By Space Coast Daily // November 2, 2012
Editor’s note: The All-Knowing Swami was born into a vagabond family of gypsy fortune-tellers and his first job was passing out towels at practices for the Memphis Showboats of the USFL. Marveling at his psychic talent, he was frequently asked by players to predict the outcome of everything from Pop Warner Pee Wees matchups to the total number of times that Bret Favre would unretire. The All-Knowing Swami has correctly identified the last 29 Super Bowl champions in advance and has been hailed as a master prognosticator by everyone from Jimmy the Greek to Pete Rose. Relocating to Florida in 1987, the Swami practiced the psychic arts in Cassadaga before arriving in Brevard in 1990. He has been following high school football here ever since and will take on all challengers as the undisputed king of making prep predictions.
BREVARD COUNTY • MERRITT ISLAND, FLORIDA – The All-Knowing Swami can add a new title to his resume after racking up a 9-0 score in picking prep football games for Week 9 — “All-Perfect.”
And with just two weeks remaining to play in the regular season, Swami’s crystal ball will be working overtime to try and close out the year without losing another prediction the rest of the way.
“It’s a truly humbling experience to correctly predict the outcome of all of the games last week,” Swami said, “Of course, it was mighty difficult seeing as so many ganmes were shifted to other days last Friday when Hurricane Sandy passed through. But we beat the odds and showed the competition how to accurately predict all of the games, not just two or three.'”
The 9-0 record last week boosts Swami’s season tally to an 89.6 percent rate in choosing winners, and he puts it all on the line again this week, trying to turn heads with back-to-back consecutive perfect weeks.
Here are the Swami’s selections for Week 10:
** COCOA BEACH AT JONES — The Minutemen can lock up a playoff berth with a road win tonight. Jones can do the same by defeating Cocoa Beach. No matter what the outcome, these are two fine teams and each is better than they showed going up against district leader Cocoa. The key to this matchup is defense. Can the Minutemen halt the relentless running attack of Jones? Can Jones stop the fearsome aerial attack of Cocoa Beach? Stay tuned.
SWAMI SEZ: JONES by 13
** MERRITT ISLAND CHRISTIAN AT BEREAN CHRISTIAN – Cougars were washed out last week against Life Academy and are 3-4 on the season. Berean is 6-2 and always plays well at home. Bad news for Merritt Island Christian fans.
SWAMI SEZ: BEREAN CHRISTIAN by 8
** ROCKLEDGE AT SPACE COAST– Raiders looked strong in their last game against Astronaut, rallying to seize a comeback victory. Space Coast keeps improving, but is not quite there yet. This may turn into a track meet for Rockledge and a blowout win for the Raiders.
SWAMI SEZ: ROCKLEDGE by 38
** BAYSIDE AT FORT PIERCE WESTWOOD – For some reason, the Bears have never really put it together this year for Coach Derek Smith. But Smith is too good of a coach to let his team end the year on a low note. Expect Bayside to bring plenty of fire to this one and in Week 11. Swami sees lots of scoring for the Bears against Westwood and quarterback Lucious McKay will be front and center leading the way for Bayside.
SWAMI SEZ: BAYSIDE by 20
** COCOA AT LAKE HIGHLAND PREP – The big question here is how many points the Tigers can record against an overwhelmed Lake Highland defense. This may one of those games where the running clock is launched sooner than later by mutual coaches agreement. Swami envisions at least six rushing TDs for Cocoa.
SWAMI SEZ: COCOA by 56
** VIERA AT MARTIN COUNTY– The Martin County Tigers are much better than their 4-4 record indicates and will be fired up to feast on the 0-7 Hawks. For those expecting a miracle win for Viera, Swami suggests lots of Alka Seltzer and a good night’s rest. Won’t happen against Martin County.
SWAMI SEZ: MARTIN COUNTY by 40
**MERRITT ISLAND AT SATELLITE – It doesn’t get any easier for the Scorpions. After dropping a close game last week against Titusville, Satellite returns home to meet mighty Merritt Island. The Mustangs are tuning up for a playoff appearance and will be anxious to find the scoreboard quickly. Satellite defense is actually very good and plays even better at home. No problem for Merritt Island QB Nic Smith though.
SWAMI SEZ: MERRITT ISLAND by 15
** WARNER CHRISTIAN AT FLORIDA AIR – Not a great matchup for the Falcons, coming off a difficult defeat at home last week against St. Edwards. Warner Christian has speed, size and strength. Florida Air is a good team, but their defensive prowess will be severely tested against Warner Christian.
SWAMI SEZ: WARNER CHRISTIAN by 17
** EAU GALLIE AT MELBOURNE – The Commodores have been playing some tough teams and coming up just short against them. If Eau Gallie can put together sustained drives with quarterback Torrance Brown and hand the football off to running back Kelvin Pruitt, the Commodores may stand a chance against the Bulldogs. Todd Wilson’s Melbourne team has been hot and cold all year, but could get hungry in a hurry against Eau Gallie.
SWAMI SEZ: MELBOURNE by 5
** HOLY TRINITY AT MCC – Swami is intrigued by this game. Winner goes to postseason playoffs, loser starts thinking about basketball practice. Two long-standing rivals hooking up on MCC’s artificial turf. Also two very good coaches in this one — MCC’s Mike Riazzi and Holy Trinity’s Mark Ainsley. After consulting the crystal ball and flipping a coin, Swami reached a consensus as to which team will win.
SWAMI SEZ: HOLY TRINITY by 7
** ASTRONAUT AT TITUSVILLE– The suddenly surging Terriers are looking to wrap up the year with a victory against their cross-town rival. Astronaut is still smarting after back-to-back losses to Merritt Island and Rockledge. If the War Eagles can rise to the occasion and let running back Brandon Wright do his thing, they will come pout of this one with a “W.”
SWAMI SEZ: ASTRONAUT by 20
** PALM BAY AT HERITAGE – Two teams, two destinies. The Panthers are on fire, having met each challenge thrown their way. The Pirates have endured some difficult defeats along the way, but are still right in the hunt for yet another postseason playoff berth. Swami learned a lesson many years ago though the hard way. One should never, ever count out a Dan Burke-coached squad. Maybe after this season the same will be said of no-nonsense Panthers coach Ajay Ulmer, one of the brightest young coaching minds in Brevard right now.
SWAMI SEZ: PALM BAY by 2
Last Week: 9-0
Season To Date: 95-11
Win Percentage: 89.6 Percent