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  • Dave McKenzie

Updated: Oct 2, 2020

After going 6-9 I week one, I said last week I needed to do better and better I did.

Last week I went 14-1, with the one game I missed being the Thursday night game where the Browns beat the Bengals.

So overall going into week three I am 20-10. For honesty's sake, I thought the Jaguars would beat Miami on Thursday night, however Miami got the win 31-13.

Let the picks begin.

49er's at Giants - 49er's 36-9

Niners suffered major injuries last week, and they are going to be paying to much attention to the turf they played on last week that caused so many injuries. Giants win.

Washington at Browns - Browns 34-20

Despite not having a mascot name, I think Washington has a decent team this year.

Bengals at Eagles - Tie 23-2-23

With the rookie QB in Burroughs, I think the Bengals pick up a big win on the road.

Raiders at Patriots - Patriots 36-20

With Vegas traveling across the country, look for Cam Newton to have a big game.

Bears at Falcons - Bears 30-26

I'm probably going to always pick my Bears, but I think the Falcons have a Dallas hangover after that unbelievable loss last week. Tribs finds a way to get it done for the Bears on the road.

Rams at Bills - Bills 35-32

The Rams have a pretty good team, but that cross country travel is a real thing. Bills at home.

Texans at Steelers - Steelers 28-21

Will the Texans start the season 0-3. I think so as Big Ben has his Steelers playing well.

Titans at Vikings - Titans 31-30

Titans are strong with a great running game. Look for the Vikings to go 0-3 and the Titans


Panthers at Chargers - Panthers 21-16

Tyrod Taylor is listed as out after the team doctor punctured his lung last week. Look for Teddy Bridgewater to lead the charge as Panthers get the win on the road.

Jets at Colts - Colts 36-7

With Indy at home, the J-E-T-S leave town 0-3.

Cowboys at Seahawks - Seahawks 38-31

You would think that the Cowboys would be able to go on a tear after the crazy win last week, however, not when you have to face Russell Wilson. Seahawks at home.

Lions at Cardinals - Lions 26-23

I think this would be my pick of the week. Cardinals at home.

Buccaneers at Broncos - Bucs 28-10

Tom Brady and Bucs will only get better each week. Broncos fall to 0-3.

Packers at Saints - Sunday Night - Packers 37-30

If there would be a normal crowd in New Orleans, I'd pick the Saints at home. Not this week.

Chiefs at Ravens - Chiefs 34-20

As much as it hurts me to say this, I think the Ravens get the "upset" win over the Chiefs at home.

Let's find out how this turns out. Hope you have a great Sunday!

Let's go Bears!!!


UPDATED 10/2/20

Just now getting to update how my picks went last week, but as you can see above, it was a pretty good week going 10-5.

Overall, I'm 31-15 through the first three weeks.

I'll post my week four picks on Saturday.

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  • Dave McKenzie

Carterville Athletic Director and head football coach Brett Dial said he woke up this morning with that gameday feeling.

Tonight the Carterville Lions held a 7 on 7 scrimmage at Lions Field. There were lights, scoreboard, and even fans that showed up to watch the Lions work the offense on the field.

I had to chance to talk with Coach Dial afterwards:

It definitely had that gameday feel and I can't wait until it is for real.

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  • Dave McKenzie

Updated: Sep 22, 2020

Last week was just horrendous as I went 6-9 to open the season. Gotta do better and it starts this week. Here we go.

I have to provide full disclosure here. I am watching tonight Cincinnati at Cleveland and its the 2:00 minute mark of the first half and The Browns lead 14-10.

Thursday Night

Cincinnati at Cleveland - I think Joe Burroughs gets the come from behind win.


12:00 PM Games

Giants at Bears

My Bears win home openers despite no fans in attendance

Rams at Eagles

Rams go to 2-0 after last weeks win over Dallas

Falcons at Cowboys

Look for Dak and the boys to have a big win over Atlanta

Panthers at Buccaneers

Brady/Gronk ignite the Tampa fans in first home game

49ers at Jets

San Fran makes the dreaded cross country trip and even their records at 1-1

Broncos at Steelers

Steelers rout Denver at home

Jaguars at Titans

Titans win their home opener

Lions at Packers

Look for Aaron Rodgers to rout the Lions in NFC North game

Bills at Dolphins

Bills take care of business on the road

Vikings at Colts

Colts pick up the home win

3:00 PM Games

Washington at Cardinals

Cards push their record to 2-0 to start the season

Ravens at Texans

Lamar Jackson and the Ravens will force the Texans to have to win their first game next week

Chiefs at Chargers

Patrick Mahomes. Nuff said.

7:20 PM

Patriots at Seahawks

Patriots can’t handle the cross country trip

Monday Night 7:20 PM

Saints at Raiders

Raiders will show off their new digs in Vegas and puck up the win

There ya go and Lets Go Bears!

*************************Updated Tuesday September 22*********************************

What a week!

After going 6-9 in week one, I knew I needed to turn things around quickly and the football pick gods came through this week as I picked every single Sunday game correctly. I did miss on the Thursday night game as the Bengals couldn't beat the Browns, but I’ll take it.

So overall I’m 16-10 heading into week three.

Hopefully, i can stay on a hot streak.

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  • Began his radio career in radio at WXAN (Ava, IL) in 1985

  • Has worked at several radio stations in the Southern Illinois area including, WDQN (DuQuoin, IL),  WQRL (Benton, IL), WDDD (Marion, IL).

  • Currently works for Max Media in Carterville, IL.  Dave has worked on each of the five station in that group including WOOZ (New Country Z100), WCIL-FM (Today's Hit Music 101.5CIL-FM), WUEZ (Magic 95.1), WJPF-WCIL-AM (NewsRadio WJPF), WXLT (103.5 ESPN).

  • On-Air Talent on New Country Z100 since 2004 and host/producer of the Saturday Morning Oldies Show.

  • Host of "Riding the Pine", on 103.5 ESPN, a weekly sports talk show covering the Southern Illinois Miners, Southern Illinois' minor league baseball team in Marion, IL.

  • Program Director for 1035 ESPN

  • Play-by-play announcer for Carterville High School sports including football and basketball on NewsRadio WJPF.

  • Fill-in host for the Morning Newswatch with Tom Miller, heard Monday-Friday on NewsRadio WJPF.

  • Emcee/host for Music & Motion Marching Band field competition held each October at Saluki Stadium hosted by the SIU School of Music (2011-2016).

  • Emcee/host for the Walk for a Cure for Arthritis held every May at the University Mall in Carbondale, IL.

  • Main stage Emcee for the first Bluegill Music Festival held July 4th, 2015 at the Rend Lake Dam.  Over 20 music acts performed throughout the day.

  • Herrinfesta Italiana stage host for various music acts

  • Commercial voice-over work

  • Live remote broadcasts at various businesses and events throughout Southern Illinois.

  • Event Coordinator for five station group

  • Experienced HR/Safety/Environmental Manager for manufacturing and transportation companies.

  • Public Address Announcer for the Southern Illinois Miners Minor League Baseball team (2016).

  • 2016 Illinois Broadcasters Association "Silver Dome Award" 2nd place for Best Sportscaster in Medium Market radio.

  • 2017 Illinois Broadcasters Associations "Silver Dome Award" 2nd place for "Best Radio Play-by-Play for Medium Market Stations".

  • 2017 Southern Illinois Miners On-Field Host

  • Two-time segment host of the "show that made country music famous", the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN (February 7, 2010 and May 6, 2017)

  • 2017/2018 Emcee - Barry Apple Festival Pageant (Barry, IL)

  • On-Field Host for the Southern Illinois Miners Minor Leagues Baseball team (2017-2021)

  • 2018 & 2019 Illinois Broadcasters Association Silver Dome Award Winner for Best Play-by-play in Illinois.

  • 2018/2019/2021/2022 PONY Baseball International Colt World Series Play-by-play

  • 2019 Play-by-play Broadcaster for National Pro Fastpitch TV (Canadian Wild of Southern Illinois)

  • 2022 - Play-by-play Broadcaster of John A. Logan College Men and Womens Basketball