'I Beat Burt' season ends with a bang

That was quick. Seventeen weeks. Lots and lots of T-shirts won.

I've been doing this for two decades now, the "I Beat Burt" Contest, and it's getting tougher and tougher to beat you guys and gals. In fact, speaking of "gals," nearly one-third of the entries in 2018 came from women.

If you pick the games in a minute, which is your prerogative and can be done on-line, you probably won't win too many more games than you lose.

It's not that simple any more. The Patriots two-decades-old run is not the norm. Most teams, even the ones with great quarterback, flirt with 8-8 every few years.

Looking up "rushing yards allowed per game" is a good idea. How do teams do on their second week of playing consecutive road games?

Wear T-shirt on road

If you bring (and wear) an "I Beat Burt" T-shirt to a vacation destination, like The Vatican, Great Wall of China, Aruba or wherever, we want a photo of it. Send the photo to sports@eagletribune.com with the information. So make sure you throw one (or two or three) in a suitcase and shott it with your cell phone camera.

Pats finally offensive

The first tiebreaker -- Patriots point total -- was a mighty important in 2018. And it was also not as high as it usually has been.

It wasn't until Week 17, when the Patriots put 38 points up, that the offense hit its stride over the last two months.

The Patriots had their lowest scoring season since 2009. Only twice in the last seven games did they top 30 points.

In Week 17, all of the T-shirt winners were within one point of the Patriots 38 points and had 12 or more winners. I had 11 winners out of the 16 games.

Week 17 winners

Carl Clarke of Salem, N.H.

Ellen Carter of North Andover

Casey Costigan of Amesbury

William Russo of Methuen

Ed Nassif of Lawrence

Bruce Bennett of Groveland

Robert Kemp of Lawrence

Daniel Rosinski of Windham

Ed Isola of Salem, N.H.

Arthur Moyer of Hampstead, N.H.