Chip DiPietro, wearing his lucky Patriots jersey and lucky Patriots cap, got lucky on Sunday. As did his favorite team.
When the video replay officials over-ruled the Pittsburgh Steelers go-ahead touchdown, leading to an freakish interception two plays, and the Patriots "stole" their win over the Steelers, it was all-systems-go for perfection.
DiPietro, of North Reading, picked 15 games this past weekend, a tough one in many respects, and got them all right.
Better yet, among the 334 entries in Week 15 of the "I Beat Burt" contest, DiPietro was the only entry to actually beat "Burt."
I got 14 out of 15 right, missing only the Tennessee-San Francisco game. That's right. I picked against Jimmy Garoppolo, now 5-0 as as NFL starting quarterback, and lost.
DiPietro, 56, who has won the contest before, did it again in style.
"I usually pick home teams or teams that need to win," said DiPietro. "I pick the occasional road team and will go against a weak quarterback."
Sounds pretty simple, doesn't it? It tells you how tough it is to pick games in this new, even-Steven NFL.
DiPietro is a sportsman from way back, running cross country and track at Wakefield High under the legendary coach John DiComandrea, who passed away last month.
"My running days have since ended," said DiPietro.
DiPietro has been married to wife, Ellen, for 29 years. They have four children -- three boys and one girl ranging in age from 27 to 18.
All played sports at North Reading High, three have graduated college and his youngest son is a talented senior captain on the wrestling team.
"I think the Pats have a good chance to have only one more road game this year," said DiPietro. "In Minnesota!"