Local Celebrity Football Picks: Tim Cope

Tim Cope

Tim Cope


Indianapolis Colts (6-3) at Tennessee Titans (4-5)
Washington Redskins (3-6) at Philadelphia Eagles (5-5)
Green Bay Packers (5-4) at New York Giants (3-6)
New York Jets (5-4) at Buffalo Bills (3-7)
Oakland Raiders (3-6) at Houston Texans (2-7)
Arizona Cardinals (5-4) at Jacksonville Jaguars (1-8)
Tampa Bay (1-8) at Atlanta Falcons (2-7)
Baltimore Ravens (4-5) at Chicago Bears (5-4)
Detroit Lions (6-3) at Pittsburgh Steelers (3-6)
Cleveland Browns (4-5) at Cincinnati Bengals (6-4)
San Francisco 49ers (6-3) at New Orleans Saints (7-2)
Minnesota Vikings (2-7) at Seattle Seahawks (9-1)
San Diego Chargers (4-5) at Miami Dolphins (4-4)
Kansas City Chiefs (9-0) at Denver Broncos (8-1)
New England Patriots (7-2) at Carolina Panthers (6-3)
Winning Prediction in Bold

Tim Cope is always ready for an adventure. In fact, the Australian explorer has made a career of seeking out some truly extraordinary experiences.?And as a fan of cricket and Australian-rules football, picking the winners of NFL games qualifies as venturing into the unknown.

Cope, a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year honoree in 2007, is speaking at UCSB’s Campbell Hall on Monday, November 18. Cope is the star of On the Trail of Genghis Khan: An Epic Journey Through the Land of the Nomads?which headlined the 2012 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour.

Two weeks ago, Cope’s book of the same name was awarded the Grand Prize at the just-completed 2013 Banff Festival.?The book details a three-year journey on horseback across thousands of miles of wilderness from Mongolia to Hungary. His event at Campbell Hall includes a high-quality multi-media presentation and book signing.

Growing up in Australia, Cope wasn’t exposed to the NFL until he was a teenager when his dad was attending Mankato State University, now known as Minnesota State.

“He brought home a whole heap of Minnesota Vikings garb,” Cope recalls. “I had no idea what the NFL was, but I sure liked the jacket and hat that kept me warm in our wet, cold winter in Victoria, Australia.”

The memory didn’t keep Cope from wisely taking the 9-1 Seattle Seahawks to beat the 2-7 Vikings.

The “Local Celebrities Football Picks” promotion with PresidioSports.com and Santa Barbara Brewing Company?is raising money for local Junior Lifeguard scholarships.

Every week, Presidio Sports is collecting predictions from a celebrity connected to Santa Barbara on the winners of NFL football games. Each correct pick will trigger a donation that will accumulate throughout the season. The promotion will provide at least two scholarships for the seven-week summer camp that promotes fitness and an active lifestyle. For over 40 years, the Santa Barbara Junior Lifeguard program has helped develop local youth with strenuous daily workouts, water safety, first aid, surf lifesaving, marine education and competition.

So far, Olympic beach volleyball champion Todd Rogers was nearly perfect. Rogers nailed 12-of-13 winners to really set the bar high. Then professional surfer Lakey Peterson took her turn predicting the winners from the NFL?s Week 9 slate of games. Lakey herself went through the Junior Guards program as a Santa Barbara youngster. In Week 10, KEYT Sports Anchor Mike Klan came through with eight more correct picks.

The “Local Celebrity Football Picks” will be posted online each week and will also appear in the print weekly Santa Barbara Sentinel.


Santa Barbara Brewing Company

The Santa Barbara Brewing Company, located at 501 State Street since 1995, shows all NFL games and hosts Happy Hour M-F from 3 pm to 6 pm.