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Chase for the Golden Nerf:

Celebrity/Media NFL Picks Week 9: Fator fighting to keep lead in a tight race

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Jimmy Johnson, Terry Fator, Troy Aikman and Taylor Makakoa attend opening night of “Terry Bradshaw: America’s Favorite Dumb Blonde … A Life in Four Quarters” at The Mirage on Friday, June 28, 2013.

As our field of 16 combatants in this year’s Chase for the Golden Nerf completes the front nine this week, it’s a cluttered leaderboard to say the least. Of course, in this contest, that’s just par for the course.

Mirage headliner Terry Fator set a blistering pace early, but a few weeks in the rough has allowed the other competitors to make up some ground. How close is it? Seven other members of the group of local celebrities and media are within three picks of the top spot.

Fator’s 14-10 mark against the point spread is closely trailed by Planet Hollywood comedy hypnotist Marc Savard, who sits at 12-10-2. John Katsilometes of The Kats Report is 12-11-1, and Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman, “Mr. Las Vegas” Wayne Newton and Raiding the Rock Vault star Andrew Freeman are all bunched at 12-12.

Defending champ and Flamingo headliner Donny Osmond is next at 11-12-1, and Fox 5 personality Jason Feinberg is 11-13, within a week of being possibly tied for the lead.

With half the season to go, everyone is still alive in this historic battle for pride, bragging rights and a spray-painted foam football. And we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Sal DeFilippo’s picks (12-11-1):

Cowboys -10½ vs. Vikings

Saints -5½ at Jets

Redskins-Chargers over 51

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The media/celebrity picks:

Terry Fator, Mirage headliner (14-10)

Saints -5½ at Jets

Colts -2½ at Texans

Chiefs -3 at Bills

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Marc Savard, comedy hypnotist at Planet Hollywood (12-10-2)

Saints -5½ at Jets

Colts -2½ at Texans

Titans -3 at Rams

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John Katsilometes, The Kats Report (12-11-1)

Colts -2½ at Texans

Saints –5½ at Jets

Packers-Bears over 49½

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Carolyn Goodman, mayor of Las Vegas (12-12)

Vikings +10½ at Cowboys

Saints –5½ at Jets

Chargers pick at Redskins

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Andrew Freeman, Raiding the Rock Vault performer at LVH (12-12)

Packers -11 vs. Bears

Patriots -7 vs. Steelers

Chiefs -3 at Bills

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Wayne Newton, "Mr. Las Vegas" (12-12)

Redskins pick over Chargers

Patriots -7 vs. Steelers

Chiefs -3 at Bills

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Donny Osmond, Flamingo Las Vegas headliner (11-12-1)

Ravens -2½ at Browns

Packers -11 vs. Bears

Panthers-Falcons over 43½

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Jason Feinberg, KVVU morning personality (11-13)

Steelers +6½ at Patriots

Bills-Chiefs over 40½

Texans +2½ vs. Colts

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Oscar Goodman, Las Vegas ambassador (10-13-1)

Patriots -7 vs. Steelers

Colts -2½ at Texans

Bears +11 at Packers

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Claire Sinclair, star of "Pin Up" at Stratosphere (9-13-2)

Titans -3 at Rams

Bills +3 vs. Chiefs

Texans +2½ vs. Colts

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Carla Pellegrino, celebrity chef and owner of Bratalian (8-15-1)

Chiefs -3 at Bills

Eagles +2½ at Raiders

Ravens -2½ at Browns

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Frankie Moreno, Stratosphere headliner (8-14-2)

Saints -5 ½ at Jets

Colts -2½ at Texans

Chiefs -3 at Bills

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Dana White, UFC president (8-16)

Cowboys -10½ vs. Vikings

Saints -5½ at Jets

Seahawks -16½ vs. Buccaneers

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Mark & Mercedes in the Morning, Mix 94.1 (7-14-3)

Patriots -7 vs. Steelers

Chiefs -3 at Bills

Seahawks-Buccaneers over 40

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Kevin Janison, KSNV meteorologist (7-16-1)

Falcons +7½ at Panthers

Titans -3 at Rams

Redskins-Chargers over 51

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Carrot Top, Luxor headliner (6-16-2)

Chargers pick at Redskins

Ravens -2½ at Browns

Cowboys-Vikings over 47½

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