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Chase for the Golden Nerf:

Celebrity/Media NFL Picks Week 10: Goodmans neck-and-neck in battle for household supremacy

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Steve Marcus

Former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman gives a toast to Zappos as his wife and current mayor Carolyn Goodman and Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh look on during a news conference before the grand opening ceremony for the Zappos headquarters in the old city hall building downtown Monday, Sept. 9, 2013.

When it comes to the Chase for the Golden Nerf, the first family of Las Vegas doesn’t hold back.

“There are no ‘friendly’ bets between the Goodmans,” former Mayor Oscar Goodman said about competing against his wife and the current Las Vegas mayor, Carolyn Goodman. “We both go to the mat.”

The two have been wrestling within a game of each other all season long. Despite each picking different games every week, neither has had more than a one-game edge at any time during the first nine weeks, and heading into this weekend, Oscar’s 13-13-1 mark is a half-game better than Carolyn’s 13-14 record.

Both are still well within striking distance of winning the Golden Nerf, a fear Oscar accomplished as the mayor in 2004. In fairness to the current mayor, she only joined the competition upon taking office in 2011.

“Mayor Carolyn spends sleepless nights trying to figure out how to win the Nerf,” her predecessor/husband said.

When the Goodmans aren’t ruling over the city, they spend their time ruling over the remote control.

“We always watch the Chargers together and usually Sunday, Monday and Thursday night football,” Oscar said. “Plus, she’s a (San Francisco quarterback and UNR alum Colin) Kaepernick fan, and I won’t miss the Niners.

“We’ve been married over 51 years. We tell each other every day how much we love each other, but when Kaepernick throws an interception, the lovey-dovey comes to a screeching halt.”

Another love both Goodmans share, and one that isn’t affected by football, is their unquestioned love for the city of Las Vegas – matched only by their excitement about its future.

“Only good things are in store for Las Vegas. We love our town and take great pride in the strides that have been made,” Oscar said.

Sal DeFilippo’s picks (13-13-1):

Raiders +7½ at Giants

49ers -6 vs. Panthers

Broncos-Chargers over 57½

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The media/celebrity picks:

Terry Fator, Mirage headliner (16-11)

Jaguars-Titans under 41

Bengals -1½ at Ravens

Broncos-Chargers over 57½

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Wayne Newton, "Mr. Las Vegas" (15-12)

Cardinals -2½ vs. Texans

Broncos -7 at Chargers

Colts -13 vs. Rams

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Marc Savard, comedy hypnotist at Planet Hollywood (14-11-2)

Titans -13 vs. Jaguars

Cardinals -2½ vs. Texans

Broncos -7 at Chargers

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Andrew Freeman, Raiding the Rock Vault performer at LVH (14-13)

Giants -7½ vs. Raiders

Colts -13 vs. Rams

Seahawks -6½ at Falcons

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John Katsilometes, The Kats Report (13-13-1)

Cowboys-Saints over 53

Giants-Raiders under 43½

49ers-Panthers over 42

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

Seahawks -6½ at Falcons

Bengals -1½ at Ravens

Cowboys +7 at Saints

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Carolyn Goodman, mayor of Las Vegas (13-14)

49ers -6 vs. Panthers

Broncos -7 at Chargers

Dolphins -3 at Buccaneers

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Donny Osmond, Flamingo headliner (12-14-1)

49ers -6 vs. Panthers

49ers-Panthers over 42

Cowboys-Saints over 53

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Jason Feinberg, KVVU morning personality (11-16)

Colts-Rams under 43½

Saints-Cowboys over 53

Titans -13 vs. Rams

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Mark & Mercedes in the Morning, Mix 94.1 (10-14-3)

Bengals -1½ at Ravens

Seahawks -6½ at Falcons

49ers -6 vs. Panthers

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Claire Sinclair, star of "Pin Up" at Stratosphere (10-15-2)

Rams +13 at Colts

Bengals -1½ at Ravens

Chargers +7 vs. Broncos

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Frankie Moreno, Stratosphere headliner (10-15-2)

Saints -7 vs. Cowboys

Falcons +6½ vs. Seahawks

Cardinals -2½ vs. Texans

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Carla Pellegrino, celebrity chef and owner of Bratalian (10-16-1)

Seahawks -6½ at Falcons

Saints -6½ vs. Cowboys

Broncos -7 at Chargers

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Kevin Janison, KSNV meteorologist (9-17-1)

Raiders +7½ at Giants

Bengals -1½ at Ravens

Seahawks-Falcons under 44½

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Dana White, UFC president (8-19)

Broncos -7 at Chargers

Colts -13 vs. Rams

Seahawks -6½ at Falcons

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Carrot Top, Luxor headliner (7-18-2)

Saints-Cowboys over 53

Bengals -1½ at Ravens

Dolphins -3 at Buccaneers

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