The Rest of the World team bounced back again last week to keep in touch with Tommy Smyth. Our challengers just will not let Tommy get away at the top, and this could do right down to the wire.
And so it seems like a fitting point to have our regular family affair in Showdown, when the Smyth clan go head-to-head. With so much at stake between the ROTW and Tommy there will be more than simple family bragging rights to play for.
"Tommy's nephew Padraig Smyth from the wee county of Louth, Ireland back this year to put the ROTW on top," he confidently tells Showdown. "Big Villa supporter and I reckon we will stay up this year as we are starting to put some results together just like the ROTW ( better late than never).
"Nothing would please me more than to topple my uncle for top spot and then for the ROTW to go on and win it. Game on, boys."
Game on indeed!
For each round of matches we invite someone to represent the Rest of the World and take on Press Pass' Tommy Smyth and ESPN journalist Dale Johnson in our predictions game.
Points are then awarded as follows:
• Three points for a correct result and scoreline
• One point for a correct result
After the weekend's scores are in and the Showdown result has been worked out, the winning pundit receives three points for their season's total. Should the challenger win, the total is added to the Rest of the World tally. In the case of a draw, the points are shared.
Rare joy for Dale as he sneaks how and it's Tommy who takes the family bragging rights thanks to a correct score at Old Trafford.
Table after Round 34
Rest of the World: 37.5
Best week's total of season: 13, Tommy Smyth
Final table 2011-12
Rest of the World: 41
Best week's total of season: 13, Dale Johnson
2010-11: Tommy Smyth, 46.5
2009-10: Dale Johnson, 53
2008-09: Dale Johnson, 48
2007-08: Dale Johnson, 61
2006-07: Rest of the World 47.5
2005-06: Rest of the World 45
2004-05: Dale Johnson 50.5