PITTSTON – Going into the third day of the bowl pool Joyce was down 16 points to then leader Chris. Not many people believed she would be able to bounce back from such a deficit. In fact, Chris even believed that she may have entered the scores wrong. It was no mistake.
After the slow start Joyce scored ten 6’s in the remaining games coming all the way back in one of the biggest turnarounds in bowl pool history. Joyce held off her sons Chris (2nd place -91 points) and Matt (3rd place – 84 points) to win back to back Flynn Peerless Prognosticator Bowl Pool championships.
“That was the message before the bowl: to finish,” Joyce said. “In fact, it was how bad do you want to finish? I certainly didn’t have a perfect bowl pool, a slow start, a couple 0’s, but I just kept playing.”
It was another tough 2nd place finish for Chris, his second in three years. But going into the BCS Championship game it was Matt who had a better shot at winning at least a share of the championship. If LSU was able to cover he would tie Joyce for the championship. It wasn’t meant to be, as the Tigers were shut out 21-0 by Alabama.
Matt was unavailable for comment after the game.
The victory puts Joyce in a tie for 2nd place on the all-time championship list. Her first victory came in 2005.