Maraotter, Maraotter, Maraotter...
The chant went up around Wellington Zoo this morning as our leading football pundit claimed another win, following France's demolition of Switzerland.
A tiny, clenched paw was raised in recognition; a knowing glance given to supporters.
Yes, football writers Tony Smith and Sam Worthington also plumped for France but Diego Maraotter now leads them 6-5 in our picks competition.
That's 6 from 9 and with the play offs in mind Maraotter today said he was calling a temporary halt to the competition.
Strategic brilliance or bravado gone mad?
Maraotter said it was definitely the former.
"I have got those two just where I want them - losing.
"But it is now time to focus on the squeaky bum part of the competition."
Maraotter said he would spend the next week watching and re-watching matches 24/7 to make sure his mind was as sharp as his teeth.
"Come the playoffs they will see the full force of my powers. I am the Jedi of football.
"It will be a winter of discontent for them..."
Smith and Worthington couldn't be reached for comment this morning.
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