Friday, September 22, 2017

2017 Week 3 Picks

I love me some Tom Brady, the football player.

I tolerate me some Tom Brady, the guy with a lot of shady friends and quiestonable relationships.

I'm very much dreading me some Tom Brady, future infomercial pitchman, lifestyle guru, and male Gwyneth Paltrow.

I mean, why can't the guy just lend his name and likeness to a product that will break the second it's out of the box? Or maybe one that will slowly kill you with chemicals or give you diabetes? Ya know, like every other respectable retired athlete?! Hell, I'd even tolerate a car dealership, a real estate firm, a ponzi scheme, or a chain of tacky family restaurants! (ideally, he'd partner with TCBY on a chain of marijuana infused ice cream parlors called THCB12's)...

But for this?! For a book littered with unproven pseudo-science and marketed with a charming smile and an "ah shucks, well it works for me!"? No, sir. For this, I will not stand! I mean, I totally will stand. Because I really don't care. But I'd much prefer that Tom Brady just become the next puppet-governor of California, rather than the face of an empire that slings bars and beverages seemingly right out of Idiocracy...

Now this!

Week 3 Picks

New England Patriots (-13.5) vs Houston Texans

Baltimore Ravens (-3.5) vs Jacksonville Jaguars (London)

Buffalo Bills (+3.5) vs Denver Broncos

Carolina Panthers (-5.5) vs New Orleans Saints

Pittsburgh Steelers (-6.5) @ Chicago Bears

Minnesota Vikings (-1.5) vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers

 Detroit Lions (+3) vs Atlanta Falcons

Indianapolis Colts (+1.5) vs Cleveland Browns

New York Jets (+6) vs Miami Dolphins

Philadelphia Eagles (-6) vs New York Giants

Tennessee Titans (-2.5) vs Seattle Seahawks

Green Bay Packers (-9) vs Cincinnati Bengals

LA Chargers (+3) vs Kansas City Chiefs

Oakland Raiders (-3) @ Washington Tedskins

Dallas Cowboys (-3) @ Arizona Cardinals

Last Week: 7-7-1

Overall: 14-13-3 (.512)

ALL TIME: 1555-1138-96 (.575)

See, Tom? Now this is how you go about acceptably selling a lifestyle brand. I mean, I'm not entirely sure what's being sold here. Pools? Pillows? Sheets? Mattresses? Anti-gravity shoulder harnesses?? Who knows?! But whatever it is, you can go ahead and consider me a lifelong customer...

Top 25 Picks

Vanderbilt (+18.5) vs (1) Alabama

(2) Clemson (-34) vs Boston College

Iowa (+13) vs (4) Penn St.

California (+17.5) vs (5) USC

(6) Oklahoma St. (-12.5) vs (16) TCU

Purdue (+10.5) vs (8) Michigan

(11) Georgia (-5.5) vs (17) Mississippi St.

(12) Florida St. (-11.5) vs NC State

(13) Virginia Tech (-28) vs Old Dominion

(20) Florida (-1) @ Kentucky

Air Force (+3.5) vs (22) San Diego St.

(25) LSU (-21) vs Syracuse

Last Week: 6-4-0

Overall: 8-8-0 (.500)

ALL TIME: 826-588-32 (.582)


Friday, September 15, 2017

2017 Week 2 Picks

So, I was going to do a little write up about this nonsense between Jemele Hill and Donald Trump. But in preparing to do so, I realized that it was a ginormous waste of time. So instead, I decide to post the newly released trailer for the Eric Clapton documentary that's going to air this February on Showtime. And I think I made the correct decision...

Now, here's to making some more correct decisions! In the form of degenerative game-picking. Which is better than degenerative nose-picking. And better than talking about Jemele Hill and Donald Trump. But probably not better than Eric Clapton. Ya know, except for maybe for all of those times that he was so incapacitated by surely delicious drugs that he couldn't play music. Which, apparently, was most of the time. So, yeah. Thanks for the music...

Oooo and he used a "pick" to play his guitar! So it all ties in! Or at least it ties in a whole lot better than the analysis of a few racially charged back and forths between a broadcaster and some Twitter trolls...


Week 2 Picks

New Orleans Saints (+6.5) vs New England Patriots

Carolina Panthers (-6) vs Buffalo Bills

Arizona Cardinals (-7) @ Indianapolis Colts

Cleveland Browns (+8) @ Baltimore Ravens

Tennessee Titans (-1.5) @ Jacksonville Jaguars

Kansas City Chiefs (-5.5) vs Philadelphia Eagles

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-7) vs Chicago Bears

Pittsburgh Steelers (-5.5) vs Minnesota Vikings

Oakland Raiders (-13) vs New York Jets

Seattle Seahawks (-13.5) vs San Francisco 49ers

LA Chargers (-3.5) vs Miami Dolphins

Denver Broncos (+2.5) vs Dallas Cowboys

LA Rams (-2.5) vs Washington Tedskins

Green Bay Packers (+3) @ Atlanta Falcons

Detroit Lions (+3.5) @ New York Giants

Last Week: 7-6-2

ALL TIME: 1548-1131-95 (.575)

So apparently young, taut Jessica Simpson likes Louisville? Or went to Louisville? OR is a fan of the Arizona Cardinals?? Meh, either way. This is what Google Images spewed out when I searched for hot chicks from Louisville. So I'm goin' with it. And I'll also be thinking about how John Mayer called sex with young, taut Jessica Simpson a "drug" because she was so "crazy" in bed. Ya know. Because hormones. Freaking John Mayer...

Top 25 Picks

(2) Oklahoma (-34) vs Tulane

(14) Louisville (+3) vs (3) Clemson

(4) USC (-15.5) vs Texas

Air Force (+24) @ (7) Michigan

Army (+30) @ (8) Ohio St.

(9) Oklahoma St. (-13.5) @ Pittsburgh

Mississippi St. (+7.5) vs (12) LSU

(16) Virginia Tech (-21.5) @ East Carolina

(20) TCU (-19) vs SMU

(25) UCLA (-3) @ Memphis

Last Week: 2-4-0

ALL TIME: 820-586-32 (.581)

Saturday, September 09, 2017

2017 Week 1 Picks

Hey there football!!!

I'm back for another year of picking, friends. And I'm glad to find you with me. So, now. Without further dudes. Uh, yeah. Let's do this freakin' thing...

Oh, right. You can also hear me making some picks, every Friday night on The Gresh Show. Yep. that's how that goes down, now. Bags Munman is for the masses. OR at least so they tell me. Can he handle the prime time spotlight?! Meh, I'm thinkin' I'd have to lean towards the UNDER on that one. But by gum, it's gonna be fun to watch him try!

And try he will. Good luck, my damies! And here's to football! 

Week 1 Picks

Houston Texans (-5) vs Jacksonville Jaguars

Detroit Lions (+2) vs Arizona Cardinals

Buffalo Bills (-8.5) vs New York Jets

Atlanta Falcons (-6) @ Chicago Bears

Cincinnati Bengals (-3) vs Baltimore Ravens

Cleveland Browns (+9) vs Pittsburgh Steelers

Tennessee Titans (-2) vs Oakland Raiders

Washington Tedskins (+1) vs Philadelphia Eagles

San Francisco 49ers (+5.5) vs Carolina Panthers

Green Bay Packers (-3) vs Seattle Seahawks

LA Rams (-3.5) vs Indianapolis Colts

New York Giants (+4) @ Dallas Cowboys

Minnesota Vikings (-3) vs New Orleans Saints

LA Chargers (+3) @ Denver Broncos

Last Season: 135-108-10 (.553)

ALL TIME: 1541-1125-93 (.575)

NCAA Top 25 Picks

(5) Oklahoma (+7.5) @ (2) Ohio St.

(13) Auburn (+5.5) @ (3) Clemson

(14) Stanford (+6.5) @ (6) USC

(17) South Florida (-17) @ UCONN

Boise St. (+10) @ (20) Washington St.

Arkansas (+3.5) vs (23) TCU

(24) Notre Dame (-4) vs (15) Georgia

Last Season: 71-58-2 (.550)

ALL TIME: 818-582-32 (.582)

Friday, May 19, 2017

Writing Richard Glossip

Last week, I wrote a letter to Oklahoma death row inmate, Richard Glossip. I was inspired to do so after watching 'Killing Richard Glossip', a documentary series that was aired on Discovery ID and produced by well known documentarian, Joe Berlinger (Paradise Lost)...

In writing Richard, I let him know that I was not just someone who saw a TV show and "knew" that he was innocent. But that I am someone who does know that, at the very least, he had been given a raw deal by a system that was inexplicably hell-bent on putting him to death, despite a lack of legitimate evidence (much like I was convinced by the eerily similar case Berlinger made for the now freed 'West Memphis Three', in Paradise Lost). I wanted him to know that I was not naive, and that I was not easily swayed by slick production and fancy packaging (AKA I was covering my ass). But, just as importantly, I wanted him to know that there was someone out there, beyond his prison walls, who felt moved enough by his story to reach out and offer what little help I could...

In his 3-page response, Richard spent most of the time thanking all of those that were reaching out and fighting to clear his name, and the rest of the time politely yet defiantly declaring his innocence. But, in response to my questions about what I could do to help further his cause, Richard offered 2 requests:

1) He wants as many people as possible to watch the docu-series, 'Killing Richard Glossip'. Which is still available ON DEMAND via Discovery ID across various infotainment platforms.


2) He asked that I share this poem, which he included in the letter:


We want to be happy,
We want to smile,
And we never want to live our lives in denial.
We no longer want to wear these sad faces,
We only want smiles in their places.
Life is truly hard,
But we can overcome.

We sometimes feel as if hope is lost,
And it hurts when we see at what cost.
Despite everything that can lead us to hate,
We still see the world that we can make.
We can see this life that we can live,
We sure never wanted this.
But we can overcome.

Our streets are now fields of battle,
And so often we are treated more like cattle.
All we ever wanted is a place to call home,
And not to have to face this world alone.
We never thought we could get so depressed,
Or that we would ever be stuck in such a mess.
But together as one,
We can overcome.

He closed the letter with, "We never know how strong we are, until strong is the only choice we have".

This is a man who was had 3 'last meals'. Meaning that, on 3 separate occasions, he has been just hours away from execution. Only to be spared by both litigious and tragically unfortunate/extraordinary means. Which, in and of itself, should tell you that the system is irreparably broken and incapable to handing down such a punishment. But that's a determination I'll allow you to make for yourself after watching the series... 

And again, I'm not claiming to "know" that Richard is innocent of the murder-for-hire charges for which he's been convicted. And I'm not trying to minimize the brutal murder of his alleged victim, Barry van Treese. But between the evidence provided in the documentary (or in many cases, lack thereof), and the track record of Berlinger, I am certain that an adequate case hasn't been made that Richard should be put to death. Especially considering that the admitted murderer, Justin Sneed, is not even facing such a fate...

But I urge you to watch the series, and judge for yourself. And at the risk of making up your mind for you, or putting you in a certain mindset before you even watch minute one. I'll say this: I've seen dozens of true crime documentaries. And the most relatable comparison I can make, is that the case against Richard Glossip makes the the case against Steven Avery (Netflix: Making a Murderer) look like the case against OJ Simpson. And if that doesn't compel you to at least check out this series, then I'm not sure what will...

Thanks for your time, friends. I hope you find the series as moving and as troubling as I did. And, in echoing Rich, I hope that we can all overcome what is clearly a tragic a situation, and come out better off as a society on the other side...