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Friday, October 29, 2010

NFL Week 8 Picks: Trick and/or Treat



Trick or treat, my damies, and welcome to the Halloween themed edition of Rooch Nation.  OK, maybe I wasn't able to properly formulate a Halloween theme for this week's picks, but rest assured it wasn't due to lack of effort.  I tinkered with a haunTED idea, and the always popular "slutty girls of Halloween", but I just couldn't get on board.  I even focus grouped an idea where I would rate the strength of my picks based on how many candy corns I gave each game, but that idea went over about as well as a Mel Gibson costume at a ripper in Jerusalem...

So here we are, theme free, but ready to roll.  I'm sure I'll throw in a Halloween reference from time to time, but for the most part the only "treat" you'll be receiving from me this week are my delicious picks.  The "trick" on the other hand, would be if I could somehow string two winning weeks together.  See?  See what I did there?  Halloween puns everywhere!  Ha!  You seen it...

Well OK, friends, enjoy the picks.  And here's to hopin' that the "treat" I proposed ends up more like a delicious king sized Reeses', and less like an apple with a razor blade in it...or ANY apple, for that matter.  You hand out fruit for Halloween, you're just asking for your house to be vandalized.  And if you eat fruit on Halloween, you deserve a razor blade in your mouth.  Hey, I don't make the rules.  That's just the way Halloween karma works.  And here's to hopin' that Halloween karma guides us all to some much needed week 8 success...

Now, without further dudes, The Great Picks Cometh...  

Week 8 Picks


New England Patriots (-5.5) vs Minnesota Vikings

It's a real Halloween treat this weekend in Foxboro, with smattering of plot lines converging as the Pats play host to the Vikings...

You have Brett Favre, his junk and his streak.  You have the Patriots and their hot start.  And of course you have Randy Moss, and his link between these two clubs shouldn't have to be stated.  Throw in the fact that it's Halloween, and that should make for one Hell of a circus.  Not literally, mind you, as New England fans tend to be as rowdy as an intensive care unit, but from a media standpoint...

That's one of the reasons I like the Patriots in this game, both to win and to cover the now 6 point spread.  Minnesota just has too much goin' on.  Between Randy's return and Brett Favre's...stuff, there's just too much going on both in front of and behind the scenes for anyone to expect this team to put forth it's best effort this week.  "Distractions" aren't the sole reason I'm picking against them, though.  A quick look shows the Pats are 3-0 at home and riding a 4 game win streak, while the Vikings are 0-3 on the road, and losers of 2 of their last 3.  As you can see, it's a pretty strong argument for the Pats, anyway, distractions be damned.  So that's why I have no trouble rolling with them this week. Not a LOCK OF THE WEEK, mind you, as that's on hiatus til I get my act back together, but I would definitely give this thing 4 out of a possible 5 candy corn rating.  See?  IT's a good system, the candy corns.  I don't care what Mel Gibson says...

Now make no mistake, Adrian Peterson could establish the run early and make this a slug fest from the word go, that's just not something I envision happening.  Not only has the New England defense been playing much better of late, but the Vikings just haven't seemed to be able to utilize Peterson as well this year as in years past.  Probably because even when he gets a good gain, Brett Favre ends up throwing the ball away.  But for whatever reason, he just hasn't been nearly as big of a game breaker, despite still ranking among the league's best rushers...

For a final score, I got Pats 27 Vikings 16.  Everybody hugs at the end...except for Brett Favre who will probably be crying in the locker room with Andrea Kramer...and everyone here in New England has a pleasant and satisfying Halloween.  Another demon slain, and now it's on to the next...


Washington Redskins (+3.5) @ Detroit Lions

I wrestled with this game for a while.  And while that's usually a sign that a game should NOT end up as one of my Top Picks, I eventually came to a strong enough conclusion that I felt the pick deserved it's proper spot...

What I was wrestling with, in particular, was that I wanted to take the Lions because they were coming off a bye, but I really felt like the Redskins were the better team.  A true gamblers conundrum, and in and of itself the reason why Vegas never loses.  That, and the slot machines are rigged, but that's a different story for a different time...

Ultimately, I scrapped the bye week advantage mostly due to the fact that this will be starting QB Matt Stafford's 1st game back since week 1.  There's bound to be some rust.  And while Washington's passing D ranks as one of the worst in the league, they also rank top 5 in takeaways.  A less than precise quarterback and an opportunistic defense make for a volatile combination, friends, and it's for this reason that I'm sticking with the Tedskins

And f karma really works out, maybe a well organized group of persons will simultaneously egg all of Donovan McNabb's homes while the Tedskins are taking this thing down.  I know it's a lot to ask, but it is Halloween...


San Fransisco 49ers (-1) vs Denver Broncos (London, England)

Wanna get away?

Were there two teams more excited to get out of the freakin' country than the Broncos and the Niners?  OK, maybe the Bills, but at least they can sneak into Canada every so often...

This is just a classic case of "If 2 garbage teams play a game in another country, will anyone five a flying F?"  And the answer, of course, is a resounding NO!  And that includes the always curiously confused British peeps in attendance.  Damn, no wonder they're not down for this sport over there...


New Orleans Saints (-1) vs Pittsburgh Steelers

Always a dangerous practice, but I'm throwin' logic out the door on this one and simply going with the team that needs the win.  Obviously, in this instance, that team is the New Orleans Saints...

It may not be a make or break in terms of their "season", but after a humbling...check that...embarrassing home loss last week to the Cleveland Browns, the 4-3 Saints are due for at least a momentary return to form this Sunday against Pittsburgh.  I know they're dinged up, and I know they're only 2-2 at home, but I just gotta figure they're focused and ready to defend their turf.  And unlike in New England, the Halloween atmosphere in New Orleans should actually provide quite the home field advantage.  Not that I think Big Ben is going to be distracted by a few scary masks draped with Mardi Gras beads, but I think we all know a raucous crowd never hurts the cause.  And I love how they work Mardi Gras beads into everything down in New Orleans.  Hey.  If it ain't broke, right?  And if it makes girls bare their breasts, well then that works, too...

I see some vintage Drew Brees, and the Saints handing the Steelers something the refs wouldn't hand them last week.  Their first road loss of the season...


Seattle Seahawks (+2.5) @ Oakland Raiders

Normally, this would look like a gimmie for me.  Seahawks on the road, Raiders playin' well.  But no!  The way I see it, this is just a classic trap game...

See, for Oakland, it's all about the running game.  Last week, when they demolished Denver and left everyone  wondering if their was something wrong with their Bottom Line, they did it by running the ball 52 times for a cool 328 yards.  That's 6.3 per carry, for those of you playing along at home.  Impressive, but not something I expect them to do against a Seattle team that's 2nd in the NFL against the rush...

So, you take away a stellar ground game, and what do you have left?  Jason Campbell against Matt Hasselbeck.  Well call me foolish, but I'll take the bald guy and the points.  And you will be able to call me foolish IF I lose, because I've been the one tellin' you all year to ALWAYS pick against the Seahawks on the road.  Then again, I say a lot of things.  Pretty sure I picked the Red Sox to win the World Series.  Or maybe it was the Rays...


Miami Dolphins (+2.5) @ Cincinnati Bengals

Final pick of the week brings us to the Dolphins, a team that's gotta be playing with a chip on their shoulder after the  excruciating way they lost last week.  And just a note on that.  I hate the Steelers more than I hate any other team in the NFL, and while they clearly benefited from the call pictured above, it was the right call.  Lacking any legitimate video evidence, there really wasn't anything else the officials could do than to give Pittsburgh the ball where they did.  Believe me, I was as unhappy with the outcome as the next guy not waving a yellow towel, but they made the right decision...

This week, Miami should have no such problems against a Cincy team that just looks ripe for the pickin'.  Now I'll admit that Miami hasn't quite lived up to my expectations this season, but being an unfortunate call away from 4-2, with their schedule, is still nothing to be ashamed of.  They'll move to 4-0 on the road this weekend in another game I'd make my LOCK OF THE WEEK if I weren't on self imposed probation...


Here's the rest of the slate, my trick-or-treating Teds.  Now reach on in and grab a fist full of goodness!  There are no syringes in there, I promise...

Kansas City Chiefs (-7.5) vs Buffalo Bills

New York Jets (-6) vs Green Bay Packers UNDER 43.5

St. Louis Rams (-3) vs Carolina Panthers

San Diego Chargers (-3) vs Tennessee Titans

Dallas Cowboys (-6.5) vs Jacksonville Jaguars

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+3) @ Arizona Cardinals


Monday Night




Indianapolis Colts (-5-5) vs Houston Texans

Indy looks to even he season series with the Texans when they come to town on Monday Night, and as you can tell by the bold lettering above, I like them to do exactly that.  Despite the fact that Indy has seemingly gotten less healthy during their bye week, I still like their chances to hold serve at home against a dreadfully inconsistent Houston squad.  And not only is it a "Peyton Manning in Prime Time" gut feeling type situation, but I've got some stats to back me up.  Colts are 2-0 at home this year, and in both win's they covered as favorites.  So BAM!  Book it!  You'll be digging nougat from your teeth, and Peyton will be slinging his way to another Monday Night win.  Another LOCK OF THE WEEK, but we don't do that sort of thing around here...anymore...


Last Week: 8-7-0 (Top Picks: 4-4-0)

Overall: 45-48-3 (.484)

Top Picks: 24-28-2 (.463)

Lock of the Week: 4-5-0

*note: any LOCK OF THE WEEK picks that actually win will be counted as wins in next week's column 



In college, Halloween was really the best of times.  Not only did my fraternity throw an annually epic Halloween party, but just the idea of Halloween seemed to go over well with everybody.  Brought people together, if you will.  Or at least it brought together the girls that wanted to wear next to nothing for a costume with the frat guys.  Either way, peeps were pumped!  And while my penchant for all night Halloween benders has subsided with age, some things will never change.  Namely, my enjoyment of attractive girls in skimpy outfits, and my ability to pick winner's in college football.  Hopefully, in this section, you'll benefit from both.  Especially that Christina Aguilera shot.  DAMN I miss when she was a skank...


NCAA Top 25 Picks
(24) USC (+7) vs (1) Oregon

(2) Auburn (-7) @ Mississippi

(5) Michigan St. (+6.5) @ (18) Iowa

(7) Missouri (+7.5) @ (14) Nebraska

Air Force (+7) vs (8) Utah

(9) Oklahoma (-18) vs Colorado

(11) Ohio St. (-18) @ Minnesota

Washington (+7) vs (13) Stanford

(15) Arizona (-8) @ UCLA

(17) South Carolina (-13.5) vs Tennessee

(19) Arkansas (-21.5) vs Vanderbilt

Kansas St. (+6.5) vs (20) Oklahoma St.

Virginia (+14.5) vs (22) Miami

Kentucky (+8.5) @ (23) Mississippi St.

(25) Baylor (+7.5) @ Texas


Last Week: 7-3-0

Overall: 50-35-2 (.586)


So there you have it, friends.  Hope you all have a great weekend, and above all, remember to play it safe.  Halloween can be a dangerous holiday, and you never know when you're gonna bump into 21 year old me runnin' around like a crazy person.  Oh and if you so see 21 year old me, remind me that I need to find that replacement part for the flux capacitor, and feel free to scream at me "ROOCH! SOMETHING HAS GOTTA BE DONE ABOUT YOUR KIDS!"  Trust me, I'll get it.  And if I'm sober enough, I'll get a good chuckle out of it.  However, should my response happen to be that I punch you in the face and/or throw some sort of disgusting concoction at you, well then I'm truly sorry about that.  But hey, you were warned...

Happy Halloween, friends.  And I'll catch you on the flipman...

TRICK OR TED...
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Friday, October 22, 2010

NFL Week 7 Picks: Life's a Butch...

Greetings, friends.  With  no breaking news regarding the underground meth racket this week, I've decided to forgo a theme and just get right down to business.  That, and I spent too much time racking my brain over the potential sexuality of one of the people in my photos, so I wasn't able to properly develop one.  But nevertheless.  I still got the goods, and you're still gonna wanna take a gander at what I've got to say.  If for nothing else than to help me determine if I'm buying shirts online from a transvestite.  That Internet, man.  It's somethin' else...

Now have at it, kids...



Week 7 Picks
New England Patriots (+3) @ San Diego Chargers

Taking the Patriots this week flies in the face of pretty much every trend I've suggested you follow this season.   They're traveling west.  They're playing a desperate team.  They're coming off a really physical and emotional game.  Pretty much every reason you would need to take the Chargers, you got it.  That is, if you were following trends...

I'm choosing to buck the trends this week, though, and not just because I'm root-root-rooting for the home team.  OK, maybe it is.  Hey, the Pats are in a tough spot this week, I'm not gonna lie, but they were in a tough spot last week, too, and they showed enough grit to pull one out.  Last week, they were supposed to be vulnerable to Ray Rice, but they were able to keep him in check.  This week, the task will be reigning in Phillip Rivers, one of the league's most prolific passers.  The New England secondary should have it's hands full, even with the diminished SD receiving corps, but I figure Meriweather will be able to concuss enough guys to help level the playing field.  And in failing that, I'll take my chances with Tom Terrific in a West Coast shootout...

In reality, I like an early Patriot score to really zap the Charger momentum, and put them in comeback mode way earlier than they'd ideally like.  That'll make their already inconsistent offense even more prone to inefficiency, and I'm banking that the Patriots will be able to take advantage.  It won't be the 41-14 that we saw when the Pats went to Miami, but I'm looking at something in that ballpark.  Let's call it 31-17...

Then it'll be on to a Halloween showdown with the one and only, Mr. Randy Moss.  Straight Tick or Treat, Homie.  But that's for another time...



Denver Broncos (-8) vs Oakland Raiders

It's time for the Mike Shannahan Bowl, kids!  I know the tiny, angry man with the well bronzed face is no longer the head man at either of these two franchises, but I'm still choosing to call it that due in large part to some of the hilarious history between these two division rivals.  Most of which involves Al Davis.  Who at last check is still alive, in case you were wondering...

Truth be told, in a year where teams haven't really been covering big spreads, taking the 2-4 Broncos to win by more than a touchdown definitely appears to be a risky proposition.  What I'm banking on, is that after a confidence builder against the Jets in which they got hosed at the end by a flag, they'll be able to turn that positive momentum into a big divisional win.  They can't run the ball, but Oakland can't stop the run, which means this week, they can run the ball.  They will, and that will open up some lanes for Kyle Orton.  He's been one of the most efficient passers in the league this year, and I expect that to be the main contributing factor as to why the Broncos win this one by 2 scores or more...


Washington Redskins  @ Chicago Bears OVER 40.5

I've never liked the Tedskins, and I don't like McNabb, but this Washington team is a lot better than their 3-3 record suggests.  At least, I think they are.  They've been in all of their last 3 against the likes of Philly, Green Bay and Indy, but their defensive stats suggest those high powered offenses should have blown them out.  Instead, Washington went 2-1 over that stretch.  It might not be pretty, but they seem to be playing a tough brand of football that's keeping them in games long enough to give them a shot to win.  I see a similar story playing out this week in Chicago, but since the point spread (WAS +3) doesn't really lend itself to that strategy, I'm instead going with the OVER on the shadily low game total of 40.5 points.  The Bears should be able to run the ball, and will want to after getting shut down last week, and like I said I like Washington's ability to hang around.  27-24, 28-21.  Somethin' like that.  But I'd rather take my chances with the OVER than pick a side in what I'm pretty sure is going to be a tight game...


Seattle Seahawks (-5.5) vs Arizona Cardinals

If it weren't for all the concussion talk this week, the continued comeback of Seattle's Mike Williams would have definitely been the topic de jour.  Even Positive Petey Carroll had written his once prized USC recruit off, but thanks in large part to the departure of Deion Branch, Williams is finally showing he still has the total package that once made him a high 1st round pick.  The man who once decided to team up with Maurice Clarett to fight the courts is coming off a week in which he had a career best 10 catches for 123 yards, and all signs point to the fact that he's primed for more.  And while Williams' alone isn't the reason I'm picking the Seahawks to cover this week against Max Hall and Cardinals, it's a good story, and one that's worth pointing out.  Besides, if I'm gonna rip on these guys when they get all cheese-burgered out after cashing in, then I figure I gotta give them due when they finally put it all together.  So good work, Mike Williams.  And good looks on not panning on on Matt Millen's watch, too.  That fat bastard didn't deserve you're talent...




New Orleans Saints (-13) vs Cleveland Browns

As I mentioned in the Denver game, nobody has been really covering the big spreads this year.  But just like in the Denver game, I feel this match up provides an ideal opportunity for the favored team to win this one handily.  The Browns are coming off an epically physical game against the Steelers, and New Orleans seems to just be hitting their Super Bowl stride after a 25 point road win against the Bucs.  Cleveland may be able to put up some points on the suspect New Orleans D, but that's still not enough to prevent me from making the Saints my LOCK OF THE WEEK.  Pretty risky with such a big #, but the Saints are starting to roll.  So I like my chances...




Miami Dolphins (+3) vs Pittsburgh Steelers

Between James Harrison and his threat to retire, and Channing Crowder's need to tell the media he's still Hell bent on using his helmet, this game has all you need if you're still looking to get that concussion talk fix.  And to reinforce what I wrote earlier in the week, it's the stuff guys like Crowder and Harrison insist on saying to the media that continues to further this concussion discussion.  There wouldn't be such an uproar if these guys weren't essentially going out of their way to say they try for those hits and defiantly refusing to be apologetic for their actions.  It's just ignorance and arrogance at work here, and I say keep bringing the fines til these Teds get the picture...

AS for the game, I just have a feeling the Steelers are due to lose.  Sketchy reasoning, I know, but it's what I'm going with.  I think Miami's due for a big home win, and when I saw they were being spotted 3 points, that sealed the deal.  And if James Harrison or Channing Crowder were to somehow get concussed in this thing, then that wouldn't be a bad deal either...


Minnesota Vikings (+3) @ Green Bay Packers + OVER 43.5

Brett Favre in prime time is always a good bet, but add in Randy Moss and a return to Lambeau Field and you've got yourself the recipe for an epic battle.  Unfortunately for Green Bay, I think they're just too dinged up to be considered a favorite in this one, even if they are playing at home.  Besides, home field advantage kind of loses it's edge when the opposing QB has played more games in the stadium than anyone on your current roster...

The Vikings still aren't great, but they've started to play better of late, and should be able to score their first road win of the season on their aging QB's old stomping grounds.  I'm also looking forward to the signs the Packer fans may have for Favre in the wake of his cell phone scandal.  I'd imagine "Say Cheese" has got to be in there somewhere, but I'm hoping some of the Green Bay faithful can come up with something a little more creative.  But not too creative.  There are some kinds of cheese that nobody wants to hear about.  No matter how anatomically relevant it may be...


And here are the other games for the week.  Notice how I shadily put the Bills +13 at the bottom? Ha!  You know I'll be reppin' it hard if I'm right, though.  Muahahahaha...

Cincinnati Bengals (+3.5) @ Atlanta Falcons

Philadelphia Eagles (+3) @ Tennessee Titans

Kansas City Chiefs (pick) vs Jacksonville Jaguars

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-3) vs St. Louis Rams

Carolina Panthers (+3) vs San Fransisco 49ers

Buffalo Bills (+13) @ Baltimore Ravens




Monday Night
New York Giants (+3) @ Dallas Cowboys

Hello? Bill Cowher?  Yeah, I'd start looking for a house in and around Dallas, Texas, right about now, if I were you.  Oh, and make sure it has a big driveway, because they're gonna be backing a large dump truck full of loots into it...

Sorry, Jason Garrett.  But that's just the way it is...


Last Week: 8-6-1 (Top Picks: 4-3-1)

Overall: 37-41-3 (.475)

Top Picks: 20-24-2 (.457)

Lock of the Week: 4-4-0



First things first.  What the Hell is going on in the picture I have posted here?  IS that a chick?  I mean, I thought it was when I first saved this thing from Google Images, but now I'm just a little confused.  There are breasts, which definitely suggest it's a woman, and there is a visible lock of hair, which also suggests it's a woman.  But then you have the stomach and the...love handles?  Ummmm, what?  I mean, is this some sort of stumpy tranny modeling t-shirts, or what's the deal here?  And trust me, I'm not trying to make fun of some slightly over weight chick, here.  I'm really convinced something is up!  Here I am, just minding my own business, trying to get a freaking Google Image of something that adequately represents the Butch Davis Bowl this weekend (UNC @ Miami), and this is what I get?  Headless tran-jobs in tight fitting t-shirts?!?  I know the guy's name is "Butch", but come on!!  And the more I think about it, the more it makes sense.  Why else wouldn't they show the head?  Right?  Right??  Of course.  It's obviously because they're using transvestites to model their moderately hilarious t-shirts and they don't want their customers to see they sexually confused heads.  After all, if science has taught us nothing, it's that nothing discourages t-shirt sales more than the teaming of breasts with mascara and a handlebar mustache.  It's just not a good look.  And that's not me talkin' there, that's science.  And somethin' tells me God has a similar take on the topic, as well...

On the plus side, I went 9-5 last week.  I'd like to see a tranny who could beat that!


NCAA Top 25 Picks
(18) Missouri (+3.5) vs (3) Oklahoma

(4) TCU (-18.5) vs Air Force

(5) Auburn (-6) vs (6) LSU

(7) Alabama (-16.5) @ Tennessee

Northwestern (+8.5) vs (8) Michigan St.

(12) Iowa (-5.5) vs (11) Wisconsin

(13) Nebraska (-5-5) @ (17) Oklahoma St.

Washington (+5.5) @ (18) Arizona

(21) Arkansas (-9.5) vs Mississippi

(25) Miami (-6.5) vs North Carolina



Last Week: 9-5-0

Overall: 43-32-2 (.571)


And there you have it, friends.  Picks, trannys, this thing had it all.  I hope you enjoyed your bizarre journey through my football induced thoughts, and here's to hoping you all have a great weekend.  Just steer clear of the stumpy transvestites that won't show you their head, and you should be golden...


Teddy Williams...
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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Necessary Roughness: Dealing With Concussions in the NFL


OK, kids.  Let's talk concussions.  They're all the talk these days in the NFL, and in keeping with tradition I'd like to toss in my two cents.  Something I think I can do rather efficiently by simply answering the 2 following questions:

1) Why are we seeing more concussions in the NFL?

AND

2) Is enough being done to prevent and deal with them?

And while one would normally think these questions only seem simple, but probably have complex answers, I'd argue that's really not the case.  But instead of arguing that point, I'll just get down to answering those questions.  I'll use the time I saved to find that Brandon Meriweather video I'm gonna need later on...

So here we go...

Q. Why are we seeing more concussions in the NFL?

A. This one's easy, and I distribute blame pie equally between both parties involved...


1) Players are bigger, stronger and faster than they've ever been before.  If you want to get into a performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) discussion, we certainly can.  But let's just leave it at that.  For "whatever" reason, they're just a lot bigger, better and more importantly faster than they've ever been before.  After all, it's the speed that kills, when speaking about concussions.  At least that's how I interpret it.  And the reason I seem to immediately whizz on the PED fire, is that I believe that even if there weren't PEDs in the NFL, that we'd still see an increase in the # of concussions.  Hence why this only deserves 50% of the blame.  The other half goes to those nerds in the lab coats... 


2) Advances in medical science have likewise advanced the ability to diagnose them, and broadened the current definition.  10 years ago you were "knocked out" for a few seconds, have some smelling salts and went back in the game.  Now, you're immediately tested on the sidelines by a team of physicians, and spend the week listed as questionable on my fantasy roster with "concussion like symptoms" while you wait for clearance to play from two separate NFL approved doctors.  Yeah.  So it's pretty simple.  They've become better at detecting them and they're testing for them more frequently, so naturally they've found more cases.  It just makes sense...


So the players are "better", and the medical definition for a concussion has gotten more refined and/or broadened.  That's pretty much you're answer as to why we've seen a rise in concussions.  Certainly other factors such as increased revenue, media attention and the fantasy/gambling element of it all play a role in this, too, but in my eyes those are secondary factors that stem from those two main points.  Bigger dudes, and smarter doctors...


OK, so now we know WHY we're seeing more concussions, it's time to answer good ole question #2...


Q. Is enough being done to prevent and deal with them?

A.  OK.  Gonna seem like a strange example here, but bare with me.  Remember when Dale Earnhardt died after slamming into the wall at the Daytona 500?  What happened after that?  Increased safety measures were taken, but NASCAR kept on truckin'.  And while I hesitate to even mention NASCAR on my blog, or give the impression that I view it as a sport, but it's very useful in this argument because both it and football have one very important trait in common:

Inherent Danger

Listen.  I'm not lookin' for people to get hurt to the point where they can't make a living, but it shouldn't come as news that playing professional football is an inherently dangerous profession.  I mean, isn't that a main reason why these guys get paid so much money?  Again, I'm not saying that players should be critically injured on the field on a "regular basis", but like NASCAR, you have to know that death/paralysis are at least a possibility every time you step out onto that field...

But back to the question at hand.  Is enough being done by the NFL to prevent and deal with the issue of concussions in their league?  My answer is yes.  And that was my opinion before NFL VP Ray Anderson laid down the new laws.  As Commissioner, Roger Goodell has gone out of his way to fine guys for dirty hits, and for the most part it seems that his message has been received.  Naturally there are still plenty of bad apples out there, but that's to be expected.  That's just life, right there...

But like I said, this is a dangerous sport.  And while I hope, like in Earnhardt's death, this apparent rash of concussions leads to increased safety measures, I also hope it doesn't lead to a drastic change in the way the game is played.  Yes, suspend guys that show a flagrant disregard for both the rules and every one's safety.  Just don't overreact to the point where you take away what so many people enjoy about the game.  And that's including the players.  I know they don't want to get "concussed", but to think that they don't thrive on that "on the edge" feeling and that, excuse the pun, "breakneck pace", then I'm not sure you completely understand what makes most of these guys tick...

So in general, I think the NFL is doing a good job of dealing with concussions.  Hell, my argument basically says that they're increased awareness has partly led to the current hysteria.  I'm sure they'll continue to look for ways to improve their equipment and whatnot, but I think they're doing a more than admirable job.  Would it be even better if they were to implement a tougher drug testing policy?  Sure.  But like I said, I don't think that really factors into this issue as heavily as many people might think...


Oh and as for the aforementioned, Brandon Meriweather?  He was fined $50K for his hit on Todd HeapMeriweather, the guy in this video, isn't out there trying to inflict permanent bodily harm on someone? That's him with the helmet at the :50 mark lookin' like...well...lookin' like a dirty punk. I think they call that move "Goin 'U' on 'em".  And we all know you can't spell "dumb" without "The U"!..



Exactly.  Meriweather isn't out there to hurt people, and I'm an astronaut...

But the fact is, it's guys like Meriweather, guys like big mouth James Harrison, that fuel this concussion controversy.  These are the guys that deserve to be punished.  They're the ones that try to make it sound like what they do is part of the game.  Do that.  Make an example of guys like Meriweather & Harrison (who I take exception with more because of the way he talks about his hits than the way he actually hits), and you'll restore the public faith in the safety of the league without having to sacrifice the integrity of the game.  And seeing as that's exactly what the league is doing by employing it's new rules and threatening suspensions, then it only reinforces my opinion that that they're doing a great job protecting their player's safety...Ya know, aside from allowing the rampant PED use...

So everyone just needs to take a deep breath, and calm down.  Is the NFL dangerous?  Of course it is!  That's why we love it!  But has it suddenly got tot he point where it's so dangerous that drastic measures need to be taken to ensure the players' safety?  Nah.  This latest concern in regards to concussions is just another typical overreaction in the name of safety.  And while it's always better to be safe than sorry, it's also always better to ask "Why" before you start rushing to judgment.  That's what I did, and I hope you found it informative...

Catch you Friday, friends...


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Friday, October 15, 2010

NFL Week 6 Picks: What the Smurf is Goin' On Here?...


Smurf.

For most of us, that word brings to mind two things.  The popular cartoon, obviously, but also when Family Guy did it's hysterical parody of it by using "smurf" as a verb describing sexual acts done to Smurfette.  If you're not familiar with the latter, I strongly suggest checking it out.  And if you aren't familiar with the former, then you're either from another country, or blind.  In either case, good luck with the rest of this...

Hilarious!
Now when I was researching the history of the word Smurf, those were the two most popular hits.  Anything to do with the show, and a bunch of references to the Family Guy skit.  Oh and a bunch of definitions on Urban Dictionary that mostly involved a prominent piece of the male anatomy being graciously moved across one's face. But that was to be expected.  You can type pretty much any noun into Urban Dictionary and get that type of definition.  You don't even wanna know what it means "to Tivo" someone means...

Delicious?
But this week, thanks to the good people at CVS and the industrious meth cooks in California, a new definition of the word "Smurf" has worked it's way into the  public lexicon.  Apparently "to Smurf", in terms of the production of methamphetamines, is to buy cold pills for a meth cook because they aren't allowed to.  And a popular arrangement is that the "Smurf" pays for the pills, and then gets a cut of the profit or a portion of the product.  Pretty much everyone involved comes out a winner.  The meth cook gets to cook more meth, which is always a good time until they blow up their trailer.  And the "Smurf" gets a great return on their investment, whether it be in their pocket or up their nasan,  And then I win a 3rd time when they all become part of some documentary I'll watch 10 years from now.  So it's a great system, really.  Quite ingenious in a Kevin Pittsnogle sort of way...

So what does any of this have to do with picking football games you ask?  Not a whole lot to be honest.  It was just that when I heard how the word "Smurf" was being used in conjunction with meth, I thought that was hilarious.  As most things involving meth tend to be.  And the rest just sort of wrote itself.  So here we are...

I better hope I have a smurfin' week, though.  I've been gettin' smurfed in the smurf the last few weeks, and if I don't turn it around, people are gonna start to think I'm a smurfin' Ted.  That's right.  Ted NEVER loses, not even to smurf.  Ted is a constant...

So enjoy the picks, you smurfin' Teds.  And good luck...              


Week 6 Picks

The inspiration for my fantasy basketball team "Stevie Olajuwon"
New York Giants (-8) vs Detroit Lions

Before I heard the words "smurf" and "meth" used in the same sentence, this week's theme was going to be something along the lines of "teams with a chance to be elite".  And for me, as unlikely as it may have seemed just a few weeks back, the conversation begins with the New York Giants.  Don't get me wrong, I don't think there actually are any elite teams in the NFL, and I had planned on getting more into that (stupid smurf meth), but G-Men would definitely be a team I'd have fully ensconced in that top tier of potential candidates coming into this week...

The Lions are coming of a thrashing of St. Louis, but that game was over before it started.  The Giants don't figure to be nearly as accommodating.  They're far from a "complete team", but they are as close as it gets right now.  They bring a lot of pressure on defense, and have great play makers on offense.  Namely the man pictured above, whose quickly blossoming into one of the league's best...

As long as New York doesn't take this game for granted (and I think the fact Detroit won by more than 30 last week should help them focus), I don't see any reason why they shouldn't control this one from start to finish.  Not a blowout, but a comfortable win.  Ya know, by more than 10 points...  



Pittsburgh Steelers (-13.5) vs Cleveland Browns

With the return of Ben Roethlisberger, the Steelers have a prime opportunity to enter the ranks of the elite themselves.  They've gone 3-1 without him, and get a match up with Colt McCoy and the Browns in Pittsburgh upon his return.  A win alone won't convince me their elite, but if they cover this number that would certainly go a long towards making their case.  Cuz let's be honest.  This is a big number, and the Steelers don't tend to blow people out.  Then again, it's Colt freaking McCoy...  



Atlanta Falcons (+3) @ Philadelphia Eagles

The shadiest of the potentially elite teams is definitely the Atlanta Falcons.  Thanks in large part to an opening weekend loss to what had been deemed a lesser Pittsburgh team, Atlanta has more or less flown under the radar in winning their next 4.  Granted, those wins having exactly been against the best of the NFL, but nonetheless their performance has been impressive and consistent.  IF they move to 5-1, with a win @ a banged up Philly under their belts, they'll be right in the conversation as one of the league's best.  Oh and that's why I'm betting against the Eagles.  Not because I loathe the city of Philadelphia, but mostly because they're just not running a peak efficiency right now.  Vick or no Vick...



New England Patriots (-2.5) vs Baltimore Ravens

Foxboro last year in the playoffs.  They lose?  Well, then they lose the game.  Never good.  And I know that the Patriots are favored, but the # tells you it's ONLY because they're at home (you "get" 3 points for being at home).  NOT because they've been necessarily deemed the better team...

And the Ravens are better, at least right now, but the Patriots have two things going in their favor that I feel are going to put them over the top.  1) They're coming off their bye.  Always a good thing.  AND 2) They have revenge on their mind having been so thoroughly embarrassed at home by the same team less than a year ago.  Lots of rest, and lots of motivation.  That's a combination I'll take more often than not...

Notice I didn't say NOT having Randy Moss would make the Patriots a better team?  Yeah, because it won't.  They'll be a knee jerk reaction the likes you've never seen no matter what the Patriot offense does this week, but I think in the long run it will prove out his loss makes the offense less explosive, but more efficient.     Either way, it's this defense that's going to determine how far this Patriot team goes, and for this week I like them to get just enough done on that side of the ball to edge past the Ravens.  And NOT letting Ray Rice take 1 to the house on the first play of the game would be a good start...    


Chicago Bears (-6.5) vs Seattle Seahawks

People thought the Bears might be elite a few weeks back, but then Jay Cutler got his bell rung by the Giants and it all seemed to be headed for disaster.  But never fear.  A home game against the Seahawks is just what Mr. Pibb ordered.  Logic will tell you that Chicago should be able to run the ball and control the clock with Matt Forte, but more or less, I'm just picking the Bears because I ALWAYS pick against Seattle when they're on the road.  Oddly enough it's the one trend that seems to work out for me...

...or at least it did, til I just jinxed it.  Eh, either way.  Might as well go all out.  Da Bears, for the second week in a row, are my LOCK OF THE WEEK.  Do me proud, boys.  And by "proud", I mean "bite Pete Carroll on the face".  And by "boys", I naturally mean "Julius Peppers"...



New York Jets (-3.5) @ Denver Broncos

I went out of my way to say that the Jets weren't elite before the season began, and while I still haven't fully come around, I have to give some credit where credit is due.  And that will begin and end with me picking them to beat a dinged up Broncos team in the thin air over at Mile High...

What"  I'd say that's respect.  They are, after all, a road favorite coming off a Monday Night game.  If I were going strictly by trends, I'd have to pick against them.  So that's a lot of respect, if you ask me...


Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+4.5) vs New Orleans Saints

We all thought the Saints would be an elite squad, but so far things haven't exactly panned out.  Tampa's coming off an impressive road win, and they're a surprising 3-3 overall in their last 6 against the Saints.  There's always the chance that Drew Brees just picks apart the less than stellar Buccaneer secondary, but that's more of a possibility this year.  As opposed to the probability of it happening in the not so recent past...


Miami Dolphins (+2.5) @ Green Bay Packers

When Aaron Rodgers went down with a concussion at the end of Green Bay's game with Washington last week, the Packer season, and more importantly the fate of my fantasy team, seemed to be hanging in the balance.  IT caused me to hedge my bets, by trading away the underachieving Greg Jennings, just in case things went south really fast.  So, needless to say, that means Rodgers is going to hook up with Jennings for at least 2 touchdowns (probably 3) this week when he and the Pack play host to the Miami Dolphins.  They'll still fall short against a rested Miami squad, but it's gonna happen...


As for the rest of this week, I like Houston to run it down KC's throat, San Diego to continue to mystify, and Oakland to pull an outright win in the Battle of the Bay.  And I would NEVER pick that Indy/Washington game if I didn't have to...

Houston Texans (-3.5) vs Kansas City Chiefs

St. Louis Rams (+8) vs San Diego Chargers

Oakland Raiders (+6.5) @ San Fransisco 49ers

Dallas Cowboys (+1.5) @ Minnesota Vikings

Indianapolis Colts (-3) @ Washington Redskins


Monday Night


Tennessee Titans (-3) @ Jacksonville Jaguars + OVER 43.5

I look at the Titans, and see a dangerous 3-2 team.  I look at the Jaguars, and I actually need to check their results to confirm they even are 3-2.  But they are, and they sport a win over Indy, so they have to be respected...

That being said, Tennessee is arguably the best road team in the NFL, and their ability to run the ball should put them in a great position to win.  Their secondary is suspect, and I expect an inspired Jags offense to take advantage of that, but more so to pad the game total than to keep the game close.  Plus, I like the OVER because both teams have the ability to come back and/or trade punches, which could lead to a high scoring second half even if the first half prods along...


Last Week: 7-9-1 (Top Picks: 3-6-0)

Overall: 29-35-2 (.459)

Top Picks: 16-21-1 (.434)

Lock of the Week: 4-3-0



Another big week on the college grid iron, but then again, when isn't it?  Unfortunately, I don't have any pics of half nude coeds for you this week.  Mostly I got caught up looking for smurf and meth related stuff, but also mostly because I don't have access to the "Girls of the Big 10" edition of Playboy.  So instead you get Terrelle Pryor getting run down by a few Wisconsin Badgers.  Not a fair trade, I'll admit, but if the Badgers pull off that upset it should more than make up for it.  Besides, the thong with the Badger on the crotch really isn't anything anyone is going to want to see anyway...    


NCAA Top 25 Picks
(18) Wisconsin (+4) vs (1) Ohio St.

(4) TCU (-28) vs BYU

(5) Nebraska (-9.5) vs Texas

(6) Oklahoma (-23) vs Iowa St.

(7) Auburn (-3.5) vs (12) Arkansas


(8) Alabama (-21) vs Mississippi

(10) South Carolina (-5) @ Kentucky

Illinois (+7.5) @ (13) Michigan St.

(15) Iowa (-3.5) @ Michigan


(20) Oklahoma St. (+3.5) @ Texas Tech

(21) Missouri (+3.5) @ Texas A&M

(22) Florida (-7.5) vs Mississippi St.

San Diego St. (+1) vs (23) Air Force

Washington (+1) vs (24) Oregon St.


Last Week: 4-4-0

Overall: 34-27-2 (.556)


So there you have it, you crazy mother smurfers.  I know it seems I may have gone off the deep end, basing my picks on smurfs and meth, but hopefully my results will restore your faith in my sanity.  And if not, then I'm sure I'll figure out some other cartoon and drug inspired picks to WOW you with next week...

Have a smurftacular weekend, friends...


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Friday, October 08, 2010

NFL Week 5 Picks: Great Googly Moogly...


Randy Moss is gone, and life will go on.  But before I get to this week's picks, I'd like to both update and clarify my take on the events that surrounded one of the NFL's all time greatest receivers making a sudden, mid season exit from Foxboro.  Ya know, for the record and whatnot...

I said on Wednesday that while I felt Randy Moss did in essence, 'shoot his way out of town', he only did so because of the special circumstances in regards to the upcoming labor uncertainty.  Well, in wake of both Randy and Bill Belichick's press conferences regarding the trade, I have a tad bit of spin I'd like to add to that...

Let me be clear.  I think the Patriots traded Randy Moss because they felt he could become a problem down the road because of his insecurity regarding his contract.  But what's new to my take is, I think Bill Belichick was actually pro active in getting Randy out of town, and NOT because Randy was an issue in the locker room.  In some sick, twisted form of ultimate respect, I think Bill actually helped get Randy out of town because that's what he felt was fair to Randy...

You heard me right.  I think Bill felt the Pats were screwing Randy, and more or less helped his disgruntled friend get out of town.  Now don't get me wrong, had Randy not shown signs that he may have been difficult going forward, Bill probably would not have been likely to act, but in this particular instance I believe that's exactly what happened.  Bill wanted him here, that's clear, but what's just as clear is that the two men have/had great respect for each other, and seemingly a very positive personal relationship.  That's what's led me to this tweaked version of my interpretation on the matter.  I think Randy more or less made Bill aware, either consciously or not, how insecure he was about his upcoming contract situation, and Bill made a move that he felt wouldn't kill the team, and would at the same time benefit a player which he cares about and holds in very high regard.  Again, Bill always had what was best for the team at the forefront of his mind, but I think he felt he could doing things this way wouldn't greatly diminish the team's ability to succeed.  Whether he's right about that is another story, but I think he felt he had the chance to do a favor for someone he respects, and he took it...

Would those circumstances I outlined make this one of the oddest trades in NFL history?  Sure it would.  But that's more or less par for the course down in Foxboro, isn't it?  Cloaks (or hoods) and daggers, "it is what it is", moves nobody understands.  That's just how they habe made a history of handling their business.  So I just chalk it up to business as usual.  Besides, we're never really gonna know what went down there, anyway.  At least that's what a very wise man has been telling me...

But enough of guessing at things to which we'll never know the answer.  I got some answers for ya, and they come in the form of this week's picks.  I started to turn the tide last week, and as the season heads into the back stretch, I'll try to convince my midget to hold off on the whip by putting together my long awaited "best week of the season".  I haven't given up on my trends (yet), and its around this time that they should start to bear their delicious fruit.  So get some, kids.  And enjoy...

Week 5 Picks


San Diego Chargers (-6) @ Oakland Raiders

Last week the Packers screwed me in a similar situation, but I'm sticking with a good trend and taking the Bolts to win their 14th straight over the division rival Raiders.  You heard me.  They've won 13 in a row.  And by an average of more than 14 points!  Not to say I haven't singlehandedly toppled stronger trends in the past, but if you are going to play the numbers, there's no stronger bet this week than this one.  And I'd make it my LOCK OF THE WEEK, but that would just be jinxing the entire betting community as a whole, and that's just karma I don't need...


New Orleans Saints (-7) @ Arizona Cardinals

The Saints haven't exactly blowing people out like many of us expected, but going up against a porous D and a rookie QB might be just the recipe to get them going.  That's all I got.  But to quote Jimmy Dugan, "That's good advice!"...


Kansas City Chiefs (+8.5) @ Indianapolis Colts + OVER 44.5

Priest Holmes might not be walking through that door, but a rested team with a penchant for the run is.  That should spell trouble for the Colts, but more in the form of a close game than necessarily a loss.  We all know Indy can score, but their less than stellar defense is why I'm taking both the Chiefs and the OVER.  I figure if the Jags can run the game total over 50, then a semi functional offense like the Chiefs should have no trouble doing the same.  Somethin' in the 33-30 neighborhood I'm guessing, with Peyton leading a game winning drive...

Then again, maybe KC makes a pick on that last drive, and they go to 4-0.  Could it happen?  Could the lowly Chiefs become the talk to the town with a stunning 4-0 start?  Sure it could.  And if and when it does, allow me to (as usual) be miles ahead of the curve.  ESPN.com, here's your headline to pair with your picture of the 4-0 Chiefs..."GREAT GOOGLY MOOGLY!"

Yeah, you're welcome...


San Fransisco 49ers (-3.5) vs Philadelphia Eagles

Last week I had the NinersKolb as much as the next guy, but that Philly team is just in a bad head space right now, and I'm not lovin' their chances...


Tennessee Titans (+6.5) @ Dallas Cowboys

Two trends to think about in this one:

The Cowboys haven't lost coming off their bye week since 2004

The Titans have won 10 straight against the NFC, and are 15-1 against the conference in their last 16

I was leaning towards the Titans with the spread, more or less using their shady 29-10 road beat down of the Giants as evidence to support my pick, but I also do like the Cowboys to win coming off their bye.  Lucky for me, I've found an elegant solution.  28-24 Dallas, and everybody wins.  Most of all me...


Green Bay Packers (-2.5) @ Washington Redskins

All the talk in Green Bay this week has been the Packers inability to really open up their passing game.  I mean, it's all relative considering Rodgers has already passed for nearly 1,000 yards and 8 touchdowns, but if the folks in 'Sconsin feel they need to turn the offense up a notch, look the Hell out.  I'm not overlooking the fact they're playing in a tough venue against a good opponent, but the fact that Washington's pass D is one of the worst in the league really tips this one in Green Bay's favor.  They may have been able to shut down Desean Jackson last week, but Aaron Rodgers has never had an issue when it comes to spreading the ball around.  And unfortunately for the Skins, he's got weapons to spare...


Chicago Bears (-2.5) @ Carolina Panthers

One man.  JULIUS PEPPERS.

The Panthers weren't good enough for him to want to stay, and they're not good enough to stop him from singlehandedly beating them when he makes his triumphant return.  I don't care if Kerry Collins is the Chicago QB this week, with Peppers on a mission, the Panthers don't stand a chance.  Matter of fact, I'm so confident in his desire to put on show for his former club, that not only am I shadily making the traveling Bears my LOCK OF THE WEEK, but I'm putting most of my net worth on a long shot prop bet that Peppers' somehow finds a way to block the opening kickoff...and then ripping the ball apart with his mouth and spitting half of it toward the Carolina sideline...

Yeah, I like my chances, too...

I NEED this shirt...

Cincinnati Bengals (-6.5) vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers

First look at this line I really like the Bucs.  Coming off a bye, playing fairly well.  But I'm sticking with another tried and true betting trick here.  "If the line looks weird, one way or another, go with the team that you think is getting too much respect".  985TheSportsHub's, Andy Gresh, once told me that.  And I'll be damned if it hasn't been one of the best tips I've ever been given.  Remember last week, when the Giants were (-4) against the Bears for some inexplicable reason?  Exactly.  This trend works.  I'm not sure why, but it does.  Chalk it up to guys in smoke filled rooms with funny hats knowing more than we do, I guess...

It also doesn't hurt that all the talk in Cincy this week has been that this is a must win for the Bengals going into their bye.  Combined that with the fact their potentially dangerous passing game is finally clicking and they're playing a young Tampa team, and that all the signs seem to point to a big Cincinnati win...


As usual, here are the rest of the games for you to feast on.  Keep an eye on the two games you wouldn't be caught dead watching (you know which 2 they are).  Could be a good opportunity to make some $$ on some shady shootouts...

Buffalo Bills (-1) vs Jacksonville Jaguars + OVER 41

Cleveland Browns (+3) vs Atlanta Falcons

Detroit Lions (-3) vs St. Louis Rams + OVER 41.5

Baltimore Ravens (-7) vs Denver Broncos

Houston Texans (-3) vs New York Giants


Monday Night


New York Jets (-4) vs Minnesota Vikings

Knee jerk reaction was to take Favre + Moss FTW (that's For The Win, for those not up on message board speak), but I've since been able to let logic set in.  The Jets are just the better team right now, and being at home is just the icing on the cake.  I wouldn't be surprised to see Favre hit Moss for at least one score, but unless he can lure the Sanchize into a shootout, I don't like he or the Vikings chances.  Both teams are going to want to focus on running the ball, but I think the Jets are the only ones that will stick to that game plan, allowing them to control the clock and ultimately win the game...

They'll be a ton of hype, but in the end, the Jets will rise above and come away with something in the area of a 10 point win.  20-10, or 23-14.  Yeah, 23-14.  I'm goin' with that...  


Last Week: 8-7-0 (Top Picks: 3-3-0)

Overall: 22-26-0 (.458)

2010 Top Picks: 13-15-1 (.466)

Lock of the Week: 3-3-0


This week's NCAA picks are also about playing a trend.  I know I've said in the past that I use a more straightforward strategy when it comes to picking college games, but this week I'm making an exception.  Actually, it's more I'm testing a trend than anything else, but I figure full disclosure is the way to go, so I might as well give you the heads up...

The trend, is that so far this year (and my record in the past isn't all that much better) whatever side I seem to pick in the Florida St. game, I lose.  The importance of that?  Kevin "Frosco" Tomasso is a Florida St. alum, and an avid fan.  Frosco, for those of you that don't know, is a good friend of mine and a frequent graphical contributor to Rooch Nation.  I took FSU earlier this year to cover against Oklahoma, and they got blown out.  And I took them last week to win by fewer than the 7 they were spotting Virginia, and they blew the Cavs out.  So this week, I was less than suprised that when I let Frosco know that I was taking his 'Noles this week to pull the upset special against long time rival Miami, he hit me with this: "I liked the result last week when you picked against us"...

Well OK, Frosco, we're seeing if this thing has legs.  Not only am I picking your squad in a game they've painstaking lost soooo many times, but I'm putting on the full court jinx with your hot co-eds serving as my headliners for this week's picks.  SO go ahead, karma.  Show me what you got!  And if it's anything close to resembling what Frosco's "classmates" got, then I'm pretty sure I'll be pleased no matter what the outcome.  And hey, if the karma gods can find if somewhere in their hearts to make FSU lose yet again by another wayward field goal in the closing seconds, I will be forever in your debt.  I don't have much money, but trust me, that's not a bad place to be...


NCAA Top 25 Picks
(1) Alabama (-6.5) @ (19) South Carolina

(8) Auburn (-6.5) @ Kentucky

Oregon St. (+7.5) @ (9) Arizona

(10) Utah (-6) @ Iowa St.

(14) Florida (-6.5) vs (12) LSU

(23) Florida St. (+6.5) @ (13) Miami

(16) Stanford (-9.5) vs USC

(18) Michigan (-4.5) vs (17) Michigan St.



Last Week: 5-5-0

Overall: 30-23-2 (.564)


And that's it, friends.  Hope you enjoyed what I brought to table this week, and I wish you all the best of luck this upcoming weekend...

Great googly moogly, kids.  I'm outta here...

Teddy Williams...
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