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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Week 1 Recap: LIVE From the Woodshed...


You know how I know it was week 1?  Because I got taken to the woodshed in virtually every football related thing I attempted to do.  Picks, fantasy stuff, it was all pretty much for naught, as yet another week 1 announced it's presence to me, as it usually does, with a nice cold hard dose of reality smacked right upside my well structured face.  Even screwed with my beginnings of a beard  But I'm not sweatin' it...

After all, this is what happens every year, and every year I find a way to ultimately end up crushing my competition, and helping my clientele.  It just tends to take some time.  As the saying goes, "Rome wasn't built in a day".  I'm also fond of the saying, "I came to chew gum and kick ass, and I'm out of gum", but I'll deal with that later in the week when I get to righting the ship with my latest batch of picks.  For now, let's hit up some news and notes from the weekend.  It was, after all, a rather glorious return to the sport we love.  Even if, more often than not, it tends to treat us like it's bottom bitch...

So let's get to pimpin'...

News & Notes
Tommy B. Picking up right where he left off...
*The Patriots looked fan-freaking -tastic last night, and while the loss of center Dan Koppen (ankle) is going to hurt, that was more or less the only negative that could be taken away from that game.  Well, that, and as Frosco says, the fact that Julian Edelman now looks like a pirate.  But other than that, they looked great.  500+ yards from Brady, dominant play by the tight ends, and great pressure from the middle of the line (4 sacks, 10 pressures).  Pretty much exactly what you'd want to see out of your team, starting the season on the road against a divisional foe.  They aren't perfect, but they're damn good, and fans have plenty of reason to continue being optimistic about both the team's chances, and the legitimacy of the defense...

*On the flip side of that coin, we've got the Kansas City Chiefs.  I mean, what the fuck was that, kids?  Smacked in the mouth in your own joint by the Buffalo Bills?  Lamar Hunt is spinnin'!  And, OK, I'll give you the fact that the Bills have a sneakily high powered offense, but that's still just pathetic.  Heads should be rolling sooner than later, and anyone with their fantasy dreams tied to that ship may want to already start cruising the uncharted waters that are, the waiver wire...

Big Fig. Where my tat is?!?!
*I'll be the first to tell you I didn't see Cam Newton throw a single pass on Sunday, but I also have to tell you that no matter how he got those numbers he finished with, I'm pretty impressed.  I'd like to see him do it for a few more weeks, obviously, but he's already proven to be a better passer than I ever thought he'd be at any point during his rookie year.  That right there is somethin' in itself.  His team still sucks, and now he's probably more inspired than ever to get a huge face tat that'll piss off his owner, but it's still good to see someone with so many expectations come out and have a good showing... 

*A lot has been made of the up tempo, high scoring style of play that seems to be in vogue to start off the season, and it's got me wondering.  Is this just the new NFL, or is it that the defenses are still playing catch up after a shortened off season?  Well, as an experienced fence sitter, I'd have to say it's both.  5 wide is the new 4 wide, in the NFL, and 4 wide is the new 3.  It's just the way it is.  It's a passer's league, now.  It'll probably lead to a rule change in the off season, too.  Giving a longer leash, contact wise, to all the defensive backs.  But for now, yes, this is the league we live in.  The defenses will get better, but "dominating" defensive performances will be few and far between.  It's a fantasy players dream, and the viewers seem to like it, so change might take a little longer than a year, but I'd bet something will be coming from the competition committee sooner rather than later.  Even if the TV numbers remain higher than Lawrence Taylor on vacation in Peru...


*Oh and late to the RoochNation news desk comes the conspiracy theory arising from the post game TD added to the USC/Utah game on Saturday.  If you missed the story, here it is, and if you think something looks fishing (the added TD helped USC cover the spread), you're right.  But I wouldn't go so far as to scream conspiracy.  It was a bad call, that was rectified after the fact (not all that uncommon, just rare that it was a TD), that just so happened to to alter the outcome of the game in terms of the betting line.  It's a coincidence, simple as that.  And while the fact that some sports books are paying out for USC, and others Utah, isn't helping quell the cries of conspiracy, you'd be wise just to chalk this up as a gambling oddity, then go all crazy lookin' for some Ted on the grassy knoll.  When you gamble on sports, weird shit happens.  What can I say.  And that's all this is, nothing more...

...unless someone finds $10+ mil parked in an offshore account that a Pac-12 official had bet on this game.  Then, we can revisit the issue... 

NFL Picks: 11-9-0

NCAA Picks: 8-1-1


See, not so bad, but I know I can do a Hell of a lot better.  Catch ya Friday, kids...


Teddy Williams...
100...

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