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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Tricks Before Treats...


Greetings, friends. This week, there will be no hot sports takes on RoochNation.com. Why? Well, because I stayed up way too late/early watching the final table of the World Series of Poker Main Event, and my brain is kind of fried...

That, and the NBA started last night. Something that more or less ruins Fall for me with the way it causes the Boston sports radio scene to turn more or less into a full blown PinkHat convention. Football and baseball experts talking about a league that has to fine their players to prevent them from pretending to have been pushed over? Yeah, no thanks. I'd rather go trick or treating with Jerry Sandusky...

Speaking of. Happy Halloween to you all. Hope everyone made it through the storm OK, and are able to follow through on your yearly customs and traditions. Girls, that means dressing up like hookers. And judging  from my Facebook feed, many of you have already gotten in the spirit. Which is great. And guys. That means. Well, I don't know what that means. It either means you either A) go all out, and have a costume that's so intricate and well thought out it makes everybody wonder about your virginity. OR B) you do nothing, and go drink a few beers. There really should be no in between. There's nothing worse than a half ass costume. And trust me, this is coming from a guy that's worn virtually nothing but half ass costumes since around 1999. SO I advise either going big or staying home. Unless you're still 17-25. Then get that half ass costume on and go check out all the usually reserved chicks dressed like hookers. Should be good times...

So enjoy the holiday, friends. And I'll catch you on Friday. Hopefully with my own unique basket full of treats to pass your way. And by "treats", I mean winning NFL picks. Could even be a trick, too. And by "trick", I mean a scantily clad flesh farmer at the top of my NCAA segment. Could probably even find one in a slutty NCAA themed Halloween costume. Matter of fact, I'll be shocked if I can't...

OK, the search is on. Enjoy the rest of your week, friends. And I'll catch you Friday...

NFL Picks

Last Week: 7-7-1

Overall: 71-64-6 (.525)

Twitter Picks: 14-6-1 (.690)

NCAA picks

Last Week: 6-6-0

Overall: 51-34-2 (.598)

Friday, October 26, 2012

NFL Week 8 Picks: Cam Newton is the Next Larry Bird...


Let's see. Warren Moon is a paranoid race baiter, the Giants are up 2-0 in the World Series, and ESPN & Stephen A. Smith have proven yet again that they're both more about ratings than they are about actually providing any sort of worthwhile content. That about cover the news of the week? Oh, yeah. And the Bobby Valentine fallout is proving to be just as hilarious as nearly everyone had predicted. That should do it. Now, with that out of the way, let's get down to picking some football games...

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Beware the Boston Bait & Switch


So it appears Ben Cherington has finally got "his" man. Bobby V is out, John Farrell is in, and we as Red Sox fans are led to believe that we are headed in the right direction. That's right. Again...

Wasn't Bobby V supposed to cure what ailed this team? Supply that much needed discipline and whip them into shape? I believe that he was. And how did that work out? Not so well. So what? So that's it? And now it's just back to "business as usual"? Well, OK. But if memory serves, the old way involved one of the league's highest payrolls and some of the biggest names in the game. So, unless the front office gets it's ass in gear this off season and bulks up the roster, this return of John "the prodigal son" Farrell will merely serve as yet another piece of window dressing on a structure that still resembles more of an amusement park than it does a baseball park...

That needs to be the focus, here. Player's manager, disciplinary manager. It doesn't matter. What matters is winning. Winning cures all ills. And for this team to win, they'll need immediate help in the form of free agency, and get back to the business of stocking their farm system with a lot of quality arms. Until those things start to happen again, any other moves, like the hiring of a new manager, will merely be secondary. See, there are times to "tinker" and there are times to make major moves. This is a time for the latter, and until I see those big moves going down, forgive me if I don't get too excited...

I wonder how they finally settled on a dollar amount...
I won't be getting too excited about my recent string of NFL picks, either. My college picks still remain hotter than a West Virginia Meth lab (an image search for which prompted the above photo), but seeing as the NFL is the only league that really matters to me and mine, I'd really like to right that ship before it officially starts to sink. Maybe I'll just have to make all my picks on Twitter? Eh, whatever it is. I'm sure I'll figure it out. Either that, or some of you may end up in a situation similar to the one depicted above. See how everything can be brought back to Meth? Comforting, isn't it?...  

NFL Picks

Last Week: 5-8-1

Overall: 63-56-5 (.528)

Twitter Picks: 13-5-1 (.711)


NCAA Picks

Last Week: 9-2-0

Overall: 45-28-2 (.613)


Teddy Williams...
100...

#$>

Friday, October 19, 2012

NFL Week 7 Picks: Back To Basics...


You would think I'd be overjoyed. The NHL is still locked out, looking every bit the inept fools that I've long  accused them of being. And Lance Armstrong is finally getting some sort of  legitimate comeuppance, nearly a decade after I became sure that he was more a greedy cheater than a noble and charitable champion. But I'm not overjoyed. Sure, I'm somewhat relishing in my Nostrdamus like success. But with the Patriots toiling at 3-3 and my NFL picks getting dangerously close to heading into the red, it's tough for me to find much joy...

That's why this week, I'm going to back to some of my old handicapping standbys to help me right the ship, and help bring some joy back into my life. And by joy, I obviously mean money. Because Lord knows I haven't seen dollar one from being right about the unitard wearing blood doper...

Let's go!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

It's All Jeterian...


My results this past weekend were a lot like Derek Jeter's injury. I sucked in the NFL, which is bad. Like when a great player has an unfortunate injury. But I was awesome in college, which is good. Like when arguably the most charmed athlete of our time on the most despised franchise in all of professional sports goes down with an untimely injury. It makes you smile for a second, until you realize that you're just a huge Ted. And probably a jealous one, at that. And you move on. You take whatever "literal" benefit the unfortunate incident may have yielded you, and then you get back to fixing whatever it was that made you envious of that bastard in the first place. That's where I'm at. Some good has been going on, but I've got some problems to fix. So check back Friday, I'm sure I'll have them all ironed out by then. Which is more than I can say for Mr. Derek Jeter...


NFL Picks

Last Week: 4-9-1

Overall: 54-48-4 (.533)

Twitter Picks: 10-5-0 (.667)

NCAA Picks

Last Week: 8-1-1

Overall: 36-26-2 (.578)


Teddy Williams...
100...

#$>

Friday, October 12, 2012

NFL Week 6 Picks: Wicked Ahhhtistic...


I know I already said it last week, but it's worth repeating. If you're not watching the MLB playoffs, it's likely that your missing out on one of the most exciting post season's of our time. In any sport. OK, I didn't say exactly that, last week, because the 4 Division Series' hadn't all gone the full 5 games yet (only 2% chance of that happening, by the way. So don't expect it again). But I did encourage you to give the prelude to the Fall Classic a look before deciding which dead beat running back to add to your sputtering fantasy squad. If you took my advice, good for you. If not, and you decide to watch now, I take no responsibility for the three 4 game sweeps that will end this thing after I've built the hype up to such mammoth proportions. Sorry, but you already missed it. Hope William Powell and Alex Green were worth it. Here's a hint, they weren't...

As for sports the majority of you will be watching, I've got that taken care of, too. Yup. I may sometimes hate, but I also appreciate. Appreciate you, for the wannabe gambling degenerates that you are, and do by best to give yo you're weekly hit off of the magical rock pipe known as football. So get your fix. You'll feel better, I'll feel better, some bookies will make some money. Everybody wins! OK, maybe just the bookies win. And seeing as they likely use their profits to buy drugs which in turn sponsor terrorism, we probably all lose. But there's no reason to think about all that, right now. Save the terror funding bookies for tomorrow. Today, we're picking winners...

...actually. You'll probably just want to save all that worrying until Tuesday. There's no football on Tuesdays...

Enjoy...

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Boys of Summer OR Men of Fall?


So, I've been thinking. Are there any cities left in this country that actually like a sport more than they like a team? Like, I heard for all of my life that Boston was a "hockey town", but it wasn't until their recent Stanley Cup win that I saw or heard anyone giving a shit about the Bruins. I've heard that Boston is a "baseball town", too. But with the Red Sox having finished just a few games outside of this year's playoffs, I can't seem to find a single "local" that can even name 6 of the 8 teams that remain in the MLB playoffs...

And I'm not trying to be high and mighty, here. I've made my "PinkHat" hatred well known, and that is what it is. But I'm seriously asking. Are there any places left that put sport over team? OR have we all just become a nation of fanboys that don't want to watch unless our team is playing, or if their are fantasy implications involved? I hold out hope it's not the latter, but the writing appears to be on the proverbial wall...

What's most likely, is that this is the way I always feel this time of year, where football and baseball overlap. I know that there are still cities out there that like particular sports, but during this time of year I always forget it. And it's because football is blatantly king. Nobody's missing a random playoff football game just because their team isn't involved, are they? Not unless they get forced into attending a poorly planned "holiday party" they're not. Yet the average fan seems oblivious to baseball, even though they're just a few innings away from deciding a champion...

Football is here, friends. So you better get used to it. Everything else plays second fiddle. "Boys of Summer"? Well these are the "Men of Fall". Football is the national past time. And for better or worse, it matters more than any local sports concern ever has, and ever will again...

Or at least that's how it feels this week...


Had another lackluster performance on the virtual gridiron, last week. But not surprisingly, I aim to make it up to you and then some come this Friday. I'll also be unveiling a new associate that will be joining the RoochNation team, so you'll want to be sure not to miss it...  

NFL Picks

Last Week: 8-9-0

Overall: 50-39-3 (.560)

Twitter Picks: 10-3-0 (.769)

NCAA Picks

Last Week: 7-6-1

Overall: 28-25-1 (.523)


Teddy Williams...
100...

#$>

Friday, October 05, 2012

NFL Week 5 Picks: V You Later...


Ladies and gentlemen, we officially live in a world where Bobby Valentine is no longer the coach of the Boston Red Sox. And doesn't that just make you feel so much better about things? No? Well good, because it shouldn't. Just like in the case of the trade with the Dodgers, the firing of Bobby V is only the first step in a process that this ownership and management team will need to take in order to properly right that ship...

Lest we forget, it's the ownership and their tactics that are still the problem here. It's going to become hard to remember that between the Bobby V fallout, the Ortiz negotiations and the search for a new manager. But it was the firm belief of nearly ALL of Red Sox Nation, just a few months ago, that it was the men upstairs that were the main reasons for the dysfunctional product being put on the field. And I still believe that's the case.  So, until they string together a bunch of what can be viewed as wise and successful moves, I'll continue to watch them with a critical eye. Remember. Just because they got rid of the shitty waiter, doesn't mean the meal is going to be any better. It's still the same chef. And if that chef continues to cook with PinkHats and ceremonial bricks, then we as fans might be eating shit for a pretty long time. Even if the new waiter is more to our liking...

But hey, baseball is over. Right? Or maybe that's just here in Massachusetts. Either way, it's time to get down to the business of the real national past times. Making money, and watching football. So let's do that. Besides, we can talk about the MLB playoffs next week. Which should be right around the time the first quirky stories start to leak out about Bobby V. Likely somethin' about how he used to sacrifice goats in the locker room and dance around naked and covered in their blood. Yeah, should be good times. No city can run a man out of town quite like Boston, and I for one am very much looking forward to the fallout. But again, that's for another day. For today, let's pick some winners...

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Crowning Achievement?


Mmmmm Christina Hendricks. Not sure what it is about her, but she just does it for me. OK, I'm 100% sure what it is about her, but there's no need to be obviously crude and superficial. Let's jugs say it's because she's an attractive star of what I consider the breast show on TV, and leave it at that...

But enough about my bosom buddy. I've got a list of topics to get to, and not much time in which to get them down on the 'ole virtual paper. So let's get to it...