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Friday, December 27, 2013

Week 17 Picks: Limpin' To The Barn...


It would be wrong to say I'm on vacation. Because I'm most definitely not. But it feels like I should be. So, to honor that feeling, I'm ditching the usual pomp and circumstance and just providing you with the straight up picks. I was even going to throw in some bowl picks, too. Because I know that Christmas cash is just aching to be lit on fire like so many pieces of wrapping paper and losing holiday themed lottery tickets. Stale rum cake burns well, too. If you're so inclined. But I decided not to add said collegiate picks. Mostly because I'm on vacation and I would consider having to search for those betting lines work. And I'm not working, dammit!

So, yeah. Good luck with trying to make back the money you lost playing fantasy, this year. And I'll catch you in 2014. Where I resolve to return to my more gregarious ways. Be good...


Week 17 Picks
New England Patriots (-9.5) vs Buffalo Bills

Washington Tedskins (+3.5) @ New York Giants

Carolina Panthers (-6) @ Atlanta Falcons

Cincinnati Bengals (-6) vs Baltimore Ravens

Tennessee Titans (-6) vs Houston Texans

Minnesota Vikings (-3) vs Detroit Lions + UNDER 52.5

Miami Dolphins (-6) vs New York Jets

Pittsburgh Steelers (-7) vs Cleveland Browns

Jacksonville Jaguars (+11.5) @ Indianapolis Colts

Green Bay Packers (-2.5) @ Chicago Bears + OVER 51

Denver Broncos (-12.5) @ Oakland Raiders

New Orleans Saints (-12.5) vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Arizona Cardinals (pick) vs San Francisco 49ers

San Diego Chargers (-9.5) vs Kansas City Chiefs

St. Louis Rams (+10.5) @ Seattle Seahawks + OVER 42

Dallas Cowboys (+7) vs Philadelphia Eagles


Last Week: 11-6-0

Overall: 134-115-9 (.537)


#BAGSMUNMAN

Friday, December 20, 2013

Week 16 Picks: Gunnin' For Christmas...


Well, it's Christmas. Yep. Last week was Festivus, and this week it's Christmas. Mostly because I won't be talking to you fine folks between now and the actual event, so I'd rather get the pleasantries out the way now. But mostly because I'd rather just pretend it's Christmas already, and talk about that, than try to make small talk about semi important events like the return of Brian Griffin or the US All Gay Olympic Revue and their planned trip to the Russian Catskills. "So whose rippling thigh do you gotta hump around here to get one of those big furry hats? Huh? Huh??? And what's the deal with that thing on Gorbachev's head? Am I right??"

Yeah, the Olympics are funny. So are politics. But not funny enough for me and this space. Unless, of course, either of them happened to be occurring in Florida. But they don't have politics, there. From best I can tell, there are just a bunch of tribes wandering the state protecting their respective stashes of Sudafed and extra tall white t-shirts. Like an end of days type deal. It's like Denzel Washington in that shitty movie I didn't make it all the way through. OR mostly, it's like Leonard Smalls from Raising Arizona. Yeah, that captures it. I mean, I'm sure he had at least some Meth in that hellish looking saddle bag of his...

So, yeah. Ripped Russia, ripped Florida, said it was Christmas when it really wasn't. OK, good. Even organically worked in a Coen Brothers reference. Which is always a bonus. I'll have an Inside Llewyn Davis review sooner rather than later, too. Speaking of the Coens. I'll like it, you won't, and we'll all continue on our way. It'll be fun times, trust me. Maybe not as fun as watching Putin chasing Brian Boitano and Billie Jean King around St. Petersburg whilst waiving a Bible and speaking in tongues (Bob Costas watches, nods, and begins penning scathing monologue), but you can't win 'em all....unless of course you follow all of my picks! OH! Segue! Which really needs to start being commonly spelled "segway", now. But that's another story for another day...

Enjoy the picks, friends. And in case you don't make the jump, a very merry and healthy Christmas to you and yours...

Friday, December 13, 2013

Week 15 Picks: It's Festivus Somewhere...


I know it's not technically Fesitvus, yet. But that doesn't mean I still don't have A LOT OF PROBLEMS WITH YOU PEOPLE!...Nah. I'm not going to air any grievances, either. Truth is, the Festivus theme just goes well with a video that I want to show later. You know, when I take my weekly shot at the state of Florida. So, yeah! Festivus! So get the pole out of the crawl space and get on board...

Enjoy...

Friday, December 06, 2013

Week 14 Picks: Whateva, Guy...


Jacoby Ellsbury is gone. That's not a surprise. The fact that he's now with the Yankees? Yeah, that's a bit of a surprise. But the fact that Boston fans are, by and large, knowledgeably indifferent? Well that is flat out shocking. Even if knowledgeably indifferent might not be an actual working phrase...

I mean, seriously. I haven't seen a player go so unceremoniously from one rival to another in my life! Let alone from the Red Sox to the Yankees. And this isn't some old bastard like Wade Boggs making the move. It's a player that, even Red Sox fans would agree, is still in his prime and should remain a "productive-when-healthy" player for years to come. But that "when healthy" is the key. As was his apparent "value" on the open market. Pay a guy more than we're paying Dustin Pedroia, even though his career numbers are considerably worse? Yeah, no thanks. Not that Pedey's deal is some landmark by which you should judge every potential free agent. But I think it helps to put this particular deal into a bit of perspective. As does comparing Ellsbury's numbers to, say, a guy like Carlos Gomez. A guy who happens to be about half the price of Ellsbury on a yearly basis, by the way. And he's not exactly on some outdated contract, either...

Beard alone does not a hero make...
I'm also not just going to sit here and tell you that since Ben Cherington and friends "did it last year", that I think whatever they do is necessarily the correct move. I do like their apparent shift in philosophy, though. From handing out a few long term deals for big money to handing out a lot of shorter term deals that provide the team a lot of flexibility and protection. But that's mostly because they were able use it to win the World Series. Making it work in the long haul will be another trick, altogether. But one I'd like to see them attempt to execute. Just like they were able to take advantage when everyone shifted to "Moneyball". They were at the forefront of that movement, and were able to take capitalize. And while this tactic of signing "lesser" players isn't exactly revolutionary, it's one that, when utilized by a large market team, could prove very effective. At least until the rest of the market adjusts and the value disappears. Just like with "Moneyball". But the best you can do is survive and adapt, and I like the way this team has handled that ongoing evolution...

Meh, whatever. Truth is, Ellsbury was never a favorite son. Not like Johnny Damon was. And that's more or less why people don't care. "Whateva, guy. Damon left and we STILL won anotha title! BOSTON STRONG, KID!". See, it's less about Ellsbury, the player, than it is about Boston, the fan base. We just don't fear the Yankees, like we used to. And we actually have faith in our own front office (still not huge fans of the actual ownership, but that's another thing for another day). Two things we're still getting used to in terms of this legendary rivalry. Probably why it still feels so odd that we're talking about a smooth transition from Boston to the Bronx...

But enough about the Yankees overpaying for a pretty boy that'll likely spend 2+ years of his contract on the DL and isn't likely to hit the # of HRs he hit in 2011 over the first 3 years of his new deal combined. OH! And you thought I was taking the high road! OH! Gotcha, Teds!

No, but seriously. Nobody cares. And it's mildly hilarious...

OK, now let's talk some football. OR at least take a look at some spreads and pictures and musings and such...

Enjoy...