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Friday, November 17, 2017

2017 Week 11 Picks


Week 11 Picks

New England Patriots (-6.5) vs Oakland Raiders (Mexico City)

Baltimore Ravens (-2) @ Green Bay Packers

Jacksonville Jaguars (-7.5) @ Cleveland Browns

Chicago Bears (+3) vs Detroit Lions

Houston Texans (+1.5) vs Arizona Cardinals

Minnesota Vikings (-2.5) vs LA Rams

New Orleans Saints (-7.5) vs Washington Tedskins

Kansas City Chiefs (-10.5) @ New York Giants

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (pick) @ Miami Dolphins

Denver Broncos (-2.5) vs Cincinnati Bengals

Philadelphia Eagles (-4.5) @ Dallas Cowboys

Seattle Seahawks (-3) vs Atlanta Falcons


Last Week: 5-7-1

Overall: 62-70-7 (.471)

ALL TIME: 1603-1194-100 (.571)



Top 25 Picks

(3) Miami (-19) vs Virginia

Kansas (+39.5) vs (4) Oklahoma

(5) Wisconsin (-7.5) vs (24) Michigan

(7) Georgia (-21) vs Kentucky

(12) TCU (-7) @ Texas Tech

Temple (+14) vs (15) UCF

Arkansas (+12.5) vs (16) Mississippi St.

(17) Michigan St. (-16) vs Maryland

Wake Forest (-1.5) vs (19) NC State

Tennessee (+15.5) vs (20) LSU

(23) Northwestern (-7.5) vs Minnesota


Last Week: 6-4-1

Overall: 59-47-4 (.555)

ALL TIME: 877-627-35 (.581)


Friday, November 10, 2017

2017 Week 10 Picks


Week 10 Picks

New England Patriots (-7) @ Denver Broncos

Buffalo Bills (+3) vs New Orleans Saints

Chicago Bears (-5.5) vs Green Bay Packers

Cleveland Browns (+11) @ Detroit Lions

Indianapolis Colts (+10.5) vs Pittsburgh Steelers

Jacksonville Jaguars (-3.5) vs LA Chargers

New York Jets (-2.5) @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tennessee Titans (-4) vs Cincinnati Bengals

Washington Tedskins (+1.5) vs Minnesota Vikings

LA Rams (-11) vs Houston Texans

Atlanta Falcons (-3) vs Dallas Cowboys

San Francisco 49ers (+3) vs New York Giants

Miami Dolphins (+9.5) @ Carolina Panthers


Last Week: 6-5-1

Overall: 57-63-6 (.476)

ALL TIME: 1598-1187-99 (.572)


Top 25 Picks

(1) Georgia (-2) @ (10) Auburn

(2) Alabama (-13.5) @ (16) Mississippi St.

(7) Miami (+3.5) vs (3) Notre Dame

(4) Clemson (-16) vs Florida St.

(5) Oklahoma (-6.5) vs (6) TCU

(20) Iowa (+12.5) @ (8) Wisconsin

(12) Michigan St. (+17) @ (13) Ohio St.

(21) Iowa St. (+7.5) vs (15) Oklahoma St.

Georgia Tech (+3) vs (17) Virginia Tech

Boston College (+3) vs (23) NC State

(25) Northwestern (-4) vs Purdue


Last Week: 6-6-1

Overall: 53-43-3 (.551)

ALL TIME: 871-623-35 (.581)


Friday, November 03, 2017

2017 Week 9 Picks


Week 9 Picks

Carolina Panthers (+2.5) vs Atlanta Falcons

Jacksonville Jaguars (-5.5) vs Cincinnati Bengals

New York Giants (+5.5) vs LA Rams

Philadelphia Eagles (-7) vs Denver Broncos

Indianapolis Colts (+7) @ Houston Texans

Tennessee Titans (-3.5) vs Baltimore Ravens

New Orleans Saints (-6.5) vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers

San Francisco 49ers (+2.5) vs Arizona Cardinals

Seattle Seahawks (-7) vs Washington Tedskins

Dallas Cowboys (-1) vs Kansas City Chiefs

Miami Dolphins (+3) vs Oakland Raiders

Green Bay Packers (+2.5) vs Detroit Lions


Last Week: 8-4-0

Overall: 51-58-5 (.469)

ALL TIME: 1592-1182-98 (.571)


Top 25 Picks

(2) Alabama (-20.5) vs (19) LSU

(3) Notre Dame (-14) vs Wake Forest

(4) Clemson (-7.5) @ (20) NC State

(11) Oklahoma St. (-1.5) vs (5) Oklahoma

Iowa (+18) vs (6) Ohio St.

(24) Michigan St. (+9.5) vs (7) Penn St.

(8) TCU (-7) vs Texas

(10) Miami (+2.5) vs (13) Virginia Tech

(12) Washington (-14.5) vs Oregon

Texas A&M (+15) vs (14) Auburn

(22) Arizona (+7.5) @ (17) USC

SMU (+14.5) vs (18) UCF

(21) Stanford (+2) @ (25) Washington St.


Last Week: 5-6-0

Overall: 47-37-2 (.558)

ALL TIME: 865-617-34 (.582)


Friday, October 27, 2017

2017 Week 8 Picks


Week 8 Picks

LA Chargers (+7.5) @ New England Patriots

Minnesota Vikings (-9.5) vs Cleveland Browns (London)

Buffalo Bills (-2) vs Oakland Raiders

New York Jets (+6.5) vs Atlanta Falcons

Indianapolis Colts (+10.5) @ Cincinnati Bengals

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-1.5) vs Carolina Panthers

New Orleans Saints (-7.5) vs Chicago Bears

Philadelphia Eagles (-12.5) vs San Francisco 49ers

Seattle Seahawks (-5.5) vs Houston Texans

Washington Tedskins (+3) vs Dallas Cowboys

Pittsburgh Steelers (-2.5) @ Detroit Lions

Kansas City Chiefs (-7) vs Denver Broncos


Last Week: 5-8-2

Overall: 43-54-5 (.446)

ALL TIME: 1584-1178-98 (.570)



Top 25 Picks

(2) Ohio St. (-6.5) vs (2) Penn St.

(3) Georgia (-13.5) vs Florida (Jacksonville)

(4) TCU (-6.5) @ (25) Iowa St.

(8) Miami (-20) @ North Carolina

(9) Notre Dame (-7) vs (14) NC State

(22) West Virginia (+7.5) vs (11) Oklahoma St.

(12) Washington (-18) vs UCLA

(13) Virginia Tech (-15.5) vs Duke

(15) Washington St. (+1) @ Arizona

Northwestern (+2.5) vs (16) Michigan St.

Arizona St. (+5.5) vs (21) USC


Last Week: 10-2-0

Overall: 42-31-2 (.573)

ALL TIME: 860-611-34 (.583)


Friday, October 20, 2017

2017 Week 7 Picks


Do you like baseball? Are you a fan of The Simpsons? Do you like documentaries? How about mockumentaries? Well, my fellow nerd. If you answered yes to at least 2 out of 4 of those questions, then boy do I have a treat for you! This Sunday, after the 1 o'clock football games, FOX is airing a mockumentary special based on the iconically magnificent Simpsons' episode, 'Homer at the Bat'...

So set your DVR. That way, you can watch football all day long, and then cap your day off with a little bit of sports relaTed humor. OR, you can just record it, and then stare at it in your saved shows folder for a few months until you forget what it was and delete it. Pretty sure that actually counts as having 'watched it' these days, anyway...

Either way, you'll be good to go. So long as you remember to TRIM THOSE SIDEBURNS!

Enjoy!

Week 7 Picks

New England Patriots (-3) vs Atlanta Falcons

Carolina Panthers (-3) @ Chicago Bears

Tennessee Titans (-5.5) @ Cleveland Browns

Green Bay Packers (+4) vs New Orleans Saints

Indianapolis Colts (+3) vs Jacksonville Jaguars

Baltimore Ravens (+5.5) @ Minnesota Vikings

 Buffalo Bills (-3) vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Arizona Cardinals (+3.5) @ LA Rams

Miami Dolphins (-3) vs New York Jets

San Francisco 49ers (+6) vs Dallas Cowboys

Pittsburgh Steelers (-4.5) vs Cincinnati Bengals

LA Chargers (+1.5) vs Denver Broncos

New York Giants (+4.5) vs Seattle Seahawks

Philadelphia Eagles (-4.5) vs Washington Tedskins


Last Week: 5-8-0

Overall: 38-46-3 (.454)

ALL TIME: 1579-1170-96 (.570)


Top 25 Picks

(2) Penn St. (-9.5) vs (19) Michigan

(4) TCU (-38.5) vs Kansas

(5) Wisconsin (-24.5) vs Maryland

Syracuse (+17) @ (8) Miami

Kansas St. (+14) vs (9) Oklahoma

Texas (+7) vs (10) Oklahoma St.

(13) Notre Dame (-3) vs (11) USC

(15) Washington St. (-10) vs Colorado

(18) Michigan St. (-6.5) vs Indiana

Navy (+7.5) vs (20) UCF

Baylor (+9.5) vs (23) West Virginia

Mississippi (+7) vs (24) LSU


Last Week: 8-5-0

Overall: 32-29-2 (.524)

ALL TIME: 850-609-34 (.581)


Friday, October 13, 2017

2017 Week 6 Picks

Proof that, even while sitting, you can still show respect
for both flag and country. (via US Air Force vet @alysia_magen)
Week 6 Picks

New York Jets (+9.5) vs New England Patriots

Atlanta Falcons (-12.5) vs Miami Dolphins

Baltimore Ravens (-5) vs Chicago Bears

Houston Texans (-7.5) vs Cleveland Browns

San Francisco 49ers (+11) @ Washington Tedskins

Green Bay Packers (-3) @ Minnesota Vikings

Detroit Lions (+5.5) @ New Orleans Saints

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-1.5) @ Arizona Cardinals

Jacksonville Jaguars (-1) vs LA Rams

Pittsburgh Steelers (+4.5) @ Kansas City Chiefs

LA Chargers (+4) @ Oakland Raiders

Denver Broncos (-11.5) vs New York Giants

Indianapolis Colts (+7.5) @ Tennessee Titans


Last Week: 6-7-0

Overall: 33-37-3 (.473)

ALL TIME: 1574-1162-96 (.573)


Top 25 Picks

Syracuse (+23.5) vs (2) Clemson

(6) TCU (-6.5) @ Kansas St.

(7) Wisconsin (-17) vs Purdue

Nebraska (+24.5) vs (9) Ohio St.

LSU (+7) vs (10) Auburn

Georgia Tech (+6.5) @ (11) Miami

Texas (+9) vs (12) Oklahoma (Dallas)

(13) USC (-12) vs Utah

(17) Michigan (-7.5) @ Indiana

(18) South Florida (-23.5) vs Cincinnati

(19) San Diego St. (-6.5) vs Boise St.

(23) Stanford (-10) vs Oregon

Memphis (-2.5) vs (25) Navy


Last Week: 6-5-1

Overall: 24-24-2 (.500)

ALL TIME: 842-604-34 (.580)


#BAGSMUNMAN

Friday, October 06, 2017

2017 Week 5 Picks


Is it me? Or does David Andrews, wandering around last night without his helmet, bear a striking resemblance to a drunken Mike Napoli, wandering the streets of Boston after the Red Sox won the 2013 World Series? Because that's what comes to mind for me. Well, that. And the fact that a large, confused, and disheveled man seems to appropriately embody my picks so far thru four weeks of the season...

But this week? This week, I'm going to FIND. MY. HELMET! Or get my beard knocked off tryin...

Enjoy!

Week 5 Picks

Cincinnati Bengals (-3) vs Buffalo Bills

Cleveland Browns (+1.5) vs New York Jets

Detroit Lions (-2.5) vs Carolina Panthers

Indianapolis Colts (-1.5) vs San Francisco 49ers

New York Giants (-3) vs LA Chargers

Miami Dolphins (-1) vs Tennessee Titans

Arizona Cardinals (+6.5) @ Philadelphia Eagles

Pittsburgh Steelers (-7.5) vs Jacksonville Jaguars

LA Rams (pick) vs Seattle Seahawks

Baltimore Ravens (+3) @ Oakland Raiders

Green Bay Packers (+3) @ Dallas Cowboys

Houston Texans (+2) vs Kansas City Chiefs

Chicago Bears (+3.5) vs Minnesota Vikings


Last Week: 7-8-0

Overall: 27-30-3 (.475)

ALL TIME: 1568-1155-96 (.573)

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RIP Tom Petty. Another Traveling Wilbury who was taken too soon.
Top 25 Picks

Texas A&M (+26.5) vs (1) Alabama

(2) Clemson (-21.5) vs Wake Forest

Northwestern (+13.5) vs (4) Penn St.

(5) Georgia (-17.5) @ Vanderbilt

(7) Michigan (-10.5) vs Michigan St.

Nebraska (+11.5) vs (9) Wisconsin

(11) Washington St. (-2.5) @ Oregon

(12) Auburn (-21) vs Mississippi

Florida St. (+3) vs (13) Miami

(19) San Diego St. (-9.5) @ UNLV

(20) Utah (+4) vs Stanford

(21) Florida (+1.5) vs LSU


Last Week: 6-4-0

Overall: 18-19-1 (.487)

ALL TIME: 836-599-33 (.581)


Friday, September 29, 2017

2017 Week 4 Picks


So, last week I mocked Tom Brady and took a shot at Kylie Jenner. The result? I had my worst week picking games in years, if not in my history (including an 0-7(!) mark for my picks on The Gresh Show). AND news broke that Kylie was probably knocked up. Coincidence?! Absolutely! But just in case it wasn't a coincidence, allow me to attempt to balance out the cosmic karma that did me dirty. So here:

Tom Brady is great. The science behind his book is solid. And if you follow Tom's advice, you too can live forever and marry a Brazilian supermodel. As for Kylie? She definitely isn't having a baby in the hopes of garnering more likes on the various social networks. And she definitely won't leverage the opportunity into a customized line of designer diapers and baby fashion accessories. OR use her situation as a way to orchestrate a meteoric rise to power within the influential MILF community. She's normal, like you and me. And she should be treated as such.

OK, there. Now I should be good to go. And go I shall!

Enjoy.

Week 4 Picks

New England Patriots (-8.5) vs Carolina Panthers

New Orleans Saints (-3) vs Miami Dolphins (London)

Atlanta Falcons (-8) vs Buffalo Bills

Baltimore Ravens (+3) vs Pittsburgh Steelers

 Cincinnati Bengals (-3) @ Cleveland Browns

Dallas Cowboys (-6) vs LA Rams

Houston Texans (+2) vs Tennessee Titans

Minnesota Vikings (-1.5) vs Detroit Lions

New York Jets (+3.5) vs Jacksonville Jaguars

San Francisco 49ers (+6.5) @ Arizona Cardinals

LA Chargers (-1.5) vs Philadelphia Eagles

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-3) vs New York Giants

Denver Broncos (-2.5) vs Oakland Raiders

Indianapolis Colts (+13) @ Seattle Seahawks

Washington Tedskins (+7.5) @ Kansas City Chiefs


Last Week: 6-9-0

Overall: 20-22-3 (.478)

ALL TIME: 1561-1147-96 (.574)

RIP
Top 25 Picks

(1) Alabama (-27) vs Mississippi

(12) Virginia Tech (+7.5) vs (2) Clemson

(4) Penn St. (-18) vs Indiana

Tennessee (+8.5) vs (7) Georgia

(10) Wisconsin (-14.5) vs Northwestern

(13) Auburn (-9) vs (24) Mississippi St.

Texas Tech (+10.5) vs (15) Oklahoma St.

(19) San Diego St. (-10) vs Northern Illinois

(21) Florida (-9) vs Vanderbilt

Troy (+20.5) vs (25) LSU


Last Week: 4-7-1

Overall: 12-15-1 (.446)

ALL TIME: 830-595-33 (.581)


#BAGSMUNMAN

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)


#BAGSMUNMAN

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...

Enjoy!

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.

AND

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

WE CAN OVERCOME

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...


Monday, May 01, 2017

The Gresh Show!



Well, friends. In case you hadn't heard (because I didn't post it on THE FECEBOOK), I've come back to sports and begun producing 'The Gresh Show' on 630 AM & 99.7 FM WPRO out of Providence. Weeknights, from 6-9 pm. And as such, I believe you should be listening to 'The Gresh Show' on 630 AM & 99.7 FM WPRO out of Providence. You know, on your weeknights. From 6-9pm. Hell, you can even listen on the Interwebz or via the WPRO app!

You can tune in, call in, tweet in. I mean, whichever poison you pick is fine by me. But either way, we'd love to have you all on board. You know, so long as you aren't a massive Ted...

Yeah. So press the buttons of your choosing, and show your support! Because we'd love to hear from you on any and all topics relating to sports. And dare I say, we're primed to entertain...

So enjoy your Summer, friends. And here's to hoping that you make 'The Gresh Show' a part of your cookout and golf-fueled routine. OR in failing that, we hope to make your car rides to and from the myriad of less desirable events that compose your driving-time a little more tolerable. And hopefully, a little more informative and humor-filled to boot...

Thanks in advance, my damies! I know I can count on your support. And if you don't hear from me (on here) again until football season, where I'm sure to wow you with my expertise in all things degenerati. Well then now you'll know why! But hopefully you won't miss me too much. Ya know. Because you'll be hearing me when you tune into the show...

Be good...

#BAGSMUNMAN

Friday, March 31, 2017

2017 Final Four: Some Things Could be Finer...

Final Four Picks

 (7) South Carolina Gamecocks (+7) vs (1) Gonzaga Bulldogs

(1) North Carolina Tar Heels (-5) vs (3) Oregon Ducks

So, we're almost done dancin'. And then it will be on to baseball and golf. But first, here are my picks for the Final Four. AKA my last chance at jinxing as many as 3 of the 4 teams still left in the field...

I'm really torn in that Gonzaga/South Carolina game, too. Which is why I'm blatantly hedging and taking the points (though I'll certainly want credit should they pull the upset). I mean, part of me wants to see the Zags finally do what it do. But I really do love me some Frank Martin (that's him up there, presumably when he was still at Kansas St.). And the fact that Frank promised Dan Patrick he'd wear a 'special suit' should his Cocks make the final game? Well, that's what we in the business call 'icing on the proverbial cake' (mmmmm. Proverbial caaaaakes) ...

So, yeah. Give me an all-Carolina Final (winner gets James Taylor & a case of Cheerwine), or let Mark Few and that 47-year-old former strongman he starts at center cut down the nets (who needs a ladder, am I right?). Otherwise...meh, otherwise I'll be moving on to baseball and golf. And putting the second consecutive letdown of an NCAA tournament in my rearview mirror...

Enjoy, my damies! And good luck!


Thursday, March 23, 2017

2017 Sweet 16: Nothin' Bruin...


Freakin' Duke, am I right? Although if having half of my brackets busTed is the price I have to pay for that picture up there of Sad Grayson Allen. Then so be it...

As for the rest of the dance, I'm more than a little underwhelmed. UCLA is great. And watching that region shake out between them, Kentucky, and UNC should make for some good watchin' (don't sleep on Butler). But unless rock fights are your thing (see: Gonzaga, Arizona, West Virginia), then that's pretty much it. And while that's undoubTedly exciting for some, it's slightly more than a little disappointing for me. And I'd imagine I'm not alone in my thinking that this is at least the second straight year that the tournament has failed to meet it's admitTedly lofty bar...

Then again, I'm probably still just bitter because Syracuse didn't make the dance, and now it looks like their basketball program may or may not be falling apart. And besides. I was disinteresTed in last year's Final Four, too. And it turned into one of the best finishes Facebook has ever seen (several of my friends cited the presence of Jesus and/or God). So, there's always that...

But, yeah. Let's go Bruins! It's time to go 'Ball Deep!'. Which just sounds awful and painful and wrong. But could easily be just as fulfilling. I mean, hey. Who am I to judge? After all, I did pick Duke!...

Be good, Teds. And enjoy...


#BAGSMUNMAN

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

2017 NCAA Tournament Cheat Sheet

OK, friends. Here ya go!

1-ROUND WONDER = a team that could pull 1 upset, but probably not 2

SLEEPER = a team with a good chance to significantly outplay their seed

WINNER = WINNER

MIDWEST

1-ROUND WONDER: (13) Vermont

SLEEPERS: (5) Iowa St.; (10) Oklahoma St.; (11) Rhode Island

WINNER: (2) Louisville

WEST

1-ROUND WONDER: (14) Florida Gulf Coast

SLEEPER: (7) St. Mary's

WINNER: (1) Gonzaga

EAST

1-ROUND WONDERS: (13) East Tennessee St.; (14) New Mexico St.

SLEEPER: (8) Wisconsin

WINNER: (2) Duke

SOUTH

1-ROUND WONDER: (12) Middle Tennessee St.

SLEEPER: (10) Wichita St.

WINNER: (3) UCLA...OR maybe (1) UNC

FINAL FOUR

(2) Duke OVER (1) Gonzaga

(3) UCLA OVER (2) Louisville

NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

(2) Duke OVER (3) UCLA


I really wanted to take UCLA. Their being a #3 seed and having a transcendent freshman has all the shades of Melo and Cuse in '03. Especially with Cuse having missed this year's cut (it's a sign!). But I just couldn't pull the trigger. I'll have brackets with them winning it all, don't get me wrong. But when push comes to shove, I'm begrudgingly (yet confidently) picking the Dukies to yet again cut down the nets...

And no refunds when UCLA coughs it up in round #1...

Good luck, my damies!


Friday, March 10, 2017

A Prelude to the Whatnot...


2017 NCAA Tournament Preview coming on Wednesday.

So we've got that goin' for us. Which is nice...

Friday, March 03, 2017

College Hoops Top 16 (3/3)

College Hoops Top 16

1. UCLA (27-3) 9

2. Kansas (27-3) 2

3. Kentucky (25-5) 7

4. Gonzaga (29-1) 1

5. North Carolina (25-6) 3

6. Butler (23-6) 14

7. Villanova (27-3) 4

8. Oregon (26-4) 10

9. Florida (24-6) 5

10. Duke (23-7) 8

11. Wichita St. (27-4) NR

12. Louisville (23-7) 6

13. West Virginia (23-7) 11

14. Baylor (24-6) 15

15. Virginia (20-9) NR

16. SMU (26-4) NR

just missed: St. Mary's; Florida St.; Wisconsin; Purdue

dropped: (12) Purdue; (13) Arizona; (16) Cincinnati

What to Watch This Week

3/3
Iowa St. @ West Virginia

3/4
Notre Dame @ Louisville
Miami @ Florida St.
Kansas @ Oklahoma St.
Duke @ North Carolina

3/5
Cincinnati @ UCONN
Minnesota @ Wisconsin



Friday, February 24, 2017

College Hoops Top 16 (2/24)

College Hoops Top 16

1. Gonzaga (29-0) 1

2. Kansas (25-3) 3

3. North Carolina (24-5) 11

4. Villanova (26-3) 2

5. Florida (23-5) 5

6. Louisville (22-6) 4

7. Kentucky (23-5) 7

8. Duke (22-6) 6

9. UCLA (25-3) 8

10. Oregon (25-4) NR

11. West Virginia (22-6) 9

12. Purdue (23-5) 13

13. Arizona (26-3) 15

14. Butler (22-6) NR

15. Baylor (23-5) 10 

16. Cincinnati (25-3) 14

just missed: SMU; Wichita St.; St. Mary's; Syracuse 

dropped: (12) Virginia; (16) SMU

What to Watch This Week

2/25
SMU @ UCONN
Florida @ Kentucky
Creighton @ Villanova
Purdue @ Michigan
Baylor @ Iowa St.
UCLA @ Arizona
BYU @ Gonzaga

2/26
Syracuse @ Louisville
Butler @ Xavier
Wisconsin @ Michigan St.
Cincinnati @ UCF

2/27
UNC @ Virginia
West Virginia @ Baylor

2/28
Florida St. @ Duke

3/1
Louisville @ Wake Forest

3/2
Houston @ Cincinnati

Friday, February 17, 2017

College Hoops Top 16 (2/17)

College Hoops Top 16

1. Gonzaga (26-0) 1

2. Villanova (25-2) 2

3. Kansas (23-3) 3

4. Louisville (21-5) 5

5. Florida (21-5) 8

6. Duke (21-5) 11 

7. Kentucky (21-5) 10

8. UCLA (23-3) 9

9. West Virginia (20-6) 6

10. Baylor (22-4) 7

11. North Carolina (22-5) 12

12. Virginia (18-7) 4

13. Purdue (21-5) 16

14. Cincinnati (23-3) 14

15. Arizona (23-3) 15

16. SMU (23-4) NR

just missed: Oregon; Florida St.; Wisconsin; Wichita St.

dropped: (13) Wisconsin


What to Watch This Week

2/18
Villanova @ Seton Hall
Kansas @ Baylor
Virginia Tech @ Louisville
Michigan St. @ Purdue
SMU @ Houston
Virginia @ UNC
USC @ UCLA
St. Mary's @ BYU

2/19
Maryland @ Wisconisn

2/20
Miami @ Virginia
Texas @ West Virginia

2/21
South Carolina @ Florida

2/22
Duke @ Syracuse
Butler @ Villanova
Louisville @ UNC
Oregon @ California

2/23
Memphis @ Cincinnati
Wisconsin @ Ohio St.
USC @ Arizona


Friday, February 10, 2017

College Hoops Top 16 (2/10)

College Hoops Top 16

1. Gonzaga (25-0) 1

2. Villanova (23-2) 3

3. Kansas (21-3) 2

4. Virginia (18-5) 7

5. Louisville (19-5) 4

6. West Virginia (19-6) 8

7. Baylor (21-3) 6

8. Florida (19-5) NR

9. UCLA (22-3) 13

10. Kentucky (19-5) 5

11. Duke (19-5) 14

12. North Carolina (21-5) 9

13. Wisconsin (21-3) 10

14. Cincinnati (22-2) 12

15. Arizona (22-3) 11

16. Purdue (20-5) NR

just missed: Oregon; Florida St.; St. Mary's; Syracuse

dropped: (15) Oregon; (16) Maryland

What To Watch This Week

2/11
Kansas St. @ West Virginia
Miami @ Louisville
Vilanova @ Xavier
Florida St. @ Notre Dame
Gonzaga @ St. Mary's
California @ Arizona
Oregon @ USC

2/12
Cincinnati @ SMU
Northwestern @ Wisconsin

2/13
Louisville @ Syracuse
West Virginia @ Kansas

2/14
Florida @ Auburn
Tennessee @ Kentucky

2/15
Arkansas @ South Carolina
Duke @ Virginia

2/16
Wisconsin @ Michigan
Utah @ Oregon


Friday, February 03, 2017

Super Bowl LI Picks

Super Bowl Picks

New England Patriots (-3) vs Atlanta Falcons + UNDER 58.5

Official Prediction: 
New England Patriots 27 
Atlanta Falcons 22

Conference Championships: 1-1-0

2016-2017: 134-107-10 (.554)

Props
(odds courtesy of OddsShark)

MVP: LeGarrette Blount (+2000); Julian Edelman (+1200)

Will there be a defensive OR special teams TD?: YES (+160)

If Patriots win, will Brady OR Belichick be caught on TV shaking hands with Roger Goodell?: YES (-150)

How many times will President Trump be mentioned during broadcast?: OVER 1.5 (-120)

Will any player kneel during the national anthem?: NO (-400)

Will the word 'lacrosse' be said during the broadcast?: YES (-250)

Gronk mentions: UNDER 3 (-120)

'Deflate' or 'Deflategate' mentions: OVER 1.5 (-120)

More points on Sunday?: Patriots or Russell Westbrook?: Westbrook (EVEN)

Will someone say 'Houston, we have a problem'?: NO (-400)


College Hoops Top 16

1. Gonzaga (23-0) 2

2. Kansas (20-2) 9

3. Villanova (21-2) 3

4. Louisville (18-4) 4

5. Kentucky (18-4) 1

6. Baylor (20-2) 7

7. Virginia (20-4) 8

8. West Virginia (18-4) 5

9. North Carolina (17-4) 6

10. Wisconsin (19-3) 11

11. Arizona (21-2) 13

12. Cincinnati (20-2) 14

13. UCLA (19-3) NR

14. Duke (17-5) 15

15. Oregon (21-3) 10

16. Maryland (20-2) NR

just missed: Florida; St. Mary's; Purdue; Wichita St.

dropped: (12) Purdue; (16) Butler

What to Watch This Week

2/4
Virginia @ Syracuse
Purdue @ Maryland
Arizona @ Oregon
Notre Dame @ North Carolina
Kentucky @ Florida

2/5
Indiana @ Wisconsin

2/6
Louisville @ Virginia

2/7
Alabama @ South Carolina
Butler @ Marquette

2/8
Baylor @ Oklahoma St.
West Virginia @ Oklahoma

2/9
North Carolina @ Duke
Oregon @ UCLA


Friday, January 27, 2017

College Hoops Top 16 (1/27)


So, it's the week before the Super Bowl. And in an attempt to remove myself from the ouroboros that is my anxiety about the Patriots' upcoming performance  (IE "there's no way Atlanta can hang"...five minutes later..."but what if they score first?...or create an early turnover?!"), I've decided to post my first college basketball rankings of the new year...

And in keeping up with the Teds, I've shortened my rankings from 25 to 16. Mostly because it goes well with my laziness. But mostly because the top 16 will essentially become the new top 25, if for no other reason than the anticipation of its now annual reveal. Little bit of ouroboros going on there, too. But that's a different discussion for a different day...and for Twitter...

So, absorb and enjoy. And I'll catch you all back here next week for all of the Super Bowl whatnot. And maybe even another obscure reference to an ancient and/or mythical snake. Although I'm pretty sure, barring an energized Google search, ouroboros is all I've got. I am quite the avid Internetsman, though. And I do like going down rabbit holes (it's how I found out that Jeff Lynne produced some tracks for Regina Spektor!). So I guess you Teds will just have to wait and see...

But, for now. Here's this...


College Hoops Top 16

1. Kentucky (17-3)

2. Gonzaga (21-0)

3. Villanova (19-2)

4. Louisville (17-4)

5. West Virginia (16-4)

6. North Carolina (19-3)

7. Baylor (19-1)

8. Virginia (16-3)

9. Kansas (19-2)

10. Oregon (19-2)

11. Wisconsin (17-3)

12. Purdue (17-4)

13. Arizona (19-2)

14. Cincinnati (18-2)

15. Duke (15-5)

16. Butler (18-3)


just missed: Florida St.; UCLA; Florida; St. Mary's

What to Watch This Week

1/28
Florida St. @ Syracuse
Baylor @ Mississippi
Kansas @ Kentucky

1/29
Virginia @ Villanova

1/30
Duke @ Notre Dame

1/31
Creighton @ Butler
West Virginia @ Iowa St.

2/1
Baylor @ Kansas
Cincinnati @ Tulsa

2/2
Gonzaga @ BYU