Week 17 NFL Picks

NFL: Preseason-Cincinnati Bengals at Atlanta Falcons

Unfortunately I procrastinated the last regular season picks so I’m going for the late games this week:

Detroit @ Green Bay (Packers -6.5): Aaron Rodgers at home.

Carolina @ Atlanta (Falcons): Matt Ryan at home.

St. Louis @ Seattle (Rams +12.5): I’m hoping the Rams can slow down the Seahawks enough to cover.

Arizona @ San Francisco (Cardinals +6.5): This pick hurts but with Harbaugh probably going to Michigan and seeing the 49ers fall to San Diego I have no faith in this 49er team regardless of home field advantage.

Oakland @ Denver (Broncos -14): I hate spreads this big but last time these two teams played it was 41-17. Broncos 7-0 at home, Raiders 0-7 on the road. I smell a route.

Cincinnati @ Pittsburgh (Bengals +3.5): There is something about this Bengals team.

Week 16 NFL Picks


The .500 streak continues. Last couple weeks of the season have already shown a few crazy things happening (See Redskins over Philly). Off to the picks!

Detroit @ Chicago (Lions -8.5): I mean how much disarray can Chicago be in that they revert to Jimmy Clausen? Maybe Jay Cutler will actually show some emotion today on the sideline, I’d love to see him smile after Clausen throws interception number 3.

Green Bay @ Tampa Bay (Bucs +11.5): I’m really going out on a limb here but Green Bay isn’t always a great road team and while Tampa Bay is awful they are still playing hard. Pack should win but closer than you think.

Buffalo @ Oakland (Bills -6): The Raiders were brought back to reality last week so I expect their awfulness to continue.

New England @ New York (Jets +10.5): I’m going against my mantra of picking Tom Brady and the Patriots but I think the Jets give Rex a nice going away present.

Kansas City @ Pittsburgh: (Chiefs +3): Kansas City is underrated and I think could do big things.

Baltimore @ Houston: (Ravens -5.5): One of those lines that looks good but I won’t be shocked if the Ravens win by 4.

Week 15 NFL Picks


One game over .500 after all the picks last week so lets go back to the normal 6 games:

Miami @ New England (Patriots -7.5): I refuse to not pick the Patriots.

Green Bay @ Buffalo (Packers -3): I get that the Bills D is good but have you seen Aaron Rodgers lately?

Washington @ New York (Giants -6.5): Only because I think I’m currently the 3rd string QB for Washington at this point.

Oakland @ Kansas City (Raiders +10): Why not, they beat the 49ers they should be able to lose by 9 or less against the Chiefs.

Tampa Bay @ Carolina (Panthers -3.5): This division is awful.

Jacksonville @ Baltimore (Jaguars +14.5): That is a massive spread and I feel like maybe the Jags can keep it close.

Week 14 NFL Picks


3-3 the trend continues. So to break it up I’m picking every game for Sunday and Monday!

New York @ Tennessee (Titans +1.5):Giants 1-5 on the road, Titans 1-4 at home does anybody really win in this case?.

Houston @ Jacksonville ( Texans -5.5): Can JJ Watt score the touchdown that covers the spread?

Carolina @ New Orleans (Saints -9): The NFC South is so god awful why can’t the Saints blow it up in their own dome?

Pittsburgh @ Cincinnati (Bengals -3): I have no clue… both teams are inconsistent.

St. Louis @ Washington (Rams -3): I’ll take the Rams on the road just because I love hating on the Redskins.

New York @ Minnesota (Vikings -5): The Jets are just bad.. they put together a decent game last week and still lost, I don’t seem much left in this team.

Baltimore @ Miami (Ravens +3): These two teams are pretty even and its coming down to the wire for Wild Card position… I’m taking Flacco over Tannehill.

Tampa Bay @ Detroit (Lions -10): The Lions destroyed the Bears on Thanksgiving after being down… Tampa can’t hang with this offense

Buffalo @ Denver (Bills +10): Denver should win and could definitely win by more than 10 but I like the Bills defense this year.

Kansas City @ Arizona (Chiefs -2): I hope this isn’t the Chiefs team that showed up against Oakland.

Indianapolis @ Cleveland (Colts -3): Andrew Luck is good and Brian Hoyer is not.

San Francisco @ Oakland (Raiders +8.5): I don’t believe in the 49ers offense right now and that makes me sad.

Seattle @ Philadelphia (Eagles -1): Should be the game of the week with both teams coming off solid Thanksgiving Day wins. I’m taking the home team/east coast advantage.

New England @ San Diego (Patriots -3.5): Don’t care if they lost last week, staying with the Patriots should make people money.

MONDAY NIGHT: Atlanta @ Green Bay (Packers -13): This spread is ridiculous but I don’t care, the Packers are legit and the Falcons are awful on the road. Everybody is awful playing in Green Bay.

ACC/Big 10 Challenge Results Irrelevant for ACC


The ACC/Big 10 Challenge concluded its 16th season Wednesday night with the Big 10 winning the series 8-6. People want to make a big deal because the ACC hasn’t won the match up since 2008 (The ACC won the first 10 years in a row and haven’t won since). Admittedly it is a disappointing stat for the ACC but overall last night helped illustrate that the ceiling is higher for the ACC and the ACC big dogs are clearly better than the Big 10 this season.

Look at the four match ups that pitted ranked teams against ranked teams:

#4 Duke 80- #2 Wisconsin 70 (Homer highlight but Duke’s 3 freshmen looked great in a tough environment against a quality opponent)

#7 UVA 76 #21 Maryland 65: I love this result because I hate Maryland and UVA went into College Park and took it to the Terps. Good riddance, enjoy the Big 10 ya jobbers.

#15 Miami 70 #24 Illinois 61

#5 Louisville 64 #14 Ohio St 55

4-0 in ranked match ups with 2 wins coming on the road in tough environments. UNC was really the only big disappointment as Iowa came to Chapel Hill and came away with the upset. The biggest disappointment was that games between teams like Virginia Tech/Penn St. actually count towards this event. Notre Dame also gave the ACC a lift upsetting Michigan St at Michigan St in the final seconds.

I expect the ACC to have between 5 and 6 teams ranked in the top 25 throughout the season with a great showing in this upcoming NCAA tournament. ACC fans can also take solace in the fact that while they didn’t win this year they still lead the overall record at 94-75. Now the real question is whether or not any of these teams can beat Kentucky.

Week 13 NFL Picks

Maybe one of these ladies will run the ball for the Vikings

Maybe one of these ladies will run the ball for the Vikings

3-3 again… will the mediocrity ever stop? (Probably not)

Cincinnati @ Tampa Bay (Bengals -3.5): Everything about this pick feels like a trap but the Bucs are terrible.

Arizona @ Atlanta (Cardinals -2.5): Atlanta plays much better at home and I don’t love Drew Stanton at QB but I still think the Cardinals can pull out the win.

Carolina @ Minnesota (Vikings -2.5): I don’t know who the hell is going to run the ball for the Vikings but either way I’ll take them at home.

Cleveland @ Buffalo (Bills -3.5): I’ll take the Bills at home and hope Joe Haden doesn’t shut down Sammy Watkins.

Denver @ Kansas City (Broncos -1.5): Broncos haven’t looked great lately, Chiefs just lost to the Raiders after 5 straight wins. I’m taking Peyton over Alex Smith.

New England @ Green Bay (Patriots +3.5): Green Bay should be favored at home and both teams are playing well. That being said I’m riding the Tom Brady last call train as long as possible, especially if you’re giving him points.

NFL: A principle in stupidity

Marshawn Lynch

I am currently learning that I understand less and less when it comes to the world of professional sports. The NFL continues to blow my mind to the point that I’m genuinely losing interest in following the league altogether. Probably has a little to do with the fact that the 49ers are mediocre and my fantasy teams are causing what little hair I have left to fall out. But fining Marshawn Lynch $100,000 for not speaking to the media makes about as much sense to me as calling smaller sized bags of candy “Fun Sized” (less candy is never fun), or justifying something awful by saying “It is what it is” (redundancy be damned I use it too.)

Below is a list of a few fines this season:

Lions center Dominic Raiola fined $10,000 for a cut block against the Patriots (although not fined for almost tearing a dude’s ACL on the last play of the game.)

Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict fined $25,000 for trying to “Hulk Rip” Cam Newton and Greg Olsen’s ankles off. (See my rant here )

Tampa Bay fullback Javorskie Lane fined $58,000 for violating PED policy.

There are numerous other Late Hit fines (Usually between $8,000- $16,000), Football into stands ($11,000ish… expensive football), and a number of other financial punishments for players in the league.

I don’t get Lynch’s fine at all. Please… somebody, justify this for me. I’m begging you to provide me a valid argument as to why this action is warranted. Lynch doesn’t like talking to the media so why would anybody press this issue? Lynch gets fined $100,000 for not speaking to reporters but Bill Belichik can be a dick to reporters and give three word answers over and over again and not be punished? (That I know of). I’m pretty sure people who sell meth get away with less of a financial slam than this. I can’t handle the thought of this anymore, I’m going to eat 72 “fun sized” bags of M&Ms.

Week 12 NFL Picks


Alright back to back .500 weeks, need to get back in the positive:

Detroit @ New England (Patriots -7.5): Eventually the line will get too big and this could be the game but I refuse to go against the Patriots right now.

Dallas @ New York (Cowboys -3.5): Don’t love the Cowboys away from home but just give the ball to Murray and they should be fine.

Arizona @ Seattle (Cardinals +6.5): I mean I get 12th man but really a touchdown underdog for the best team in the NFC?

St. Louis @ San Diego (Chargers -4.5): Chargers are struggling against the spread this season but I’m taking a leap and thinking Big Game/Next Game let down for the Rams.

Cincinnati @ Houston (Bengals +1.5): I get the line and don’t get the inconsistency of the Bengals but I’m going to show a little faith in Dalton.

Tampa Bay @ Chicago (Bears -5.5): The Bears aren’t great but the Bucs are worse.

Week 11 NFL Picks

New England Patriots at Washington Redskins 08/28/09

Still positive after going .500 last week (31-29 overall) so lets attempt to keep it going. I don’t love a lot of these spreads and will be less than shocked if I don’t “Hank” this week.

Houston @ Cleveland (Browns -3): I can’t believe I’m still picking the Browns either.

Denver @ St. Louis (Broncos -10): The Rams just don’t have the fire power to keep up with Manning.

Philadelphia @ Green Bay (Packers -6): I don’t love this line but Aaron Rodgers has only lost like 3 games at home ever. I’ll take the Packers after they demolished Chicago.

Minnesota @ Chicago (Bears -3.5): The Bears defense is absolutely terrible but I think a shootout still favors Cutler and Marshall.

Detroit @ Arizona (Lions +1): I don’t trust Drew Stanton even if he has a stellar defense to protect him.

New England @ Indianapolis (Patriots +3): In my General Ackbar “It’s a trap” pick I’m taking the Pats here. Because of my lack of football knowledge I fail to comprehend how a team that has Tom Brady at Quarterback with a 5 game win streak, who have scored over 40 points in their last two games can be an underdog even on the road.

You’re Jealous of Derrick Rose

derrick rose

Chicago Bulls “made of glass” point guard Derrick Rose is being heavily criticized by fans and the media for his statements a couple days ago regarding comments he made conserving himself for the future. In case you missed it:

“I’m thinking about long term. I’m thinking about after I’m done with basketball. Having graduations to go to, having meetings to go to, I don’t want to be in my meetings all sore or be at my son’s graduation all sore just because of something I did in the past. [I’m] just learning and being smart.”

Admittedly this is probably something better thought than shared publicly but Rose’s self assessment is not nearly as bad as people are making it out to be. Yes he does have a 95 million dollar contract and yes he did choose to play a sport for a living. However the fact that an athlete whose career has been defined more by sidelining injuries and potential than points on the floor I don’t blame him for thinking that way.

San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has been criticized over the past few years for resting perfectly healthy players but still continues to use this strategy to preserve his stars. His justification is obvious, he has older players who can’t sustain the 82 game NBA schedule so he rests them to give his team the best chance to win. Derrick Rose knows his best chance to continue playing this game and also live a life in the future that doesn’t involve a ton of surgery and pain is to monitor his body and attempt to reduce future issues.

The bottom line is, this isn’t Derrick Rose’s fault. Most people who are criticizing Derrick Rose which they could be in his shoes. The NBA and professional sports are a business first and foremost. It is an environment that has allowed for this situation to occur but will do nothing to curtail it because players will continue to be paid millions of dollars to play a game. Don’t be mad at Derrick Rose for being selfish, be mad at genetics or your inability to hit a 12 foot jump shot.

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