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Week 15 NFL Picks

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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

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3-3 the trend continues.┬áSo 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

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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 12 NFL Picks

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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.


You’re Jealous of Derrick Rose

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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.


Week 10 NFL Picks

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5-1 Last week puts us at 28-26 this year against the spread. Little bit of a confidence boost going into this week’s picks, however there are a lot of games where teams are favored by more than a touchdown so anything could happen this week.

Pittsburgh @ New York (Steelers -4): Big Ben probably isn’t going to put up 6 touchdowns again but the Steelers are hot and the Jets are terrible.

San Francisco @ New Orleans (Saints -5.5): I hate everything about this pick including picking against my Niners but I just don’t feel good about this team this year.

Miami @ Detroit (Dolphins +3.5). Lamar Miller is on fire this season and Ryan Tannehill is managing the quarterback position extremely well. This team reminds me a lot of the Chiefs and speaking of…

Kansas City @ Buffalo (Chiefs -2.5): This is a tough road game for Kansas City but I think they can pull out a big road win at Buffalo.

Green Bay @ Chicago (Packers -7): The Packers are something like 9-1 against Cutler and these teams are going in different directions. Parlay this with Brandon Marshall going insane on the sideline at some point.

Carolina @ Philadelphia: (Eagles -6.5): The Eagles are 4-0 at home this year and I just don’t think there is any way Carolina can keep up with their offense.


Week 9 NFL Picks

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Meh 3-3 last week but a couple of fun match ups this week:

Philadelphia @ Houston (Eagles -2.5): Is J.J. Watt an offensive player in any fantasy leagues yet?

Arizona @ Dallas (Cardinals +4.5): Tony Romo has back issues and this feels like a good time for Dez Bryant to have his annual freak out on the sideline.

Jacksonville @ Cincinnati (Jaguars +11.5): Bernard is out, Green is questionable… maybe Bortles won’t piss this game away and keep it close.

Denver @ New England (Broncos -3.5): Brady vs Manning, Brady has all of the advantages this game but I still like Peyton.

Baltimore @ Pittsburgh (Steelers +1.5): I don’t expect Big Ben to throw 17 touchdowns again but I think the Steelers are better especially at home.

Indianapolis @ New York (Colts -3.5): I want to believe Luck can avoid back to back losses but honestly I just hate the Giants.


Football Playoff Follies and Acceptance

"Marcus Mariota vs. USC" by Neon Tommy-

“Marcus Mariota vs. USC” by Neon Tommy-

I’m finally coming to grips and coping with the fact that there will never be a great way to determine the “best” team in football.

The first rankings for the college playoff system were released Tuesday night. In case you missed it the committee shares this country’s love for the SEC with the following rankings:

1) Mississippi St
2) Florida St
3) Auburn
4) Ole Miss

Honestly I don’t really care about the “hits” or “misses” of the initial rankings. Sure Notre Dame probably got a little hosed being ranked at 10 considering they lost to the number 2 ranked Florida St on one play, while Ole Miss lost to two loss LSU. The committee is clearly emphasizing strength of wins as well. All in all that doesn’t matter because half of these arguments will take care of themselves over the next couple of weeks when all of these 1 loss teams are match up so arguing about it now seems a little arbitrary.

However, this system has finally led me to realize that I’ll never truly be satisfied with college football’s playoff system. I don’t believe that a four team playoff will ever satisfy my desire to find the “best” team in the nation. I heard a phrase on ESPN Radio this morning where Mike and Mike discussed that it wouldn’t find the “best” team but perhaps “the most accomplished.” Initially I liked that wording better but now I can’t decide if that is just a fancier synonym for an objective that can’t be determined. With 128 Division 1 FBS programs and each team playing only 12 to 13 games you can’t efficiently determine a true “best” or “most accomplished” champion. You throw into the mix a committee that while bound by certain criteria, will never be able to overcome at least some type of subjectivity, good or bad.

The NFL playoffs aren’t really that much better. You can feasibly win the Super Bowl having only played less than half of the league in a given season. The fact that geography and conferencing can affect a playoff almost as much as playoffs is a frustrating concept to come to terms with as well but that is another argument for another time.

Ultimately I’m not sure there is a much more efficient way to determine a “national champion” in college football. The change is an attempt to make it better which I respect, I just have to accept that it will never really be good enough.


Week 8 NFL Picks

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2 and 4 after such promising signs of redemption. I hate everything so for this week I’m going to give you my picks and then tell you while they are wrong.

Detroit @ Atlanta (Lions -3.5): I have no business picking this game.

Chicago @ New England (Patriots -6): Tom Brady is too old and this is a sucker’s line based the Patriots smacking the Bengals a couple weeks ago and the Bears play much better on the road this season since nobody boos them.

Minnesota @ Tampa Bay (Vikings +2.5): Honest to god I can’t tell you why this pick will or won’t suck.

Houston @ Tennessee (Texans -2.5): Rookie quarterback Zach Mettenberger is getting his first start for the Titans and eats so many lucky charms before the game he literally shoots a rainbow out of his ass after his first of five touchdowns.

Philadelphia @ Arizona (Eagles +2.5): Arizona’s defense slams Shady McCoy early, Foles throws interception after interception, and Chip Kelly isn’t present because he is already interviewing for the Florida job.

Green Bay @ New Orleans (Packers +2.5): New Orleans comes out like hurricane and blows away Aaron Rodgers and the Packers. Too Soon?


Don’t Talk about the College Playoff Yet

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We are seven weeks into the college football season and have been blessed with a number of quality teams and headlines. That being said it is still way too early to really begin discussing who should/will be in the 4-team playoff at the end of the season.

Currently there are 3 undefeated teams: Florida State, Ole Miss, and Mississippi State. The Egg Bowl between Ole Miss and Mississippi State will eliminate one of those two teams but with the beast of an SEC conference schedule to go, either team could lose before their in state rivalry match up.

There are also 18 other teams with only one loss this season. So currently 21 teams are up for realistic discussion for a 4-team playoff. That is entirely too many teams to even begin a discussion as to who should have the opportunity to play for the championship at the end of the season. Last week everybody wanted to criticize Alabama as being “mediocre by their standards.” Now after mollywhopping the Aggies they are back in the discussion. Don’t expect any thank you cards or flowers from the Texas A&M staff for motivating the Tide this weekend.

I realize that it is the obligation of sports media to carry on these discussions but lets spend more time analyzing current teams and match ups and less time speculating teams’ chances of competing 3 months from now. Let the schedule take care of the half the discussion which will allow for more relevant conversation in a couple of weeks.


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