Sunday, December 20, 2009

NFL Week 15 Picks

Have to do these real quick.

New England @ Buffalo - Pats won't lose this game. Winner - Patriots.

Arizona @ Detroit - We know the Cardinals can play, but which team shows up? Winner - Cardinals.

Miami @ Tennessee - Vince Young is a little banged up, but the Dolphins need this game badly. Winner - Titans.

Cleveland @ Kansas City - Two bad teams, but you gotta believe in the Chiefs at home. Winner - Chiefs.

Houston @ St. Louis - Texans all day. Winner - Texans.

Atlanta @ New York Jets - Not Ryan, but probably Turner gets some burn in this game. The Jets defense is still close to the tops in the league, surprising. Winner - Jets.

Oakland @ Denver - Looking for Denver to show us what kind of team they are. Winner - Broncos.

Cincinnati @ San Diego - Tough game for the Bengals with the loss of Henry. The Chargers are catching fire at the right time of the year. Winner - Chargers.

Tampa Bay @ Seattle - Can the Seahawks finally win a game that they are supposed to. Winner - Seahawks.

Chicago @ Baltimore - I don't trust the Bears and the Ravens need this one. Winner - Ravens.

San Francisco @ Philadelphia - Are the Eagles for real? The Cowboys pulled off the upset and put pressure on the Eagles to win this week. Winner - Eagles.

Green Bay @ Pittsburgh - I'm thinking that the Steelers finally show up. They can't keep losing like this, can they? Winner - Packers.

Minnesota @ Carolina - I expect the big boys for the Vikings to play for only 3 quarters. Winner - Vikings.

New York Giants @ Washington - How much snow will make this game interesting? This is a big game for both teams as they look up to the Eagles and the Cowboys are right there. A mild upset. Winner - Redskins.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Hope in Washington

No this isn't about Health care Reform, but about a different kind of reform. The Washington Redskins have gotten rid of Vinny Cerrato (he resigned) and brought in Bruce Allen as the new General Manager of the Redskins. Bruce Allen is the son of the late Redskins Hall of Fame coach George Allen and comes from a rich football background. The younger Allen (Bruce) has been the GM in Oakland and at Tampa Bay. In both cases he helped build those teams and they went to the Superbowl. With that said, things in Washington look like they are on the rise with Allen in the fold.

Will this help the Redskins to come back? Can Allen take the GM reigns and keep Dan Snyder from further destroying this team? Will the Redskins be relevant again? When?

A Tiger By the Tail?

Well, it seems, according to ABC news, that Tiger and Elin are getting a divorce. Well, Elin is divorcing Tiger based on his indiscretions. Can we say that we didn't see this coming? I guarantee that she goes for the money. All I can hear is Jesper Parnevik saying 'Elin loved him and it wasn't about the money or fame'. Jesper essentially gave Elin the Megamillions numbers when he hooked her up with Tiger. Don't give me she was a model and all that, she was a nanny for Jesper. With that said, her being with Tiger or leaving him means she has access to the world, regardless. I just hope that Tiger had a good attorney to draw up that pre-nup. Cut her a check for her $20+ million and tell her to burn the road up is what I say. Tiger has made over a billion dollars. Cut her a check for $60 million and invite the boys over to the crib for the party.
Tiger will make it past this. It really wasn't a big deal from the beginning, but the media sunk their horns into it. Yes he made a mistake, but always remember, no one sin is bigger than the next. What's your take?

Chris Henry Dies

Sad word from Charlotte, NC. Chris Henry, the troubled wide receiver from the Cincinnati Bengals, died today from falling off the back of a pickup truck. Henry had a troubled past of arrests, but this year it seems as though he turned it all around. He dedicated himself to his family more and now he's gone at the young age of 26. There are lots of stories going around about the accident that caused his death and I for one have no information that I can credibly assess. With that said, take some time out of your day today to wish his family well, and make sure that you hug someone that's important in your life. Life is indeed truly short. Rest in peace Chris Henry.

NFL Week 15 Picks - Thursday and Saturday Night Games

Indianapolis @ Jacksonville - The Colts are coming off yet another win, but they are a little banged up. They say that they are going to play their starters to win the game with no one getting time off. The Jaguars normally play the Colts tough, especially at home. The Colts should lose this game because it's a short week for them, but I think they pull this one out. Winner - Colts.

Dallas @ New Orleans - The best game of the week. The Cowboys come in needing a win desperately in the month of December. They can't seem to win. The Saints come in with swagger, but their games have been a lot closer than they probably have wanted in the past few weeks. The question is, can the Dallas defense stop the Saints offense? I say no. Winner - Saints.

NFL Week 14 Wrap Up

It's coming, give me some time.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Back on the Scene

My boy NYSTOM is back with his proficiency rankings to give you a picture of how he sees the NBA. He's been on a self imposed hiatus (sounds like Tiger), and add to my full schedule and that's why we're just getting to these.

Since the season is young, I don't have much to say about the rankings, yet.

What do you think? Is NYSTOM already on some different stuff this year?

NFL Week 14 Picks

After that debacle on Thursday night, we definitely have some work to do.

New Orleans @ Atlanta - No chance for the Falcons. No Turner, No Ryan, and basically a rookie starting at QB. At least they are at home. Winner - Saints.

Green Bay @ Chicago - Should actually be a good game if you're a Packers fan. You get to go to Chicago and beat your arch rival. Probably badly. Winner - Packers.

New York Jets @ Tampa Bay - This is going to be a very interesting game. No Sanchez and the Bucs have been playing well. I think the Bucs enjoy a close win at home and maybe we'll see Ryan crying again afterwards. Winner - Bucs.

Miami @ Jacksonville - This is the Jaguars 'down' week and they get a Dolphins team that is making this AFC East race a little tougher. Tough pick, good weather game (minus the possible storms). My gut tells me to go with the hungrier team. Winner - Dolphins.

Detroit @ Baltimore - The Ravens need a win and they get the Lions. You're welcome. Winner - Ravens.

Seattle @ Houston - Which team shows up? The hungry Texans team or the Seahawks team from last week? This is a coin flip. Winner - Texans.

Denver @ Indianapolis - Ought to be a good game. The Colts are looking to stay undefeated and then they get a Denver team that needs a win to keep pace with the Chargers. This is a home game for the Colts and I'm not sold on the Broncos being able to win the big ones yet. Winner -

Buffalo @ Kansas City - Two bad teams. Kansas City plays well at home and I think they get a win against a bad Bills team. Winner - Chiefs.

Cincinnati @ Minnesota - A great game. The Bengals bring a good resume into the Metrodome and they get a wounded Vikings team. When will the Vikings work on their running game? Hopefully they'll start today. Winner - Vikings.

Carolina @ New England - Two banged up teams. Brady is hurt and purportedly at about 70%. The two running backs from the Panthers, Stewart and Williams, are dinged up. Adalius Thomas won't start because he called out Belicheat. Anybody ready for some football? Winner - Patriots.

Washington @ Oakland - Yes the Raiders did the unthinkable last week, but no way they do it two games in a row. I'm liking the Redskins again. Winner - Redskins.

St. Louis @ Tennessee - Vince Young is banged up and they get the Rams at home. Worst case scenario, the Titans might have to play Collins and they should still win. Winner - Titans.

San Diego @ Dallas - Can the Cowboys win in December? I can't knowingly pick the Cowboys. Winner - Chargers.

Philadelphia @ New York Giants - The Giants haven't showed me anything. I started the season saying that this front 4 could be the most dangerous in the league and look what has happened? The Eagles need a win and should have explosive Jackson back in the lineup. Winner - Eagles.

Arizona @ San Francisco - Can the 49ers slow down this Cardinals team? I'm not sure, but you never count out a Samurai Mike led team. Winner - Cardinals.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

NFL Week 14 Picks - Thursday Night

Pittsburgh @ Cleveland - Steelers can't stop anyone with this defense. Could become a shootout. The better team should win, even without Hines Ward. Winner - Steelers.

NFL Week 13 Wrap Up

Still a little sick and then add to the fact that the day job is picking up,......whew!!!!

Buffalo @ New York Jets - Jets finally show up and do some good. Can they repeat this feat next week? Inquisitive Mind 1 - 0 for the week.

Philadelphia @ Atlanta - McNabb had a good game and the Falcons are too beat up to really do anything. I feel sorry for them because they have been good this year, but now they are pretty much done with injuries to Ryan and Turner. Inquisitive Mind 2 - 0 for the week.

St. Louis @ Chicago - Talk about a closer game than you expected. The Bears are bad and the only good thing is that the Rams are worse. Inquisitive Mind 3 - 0 for the week.

Detroit @ Cincinnati - The Bengals push on and beat the teams that they are supposed to beat. The Bengals are going to be dangerous this year in the playoffs. Benson looked to be back and healthy from that injured hip. Inquisitive Mind 4 - 0 for the week.

Oakland @ Pittsburgh - Talk about a bad game for the Steelers. They can't seem to close anyone out again. They get the Raiders at home and lay an egg. Inquisitive Mind 4 - 1 for the week.

Tennessee @ Indianapolis - Well, this was a homer pick. I just thought the Titans could pull the upset. They played pretty well, but at the end, Manning was the difference. Inquisitive Mind 4 - 2 for the week.

Denver @ Kansas City - WOW!!! This Broncos team looked like the team that started the season 6 - 0. They needed this win and need to put together a string to make some noise and hopefully catch up with the Chargers. Inquisitive Mind 5 - 2 for the week.

New England @ Miami - Brady had a great game but a late field goal won it for the Dolphins. Maybe they aren't dead for the year. The AFC playoff race is heating up. Inquisitive Mind 5 - 3 for the week.

New Orleans @ Washington - Overtime. Really? I told you that the Redskins were going to make this close. They seem to be turning the corner, albeit way too late. Great game. Inquisitive mind 6 - 3 for the week.

Tampa Bay @ Carolina - If the Panthers can keep Delhomme off the field, they'll win a little more. Inquisitive Mind 7 - 3 for the week.

Houston @ Jacksonville - Well, the Jaguars 'up' week was better than the Texans. Gary Kubiak, pack your bags baby, it's over. Inquisitive Mind 7 - 4 for the week.

San Diego @ Cleveland - How do you let the Browns score 23 points? I mean they can't do that in practice. Inquisitive Mind 8 - 4 for the week.

Dallas @ New York Giants - The Cowboys can't get it done when they need to. Why don't they just skip December each season and they just forfeit the games for that month? That way you don't expect them to win. Inquisitive Mind 8 - 5 for the week.

San Francisco @ Seattle - Alex Smith had a great game, but the Seahawks were able to bend but not break and get this win. What in the hell is up with Housmandzadeh?!?!? Inquisitive Mind 8 - 6 for the week.

Minnesota @ Arizona - Arrrgh!!!!! The Cardinals? You let the Cardinals beat you at home? Sad. Inquisitive Mind 8 - 7 for the week.

Baltimore @ Green Bay - Well, the Packers were able to really shut down the Ravens on offense. The Ravens defense played pretty well for at least half the game. Inquisitive Mind 8 - 8 for the week.

This is the worst week we've had. It really sucks when you pick this bad. I guess, the silver lining, is there's always next week. Have we kept pace with the experts? 127 - 65 for the season.

Sunday, December 06, 2009

NFL Week 13 Picks

Sick and it's a bad time to be sick. Started the week 1 - with the Jets on Thursday.

Philadelphia @ Atlanta - Must win game for both teams. The Eagles are without Westbrook and Jackson. The Falcons are without Ryan and Turner. With that said, gotta go with the Eagles. Winner - Eagles.

St. Louis @ Chicago - The Bears should win this game, but I can see them losing this game. Winner - Bears.

Detroit @ Cincinnati - The Bengals in a rout. Winner - Bengals.

Oakland @ Pittsburgh - The Raiders get to travel all the way to Pittsburgh to see Big Ben back on the field. Big Ben I need you this week (fantasy). Winner - Steelers.

Tennessee @ Indianapolis - I think that the Colts finally lose a game. This Titans team is hot and they will go only as well as Vince Young plays. Winner - Titans.

Denver @ Kansas City - This is a close pick. The Chiefs have shown heart the last few weeks. Winner - Denver.

New England @ Miami - Too much Brady, Moss, and Welker. Winner - Patriots.

New Orleans @ Washington - This will be a close game. You might think I'm crazy, but this will be a close game. Winner - Saints.

Tampa Bay @ Carolina - Finally the Panthers bench Delhomme. Can they win without him? Winner - Panthers.

Houston @ Jacksonville - Jacksonville was down last week, so this is there up week. Houston comes into town and they are looking good. Winner - Texans.

San Diego @ Cleveland - Nothing to say. Winner - Chargers.

Dallas @ New York Giants - Should be a good game. The Cowboys have to show me something. The Giants are banged up. Winner - Cowboys.

San Francisco @ Seattle - The Seahawks just haven't showed me anything. Winner - 49ers.

Minnesota @ Arizona - Leinart is probably going to start. That's not good for the Cardinals. Winner - Vikings.

Baltimore @ Green Bay - Great Monday Night game. The Ravens are trying to make it to the playoffs and they need this win. Always bet on Ray Lewis. Winner - Ravens.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

NFL Week 13 Picks - Thursday Night

Only one game tonight.

Buffalo @ New York Jets - The Bills looked like a team on fire last week. The Jets looked like a team going in the wrong direction. I've been on the Jets for most of the year and I guess I gotta keep riding them because I can't see myself picking the Bills. Winner - Jets.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Tiger Roars (well almost)

As we all know, Tiger Woods has been on the front page over the last few days for something not associated with golf (unless the rumor is true that his wife chased him with an iron in her hand and busted out the window in the Escalade). He posted the following comment on his website this morning:

I have let my family down and I regret those transgressions with all of my heart. I have not been true to my values and the behavior my family deserves. I am not without faults and I am far short of perfect. I am dealing with my behavior and personal failings behind closed doors with my family. Those feelings should be shared by us alone.

But no matter how intense curiosity about public figures can be, there is an important and deep principle at stake which is the right to some simple, human measure of privacy. I realize there are some who don't share my view on that. But for me, the virtue of privacy is one that must be protected in matters that are intimate and within one's own family. Personal sins should not require press releases and problems within a family shouldn't have to mean public confessions.

Whatever regrets I have about letting my family down have been shared with and felt by us alone. I have given this a lot of reflection and thought and I believe that there is a point at which I must stick to that principle even though it's difficult.

I will strive to be a better person and the husband and father that my family deserves. For all of those who have supported me over the years, I offer my profound apology.

Is this finally over? I mean, Tiger still has money and those people that are going to hate on him, probably already hated him. His car was tore up, but the fire hydrant and tree have been repaired/restored. His image is tarnished and he'll probably have to answer questions when he does come in front of the media during his next event, but in the end, this should all be done.

Two interesting things:

1) Supposedly Tiger called one of his boys afterwards and said he needed a 'Kobe Special'. His friend asked what that was and Tiger's reply was 'a ring with a house on it'. That's priceless.

2) Why did everyone lawyer up after this hit? Tiger lawyered up, Ms. Uchitel lawyered up, Tiger's neighbor lawyered up, the fire hydrant and the tree got lawyers, and I am wondering why?!?!?!

You can always go home

Allen Iverson has signed a non-guaranteed 1 year deal with the Philadelphia 76ers. Iverson's time with the 76ers seemed to be over a few years ago when they traded him to the Denver Nuggets. Iverson returns to the 76ers due to the injury to Lou Williams (jaw) who will be out for almost 2 months. The good part about this team is that Iverson has a chance to show people that he can play and distribute the ball because this is one of the most talented teams that he's been on.

Is this a good move for the 76ers? Can Iverson show us something different than he's showed in Denver and Memphis? Is this the sad end to a great career for possibly the best little big man in the game?