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Time once again to put away the news and politics for a few and put on the prognosticators hat and talk a bit of football.    Let’s talk about how I did last week.

A best of video showing the best hits from this year to start things off.

My Call #1:  Ravens 31, Dolphins 17   Actual Score: Ravens 27, Dolphins 9

Win for me here. Not too Bad.  This is a first for me.  I underestimated how bad Chad pennington would be.  Four Picks.  Ouch.  THAT’S the quarterback the jets got rid of, not the guy who beat the jets to take the Patriots out of the playoffs.  I knew that performance was a goof.  The Ravens were, well… the Ravens.  The D Manhandled the Fins and the offense was adequate enough to get the job done.  Flacco sucked, but they won so that can be forgiven…in round one.

My Call #2: Colts 27, Chargers 14   Actual score: Chargers 23, Colts 17 in OT.

LOSE. Ummm… I did not forsee Darren Sproles opening up a can of whop ass quite that large on The Colts.  He put marvin_harrison_in_2007_training_camp_2them in good field position with 178 yards in punt and kick returns. But that wasnt it.  He caught 5 passes for 45 yards and ran for 105 yards and 2 touchdowns, including the 22 yard gamewinner in overtime to put Peyton and Co. out of commission.  Peyton wasn’t bad, but he wasn’t great either.  310 yards and 1 touchdown.  310 is nice.  1 touchdown from him is something of a letdown. The Colts run game never really got goingthe chargers held the colts to 64 total ground yards.  WTG Bolts! Not so WTG to me for not forseeing this.

My Call #3: Eagles 37, Vikings 24   Actual score:  Eagles 26, Vikings 14

I’ll call this a win for me. I expected more from these teams offensively.  I did not expect Tavaris Jackson to suck quite as much as he did, and While Adrian Peterson was good, he wasn’t good enough to get the Vikes past the Eagles here.  I also thought Brian Westbrook and the eagles run game would be better on the ground than they were.  The Vikings held the Eagles to 67 yards on the ground, but were burned by McNabb, who spread the wealth and threw to everyone but me out there last week.

My Call #4: Falcons 30, Cardinals 13   Actual score: Cardinals 30, Falcons 24

LOSE.   The Falcons had no answer for Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald, who between them amassed 180 yards and 2 TDS.  I thought the Falcons would adjust better to the Cards gameplan, but it just never happened.  The Cards shut down the ground game and challenged Matt Ryan to beat them, and he just didn’t have it.  But no worries for the Falcons.  This kid Ryan is good and he will learn from this.

And all that means what? It means I went 2-2.  Lost the Saturday games, Won the Sunday games.  Onto the Prognosticating!

Game One.  Saturday.  Ravens V. Titans.   Titans are excellent at home, going 7-1, with their only loss at home being against the Jets in week 12.  This Titans crew played a tough one against this Ravens team week 5 and won a squeaker 13-10 on ten points scored in the 4th quarter, including a Collins TD throw to Alge crumpler with less then 2 minutes to go.  But the Ravens played them tough until then.  I expect the same kind of thing to happen to them this week.  A brutal defensive match.  A squeaker, with the Ravens ahead most of the game, but the titans win a close tight game. Final Score:  Titans 17, Ravens 14

Game Two: Saturday.  Cardinals V. Panthers.  The Cardinals don’t belong here, but they don’t know that, and I expect with Boldin and Fitzgerald ready to go, they won’t go down quite so easy.  The Panthers are a good team tho, well rounded and strong.  I expect In the end the run game will be a bit much for the Cards to handle in Carolina. I expect D’Angelo Williams will be more than equal to the task.  3 td’s, 150+ yards for him here.  Final Score: Panthers 31,  Cardinals 27.

Game Three: Sunday.  Giants V. Eagles.  I am a Giants fan.  I will not say anything about this contest except GO 800px-giants_stadiumGIANTS… well, maybe a little. Westbrook will play well, but The Giants D will bend but not break under Westbrook’s onslaught. Both QB’s will be contained.   Giants will run all day, and it will pay off in the end.  Final Score:  Giants 27, Eagles 21

Game Four:  Sunday.  Pittsburgh V. SanDiego.   This one looks like an easy win for the Steelers, but I’ve looked past this Chargers team before.  I won’t make that mistake again.   Ben has had time to heal up from the concussion he suffered in the last week of the season, and he’s at home playing in the Playoffs, and a healthy Willie Parker will do more than enough damage in the ground game to more than make up for the Bolts Mighty mite Darren Sproles does when the Bolts have the ball.  This one’s gonna be a sqeaker, but I’m seeing a Steelers win here.  Final Score: Steelers 26, Chargers 24

How are you seeing things in this weeks divisional round? Am I right? Wrong? Out of my friggin Mind? Drop me a line and let me know!

That’s it for me.  Later!

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      The Thinker Please take the poll at the bottom of the page.  Thank you!

 

     I have been thinking a bit about this years resolutions.  Yes it is the 2nd already, and maybe you are supposed to have this done already if you are gonna do it, but I do things the right way, and if it takes a little longer then so be it.  I’m really not sure what resolution or resolutions i am going to make though. 

     I made several of them last year, and most of the ones that I did make last year backfired.  I resolved to save money and be more fiscally disciplined.  And while I was more disciplined, spent less money and was more intelligent in how I spent my money, i wasn’t able to save any money.   I also promised to run smarter longer and better than I had the year before and to stay a healthy runner all year long.  NOPE.   I was hurt or ill most of the year and ran maybe 20% of the total distance i had the year before.  I also said i would eat more healthily and intelligently.  Not really.  If I had I would not have gained the 20 pounds I gained last year when sitting on my arse not running.  And I never figured out that bug in guitar tracks pro that made recording immensely difficult, so the guitar recording thing never panned out.

          Needless to say if I do this I am going to do it right.  For YEARS i didn’t make any resolutions (except the annual “I resolve that i won’t make any resolutions” resolution) and it was because I was afraid this would happen.  That I would fail miserably.  I don’t like failing and try my damnedest not to. 

       With that in mind I want to set some realistic goals for myself, but ones that will push me past my comfort zones in my life. 

      There are a number of different ones I want to make, and I am thinking of doing the following.800px-serengeti_lion_running_saturated

     Resolving to Run more this year. That should hardly be difficult. I was hurt or ill or just plain lazy for 7 or 8 months last year.  The weight will come off if I just get back to it without getting hurt or getting ill.

      Resolving to eat less crap.

     Resolving to get a second job and make enough money to get a better apartment for me and my wife, large enough for Us, all our crap, our cats, and a Baby, should we be lucky enough to have one. 

       Resolving to play my guitar as much as possible,. and to record, if i can ever figure out how to get that damned Guitar Tracks pro 3 working without all the echo.  Maybe that’s just a phone call to Leo Laporte away from being done.

      Resolving to write more than just a blog this year.  Get somebody somewhere to publish something of mine.  No matter how small. 

      I need some help on this, so you tell me, which one sounds best? Most Feasible? Least Likely? Check out the poll, and drop me a comment!

      That’s It For me!  Later!

Today’s Nuggets, Via Newspeak:  The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. — When there is a gap between one’s real and one’s declared aims, one turns, as it were, instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish squirting out ink.   George Orwell

The Aim of an Argument … should not be victory, but progress.   Joseph Joubert

Anagram: Bankruptcy/Cut By Prank

       Bankruptcy for big three auto makers would not dissuade people from buying American cars.  At least that is what USA Today is touting rocket_v8today.  And the numbers do look good, but i want to look a little deeper, as deep as i can given what information I have here.  The USA Today/Gallup poll says that 82% of Americans say they would “at least consider” buying a Detroit brand vehicle, and 67% of that number would do so even if the company were in bankruptcy court, meaning 55% of people would at least consider buying a car from Detroit even if the car maker were in bankruptcy.  There is a BIG difference between considering buying a car and actually buying one.  Example: Damn right I would consider buying a top of the line guitar from Paul Reed Smith even if they were going bankrupt, but ya know, that’s a lot of money! I might consider it, but I can’t $%^&!@# do it if i don’t have the money!  Do you see what I’m saying here?  Very misleading  talking about “considering” anything.  Americans don’t have the money, the credit markets are frozen solid, and the money just isn’t there.  Consideration and capacity are two completely different things.

     I am distinctly unhappy with the people at Gallup here.  They have been a top notch, above board polling company for years.  To put out such…Propagandist horse-crap and call it a poll, and then Not make available the actual paper trail so we can see how many people were asked what questions when is really below and beneath the call of duty for these people.  I really expect more from them. 

     Onto the bailout/bankruptcy itself.

 Fractal   I was expecting some kind of news today, but there hasn’t been any, not of the official variety anyway, but all signs point to a bailout with a prepackaged bankruptcy announcement coming sometime soon. Talk is, at least talk from this article, though i have read several similar, that the bankruptcy will cost shareholders in GM 75% of the worth of their stocks.   The article does use the word “Only” right before the 75%, so I presume that is not a lot. Not being a bankruptcy lawyer, and never having been bankrupt myself (there’s plenty of time for that later) i would not know.   But a loss of $2,000,000,000 in shareholder equity does not sound like a small amount to me. But the article in question does have one sobering point right at it’s very end.  It says that bring creditors on board would be highly difficult. 

 I’ll leave that for you to chew on.  Next up…

    Good news on the financial front today.  Dow went up 360 points today on news from the fed that they are drastically slashing target rates to as low as 0%, and says they will also begin buying assets.  Exact quote here, from the Bloomberg story:    

The Fed is sending a message that it will print money to an unlimited extent until it starts to see the economy expanding

    The Japanese did this several years ago, and it worked, but it took them 5 years to get the actual economy fixed.  But the important thing is is that the issue was resolved, and I don’t think anyone here thinks this financial crisis was going to get fixed overnight.  Do what you have to to fix things, Mr. Bernanke, we’ll wait.  Don’t fuck it up, Ben, we are trusting you here.

   One final note: This would have been Bill Hicks 47th birthday today.  Bill was one of the greatest comedians EVER.  If you’ve never heard any of his stuff, hit youtube… or just check out the video below.

      2 Videos, a few quotes, and I am done.

  Bill Hicks: 

  Barney Frank, The Third age of American Finance:

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That’s it for me.  Later!

Today’s Nuggets, By Mark Twain, Via Wikiquote:  The difference between the right word and the almost right word is really a large matter — it’s the difference between a lightning bug and the lightning.

The fact that man knows right from wrong proves his intellectual superiority to the other creatures; but the fact that he can do wrong proves his moral inferiority to any creature that cannot.

I must have a prodigious quantity of mind; it takes me as much as a week sometimes to make it up.

Anagram: Video News/Denies Vow

    There is a Poll I would ask my readers to check out here. Like the Title says, this one is going to be Video News. Let’s get to it!Puddle

     First up, Overseas ballots found in Minneapolis Minnesota, that were originally not counted.  They were looking for a different set of apparently lost ballots when these were found.  Stay tuned for more details.  Or just keep an eye on Veracifier on Youtube.  A most excellent source of  political news.

    Next up, there is much talk out there that David Gregory will be the next permanent host of Meet The Press.  Here is a Video of David Gregory asking  the President about detainee abuse and torture in 2006 on the lawn of the White House. He puts the President on the defensive here. As host of MTP, he’ll be asked to do that every week with powerful people the world over.   I Like Dave, and I hope that he gets the MTP gig as has been reported.

   This one I saw for the first time yesterday.  There is this guy called “The Kid From Brooklyn”, he does these videos.  Holy Crap this guy is  loud, crass, dirty, and he’s good.  Gotta love this.  THINK ABAAAAAT IT!!!! LOL If you like it profane (from a man who is always happy to see ya), go on Youtube and look for “The Kid From Brooklyn” Always funny shit.

    A Poll, a quote and that’s it from me.

Today’s Nugget:    To refuse a hearing to an opinion, because they are sure that it is false, is to assume that their certainty is the same thing as absolute certainty. All silencing of discussion is an assumption of infallibility. Its condemnation may be allowed to rest on this common argument, not the worse for being common.  John Stuart Mill