Hard Day To Be A Harbaugh

Statement of the day:

Today was a hard day in the NFL to be a Harbaugh.

The day began with there being a chance that the two head coaches of the teams in the Super Bowl would be the brothers Harbaugh.  Both teams that the Harbaughs coached played well, and they were competitive throughout the games they participated in, but in the end both lost.

But the hard part has to be said to be the fact that it was a miss and a mistake that kept the two brothers out of the Super Bowl.  The miss by Billy Cundiff with time ticking down cost the Ravens a shot at getting the game to overtime.  As a consequence the Ravens lost. The Ravens were in the game the whole time, and Joe Flacco, a man I think of as a second rate QB, put together some really good plays to keep his team in it.  Put it like this, on this day Joe Flacco was a better QB than Tom Brady.  He was not the reason they lost, like he usually is.

The Niners Giants was kind of the same, only more so, at least as far as the brothers Harbaugh are concerned.  The Niners played a great game , aided somewhat by the refereeing, but mainly they were held up by the most stout defense you may ever see in a losing effort.  The Niners offense was sparse but effective, Vernon Davis being the only real threat that the Niners O had.

Enter Kyle Williams.  2 mistakes that cost his team a shot at the Super Bowl.  The first flub by the Niners Wide out/ Kick returner (Kyle was playing for a hurt Ted Ginn Jr.) was a ball that just touched his left knee on a punt.  He played like it didn’t but the astute NY Giant Devin Thomas kept his eye on the ball and grabbed it and ran it to the endzone.  Now a punt can’t be run back for a touchdown like that, but he gave the Giants the ball, and they drove for a touchdown that gave the Giants the lead.

Fast forward to overtime, after the two teams played some very good defense and both teams kicked the ball back and forth, the Giants kicked the ball to Kyle Williams, who ran the ball back with 9:32 left.  During the run back Jacquain Williams knocked the ball out of Kyle’s hands and again, man of the hour, tower of power Devin Thomas picked up the ball and the Giants had the ball deep in Niners territory.  They then moved the ball  on the ground for a few yards on a few plays that got the Giants closer to the end zone, and then Lawrence Tynes kicked the Giants into the Super Bowl.

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That said the Giants and the Patriots were the better teams out there.  If they weren’t they would not have won.

Victor Cruz ate up the Niners secondary, and helped bring the Giants to the promised land.

Bear Pascoe scored his first ever Touchdown in the NFC championship.

Tom Brady decided he was super when he kept the ball and went over the top on the Ravens D with 11:29 to go in the 4th, and put the Pats up to stay.

The Pats D held Ray Rice to 67 yards on the ground, when the Pats D had been seen as a weakness all year.

Eli Manning proved beyond the shadow of a doubt that he is a road warrior, winning his fifth road playoff game, which I believe is a record.

The Giants are the road team for Super Bowl XLVI.

Giants – Patriots in the Super Bowl is going to be an absolutely great game.

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That’s it from here, America.  G’night.

Impressions of the Day

8:00pm  – 10:30 pm:

As I write this, I am listening to the news from Lake Wobegon and Garrison Keillor.  I’ve just finished doing some writing, about the Iowa caucuses and a story on e-book piracy.  Both were pretty easy, neither took all that long, and the preparatory research barely took an hour for each piece.  And it was fairly easy research at that.  How hard is it to simply find the search engine of your choice, type in “E-book piracy”, see what pops up, read a few stories, and corroborate by checking a number of stories?

You can tell which sites did the original research pretty quickly, and which ones are written by aggregators.  The original stories are usually long and precise, and the aggregators stories are usually 3 paragraphs long, and use snippets of the original that are at least half of their story.  Aggregators are lazy.

When I write stories, I try very hard not to look like that, and avoid lazy writing like the plague.  I make points that the original stories (never just one story, never just one source) does not, and write my own commentary that usually asks questions, and attempts to force the reader to think why the things in the stories took place in the first place, when writing single subject news pieces.  Which is radically different from what I do here, this is more artistic and less formal.

Writing those stories was fun.  And to summarize in one sentence what I wrote:  Look for Santorum to finish well, and possibly even win in Iowa, but that doesn’t mean he’s a viable candidate nationally, and E-book piracy exists because there is no software that makes sure the e-reader gets only non-pirated books, and publishers are pushing e-book prices too high, making it easier for pirates to find places to get in.

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6:15 pm – 8:00 pm:

I went to the hospital today.

I saw my father there.

I nearly cried.

I will say no more.

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3:00pm – 6:15 pm:

There was a hockey game today, between the Rangers and the Flyers.

I watched it, or parts of it, and I have to tell you it was a thrilling game, but thrilling isn’t always a wonderful thing.  Just ask the Flyers fans, it was thrilling for everyone, but their team, the home team lost.  This despite the fact that the referees made sure that enough calls went the Flyers way late that the flyers would get every chance to get the game to overtime.

The Flyers looked very much in command early, and had a much greater command of the ice early in the game, playing much of the first and second period in the Rangers end of the ice, eventually grabbing a 2 goal lead.  It looked at that point, with 6 minutes left in the second period, like the Flyers were in control, and would win.

30 seconds later, Mike Rupp scored a goal, and things changed.  The Rangers weren’t perfect after that, but the goal stabilized things for them.  They began to play stronger, and a few minutes into the third period, Mike Rupp, not what you would call a scoring machine, scored his third goal of the year on a short range shot that just went under Flyers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky’s stick arm, and scored his second goal of the game, tying things up.

You could feel the air let out of the Flyers after that.  Wayne Simmonds, who was a force before that, seemed less able to run around the Rangers after that.  And a few minutes later, Brad Richards earned the respect of Rangers fans everywhere, by grabbing the deflection from Brandon Dubinsky who grabbed a great pass from Ryan Callahan, and stuffed it past Bobrovsky for the game winner.

Viddy of the day: Brad Richards puts Rangers up @WC 2012

I’m still annoyed that Ryan Callahan got called for holding the stick with less than 2 minutes to go when Kimmo Timonen tried to smack him in the head with his stick.  He never grabbed Timonen’s stick, but the refs didn’t want the Rangers to have a man advantage with time expiring, and called Callahan to keep things even.  Idiots.

And I knew that penalty shot wasn’t gonna get past King Henrik, and as a result, the Rangers now sit with the overall points lead in the Eastern Conference and are tied for most points in the NHL with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Go Rangers!

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Early today:

I did 17 sets of chin-ups today.

8 repetitions each set.

By the time I was done my forearms felt like stones, and my triceps were on fire.

It was great.

I ran 7.1 miles in 30( ish) degree temperatures with 20 to 30 mph winds.

That was great too.

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How can I tell that the past isn’t a fiction designed to account for the discrepancy between my immediate physical sensations and my state of mind?

Douglas Adams, The Restaurant at the end of the Galaxy

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Pic of the day:  Time saving truth from Falsehood and Envy, by Francois Lemoyne

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That’s it from here, America. G’night.

October 2011 Random Thoughts

Once a month or so, I clear out some of the content on my Running Commentary, Random Thoughts, and 12 Notes pages and place them here on the main page to make room for fresh content on those pages.  This is the content from October 2011′s Random Thoughts.  Enjoy!

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Oct 1st:  October baseball is happening behind me on television.   Occupy wall street takes up my thoughts.  Word is that the protestors who were marching were lead to a specific part of the Brooklyn bridge by the police, then the police told them they were in the wrong place, kettled them, and arrested a mass of them.  The number I have seen puts the number of arrests at 500.  I wasn’t there, I do not know.  But it seems they are largely unfazed, and ready for more marching.  Tough sons o’ bitches, they are!

I so want to go there.  I will, if it lasts long enough, I’ll wind my way there.

Oct 2nd:  It’s 8:45 pm and I am feeling a little jittery about my first day at the new job.  I don’t think I’ve ever felt jitters like this about a job before, at least none this bad that I can remember.  It’ll be OK, I’m certain of that, but it just feels awkward to have jitters about something that I know I can do.  I have had jitters before and I know how it goes, so it’s not that big a deal.  It’s more of an annoyance than anything.  It’ll pass.  No worries.

Oct 3rd.  I took the day off from running because this is my first day working at my new job.  I think it was the right choice.  The work was not particularly hard, but I was working exhibition, which is standing around all day assisting people who might want to information about particular pieces of artwork.  Which can be monotonous, but it is also hard on the feet.  I will never sneer at a security guard who has to stand on guard all day.  That is hard work.

Oct. 4th:  My wife went on vacation today.  She’ll be gone for a week.   Hope she has fun.  I’m going to be busy as hell on my first week of work, unable to have even a little down time when she is gone.  No vaycay for me.  Ah well.  No worries.

Oct 5th:  On the job today, I had me a treat.  I was actually able to play guitar for a few minutes.  A famous person who I will not name is selling his guitar collection, and I got to play a number of his guitars.  He had a few Dobros, wanted to play them, but they weren’t tuned, and I didn’t want to mess with them too much.  They had some really outstanding pieces as well.  Twas fun.

Oct 6th:  Running is beating my ass lately, My right quad is sore as hell, and I walk like an old man.  Which is pretty damn funny, seeing how I call myself an old man now, and suddenly I start walking around like one.  Dammit and other such statements.

I haven’t written much on my brothers in Zucotti park recently, more because I am busy than anything else really.  They are still standing up for the rest of us, I am still proud of my brothers and sisters out on the streets, fighting for what’s right, fighting for America.

And the Yankees lost.  Joy.  The Phillies lost as well.  That made seeing the Yankees not get out of the first round a little easier to swallow.

Oct 7th:  Hung art for the first time at my new job.  Got the first ones I did right, then they decided that they were too low, and I had to redo them, hang them 2 inches higher.  No worries.  Goofed the next ones, but got a quick lesson in hanging from this guy I work with, and nailed it (unintentional pun) after that.

Also got to play with more guitars.  a $100,000+ job too.  A 1940 hauser, sweet little thing, a dream to play, the kind of guitar that makes the player that plays it better just by playing that instrument.  Man, it was nice.

Oct 8th:  Going to my brothers son’s 6th birthday party later.  Should be a hoot, he’s a great kid. Might be hard for me though, I’m used to running around with these kids, and my quads are still sore, and my knees are beginning to feel it as well.  That’s what ibuprofen is for.  No worries.

Oct 9th: Worked today, caught up on the news a little bit, ate some really unhealthy food, ran before the break of day, again.  Tired.  Don’t mind though.  The work wasn’t too hard, the news wasn’t too bad, the food tasted good, and my quads are feeling better after a week of being sore.  Nice. Going to sleep early.

Oct 10th: Columbus day made for a very un-busy day at the job.  No one showed up at all to view any of the art, which initially shocked me.  It didn’t bother me too much though.  Made my feet sore, because what I do in that case is stand in one place, kinda like a security guard.  Not good for the feet, the legs or the back.

Oct 11th:  Running during the work week is getting easier now that I am running later.  I am faster as well as a consequence, which I can deal with.  And I am running fairly long, in comparison to what I ran when I was working at Sotheby’s last year.

My wife will be home in a few hours, don’t know how that’s gonna go, hope it doesn’t keep me awake too long.  Hope I can get a decent amount of sleep before work tomorrow.

Oct 12th:  Anagram: Wall Street/ Law Letters/ We Tell Rats/ All Wetters/ Sell Wet Art/ Rest Wallet/ Steel Trawl.

Oct 13th:  Got my first pay check today, and it was nice.  Much more than I was expecting, by several hundred dollars.  I’m going food shopping this weekend, and I’m getting all the stuff we need for once!  YAHOOOOOOO!  That is a nice feeling.  Still feels weird getting that much money, I’ve been getting horsecrap pay, the short end of the stick for so long, I forgot what it felt like to make an honest wage. A guy could get used to this.

Oct 14th:   Man I have been so tired lately, it’s been hard to keep up on my writing, or much of anything but “Work, sleep, eat.”  I try to keep the word “Run” in my version of that sentence, but I had to take today off so I can work.  I hate taking days off running, but there is simp,y not enough time in the day to schedule it today.  And no matter what I have issues with sleep, if I get a few hours decent sleep I’m a happy guy, but it doesn’t happen enough.

With that said, I’m going to sleep at midnight, and getting up at 5:30 am on a Saturday to go run before I get to the food shopping and clothes washing.

Oct 15th: I hardly watch the news anymore,  I almost never get to see the news shows I want to see.  Being busy and getting paid for it does have it’s drawbacks.  It makes it very hard to stay informed about subjects political that one can keep up on when one has a little extra time on ones hands.  Gotta take time out of each day, even if it’s only a few minutes, to read up on stuff.  I want to know what’s going on in the world.

Oct 16th:  Giants won. Pretty happy about that.  Good to see the Giants go into the bye with a win.  Nothing beyond that.

Oct 17th – Oct 19th:  I had nothing these days.  I was busy at work.  Well, I did have some thoughts about that work, but mostly they were of the “How the fuck did I manage to fuck THAT up” variety.  That might be slightly interesting to you, but they gave me a fucking headache.

Oct 20th:  I was talking to one of the guys I work with, who heard something about the Sotheby’s lockout of the 814 art handlers, and the news was about as bad as it gets.  Word is that they will be fired soon, all of them.  These motherfuckers at Sotheby’s are trying to fuck my 814 brothers, hard.  This shit isn’t right.  They worked hard, for years, gave everything to that place, ate all the disrespect that management  threw their way like men, and this is the thanks they get.  Assholes.  Management can never be trusted to do anything for anyone not management, and this would be the proof.

Oct 21st:  I’m not unhappy to see that  Moammar Khaddafi was killed by his people.  He deserved it from what I hear, but I never lived there, so I have an opinion, but I don’t know what it was like, but I will take the judgment and actions of his people as proper towards him.  Looking at and listening to the guy, dude was just plain fucking nuts.  That’s as much opinion of the guy that I can muster at this point.

Oct 22nd: I resent the fact that everywhere I go I hear negative talk about OWS.  We resent the fact that we paid for the bailout, and these bastards won’t hire, and keep buying influence on K street WITH THE MONEY WE GAVE THEM, while not doing enough to make the economy stronger, even though they could, if they chose to.

But because we are left wing, we get called names like we have something wrong with us.  When all we want, and this should be blisteringly fucking obvious, is to have that better future that these wall street billionaires have taken away from us, while they live well off of the sweat off of our backs.

Oct 23rd:  Ran the second of 2 consecutive 12.8 milers today.  Knocked off nearly 3 minutes off of yesterday’s time on today’s 12.8 miler, and I wasn’t slow yesterday.  Nice.

Occupy Chicago is being dispersed, or at least the attempt is being made.  Bastards.  But it won’t work.  Arrest everyone. Go ahead, do it.  Theyll get bailed out and return tomorrow.  As many times as you can arrest them, they can return.  I’d rethink that process if I was the police.  The police have better things to do, but they continue to not do it.  It’d be nice if they decided to protect and serve like they should, instead of being pains in the ass of Americans everywhere like they are being now.

Oct 24th:  Work was slow today.  Worked as viewing assistant.  Stood around and looked at the art for a bit, basically, no one really needed my help.  But hey, they pay me for doing this, so I won’t bitch.

Oct 25th:  Anagram:  Mike Needs Money/ Monkey Denies Me/ I Need Me Monkeys/ Demonise My Knee/ Enemy Skied On Me/ Omen Seemed Inky

Oct 26th:  Worked overtime, today, third time in 3 weeks. Nice.  I put in for more overtime than I get, but if I didn’t put in for it, I wouldn’t get any, and I need all the money I can get my hands on, so I’ll take whatever they toss out at me.  Little as this was, 2½ hours, it’s better than nothing.  I’ve put in to work late on friday and to work on Sunday, like I have every week I’ve been at this job.

Oct 27th:  Found out after work tonight that I am being moved from the department that I have been working in from day one.  Furthermore, I found out that I will only be working 2 days next week.  This sucks. I don’t know who the guy is who I’ll be working with, what department I’ll be in, or what my hours will be.  With all the bouncing around with the variety of jobs I have worked over the last 2 years, this has me thinking that my days here may well be numbered.  Dammit.

Well the plus side of this is that I’ll have time next week to go to Occupy Wall street.  That should be interesting.

Oct 28th:  Last day on the gallery crew, at least short term, and I found out that I’ll be working at least 4 days next week.  Friday is the only day up in the air, work-wise.  Seems that they want to see who fits best where, and that they’ve been moving people around different departments looking to see who fits best where.  First I’m hearing of it, but that’s cool by me.  At least it doesn’t mean the end of my time at the company is near.  I hope.  Again I will fail to get to OWS, no worries though.

Oct 29th:  Holy Shit, it’s snow!  The forecast which called for 2 to 4 inches, with snow starting at 9 pm, has changed to 6-10, since the snow started over 9 hours before it was supposed to.  I don’t know about 6-10 inches though, the snow is falling much lighter now than it was before, and has been for a while.  Might not get much more.

Oct 30th:  Holy Shit, it’s snow!  Part II.  I was right, not much more snow fell.  Trees however, fell like crazy.  I wrote about it yesterday on the main page.  I counted the amount of large tree limbs and trees that fell yesterday on my run path when I was running today. I was in the upper twenties when I lost count, and there were a number after that.  I had to cut my run short today as a result of the amount of downed trees, aka road blocks out there.

And the friggin Giants are losing to the Dolphins!  WTF?

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That’s it from here, America.  G’night!

WILDLY INACCURATE Week 7 NFL Picks

Let’s see, I was actually only half bad with my picks last week, but that isn’t a surprise, my average for the year is at about .500 for the year, so last weeks 7-6 ATS is about par for the course.

I won with the Niners, Packers, Bills(who lost but covered, I had them winning but ATS I nailed it,) Eagles, Raiders, Bears and Jets.  I lost on the Panthers, Colts, Steelers, Texans, Patriots, and Saints.

So with that out of the way, let’s take a look at this weeks inaccuracy!

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Seahawks @ Browns:  Browns are 3 point favorites, and the O/U is 41.  I have no faith in the Seahawks here.   I have no faith in the Browns either, to be honest, but they at least have… well… Peyton Hillis, who was a workhorse last year, is hurt and looks like he won’t play, and they really have no other standout players on offense, so…. Take the Seahawks and the under.  Final score:  “Hawks 21, Browns 15

Falcons @Lions:  The Lions are 3½ point favorites, and the O/U is 47 points.   Even though they lost to the Niners last week, the Lions are still one of the best teams in the NFC right now.  The Falcons are a good team, but nowhere near the juggernaut that people were expecting at the beginning of the year, but not for lack of a running game, which averages over 110 yards per game on the ground.  They’ll use that to good effect against the Lions, who will have another tough one on their hands, but you can take the Falcons and the under.  Final score:  Lions 28, Falcons 27

Texas @ Titans:  The Titans are 3 point favorites, and the O/U is 44 points.  I just don’t know about the Titans right now.  They have beaten lesser teams, sure, but when pressed by the Steelers before their bye week, they just flat out sucked.  After being hammered early, they tried to fight back but to no avail.  The Texans are a good team, not a great team, trying to prove they are better than some people think they are.  I think they can do this.  Take the Texans and the under.  Final score:  Texans 24, Titans 17.

Broncos @ Dolphins:  Dolphins are 2 point favorites,  the O/U is 41½.  The Dolphins suck out loud. That simple.  Take the Broncos and the over.  Broncos 27,  Dolphins 21.

Chargers @ Jets:  The Chargers are 2 point favorites, the O/U is 43½ points.  The Jets are not a great team by any stretch of the imagination, their run game is less than ferocious, and Mark Sanchez looks lost under center.  The Chargers are just an all around better team.  Take the Chargers and the over.  Final score:  Chargers 31, Jets 13.

Bears @ Buccaneers:  The Bears are 1 point favorites, the O/U is 43½ points.  Both teams come off of  important wins last week. The Buccaneers played a very good Saints team and beat them, while the Bears won going away against the lowly Vikings, winning a divisional game they needed to win in order to stay in the hunt for a spot in the postseason.  I think the Bears, despite not having a better record, are the better team here, at least this week.  Take the Bears and the over.  Final score:  Bears 30, Bucs 24.

Panthers @ Redskins:  The Panthers are a 2½ point favorite, the O/U is 43½.  The Panthers offense will  expose the Redskins as being a very sub par on the defensive end,  the Redskins have no answer to Cam Newton that can contain him.  Take the Panthers and the over.  Final score:  Panthers 34, Redskins 18.

Chiefs @ Raiders:  The Raiders are 4½ point favorites, the O/U is 41.  Srsly?  This Chiefs team needs help, but they’ll not get any real help here.  The Chiefs suck.  Take the Raiders and the under. Final score:  Raiders  27, Chiefs 6.

Steelers @ Cardinals:  The Steelers are 3½ point favorites, the O/U is 44 points.  The Steelers have been beating the teams they are better than, and that trend should continue today. But this one could turn into a letdown game for them, with the Pats and Ravens both looming on the schedule the next two weeks.  I expect that if there is an real straight up dog to pick, it’s here.  Take the Cards and the under.  Final score:  Cardinals 24, Steelers 17.

Cowboys @ Rams:  The Cowboys are 13 point favorites, and the O/U is 43 points.  Srsly? part II.  This rams team has nothing, Bradford is hurt, and that’ll be enough to doom an already beaten team today. Cowboys romp.  Take the ‘Boys and the under.  Final score:  Cowboys 35, Rams 14.

Packers @ Vikings:  The Packers are 9 point favorites, the O/U is 47.  The Vikings may yet make some noise this season, now that Christian Ponder has been named the starting QB for them, great news for Vikes fans.  The Bad news?  He’s gonna get shellacked by the Pack, as a welcome by the NFL for his first career start.  Packers win easy here.  Take the Packers and the over.  Final score:  Packers 42, Vikings 27

Colts @ Saints:  The Saints are 14 point favorites, the O/U is 49½ points.  The Colts… what can you say? The whole world knows how important Peyton Manning is to this Colts team, and only now realize how strong his team has been around him.  Sad they couldn’t keep that up when Peyton went to get that surgery on his neck.  Take the Saints and the under.  Final score:  Saints 34, Colts 14.

Ravens @ Jaguars.  The Ravens are 8 point favorites, the O/U  is 40 points.  The Jags just have no offense at all.  Add to that the fat that they are playing one of the strongest defensive teams in the league, and what do you get?  A Shutout!  Ravens should be able to walk all over the Jags today.  Take the Ravens and the over.  Final score:  Ravens 37, Jaguars 0.

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That’s about it from here, America.  G’night.

WILDLY INACCURATE Week 5 NFL Picks

9-7? Again? It seems that I, like clockwork, do moderately average on my picks. A few dead on, a few so-so, and one or two really really bad.  Not that I mind being really really bad with my picks, the title of my pick section would be truly meaningless with out at least a few fuck-ups, right?

Right?

Before I go over this weeks picks lemme tell ya how I did last week in a little more detail.

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I picked the Bears and the under against the Panthers, Bears and the over was the correct pick.

I went with the Bills and the over against the Bengals, Bengals and the under was the right pick.

I picked the Titans and the under against the Browns, Titans and the over was the right pick.

I took the Lions and the over against the Cowboys, Lions and the over was in fact correct.  Nice.

I picked the Vikings and the under against the Chiefs, Chiefs and the under was right.

I picked the Redskins and the under vs. the Rams, Skins and the under was right.

I picked the Niners and the over against the Eagles, Niners and the over was correct.

I picked the Saints and the over against the Jaguars, Saints and the under hit this game.

I took the Steelers and the over vs. the Texans, Pittsburgh never showed up, Texans and the under was the pick.

I went with the Giants and the under, Giants and the over was the winner.

I picked the Falcons and the under against the Seahawks, ‘Hawks and the over was the pick.

In the worst pick of the week, I took the Broncos and the under vs. the Packers.  The Pack slaughtered’em.  Pack and the over was the pick.

In the second worst pick of the week, I took the Raiders and the over against the Pats. DUH.  Pats and the under (the O/U was 55) was the gimme pick here.

I picked the Chargers and the under vs. the Dolphins, Chargers and the under was in fact the pick.

In my best pick of the week, I took the Ravens and the over against the Jets.  Ravens pounded them into the dirt.  Ravens and the over was the winner here.

I took the Colts and the over vs. The Buccaneers, Colts and the under was the right one here.

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Eagles @ Bills.  Just because the Bills overlooked the Bengals last week does not mean they’ll do the same with the Eagles.  Philly’s the 2½ point fav on the road, and the O/U is 49½.  Take the Bills and the over.  Bills 31, Eagles 24.

Chiefs @ Colts.  Someone has to win, right?  Not necessarily.  Who loses? Who cares!  Colts are 2½ point favs at home and the O/U is 38½.  Take the Chiefs and the under.  Chiefs 17, Colts 15.

Cardinals @ Vikings.  Heard someone say something about using the Backup qb in Minne.  I thought they already were.  The Vikings are 2½ point favorites, and the O/U is 45.  Take the Cards and the under.  Cards 31, Vikes 3.

Seahawks @Giants.  Eli seems to have gotten better at throwing the ball to his own teammates.  I’m not convinced it’ll stay that way, I’ve seen him fuck up too many times to begin trusting him just yet.  Giants are 10 point favs, the O/U is 43.  Take the ‘Hawks and the over.  Giants 27, ‘Hawks 24.

Steelers @ Titans.  Fuck the Steelers looked like hell last week.  I could’ve gotten a few first downs against them last week.  They’ll come out steaming mad this week.  Might not do them much good.  Mad is nice, but it doesn’t always work.  Steelers are 3½ point favorites, the O/U is 40.  Take the Titans and the under.  Titans 21, Steelers 14.

Saints @ Panthers.  Panthers ain’t too bad, but they aren’t good enough either.  Without the Newton to Smith combo, this team would not win a game all year. Hell, they may have won all the games they are gonna this year.  Saints are 6 point favorites here, the O/U is 52.  Take the Saints and the over.  Saints 41, Panthers 17.

Bengals @ Jaguars.  Are the Bengals a serious contender?  SURE! They’re contending for the most mediocre .500 team in the NFL.  They’ll get off of that this week, and become the most mediocre 3-2 team in the league.  The Jags are 2½ point favs at home.  The O/U is 37.  Take the Bengals and the over.  Bengals 27, Jaguars 14.

Raiders @ Texans.  Texans ran like crazy last week.  Steelers tried to run on them, and failed.  The Raiders have a much better run game than do the Steelers though.  They’ll succeed where the Steelers failed.  Texans’ll miss Andre Johnson as well, and Foster can’t run every down.    Texans are 6 point faves here, and the O/U is 48½.  Take the Raiders and the under.  Raiders 27, Texans 24.

Buccaneers @ Niners.  Freeman is not the same QB he was last year for the Bucs.  Not by a long shot.  Unfortunately for the Niners, Alex Smith IS the same QB he was last year for the Niners.  Still a bad Alex Smith is slightly better than a horrible Josh Freeman.  Niners are 3 point favorites, and the O/U is 41.  Take the Niners and the under.  Niners 21, Bucs 17.

Chargers @ Broncos.  Feh.  Feh to the whole Broncos team, I say.  Bring back Elway.  The Chargers are 4 point road faves here, and the O/U is 46½.  Take the Chargers and the under.  Chargers 27, Broncos 12.

Patriots @ Jets.  Mark Sanchez has tire tracks on his back after the Ravens ran him over last week. He’s still shell shocked.  Pats in a romp.  The Pats are 9.5 point favorites, and the O/U is 49½ points.  Take the Pats and the over.  Patriots 42, Jets 17.

Packers @ Falcons. The Falcons are disappointing this year. Suck is a word that comes to mind.  Not making the playoffs is a group of words that comes to mind about them.  The Pack have the best offense in the league not led by a guy named Brady, and may be headed for best O in the league, period.  The Packers are 5½ point faves, the O/U is 53.  Take the Packers and the over.  Packers 38, Falcons 24.

Bears@ Lions.  Lions 4-0? How the hell did that happen?  I’ll tell ya.  A very talented offense that has finally taken root after years of frustration, and of course a boy named Suh on defense.  The Bears aren’t slouches by any stretch of the imagination, and the Lions have had to pull wins out of their asses after being down big at the half the last 2 weeks.  Won’t happen a 3rd time.  The Lions are 6 point favorites, and the O/U is 48.  Take the Lions and the over.  Lions 37, Bears 30.

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That’s it from here, America.  G’night.