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NFL Picks – Super Bowl XLIV: Colts vs. Saints

February 4, 2010 10 comments

For those that hate my NFL writing, congratulations! Last game of the year until September. I may write a post game blog post, but other than this no more NFL talk.

The Super Bowl already? Come on, it’s only been five months since the start of the season. I want more football, damnit! That’s what I tell the people (women mostly) that complain about football “consuming” my life. Are you serious? There are only 21 Sundays that matter in the NFL season. There are also Monday nights and some Thursdays, but it’s the shortest professional sports season of them all. If you’re like me and you’re tired of the haters saying you watch football all the time, remind me of the grueling seven month offseason we have to endure. Seven months without the NFL for me is the worst part of the year. Summer? Pfft, who needs it? I’d rather watch a game with the boys with a beer in my hand and some nachos on the table. That’s what I like.

You see that speech right there? It was passion. It was from the heart. Keep in mind that I’m a lifelong St. Louis Rams fan, as a 6 year old boy in 1986 watching Eric Dickerson’s jheri curl flapping in the wind, that watched his team win 6 games in three years. You should have seen me when my team was actually good! When they actually mattered! I was happier than Rex Ryan in a buffet line. Now I feel as uncomfortable as Jim Caldwell doing standup comedy. (Have you heard the man talk? No? Me neither.) That’s when I REALLY loved the game. Now? I have other things like fantasy sports as well as gambling to keep me entertained. Speaking of, I look forward to Super Bowl Sunday in the afternoon when I spend a good hour or two laying down prop bets on the most ridiculous things. Good times. Oh, I should get to the game huh? Might as well.

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NFL Picks – Conference Finals

January 22, 2010 2 comments

The final four. Saints? Yep. Vikings? Yep. Colts? Yep. Charg…err…Jets? Huh? Three of the teams playing this week are ones we thought would be there from the start of the year because they’ve been consistent all year long (aside from benching starters later in the year). The Jets are the one that don’t belong…at least from the outside. If you watched the playoff games, though, they definitely belong. I found it amazing this week when I learned that the last time the two #1 seeds faced off in the Super Bowl was way back in the 1992 season when the Cowboys destroyed the Bills. Eighteen years. Pretty crazy if you think about it. You would think that the two best teams in the regular season would meet in the Super Bowl more often. The Colts and Saints can do it this year. Also, the last time the league MVP won the Super Bowl in the same season? Kurt Warner of my St. Louis Rams in the 1999 season. Is it wrong that I know that the Rams beat the Titans on January 30, 2000? I remember the exact date. God, I miss when my team was relevant. Anyway, this isn’t about me reminiscing about the past. It’s about the present. Let’s get to the picks.
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Random Monday: The Rock, TNA Genesis, Pre-Raw, NFL, 24

January 18, 2010 6 comments

This will be brief by my standards. I worked from 7am-3pm, I’m tired and ready to take a nap before watching 24, Raw and writing about Raw immediately after watching it. I wanted to cover a few things before Raw came on this evening. If you haven’t seen the first two hours of 24 yet and you don’t want spoilers I’ll warn you that it’s the last part of this post.

– Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, star of that awful looking Tooth Fairy movie, has publicly said he’s looking to get back into WWE this summer when his movie schedule allows. In an article with the Toronto sun, he says: “The plan was for me to be the (Monday Night RAW) host (Jan. 11). But then I had to go to Mexico (to promote the movie). The idea of me going back to WWE is intriguing and exciting. I grew up in the business. Will I go back? Absolutely. The goal is to go back and do something special. I talked to Vince (McMahon) a couple of months ago and we’re trying to come up with something. “After I wrap (filming of action movie) Faster, maybe in the summer I can go back.”

I’m a huge fan of the man and I think he’s one of the greatest representatives of the business. I think, despite all the money he’s made in movies, he misses performing in front of the live crowd. It will be great to see him back in WWE in the summer whether it’s for a match (Cena’s a possibility obviously) or just to appear a few times. Any Rock on WWE TV is a good thing. The man is an amazing showman. The link is: here.
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NFL Picks – Conference Semifinals

January 15, 2010 4 comments

For the NFL haters that read the blog, only two weeks left. Then I’ll write about only wrestling although I might delve into TVs or movies once in a while.

The interesting thing about round two in the playoffs is that in the 90s a lot of the time the home teams won these games. This past decade, though, it didn’t happen. Just last year we saw three of the four teams that had byes lost (Titans, Giants, Panthers) while only one of the teams (Steelers) won. Home field doesn’t mean as much anymore. Before I get started I should say that this is my favorite weekend to be a fan of the NFL. You’ve got the top eight teams (at least we think so) playing double headers in back to back nights. These games are usually very good. I’m excited. Let’s get to the picks.

Last week: 2-2
Regular Season: 168-88 (.656)

All game times are Eastern.
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NFL Picks – Wild Card Weekend & SB Pick

January 8, 2010 13 comments

To those that hate that I write about the NFL, don’t worry. Only four weeks left. Then I can write even more about the men in their underwear. That sounded oh so wrong.

In my preseason preview I got 8 of the 12 playoff teams correct. I almost got Houston and Pittsburgh, both of whom came oh so close. The biggest AFC surprise to me were the Bengals. I did not see a playoff team in them, so kudos to them for overachieving at least to me. In the NFC I went for a bit of the reach in picking the Seahawks to win the NFC West, which wasn’t even close. On the plus side, at least I was right in predicting that 3 of last year’s 4 top seeds (Giants, Titans, Panthers) would all miss the playoffs. I remember getting criticized for that one. Turns out all four of them missed out, including the Steelers. If somebody would have said that before the year they’d be ripped for it. This league is crazy, people. By the way, my worst preseason pick? Picking my Rams to go 7-9. The team did play hard and they lost their share of close games, but I guess I was too optimistic, huh?

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NFL Picks for Week 17

January 2, 2010 6 comments

It’s the worst week to pick games when only a handful of them really matter. Throw logic out the window and grasp at straws here. I’ll bet on the four things that I mention at the end, but other than that it’s a quiet betting week for me. I’m not THAT stupid. Am I? Note that there are no more Monday night games this year. That’s a bit of a letdown. After all, who is going to tell me that “THIS GUY” or “THAT GUY” is a heck of a player like Jon Gruden does? I’m going to be so lost the rest of the way without knowing the skills of THAT GUY.

Last week: 10-6
Season: 155-85 (.646)

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NFL Picks for Week 16

December 26, 2009 2 comments

This week is full of home teams as the favorites. The only two road favorites are the ones in the Sunday night and Monday night games. It feels like an easy week is coming, which probably means a lot of upsets. Who knows anymore? Last week’s 8-8 straight up record for me was very disappointing. I’m hoping for a big time bounce back week with double digits in wins. Of course, going against a red hot Chargers team on Christmas Day wasn’t a great start for me.

Last week: 8-8
Season: 145-79 (.647)

All game times are Eastern.

Buffalo at Atlanta 1:00 PM
The Falcons get to face the #3 QB of the Bills on the road. I think that should mean an easy win for a team that probably would be a playoff team had they not been bit by the injury bug. I think it’s a comfortable win for them too. Falcons 24-10

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