Friday, January 14, 2011

Weekly Picks

I'm choosing the wrong time to start missing best bets. We saw 3 favorites and 3 road teams win last week. This week we see all 4 favorites hold serve.

ATLANTA -1 1/2 green bay
Basically a pick'em game and since the Falcons are home and they have a win over the Packers already I'm going to expect them to ride a conservative offense to another close victory.

PITTSBURGH -3 1/2 baltimore
Complete toss-up. I really like the Ravens but something about the Steelers says they aren't going to lose this one. I could see it being a field goal game but I'm going with the Steelers because of the perceived strength of their home field advantage.

CHICAGO -10 seattle
Too much attention on Seattle this week. One game cannot erase a whole season of mediocrity -- or worse. Their offense played well last week but the Bears defense is a whole level about New Orleans. I also think Cutler will play a good game because he won't fall behind and have to take a lot of chances.

NEW ENGLAND -8 1/2 new york jets

The trash talking has nothing to do with it. The Patriots are just a better team. I think they will be able to stop the run and Brady will pick on Cromartie and the Patriots will get another big victory.

Last week: 2-2 (1 point)
Season: 47-42 (49 points)
Best Bets: 0-1 (10-8)
Home Favorites: 0-1 (17-15)
Home Underdogs: 0-0 (2-0)
Road Favorites: 1-1 (17-18)
Road Underdogs: 1-0 (11-9)

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Does Anyone Remember Mr. Bailey's First Name?

Throughout my education I was convinced I was smarter than most of my teachers, few of whom cared about their jobs, they were just in it for the pension.
Obviously many people including my parents disagreed (hard to fathom a 9-year old being smarter than Mrs. Manifold, but I was) with one notable exception. By far the dumbest teacher to ever disgrace the profession was our 7th grade math teacher Mr. Bailey.
There is a website that allows you to look up salaries and pensions of New York City and State public employees.
Master Bates and I have been feverishly looking up old teachers and other personnel ($57k per year for David Dinkins? really?) but the one person I couldn't find (maybe that's good because I would be outraged that even a dime of taxpayer money is going to that asshole, is Mr. Bailey, because I don't remember his first name. I tried George but that didn't work, even though it sounded right. I guess the reason it sounded right is because of James Stewart's character in "It's a Wonderful Life."
So I still don't know how much the city is paying that incompetent hack for his years of service playing hardball.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Is Julian a Poor Bastard?

I sent this picture of Julian in his Redskins outfit to Master Bates and he wrote back "Poor bastard, a lifetime of suffering."

is this adorable little boy a poor bastard?

Song of the Week

"King of Anything" - Sara Bareilles
This sounds like a happy, cheerful song but I hear some anguish in it. Behind this pop hit is a guy wishing he never dumped Sara Bareilles. These complaints seem too specific to not have been personal experiences.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Julian Eats For the First Time

I think he'd rather have a steak

This is What Happens When the Knicks are Good

The Knicks are finally good which drew a particularly star-studded crowd to the Staples Center for their annual visit.

Of course Spike Lee was there.

And Jack Nicholson. You can see Clyde's jacket in the background.

And Jack is sitting next to Adam Sandler.

Lindsay Lohan was the star of the show. Seated next to a presumably gay jewelry designer.

The really smokin hot Ciara

Denzel Washington tries to get some.

Which one is's date, the older Asian lady or the fat guy.

Dr. Dre can't believe has better seats.

Khloe Kardashian roots on her husband

Matthew Morrison from Glee enjoys his 15 minutes because next year when he calls for tickets they're going to say "I'm sorry, who are you?"

Is George Lopez even considered a celebrity anymore?

Oof! Didn't Michelle Trachtenberg used to be hot, or at least cute?

Get a rebound, pleeeeeeeeese
Luke, I am your father

Monday, January 10, 2011


9-year-old Christina Taylor Green was among the 6 people killed in Tucson, Arizona over the weekend. Several others were injured including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was the target of the attack.

Christina was attending the event with her neighbor. Christina wanted to meet a Congresswoman because she had just been elected to the student council at her school.

Christina was a second baseman on her Little League team, the only girl on her squad. She loved baseball, like her grandfather, former Mets manager Dallas Green.

Green said "I can't believe my princess is gone."

Christina was born on September 11th, 2001. She used to think her date of birth was a "holiday" until her parents corrected her. But she was a ray of hope emerging from the worst manmade disaster in U.S. history. Sadly, her death marks another one.