Saturday, October 13, 2012
My best week of the year followed by my worst week of the year. Undefeated Cardinals lost to a bad Rams team. Winless Saints beat a good Chargers team. My first loss while picking an underdog all season. I have never seen such a wide split between performance picking favorites versus underdogs. Underdogs are hot this year, and I am reluctant to pick them as my best bet, which explains my struggles. cincinnati -2 1/2 CLEVELAND I was going to make this my best bet but got scared off because of how live home dogs have been. But we have a decent team coming off a bad loss against the worst team in the league and the spread is less than a field goal. As Mike Singletary might say "I like this kinda party." SAN DIEGO +1 denver I still like what the Chargers have done so far this season. And I am certainly concerned that Denver's tough schedule could be masking a better team than I think. But I'm looking for a home dog to take. indianapolis +3 1/2 NEW YORK JETS Despite picking the Jets last week when everyone else was against them, I do agree that the Jets stink. I'm a little worried about the Colts because this whole Chuck Strong thing is bullshit, but they're actually pretty good. ARIZONA -4 buffalo The Cardinals had their problems with the Rams defense last week. But even though they paid a lot for them, the Bills have the worst defense in the league. BEST BET BALTIMORE -3 1/2 dallas This pick has me a little nervous because when we last saw Tony Romo he was throwing 5 interceptions against the Bears. I am quite certain that won't happen again. But it doesn't need to for the Ravens to win this game comfortably. Last Week: 1-4 (0 points) Season: 11-14 (8 points) Best Bets: 0-1 (1-4) Home Favorites: 0-2 (1-9) Home Underdogs: 1-0 (3-0) Road Favorites: 0-1 (4-4) Road Underdogs: 0-1 (3-1)
Friday, October 12, 2012
ESPN college football analyst Beano Cook passed away. His former partner Chris Fowler did a touching tribute to him, but unfortunately it only included a small snippet of Beano's most famous moment: "I can hear him!" (at about 2:05 of this video)
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Staten Island will soon be home to the world's tallest ferris wheel. It will be 625 feet tall and cost $230m to build. It will carry 1,440 passengers at one time. It will be on the north shore overlooking the Statue of Liberty. It is part of an effort to revive the St. George area of Staten Island which including a 100-shop outlet mall and a 200-room hotel. Senantor Chuck Schumer says “the ferris wheel will be Staten Island’s Eiffel Tower.” Chuck Schumer is a moron. But it’s actually not a bad idea. People from Staten Island will definitely visit this. I would. And maybe some tourists and Manhattan visitors would be encouraged to take the ferry to Staten Island if there were something cool to do. And maybe if you’re looking to visit Manhattan on a budget you’d rather stay at a nice hotel in Staten Island and take the ferry across. The idea seems ridiculous but I believe it has a lot of potential and could be a pretty cool thing for Staten Island. Here's a mock-up of what the Ferris Wheel and the surrounding area would look like:
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Alex Karras died today at the age of 77. Karras has unique appeal to members of three generations. In the 1960s, Karras was a star defensive lineman for the Detroit Lions. He was suspended for the entire 1963 season after he admitted to gambling on NFL games. In the 1970s he a great role as Mongo in "Blazing Saddles," where he famously punched a horse. obituaries. We post random and obscure memories from the deceased's career, like this clip from "Webster" with Alex Karras as George Papadopoulos.
"Mathematics" - Mos Def DJ Premier is probably one of the five best producers in hip-hop history. Here he is at his best, scratching 7 samples together for the song's hook: "The Mighty Mos Def..." (from Mos Def's "Body Rock"), "It's simple mathematics" (from Fat Joe's "John Blaze"), "Check it out" (The Lady of Rage's vocals from Snoop Dogg's "For All My Niggaz & Bitches"), "I revolve around science..." (Ghostface Killah's vocals from Raekwon's "Criminology"), "What are we talking about here..." (dialogue from the film Ghostbusters) "Do your math.." (from Erykah Badu's "On & On"), and "One, two, three, four" (from James Brown's "Funky Drummer")
Tuesday, October 09, 2012
Brees Passes Unitas Drew Brees set the all-time record for most consecutive games with a touchdown pass when he hit Devery Henderson for a 40-yard score. Brees passed Johnny Unitas who set the record of 47 straight games, back in 1960. A very special moment for Brees, that’s three years without getting shut out. And it came in a Saints win, to keep them from going 0-5, though even at 1-4 I think their playoff chances are slim. The most curious thing to me was the NFL (Roger Goodell) granting clemency to Sean Payton, temporarily lifting his suspension so he could attend the game. Seems like the NFL has gone soft. The guy was banned for the year because his team was running a bounty program and he failed to stop it. The punishment was just and it should be enforced as it was meted out.