Saturday, September 21, 2013
A disappointing week, because I am mad at myself for ignoring my rules, in both the San Francisco-Seattle and San Diego-Philadelphia games I ignored the fact that teams just don't seem to play the same way every single week. I will keep that in mind this week. NEW ENGLAND -7 tampa bay The Patriots had two narrow wins against bad teams. This is their third bad opponent in a row and this time I would expect them to deliver the beatdown they are known to lay on inferior opponents like the ExpensiveCornPrices. new york giants -1 CAROLINA The Giants two losses thus far have been the product of 10 turnovers. They will get that corrected and the Panthers who played well in a loss last week will revert back to playing like shit. buffalo +2 NEW YORK JETS The Jets stink and the Bills are actually pretty good. jacksonville +19 SEATTLE A huge spread for the Seahawks coming off a ridiculously huge week. BEST BET Chicago -2 PITTSBURGH All the Bears have to do is beat a pretty pathetic Pittsburgh team. But I could be ignoring my bad performance corollary again. Last Week: 2-3 (1 point) Season: 4-6 (4 points) Best Bets: 0-1 (1-1) Home Favorites: 0-1 (1-2) Home Underdogs: 0-0 (0-0) Road Favorites: 0-0 (1-1) Road Underdogs: 2-2 (2-3)
Friday, September 20, 2013
It looks like Grand Theft Auto V clearly copied Kate Upton's body (I'd recognize those tits anywhere) for this character, but it appears the face was drawn based on a model they actually hired.
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Matt Harvey has a torn ligament in his elbow. Tommy John surgery is the usual avenue to repair such an injury, but since it is only a partial tear, Harvey has decided to try to rehab it, instead of opting for Tommy John surgery. This totally sucks. And we want to kick ourselves in the asses and say "typical Mets, cursed franchise" and I might agree with that. We have had Tom Seaver who was great. Gooden who was great and derailed his career with drugs, and now Matt Harvey. Of course the fear is that he will struggle through one or more injury-plagued seasons before needing the surgery anyway, so why not just have it now? I guess the thinking is that he can strengthen the muscles around the ligament to prevent a tear. And even if a tear is inevitable, maybe putting it off, would allow a couple more good years before Tommy John surgery and maybe lengthen his career at the back end was well. And since Dr. James Andrews signed off on this, I'm willing to try this approach. The fear of course is that he will rehab and then tear it sometime next season, costing him 2014 and 2015. There is a strong reason to believe Harvey will never be the same again, but there are also many examples of guys who came back as good or better. Adam Wainwright and Steven Strasburg both had the operation in 2011. Chris Carpenter had it in 2007 and came back strong for 3 seasons before getting hurt again. AJ Burnett, Anibal Sanchez and Francisco Liriano are other pitcher who have had success post-Tommy John. Harvey does not seem to be handling the injury, and the scrutiny over his personal medical decision, very well. Here's his curt interview with Dan Patrick. I'm very familiar with these type of interviews and the arrangement is exactly how Dan Patrick described it. In this case Qualcomm pays Matt Harvey to be its spokesman. Matt Harvey does interviews to promote the product, but the agreement (and usually it's unspoken, as the producer explained) is that the player will do a real interview about all reasonable topics and the last question or two will be about what is being promoted. Dan Patrick handled it well, Matt Harvey did not. He later apologized on Twitter as he realized his behavior did damage to himself and to Qualcomm. I'm sure Harvey's image can recover from this, but can his elbow?
Once again Vince Gilligan and the Breaking Bad team got the characters out of a situation in a logical reasonable way. Almost, I do think it was a little implausible that Jesse could have been hiding under the car and they would not have noticed him. But the fact that they did choose to let him live in order to cook makes a little sense. Though $68-$69 million dollars, even split 10 ways or so, is a pretty good reason not to cook meth. Seems a little greedy, which by the way was very funny about Uncle Jack stealing the money basically from Walt, and then calling the other guys greedy for not wanting to leave him a barrel. And then him telling Walt he needs to know that they are "square" or else he will kill him. I guess he believes there is honor among thieves. But it remains to be seen if Walt has just written off that much money. Hank and Gomey had to die. Once they took us down that road, that was the only viable off-ramp. I don't understand why Walt begged so hard for Hank to live, yet he turned on Jesse so quickly, even twisting the dagger with that Jane comment. I guess because Hank is family. And the whole show is about the lengths Walt will go to in order to protect his family. I think this episode was when he finally realized that as a direct result of the actions he took to protect his family, he lost his family. That's why his final desperate act as Walter White, was to kidnap Holly, dump her at a fire station and make the call to Skylar. He knew the cops would be listening and he wanted to make it seem that he acted alone, and Skylar had nothing to do with it.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Thunder and Lightning A strange, sloppy game between the 49ers and the Seahawks, with a result I certainly did not see coming. I love Colin Kaepernick, but the Seahawks defense rattled him into the worst game he's ever played. And because the defense was so dominant it allowed the offense to keep pounding with Marshawn Lynch until that worked, which opened things up for Russell Wilson who was horrible early but good enough late to rout the 49ers and make a big statement in the division and in fact, the conference. I am not usually a proponent of home-field advantage. I know it exists, but I think it's importance is heavily overstated. But if ever a crowd and a field can make a significant impact on the game, it is this Seattle atmosphere right now.
Sunday, September 15, 2013
A pretty lucky opening weekend, or unlucky depending on your point of view. Four of the games I picked were very close, one ended as a push, but the biggie, my best bet was pushed over the top by a late field goal. PHILADELPHIA -7 san diego I really think the Eagles are on to something, at least at early before other teams have a chance to figure it out. They thoroughly dominated the Redskins and nothing that happened in the 4th quarter makes any difference when indicating how well the Eagles will play this week. I do hate that I am picking a Monday Night winner vs. a Monday night loser, but I think the Eagles performance actually looked worse than it was and the Chargers actually looked better than it was, simply because they held it close. buffalo +3 CAROLINA I was very impressed with the way the Bills played against New England last week. I think EJ Manuel has a chance to be pretty good. And I am growing increasingly sure that Cam Newton's rookie season was a mirage and he actually sucks. st. Louis +6 1/2 ATLANTA I'm still happy with the Rams even though they didn't cover in Week 1. The Falcons are good but this spread is a little too big. dallas +3 KANSAS CITY I think we are all getting a little too ahead of ourselves with the Chiefs. They looked great, but they were playing the Jaguars. I refuse to believe Alex Smith is great and Andy Reid is smart, just because of one week. BEST BET san Francisco +3 SEATTLE My preseason predictions centered around two things: the 49ers would be even better this year, and the Seahawks would be worse. Nothing I saw in Week 1 is leading me to change my mind. I love Kaepernick and think Russell Wilson is very overrated. But turnovers will matter here, and that has a lot to do with luck. I rarely take this many underdogs, especially as my best bet, but I just have a feeling. Last Week: 2-3 (3 points) Season: 2-3 (3 points) Best Bets: 1-0 (1-0) Home Favorites: 1-1 (0-0) Home Underdogs: 0-0 (0-0) Road Favorites: 1-1 (0-0) Road Underdogs: 0-1 (0-0)