Saturday, October 19, 2013
Another promising week where I missed my best bet and the Monday Night game. I will try to get both right again this week. chicago +1/2 WASHINGTON I hate doing this, but if it were any other team I would make this my best bet. There is no way the Redskins win this game. They're so awful in every phase, and even if RGIII figures it out, the defense still sucks. st. louis +7 CAROLINA This is just too many points to get from a bad team like the Panthers. I know they've looked better, but maybe that's just to sucker us in. new england -3 1/2 NEW YORK JETS I've had good luck picking New England, but the Jets are a little harder to figure. Because the spread is relatively small, I'll hope for some more Brady magic. NEW YORK GIANTS -3 1/2 minnesota Giants have been taking steps since the back to back blowouts against Carolina and Kansas City. Now it finally pays off in the first win off the season. It helps to be playing a quarterback who will throw more interceptions than Eli. BEST BET san francisco -3 1/2 TENNESSEE I don't quite know why I feel so confident about this one. The Niners seem to be playing better, something that usually scares me away. But once again spread is somewhat small, so a win should be good enough here. Last Week: 3-2 (2 points) Season: 13-17 (11 points) Best Bets: 0-1 (2-4) Home Favorites: 1-1 (5-5) Home Underdogs: 0-0 (0-1) Road Favorites: 0-1 (3-5) Road Underdogs: 2-0 (5-6)
Friday, October 18, 2013
A problem with the backup system that controls the payments for EBT cards forced the entire system to crash over the weekend. That meant in 17 states people could not use their food stamp debit cards to buy food. In most stores, they simply declined to accept EBT cards while the system was not functioning. In two Wal-Marts in Louisiana, store management (apparently with the approval of Wal-Mart corporate) continued to accept EBT cards as payment, even though the system was unable to debit users' accounts. When word of this got around, people flocked to the stores and filled their carts up with anything they could find knowing the stuff would be free for them. Cops had to be called to control the crowds, and eventually the system started to work again and debit customer accounts for their purchases. Since they didn't have enough money on their EBT cards or any money of their own, these "shoppers" just abandoned their full shopping carts and walked out of the store. One woman tried to buy $700 worth of food and other items, with only 49 cents on her card. Here is what the aftermath of this incident looked like: Store employees were forced to clean up and restock as much as they could. But much of the food couldn't be put back, so it had to be discarded.
What do you give me for Sen. Patty Murray and Pres. Bartlett's sharp-tongued ("your immature attitude towards vegetables is not very Presidential") secretary, Mrs. Landingham.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
I root for the Washington Redskins. I harbor no ill will to Native Americans. I sympathize with their plight, but a team nickname is the least of their problems. I'm not sure what sparked this latest and most powerful round of outrage but I'm quite certain it wasn't Native Americans, but more likely people who felt guilty about the horrible treatment of the American Indians throughout the years and think the Redskins team name is the latest slight to a downtrodden people. It's offensive they say. That word is thrown around a lot and I think we need to be very careful in how we interpret it so that we don't get hijacked by the political correctness police. In order to determine if something is offensive you need to look at the person saying it. Forget what happened 200 years ago and the historical etymology of the word. Do you think for a minute that any Redskins fan or anyone involved with the team harbors any ill-will, scorn or hatred towards Native Americans? And are any of those people perpetuating the name or the likenesses that go with it as a means of insulting those people in order to economically and socially oppress them? Of course not.
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Game of the Week New England Patriots 30 New Orleans Saints 27 I gave up on this game when Tom Brady threw an interception with 2:16 left, giving the Saints the ball and a 4-point lead. The Patriots were able to stop the Saints, use their remaining timeout plus the 2-minute warning, to force the Saints to punt. New England got the ball at their own 30 with a minute 13 left. He masterfully ran the two minute drill converting on a 4th down, and then dropped a perfect pass in to Kenbrell Thompkins, who didn't drop it.
For years I have complained about the douches that sit behind home plate at baseball game and flinch every time a ball is fouled back, even though there is a screen in front of them. Finally, we have found a man who was able to control his urges and sit perfectly still as a batted ball flew in his direction. Watch the guy in the black shirt above the EI in Budweiser: Now go back and watch all the people around him, they scatter, but our hero sits still, unflinching in the face of danger.
Adrian Peterson is a hell of a football player. But he's a shitty man. And a worse father. In case you don't know (Mrs. Poop, Razor, Di10 perhaps), Adrian Peterson is the star running back for the Minnesota Vikings. He's one of the best players in football. On Thursday his 2-year-old son was severely beaten, allegedly by the mother's new boyfriend. On Friday the child died. On Sunday Adrian Peterson played a football game. Before during and after the game, writers who wanted to seem nice, praised Peterson for playing through his grief. Only one problem: Peterson wasn't grieving. The facts of the matter are likely something like this: Nearly 3 years ago Peterson fucked a woman he probably never saw before or since. That encounter led to a baby. It's not clear who, if anyone, knew for certain the baby's paternity. But Adrian Peterson didn't. It wasn't until 3 months ago that he found out the baby was his, that's when the baby's mama finally contacted him (maybe she didn't even know) and told him a paternity test for her boyfriend, the man she was presumably with at the time of her tryst with Peterson, came back negative. Peterson had three months in which to arrange a visit from Minnesota to South Dakota (neighboring states) to see his child. He didn't. Why? He didn't care. He didn't even see the baby for the first time until the child was on life support, being kept alive by machines. That's why he thought nothing about playing in a football game two days after his nominal child died, in a horrible grisly fashion. Please don't tell me about all the people who played after losing a parent or a sibling, or coaches who coached after grown children were killed. This is a small child, murdered in the most horrific way possible. The least he could have done was honor this child's memory by pretending to care enough about him to take a day off of work. And I don't want to hear the crap about everyone grieving differently. He wasn't grieving. He has as much emotional connection to this child as you or I. Any real parent who loves their children can tell you there is no way they would go to work, or play a game, or even leave their bedroom if this happened to their kid. His callousness towards his own flesh and blood is disgusting enough, I just wish I didn't have to read about how great he is for being that way. Note: Adrian Peterson has two other kids with two other women. He has a son named Adrian Jr. whom he actually seems to care about.
Sunday, October 13, 2013
Got off to a pretty good start last week, won my first three games and Denver, my best bet, had a 15-point lead in the second half of their game. And it all went downhill from there. Going with some risky bets this week. We'll see how they pay off. NEW ENGLAND -1 1/2 new Orleans I like the Patriots to bounce back here. Horrible game last week, they will recover. And figure out how to stop, or slow the Saints. indianapolis -1 1/2 SAN DIEGO I hate picking a team coming off a huge victory but I have a lot of confidence in the Colts and very little in the Chargers. jacksonville +26 1/2 DENVER Smart money always comes in late on the big underdogs. Denver is not going to be motivated to keep their best players in the game, and to keep throwing the ball, probably after the 10 minute mark of the third quarter. Even if it's 35-3 at that point, I would expect the Jags to be about to lose this game by 42-17 or something like that. Also, I was in a restaurant last night at some loudmouth at the next table was saying there was no way Denver doesn't win by at least 30. That pushed me over the top on this one. tennessee +13 SEATTLE A lot is being made out of Seattle's home-field advantage, something I normally find to be incredibly overrated. 13 points is way too much to be giving to a pretty decent team like the Titans. BEST BET HOUSTON -7 1/2 st. Louis It's always darkest before dawn. This is basically a bet that although Matt Schaub is bad, bordering on horrible, he can't stink this much every week. And if he does, and gets yanked for TJ Yates or whomever, the Texans should still be able to cover this. Last Week: 3-2 (2 points) Season: 10-15 (9 points) Best Bets: 0-1 (2-3) Home Favorites: 1-1 (4-4) Home Underdogs: 0-0 (0-1) Road Favorites: 1-1 (3-4) Road Underdogs: 1-0 (3-6)