Saturday, December 07, 2013
Thanks to the official's review I finally got a best bet right. Will try to make it two in a row this week. kansas city -3 WASHINGTON There's nothing better for a struggling team than a game against the horrible Redskins. NEW ORLEANS -3 carolina The Panthers streak has to end some time and the Saints coming off a horrible loss are just the team to end it. dallas +1/2 CHICAGO I'm sick of picking the Bears and watching them suck. SAN FRANCISCO -2 1/2 seattle Seahawks looked great last week and in the first game against the Niners. BEST BET ARIZONA -6 1/2 st. Louis If the Cardinals are for real they will bounce back strong from that loss to the Eagles. Last Week: 3-2 (4 points) Season: 30-35 (25 points) Best Bets: 1-0 (4-9) Home Favorites: 1-1 (14-15) Home Underdogs: 0-0 (1-1) Road Favorites: 1-0 (7-9) Road Underdogs: 1-1 (8-10)
Here are the reasons why signing Curtis Granderson for 4 years and 60 million is a bad deal: 1) Too many years. The Mets are buying Granderson's age 33 to age 36 seasons. The age at which most players start to decline is around 32. The best we can expect from Granderson is two decent years when the Mets suck, and when they start to be good (maybe), he will be a salary albatross and he will be taking at bats away from young players trying to develop. 2) CitiField is not Yankee Stadium. According to FanGraphs, Yankee Stadium inflates home runs by lefties by 14%, while CitiField is roughly league average in that regard. Granderson doesn't have drastic home road splits from his years with the Yankees but I feel guys hitting well at home tend to carry that confidence to the road, whereas guys from difficult home ballparks pack their struggles on road trips. Unscientific, but that's my impression. 3) The Mets are on the wrong side of the win curve. Unfortunately, with the injury to Harvey the Mets look like a 75-80 win team at best. Even 3 or 4 extra wins provided solely by Granderson will do nothing to help the Mets make the playoffs and likely add very little extra revenue, despite all the exhortations from the talk radio crowd that the Mets needed to do something to show their fans they're serious about building a winning team. This deal is worse than the Jason Bay deal in several ways: Granderson is older than Bay was, is coming off an injury and the Mets are worse now than they were then. Just because they don't have better options doesn't making doing the wrong thing right. The Mets have decided to do the same thing they always do, and hope it works out better this time.
Friday, December 06, 2013
What do you give me for Rep. Michael Grimm, Staten Island's Congressman and UFC loudmouth Chael Sonnen.
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
Best of the West As expected the Denver Broncos dispatched the Chiefs, in Kansas City, sending the once 9-0 darlings to a 3-game losing streak. A streak which will end this week when the Chiefs play the Redskins (more on them in a moment). But significant questions about the Chiefs defense remain. After they got pounded by Philip Rivers, Manning lit them up for 400 yards and 5 TDs. Not Enough Mike Tomlin was fined $100,000 for being on the field and likely interfering with a Jacoby Jones kick return. I think the referees should have awarded the Ravens a touchdown on the spot (they can do that!). But since they didn't, I think this merited something more like $250,000 and a 1-game suspension. He's not even supposed to be on the white line during a play, never mind the field. I don't think Tomlin did this in order to interfere, or to feign interference, but nonetheless his punishment should have been much more severe. If the Steelers had won this game, the outcry over this play would have been even louder.
Alabama vs. Auburn, the Iron Bowl of 2013 is the best college football game I have ever seen. And it certainly has its place among the greatest games of all time, and maybe the best ending. Sure, The Play ("the band is on the field, the band is on the field!") was more unusual and novel and crazy, but the game was meaningless. This was #1, defending national champ Alabama vs. #4 Auburn, in one of the most heated rivalries, with huge stakes, a chance at the title game, perhaps for both teams. And what ensued was one of the craziest, most dramatic, exciting, unpredictable and downright amazing games any of us will ever see. By now you've all heard or seen what happened (and if you didn't you don't care), the 99-yard touchdown, the late-game comeback TD by Auburn and of course the field goal return. But I want to talk about Nick Saban, the arrogant jerk whose pride cost his team the game. Saban thinks he walks on water (and he has the results to back it up) and that anything he does is right. And if you buy into this way of doing things you will win. He thinks the success he's had is because of him, and not his players. Which is why he failed in the NFL (and hated it), because he couldn't relate to players who had their own proven track records. It's also why he threw his kickers under the bus after the game. My big problem with Saban comes when he went for on 4th and 1 with about 5 minutes left, instead of trying a 30-yard field goal. I know his kicker had already missed 2, but a 30-yarder is probably a pretty good bet, for even a bad kicker, and it would have given the Tide a 2-score lead. But in Saban's world he can't envision how his team won't get 1 yard on 4th down, and if they do, it is the players' fault. That of course set up the blown coverage on the Auburn touchdown pass which set up Saban's fatal mistake. Many people are saying "if his kicker is so bad, why attempt a 57-yarder?" I'm going to give him a pass on this one. Even a bad kicker should make 57-yarders way more often than a player should return a miss 108 yards. The problem with Saban here is he didn't seem to have the right personnel on the field to defend a potential return, and he didn't seem to have them prepared for it. Though in his classy post-game press conference he said he warned the players and told them to fan out, but damn kids didn't listen.
Tuesday, December 03, 2013
A while back Mrs. Poop let Chase watch "Home Alone" for the first time. And the worst thing that happened was he came back saying "hell" as in "why the hell are you dressed like a chicken?" Other than that, we thought it was mostly harmless fun, until I read this article which asked a doctor diagnose the injuries Harry (Joe Pesci) and Marv (Daniel Stern) would have sustained had those attacks been real. For instance, getting smashed in the face with an iron could "fracture the bones surrounding the eyes. This is also known as a 'blowout fracture,' and can lead to serious disfigurement and debilitating double vision if not repaired properly." How about walking barefoot on Christmas ornaments?
Sunday, December 01, 2013
denver -5 KANSAS CITY I think the Broncos will make a comeback. Two weeks ago I wasn't so sure but then I saw the Chargers light up this Chiefs defense. CAROLINA -7 1/2 tampa bay I'm a believer in the Panthers. And I don't think the ECPs are going from 0-8 to 8-8. chicago +1 MINNESOTA I don't know why I keep falling for the Bears. NEW YORK JETS -3 miami Whenever we count the Jets out, they come back with a good performance. BEST BET arizona +3 1/2 (corrected via Papa Poop) PHILADELPHIA I love the Cardinals right now. Picking the hot team goes against what I stand for, but I just love the way Carson Palmer is playing lately and he is clearly the weak link on this team. Last Week: 1-4 (0 points) Season: 27-33 (21 points) Best Bets: 0-1 (3-9) Home Favorites: 1-2 (13-14) Home Underdogs: 0-0 (1-1) Road Favorites: 0-2 (6-9) Road Underdogs: 0-0 (7-9)