Saturday, January 04, 2014
A bad regular season is over but I will make up for it by nailing 9 of the 11 playoff games. I hope. PHILADELPHIA -2 1/2 new Orleans I believe a lot of what people are attributing to the Eagles as a 9-7 was at the beginning of the season with Vick, and even Barkley. Since Foles has taken over he has been mostly great. And there is serious reason to be concerned about the Saints on the road in cold conditions. CINCINNATI -6 1/2 san diego I just really like the Bengals this year and think they are a serious threat for the Super Bowl. (For the record: I'm going chalk with Denver over Seattle in the Super Bowl). I don't like the Chargers, even at their best I don't think they are better than the Bengals and they will have a hard time being at their best on the road in the cold. san Francisco -2 1/2 GREEN BAY I don't think the cold will hurt the 49ers as much as people think it will. The Packers might be more used to it but it will still be cold. And if the weather does have a serious impact on the way the game is played, that might actually favor the 9ers and Kaepernick as opposed to Rodgers who needs to throw it around. BEST BET kansas city +1 1/2 [corrected] INDIANAPOLIS I'm picking the Chiefs here just because they lost to the Colts a few weeks back. Those things tend to even out. Last Week: 2-3 (1 point) Season: 43-42 (33 points) Best Bets: 0-1 (5-12) Home Favorites: 1-1 (19-18) Home Underdogs: 0-0 (2-1) Road Favorites: 0-1 (11-11) Road Underdogs: 1-1 (11-12)
Thursday, January 02, 2014
2013 was a great year for the Poop. In addition to all the great sporting events, I also started a new job for more money and a shorter easier commute. Chase started first grade, learned to swim and tie his shoes. And he made his first best friend, and now spends every day at his buddy's house playing video games. That's what childhood should be. Julian started the year in his terrible 2s and ended them as one of the smartest, funniest, cutest kids, I've ever seen. Mrs. Poop has overseen it all while herself changing to a new role at work and helping many parents learn to care for their newborns. The goals for 2014: buy a house and go to Disney World (shhh! it's a secret), if we can avoid serious illness and add a few other memorable experiences in there too, it should be another great year.
Wednesday, January 01, 2014
"Stay the Night" - Zedd The last awesome dance song from the super-producer who brought you "Clarity." It continues a recent trend where the DJ/producer (David Guetta, Avicii) gets credit for the song and the singer (in this case Hayley Williams from Paramore) gets second billing, or no billing at all. If this is the first song you hear today, your 2014 is off to a pretty good start.
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
The Fickle Field Goal of Fate With the collapse of the Miami Dolphins and the Baltimore Ravens, the San Diego Chargers controlled their own future. Beat the Chiefs, make the playoffs, lose and the 8-8 Steelers get in. Oh yeah, the Chiefs were also sitting many of their starters. But that might have actually worked against San Diego, as motivated KC backups, Chase Daniel and Knile Davis, led the Chiefs to a 24-14 4th quarter lead. The Chargers bounced back from that to tie the game but Daniel led a great drive to get KC into position for a 41-yard field goal attempt from Ryan Succop. A very makeable field goal, with two teams' playoffs hopes on the line. And he missed.
Monday, December 30, 2013
We've been chronicling gruesome sports injuries (that's your hint squeamish Poopheads) for many years here at the Poop and nothing may ever top the Kevin Ware injury in terms of national scope because it occurred in the NCAA Tournament with millions of people watching. But, in terms of stature of athlete, Anderson Silva, unquestionably the greatest fighter in UFC history, is the biggest star we've ever cataloged in this space. In his rematch fight with Chris Weidman, in an effort to regain the middleweight title he gave away in March by hot-dogging, Silva, lost the first round, and then early in the second round threw a leg kick. Weidman, who ate several leg kicks in the first fight, check the kick with his shin, and Silva's leg fractured. Here's the moment of impact: Corey Hill injury because it happened in exactly the same way, but in that fight, Hill was hopping around and Joe Rogan was screaming "STOP THE FIGHT!!!" And again, this happened to a huge star in a title fight on a PPV bought by a million people. Silva broke his fibula and tibia and immediately had them both surgically repaired. He's 38 and will be 39 (April 14) by the time he'll be healthy enough to fight again. I fully expect him to come back, fight once more next summer/fall and rematch Weidman about a year from now. But I wouldn't be shocked if the last image of this great champion is him lying on the mat screaming in agony as his lower leg hung loosely inside his skin. But it would be very sad.