Friday, December 30, 2016
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
"Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" - Wham! I know some people prefer the edgier, solo George Michael, but I love the youthful, poppy version. It was a more innocent time for all of us, and particularly George who was only 20 when this song sent him to stardom.
Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Carrie Fisher died at the age of 60 after suffering a massive heart attack on a plane. She will be best remembered for playing Princess Leia in the original Star Wars movies and reprising that role in "The Force Awakens." Two enduring images, as a hologram in "A New Hope" and wearing a gold bikini in "Return of the Jedi"
Monday, December 26, 2016
The University of Minnesota football team was willing to forfeit the Holiday Bowl in a protest designed to protect 10 of their teammates who were suspended following a sexual assault. Thankfully new athletic director Mark Coyle (who left Syracuse after only 11 months to take this job) talked sense into them. The other 75 players were going to give up something they'd worked long and hard for, in order to protect rapists? According to the police report, the victim was very drunk before she left her apartment to attend a party. There were parties in several apartments and she ended up in one with Carlton Djam and a player who turned out to be a high school recruit. They began having sex with her simultaneously. And throughout what she describes as an hour to 90 minute ordeal, several players had oral and vaginal sex with her. She said she tried to get them to stop, tried to push, tried to wrap herself in the blanket, but felt unable to move. Here's the part of the police report that includes her recollection of the incident:
Saturday, December 24, 2016
Another good week, another won best bet. Lots of close games though. And I almost forgot that all the games were Saturday this week. miami +4 1/2 BUFFFALO Dolphins are a better team, even with Matt Moore. tampa bay +3 1/2 NEW ORLEANS Similar story here though, this does seem like a game a team that needs it willcould lose to a team that doesn't. LOS ANGELES -5 san francisco Bad teams don't often win on the road. Plus they already beat the Rams this year. KANSAS CITY -3 denver Denver's offense has been incredibly weak and the Chiefs lost last week. BEST BET san diego -4 CLEVELAND Sorry Browns fans, it's not going to happen. Last Week: 3-2 (4 points) Season: 41-29 (45 points) Best Bets: 9-5 (I forgot week 1)
Friday, December 23, 2016
Grayson Allen vaulted himself into second place on the most-hated Duke players list (no one will ever top Christian Laettner) by trip Elon's Steven Santa Ana. What's worse, Allen threw a fit on the bench after being pulled from the game, seemingly acted as if his trip/kick to the back of the knee was warranted because Santa had grabbed his arm. He also didn't seem to remember that this is the third time in his brief career that he has done something like this. After the first two, Allen received nothing more than a reprimand from the conference and some excuses from his coach, which I objected to. Now arrogant Coach K is once again behaving indignantly, saying that the discipline is between him and the player. Infractions need to be met with consequences or they become habits. That is what has happened here and I think will continue to happen, as I would be shocked if Allen was suspended for more than 3 games, because Duke's 4th game from now is against a good Florida State team, and the game after that is against an even better Louisville squad. Note: the reaction that Allen is getting has nothing to do with his color. He's an asshole, a jerk, a dirty player and if color plays a role at all it's because people perceive that a black player engaged in similar misbehavior would have punished far more severely, a long time ago.
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Saturday, December 17, 2016
The hot streak continues. Pretty sure that is 6 straight best bets. miami -3 NEW YORK JETS Backup quarterback theory which states that often the impact of losing your starting QB is overrated. green bay -5 1/2 CHICAGO The Pack are back and they won't be deterred by the cold. HOUSTON -4 jacksonville This seems like a really small number of points to give to a lousy team on the road. pittsburgh -3 CINCINNATI I think the Steelers will win. BEST BET oakland -2 1/2 SAN DIEGO I still think we are underestimating the Raiders. Last Week: 3-2 (4 points) Season: 38-27 (41 points) Best Bets: 8-5 (I forgot week 1)
Thursday, December 15, 2016
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Sunday, December 11, 2016
Got 4 points again. Another best bet. Not really sure what's going on, but I like it. pittsburgh -2 1/2 BUFFALO Not really sure why, I just think this is the kind of game the Steelers win. baltimore +6 1/2 NEW ENGLAND I am not going to get rich picking against the Patriots at home, but I really think their offense will struggle without Gronk. Struggle being a relative term of course. cincinnati -5 1/2 CLEVELAND RGIII is not the answer. SAN FRANCISCO -3 new york jets The 49ers were so putrid last week, even bad teams don't play that badly every week. BEST BET CAROLINA pick'em san diego Again, the Panthers were embarrassed last week. They will rebound. Last Week: 3-2 (4 points) Season: 35-25 (37 points) Best Bets: 7-5 (I forgot week 1)
Wednesday, December 07, 2016
Tuesday, December 06, 2016
A hunter in Australia saw that a kangaroo had a headlock on one of his dogs. I totally agree with doing whatever you can to protect your pets, but I really don't think it was absolutely necessary for him to strike the kangaroo, at least not at that point. He clearly startled the 'roo who relinquished the hold. The man could have waited and seen what happened next before punching the kangaroo, more for his own safety more than his opponent's. Good thing he wasn't facing Killer Willard.
Sunday, December 04, 2016
My worst week in the past month, only 4 points, too bad one game was a push. And there are a lot of games I like this week, which is surely a bad sign. denver -3 1/2 JACKSONVILLE When you have a defense that good you don't need a quarterback. los angeles +13 1/2 NEW ENGLAND The Patriots aren't the same without the Gronk. new york giants +6 PITTSBURGH This is a lot of points to give to a team as good (and lucky) as the Giants. SEATTLE -7 1/2 carolina The Seahawks will bounce back. BEST BET OAKLAND -3 buffalo I know the Bills have improved but the Raiders will win at home. Hopefully by more than three this time. Last Week: 3-2 (4 points) Season: 32-23 (33 points) Best Bets: 6-5 (I forgot week 1)
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
The Mets resigned Yoenis Cespedes for 4-years and $110M. It's a slight overpay for a guy who is like a 3.5 - 4 WAR player, but not so outrageous when you factor in other things such as the Mets really needed him, he's one guy who has proven he can hit in CitiField and most importantly, they got him on a 4 year deal through his age 34 season. I like the deal and I am happy with it but it means the Mets absolutely positively get rid of Bruce or Granderson or both. Trading Bruce would bring back very little, meaning they would take a big hit on a trade that netted almost nothing. Keeping Bruce and getting rid of Granderson would be high ceiling, if Bruce can rebound after two dreadful months in New York, but his age may make Granderson a little harder to deal. I wouldn't mind getting rid of both and giving Conforto, Lagares and Nimmo more time to develop. But they absolutely cannot saddle this great young pitching staff with an outfield of Granderson, Cespedes and Bruce, which would be historically bad defensively.
Saturday, November 26, 2016
The hot streak continues for another week. 14-1 in the past 3 weeks. new york giants -7 CLEVELAND I don't see how the Giants aren't bigger favorites. los angeles +7 NEW ORLEANS They blew a game in excruciating fashion last week, but they have a pretty good defense that should keep them in this one. OAKLAND -3 carolina This isn't last year. BALTIMORE -4 cincinnati I know the Ravens aren't that good but the Bengals are in a spiral. BEST BET tennessee -5 CHICAGO The Titans can put points on the board. The Bears can't. Last Week: 5-0 (6 points) Season: 29-21 (29 points) Best Bets: 5-5 (I forgot week 1)
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Sunday, November 20, 2016
Khabib Nurmagomedov lends Joe Rogan his hat during the post-fight interview at UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden.
This thing of quickly hammering out the picks without thinking has been working out. But the descriptions are back, let's hope the streak continues. INDIANAPOLIS -2 1/2 tennessee The Titans destroyed the Packers last week. I always look for bad teams coming off a win to revert to form. MINNESOTA -2 1/2 arizona How does a team go from being so good to so bad so fast? DALLAS -7 1/2 baltimore If Dallas really is the best team in the NFL they need to follow up last week's big win with a dominant performance over the weak Ravens. new england -11 1/2 SAN FRANCISCO If any team adheres to my bounceback theory it's the Patriots. When they lose they come back with a vengeance. They're playing a horrible team. This one could be ugly. BEST BET miami -2 LOS ANGELES My only concern is that I think backup quarterbacks are constantly underestimated. But I think the Rams are bad anyway, and that Dolphins have been frisky lately. Last Week: 4-1 (5 points) Season: 24-21 (23 points) Best Bets: 4-5 (I forgot week 1)
Friday, November 18, 2016
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
I recently went to Atlantic City for the PokerStars Festival, a series of tournaments meant to promote poker now that PokerStars offers online play in my home state. Because Resorts, which partners with PokerStars, doesn't have a poker room, the tournaments were held in a ballroom. As I walked through the tables I saw some well-known players sitting amongst regular folks aka amateurs. I also recognized a friend of mine, Andy, and on his direct right was Barry Greenstein, peacefully reading news articles on his iPad. I noticed Andy, whom I had never met in person, only online, was wearing a tank top that said "If you're offended, I'll help you pack" and had a big American flag in the middle.
Sunday, November 13, 2016
Perfect 6, first time in a long time. denver +3 NEW ORLEANS san francisco +13 1/2 ARIZONA PITTSBURGH -2 1/2 dallas seattle +7 1/2 NEW ENGLAND BEST BET TAMPA BAY +2 1/2 chicago Last Week: 5-0 (6 points) Season: 20-20 (18 points) Best Bets: 3-5 (I forgot week 1)
Wednesday, November 09, 2016
Monday, November 07, 2016
The town of Fair Lawn is an uproar over a lawsuit filed by the ACLU (the A stands for American) against the town's school district over policies it says discriminate against children of undocumented immigrants. According to the complaint, Fair Lawn school district policy requires that parents provide a driver's license and automobile registration when registering their child for enrollment in the district. The group called these requirements "an impermissible and discriminatory registration hurdle" for children of undocumented immigrants, because a person without a Social Security number or valid immigration status is unable to obtain such documentation. I'm sure the majority of you reading this are die-hard Hillary Clinton supporters who despise Donald Trump and have written all Trump supporters off as racist and xenophobic. But it's issues like these that resonate with people.
Sunday, November 06, 2016
Will clean this post up later
dallas -7.5 CLEVELAND
MIAMI -3.5 new york jets
jacksonville +8.5 KANSAS CITY
buffalo +7.5 SEATTLE
SAN DIEGO -5.5 tennesseeLast Week: 3-2 (2 points) Season: 15-20 (12 points) Best Bets: 2-5 (I forgot week 1)
Wednesday, November 02, 2016
"Broccoli" - Big Baby D.R.A.M. featuring Lil Yachty I'm not saying I like this song. But I'm also not saying I don't. But anytime I Shazam the same song twice, it automatically becomes Song of the Week. Also, I am glad the video provided a couple of out of work strippers with an honest day's pay.
Monday, October 31, 2016
Sunday, October 30, 2016
Damn. I really thought the Falcons had that one. Keep reading. oakland +1/2 TAMPA BAY People still keep underrating the Raiders. minnesota -4 1/2 CHICAGO If the Vikings are any kind of serious contender they will bounce back from a loss with a big win over a lousy team. new england -6 BUFFALO No way the Patriots lose to the Bills again. Only question is if they will win by a touchdown. DALLAS -4 philadelphia It's outrageous to think Dak Prescott is playing for his job. But I could totally see them starting Romo. Don't delude yourself, the 5-1 start is more about the offensive line and Ezekiel Elliott and Prescott just has to not fuck it up. BEST BET ATLANTA -3 green bay I've actually seen a good bit of Green Bay this season and they really aren't that great. I love Atlanta and just wished they hadn't choked away a game against the Chargers. Though it could lead to them coming back stronger this week. Last Week: 2-3 (1 point) Season: 12-18 (10 points) Best Bets: 2-4 (I forgot week 1)
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
"Giants" - Matt Nathanson Every year the World Series of Poker picks a theme song which it plays incessantly. But quite often I actually like the song. The live final table plays out in three parts this week, starting on Sunday. Watch and you will hear this song.
Monday, October 24, 2016
MetLife will no longer use Snoopy and the rest of the Peanuts gang in its advertising. After 31 years, MetLife is ending the relationship because now that it is exiting U.S. life insurance, it will have mostly corporate clients, and less consumer ones. No more blimp, and no more commercials. The end of an era.
Sunday, October 23, 2016
The Chicago Cubs are in the World Series for the first time in 71 years and they have a good chance to win the World Series for the first time in 108. And everyone will be rooting for them. Except me. Why? Because as someone who is not a Cubs fan, the streak is fun. It adds to the mystique of baseball. And every year is a new chance for them to either win it all. Or lose in painful fashion and add another chapter to their painful lore. Haven't the Red Sox become a lot less fun now that they have won 3 World Series titles in your lifetime, instead of 0 in an octogenarian's? Of the 7 billion people on Earth I'd bet few than a couple thousand were actually alive in 1908. There's the Billy Goat curse, Leon Durham's glove and of course Bartman, you want all that history to end just so the nickel dime people who don't even work can celebrate and get drunk in some bar?
Trying to bounce back after a disastrous start. Got my best bet two weeks in a row but the underdog thing otherwise didn't work out that great. CINCINNATI -10 cleveland The Browns stink. baltimore +2 NEW YORK JETS The Jets stink. Flacco should play. buffalo -3 MIAMI I think maybe the Bills have actually figured something out. And I don't think the Dolphins are any good, so coming off a big win is the perfect time to pick against them. new england -7 PITTSBURGH I normally don't get that jazzed about picking against teams using their backup quarterbacks, but the dropoff here could be severe. And Bill Belichick is the other coach. BEST BET ATLANTA -6 1/2 san diego It's rare that I pick the same team as my best bet twice in a row but I think the Falcons continue to be underrated. Last Week: 3-2 (4 points) Season: 10-15 (9 points) Best Bets: 2-3 (I forgot week 1)
Saturday, October 22, 2016
Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer cut his finger on the propeller of a drone he was working on and needed 10 stitches in his pinky finger. The stitches didn't hold and he was bleeding like a stuck pig, blood literally dripping off his hand during Game 3 of the ALDS. He didn't even survive an inning before the gaping wound forced him out of the game.
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
"Unwritten" - Natasha Bedingfield 2006 wasn't a good year for music, if you're an old grump. The pop music was just some of the worst there could be. "Buttons" by the Pussycat Dolls being one example. But this song is good, and has a nice message. There is only one you in the world, so be yourself and make the most of your brief chance to exist on this giant rock hurtling through space. At least that's my interpretation.
Saturday, October 15, 2016
Finally got one last week thanks to Tom Brady. Let's see if I can keep it going. Trying five underdogs this week. jacksonville +1 CHICAGO The Jags are the better team. The better team is more likely to win. san francisco +9 BUFFALO Let's see what Colin Kaepernick can do. cleveland +7 TENNESSEE Ok, this one may be crazy. But it's also possible that each successive QB isn't necessarily worse than the one who preceded him. OAKLAND +1 kansas city I don't get this spread at all. I know Murray is out, but Carr and Mack are still playing, right? BEST BET altanta +6 SEATTLE Atlanta has been the better team this year. I hope I'm not overestimating them based on a win over the Broncos, but they have looked really good. Last Week: 3-2 (4 points) Season: 7-13 (5 points) Best Bets: 1-3
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Chase was a little version of daddy. Nine years later, Lincoln wore the same shirt. See if you can spot the other differences in these pictures? Note: don't really, do that, I'm only kidding. There's a million of them.
Sunday, October 09, 2016
Another horrible week. 1 point through 3 weeks. Thankfully we have a guaranteed best bet this week. philadelphia -4 DETROIT I'm not sure I believe in the Eagles yet but I believe they are better than the Lions. new york giants +7 GREEN BAY This is way too many points for Green Bay to give when they seem to be struggling on offense. atlanta +5 DENVER The Falcons can score. I know the Denver defense is good, but I am not sure how many points the Broncos can put up with Paxton Lynch at QB. OAKLAND -3 1/2 san diego I love the Raiders this year. BEST BET new england -10 CLEVELAND Guaranteed. Last week: 2-3 (1 point) Season: 4-11 (1 point) Best Bets: 0-3
I got to witness an all-time great pitching duel in a winner-take-all wild card game.
Wednesday, October 05, 2016
In one of the worst managing decisions in recent times Buck Showalter allowed his team to get knocked out of the playoffs with Ubaldo Jimenez on the mound, while Zach Britton watched.
Britton is having on of the best years a closer has ever had. And when a fly ball will beat you, you need a strikeout or a weak ground ball. Britton was eminently more likely to get one of those results than Ubaldo. Britton had the highest rate of ground balls per batted ball of anyone ever.
But those are the specifics. Let's address the broader issue: you need your closer to protect a lead of you get one.
No you don't.
The way closers are used in baseball is terrible and counterproductive in many ways. But that's the way it is.
But in these special circumstances (it wasn't just a playoff game, it was a single-elimination playoff game, in extra innings), you need your best pitcher to pitch one or two innings to maximize the chances your offense will get to win the game.
You just cannot get beat without using your best relief pitcher. It's a terrible mistake and it cost the Orioles a chance to win the game.
Tuesday, October 04, 2016
National League Wild Card Giants over Mets Division Series Cubs over Giants Nationals over Dodgers League Championship Series Nationals over Cubs American League Wild Card Blue Jays over Orioles Division Series Rangers over Blue Jays Red Sox over Indians League Championship Series Red Sox over Rangers World Series Nationals over Red Sox
Sunday, October 02, 2016
Another horrible week. I will do better this week. I promise. buffalo +7 NEW ENGLAND Maybe this is a huge mistake but maybe the Patriots won't go 4-0 without Brady. TAMPA BAY +3 denver I think the CornPrices are actually pretty good. And I never ever pick home dogs, so if I like one I'm going to go with it. oakland +3 1/2 BALTIMORE I love the Raiders too, and don't think too highly of Baltimore. carolina -3 ATLANTA The Falcons don't have the defense to do to Cam what the Broncos and Vikings did. BEST BET ARIZONA -8 los angeles Classic bounceback game.
Thursday, September 29, 2016
An idiot Yankees fan (sorry for the redundancy) tried to propose to his girlfriend, but couldn't find the ring. The entire section was looking for it. Eventually they found it, seemingly in the cuff of her pants. Despite him being a complete moron, she said yes and they will live happily ever after. Now I don't want to insult the couple too badly, but they are the typical Yankees couple. He's a dead-eyed douchebag and she's cute but trashy. I wish them well.
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Arnold Palmer passed away at age 87, after living a full life in which he had a drink named after him. Nails puts a little shot of vodka in his Arnold Palmer and calls in a John Daly. Andy Samberg joked that he wanted take the music from Beyonce's "Lemonade" album, and put Ice-T lyrics over it to create a new album called "Arnold Palmer."
Sunday, September 25, 2016
Talent prima donna Odell Beckham Jr had a fit on the sidelines after Eli Manning didn't throw him the ball, and he attacked the field goal kicker's practice net. The net fought back. I suppose it's much funnier if you are not a Giants fan.
Zero points. That seems about right. I'll do better this week. oakland -1 TENNESSEE Titans are a bad team that won last week. I don't see them making it two in a row. TAMPA BAY -5 los angeles. The Rams are a bad team that won last week. I don't see them making it two in a row. GREEN BAY -7 detroit Something is wrong with Aaron Rodgers. But something has been wrong with him many times before and he's always rebounded. I expect more of the same, especially against the woeful Lions. arizona -4 BUFFALO I like the Cardinals, the Bills, not so much. BEST BET pittsburgh -4 PHILADELPHIA The Eagles and Carson Wentz played probably the two worst teams in the NFL so far. They will get a rude awakening. I expect the Steelers to win by 30. Last week: 1-4 (0 points) Season: 1-4 (0 points) Best Bets: 0-1
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Trey Mancini hit his first Major League home run for the Baltimore Orioles, and his mom Beth was there to see it. She was shocked, amazed and tearful, the exact reaction I would expect a mother to have. It was very similar to the reaction of Grandpa Matz when Steven had 3 hits in his Major League debut. I promise you if any of my kids ever homer, majors, minors, high school or Little League, I will make her reaction look subdued in comparison.
Sunday, September 18, 2016
Three years ago I was lucky enough to attend a Mets game and spend pre-game on the field, and take one of my favorite pictures ever, with Mr. and Mrs. Met. The experience I had before Friday's game against the Twins was even better. Thanks to the dogged persistence of a friend we were invited for a behind-the-scenes tour of the stadium by the Mets PR team. We entered at the Hodges gate, where right through that door is the press room where we often see Terry Collins discussing Mets injuries.