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I’m trying to figure out the rationale for being up this damn early on a Saturday.

  • Here’s my review of Philadelphia.  That is a cool city!  The fans weren’t anything we haven’t seen on other trips – heck, even better than a couple other places!  The people at the restaurants, bars, tourist sites were nice to us.  We expected some razzing (even a cop turned on his microphone in his truck to yell out “Go Eagles”), which we did get – but it’s Philly!
    • Restaurants – the Philly Cheese Steak from Jim’s Steaks on South Street was amazing.
    • Founding Fathers is a nice sports bar having multiple TVs to watch any game and have really good wings, with the best being Korean and Carribbean Jerk.
    • We had a beef hoagie from Cherry Street Tavern to start off our Sunday, which is apparently a Philly tradition in lieu of the normal Cheese Steak
    • We did see the Liberty Bell (much smaller than I thought it was), the Rocky Balboa statue, and the Independence Hall where the Declaration of Independence was signed.  Some cool history stories were told during the tour!
    • We saw a Gene Simmons look-a-like at some dive spot called El Bar, and it was an interesting place to say the least.  If you stepped outside, it seemed like we were in kind of a rough neighborhood – so thanks for Uber!
    • The Philadelphia sports teams all are within one giant sports complex area – each stadium/arena are within walking distance.  The cool part is there is a central location called the Xfinity Center that had restaurants, bars and the Eagles pre-game show going where fans could listen to a band and catch the pre-game show.  My buddy made a “Fire Ted” sign flipped over by a “Do Not Establish the Run” sign.  We made the pre-game show numerous times!  I had the camera guy ask me who Ted was so I had to explain what that was.
    • The game – it was loud at first, but once the Packers seemed to start gaining control of the game, their fans just sat there.  Sure, there were pockets of fans with some choice words, but it was directed at the Eagles.  The worst part was some 21-year-old throwing up multiple times two rows behind us.
    • If Aaron plays like this, Green Bay can make a run.  Some of the throws he made in this game were just amazing and you could hear Eagles fans saying ‘how in the hell did he do that’?
    • I doubt you saw this during the game, but once the Packers got up 24-13, Damarious Randall was walking the sideline bench area mocking the Eagles fans leaving early.  If my camera wasn’t such a piece of shit, that would have been cool to capture.
    • Eagles fans are optimistic in Carson Wentz, and they should be.  Their next goal is to get some weapons around him.  Can we give them Jeff Janis??  Please?!?

I would love to return to Philadelphia at some point.  See you in 2017, Pittsburgh!

  • With baseball about 120 days away and the winter meetings next week – chew on this for how screwed up their salary situations are.  Two pitchers – Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke will make more than the entire San Diego Padres team in 2017.
    • I bring up baseball because I do expect to see a Milwaukee Brewer or two traded.  Namely Ryan Braun.
    • Can someone explain why the Brewers brought Scooter Gennett back?  Perhaps as a utility guy?  I would think Jonathan Villar is the starter at 2B next season.
  • A good way to start Saturday?  Oklahoma at Wisconsin from the Kohl Center!  This will be the third team from last years’ Final Four Wisconsin has played in the past 10 days (North Carolina, Syracuse, Oklahoma).  Can the Badgers squeeze in Villanova instead of Idaho State?

Wisconsin vs. Pedophile State

  • Badgers vs. Sanduskies for the B1G Championship…notice something?  No Ohio State.  Or Michigan. Or Michigan State. Or Nebraska. Or even Iowa.  Two teams most did not expect to get to this point with a chance to get to the Playoffs with a Clemson loss.

    The likely scenario.  Win, and you’re facing Colorado or USC in Pasadena.  Lose, and you’re facing Western Michigan in Dallas.

    The Lions strengths on offense off the edges play right into the strength of the Badger defense.  If PSU hits some deep passes, they can and probably should win.  But, the UW secondary has been stout all season and I believe will shut that aspect down.  The Badger ground game will struggle at first, but then wear the Lions down and that will be the difference.

    The pick:  Wisconsin 27, Pedophile State 17

Houston at Green Bay

  • The only comparison I should even need to make is Aaron Rodgers vs. Brock Osweiler.  Any and all other match-ups should start and stop right at the quarterback position.

    Somewhere, Broncos GM John Elway is still laughing at the Texans for giving Osweiler $18 million a year to be a below average quarterback.

    For the game, if Aaron Rodgers plays with the same precision, poise, and leadership he displayed in Philadelphia – the Packers will roll this week.  Actually, I’m kind of thinking the Packers should take care of Houston, anyways.

The Pick:  Packers 28, Texans 13

Other NFL picks:

  • I thought Dallas would win, but by a wider margin.  I get the feeling the Cowboys will end up 13-3 and lose in the Divisional Round of the playoffs.
  • Detroit at New Orleans – in Detroit, I’d think this could be a good game.  At the Superdome though, the Saints are just a different animal.  Saints 41, Lions 27
  • Miami at Baltimore – sneaky good game, which I wouldn’t have said a few weeks ago.  Where did Ryan Tannehill come from?
  • Kansas City at Atlanta – a potential game of the week.  I don’t know how the Falcons keep winning, but they are sure finding something on defense to compliment their offense.  I think they jump out and playing catch-up is not the Chiefs’ strength…plus, KC may be a bit hungover from their win at Denver last week.  Falcons 27, Chiefs 17
  • Philadelphia at Cincinnati – I think the Eagles get this one – not sure why aside that I think the Bengals are way too beat up to be really competitive at this point.   Eagles 24, Bengals 16
  • LA Rams at New England – I don’t care if Gronk was done for his career, it won’t matter here.  Patriots will hammer the Rams, furthering the possible removal of Coach Jeff Fisher.  Patriots 38, Rams 14
  • Denver at Jacksonville – this feels like a trap game for the Broncos.   I’m tempted to take the Jaguars in the upset, but not enough as they look like a lost bunch.  Broncos close – 21-20
  • San Francisco at Chicago – zzz…zzzzzzz…zzz.zz.zzzzzzz  – oh, there’s a game?  Quick, hand me the whiskey!!  49ers 21, Bears 17
  • Buffalo at Oakland – sorry, Buffalo.  Even a dislocated pinky to QB Derek Carr won’t help you this week.  Raiders 31, Bills 20
  • Tampa Bay at San Diego – The Buccaneers have won at Kansas City and Seattle at home in consecutive weeks?  Hangover coming?  Yep.  Chargers 31, Buccaneers 23
  • Washington at Arizona – Kirk Cousins can keep rolling this week, despite losing a close one to Dallas last week.  The Redskins lose Jordan Reed, so that will hurt, but not enough to take this one on the road.  Redskins 26, Cardinals 20
  • NY Giants at Pittsburgh – game of the week.  There should be a drinking game in this one to see how many ‘Manning faces’ Eli will come up with when he throws any interceptions!  However, the Steelers aren’t that great on defense, so I sense a shootout.  Steelers 35, Giants 31
  • Carolina at Seattle – Seattle at home?  Awesome.  Seattle on the road?  Pile of steaming dogshit.  Since they’re at home, give me the Seahawks.  Seahawks 28, Panthers 24
  • Indianapolis at NY Jets – outside of Fantasy Football purposes, I would have no interest in this game Monday night.  Give me the Jets in an upset.  Jets 20, Colts 16
  • Bonus pick:  Bye week 14, Browns 10

 

Dumb ass of the week – well, there are more than one.  

  • LA Rams Jeff Fisher – when you do your weekly press conferences, can you at least know the other teams’ personnel that you’re facing?  He mentioned Danny Woodhead in the presser, saying how versatile he has been for the Patriots.  Um, yea.  He WAS a great player in New England.  The problem here is Woodhead is now on the Chargers, and is out for the year with a knee injury.  Oh, you meant Danny Amendola?  Cool.  Yet, another reason why Jeff Fisher is the most overrated coach in the NFL.   Oops

    On top of this presser, you have a media beef with former Rams great Eric Dickerson? Story

  • This guy…I do not want to hear you cheer for the Packers again…stick to the Dolphins.  Bandwagon

Kudos of the week

The ACC…yes, them.  For FINALLY taking back the ACC/B1G Challenge in basketball this past week.  Their 9-5 series win was the first since what, 2008?

The Green Bay Packers – for showing the urgency they needed to pull off a huge road win at Philadelphia Monday night.  In case you hadn’t noticed, their playoffs start now.

that’s all for this week.  Have a busy day / weekend ahead of me.  Enjoy!

-n

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Greetings from the City of “Brotherly Love”, and I’m writing this a day late, but as how I feel about the recall vote in Wisconsin, get over it!   Hope you all had a good Thanksgiving.

So far, so good in Philadelphia.  We got here later than expected because some morons in Detroit figured out there was some heating malfunction on our initial flight that we sat in the runway for 35 minutes before finally turning around.  Then on top of that, they waited until we got back to the gate before calling maintenance.  That is efficiency at its best, people!

Our hotel is across the street from City Hall….or jail.  No, we are not going to jail, but it is ironic that the jail is located so close to where we are.   Our tickets are about the 50-yard-line, 15 rows up behind the Packers bench.  If the sign being made is what I think it is?  Don’t be surprised if you see us on TV Monday night.

  • I hope Texas knows what they’re doing in hiring their new football coach, Tom Herman.  He did great at Houston, but are they paying $8 million a year for a guy who lost to Navy, SMU and Memphis!
  • 76-61 – a nice win for Pittsburgh over Syracuse yesterday…in FOOTBALL.  Story

  • If you haven’t read this blog from J.J. Watt yet, please do – this is good stuff.  And refreshing to see from a professional athlete.  Blog

 

 

  • Minnesota at Wisconsin – this is one of my favorite games on the Badgers schedule each year.  The Battle for Paul Bunyon’s Axe.  The longest consecutive played rivalry in College Football, and a little under the radar to the national pundits.

    The Gophers are better than I thought they would be this year, so kudos to them for being so tough through three quarters.  That’s about as far of a compliment I’ll give them.  They’re still from that ****ing state to the west.

    For the Goophers to win, they have to play a near-perfect game for 4 quarters.  And they almost did!  UW’s defense is a top-3 defense in my eyes (Michigan and Alabama are the others).   The Gophers ran the ball effectively, until quarterback Mitch Leidner imploded in the 4th quarter (thanks for that and THANKS for sealing my bet win once again).

  • The original pick was Badgers 34, Gophers 20.

    The actual – if you don’t know by now, keep hiding under that rock.  Badgers keep the axe!  31-17 and advance to face Penn State for the B1G Championship.

    And, I think the Badger defense will win the B1G over PSU (notice I’m being somewhat nice as I am in their state right now?).

My College Playoff predictions:

  • (1) Alabama vs. (4) Washington
  • (2) Clemson vs. (3) Ohio State

B1G Bowl projections:

  • Rose Bowl – Wisconsin vs. Colorado
  • Orange Bowl – Florida State vs. Michigan
  • Cotton Bowl – Penn State vs. Western Michigan
  • Outback Bowl – Nebraska vs. Florida
  • Music City Bowl – Iowa vs. Arkansas
  • Holiday Bowl – Minnesota vs. Utah
  • Foster Farms Bowl – Indiana vs. Stanford
  • Pinstripe Bowl – Maryland vs. Pittsburgh
  • Quick Lane Bowl – NC State vs. Northwestern
  • Green Bay at Philadelphia

    I give up.  I don’t know what else to say about the Packers this season except they just do not have the horses capable of putting together a team that can make the playoffs.  If that is the case, get your asses kicked and get a high draft pick next year (hello Leonard Fournette!!)  From what I have seen the past couple weeks, it feels very similar to when the Packers defense was getting gashed in the late 2000’s, prompting defensive changes (hint).

    It does sound like the Packers may get Jake Ryan and Damarious Randall back, so that will help…a little.

    For the game, the offense will do what it can, but the defense won’t be able to stop a nose bleed, so I’d expect Carson Wentz and the Eagles to put up points…in bunches in the air and they won’t have an answer for Darren Sproles.  Yes, that little guy.

  •  The pick:  Eagles 37, Packers 23

  • NFL Picks – if you read last week, I had Detroit beating Minnesota, Dallas beating Washington and Pittsburgh over Indianapolis. 3-0!!
  • New England at NY Jets – It sounds like Gronk, Edelman and Brady area a go today…even without, it’d be no problem for the Belichicks. The Jets stink, nearly as bad as the Browns do!  Patriots 31, Jets 14
  • Tennessee at Chicago – oy. Do people have to pay to attend this game?!?  Titans should roll with their running game.  Titans 30, Bears 14
  • Jacksonville at Buffalo – another oy. Bring mass quantities of liquor for this game!!! Guess I’ll take the Bills at home.  Bills 27, Jaguars 20
  • Cincinnati at Baltimore – another round of what the hell happened to the Bengals? Now the injury bug clips them losing A.J. Green and Giovani Bernard will keep Cincinnati derailing.  Closer than expected.  Ravens 24, Bengals 20
  • Arizona at Atlanta – could be the best game on Sunday during the day.  The Cardinals fall into the category along with the Packers and Bengals as most disappointing teams in the NFL this year.  Falcons win with too much Devonta Freeman.  Falcons 29, Cardinals 17
  • NY Giants at Cleveland – the march to 0-16 continues for the Browns!! Keep an eye on the Giants in the playoffs – this is a potential dark horse if they get there.  Giants 33, Browns 21
  • LA Rams at New Orleans – Saints offense vs. the Rams defense.  In the dome?  Give me the offense.  Saints 31, Rams 16
  • San Francisco at Miami – this game shouldn’t be all that close, but in typical Dolphins fashion it will be. Drugged up South Florida fan will witness a Dolphins win.  Dolphins 35, 49ers 18
  • Seattle at Tampa Bay – possibly a tricky game for the red-hot Seahawks.  Possibly.  The ‘hawks keep it going on the road.  Seahawks 27, Buccaneers 17
  • Carolina at Oakland – the Panthers are playing better, but it won’t be enough to overtake the Raiders this week.  Carr and company put up big numbers.  Raiders 41, Panthers 27
  • Kansas City at Denver – something to watch Sunday night at least.  This should be a defensive game, and a must win for both.  Minor upset – Chiefs 20, Broncos 16

Dumb ass of the week:

This is your coach, Michigan??  Whiner

Not really a dumb ass, but group of dumb asses.  Has defense fallen so far behind offenses in football?  I miss the consistent 20-17 games where games were won by strong defenses.  Seeing games consistently like 41-38, 76-61, 78-0, 75-31, 55-51 – come on.  Is it that hard to teach defensive fundamentals and for crying out loud, TACKLING?   Step your game up defensive coaches!

Kudos of the week:

The Badgers Volleyball team for wrapping up a 25-4 regular season.  That’s strong stuff and it’d be cool if they make a deep run in the NCAA Tournament.

Chat next week….the date of the Holiday Fiesta!  Some poor soul will get a dose of the Blow

-n

 

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I saw snow flying outside as I was pouring my first coffee….and it’s the harsh reminder that winter is coming.  You wouldn’t have known it with how warm November has been, but with Thanksgiving approaching next week as well as big buck season, I’d say it’s about time.

For those hunting,  be safe, shoot straight and keep me in mind for venison hot sticks!!

Onto the sports season.

  • Any takers on who the Milwaukee Brewers will trade Ryan Braun to?  Here’s my list of teams of where he’s going:
    Los Angeles Dodgers
    San Francisco Giants
    Anaheim/Orange County/Santa Ana/Long Beach Angels

    If the trade is to the LA Dodgers, please don’t let Yasiel Puig be part of the trade!!

    I would prefer to see him go to the American League where he can DH more.   Either way, he and Matt Garza top the list of players that need to go.  Garza can be traded for a bag of baseballs and a case of Schlitz…although that may be doing Schlitz a disservice!

  • The Wisconsin basketball team got clipped by Creighton Tuesday night on the road.  I’m not surprised that they lost as Creighton has a good team.  What I was surprised with was how UW lost.  39 three pointers is typically a recipe for disaster…and I was more surprised that the Badgers did not take the ball inside more and at least get to the free throw line.  This formula is how Wisconsin is so dangerous to other teams throughout the country.   The Bluejays did that – so they ‘out-Wisconsined’ Wisconsin.  It’s only November, and I strongly feel this will be corrected.

    If you get the chance, watch next weeks’ Maui Invitational.  The Badgers have a chance to play #4 Oregon and #5 North Carolina….after they dispatch a rebuilding Tennessee first.

  • Awww….the Marquette Gold has lost twice already.   I have include some cookies and a box of Kleenex to send to Coach Wojo.  I’d think they would struggle in the Big East this year, but they do have DePaul and a struggling Georgetown in that league this year.
  • Purdue at Wisconsin – um, I really don’t need to say much more than this – beatdown.  Purdue has a worse run defense than Illinois, and you saw what happened last week.   Purdue gives up a staggering 6.2 yards per carry!  This will be just as, if not more ugly.  The Badgers will run the ball…a lot, then run some more.

    The pick: Wisconsin 49, Purdue 7

    Watch how nuts college football will be in the next couple weeks.  #5 Louisville got their lunch handed to them Thursday night at Houston.  Michigan at Ohio State happens next weekend, knocking them down the ladder.  Washington still has to play Washington State and possibly the Pac-12 Title game vs. Colorado/Utah/USC.  If the Badgers beat Purdue, Minnesota, and presumibly Pedophile State – yes, your Wisconsin Badgers could very easily be in the College Football Playoff……against Alabama.

  • Green Bay at Washington – man, is there some turmoil in Green Bay this week.  From all of the articles going on about #12 and whether his leadership is where it needs to be around here.  Or is his personal life affecting his play.  Are there issues with Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy?  I’ve read a lot of this throughout the week, and season…
    My take?   I did like he is finally pointing the finger at himself, instead of taking jabs at his teammates.   A teams’ attitude affects their leadership and Rodgers definitely needs to be at the level he was a few years ago if the Packers are going to turn this thing around.  Some of the issues stem from injuries.

    Another one?   Perhaps this ‘depth’ we speak of isn’t as good as we/they thought and the Packers just don’t have that good of players right now.  This is a team that needs a serious infusion of talent in the off-season, but we still have football to be played.

    I do like the pickup of RB Christine Michael….in a couple of weeks.

    There are so many reasons to go against the Packers this week.  The secondary will be like sieves against a hot Kirk Cousins.  The Redskins could still be seething from the beating they took from the Packers last year in the playoffs.  Ever since their 1-2 start, Washington has been 5-1-1.  The Packers, eh, not so much….losing 3 in a row has probably been rather taxing to the boys at 1265.

    So why am I picking the Green Bay Packers this week?  Who the hell knows…it just feels like this is game they’re going to sneak out when they probably shouldn’t.  Rodgers steals this in the fourth quarter with a TD to a returning TE Jared Cook.

    The pick:  Packers 31, Redskins 28

  • Other NFL Picks
  • Carolina over New Orleans was expected Thursday night.
  • Pittsburgh at Cleveland – the Steelers have lost two in a row.  The cure?  Playing the Cleveland Browns.  Steelers 31, Browns 14
  • Chicago at NY Giants – Jay Cutler really looked like the fourth best quarterback in Packers history starting the game with a pick-six losing to Tampa Bay.  Think it gets better for him this week with the Giants?  In a word, no.  Giants 34, Bears 14. 
  • Arizona at Minnesota – queue the Tom Petty song ‘Free Falling’ for the Purple!  Cardinals will come into the spaceship stadium and win.  Cardinals 24, Purple 16
  • Baltimore at Dallas – this game feels like an upset waiting to happen.  I’m not picking it, but this feels like a game that has letdown written all over it after how they won at Pittsburgh last week.  Cowboys 27, Ravens 23
  • Tampa Bay at Kansas City – the Chiefs should win this game, but it will be ugly.  Chiefs 17, Buccaneers 14
  • Tennessee at Indianapolis – sneaky good game this week.  I like how Tennessee pretty much took the Packers by the throat last week.  The Colts are off a bye week after, you guessed it…beating the Packers.  My surprise team comes close, but Andy Luck seems to have found a bit of a groove.  Colts 27, Titans 24
  • Jacksonville at Detroit – would you have said the Detroit Lions would be playing the best football in the NFC North this late into the season?  Yea, me neither.  They roll this week.  Lions 27, Jaguars 13
  • Buffalo at Cincinnati – what in the hell happened to the Bengals?  I think the Marvin Lewis watch has begun.  Losing Muhammad Sanu and Marvin Jones is more costly than they had thought.  They should still have enough this week to get past the Bills at home.  Bengals 21, Bills 17
  • Philadelphia at Seattle – here’s your best team in the NFC.  Not the Cowboys, the Seahawks.  They display it getting after the Eagles this week.  Seahawks 30, Eagles 20. 
  • Miami at LA Rams – so, now the Rams finally decide to start #1 overall pick Jared Goff at quarterback?  One question….what in the **** took so long?!?   The Dolphins stayed west this week due to two California games in a row….ironically helping them win.   Dolphins 22, Rams 16
  • New England at San Francisco – No Gronk this week?  No problem.  The Niners only get to double digits because of garbage points.  Patriots 38, 49ers 14
  • Houston vs. Oakland (in Mexico City) – why is this game in Mexico City?  If they REALLY wanted to test out the Raiders in Vegas, play this game there!  Oh wait, the Commish wants to grow the game internationally, er, more money.   For the game, I will take Derek Carr over Brock Osweiler 10 out of 10 times in a game.  Raiders 31, Texans 23

Bonus – Thanksgiving picks:

  • Detroit over Minnesota
  • Dallas over Washington
  • Pittsburgh over Indianapolis
  • Props of the week.  New idea – hope this works.
    Kudos to the Green Bay Phoenix women’s basketball team.  Playing at #1 Notre Dame and falling by only 4 points 71-67.  A lot of teams may not want to see this group come March.

    To my alma mater – the University of Kimberly in winning their fourth consecutive state football championship.  56 wins in a row is a national best and I’d be asking ESPN to see this team go up against a more nationally known team to see where they stand and how tough local football in Wisconsin is!

  • Dumb ass of the week
    Oh boy, where do we start with you Alshon Jeffrey.  Contract year and not putting up numbers you thought you would with the shitty Chicago Bears.  I understand you ‘not knowingly’ putting a supplement into your body that was banned by the NFL.  Wait, no I don’t.   This feels like a broken record to me, as I’m sure it does with others…but if you are a professional athlete, I’m 100% sure you know EVERYTHING going into your body.  It’s called reading a label, sunshine.  And, since you went to South Carolina, I’m guessing you’re not too bright – then have an assistant read the damn ingredients to you!!  If that fails, then there’s a space-aged technology called a smart phone where you can look that supplement up!

    So, have fun losing that nice huge contract you were expecting in the off-season and have fun rotting in Jacksonville or Cleveland next year.

  • That’s it for this week.  This time next week, I will be traveling on the way to Philadelphia and see if we can handle Philly fan!  I will be writing this thing from the Detroit Airport…so this could be fun.  Until then, Happy Thanksgiving to all!
    -n

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Another week, and another crazy week at that.  I hope upon reading this you don’t take to the streets in protest being all pissed off about what you think I should say, or write, or have hurt feelings that something you think should be free may not be free going forward!  More to come on that later.

I know, I know.  Stick to sports.  I get it…

  • Good, no great move by the Milwaukee Brewers extending manager Craig Counsell through the 2020 season.  He is the right fit for that team, and for how the Brewers looked record-wise, you could see how hard they played for him.  And, I was impressed with how they played in August/September against teams that made post-season runs.  My knee-jerk reaction is you will see some more guys traded (Braun, Scooter and Garza top the list), and you’ll see a youth movement similar to the big club similar to the movement back in 2005.  Then a potential Wild Card run in 2018.
  • If the Milwaukee Bucks want us to watch their young team, well, at all.  They shouldn’t be losing to teams like winless Dallas and winless New Orleans.  I want to pay attention, but you have a ways to go, fellas.
  • College Basketball is back.  It’s hard to pick a Final Four because we obviously won’t know the brackets until March.  That said, here are teams that I think could make the run:  Duke, Kansas, Indiana, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Villanova, North Carolina, Oregon,

    Notice I didn’t have Kentucky on that list.  Why?  I am typically not a fan of all freshmen/sophomores taking on veteran-laden teams.  If they have Wisconsin in their bracket, I’d pick the Badgers every time.   I add Virginia to this list also.  Until I see them win more consistently in a neutral-site environment – they seem to be a team that gets upset often in the tournament.

    Other teams to watch:  Creighton, St. Mary’s, Colorado, Florida, San Diego State (if healthy), Gonzaga, Chattanooga

    Teams I think may be over-stated a bit.  UCLA, Purdue, Texas, Maryland.

  • OK, I’ll give the Gold some credit, they beat the crap out of Vanderbilt last night.  But, please for the love of everything, get rid of those uniforms.  The early 70’s called and they want those dumb things back.  I’ll be cheering vehemently against them every time I can!!
  • Illinois at Wisconsin – have the people in Las Vegas to make these odds for ‘fun’ seen the Badgers offense this year?  Because if they had, there is no way they should be a 25-point favorite over the Illini, even with how pathetic they have been this year.

    That said, I do think UW cracks 30 points today because of how bad the Illinois rush defense.  It won’t be Corey Clement who goes off, but Redshirt Freshman Bradrick Shaw and Senior Dare Ogunbawale (??) making the splashes on offense.  Add that to the great defense and you’re going to get a Badger win on their Homecoming.

The pick:  Wisconsin 31, Illinois 14

  • Green Bay at Tennessee:

    I’m not even sure where the hell to start with this game.  It’s time we need to realize the Packers are just not that good right now.  There seems to be huge communication gaps on both sides of the ball.  You get the feeling there is some dissension in that locker room.  And it does not help when your quarterback is calling out the lack of energy on the team following last weeks’ loss to Indianapolis.

    I’m also not a fan of guys who get paid after performing well early in their careers and then all of a sudden are hurt more times than not.  Here’s looking at you, Clay Matthews.  I now am questioning your desire to be out there…..you’re telling me you are missing 3 weeks in a row with a hamstring STRAIN???   That is something that is a week, tops.  It tells me that you may not want to be out there all the time and at 30-years-old, I am starting to question your future as a Green Bay Packer.

    As for the game, I think the Packers do come out swinging.  However, the Titans can score and with how they have been lately, I think that alone will be enough to overtake the Packers.  DeMarco Murray, Marcus Mariota and Rishad Matthews have big days and add to the talking heads in Titletown.

The pick:  Titans 31, Packers 28

Other NFL picks

  • Had the Ravens blowing out the Browns.  But I’ll give Cleveland credit for playing hard…for a half.  However, when you start a game by calling time out for having too many players on the field, you know your team is junk!!  You have to think if you’re a potential high NFL draft pick next year…you may want to tank it a bit to fall down the board so you DON’T get drafted by Cleveland??
  • Washington at Minnesota – I’d say the Redskins winning on the road would be an upset, but I REALLY don’t like how the Purple are playing right now, and I am loving every second of it.  Redskins 24, Purple 17. 
  • Chicago at Tampa Bay – Here’s where the Fibbers overrun Tampa for a weekend.  Even with the weather being unseasonably warm in the Midwest, if you get a chance to go to Florida in November, go.  For the game.  Meh.  Buccaneers 21, Bears 14.
  • Atlanta at Philadelphia – if you want a shootout in addition to the Packers-Titans.  Look here.  Footballs will be flying in Philly!  I like the Falcons a little more than the Eagles.  Another huge day for Matt Ryan and Julio Jones.  Falcons 35, Eagles 31. 
  • Kansas City at Carolina – KC Defense vs. look-at-me Cam Newton.  Not having Jeremy Maclin this week against a sad Carolina secondary hurts, a little.  Spencer Ware and Travis Kelce get the job done this week.  Chiefs 28, Panthers 24
  • LA Rams at NJ Jets – oops, did I mean NY Jets?  Either way, ick.  If you really like defense, then tune into this one.   Rams 7, Jets 3
  • Miami at San Diego – the Dolphins are winless on the road this year.  Enough said.  South Florida fan will need a mass amount of weed to put up with this game!  Chargers 34, Dolphins 21. 
  • Houston at Jacksonville – Upset!  The AFC South is as bad as the NFC North this year.  Meaning who knows what the hell is going to happen.  I think Allen Robinson will be huge this week and the Jags D will have just enough to frustrate the overpaid Brock Osweiler.  Jaguars 20, Texans 13. 
  • Denver at New Orleans – I’d say upset alert!  But at this point, it’s not anymore.  I like how the Saints are playing more than I like how the Broncos are.  Saints 26, Broncos 20
  • Dallas at Pittsburgh – is Ben healthy enough to slow the run by the Cowboys?  This is the game of the week for me and will be a treat to watch.  I think the Steelers get enough out of Leveon Bell and Antonio Brown.  Watch the slot receiver Eli Rogers.  If the Cowboys are softer on defense, it’s in the slot.  Steelers 25, Cowboys 21.
  • Seattle at New England – the rematch of Super Bowl 49.  Expect a repeat result, just not as dramatic as the Super Bowl.  Patriots 30, Seahawks 16. 
  • Cincinnati at NJ (er, NY) Giants – Paging Odell Beckham.  This is your stage.  Feel free to kick the Bengals defense around!!  Giants 30, Bengals 17. 
  • Dumb ass of the week.  And this one is obvious.

    Watch this first Video

    I think Stephen A Smith is a total blow hard, but he is absolutely right.  For a guy who is protesting about racial injustices and using our flag in protest, (which to me is a total disrespect to our great military by the way) to not even vote??  I’m with SAS, I do not care about one thing this guy says or does.  He had a platform to try and make some changes, positive changes to get what he felt was inequalities in the inner cities but when it mattered most, he let a lot of people down.  I had a huge problem with both candidates this year, but I still voted.  Everyone I know still voted…

    Crapernick, you and the 46 million that did not vote should not be allowed to feel you have a voice with the issues in our country.  I wouldn’t be surprised if you’re one of the whiny crybabies that are protesting in the streets.  You had the chance to be a role model to these millenials, but instead you sent the worst possible message.  If there’s a time for you to really go away, it’s now.  We should never hear from you again.

  • That’s all for the week – see you next week.
    -n

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At this time next week, we will have voted for the next train wreck of a President.  God help us.

  • I know this much.  The first of the blog this week has a legitimate chance of making me throw up this week.  I have to give props to a team I cannot stand.

    Congratulations to the Chicago Chubs on winning the World Series in a thrilling 7-game series over the Cleveland Indians.   Well played throughout, good small ball, clutch pitching and hitting.  Mistakes made on both sides – just two teams going at one another.  It’s why I like baseball.

    The Chubs were fortunate in Games 6 and 7 – having closer Aroldis Chapman throw as many pitches as he did in Game 6, you had to wonder how effective he’d be in Game 7.  He gave up the tying homer in the bottom of the 8th, and was lucky that a couple of hanging sliders didn’t find their way to the seats.  To his credit, Chapman fought through it and led by Ben Zobrist, Chicago got to fly their stupid W flag for the final time in 2016, and raise the trophy.

    And Kudos to the Indians, for a team that many thought would not be in the World Series – hell, not expected to beat Boston OR Toronto, they showed a lot of toughness and heart making their run.

    Both teams are young and it would not surprise me to see them make it back to this point.

  • College Basketball starts up next week, so I will be looking for any and all anti-Marquette Gold jokes for this season.  Their team should suck ass again, so that is going to be rewarding.   I’ll have more of what to look for next week regarding the Badgers and the Green Bay Phoenix.
  • Get this right, NFL…his family deserves this honor.   Stabler

  • Oh, Big Ten, just don’t do it.  Don’t have football games on Friday nights.  Don’t be the Mountain West.  Don’t be the MAC.   You’re the only conference that does not have games during the week aside of a few to open the season up.   But, of course, you look at it as another idea to make some money – as if you didn’t have enough already.  Did you not see the backlash from your schools and perhaps some of their state football coaches associations?  Of course not, and even if you did, you don’t give a crap because you need more of our money.
  • Wisconsin at Northwestern – can someone explain how the Badgers are favored by 6 ½ here?  Weird things happen for the Badgers when they play at Ryan Field.  And the Badgers haven’t won here since 1999 – but…

    The Badgers have outplayed Northwestern the past two season, but have lost both.  Why?  Turnovers…and a lot of them.  And a crappy missed TD call for UW last season – but that’s in the past.  This years’ group?  For the most part, they have been good at taking care of the football, and if they do turn it over – have been usually good a limiting damage.

    UW needs to this win week, and then their schedule lightens up…finally.  The Wildcats have turned their season around after their disastrous start and pushed Ohio State to the brink last week in Columbus.  This week, the Badgers finally get over the hump and continue their march to Indianapolis and the B1G Championship Game.
    The pick: Wisconsin 21, Northwestern 17

  • Indianapolis at Green Bay
    Last week, the Packers played more than good enough to take a road win at Atlanta.  The only thing that stopped them was a lack of pass rush to force Matt Ryan into some uncomfortable situations.  I kept thinking if both teams were healthy, Green Bay wins comfortably.   Atlanta had a decent offensive line.  Indianapolis, on the other hand, does not.  The Packers should be able to get after Andrew Luck early and often.
    Ty Montgomery returns to running back, or is it wide receiver?  Who knows.  Either way, expect something of a shootout between the Colts and Packers – and 70 degree temperatures – in November?

    Enjoy the Pack at home because this week is the last time we get to see them at Lambeau until December!
    Packers 35, Colts 24

  • Other NFL picks:
  • Had the Falcons winning Thursday night, but not by that high of a score.   Matt Ryan is playing the best ball of his career, but the Falcons will ultimately do what they do in the playoffs…choke.   If they see Green Bay, don’t be surprised if a repeat of 2010 happens.
  • Detroit at Minnesota – someone explain to me what the hell is going on with the Purple?  Offensive Coordinator Norv Turner resigns during the season?  Mounting injuries and Detroit playing relatively well spell a road win for the Lions.  Jim Bob Cooter dials up plays for Bo, Luke, Jesse and Daisy…  Lions 23, Purple 20.
  • Pittsburgh at Baltimore – Big Ben is reportedly back for the Steelers, and it comes at the right time.   If you like physical football, this is the game you will want to watch this week.  A lot of penalties could push this to the 3:30/4 hour mark.  Steelers 23, Ravens 21.
  • Dallas at Cleveland – on paper, this is a blowout.  But, the Browns haven’t been really blown out this year, but they are the Browns and I will continue to pick against them.  Cowboys 28, Browns 18.
  • New Jersey Jets at Miami – if this stadium isn’t 2/3 Jets fans, I’d be shocked.  South Florida fan may not have enough drugs and money to keep the transplant New Jersey/New Yorkers out of the stadium.   Dolphins 29, Jets 20.
  • Philadelphia at New Jersey Giants – This game is usually fun.  Strictly for fantasy football purposes, I need to see Odell Beckham go off this week.  Giants 27, Eagles 24.
  • New Orleans at San Francisco (or is it Santa Clara?) – Colin Kaepernick is still the 49ers quarterback?  I’d be picking anyone here, and that includes the Browns.  I expect a lot of Brandin Cooks, Drew Brees and Mark Ingram in this one.   Saints 31, 49ers 17.
  • Carolina at LA Rams – I’d say upset, but it’s really not.  Cam Newton does have some beef with the NFL on some of the hits he’s taking, but he is also a showboat which I’m thinking pisses off defenders.  Not having fun, Cam?  Retire and get a real job then!  Back to the game, both teams have been inconsistent this year to say the least.  Rams are better at home, though and take this.  Rams 24, Panthers 17.
  • Tennessee at San Diego – this feels like the shootout of the week.  San Diego is better than their 3-5 record indicates, and Tennessee has been a surprise.  I like Philip Rivers a little more than Marcus Mariota here, Chargers 31, Titans 27
  • Denver at Oakland – Raiders in prime time.  Hmm…something we’re not used to seeing because they’ve awful for a while, but they get the champs.  Ironically, the Raiders are 5-0 on the road, and 1-2 at home.  Go figure…I like the Broncos defense to harass Derek Carr into a few mistake and steal one late.  Broncos 24, Raiders 21.
  • Buffalo at Seattle – ahh, the return of Percy Harvin to the NFL and to face one of his former teams.  Seattle.  Good luck with that!   If the Seahawks offense has done anything of note this season, I’d say this is a blowout.  Expect a defensive battle.   Seahawks 16, Bills 13
  • Dumb ass of the week:
    I expected this from Philly or South Florida fans, but Buffalo fans throwing a dildo onto the field after a pass play to WR Chris Hogan in the third quarter of their 41-25 win over the Bills.  You’d think it would be for Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski after scored his 69th career touchdown last week?  I hope it wasn’t used prior to the toss.  We can now add that to things I never thought I’d see at a sporting event!  Stay classy, Buffalo.   (insert link http://www.sbnation.com/lookit/2016/10/30/13472178/bills-patriots-nfl-dildo-on-field-what-bills-mafia )
  • Side note – best costume I’ve seen in a long time!!!  millenial-costume

 

Back at it next week.  Enjoy the weather and the extra hour of sleep tonight!

-n

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Two More days ‘til Halloween, Halloween, Halloween!  Two more days ‘til Halloween…Silver Shamrock!

Yea, it’s costume weekend!  I did the ‘No Shit’ costume last weekend, but will not dress up this weekend!  Unless it’s of a Badgers and Packers fan…

And starting the blog next week will be the start of four absolutely terrifying years in this country.  We get to vote for one of two buffoons to be our next President.  My vote?  Well, the Saturday Night Live debates are helping me determine which way to lean.  What a cluster we are witnessing.

  • Before the World Series started,  I picked Cleveland winning in 7 games as I feel the Indians will get the Cubs in a game of small ball more times and not during the series.  They will get the lead and then turn it over to that nasty bullpen.

    Why 7 games?  Because during the season, I have seen the Chubs kick their offense into high gear extremely fast.  The Chubs are just flat out better across the board, but that doesn’t necessarily matter.   I do think the Chubs struggle a bit against teams that like to run and ironically, you can point to their games vs. the Brewers this year as a way to win.  Milwaukee was the team that gave Chicago some fits and Cleveland has a similar make-up – with better talent.   That is ultimately how I see this series playing out.

  • Can we start a drinking game on how many times we hear about Kyle Schwarbers’ comeback?  I’m pretty sure I’d be passed out by the third inning of each game.
  • Fans going to Wrigley  are apparently paying $250-500 just to enter a bar around the stadium?!?  Come on, I understand this is a once in a forever deal and to experience such an atmosphere for the Lovable Losers, but that’s just ridiculous!!
  • I can say this about Packer fans, but I most certainly say this about Cubs fans.  Quick – name me 15 players from teams when they weren’t any good.  Even when they had their mini-run in the early 2000s!  No cheating using Google or another search engine!
  • Stay classy, Philly fan!  Video.. I can’t wait to see how pleasant these Cheese Steak Clowns will be next month when we visit!
  • Jon Taylor of Sports Illustrated, you are just wrong here on saying it’s time to remove Chief Wahoo as the Cleveland Indian mascot.  Why?  Because one person is complaining about the nickname and a ‘smiling’ logo?   It’s time for this society to stop being whiny, over-sensitive children that cry foul the second someone gets butt hurt over a sports logo that is designed to CELEBRATE the history of a culture, event, or something that fits a city.   The mascot is not racist for crying out loud, it’s a cartoon, smiling Indian that celebrates the heritage of Native Americans for crying out loud.

    In reality though, I would love to sit down with a Native American and help me understand why that nickname is so offensive.

    I don’t know whether to laugh or scream every time something, well, anything is written that they get so offended they need to make some big stink over a nickname?   The wussification of the United States of America continues on.

    A link to the story:  Story

  • #7 Nebraska at #11 Wisconsin – good news for the Cornhuskers, they appear to be turning the corner back to being relevant.  That’s a good thing for College Football, and the Big Ten.  Bad news for Nebraska?  Since joining the Big Ten, they are 1-4 vs. Wisconsin, including getting their lunches handed to them in both trips to Madison.

    It will be closer this year, and here’s why.  Nebraskas’ defense is better.    No, it’s not Michigan or Ohio State good, but it’s better.  QB Tommy Armstrong appears to be taking care of the football, but it’s not against competition like they will see tonight. If Wisconsin had a little more on offense, I think they would hammer Nebraska again.  I think UW will force some turnovers on the Nebraska side of the field and capitalize.  It will be close for 3 quarters before Bucky pulls away.  Badgers 34, Cornhuskers 17.

  • Other undefeated teams in College Football will fall today.  Watch for #3 Washington at #19 Utah; #13 Boise State at Wyoming; #8 Baylor at Texas; and #10 West Virginia at Oklahoma State
  • Green Bay at Atlanta

    Let’s get this straight.  The Packers will not have anything for Julio Jones Sunday.  He will get his, but slow /stop the rest of the team, specifically Muhammad Sanu and Devonta Freeman and I like the Packers chances on the road.  Quinton Rollins is out again for the Packers, so it will be up to Ladarius Gunter, Dmitri Goodson and company to slow the Atlanta passing attack down.  Yikes.

    For the Packers, forget about the running game.  The short dink-and-dunk offense is now the running game.   Green Bay again needs huge games from Davante Adams, Ty Montgomery, Randall Cobb….and Jordy Nelson will need to pitch in.  The Falcons defense isn’t exactly a world beater, either so I am guessing a lot of points in this one!
    I think Sunday will be similar to what we saw the Falcons do last week vs. the Chargers.  Atlanta jumps out, but can’t hold on, further adding to their typical swoon.  The pick:  Packers 35, Falcons 27

  • NFL Picks
  • Had Tennessee winning vs. Jacksonville. The Gus Bradley watch is officially on with the Jags.  They looked like they quit in the little time I actually watched this game last night.  That is a HORRIBLE sign if you’re only 7 weeks into the season.  Again, someone remind me why Jacksonville isn’t a serious candidate for a team to relocate to another city.  Then again, who would want them?  Perhaps towns like Nashua, NH; Fargo, ND;  Intercourse, PA; Bozeman, MT would be interested?
  • Philadelphia at Dallas – this will be fun. Two rookie quarterbacks on Sunday night.  The difference?  Zeke Elliott – he goes off in this game and it’ll be Cowboys 27, Eagles 20
  • Washington vs. Cincinnati (at London) – I like the Redskins here. Why?  Not sure, I guess I’m not really sold on the Bengals defense? Or the Bengals in general?  Redskins 31, Bengals 22
  • New England at Buffalo – yea, pump your chest Buffalo, you beat the Deflator-less Patriots a few weeks back. Now, the Deflator is back and he will look to take it out on the Bills this week.  Not having LeSean McCoy playing also hurts the Bills.  Patriots 34, Bills 16
  • Minnesota at Chicago – The Purple came crashing back to earth last week at Philadelphia. It won’t matter this week in Chicago.  Purple 24, Bears 9
  • Kansas City at Indianapolis – this seems like it should be an easy pick, but Andy Luck actually showed something last week. I still like the Chiefs on the road in this one with the defense and Spencer Ware carving up the Colts defense.  Chiefs 23, Colts 21
  • Oakland at Tampa Bay – I see a beating here. Oakland is 4-0 on the road, which is unheard of in the NFL.  Latavius Murray and Derek Carr have field days against the Bucs D.  Raiders 35, Buccaneers 14
  • Seattle at New Orleans – upset #1. Yes, the Saints give up 32.5 points per game, but they can also score with anyone.  Seattles’ offensive has been rather offensive half the season.   They score this week, but the Saints score more.  Saints 33, Seahawks 30
  • San Diego at Denver – upset #2. I like how the Chargers are playing.  The Broncos losing C.J. Anderson will hurt that offense.  Chargers 24, Broncos 17
  • Detroit at Houston – Deee-troit is playing well. So, why am I picking Houston?  Because they’re better at home, and they should be embarrassed (deservedly so) on how they lost at Denver.  Texans 25, Lions 17
  • NY Jets at Cleveland – IF the Browns are going to win a game, this is their best opportunity. Personally, I want them to go 0-16, but I don’t think they will.  Actually, I think they win this game with their best quarterback – Josh McCown (welp)  Browns 23, Jets 17
  • Arizona at Carolina – upset #3. didn’t you used to be the Carolina Panthers?  They will be this week as the Cardinals suck ass on the road.    Panthers 28, Cardinals 17

 It’s too bad the Dolphins are off this week.  I think South Florida fan better send some of their recent winning ways up to Jacksonville and tell them their promotions on how to sell drugs, er, tickets!

Dumb ass(es) of the week:

Josh Brown – two weeks in a row.  In your letter, you apologize to the New York Giants and the NFL, but only ONE mention to your ex-wife, who is the victim in all of your mess?  You condescending douchebag.

Quoted letter from Brown:

“I am sorry that my past has called into question the character or integrity of The New York Giants, Mr. Mara or any of those who have supported me along the way,” Brown said in a statement released to ESPN.

“I have taken measures to get help so that I may be the voice of change, not a statistic. It is important to share that I never struck my wife, and never would.

“Abuse takes many forms, and is not a gray area. Through the past several years I have worked to identify and rectify my own behaviors. The road to rehabilitation is a journey and a constant modification of a way of life. My journey will continue forever as a person determined to leave a positive legacy and I embrace the opportunities to show and speak about what has helped me to be that man.

“In the interim, I am cooperating with the Giants and the NFL. Thank you to everyone that has supported me, I will not let you down.”

You are such an ass, Josh.  I hope to never see you in the NFL again, and I hope someone just kicks your teeth in once just so you know how it feels to abuse someone the way you did your ex-wife.

Big 12 – these clowns spend an exuberant amount of cash on trying to find viable schools to expand their conference from 10 to 12 teams in order to have a football championship game.  Then, they listen to proposals of several schools including Houston, Colorado State, BYU, South Florida, Memphis and Cincinnati.  Ultimately, they decide to stay at 10 once they learn they can do a championship game.  But, expansion is ‘not out of the question’.  Did Brett Favre in his late 2000s wavering years become the Big 12 Commissioner??   On top of that, the championship game will take the top two teams in the league instead of splitting into divisions.  Yep, that makes sense….let’s take ourselves out of the 4-team playoff by having a 12-0 West Virginia play a 10-2 Oklahoma, with the Sooners winning.   At least have a chance to play a 7-5 Kansas State??  Dumb asses.

-see you next week

-n

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OK – I’m doing something that I haven’t done in several years….dressing up for Halloween and it should be fun.  I’m going as ‘No Shit’ – yes, there’s a costume for that.  You can Google what that would represent….onto the sports.

  • I am warming up, ever so slowly to an all-Midwest World Series between the Chubs and the Cleveland Indians.  Somewhere, Ricky Vaughn, Roger Dorn, Harry Doyle, Jake Taylor and Pedro Cerrano are smiling.  Harry Doyle would be saying ‘One God Damn Hit’ over the airwaves and Monty would be passed out drunk from a bottle of Jack.   Don’t get me wrong, I want Steve Bartman to make an appearance, or someone in Cleveland should bring a billy goat to Cleveland Stadium.

    Before that, I do think the Dodgers get Game 6 behind Clayton Kershaw.

  • The NBA starts this week.  Does it have to?   The only thing I want to see happen this year is that ‘Super Team’ in Golden State NOT win the NBA Championship.
  • Today was the typical slugfest between Wisconsin and Iowa, with the Badgers gutting out a 17-9 victory.  Watching that game, I thought UW would win 26-14, but I didn’t see the couple series with Bart Houston coming.  For those wondering, here’s why Houston was in the game….

    Apparently, Coach Paul Chryst has set up a couple of offensive packages that will utilize Bart (Starr) Houston to try and maximize the offense.  Um, OK.  I don’t want to see that again, even if the Badgers scored a touchdown in the first time that was rolled out.   They have another tough task against Nebraska next week, which UW has absolutely had their way with since the Huskers joined the B1G, and a resurgent Northwestern team.  Yea, another group of purple clowns.

    I think the Badgers win out and are part of that New Years Six group (against Boise State) in the Cotton Bowl.  Or they get to the Citrus Bowl vs. Florida.

  • I read in my Twitter feed last night that my old high school, Kimberly was leading their playoff game against Milwaukee Vincent 72-0….AT HALFTIME.  WTF???  Someone with knowledge please tell me they took the foot off the gas and the Milwaukee team was just that shitty??
  • The Green Bay Packers offense woke up a bit in the second half during their 26-10 win over the hapless Chicago Bears Thursday night.  It was good for them to get into the rhythm, and that style of short pass game will need to be utilized the remainder of the season.  The short pass game is now their run game and I think you will see Ty Montgomery have a huge second half of the season.

    Is anyone else growing more concerned with Jordy Nelsons’ knee?

    I am majorly concerned with how beat up the secondary is heading to Atlanta next week and Julio Jones.  Another 300-yard performance from Jones is entirely possible.

  • NFL Picks:
  • I did have the Packers winning…having 31-23 in my head because I thought Brian Hoyer was going to hit Alshon Jeffrey a few times.  Had the Packers blew it against Matt Barkley after Hoyer broke his arm, heads would have rolled at 1265 Lombardi.
  • Minnesota at Philadelphia – Bradford returns to Philly for the purple.  I am interested in this game because I think Philly fan will do more then their share of cussing at him.  I smell an upset in this game for whatever reason, even though the Purple has the better team.  Iggles 23, Purple 21
  • NY Giants at LA Rams (in London) – I’m going to be hungover for this game, so you’re giving us this?  Please be a shootout….merely for fantasy points alone.  Rams 27, Giants 21
  • New Orleans at Kansas City – Paging Travis Kelce and Jeremy Maclin??  If there’s a week to have a huge game, this is it.  The Saints love shootouts and this looks like another one.  Chiefs 35, Saints 30
  • Washington at Detroit – which Detroit teams shows up??  Hell, which Redskins team shows up?  I like the Lions at home, and we continue to see Golden Tate go off.  Lions 28, Redskins 20. 
  • Cleveland at Cincinnati  – battle of Ohio, round 1.  Blah.  For all the good going on in Cleveland with titles and playoff runs (NBA, World Series, minor league hockey), I really want to see the Browns go 0-16.  Tyler Eifert should be returning for Cincinnati this week and I think that will help them add to the Browns woes.  Bengals 28, Browns 13.
  • Oakland at Jacksonville – Wait, is that the Jaguars pulling one out of their ass last week at Chicago?  Have fun with Oakland this week.  I think they outscore the Jags – Raiders 33, Jaguars 28. 
  • Indianapolis at Tennessee – I honestly don’t like anything about Indianapolis right now.  Andrew Luck is going to get hurt sooner than later with that crappy line the Colts have.  Tennessee looks to be improving.  Titans 23, Colts 14.
  • Baltimore at NY Jets – ick.  Seriously, ick.  Geno Smith is going to be the quarterback this week.  They had to make that move, though.  You can’t have your starting quarterback have 10 second half interceptions and expect to win.  Ravens 17, Jets 14.
  • San Diego at Atlanta – San Diego looks to be improving and I think they keep this game close vs. the Falcons.  Keep an eye on Hunter Henry for the Chargers and he is rapidly improving.  Atlanta wins in that shithole of a stadium…  Falcons 31, Chargers 28. 
  • Buffalo at Miami – if my friends in South Florida paid more than $10 for these tickets, I need to have a talk with them.   Dolphins take this one, halting the Bills streak.  Dolphins 27, Bills 23
  • Tampa Bay at San Francisco – can someone on Tampa please knock the hell out of Colin Kaepernick???  Bucs win ugly – 16, 49ers 13. 
  • New England at Pittsburgh – this game would have been fun if Big Ben didn’t rip up his meniscus.  Landry Jones vs. Tom Brady?  Hardly a fair fight.  Patriots 34, Steelers 17. 
  • Seattle at Arizona – upset # 2 this week.  The Seahawks look good enough thus far, but seem to struggle with Arizona.  Cards pick up an important home division win.  Cardinals 24, Seahawks 17.
  • Houston at Denver – Monday night, are you ready Broncos fans?  Brock Osweiler returns!!  Wait, you didn’t want to pay him $18 million per season?  Good call, I wouldn’t have, either!  The Broncos defense will harass Osweiler early and often…and kick the Texans’ ass.   Broncos 31, Texans 13. 
  • Dumb ass of the week.  
  • This one is easy……New York Giants kicker John Brown, the New York Giants and the NFL.   This may be more directed at the NFL, though.  IF you think it’s OK to hit a woman, you are a piece of shit, period.   Brown admitted to basically calling ex-wife Molly Brown ‘his slave’ and hitting her several times, even explaining detailed events from 2014 and 2015.  Molly had called the police on multiple occasions, and was even so scared of Brown that she had the Giants take her and her kids to a hotel where she had to change her name so the abuser wouldn’t find them.  This guy should not have a job in the NFL!

    Giants owner John Mara stated he knew of this behavior.  Then why in the hell didn’t you do anything about it?  Apparently, you believe that type of crap is OK?

    And here is my problem with the NFL.  The league destroyed former RB Ray Rice for knocking out his wife, and deservedly so.  Teams finally wised up on Greg Hardy, who should also be in jail.  Then, why in the hell are they basically turning a blind eye to Browns’ admitted description of what he did to his then-wife?   In a league of alpha males, how in the hell do you take OWIs, weed, and other drugs more seriously than domestic abuse?  I’m basing this on the punishments handed down to players.  You see suspensions for 4 or more games with this stuff, and with domestic abuse, you see less or even no penalties.  Someone please explain how is that even possible??

    But, a couple days ago, the league announced they have re-opened the investigation.  Well, that’s mighty fricking white of you, Roger Goodell.  Why wasn’t this done a few months ago??  Where was this a couple years ago when you wanted to make statements of players doing this stuff?    Nice job saying the 6 games handed to Ray Rice would be a starting point.  Isn’t that the only suspension you’ve handed out?    But, again, the league ‘claims’ you support women with the pink breast cancer material.  Hypocrites.

    NFL…if you want to show you are serious about domestic violence.  Kick John Brown, Greg Hardy and now anyone else going forward OUT of the league if they are caught.

  • That’s it this week….I’ll get this going in the morning next week. -n