Friday, September 30, 2005
NFL Picks - Week 4
The Bills have problems on offense because Losman blows. The defense is going to miss Spikes too. Saints are always shaky since Aaron Brooks is crazy, but I'll pick them at "home" in a tight one. Saints 17-16.
Denver at Jacksonville 1:00 p.m.
Denver is great at home, average on the road. Jags are a better team. Jags 21-10.
Detroit at Tampa Bay 1:00 p.m.
I like Tampa here. Not a blowout, though. I think Detroit will be ready since they had a bye week, but Tampa has a better team, so they should win. Bucs 20-13.
Houston at Cincinnati 1:00 p.m.
This is my pick in Survival/King of the Hill/Knockout/Whatever you want to call it pools. I think Houston is as bad as any team in the league right now while the Bengals are benefiting from a very easy schedule to start the year. Bengals 34-14.
Indianapolis at Tennessee 1:00 p.m.
I think Manning will throw some TDs, but just two and Edge will run one in for a comfortable win. Colts 24-13.
San Diego at New England 1:00 p.m.
New England's left side of the line is gone, so is Harrison. So what? They're the Pats. They'll win. That's what they do. The reason the Pats win all the time and will win this game is because their DLine is so good. This week is no different, although it will be tight. Pats 27-21.
Seattle at Washington 1:00 p.m.
Seattle sucks on the road. Washington is coming off a bye, so they're very ready for this. I like the Skins to win thanks to Portis rushing for 150 yards. Plus I have him on a couple fantasy teams, so you better have a fucking good game, Clinton. Skins 21-12.
St. Louis at N.Y. Giants 1:00 p.m.
Both teams are hurting here. Jackson will play for the Rams, but Bruce won't. Giants are missing CB Will Peterson now. I'm expecting lots of turnovers, lots of points and plenty of "holy shit, did you see that" type of plays. Bulger and Holt are in such a groove right now that I think it will be enough to sneak out a win here in the very end. I'm almost tempted to pick against the Rams. It's close. Rams 36-33.
N.Y. Jets at Baltimore 4:05 p.m.
Both teams were overrated to start the year and both are non playoff teams now. This game will be fugly. That's right, fucking ugly. Ravens 14-6.
Dallas at Oakland 4:15 p.m.
Oakland has played some good teams and fell short. This week they play an okay team and will find a way to win in the end. Lots of points here since Raiders D sucks and Dallas' D isn't as good as people think. Raiders 30-24.
Minnesota at Atlanta 4:15 p.m.
People are starting to believe in Minnesota now. Not me. I like the Falcons to run for 200 yards on them, control the ball and frustrate Culpepper all day. Falcons 38-20.
Philadelphia at Kansas City 4:15 p.m.
I'll pick the Chiefs to win at home against pretty much anybody. They got embarrassed on Monday, so they will bounce back. If they can hit McNabb a few times he'll start worrying about that chest injury a whole lot more. Chiefs win a close one. Chiefs 26-23.
San Francisco at Arizona (Mexico City) 8:30 p.m.
Like I give a fuck. I'll say the Niners because at least they seem to know how to tackle. Where are the 62% of ESPN.com users that said the Cards would win the NFC West? Quiet now, huh? 49ers 17-13.
Green Bay at Carolina 9:00 p.m.
The Panthers are like the Seahawks last year. People pick them to the Super Bowl, but they're not that good. Their running game is subpar, Delhomme throws too many picks at the wrong time (look at their losses) and everybody seems to be able to throw on them. With that said, the Packers just suck. Somebody tell Ahman Green the season started. He is allowed to play now. Panthers
Four games against the spread:
ATLANTA (-6) over Minnesota - Only six points? They'll kill them.
TAMPA BAY (-6.5) over Detroit - Again, only six and a half?
JACKSONVILLE (-4) over Denver - I like them at home.
San Francisco (+2.5) over ARIZONA - I just think the Cards are really bad and can't win.
I was 2-2 in my four games against the spread thing last week.
Wednesday, September 28, 2005
Lost Season 2, Episode 2 Thoughts
Seeing "The Others" for the first time was an awesome ending.
I'm glad this was a flashback episode for Michael. He's really becoming my favorite character and with him fighting to get Walt back it'll make him even more endearing.
I loved everything in the hatch with Desmond, Locke, Kate and Jack. Locke's great at easing situations and getting people to trust him. That teaser for next week probably showed too much, though. Oh well.
Then there's all the clues like Dave mentioned above, plus I'm sure 5,000 other little things that I missed. That's why you have to tape the show and then re-watch it a bunch of times.
This show is addictive...in all the good ways.
Tuesday, September 27, 2005
Quick Raw Thoughts
The highlight with this week's show was the announcers trying to get over USA Network against the Spike TV censors. That was so much fun. Of course for me the show is on TSN in
Show wise it was just okay. I thought they did a tremendous of hyping next week. I'm very excited about it. Since the football game next week should be a blowout with the Panthers killing the Packers, Raw will have all my attention although I will be flipping over to Spike to see some UFC too.
The main event was weird. A tables match? That came off as totally random. What I never understood in those matches is if anything is legal then why doesn't anybody bust out a steel chair or the ring bell to hit somebody with in a tables match? I never got that.
It held my attention for most of the show, but came off largely as a big commercial for next week, which isn't that bad really.
5 out of 10. Average show.
Monday, September 26, 2005
NFL Week 3 Observations
My thoughts on my Rams game: Phew. The offense started out really slow, but the defense kept them in it with the turnovers and then they stood up well at the end for the second straight game. Ugly game, though, with plenty of turnovers and mistakes. A win is a win. I'm happy. Huge game for Bulger and Holt. Sucks that Bruce got hurt, but they should be alright with Curtis stepping in.
I don't see the Bills in the playoffs. Even if Spikes was healthy (he's not, out for the year with torn Achilles) they wouldn't make it. Losman is horrible. Either that or he's a slow learner. If you got Moulds or Evans on your fantasy team you better drop both now because Losman struggles to even throw for 100 yards in games. Sucks for Spikes. He's a great player and leader that has never been to the playoffs. This was his best chance. Now it's gone.
Oh and one other thing. Mike Vick is fucking awesome. Anybody that watches him play and watches their games knows he's arguably the most valuable player in the game. It sucks that people will look at his final TD total (which will be under 20, probably) rather than at his performances because if you really watch the guy you know how fucking great he is. Top 3 in MVP for sure. I have no doubt.
The Bengals are for real. Everybody talks about the offense, but that D is forcing turnovers better than anybody. Can't wait for them to take on some better teams.
I think Green Bay is the worst team in the league.
Hey Steelers, when Roethlisberger gets sacked there you don't have to call timeout immediately. Wait 40 seconds and call the timeout at like 45 seconds left instead of 1 min 20 seconds left. So then they get the first down after the pass interference, then they get the TD on the next play and then they leave Tom Brady and crew over a minute to get the last score. Stupid time management. That play where they called time was 4th down. Time was not an issue. The first down was. So the Steelers fans can blame shitty time management for the loss rather than any specific player.
The Pats have so much heart and guts, it amazes me. Backups on the line, backups in the secondary. Doesn't matter. They are unlike any team in the NFL I've ever seen with the way they always seem to find a way to come back. Even without Bruschi and probably without Harrison they hunkered down to make plays. Yes, Randle El handed them the ball on a scoring chance, but the Pats just always seem to come up big when they have to.
Friday, September 23, 2005
NFL Picks - Week 3
Cincinnati at Chicago
Very intriguing matchup here. Great offense versus a very good defense. I think in cases like this the defense usually wins. The Bears offense is doing well with Thomas Jones having a great start (even though I didn't see it coming at all) and if Orton can avoid mistakes they got a shot. I pick the home team in a close one. Bears 20-14.
Atlanta at Buffalo
An ailing Michael Vick against a defense that is arguably the fastest in the NFL? I like the Bills here, and pretty big too. Not that Atlanta is bad. Just with a banged up Vick it's going to be tough to win here. Bills 23-10.
Cleveland at Indianapolis
Indy wins big. Manning bounces back from last week's struggles for 4 TDs. Colts 35-7.
Tampa Bay at Green Bay
I don't think Tampa is as good as their record and I don't think Green Bay is as bad as their record, so I'll pick the home team in a close game. Packers 23-20.
Jacksonville at NY Jets
I'm not that impressed with the Jets. I am impressed with the Jags. They're a better all around team than the Jets, I think. Jags 14-10.
Oakland at Philadelphia
I like the Eagles big. The spread being only 8 points boggles my mind. The Raiders are a five or six win team at best. The Eagles are a 12 win team. The spread should be higher than 8. Take the Eagles and the points. Also avoid the preview shows for all the Owens/Moss discussion when they ask who the better player is. I say Owens. At least he can make catches over the middle. Eagles 31-13.
Tennessee at St. Louis
I've had so much fun this week reading about Super Bowl 34. Lots of "where are they now" type stuff. Amazing how many guys are out of the league. Anyway, I'm not THAT confident in the Rams this week. The Titans are a hard nosed, push you around team, so that worries me a bit. However, it's the first Rams game in St. Louis this year, the Titans have some injuries and I like the Rams WRs against that secondary. Thus, I go with my Rams. Rams 30-20.
Carolina at Miami
I need to pick an upset. This is it. Both teams have great coaches with defensive philosphies, and since I need an upset this week this is what I'll go with. The Dolphins aren't horrible like some think. The Panthers are in for a letdown after last week over the Pats. Dolphins 17-14.
New Orleans at Minnesota
Almost picked the Vikes, but no. Saints are the pick. McAlister has a huge game while the Vikes offense continues to suck. Saints 27-21.
Arizona at Seattle
I told you Arizona was no good. All the people that pick them to win the division don't realize they have a shitty offensive line and no running game. Seahawks are a great home team, so they win comfortably here. Seahawks 37-13.
Dallas at San Francisco
Man, Parcells must have been fuming mad this week after the chokejob from a week ago. I like Dallas to bounce back with running and defense. Cowboys 19-10.
New England at Pittsburgh
The Steelers are the better team right now. If they will be in January, I don't know. The Pats have some problems on offense that they have to work out. Corey Dillon's struggling mightily, Brady missed some reads last game and now they're in for an even tougher road game. Get ready for some Pats fans to complain about the schedule some more. Steelers 30-23.
NY Giants at San Diego
Chargers are probably better than their 0-2 record, so I like them to win here. It'll be fun to hear the crowd boo the fuck out of Eli Manning just because it will make it a good atmosphere to watch a game. I think Tomlinson gets out of his funk this week to have a big game in terms of rushing and receiving yards (he has no catches yet). Chargers 28-14.
Kansas City at Denver
These teams are always tough to figure out. However, Denver's offense is sputtering, especially the running game, while the Chiefs offense is doing pretty well. I'll take the Chiefs to win a really close game. Chiefs 24-23.
Something I'm gonna do every week also is pick four games against the spread. Here goes with home team in caps:
ST. LOUIS (-6) over Tennessee
PHILADELPHIA (-8.5) over Oakland
SEATTLE (-6.5) over Arizona
GREEN BAY (+3.5) over Tampa Bay
All home teams. Three favorites and an underdog.
Lost Season 2, Episode 1 Thoughts
My favorite scene was probably the one with Jack and his dad in the hospital when his dad told him he needs to give his patients hope.
The only thing I was disappointed about was that we didn't see the people on the raft at all in the episode. From the preview of next week, obviously we're going to find out about them.
Very good episode, though. Well worth the wait. This is my favorite show on TV.
Thursday, September 22, 2005
My Fave Characters on "Lost"
Some friends and I exchanged emails about the show and we wrote about who we liked. Here goes.
1. Sayid - Just a really good all around character because people were unsure about him to start due to being an Iraqi, but he proves himself as the most loyal, trustworthy and stable guy there. I'm not a huge fan of the romance with Shannon. I guess it adds another layer to his character because he treats her well. Plus, none of these people are having any sex over there, so good for Sayid for getting his mack on.
2. Michael - I think it's been really cool to see his relationship with Walt grow over the course of the season. To see how he never even saw Walt for all those years and now he's the only parent in his life, and then they go on the plane ride from hell has been a great story. By the end, you can tell that Walt has come to respect his dad a lot more, which makes Michael an even better, likable character. The cliffhanger at the end is great too since I have no idea (and don't plan on reading spoilers) what will happen with him.
3. Hurley - Yeah, I know he's just the dumb fat dude. That's why I like him. He's got the innocence about him. The two guys I mentioned above are the alpha males, along with Jack, while Hurley is the great supporting character that is often comic relief due to his "dudes" and "whoas." The episode where we learn about the numbers is definitely in my top three. That's just such a freaky, totally out there storyline that has me captivated. What do they mean? Why are they cursed? Should I play them in the lottery? All these things are questions I want answers to. Plus the thing about him being a multi-millionaire is
great, especially if people find out and suddenly everybody becomes nice to him.
4. Sun - To me, the best female character. When she first speaks English it's just awesome. Sure, you could tell it was coming, but it still fucking worked completely. Then when Boone was dying she was helpful to Jack, the voice of reason and shown as the most caring person on the island. Sure Jack is caring too, but Sun is always putting others ahead. She is always unselfish. It'll be interesting to see what happens when she is apart from her husband.
5. Sawyer - Every show needs the villain. The thing is, the more we see of him the less villainous he becomes. If any romance in season two develops it should be Sawyer and Kate because they're both cold, calcuting and cunning characters even though Kate thinks she is not. He's the bad guy you have to like.
I truly like all the characters. Nobody that I don't like. I think Kate's a total hottie especially when she's sweaty (!), Jack is great as the everyman leader of the group with a questionable past, Locke is a perfect alternative to Jack, Walt is the character with the most potential due to the some of the skills he apparently has with his mind and Charlie's fight with addiction has been great to witness.
That's it. I'll make a new post when I see the first episode which will be very soon.