September 2009


SPORTS25 Sep 2009 11:32 pm

On we go with the program… i don’t know if i’ve mentioned this here yet, but i’m in three fantasy leagues again this year and so far, i’m 2-0, 1-1 and 1-1… because you care… also after picking a triumphant 12-3 in week 1, i’ve managed to keep things rolling pretty smoothly with a record of 10-6 in week 2… wonder how i’ll do this week… we’ll talk more about that after the jump, but first, the big news from this week in the NFL…

HOW GOOD [OR BAD] ARE THEY?

now playing: Fire it Up – Thousand Foot Krutch

this week for the big stories, i thought i’d address a number of teams that have thus far shown surprising promise or a surprising lack thereof… first up, the 49ers… how good are they?… last year, they were pretty terrible, right? and their starting quarterback is currently not on anyone’s roster in somewhere around 90% of fantasy football leagues… and yet, they’re 2-0… and not because of an easy schedule either…

The 49ers managed to shut down the defending NFC champs in week one and in week two, they beat down the suddenly powerful Seahawks who had just finished establishing the fact that they were viable by shutting out the Rams… the defense has been solid, the ball control steady and i say they’re good… really good… probably not Superbowl good, but i think that they actually have a reasonable chance to go into their bye week at 5-0… the difference? Mike Singletary, who spent his playing career destroying the 49er culture of success is now spending his coaching career rebuilding it… and i wish them all the best… it’ll be nice to see a strong NFC team emerge again…

Speaking of the NFC in decline… the Washington Redskins can’t seem to put the ball in the end zone… how bad are they?… the Giants made short work of them in the opening week and the Rams should’ve beaten them in the home opener… but instead grabbed the losing end of a 9-7 game that looked like it was played in invisible rain and mud… sloppy, sloppy play and some of the worst play-calling from the Skins… there are clearly in bad, bad shape and deaing with numerous internal conflicts… as a homer, i’d like to see them straighten this out, but as a realist, i’m accepting the they are very, very bad…

next up, the Patriots have now split games with divisional rivals and didn’t look good in either game… Tom Brady is clearly not the Tom Brady everyone else expected him to be (everyone else meaning not me) and the defense, though still reasonably well-constructed seems to have plenty of holes in it… so how bad are they?… methinks that they’ll right this ship somewhat, but they may actually miss the playoffs… even though i picked them as a wildcard)…

okay, this is getting long, but next week, pending on results, i’ll take a look at how good the Texans and Jets are as well as how bad the Titans and Bucs are…

PICK ME, PICK ME

now playing: Fire it Up – Thousand Foot Krutch

lots of good matchups in the early games including the Titan Bowl (The Jets were previously called the Titans) and the Brown Bowl (which sounds pretty bad, but again is about the namesake), but i’m going to say that the key matchup is the 49ers and the Vikings… two old institutions hoping that they’ve got one more run in them… by that i mean the 49ers and Brett Favre…

seriously though, it may seem like a less important matchup, but both teams are currently 2-0 and both teams are trying to establish themselves as a force to be reckoned with… i’ve heard plenty of people say that the Vikings are a strong contender, but, at 2-0, they haven’t really been challenged, have they?… likewise, i’ve heard pretty much nobody tell me that the niners are a contender, but having taken out two strong teams, i beg to differ… as such, i’m going with the upset here, 49ers 27, Vikings 23

and extremely quick with the rest…
– Ravens over Browns
– Lions over Skins (WHAT? ReALLY? yep.)
– Texans over Jags
– Falcons over Pats
– Packers over Rams
– Giants over Bucs
– Jets over Titans (oooooh)
– Eagles over Chiefs

i don’t know how much i care to chat about any of the late games at any great length, but i will talk about the Bills and Saints… hopefully, this will be a high-scoring occassion for BOTH teams… i know i’m going to sound like a homer, but the Bills do have a fair enough of a chance because their defense is better established… however, the Bills are banged up, their offense is NOT (yet?) at the caliber of the Saints and it’s going to be extremely difficult for them to match up… while i’d like to see it go a different way, the Saints will probably march all over the Bills winning 38-24…

and the rest…
– Seahawks surprise the Bears
– Steelers over Bengals
– Broncos over Raiders
– Chargers over Dolphins

On to the headliner… the main event… further proof that Sunday Night Football gets the better games… the Colts vs. the Cardinals… a showdown of two premiere quarterbacks… and it’s gonna be the highlight of the weekend… (as far as NFL games go)… Peyton Manning and Kurt Warner square off to see who’s arm can hold up the longest… honestly, the Cards have the advantage here, with a better defense and better receiving core, but i’m going with the Colts because they’re just plain tenacious… Colts win, 35-31

and finally, a game that looked real good on paper last year before the Panthers flopped… (how bad are they?… another time)… anyway, the Cowboys are probably going to run away with this game, scoring early and often as Romo tries to redeem himself and the Panthers continue to collapse upon themselves… Cowboys 42, Panthers 22

TH-TH-THAT’S ALL FOLKS

more stuff coming soon, i promise…

peace… love… bdg…

general25 Sep 2009 11:27 pm

On we go with the program… i don’t know if i’ve mentioned this here yet, but i’m in three fantasy leagues again this year and so far, i’m 2-0, 1-1 and 1-1… because you care… also after picking a triumphant 12-3 in week 1, i’ve managed to keep things rolling pretty smoothly with a record of 10-6 in week 2… wonder how i’ll do this week… we’ll talk more about that after the jump, but first, the big news from this week in the NFL…

HOW GOOD [OR BAD] ARE THEY?

now playing: Fire it Up – Thousand Foot Krutch

this week for the big stories, i thought i’d address a number of teams that have thus far shown surprising promise or a surprising lack thereof… first up, the 49ers… how good are they?… last year, they were pretty terrible, right? and their starting quarterback is currently not on anyone’s roster in somewhere around 90% of fantasy football leagues… and yet, they’re 2-0… and not because of an easy schedule either…

The 49ers managed to shut down the defending NFC champs in week one and in week two, they beat down the suddenly powerful Seahawks who had just finished establishing the fact that they were viable by shutting out the Rams… the defense has been solid, the ball control steady and i say they’re good… really good… probably not Superbowl good, but i think that they actually have a reasonable chance to go into their bye week at 5-0… the difference? Mike Singletary, who spent his playing career destroying the 49er culture of success is now spending his coaching career rebuilding it… and i wish them all the best… it’ll be nice to see a strong NFC team emerge again…

Speaking of the NFC in decline… the Washington Redskins can’t seem to put the ball in the end zone… how bad are they?… the Giants made short work of them in the opening week and the Rams should’ve beaten them in the home opener… but instead grabbed the losing end of a 9-7 game that looked like it was played in invisible rain and mud… sloppy, sloppy play and some of the worst play-calling from the Skins… there are clearly in bad, bad shape and deaing with numerous internal conflicts… as a homer, i’d like to see them straighten this out, but as a realist, i’m accepting the they are very, very bad…

next up, the Patriots have now split games with divisional rivals and didn’t look good in either game… Tom Brady is clearly not the Tom Brady everyone else expected him to be (everyone else meaning not me) and the defense, though still reasonably well-constructed seems to have plenty of holes in it… so how bad are they?… methinks that they’ll right this ship somewhat, but they may actually miss the playoffs… even though i picked them as a wildcard)…

okay, this is getting long, but next week, pending on results, i’ll take a look at how good the Texans and Jets are as well as how bad the Titans and Bucs are…

PICK ME, PICK ME

now playing: Fire it Up – Thousand Foot Krutch

lots of good matchups in the early games including the Titan Bowl (The Jets were previously called the Titans) and the Brown Bowl (which sounds pretty bad, but again is about the namesake), but i’m going to say that the key matchup is the 49ers and the Vikings… two old institutions hoping that they’ve got one more run in them… by that i mean the 49ers and Brett Favre…

seriously though, it may seem like a less important matchup, but both teams are currently 2-0 and both teams are trying to establish themselves as a force to be reckoned with… i’ve heard plenty of people say that the Vikings are a strong contender, but, at 2-0, they haven’t really been challenged, have they?… likewise, i’ve heard pretty much nobody tell me that the niners are a contender, but having taken out two strong teams, i beg to differ… as such, i’m going with the upset here, 49ers 27, Vikings 23

and extremely quick with the rest…
– Ravens over Browns
– Lions over Skins (WHAT? ReALLY? yep.)
– Texans over Jags
– Falcons over Pats
– Packers over Rams
– Giants over Bucs
– Jets over Titans (oooooh)
– Eagles over Chiefs

i don’t know how much i care to chat about any of the late games at any great length, but i will talk about the Bills and Saints… hopefully, this will be a high-scoring occassion for BOTH teams… i know i’m going to sound like a homer, but the Bills do have a fair enough of a chance because their defense is better established… however, the Bills are banged up, their offense is NOT (yet?) at the caliber of the Saints and it’s going to be extremely difficult for them to match up… while i’d like to see it go a different way, the Saints will probably march all over the Bills winning 38-24…

and the rest…
– Seahawks surprise the Bears
– Steelers over Bengals
– Broncos over Raiders
– Chargers over Dolphins

On to the headliner… the main event… further proof that Sunday Night Football gets the better games… the Colts vs. the Cardinals… a showdown of two premiere quarterbacks… and it’s gonna be the highlight of the weekend… (as far as NFL games go)… Peyton Manning and Kurt Warner square off to see who’s arm can hold up the longest… honestly, the Cards have the advantage here, with a better defense and better receiving core, but i’m going with the Colts because they’re just plain tenacious… Colts win, 35-31

and finally, a game that looked real good on paper last year before the Panthers flopped… (how bad are they?… another time)… anyway, the Cowboys are probably going to run away with this game, scoring early and often as Romo tries to redeem himself and the Panthers continue to collapse upon themselves… Cowboys 42, Panthers 22

TH-TH-THAT’S ALL FOLKS

more stuff coming soon, i promise…

peace… love… bdg…

SPORTS19 Sep 2009 12:17 am

alright, so, backsliding a little bit again… it’s been a pretty busy week and i’m still working on getting scheduling stuff worked out… early mornings really take it out of me… i’m so not a morning person and i don’t think that’s going to change no matter how hard i try… today, at least this time, i’m going to talk about football… the week in review, my picks for the end of the year, and my picks for week two… that’s a lot, so… off we go…

WONDERFUL WEEK WON, ER ONE…

now playing: Fire it Up – Thousand Foot Krutch

well i was just plain on FIRE last week when i picked the games… turns out that i just don’t know the west coast teams all that well… here’s the rundown… i had the colts, falcons, ravens, eagles, vikings, jets, saints, cowboys, giants, packers, patriots and the chargers, but missed the Broncos, 49ers and Seahawks… so i’m off to a great start at 12-3 (didn’t pick the steelers/titans game)…

big news from the week is injuries… big names: Polamalu, Urlacher, Gonzalez, Posluszny, and McNabb… definitely will change the landscape of this week’s games… a few, very few other notes… Buffalo Bills and Monday Night Football unfortunately just don’t mix… Jake Delhomme isn’t necessarily the bad guy… it’s not like he ever had any time in the pocket… Jay Cutler, on the other hand, is the bad guy… just bad throws… are the Raiders that good or are the Chargers just no good?… and finally, once again, the Bengals really aren’t as good as advertised…

NEXT ON THE DOCKET…
now playing: Moving On – Needtobreathe

this week’s games look to be pretty interesting as well… starting with the early games on Sunday… i know it’s easy to go with the Chiefs and Raiders as the spotlight because of the rivalry, but both teams have a lot of work to do… so, i’m really torn between two other games and i’ll go ahead and expand on both…

First, the Saints and the Eagles… certainly, Mcnabb’s injury cheapens this game, but still, you have and incredible offense, clashing with a powerful defense… Can Brees stand the heat? Can the Eagle’s offense keep up with the pace? McNabb, Kolb, or Garcia? all these questions and more will make this a great game… unfortunately, Philly fans will leave upset… Saints will win 38-23…

The other big game will take place in Jacksonville… The Jags will be hosting the Cards… both teams have some week one baggage and they’re both out to prove something… the Jags want to bounce back from a tough defeat to the Colts and the Cards need to remind the league of what got them to the Superbowl last year… conventional wisdom gives this one to the Jags for their physicality and the fact that they’re home… i’m tipping my hand to the Cards, however, because the Jags still have some pieces to fit back in place… Cards win 28-10…

And now for the rest…

Texans lose to the Titans, but fight harder than anyone expected…
Chiefs over Raiders, but it ain’t pretty…
Cheeseheads rejoice as the Pack crushes the Bengals
Favre gets another gimme as the Vikings smoke out the Lions
The Skins redeem themselves (somewhat) by picking apart the Rams
the J-E-T-S blow it… strong>Patriots school them…
and finally, the Falcons keep the Panthers’ fans depressed…

Late game highlight is clearly the BILLS… well, okay, we’ll talk about the Bears and the Steelers… expect a hard-hitting game despite the stars of both defenses missing out on the action… low score… maybe two more injuries… and the stinking Steelers emerge with a 12-10 victory
Bills beat the pathetic Bucs… (T.O. gets his first T.D – and second, i might add)…
49ers stun the Seahawks and begin to march the trail to where their wins aren’t surprises…
stopping the run cold, the Ravens edge out the Chargers
and the Browns win in the most boring game of the week, beating the Broncos

The Sunday night game will be fierce… another divisional rivalry… the Giants march into the Cowboys fancy new stadium and tear them down… Romo will get sacked 5 times, the scoreboard will get hit twice and Eli will connect with Steve Smith for THREE touchdowns… Giants win, 45-31

Finally, the Monday night game, which isn’t really all that much to talk about… the Dolphins really don’t have much to brag about and, they’ll be gracious hosts as the Colts march up and down the field on them a few times… Colts will be victorious with a score of 27-17

THE FINAL COUNTDOWN…
now playing: The Final Countdown On – Europe

really quickly, here’s how it’s all going to play out…

AFC WILDCARD WEEKEND: Titans over Bills, Patriots over Chargers

AFC ROUND TWO: Colts over Patriots, Titans over Steelers
AFC CHAMPIONSHIP: Colts over Titans
NFC WILDCARD WEEKEND: Cards over Cowboys, Eagles over Bears
NFC ROUND TWO: Giants over Eagles, Saints over Cards
NFC CHAMPIONSHIP: Saints over Giants
SUPERBOWL XLIV: Saints over Colts

peace… love… bdg…

general19 Sep 2009 12:14 am

alright, so, backsliding a little bit again… it’s been a pretty busy week and i’m still working on getting scheduling stuff worked out… early mornings really take it out of me… i’m so not a morning person and i don’t think that’s going to change no matter how hard i try… today, at least this time, i’m going to talk about football… the week in review, my picks for the end of the year, and my picks for week two… that’s a lot, so… off we go…

WONDERFUL WEEK WON, ER ONE…

now playing: Fire it Up – Thousand Foot Krutch

well i was just plain on FIRE last week when i picked the games… turns out that i just don’t know the west coast teams all that well… here’s the rundown… i had the colts, falcons, ravens, eagles, vikings, jets, saints, cowboys, giants, packers, patriots and the chargers, but missed the Broncos, 49ers and Seahawks… so i’m off to a great start at 12-3 (didn’t pick the steelers/titans game)…

big news from the week is injuries… big names: Polamalu, Urlacher, Gonzalez, Posluszny, and McNabb… definitely will change the landscape of this week’s games… a few, very few other notes… Buffalo Bills and Monday Night Football unfortunately just don’t mix… Jake Delhomme isn’t necessarily the bad guy… it’s not like he ever had any time in the pocket… Jay Cutler, on the other hand, is the bad guy… just bad throws… are the Raiders that good or are the Chargers just no good?… and finally, once again, the Bengals really aren’t as good as advertised…

NEXT ON THE DOCKET…

now playing: Moving On – Needtobreathe

this week’s games look to be pretty interesting as well… starting with the early games on Sunday… i know it’s easy to go with the Chiefs and Raiders as the spotlight because of the rivalry, but both teams have a lot of work to do… so, i’m really torn between two other games and i’ll go ahead and expand on both…

First, the Saints and the Eagles… certainly, Mcnabb’s injury cheapens this game, but still, you have and incredible offense, clashing with a powerful defense… Can Brees stand the heat? Can the Eagle’s offense keep up with the pace? McNabb, Kolb, or Garcia? all these questions and more will make this a great game… unfortunately, Philly fans will leave upset… Saints will win 38-23…

The other big game will take place in Jacksonville… The Jags will be hosting the Cards… both teams have some week one baggage and they’re both out to prove something… the Jags want to bounce back from a tough defeat to the Colts and the Cards need to remind the league of what got them to the Superbowl last year… conventional wisdom gives this one to the Jags for their physicality and the fact that they’re home… i’m tipping my hand to the Cards, however, because the Jags still have some pieces to fit back in place… Cards win 28-10…

And now for the rest…

Texans lose to the Titans, but fight harder than anyone expected…
Chiefs over Raiders, but it ain’t pretty…
Cheeseheads rejoice as the Pack crushes the Bengals
Favre gets another gimme as the Vikings smoke out the Lions
The Skins redeem themselves (somewhat) by picking apart the Rams
the J-E-T-S blow it… Patriots school them…
and finally, the Falcons keep the Panthers’ fans depressed…

Late game highlight is clearly the BILLS… well, okay, we’ll talk about the Bears and the Steelers… expect a hard-hitting game despite the stars of both defenses missing out on the action… low score… maybe two more injuries… and the stinking Steelers emerge with a 12-10 victory
Bills beat the pathetic Bucs… (T.O. gets his first T.D – and second, i might add)…
49ers stun the Seahawks and begin to march the trail to where their wins aren’t surprises…
stopping the run cold, the Ravens edge out the Chargers
and the Browns win in the most boring game of the week, beating the Broncos

The Sunday night game will be fierce… another divisional rivalry… the Giants march into the Cowboys fancy new stadium and tear them down… Romo will get sacked 5 times, the scoreboard will get hit twice and Eli will connect with Steve Smith for THREE touchdowns… Giants win, 45-31

Finally, the Monday night game, which isn’t really all that much to talk about… the Dolphins really don’t have much to brag about and, they’ll be gracious hosts as the Colts march up and down the field on them a few times… Colts will be victorious with a score of 27-17

THE FINAL COUNTDOWN…

now playing: The Final Countdown On – Europe

really quickly, here’s how it’s all going to play out…

AFC WILDCARD WEEKEND: Titans over Bills, Patriots over Chargers
AFC ROUND TWO: Colts over Patriots, Titans over Steelers
AFC CHAMPIONSHIP: Colts over Titans
NFC WILDCARD WEEKEND: Cards over Cowboys, Eagles over Bears
NFC ROUND TWO: Giants over Eagles, Saints over Cards
NFC CHAMPIONSHIP: Saints over Giants
SUPERBOWL XLIV: Saints over Colts

peace… love… bdg…

Bookshelf11 Sep 2009 11:16 pm

okay, one more book… i meant to get to these the other night, but didn’t quite have the time… don’t let this post keep you from reading the previous post if you’re like me and ready for some FOOTBALL… now to the book…

THIS I KNOW…

now playing: Jesus Loves You – Stellar Kart

Jesus Loves You – Craig Gross & Jason Harper

i got this one a while ago and figured that i had plenty of time to read it before the deadline that i agreed to, then everything changed… anyway, by way of background, Craig Gross is one of the founders of XXXChurch.com and Jason Harper is a cable guy and a pastor… that’s probably enough for the time being… the book on the other hand demands your full attention… i often feel like the simplest messages are the most profound… and this simple message, that Jesus loves you, is perhaps the most profound of them all…

I really liked the way the book reads, very conversational and well organized… it seems to covers all the bases and, right about when it dawned on me that something critical was missing from the equation, Craig hits it right on the head… very good read, interesting perspective and a reminder that we all need to hear over and over…

peace… love… bdg…

general11 Sep 2009 11:15 pm

okay, one more book… i meant to get to these the other night, but didn’t quite have the time… don’t let this post keep you from reading the previous post if you’re like me and ready for some FOOTBALL… now to the book…

THIS I KNOW…

now playing: Jesus Loves You – Stellar Kart

Jesus Loves You – Craig Gross & Jason Harper
i got this one a while ago and figured that i had plenty of time to read it before the deadline that i agreed to, then everything changed… anyway, by way of background, Craig Gross is one of the founders of XXXChurch.com and Jason Harper is a cable guy and a pastor… that’s probably enough for the time being… the book on the other hand demands your full attention… i often feel like the simplest messages are the most profound… and this simple message, that Jesus loves you, is perhaps the most profound of them all…

I really liked the way the book reads, very conversational and well organized… it seems to covers all the bases and, right about when it dawned on me that something critical was missing from the equation, Craig hits it right on the head… very good read, interesting perspective and a reminder that we all need to hear over and over…

peace… love… bdg…

general11 Sep 2009 05:18 pm

i just realized / remembered that i did this every week last year and i haven’t yet done it this week… so here goes, opening weekend, the weekend we’ve all been waiting for… this year things will be a little different in that i’m being pressured to watch College football as well, so i suppose at some point in the year i may comment on those games as well, but i wouldn’t expect that any time soon…

Anyway, clearly i can’t pick last night’s game legitimately, though, i probably would’ve gone the wrong way if i had… thing is, i watched some of the game and considered staying up late to watch the end, but i dislike no team more than i dislike the Steelers and as a Bills fan, i have remnant angst towards the Titans still because of the forwards/backwards lateral that haunts my memory…

moving on… key matchups from this weekend begin with Jacksonville and Indianapolis… I’m excited about this game, because whenever these teams meet, it seems like the Colts end up being a more physical team as they try to match the intensity that the Jags always manage to bring to the table… i’m also looking forward to seeing how the Colt’s offense unfolds for the season and seeing if they can continue to dominate the rivalry… i’m calling it for the Colts in a close one, 27-24

as for the rest of the one o’clock games, i’ll sweep through them rather quickly… i expect to see:

– the Falcons over the Dolphins big…
– the Ravens rack up a dozen or so sacks while rolling over the Chiefs
Carolina cringe as the Eagles explode for big point totals whilst McNabb pleads his case as the big man on campus…
– the Bengals edge out the Broncos as both teams really fight their own demons…
– a big game from Peterson early and a few big plays from Favre late as the Vikings beat up on the Browns
– the J-E-T-S to make a surprise trip to the victory circle giving Mark Sanchez the confidence he’ll need to choke the rest of the season away…
– the Saints to yawn their way through beating the new-look, but still no-good Lions
and
– the Bucs fall short of beating the cowboys

on to the four o’clock schedule… much thinner selection, but the big matchup has to be… the Skins and the G-men… sure, both teams have been a little slow to get out of the gate – okay, the Skins are still looking for the gate – but this is always a big matchup and i expect it to be a nice bit of smashmouth football… lots of questions for sure and, though i’m pulling for the Skins, i’m expecting the Giants to walk away with a 21-9 victory…

and the other two games don’t promise to be all that exciting as the Cards will likely blow out the struggling 49ers (though i’m rooting for the niners for Mike Singletary’s benefit) and the Seahawks and Rams will probably both struggle to find the end zone with the Rams winning by a slim margin…

Sunday Night Football features a classic matchup in the Bears and Packers, but it doesn’t ring quite as true as it used to… i do see the Bears trio of Cutler, Hester and Forte reminiscent of McMahon, Gault and Payton, but the former are simply too inconsistant at this point to really bank on them… same goes for the defense… and that said, i’m giving the game to the Pack by the score of 31-21…

and that leaves me with the Monday night doubleheader… of course, i’m stoked about the Bills / Patriots game, but not without heisitation… it’s easy to pick the Patriots blindly going into this one since Brady’s back and the Bills forgot what the end zone was during the preseason, but this should actually be a pretty decent game… you’ve got the battle of the 81s in To vs Moss and you’ve got New England’s suddenly shaky defense vs the always shaky offense… all said and done, i still give it to the Pats, but by the slimmest of margins… 14-12…

Round two goes to the Chargers in a big way, but that’s just a gimme, really… i mean, who thinks the Raiders are going to be winning more than five games this year?

And that’s all for right now… i think that sometime early next week, i’ll put together a bracket for this year’s playoffs and pick the champs and the chumps…

peace… love… bdg…

SPORTS11 Sep 2009 05:13 pm

i just realized / remembered that i did this every week last year and i haven’t yet done it this week… so here goes, opening weekend, the weekend we’ve all been waiting for… this year things will be a little different in that i’m being pressured to watch College football as well, so i suppose at some point in the year i may comment on those games as well, but i wouldn’t expect that any time soon…

Anyway, clearly i can’t pick last night’s game legitimately, though, i probably would’ve gone the wrong way if i had… thing is, i watched some of the game and considered staying up late to watch the end, but i dislike no team more than i dislike the Steelers and as a Bills fan, i have remnant angst towards the Titans still because of the forwards/backwards lateral that haunts my memory…

moving on… key matchups from this weekend begin with Jacksonville and Indianapolis… I’m excited about this game, because whenever these teams meet, it seems like the Colts end up being a more physical team as they try to match the intensity that the Jags always manage to bring to the table… i’m also looking forward to seeing how the Colt’s offense unfolds for the season and seeing if they can continue to dominate the rivalry… i’m calling it for the Colts in a close one, 27-24

as for the rest of the one o’clock games, i’ll sweep through them rather quickly… i expect to see:

– the Falcons over the Dolphins big…
– the Ravens rack up a dozen or so sacks while rolling over the Chiefs
Carolina cringe as the Eagles explode for big point totals whilst McNabb pleads his case as the big man on campus…
– the Bengals edge out the Broncos as both teams really fight their own demons…
– a big game from Peterson early and a few big plays from Favre late as the Vikings beat up on the Browns
– the J-E-T-S to make a surprise trip to the victory circle giving Mark Sanchez the confidence he’ll need to choke the rest of the season away…
– the Saints to yawn their way through beating the new-look, but still no-good Lions
and
– the Bucs fall short of beating the cowboys

on to the four o’clock schedule… much thinner selection, but the big matchup has to be… the Skins and the G-men… sure, both teams have been a little slow to get out of the gate – okay, the Skins are still looking for the gate – but this is always a big matchup and i expect it to be a nice bit of smashmouth football… lots of questions for sure and, though i’m pulling for the Skins, i’m expecting the Giants to walk away with a 21-9 victory…

and the other two games don’t promise to be all that exciting as the Cards will likely blow out the struggling 49ers (though i’m rooting for the niners for Mike Singletary’s benefit) and the Seahawks and Rams will probably both struggle to find the end zone with the Rams winning by a slim margin…

Sunday Night Football features a classic matchup in the Bears and Packers, but it doesn’t ring quite as true as it used to… i do see the Bears trio of Cutler, Hester and Forte reminiscent of McMahon, Gault and Payton, but the former are simply too inconsistant at this point to really bank on them… same goes for the defense… and that said, i’m giving the game to the Pack by the score of 31-21…

and that leaves me with the Monday night doubleheader… of course, i’m stoked about the Bills / Patriots game, but not without heisitation… it’s easy to pick the Patriots blindly going into this one since Brady’s back and the Bills forgot what the end zone was during the preseason, but this should actually be a pretty decent game… you’ve got the battle of the 81s in To vs Moss and you’ve got New England’s suddenly shaky defense vs the always shaky offense… all said and done, i still give it to the Pats, but by the slimmest of margins… 14-12…

Round two goes to the Chargers in a big way, but that’s just a gimme, really… i mean, who thinks the Raiders are going to be winning more than five games this year?

And that’s all for right now… i think that sometime early next week, i’ll put together a bracket for this year’s playoffs and pick the champs and the chumps…

peace… love… bdg…

general08 Sep 2009 10:51 pm

this morning, i walked my boys, my little boys down the street, to the corner and i watched them climb up into a big yellow bus and off they went to school… kindergarten and second grade and still i see them curled up into a tiny ball kicking against my arms fighting to stay awake when they were supposed to be taking a late afternoon nap… ah… time… you dirty little tramp…

anyway, this is the entry where i really talk about all the books that i’ve read over the last few weeks… it could be a lot, but we’ll see how far i get…

DOUBLE SHOT OF FEARLESS…

now playing: Fearless – Falling Up

Fearless – Robin Parrish
finally managed to get back to the Dominion Trilogy and this is book two of the series… that’s the backdrop… the big deal is how much the story has progressed and how well put together this storyline is… it’s always exciting to witness an author come into their own and Robin has clearly done so here… Fearless is more cohesive and well-focused than when Grant Burrows first debuted as a serial novel on his website…

I was very impressed by the character development, and, given the similarities between this and the premise of Heroes, thought a number of times that the show could really take a few cues from the trilogy… That’s not to say that the book feels at all like a copycat or anything like that – it’s definitely got its own legs – it’s just that there’s no point ignoring the similarities… on a side note, the adventure is thrilling, but this one ends on a cliff, so make sure that Merciless isn’t too far away when you get to the end… i’ll be hitting that one soon…

now playing: Fearless – dcTalk

Fearless – Max Lucado
i don’t think i’ve ever had milk toast in my lifetime, but as i was reading this book, i couldn’t shake that image from my head… which is a little odd, because i didn’t even know exactly what it consisted of… really, i think that my subconscience was trying to make a reference to the verse in the Bible about some people needing milk and some needing meat… if it’s a sliding scale, this book – as well as many of Lucado’s numerous works – lands squarely in the liquid state of nourishment…

that said, i can overlook the painstaking way that Lucado applies puns to each point and see that the points that he’s making are actually pretty good… and the book itself is something definitely worth reading… we’re certainly living in a time when we all need a little help finding a little peace of mind… Lucado focuses on a dozen or so specific fears, but treats them all with the same general prescription… a long-term, Kingdom mindset… overall, Fearless is a quick, light, easy read… if you like Lucado’s previous books (and/or if you don’t mind things being spelled out to the enth degree), you probably won’t have any qualms with this one…

THE GREAT ONES…

now playing: Great – Ten Shekel Shirt

Everyday Greatness – Stephen R Covey
so, i suppose i didn’t exactly understand what i was getting into when this 400-plus-page collection of short stories… in fact, i didn’t realize it was short stories, much less stories in the key of “Chicken Soup for the Soul”… generally not my cup of tea… i’m not sure what i was expecting, actually…

Odd first impressions aside, though, Covey provides an interesting framework from which the book unfolds… seven “pillars” so to speak of areas of life in which we can display greatness, each with three more specific qualities to exercise… each chapter follows the same basic premise: Covey’s introduction, a story or stories, Covey’s comments, points to ponder, and then relevant quotes from throughout history…

To be honest, the quotes are what interested me most… i think that Covey’s commentary could’ve been a little meatier, but understandably, they’re short here (i mean, how long could this book have been?)… the bottom line, however, is that this book is a nice volume to have as something of a reference manual… it may be nice to have a book exclusively with Covey’s thoughts (perhaps that already exists?), but this is a fine collection for what it is… just not what i was wanting…

TAPPING OUT…

okay, that’s three of them… i’ve still got… about five more to tackle in the next day or so… including that “triple DeKker” (insert suspenseful “oooooh” here)… right now, though i must get some sleep…

peace… love… bdg…

Bookshelf08 Sep 2009 10:49 pm

this morning, i walked my boys, my little boys down the street, to the corner and i watched them climb up into a big yellow bus and off they went to school… kindergarten and second grade and still i see them curled up into a tiny ball kicking against my arms fighting to stay awake when they were supposed to be taking a late afternoon nap… ah… time… you dirty little tramp…

anyway, this is the entry where i really talk about all the books that i’ve read over the last few weeks… it could be a lot, but we’ll see how far i get…

DOUBLE SHOT OF FEARLESS…

now playing: Fearless – Falling Up

Fearless – Robin Parrish

finally managed to get back to the Dominion Trilogy and this is book two of the series… that’s the backdrop… the big deal is how much the story has progressed and how well put together this storyline is… it’s always exciting to witness an author come into their own and Robin has clearly done so here… Fearless is more cohesive and well-focused than when Grant Burrows first debuted as a serial novel on his website…

I was very impressed by the character development, and, given the similarities between this and the premise of Heroes, thought a number of times that the show could really take a few cues from the trilogy… That’s not to say that the book feels at all like a copycat or anything like that – it’s definitely got its own legs – it’s just that there’s no point ignoring the similarities… on a side note, the adventure is thrilling, but this one ends on a cliff, so make sure that Merciless isn’t too far away when you get to the end… i’ll be hitting that one soon…

now playing: Fearless – dcTalk

Fearless – Max Lucado

i don’t think i’ve ever had milk toast in my lifetime, but as i was reading this book, i couldn’t shake that image from my head… which is a little odd, because i didn’t even know exactly what it consisted of… really, i think that my subconscience was trying to make a reference to the verse in the Bible about some people needing milk and some needing meat… if it’s a sliding scale, this book – as well as many of Lucado’s numerous works – lands squarely in the liquid state of nourishment…

that said, i can overlook the painstaking way that Lucado applies puns to each point and see that the points that he’s making are actually pretty good… and the book itself is something definitely worth reading… we’re certainly living in a time when we all need a little help finding a little peace of mind… Lucado focuses on a dozen or so specific fears, but treats them all with the same general prescription… a long-term, Kingdom mindset… overall, Fearless is a quick, light, easy read… if you like Lucado’s previous books (and/or if you don’t mind things being spelled out to the enth degree), you probably won’t have any qualms with this one…

THE GREAT ONES…

now playing: Great – Ten Shekel Shirt

Everyday Greatness – Stephen R Covey

so, i suppose i didn’t exactly understand what i was getting into when this 400-plus-page collection of short stories… in fact, i didn’t realize it was short stories, much less stories in the key of “Chicken Soup for the Soul”… generally not my cup of tea… i’m not sure what i was expecting, actually…

Odd first impressions aside, though, Covey provides an interesting framework from which the book unfolds… seven “pillars” so to speak of areas of life in which we can display greatness, each with three more specific qualities to exercise… each chapter follows the same basic premise: Covey’s introduction, a story or stories, Covey’s comments, points to ponder, and then relevant quotes from throughout history…

To be honest, the quotes are what interested me most… i think that Covey’s commentary could’ve been a little meatier, but understandably, they’re short here (i mean, how long could this book have been?)… the bottom line, however, is that this book is a nice volume to have as something of a reference manual… it may be nice to have a book exclusively with Covey’s thoughts (perhaps that already exists?), but this is a fine collection for what it is… just not what i was wanting…

TAPPING OUT…

okay, that’s three of them… i’ve still got… about five more to tackle in the next day or so… including that “triple DeKker” (insert suspenseful “oooooh” here)… right now, though i must get some sleep…

peace… love… bdg…

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