September 2013

general&SPORTS28 Sep 2013 11:33 pm

So, I’m a day late, but not at all short. It’s been a busy couple days and I’m a little tired, a little wired, and I just want to pick some games. Last week was crazy in the NFL. I picked a couple upsets, but missed the rest of the apple cart. In the end, I finished at 8-8, which brings me to 29-19 for the season. Also, Kaepernick did me wrong for a second week and my fantasy teams are in a world of mediocrity at the moment. Adjustments are always on the agenda. I’m 2-1 in both leagues, so we’re still in a lot better shape than the Redskins, Bills, and Packers.

After last year’s breakout season from the likes of RGIII, Andrew Luck, and Russell Wilson, the pressure is really on for rookie quarterbacks. Fortunately, there are really only two starting so far: EJ Manuel and Geno Smith. And fortunately for them, they’re both on teams (Bills and Jets, respectively) that no one expects to be good anytime soon. So how are they doing? They’re playing like rookie quarterbacks. We got to watch them square off against each other this past week and they both have moments of wow and moments of woah. [continue reading this post…]

SPORTS26 Sep 2013 04:51 pm

Well, I got Kaeper-nicked for a second straight week in fantasy football. It seems the magic and charm is on the decline for the time being.

Kaepernick and crew are facing off tonight with the Rams, a team on the rise and a team that played them to a tie and beat them last year. And coming off of two straight beatdowns, nothing is guaranteed for the 49ers. However, if they don’t get it together, a return trip to the Super Bowl becomes a much less likely prospect.

All that said, I’m rolling with Kaepernick for a third week (mainly because Cam Newton is on a bye week) and holding out hope for a rebound. I don’t expect it to be pretty, but I do expect it to end like this:

49ers 24, Rams 23.

More picks and commentary tomorrow.

peace… love… bdg…

Bookshelf24 Sep 2013 03:40 pm

It feels like it’s been a while since I’ve written about books and, looking at my list of books to write about, it has been a while. Here’s a few today that are overdue. Two here and perhaps more a little later in a different post. These two kind of go together and I tend to combine things anyway, so that’s how I write these things – like it or not. The first book is one of the many books by or about NFL quarterbacks I’m reading right now – it’s just that season – and I’m hoping it’s not the last I write about in the coming days. Enjoy.

The Real Win – Colt McCoy, Matt Carter

Pretty straight forward self-help book for guys, presented in tag-team format, courtesy of an NFL quarterback (Colt McCoy) and the pastor of a vibrant church (Matt Carter). THE REAL WIN addresses one of the greatest challenges most men (and women) face on a daily basis. Prioritization. With all our commitments and interests vying for our attention, it’s hard to decide what deserves your focus. McCoy and Carter help provide some perspective.
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SPORTS20 Sep 2013 04:03 pm

That was the game I expected to see last night. And dare I say, the Chiefs will be worth talking about come playoff time. And Chip Kelly will be scratching his head for a few more weeks until he’s fully acclimated himself to the professional stage. (And Vick might not make it that deep into the season.)

Anyway, today, we’ll talk about last week’s games and maybe some more. If you didn’t count up my picks from last week, I did and I went 12-4, bringing my season total to 21-11. How are YOU doing? Oh, and my fantasy teams both won last week, leaving me at 2-0 and 1-1. They still aren’t great teams and I’ll be making adjustments all the way through the season I’m sure, but so far, we’re squeaking by. And my fantasy advice for the week is: don’t play anybody from the Patriots or Jets offense, but do consider both defenses in a pinch.

Last week’s games left us with eight undefeated teams (Seahawks, Broncos, Saints, Bears, Texans, Dolphins, Patriots, and Chiefs). We already know that the Chiefs made it through week three unscathed, but who else will? And better yet, which of these eight is the best team in the NFL? First, none of these teams play each other, so, technically, they could all win this week. Second, the Seahawks and the Broncos look like the best of the bunch. That may just be the Superbowl matchup right there.
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SPORTS19 Sep 2013 04:48 pm

Where does the time go? Besides work and family and hobbies and sleep, of course. We’re ready for another kick-off tonight featuring the spurned veteran head coach in Andy Reid and the spurned college coach striking out in the NFL in Chip Kelly. It’s not a rematch or anything, but it is a Reid’s return to the scene.

Under Chip Kelly, the Eagles look like a juggernaut of an offense, fueled by a revitalized Michael Vick. Under Andy Reid, the Chiefs actually play like you’d expect a team filled with Pro-Bowlers to play. So who wins this one? I’ve got it like this:

Chiefs 31, Eagles 27.

I’ll be back tomorrow to dive into the rest of this week’s games and more.

peace… love… bdg…

SPORTS13 Sep 2013 03:49 pm

Well, I’m really out of practice. I’m still trying to sort through the games from opening weekend and already, the new week is beginning. Tonight we’ve got another division rivalry shaping up as the Patriots and the Jets square off. Which begs the obvious question: What will become of Tim Tebow? Also, I’ll come to grips with the fact that my fantasy teams are not very good this year. And finally, I went 9-7 last week on my predictions (how did you do?), I’ll try to do better this week.

First, I enjoyed watching the Redskins and Eagles battle it out on Monday night, but it was a pain and a half to get to, in, and out of the stadium. To think, I used to covet season tickets. Now I know better. It is a fun atmosphere, though, and I was the only voice of optimism holding out a little hope for a Redskins comeback. It was neat seeing Michael Vick clearly showing the younger version of himself (RG3) that he’s still got some gas left in the tank.

So… Tebow. Yeah, there has been a lot of reporting on him even though he’s not currently employed by any team in the league. Fair enough, but there’s also been a growing scream of urging to have him sign with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Which actually would work pretty well, besides the marketing aspect. Tebow’s option offense thrives with solid running backs and a hodgepodge cast of characters that makes it impossible to key in on anyone in particular. Jacksonville has that in spades.
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SPORTS12 Sep 2013 04:41 pm

I’ll be otherwise occupied tonight and will plan for full picks tomorrow, but as for tonight…

Patriots 35, Jets 20.

peace… love… bdg…

pop culture&SPORTS05 Sep 2013 04:49 pm

Hey, it’s football season! It’s a great time of year and I’ll start back into my weekly predictions and commentary – perhaps with fantasy advice – today, since the season officially opens with the Broncos and Ravens tonight.

I don’t have too much of note to discuss just yet as I’m really easing into this season. I didn’t even do any prep work for my fantasy teams this year. The first one, I left alone to auto-draft and the second, I almost forgot about the draft before participating in it last night. And I’m apparently projected to finish 6th in both leagues. That’s not likely, but it’s fun reading how poorly I drafted.

Anyway, I’ll just dive into this week’s picks and maybe toss in a comment or two.

Broncos over Ravens, 38-28.

Thursday Notes: This is a rematch from last year’s epic double-overtime playoff chess match. Peyton got tired, Flacco got lucky and the Ravens went on to the Super Bowl. This time, Peyton won’t get tired. And Flacco won’t get lucky.
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