The first place Patriots traded their best linebacker. Hahahaha! Only Belichick.
The soon coming Dak Prescott/Tony Romo controversy is beginning to simmer.
The high flying Atlanta Falcons have scored 305 points, which is 80 more points than the second ranked and last place San Diego Chargers. The Falcons have allowed the most points this season as well.
2nd and Short:
Five of eight second place teams have losing records. The most ponderous second place club is Arizona with a 3-4 record.
If there's a game but no one shows up to see it, was there really a game? If numbers hold true, the Chargers and Raiders will both play before less than 60,000 apathetic spectators.
The Cleveland Browns have yet to win a game.
Giant problems: flag on Jerry Reese for his avoidance of the Josh Brown issue. Eli Apple's mom continues lambasting the organization. The team isn't good. The sharks are circling.
Norv Turner resigned his position as offensive coordinator of the Minnesota Vikings. Why? Easy. At this point being a coordinator is beneath him, especially knowing he's better than the head coach.
Ben McAdoo said "stats are for losers."
WEEK NINE Friday Line ~ NYDN
Eagles +2 1/2 (GIANTS)
Two INTs in Week Seven are all that prevented the Giants from entering Sunday with a losing record. They are a zebra ... meaning the Giants are an indistinguishable middle of the pack team, blending into the background. They are largely undetectable until someone other than OBJ moves. Loss 28-23 Giants
DOLPHINS -3 1/2 (Jets)
The Jets are expected to win this game. But playing the Dolphins has become a flat out pain in the ass. The NYJ to date are one of four AFC teams to allow over 200 points. Derrelle Revis risks making Ryan Tannehill look good. WIN 27-23 Dolphins
CHIEFS -7 (Jaguars)
This could get ugly... Loss 19-14 Chiefs
VIKINGS -6 (LIONS)
I like the Vikings at home. I like Minnesota's defense against the Lions offense. The x-factor here is Norv Turner's sudden decision to resign. It could mean the Vikings are rotting from within, or, Turner merely butted heads with the hierarchy. A pick-six by the Vikings defense would go a long way this game... Loss 22-16 Lions
Cowboys -7 1/2 (BROWNS)
That extra half-point makes this problematic ... not! Am I being overly confident? Perhaps. WIN 35-10 Cowboys
Steelers PK (RAVENS)
Home or away ... with or without Big Ben ... I believe the Steelers are one point better than Baltimore. The Steelers have still more injuries that may tip the scales in the Ravens favor. However, even before he hurt his shoulder, I said Joe Flacco looks like he's simply going through the motions - disgusted even. Loss 21-14 Ravens
Saints -4 (49ERS)
The Niners are a piano falling out of the sky. WIN 41-23 Saints
Panthers -3 (RAMS)
This pick is based solely on Carolina's victory over the Cardinals. PUSH 13-10 Panthers
Colts +7 1/2 (PACKERS)
Green Bay's cheesy secondary will allow Andrew Luck to keep this game within range. WIN 31-26 Colts
CHARGERS -5 (Titans)
Truth be told, I flipped on this pick, originally siding against San Diego. I've been holding a grudge against the Jekyll and Hyde Chargers for some time now, while pumping the Titans this season with mixed results. I like Rivers at home. WIN 43-35 Chargers
Broncos +1 (RAIDERS)
From the shadows of Mount Davis will emerge an AFC West leader. The Black Hole has truly become a dismal place to play. Oakland's home/road record says it all. Loss 30-20 Raiders
Schmear of the Week: Saints -4
Guten Appetit: Wings, wings, and more wings - buffalo, and garlic parmigiana style. Cheeseburger sliders with fried onions. Loaded salsa chips.
Good luck, and have a happy Football Sunday everyone!
Post Game: Week Nine Record: 5-5-1 Overall Record: 46-57-3 Schmear of the Week: 4-4 Bagels in the Basket: -12
Overall Record: 35-48-1
Schmear of the Week: 2-4
BAGELS in the Basket: -18
Okay, I'm off to my worst start in years. I'm particularly getting hammered on my Schmears of the Week (worth 3 bagels each). I have a lot of cooking to do.
Too bad this week's schedule offers little help. Welcome to This Week in NFL Parity. Said another way ... this week's spreads suck.
1st and Ten:
Now that Tom Brady is back, it's like he never left. The Patriots lead the NFL with a 6-1 record, and are the only team with six victories. New England has allowed the least points in the AFC, and are tied for fourth least in the NFL. Unless Big Ben gets back on the field for Pittsburgh, who can challenge the Patriots? The AFC West?
2nd and Short:
When did the Jaguars achieve a level where they fire sacrificial lambs? Firing their offensive coordinator is laughable. They've taken positive steps forward. Easy on the shortsightedness and be consistent.
The Cleveland Browns remain the lone team without a victory (0-7).
Is it me ... or does Joe Flacco seem to be just going through the motions?
Maybe it's time for Roger Goodell to step down as commissioner after all. Oh, wait. He does the owner's bidding. Riiight. Right.
WEEK EIGHT Friday Line ~ NYDN Jets -3 (BROWNS) If the Jets do not play with a sense of desperation, and fail to defeat the Browns in convincing fashion, then(!), I'll start pointing a finger at Todd Bowles. Entering the season, this was supposed to (at least) be a well balanced wild card contender (considering they play in the same division as the Patriots). In that vain, they have done one thing very consistently this season, and that's embarrass themselves. A potential loss against the Browns can not be quietly tucked away into the ongoing growth process file. Failing to defeat the Browns should warrant nothing short of an indictment. PUSH 31-28 Jets Ryan Fitzpatrick's benching last week (in favor of Geno Smith, whom wound up injuring himself) revealed the Jets now have at least two weak minded quarterbacks on their hands, and a third unknown lurking in the wings. Fitzpatrick's rather frank assessment regarding his benching, and his perceived status among the Jets hierarchy proved more revealing in more ways than one. And while we're at it ... it appears as if Geno Smith has indeed played his last game with the New York Jets. Besides burning more bridges than a combat engineer in WWII, he's just not good. Or, he just isn't good here. Bengals -3 (D.C. Hogs)* London I would be cool if London fans protested Washington, Daniel Snyder, or both. Loss 27-27 TIE FALCONS -3 (Packers) Defense? I'm thinking Falcons pull ahead in a shootout. Loss 33-32 Falcons TEXANS -2 1/2 (Lions) Well, it's better than a PUSH. I'm looking for Detroit doing something to blow this game, more than I'm counting on Houston. WIN 20-13 Texans SAINTS +3 (Seahawks) The Saints can still light up the scoreboard at home ... just not like they used to. Their inconsistency will enjoy a good week. WIN 25-20 Saints Patriots -6 (BILLS) Buffalo might be able to get their hands on Brady the statue from time to time. But I'm just not picking against the Pats anymore. WIN 41-25 Patriots Raiders PK (BUCS) Oakland's success on the road this season is enough for me. Only Raiders mistakes will allow the Bucs to hang around. WIN 30-24 Raiders Chiefs -3 (COLTS) Gotta respect what the Colts did to the Titans last week ... unless you're the AFC's third ranked defense > > > Chiefs. WIN 30-14 Chiefs BRONCOS -4 1/2 (Chargers) I can see being high on the Chargers after last week. But I'll stick with Denver's defense keeping Rivers in check in Mile High. WIN 27-19 Broncos Cardinals +3 (PANTHERS) This game obviously screams rematch! But last place Carolina is coming off a bye, and desperate to turn their season around. Cam Cam the super man doesn't like speaking to the media when things aren't going well, though. Guess we won't be hearing much from him this week either. Loss 30-20 Panthers Eagles +4 1/2 (COWBOYS) Because I need the Eagles to muddle the NFC East situation so as to keep my flawed Giants team in the mix. Loss 29-23 Cowboys Schmear of the Week: (2-4) Raiders PK WIN Good luck, and have a great Football Sunday everyone! Guten Appetit:
Home made potato chips, w/french onion dip. Grilled panini sandwiches >> provolone, chopped scallions, celery, red and green pepper, tomato.
Skirt steak w/chimichurri, and (my) pickled tomatoes, served over white rice, covered with oven stewed red potatoes, zucchini, carrots, sprinkled with fried garlic/onions bits.
Post Game Week Eight Record: 6-4-1 Overall Record: 41-52-2 Schmear of the Week: 3-4 BAGELS in the Basket: -14
On no finer Autumn afternoon, upon sun-bathed fields of resilient green, the Gentlemen of Summer convened on Long Island's Old Bethpage Village Restoration grounds for the 2016 Mid-Atlantic Vintage Base Ball Festival for purposes of declaring this season's club champion.
As top seeds, the Brooklyn Eckfords and Elkton Eclipse earned spectator rights during the festival's first round that featured action between the Brooklyn Atlantics versus the New York Mutuals and Diamond State's match against the Providence Grays.
A commanding Atlantics victory over the Mutuals earned them a second round match against the number two seed Elkton Eclipse. Following a likewise convincing performance over Providence, Diamond State moved on to challenge the the top seeded Eckford club.
Holding true to their regular season standing, both Elkton and the Eckfords gained victory over their respective opponents, setting up a much anticipated championship contest between the season's top clubs.
ROUND ONE GAME ONE Brooklyn Atlantics vs. New York Mutuals
ROUND ONE GAME TWO Diamond State vs. Providence Grays