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Sunday, September 18, 2005

NFL TODAY

I missed last week, I was in DC. I saw the New Orleans game which made me happy along with a great many others. I missed the Jet game, and boy am I glad I did. Anyway it's time to get back to business here. Last year I missed week one, so I guess it's officially a tradition.

Let's review. I don't gamble. When I have, in the past, put money down on chance, chance always made me regret it. I love football, and wouldn't want to lose sight of what I love about it, to join a football pool would force me to pick against my heart, and that would suck. Money isn't as cool as Football, the game is on the field, not on a little card with check boxes. I make picks based on what I would like to see happen. I did this last year and had a great time. I was also able to maintain a 2 to 1 winning ratio, or around 66%. That is until the post season.

What is the criteria? How do I decide? Well let's look at my picks for this week and I'll explain as I go.

Baltimore at Tennessee. I pick Tennessee. It's a tough one. Tennessee's helmet logo is one of the worst in the league. Tennessee also wears powder blue. Not good. Baltimore, however, wears purple, which is unforgivable. Their helmet logo is rather vapid as well, and the final blow, the kicker if you will is the fact that I don't consider them to be a legit NFL team. The Colts belong in Baltimore, and the Ravens belong in another city that has no football team, like Trenton.

Buffalo at Tampa Bay. That's easy - Tampa Bay. The colors are fine on both sides, but Tampa wins on helmet logo. Buffalo is a crappy city as well. Why do they even bother, really?

Detroit at Chicago. Another tough one. Chicago plays outdoors, Chicago is my pick. Black is also better than silver, although silver is acceptable.

Jacksonville at Indianapolis. Is this the NFL or NASCAR. No pick. It doesn't matter. These are not football teams.

Minnesota at Cincinnati. Both indian names, very cool. The Vikings make the hideous mistake of wearing purple, but it's a darker purple than the Ravens, which is better, but still purple. The Bengals helmet is silly, but the Vikings play indoors. Hmmmm. Cincinnati I think, yes, Bengals over Vikes.

New England at Carolina. Well this just sucks. I don't recognize Carolina as legit. Which one are they anyway, the Jaguars or the Panthers. I mean when you introduce two new teams into the league, shouldn't you work hard to make them distinctive from each other? Both are named after big cats, both are southeastern cities, I can't keep 'em straight. I hate the Pats more than any other, but I don't recognize this event, so I pick Tom Brady to slip and break his neck on the way to stadium.

Pittsburg at Houston. No Brainer, Pittsburg. The Houston Texans? What's next, the Los Angeles Californians?

San Fran at Philly. Philly wins. Green beats red and gold. In all other classifications they are equal.

Atlanta at Seattle. I have four favorite teams, and Seattle is one of those four teams, they rank fourth on the list. Seattle wins.

St. Louis at Arizona. Again, I don't recognize either team. No game. The Rams belong in LA, the Cards belong in St. Louis, and Arizona, well maybe they should be the Ravens.

Cleveland at Green Bay. Another tough call. Good colors, good helmets, outdoor feilds. Heck, I'll go with Green Bay. Both are classic football teams, so if I'm wrong I won't be upset.

Miami at the Jets. Jets. Jets. Jets. In ALL catagories, Miami sucks. The Jets are my number one team. I will pick them over any other, always.

San Diego at Denver. Next to the Pats, and the Fish, Denver ranks third on the list of teams I hate. In cases like this, a team with yellow as one of their colors get's picked over a team wearing red and blue, which are good decent football colors, but since the Broncos are the Broncos, I pick San Diego.

I'm in a rush, so I'll plow through the remainder.

Oakland over Kansas City. (tough call, black wins)

Giants vs. New Orleans. Ouch. Number two vs. number three. Gotta go with number two, even with the emotional lean toward NO, I gotta pick the Giants, only vs. the Jets can I go against Big Blue.

Washington at Dallas. I like the Redskins. There you go Mom.

Comments:
Great picks Jackson, VERY good pick on the Falcon/Seahawks. Calling a letdown after the birds punished Donavon McNabb Monday night was bold.

You'll need to employ this same scheme once hockey opens.
 
I'm happy that someone has finally come up with a legitimate way to pick games.

I've decided to hold off on making any predictions until Mondays, expect for Monday Night Football picks, which I will do on Tuesdays.

My Super Bowl picks should be ready early February.
 
Great picks, you are smart not to pick the vikes they are a joke.

Tough loss by the packers as well as the Raiders.

Hockey will be a little tougher to call, My Wild went down to the blackhawks on saturday night in the preseason Home opener. and lost to Phx the night before in the preseason opener.

It will be a tough unpredictable hockey season.

Thanks for posting the picks, I totally forgot to post mine.

Perhaps we should post all our football picks for HUEZINE...

Are you game Jackson?

Chrispy??

TA???

I will be happy to send out the emails to fill out, then post them...

ANybody?

We'll do the same for hockey.
 
I'm always open to putting my picks out there. Do you think I should do my picks before the games, or after?
 
I'm down Hue, but I'll still blog 'em, cuz it's a tradition.

Chris, maybe you should make picks on last years season.
 
HOW DID HE DO?

Baltimore at Tennessee. I pick Tennessee. (1-0 for Jackson)

Buffalo at Tampa Bay. That's easy - Tampa Bay. (2-0)

Detroit at Chicago. Another tough one. Chicago plays outdoors, Chicago is my pick. (3-0, they spanked 'em)

Jacksonville at Indianapolis. These are not football teams. (Well, Indy technically "won" this "non-game," so I'll consider Jackson to be wrong, as hard as that is to do. 3-1)

Minnesota at Cincinnati. ... Hmmmm. Cincinnati I think, yes, Bengals over Vikes. (4-1)

New England at Carolina. I pick Tom Brady to slip and break his neck on the way to stadium. (no broken neck, but Carolina did win, so we'll give it to Jackson. 5-1)

Pittsburg at Houston. No Brainer, Pittsburg. (6-1)

San Fran at Philly. Philly wins. (7-1)

Atlanta at Seattle... Seattle wins. (8-1. Gettin' good!)

St. Louis at Arizona.... No game. (Well, they did consider this an official game after all. St. Louis won, Jackson 8-2)

Cleveland at Green Bay... Heck, I'll go with Green Bay. Both are classic football teams, so if I'm wrong I won't be upset. (Well, at least he ain't upset. 8-3)

Miami at the Jets. Jets. Jets. Jets. (9-3, J-E-T-S)

San Diego at Denver... I pick San Diego. (9-4)

Oakland over Kansas City. (D'oh, 9-5)

Giants vs. New Orleans. Ouch... I gotta pick the Giants, only vs. the Jets can I go against Big Blue.
(tonight, tonight)

Washington at Dallas. I like the Redskins. (tonight, tonight, tonight)

Jackson was rushing a bit toward the end, as you can see from the results. Had he spent the same time analyzing these teams as he did the earlier teams he would've clearly done better.

Excellent work, Jackson.
 
Yes, maybe I'll only do picks on sporting events that have already taken place.
 
I have decided that the Panthers are now an official NFL team. Beating the Pats was huge, and not lost on me. I guess that makes Jacksonville the Jaguars. That should have been easy to remember - J for Jacksonville, J for Jaguar. So I will recognize those teams from now on.

So I'm 9 and 5 going into Monday night, not bad.

It seems Tom Brady slipped, but did not break his neck. Oh well, maybe next time. If he keeps losing I won't have to wish injury upon him, and if the Pats trade him, then I can actually applaud his talents.
 
How do you think the US Hockey team will fare against the Russians at Lake Placid?
 
I have mixed feelings about the US vs. USSR, and I can see how important this game will be to our standing in the Cold War. If we can beat them in hockey, maybe democracy can win after all.

I like Russia, but will go with the US because I don't want any Republicans to call me a Commie and suggest I move to Iraq.
 
correction on the hockey..

Wild lost Friday
Won Saturday
and lost last night....

whew...
 
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