Saturday, October 25, 2008

Pick'em week 7

Sorry, guys. Been busy. Changing jobs and all that.
You guys have all the way up to the beginning of the first game to pick'em.



Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Week 7 Pick'em results

Week 7 was a much more successful week across the board. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that more games have been played and there's a larger body of evidence on which to indict the crappy teams and elevate the good'uns.

Or maybe we got a lucky break.

Team Miasma surrounded everyone else, pulling the mists over our eyes and coming out on top with 11 wins.

SD@BUF - Buffalo. I really have nothing else to go on in this game but Buffalo's at home.[Going by that, you picked the winner.]

PIT@CIN - Pittsburgh. Marvin Lewis should be on some sort of death watch about now. Every damn time I want to proclaim the Lions are the worst team in the league, the Bengals crap the bed.[The Lions and the Bengals... wow do they both ever suck.]

TEN@KC - Tennessee. I am honestly blown away by the Titans record, but I certainly can't choose the utterly talentless Chiefs to hand them their first loss.[I wouldn't say utterly talentless. Just mostly talentless. The way that Cary Elwes was mostly dead in The Princess Bride. And now they're struggling to find a quarterback. Not that they had one before. HAW HAW HAW!]

BAL@MIA - Miami. Baltimore is to offensive success what France is to battlefield success in the last 200 years.[Hey, the Franco-Prussian war couldn't have turned out too badly. There's no Prussia but there IS a France.]

DAL@STL - Dallas. Haslett may have coaches up some bad Saints teams, but he also coached down some good Saints teams. Utterly mediocre coach, running an utterly mediocre team.[Haslett is the MAN! That's all I got to say!]

SF@NYG - Giants. They'll be ready to crush someone coming off that loss. Seeing how bad San Fran's pass protection has been, O'Sullivan might be sacked 20 times in this game.[I don't think it was that many but he did get knocked around some. Bring on Singletary! He's the singletary man who could come in and save this flagging franchise. First black head coach in San Fran! WOO!]

MIN@CHI - Chicago. Orton beats Frerotte. Also, 'Purple Jesus' Peterson is the most overrated player of all time...Forte isn't.[Purple Jesus makes me want to pee my pants. That's funny. And what a god-awful game.]

NO@CAR - Carolina. I see a 27-24 type win in this one. Saints are solid, Panthers are better.[I think the Pants walked all over the 'Aints, didn't they?]

DET@HOU - Houston. If the Texans can't beat the Lions, the need to be excommunicated from the NFL the day after.[They beat 'em, but it wasn't pretty.]

IND@GB - Green Bay. Packers seem to FINALLY be cranking up their ground game, and the Colts run defense can't do much more than just watch opposing backs run past them.[Stupid Peyton Manning.]

NYJ@OAK - Jets. I sense a really, really awful football game. Something like 13-10 with a total of 179 yards of offense.[HAH! Way off! it was 16-13. And Jones had a good day if nobody else did.]

CLE@WAS - Washington. Have the Browns hired a defense yet?[No. But they still held the Skins to 14 points. They still haven't hired an offense either.]

SEA@TB - Tampa Bay. Seahawks are done. Bucs are scared their coach will devour their souls.[D-FENSE!]

DEN@NE - New England. I'm fairly confident I could put up 100 yards on the Broncos this year.[Did you see THAT pants-kicking coming, though?]

Team DEATH METAL tied for second place with a 10-4 record.

SD @ BUF: BUFFALO. I'm hesitant to make this pick, but I gots ta go with the home team. [Everyone likes the home team. That's right. especially when they control the power.]

PIT @ CIN PITTSBURGH. Bengals bungle their way to another loss. This is my Death Metal Power Chord Lock of the Week.[On-key yet again, team death metal. Good job so far.]

TEN @ KC TENNESSE. I'm sold on the Titans. [Especially when the only other choice in the contest is a bona fide lemon.]

BAL @ MIA MIAMI. Better offence, and they're playing at home. Over/Under on the number of times the announcers mention the wildcat formation? 14. [It was only run 5 times but I'm sure they mentioned the lack if nothing else.]

DAL @ STL DALLAS. Brad Johnson is good enough to lead the Cowboys to a victory over the helpless Rams.[Brad Johnson is not good enough to lead anyone to a victory over my son's soccer team. BOO BRAD JOHNSON!]

SF @ NYG NEW YORK GIANTS. Superbowl champs at home. Dig it.[Dug, Doug.]

MIN @ CHI CHICAGO. The Vikings fall victim to the Kyle Orton attack.[Or the Chris Kluwe dismantling.]

NO @ CAR CAROLINA. Effective Cajun Quarterbacking all up in this.[Mon p'tit fou poutine! STEVE SMITH! JON STEWART!]

DET @ HOU HOUSTON. Not even the powers of Jesus can stand in the way of a Houston victory.[Jesus? Dave Krieg? Jake Plummer? I'm confused.]

IND @ GB GREEN BAY. I think this will be the game to watch this week. Green Bay wins a close, close game.[Stupid Peyton Manning.]

NYJ @ OAK NEW YORK JETS. Oh, those goofy RaiderZ. Sean's team wins in a landslide.[Buried under what? Oh yeah.]

CLE @ WAS WASHINGTON. I'm stealing Liam's comment b/c it is entirely accurate.Last week was a blip. For both teams.[Liam's comment is all that is good.]

LVL @ TB TAMPA BAY. No Hasslebeck = no chance. Another Loserville loss, which, as we all know, brings me joy.[And me. Joy is important in this current economy.]

DEN @ NE DENVER. Just going with the gut on this one.[Going with the gut-punch on this one.]

Sharing second spot with Team Death Metal is team BisonWeb who remains the only team not to win a week yet.

SD @ BUF BUF I don't really know what to expect from Buffalo on a consistency basis but it's getting cold and Buffalo is at home.[Buffalo looks for real to me. They're scary with Edwards in the game.]

PIT @ CIN PIT In general, I hate picking the away team but I don't know what Cincinnati has at all. I have no faith that they could beat Pittsburgh.[Cincinnati's contents are known to me now. It is tiger feces.]

TEN @ KC TEN The Inbred Children of Uranus will continue to dominate defensively and while I wish I could pick KC, my head overrules my heart on this one.[Maybe the Chiefs will bring in Daunte Culpepper now.]

BAL @ MIA MIA I don't think Baltimore is better than Miami, so I have to take the home team.[When the chips are down and all is riding on one last toss of the dice, regardless of the result of the toss, things have gone horribly wrong.]

DAL @ STL DAL They lost last week and St. Loo won last week. St. Loo has Haslett. But I'm still picking the away team because they're BETTER.[I still contend that the Cowboys have a better talent pool but I think they overlooked the Rams. I expect St. Loo to come back to earth next week.]

SF @ NYG NYG Home team, better team. Angry team. If Carr goes in, sink the season, fire the coach and wave goodbye to any good players.[Played like the better team. No Carr.]

MIN @ CHI CHI I don't know who to take or what to believe but Minnesota BARELY beat what is possibly the worst team in the league last week.[And they keep finding ways to lose. Ugly, ugly game.]

NO @ CAR CAR I look for Carolina to bounce back against the Saints this week. Reggie Bush really scares me, though. He's really good at getting touchdowns.[Reggie Bush isn't scaring me so much for the next couple weeks.]

DET @ HOU HOU Two weeks in a row, looks like Houston is favoured.[TWO IN A ROW! (extend fist in celebration)]

IND @ GB IND Aaron Rodgers is looking like the real thing and the Colts seem to have injuries out the butt-hole but I am still going with the away team. Why? I don't really know.[Butt-hole Peyton Manning!]

NYJ @ OAK NYJ I can't stay away from the away teams this week. Kyle would be so proud.[This was one I should have seen coming.]

CLE @ WAS WAS Last week was a blip. For both teams.[>blip<]


DEN @ NE NE Rebound game? Dunno. I didn't want to pick this game. Both teams make me sad.[Rebound game.]

Coming in fourth place, with a still very respectable 8-6 is Team Kraftverk. Pretty good considering you don't know the players, I don't think.

SD @ BUF : A sad buffalo is a dangerous buffalo. BUF[They charged the chargers and sapped the power.]

PIT @ CIN: Trapped deep in the pit of cin, I fear the PIT.[The pendulum swung their way this week.]

TEN @ KC: Everyone knows that ten inch kc is just a banana. Silly KC.[Just in KC (case) you weren't paying attention, this game was rated a TEN.]

BAL @ MIA: bulimia isn't good, but balamia is a BAL.[Mama-mia, bala-Mia.]

DAL @ STL: cowboys versus latte drinkers? I'll take the decaf DAL.[The Latte provided much needed jolts of energy. Cowboys were roped in.]

SF @ NYG:Hulk smash, giant squash, NYG.[Hulk smashed and New York wished it would have been an away game.]

MIN @ CHI: I'll chi-min (chime in) on this one in a MIN.[Shouldn't have been so CHI.]

NO @ CAR: no car, no credit, no problem! nobody will be refused! You get CAR good time![warranty love you long time!]

DET @ HOU: House debt? That's a different problem, a DET problem.[DET is the problem. HOU's gonna win?]

IND @ GB: The G8 has the financial fix, trust the GB.[IN-D end, you were right.]

NYJ @ OAK: no joke, haha, ny joak at all, seriously... seriously.. I'll take OAK[The only one to pick the winner in this one. Well-done, sir.]

CLE @ WAS: Looking at the clues (clewas)that WAS awesome.[if only you would have been able to CLEWAS (clue us) all in earlier...]

SEA @ TB: See a tub, take a bath, a bloodbath for the SEA.[Bloodbath was right, the outcome was wrong.]

DEN @ NE: no retarded egg will beat sweet, innocent Denney any more, run DEN, run![DENNY versus N-E was like a retard playing by himself against a professional football team, that's for sure.]

That's it. Schedule for next week should be up soon.

Until more later on!


Thursday, October 16, 2008

Week 7 Pick'em Schedule

Once again, with the late publishing, I'm pushing the deadline to Saturday at Midnight. Go crazy!


Week 6 Pick'em Results

Another week and another tie in the weekly pick'em. This time, it's between the two previously-named teams of Death Metal and Bisonweb. Yes, DM and BW sit atop the weekly standings with a less-than-lofty 8-6 record. Team Miasma barely fell out of contention (I blame picking Cincinnati). However, team Bisonweb could have won this week fairly handily if their manager had bothered to do his picks on time.

On to the games.

Team Bisonweb rushed through its picks, leaving the picks two short and went the anti-Kraftverk by picking the home team in each of those contests (1-1 in guesses). Team Bisonweb is wondering whether it is better to rush through the picks since they finished with an 8-6 record on the week and share of the top spot.

Chi @ Atl: ATL - I didn't think that Chicago could go in and beat a really, really good rookie quarterback. Looks like Matt Ryan wasn't a reach at #3. (At least this year. Vince Young didn't look like a reach at #3 his rookie year either, but Joey Harrington did)

Car @ TB: CAR - Yes, I got this one wrong but so did EVERYONE ELSE.

StL @ Was: I was so tempted to take St Loo in this one. I love the Haz and my fingers were itching for the upset but I didn't do it. I would have talked myself out of it. But I think they'll be better without the rape-enabler coaching their team.

Cin @ NYJ: Favre, man. if they win out, I won't be surprised.

Bal @ Ind: Manning versus Flacco. Gimme Manning.

Det @ Min: I thought this one would be a laugher. It almost was, as I would have laughed my guts out at Minnesota if Detroit had beaten them.

Oak @ NO: This one played out as expected. The Raiders are a freaking disgusting joke.

Mia @ Hou: Screw all you guys! Houston wins a game. And pulls an inverted rosencopter to do it.

Jac @ Den: Jacksonville is hitting their stride. I still hate them.

Dal @ Ari: I was going to pick Arizona. I put down Dallas and had every intention of going back and changing it. In fact, when Arizona won, I was thinking "Ha! Sean gave up on the Cards too soon! Good thing I didn't!" Too bad I did. Crap.

GB @ Sea: heh. Loserville.

Phi @ SF: I was waffling, I'll admit. I picked the home team because I ran out of time.

NE @ SD: Again, I didn't get this pick in in time, and picked the home team. Good thing in this case.

NYG @ Cle: Who knew? Derek Anderson. Braylon Edwards. STEVE HEIDEN! WOOOOOO! Kellen WHO Junior?

Team Death Metal secured the other share of top spot with an 8-6 record. Here are the games.

Baltimore at Indianapolis:
Indianapolis. Flip a coin. [Indianapolis flipped the coin. While the Ravens were looking down to see what came up, Peyton kicked Ray-ray in the junk and stole the game.]

Carolina at Tampa Bay:
Carolina. I’m just not sold on Tampa Bay. Plus, Jake Delhomme will use his Hard Target-esque Cajun accent to ensure victory.[Jon Gruden doesn't care about you. He won just to vex Sean Woods. "I'll show that son of a bitch who takes care of business!"]

Chicago at Atlanta:
Atlanta. Possibly my dumb pick of the week, but I think Atlanta can take the Bears at home.[Not so dumb. Bears taken. Ryan awesome.]

Cincinnati at N.Y. Jets:
New York Jets. Just like Sean Woods, the Jets will take care of business. This is my Death Metal Power Chord Lock of the Week.[Gutsy call with the PCLOtW but it played out and paid off.]

Detroit at Minnesota:
Minnesota. As bad as (I think) the Vikings are, the Lions are that much worse.[You think. You think. Well, the Lions are just a bitty bitty bit worse.]

Miami at Houston:
Miami. Liam, I want to pick Houston, I really do…but I can’t this week. That said, I’m sure Miami will fuck me again and lose.[YOU DON'T WANT TO PICK HOUSTON! YOU WANT THEM TO LOOOOOSE! But they didn't.]

Oakland at New Orleans:
New Orleans. I should have saved the Death Metal Power Chord Lock of the Week for this game. Oh, those goofy RaiderZ.[The 'z' is truly appropriate this time, since NO won in a snoozer.]

St. Louis at Washington:Washington. By a lot.[St. Loo with the Haz at the controls.]

Jacksonville at Denver:
Denver. Only because they are at home, and for some unknown reason I have something against the Jags.[Probably because they dropped your win total in week 6 of pick'em.]

Dallas at Arizona:
Dallas. You all know I love Kurt Warner and the Cardinals, but the Cowboys are just too darn good.[Too darn good at LOSING! Maybe not with Roy Williams and Roy Williams, though.]

Green Bay at Seattle:
Green Bay. I love being able to pick Loserville to…um, lose, every week. It brings my bleak world joy.[I didn't know your world was bleak. heh heh... loserville.]

Philadelphia at San Francisco:Philadelphia. Eagles win a squeaker, McNabb apologies for not being able to score more points.[If he's apologizing after that, that's just false modesty]

New England at San Diego:
San Diego. San Diego is bound to get a bounce sooner than later – why not this week?[Didn't need a bounce. They bounced the Patriots.]

N.Y. Giants at Cleveland:
New York Giants. The boys from the Big Apple take a bite out of the Browns. [but the bite was poisoned and Shaun Rogers is a beast.]

On to Team Miasma with the unclear and foggy picks that landed them at 7-7 in third spot:

Chi@Atl - Atlanta. Would not be surprised if this is a high scoring game. Falcons have shown me more this year.[No kidding. Falcons are doing really well. And Chicago is way unreliable.]

Car@TB - Carolina. The Gruden Scowl has no doubt deepened this week, but still isn't enough to stop Carolina from rushing for 200 yards and winning the game.[That scowl is for doubters like you... and me, I guess.]

StL@Was - Washington. The Rams have no defense. They also have no offensive line. A team of children would run rampant over their squad. Redskins are adults. Prepare for ass whupping.[But they DO have Jim Haslett. he got a lot out of some pretty bad Saints teams, too.]

Cin@NYJ - Cincy. Prepare for the Jets letdown! I don't like New York's defense, and the Bengal offense actually played some good ball last week. Favre starts trying to force another 6 TDs, ends up with 17 interceptions.[He did get a lot of interceptions but their defense is quietly very good. Look at Calvin Pace doing something.]

Bal@Ind - Indy. Their offense is going to struggle with the Ravens, but the Ravens offense...well, actually, the Ravens offense lives somewhere in Loch Ness, next door to the monster, and down the street from Bigfoot in the suburbs of Atlantis.[Their offense is wearing diapers and sucking on its thumb.]

Det@Min - Minny. The Lions might be the worst team in the NFL (and that's saying something in a league containing the vermin known as 'Chiefs' and 'Raiders'). They are such a powerful source of suckage that goodness is pulled in and dies. Luckily, the Vikings have two immense defensive tackles who can clog the hole, saving us from a world run by Matt Millen.[They may be bad but they nearly won a dogfight.]

Oak@NO - Saints. The Raiders are going to run the ball well, but the Saints are going to put up about 6000 yards of offense on the Raiders massively overrated defense (with a few exceptions). Darth Raider shall be totally faced.[Poor darth. No death star for you.]

Mia@Hou - Houston. Yes, the Texans will finally win, BUT ONLY IF they have to come back in the 4th. IF they have a lead, they're doomed. Bonus points if they do the world a favor and shatter Joey Porter's jaw.[Joey Porter showed the rookie Duane Brown a thing or two but at least it wasn't Brad Hopkins versus Derrick Thomas part 2.]

Jac@Den - Denver. Probably will be a close game. Denver can't stop the run, Jags can't stop the pass. Lots of points, and the home team gets the nod.[Jags... what... can't... what? Oh, I'm sorry, I can't hear you over the sound of how wrong you are ABOUT YOUR OWN TEAM! And Jay Cutler is turning into a douche.]

Dal@Ari - Dallas. I still just don't buy in to the Cardinals. This is the team, after all, that gave up 56 points TO THE JETS. They also simply cannot run the ball when they need to.[They gave up 56 points to Brett Favre. Tony "RI'm rnot ra" Romo is not Brett Favre.]

GB@Sea - Packers. Seattle is an absolute disaster right now. The defense is surprisingly bad, and their receivers are as reliable as the Dow Jones right now.[And as injured.]

Phi@SF - Philly. Actually a bit of a tough pick right now. Eagles have been unpredictable in terms of play quality, but they simply have a better roster than the Niners right now. O'Sullivan should have trouble making big plays against a decent secondary.[As much as all of us (except Kyle) struggled with this pick, it turned out to be a pretty bad game.]

NE@SD - New England. The Chargers have the look of a team that figured they were awesome, so who needs to really practice or work out? They flat out cannot block worth a damn, and the D is still stuck playing Ted Cottrell 'Just grin and bear it' bend but don't break crap., even though they're built for aggression.[BWAAAAA HAH HAHAHAHAHA!]

NYG@Cle - Giants. Wow, at the start of the year, this looked like a good game. The Browns were overhyped coming in. Will this be the week that 'Muscles' Quinn finally gets his chance? Or did some of that John McCain Anti-Magic rub off when he endorsed him this week?[Better than expected.]

Finally, Team KraftVerk limped to a 4-10 showing this week, teaching us that maybe there is something to "Home Field Advantage". Just think, Kyle, if you'd gone the other way, you would have won the week by two games. I'm not going to do a huge writeup on yours, mainly because lunch hour is over and I need to get back to work.

Sorry about the really late entry this week. I'll try to have the schedule up fairly soon (maybe I can scrounge a couple of minutes this afternoon) and deadline will be Saturday at midnight for picks.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

For those not In the Know

I have been leaving updates on Twitter (hadaad) and Facebook but for those of you who do not follow me on either of those media, and use this blog for all things Liam-related, I must let you know.

I quit my job today.  It was not a sudden act, brought about by a moment of rage.  I don't operate that way.  I haven't since puberty, I think.

It was a premeditated leaving.  You can look at my 200th post spectacular for the main reasons.  They're outlined there pretty clearly.  In that post, I expressed my desire to make another start.  However, since then, everyone else in Edmonton who was on my development team has left the company.  I don't want to be the sole canadian developer on a team in San Francisco.  I may be a decent communicator and fairly confident in my skills as a programmer but I found myself somewhat suffocated on that team when it was local.  It was a great project, and there were never a shortage of people to help when something wasn't working and I'm sure that would still be the case right now.  But I haven't grown as a developer the way I've wanted to. 

I am moving to a senior position with 5D, the blood company.  I don't know what details I can divulge about the position, so I'll just say that I'm doing more web programming.  The senior in my title is hopefully more than just a word and I'll be able to put my stamp on this project.

There are advantages and disadvantages to taking a contract position.  The disadvantages being a lack of security (they can terminate me with 2 weeks warning), and a first month that I'm sure will make me feel like I'm trying to wear one of Nicks t-shirts - stretched.  Despite the fact that I start my new job on October 27, I won't see a full (that's a full month) paycheque until January 1.  If you include the fact that there are startup costs (new laptop, accounting fees, startup costs, etc) it seemed prudent to chase a loan from the bank.  The only problem with THAT is that I am leaving my job.  Ha ha ha.  So they don't know how much I'll be pulling in.  Which basically means that they're less likely to lend me the money. 

Now I have other options:  i can go with an equity lender like Aaron Acceptance or Alpine Mortgage/Credit/whatever they're calling it on The Team 1260 nowadays, but while the interest rates are considerably lower on that kind of a loan than on my credit card, it's higher than my own bank would give me for a line of credit. 

So I wait while they check my credit history.  The fact that I haven't missed a payment of any type since university doesn't mean much to them, apparently.  *I* know that I can get the money together but apparently the financial institution I've been affiliated with for thirteen of the last fourteen years just "doesn't know".  it's frustrating at a time when I need to get some financial security, when stress is crunching my guts to mush.  But hey, that's life.

My life, anyway.

Until more later on,


Week 6 Pick'em: Get 'em while they're HOT!


Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Week 5 Pick'em results

So, another week has come and gone and as always, (for the second time) we have some scores in on the In The Now Pick'em.

Death Metal is the song of the week posting a 9-5 record. His most notable was picking against the pack with Arizona over Buffalo.

Second off was Team Bisonweb with an 8-6 mark. They wanted Miami but talked themselves out of it.

Tied once again, this time with a dubious 6-8 are teams elCliff and drKyle. Surprisingly, they have not come up with catchy team names and came in last. Coincidence? Probably. But who cares? On with the games!

First off, Team BisonWeb:

TEN @ BAL TEN The Titans really scare me. Joe Flacco might be the next big thing but those Titans are strong.[I was RIGHT! Who knew it would come down to Kerry Collins?]

KC @ CAR CAR Last week aside, KC is not very good. Carolina is.[No KFC this week!]

CHI @ DET CHI Taking the road team for the second time but Detroit doesn't have it this year (again). Chicago might not either but they've got more of it. Whatever it is.[Home team or not, Detroit is quickly becoming an embarrassment.]

ATL @ GB GB Home team, better team. I'm worried about Quarterback but their defense could win this game for them.[Wow. Was I ever wrong? Turner the Burner looks like he's for REAL!]

IND @ HOU HOU That's right, baby! Home team![I had it! Glory was in my grasp. But then I fumbled it in a flat spin.]

SD @ MIA SD Ridiculously, this is the hardest game for me to pick this week. I like the life the Dolphins are showing but there are too many weapons on SD's offense.[Nice to know that I was wrong but I was almost not so much wrong or something.]

SEA @ NYG NYG Home team, better team. I'm worried about Quarterback but their defense could win this game for them.[Why was I worried about quarterback? What is wrong with my brain?]

WAS @ PHI PHI They're close but Philadelphia is the home team.[Home field advantage, apparently, doesn't play as heavy as it used to.]
TB @ DEN DEN Cutler, Marshall and the new kid. This is a good team. They'll rebound from last week's embarrassment.[Not the way I thought it would play out, but it played.]

BUF @ ARI BUF Better team usually wins. No Boldin.[I... um... I think the better team won.]

CIN @ DAL DAL Better team, home team, what does Cincy have?[What does Cincy have? NOTHING! HAHAHAHAHA!]

NE @ SF NE My heart says that New England will win this one. SF doesn't have the weapons to expose NE's weaknesses on Defense.[When both teams struggle, go for the team with the better coach. Belli is better than Nolan.]


MIN @ NO NO Home team, better team.[Sometimes you just don't win.]

Next is Team elCliff:

TEN@BAL - Ravens. Tennessee's bound for a letdown at some point, and the Ravens defense is still healthy.[Healthy but crappy! letdown... pff]

KC@CAR - Panthers. The Chiefs got their one win for the year, and can return to hoping to possibly reach the heights of mediocrity from this point on.[Mediocrity? That's a bigger pipe dream than solar power.]

CHI@DET - Bears. I don't think they're that great, but the Lions' air carrier seems to have misplaced their defense, and it still hasn't been returned.[At least their uniforms are still clean or something. And nobody's gone through the drivethrough naked this year.]

ATL@GB - Packers. Atlanta's defensive backs would be challenged to consistently cover me.[Maybe you should make that call to Al Davis.]

IND@HOU - Colts. The Houston defense has shown me absolutely nothing this year to make me believe this won't be the Colts breakout game offensively.[Sure, if you call 21 points in 3.5 minutes offensive breakout... I just call it offensive.]

SD@MIA - Chargers. Miami WILL score against the once good Charger D, now that it's been rendered a eunuch by Ted Cottrell's pitiful play calling. However, the Chargers will demolish the Dolphins excuse for a D.[I wish I'd called this one otherwise. There's something about those Dolphins this year.]

SEA@NYG - Giants. The Seattle wideouts are finally coming back, but there's going to be some rust.[Coming back but still sucking, dropping passes and getting reinjured.]

WAS@PHI - Eagles. Close game, but the Skins are probably STILL boozing it up over their giant win last week.[Maybe they play better drunk.]

TB@DEN - Denver. The Broncos comes out angry, so does Jon Gruden. Unfortunately, while Denver PLAYS the games, Gruden just LOOKS at them and makes faces. That doesn't stop many plays.[Coach scowl can't be happy with playing his team's kind of game and losing.]

BUF@ARI - Buffalo. Anquan Boldin's still trying to find his head, and Kurt Warner is just a few more of those awful performances away from returning to stocking shelves at the Shop n' Save.[He apparently almost retired last week but changed his mind.]

CIN@DAL - Cowboys. By about 50. This is going to be about as fair a fight as that loan Chinese guy versus those tanks in Tiananmen Square.[Uneven, but not unfair. Unless you count the horrible Bengals "scouting" staff. "Hey, I've heard of that guy. Let's draft him!"]

NE@SF - Niners. The Niners defense is good. The Patriots is defense is good...unless you want your D to have any speed or playmaking ability, and their offense has fallen and can't get up.[They didn't fall. It was a cleverly-planned ruse by Bellicheck to trip up the niners. But I think some senator will start up an inquest to find out if pretending to fall is against the rules or the law.]

PIT@JAC - Jaguars. The Steelers had about 7 running backs get hurt against Baltimore. Najeh Davenport is good at taking dumps in the closets of coeds, not at running the ball.[Don't hamper his running-style! He likes dump passes.]

MIN@NO - Saints. Until the Vikings defense actually proves to be more than a one dimensional group of run stuffers, teams are going to throw all damn day on them.[Funny. The Vikings didn't run well, gave up two return touchdowns but still managed to win. Weirdo.]

Now for Team DrKyle:

TEN @ BAL: two balls are enough, go BAL[Ah, but you forgot the formula: Tennis ball. TEN IS BAL! So they don't only own them. They ARE them. There's no way the Ravens could have won.]

KC @ CAR: kick a car? nice KC[Ah, but the CAR KCed back.]

CHI @ DET: ok, I'll pick CHI just because I live here[I'm sure you're not the only Chicago resident who made that bet and is some glory (or some dollars) richer for no reason other than their proximity.]

ATL @ GB: mmmm.... grubs GB[Ah, but ATL ATE grubs. Sorry.]

IND @ HOU: indiana jones vs houdini... I think HOU[Except they pulled a disappearing act three and a half minutes too soon.]

SD @ MIA: Mama MIA![Once again, Kyle's spyglass picks an upset. Good job, Kyle.]

SEA @ NYG: i sea you nygga, talkin all badass... go NYG go[Racism, while not condoned by In The Now apparently works for Kyle.]

WAS @ PHI: i was phiiling so nice, yes I WAS[Good job again. Your PHIILING was right.]

TB @ DEN: go in da tub den, and get yerself clean, in da TB[I'd rather watch TV in the DEN.]

BUF @ ARI: getting BUFfer by the minute[Maybe they got caught with steroids, then.]

CIN @ DAL: CINDAreLla, a house favorite, CIN[Too bad it wasn't a slipper but a sanDAL.]

NE @ SF: north east versus south fest? that's not right... NE[NE-one could have picked that one.]

PIT @ JAC: it's the PITs[JAC's pass defense? Why yes, it is.]

MIN @ NO: minnows... swimming, NO?[You were our only hope for a winner on this one.]

Finally, The Disco Blog-o-rama's Team Death Metal:

TEN @ BAL: Baltimore, because they're at home. And their QB has an awesome name.[Amadeus, however, got rocked. No win for Falco.]

KC @ CAR: Oh Carolina. Kansas has Larry Johnson and...well, yeah.[Tony Gonzalez. But they still suck.]

CHI @ DET: Chicago. This is the Death Metal power chord lock of the week. I will give the Lions props for firing Matt Millen.[The Power Chord was on-key!]

ATL @ GB: Packers-Packers Atlanta has surprised me so far, but I don't think they can take the Packers at home (although the outcome of this game also depends on Rogers' health...hmm...).[Ryan ain't cryin' and I don't know if Rodgers's health was an issue.]

IND @ HOU: Indianapolis. No chance for the Texans, although I do like that...what's his name...Slaton? Yes. Good pick by the Texans there.[Thanks for the props about Slaton. He pushed my fantasy team over the top. But those Texans are just finding ways to lose. At least they're creative.]

SD @ MIA: San-dee. SD just has too much going for them.[Apparently, Pennington begs to differ. So do the Miami Defense.]

Loserville @ NYG: New York Football Giants. Loserville lives up to their name.[Loserville is not loverville. But they're definitely not fighterville either.]

WAS @ PHI: Philadelphia. Aiee! I detest picking NFC East matchups. Still, I gots ta go with the Eagles @ home.[Good call. NFCEast matchups are a bitch.]

TB @ DEN: Denver. Unless Brandon Marshall slips on a McDonald's bag before the game, Denver wins big.[Denver wins small. But they win anyway.]

BUF @ ARI: Arizona. Probably a dumb pick on my part.[Dumb. Dumb. Where do you get off being right on this one?]

CIN @ DAL: Dallas. No contest here.[There was a contest. Just a very, very, very lopsided one.]

NE @ SF: New England I think this game will be closer than most expect? Why do I think that? If only I knew.[I don't know. I was expecting a close game.]

PIT @ JAC: Pittsburgh. The Steelers are just plain better.[Ha! Take that, Cliff. Take that Del Rio! Plain better! HA!]

MIN @ NO: New Orleans. I have nothing good to say about the Vikings.[And they say "Sean can kiss our asses!" Their kicker got lots of points for me.]

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Week 5 Pick 'em Schedule

So I'm behind schedule.  What else is new?

As before, feel free to put picks in the comments or email them to me at hadaad(at)

The games:


Please have your picks to me by Friday at midnight.  I can accept them until Saturday night because I'm late, but I'd prefer not to have to.

That is all.