Friday, October 28, 2011

Week Eight Picks


NINERS -8.5 over Browns
RAMS +13.5 over Saints

If forced to choose:

Chargers -3.5 over CHIEFS
Patriots -2 over STEELERS
BRONCOS +2 over Lions
Redskins + 4.5 over BILLS
Dolphins +9 over GIANTS
Cardinals +12 over RAVENS
Vikings +3.5 over PANTHERS
Colts +8.5 over TITANS
Jaguars +9 over TEXANS
EAGLES -3 over Cowboys
SEAHAWKS +2 over Bengals

Lock season record: 0-0
Really like season record: 1-1
Like season record: 15-14-1
If forced to choose season record: 35-35-1
All games season record: 51-50-2

Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Running Back Rankings

My comprehensive rankings of all the relevant NFL running backs of 2011.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Week Eight Power Rankings

The Juggernaut
1. Green Bay (1)

The Contenders
2. New England (2)
3. New Orleans (3)

The Sub-Contenders
4. Pittsburgh (6)
5. San Diego (4)

The Sneakers
6. Philadelphia (7)
7. Dallas (8)

The Undefined
8. Baltimore (5)
9. San Francisco (12)
10. Houston (15)
11. Buffalo (10)
12. Detroit (9)
13. New York Jets (13)
14. Atlanta (14)
15. New York Giants (11)

Offensively Offensive
16. Chicago (18)
17. Tampa Bay (17)
18. Tennessee (16)
19. Cincinnati (21)
20. Oakland (23)

The Best of the Bad
21. Carolina (22)
22. Kansas City (25)
23. Washington (19)
24. Minnesota (24)

25. Miami (20)
26. Arizona (26)
27. Denver (27)
28. St. Louis (28)
29. Seattle (29)
30. Cleveland (30)
31. Jacksonville (31)

32. Indianapolis (32)

Friday, October 21, 2011

Week Seven Picks


DOLPHINS -1 over Broncos
Ravens -7.5 over JAGUARS
Seahawks +3 over BROWNS
Chiefs +4 over RAIDERS
Rams +13.5 over COWBOYS

If forced to choose:

Steelers -4 over CARDINALS
JETS +2 over Chargers
Packers -9 over VIKINGS
SAINTS -13.5 over Colts
Texans +3 over TITANS
Bucs +1 over Bears
PANTHERS -2.5 over Redskins
LIONS -3.5 over Falcons

Lock season record: 0-0
Really like season record: 1-1
Like season record: 14-11
If forced to choose season record: 30-32-1
All games season record: 45-44-1

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Week Six Observations

Week Six Observations, including "Vegas Style" power rankings no one wants to admit but wouldn't challenge with their money.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Thoughts on Taking a Piss

I have been thinking a lot lately about urination. Most of the time you go to the bathroom it is a thoroughly neutral, unmemorable act. Your body tells you it's time to pee. It starts as a faint feeling in your lower abdomen. Usually you just go find somewhere to potty and that's the end of it. You let it out, perhaps while playing Words With Friends, texting, or reading a book. Then you move on with life.

Every once in a while, you find yourself in a situation where you can't just go. The memorable situation for me was on the bus to cross-country meets in high school. We'd hydrate all day, then get on a 90-minute bus ride to Eaglecrest or Cherry Creek or wherever. The end of the ride was misery.

But the payoff was glorious. When you finally get to unleash after stewing about it for an hour or more, grimacing over it, sucking it up into your teeth, feeling that horrific burning/stabbing/throbbing in your bag, it feels marvelous. I can't remember 99.9% of the pees I've taken but I could write books about the 0.1% most desperate defecations of my life.

And that's how it is. All the best things in life are better when you have to earn them, when you go through Hell to get to them, when there's pain before the payoff. The sweet just isn't as sweet without the bitter. If I've learned anything over the last couple years, it's that mobility to the same place is a hundred times better than stagnation at the same place.

For those keeping score at home, we've now tackled pooping, vomiting, and peeing in the last couple months. Stay tuned for the bloodletting blog.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Week Six Picks


Eagles -2.5 over REDSKINS
Rams +14 over PACKERS

If forced to choose:

BEARS -2.5 over Vikings
LIONS -4 over Niners
Colts +7 over BENGALS
BUCS +4.5 over Saints
Dolphins +6.5 over JETS
STEELERS -12 over Jaguars
Panthers +4.5 over FALCONS
Cowboys +6 over PATRIOTS
Browns +6.5 over RAIDERS
GIANTS -3.5 over Bills
Texans +7.5 over RAVENS

Lock season record: 0-0
Really like season record: 1-1
Like season record: 13-10
If forced to choose season record: 27-24-1
All games season record: 41-35-1

Week Five Observations

My Week Five Observations, including power rankings with a newly svelte bottom tier.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011


My thoughts on the plights of the Eagles & Colts for Football Nation.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Tim Tebow Returns

My thoughts on the redawning of the Tim Tebow Era in Denver for Football Nation.

Saturday, October 08, 2011

Week Five Picks


STEELERS -3.5 over Titans
VIKINGS -3 over Cardinals
Eagles -3 over BILLS
Chiefs +2.5 over COLTS
Bengals +2 over JAGUARS
Chargers -3.5 over BRONCOS
LIONS -5 over Bears

If forced to choose:

TEXANS -4.5 over Raiders
Bucs +3 over NINERS
PANTHERS +6.5 over Saints
FALCONS +5.5 over Packers
Seahawks +9.5 over GIANTS
PATRIOTS -7 over Jets

Lock season record: 0-0
Really like season record: 1-1
Like season record: 8-8
If forced to choose season record: 24-21-1
All games season record: 33-30-1

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Week Four Observations

NFL Week Four Observations, with some fantasy advice and power rankings. I shifted to volleyball for the analogy of the week. Hard to say how permanent that will be.

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

September Top 15

15. Oasis - Waiting For the Rapture
14. Whiskeytown - Yesterday's News
13. Ryan Adams - Lucky Now
12. The Head and the Heart - Lost in My Mind
11. Whiskeytown - 16 Days

10. Brendan Benson - Folk Singer
9. Brendan Benson - Tiny Spark
8. The Alternate Routes - All That I See
7. Matchbox Twenty - The Difference
6. The Head and the Heart - Down in the Valley

5. Rich Price - Turn Off My Heart
4. The Raveonettes - The Christmas Song
3. Whiskeytown - Excuse Me While I Break My Own Heart Tonight
2. Brendan Benson - Jet Lag

Song of the Month: Whiskeytown - Dancing With the Women at the Bar