Saturday, November 15, 2014

A return to glory days

I've been considering firing up the old blog again. I've also been thinking for months about exercising. Now, I just need something interesting to write about and some motivation.

This is officially my greatest blog entry to date.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Saving Babies...

For anyone who reads this, please help a fantastic charity. My wife and I firmly believe in the goals set forth by the March of Dimes to help ensure a healthy chance at life for all babies. Find out more about the organization and my story by visiting the link below.

My March for Babies page

Thank you.

Saturday, January 09, 2010

Jets, Ravens, Cowboys and Packers this weekend

In addition to getting caught up on laundry, growing a manta ray to 600 times its original size, and keeping my favorite princess and superhero safe and healthy, my primary goal today is to actually take in some playoff football. Working on Sundays, I usually just glance up at the TV every once in a while but don't get to pay close attention to the games. So, today is an exciting day for a football fan like me. Here's my take on the games:

Jets @ Bengals: There's been a lot of talk about how the Jets are in the postseason simply because their opponents in the final two games laid down. While it's a good argument — and something that the NFL commissioner has said he'll look into — if the Jets weren't a decent team, they wouldn't have been in a position late in the season to clinch a playoff berth regardless of their opponents' play. On the other side of the field, I'm not sure that any team in the postseason lacks momentum to the degree that Cincinnati does. With their only win in the past four games coming in a game they snuck out against Kansas City, the Bengals haven't provided me anything to be confident in. And I have to think they might be lacking a touch of faith in themselves as well. Legit or not, the Jets are rolling, and I think they get it done today. Besides that, I really want to see the storybook finish to the Colts season that I've been hoping for. Here in Colts country, everyone's been insistent that there's no way the Jets would have won in Week 16 if Indy hadn't pulled its starters in the third quarter. I would love to see the Jets come back to Indianapolis and put the smack down, in a game that matters. It probably wouldn't happen, but it just might shut up all of these obnoxious Colts fans.

Eagles @ Cowboys: While I really think that Philadelphia might be the better team in this contest, I think the Eagles blew it when they didn't earn a home game last week. Dallas has always been a tough place to win, even before Jerry's House was built. A lot can change in a week, and Philly definitely has more playoff experience than this bunch of Cowboys, but they looked so bad last week that I can't see them making a complete turnaround to advance to the second round. I'm a firm believer that momentum and confidence means a lot in the playoffs, and right now Dallas has it on their side. It shouldn't be as ugly as the regular-season finale, but I do think that the Cowboys will live to play another game.

Ravens @ Patriots: This, to me, is the toughest game of the week to predict. With a healthy Wes Welker, I think the Patriots would get an easy victory, but without him, it significantly levels the playing field. I think that Baltimore has something to prove after having a win in its sights earlier this season against the Pats and then getting cheated on a bogus call for getting too close to the Golden Boy Tom Brady. Still, it's difficult to say that it will be a guaranteed victory for the Ravens despite the loss of the Patriots leading receiver. New England has a quality system for players to be successful. Last season, they plugged Matt Cassel — who hadn't started since high school — into the lineup and went 11-5, just missing the playoffs. Loads of receivers (Deion Branch, David Patton, Troy Brown, etc.) have been successful in New England even before Randy Moss and Welker were on the scene. So, I think they'll adjust and be competitive, but I think the Ravens will emerge victorious. They are running the ball extremely well the past few games, and I think the Pats are inconsistent defensively. That could be the difference.

Packers @ Cardinals: Just a few weeks ago, I was picking the Cardinals to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl, but I'm going to change course on that one now. While Arizona is packed with talent and surprised everyone with their postseason prowess last year, they've been streaky all year. I don't think that Green Bay is a team they can afford to let down against. Had the Cardinals drawn any other team in the NFC field for their opening game, I think I would have given them the nod. But the Packers are way too hot right now, and I don't think that Arizona matches up well against them. I'm not sure that I can ride the Green Bay train all the way to the Super Bowl, but I'm getting onboard for the wild-card round at least. Who knows, maybe we'll even get to endure some network hype if the Packers get to face the former franchise hero Brett Favre in Minnesota in the next round.

That's what I've got to say. Regardless of what happens, I'm going to enjoy watching some postseason football today. Now, back to the monster hunt.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

NFL Week 14 predictions...

Another week, another missed Thursday game. Again, for what it's worth, I'd have picked Pittsburgh. Now, I'm convinced that if there's an awful team in the league, the Steelers have the potential to lose to them. It seems to be there trend. Anyway, here's the rest of my picks for this week:

I'll take the unbeaten Saints against the injury-depleted Falcons.

The Ravens really should beat the Lions.

The Packers, still in the playoff hunt, will beat the very streaky Bears in Chicago.

I can't remember, is this the Seahawks' week to win? It seems to be kind of an every other week thing for them. I'll take Seattle over the Texans.

The stinking Colts just refuse to lose a game. I say that trend continues against the Broncos.

A tough pick, but I'll go with the Jaguars at home over the Dolphins.

The Chiefs seem better than they were in the early season. I'll take them to beat the Bills.

The Vikings should bounce back against the Bengals, who will stumble into the postseason.

The Patriots' losing streak stops against the visiting Panthers.

I think the Jets get a road win against kind of a sloppy Buccaneers' team

The Titans start a new winning streak against the one-dimensional Rams.

In an absolute yuck-fest, I'll go with the Redskins on the road against the Raiders.

Likely one of the best games of the week, I'll take the Chargers to beat the Cowboys.

Anything can happen in these rivalry games, but I think I'll take the Eagles against the Giants.

In the Monday night contest, I'll go with the Cardinals. They appear to be the best team in the NFC West, especially since the 49ers have really cooled off.

Saturday, December 05, 2009

NFL Week 13 (belated but oh well)

So, I know I missed a Thursday game already this week. No, no, try to contain your disappointment. I realize that I've let all of you loyal fans down. You were probably sitting on the edge of your seat all week in eager anticipation of my game predictions. Well, not that it makes up for it, but I'm here now to offer my picks for the remaining games this week. Perhaps that will help ease your heartbreak.

And for what it's worth, I'd have picked the Jets to beat Buffalo, but no matter. On with the show:

Eagles over an injury-depleted Falcons team
Panthers to beat one of the worst in the league, the Bucs
Bears finally get a winnable game, against St. Louis, to try to end the spiral
Bengals to beat a Lions team that still can't figure out how to finish games
Colts at home; as much as I'd like to see Tennessee win this one, things just bounce Indy's way
Two teams that are fighting for their playoff lives, I think I'll take the Texans over the Jags
I'll roll the dice on the Chiefs at home against the Broncos; they're playing much better these days although they still are a bad team
Patriots over Dolphins; should be closer than you would think
Steelers get easy win against the Raiders; good way to get healthy
Saints over Redskins, you'd think Nahlins would lose eventually, but not against the Skins
Chargers get the equivalent of a bye, beating the Browns
Tough one, but I'll take the Giants over the Cowboys
Seahawks over 49ers, I'm on the fence here because both teams are so streaky, so I'll go with home-field
Vikings over Cardinals; could be a surprise, but I think Minnesota is just too consistent
Packers over Ravens in a close, low-scoring game

Thursday, November 26, 2009

NFL Week 12 predictions

It's early on turkey day, and I guess I should get to pickin'. So here goes:

Packers over Lions
Cowboys over Raiders
Giants over Broncos
Falcons over Bucs
Dolphins over Bills
Eagles over Skins
Seahawks over Rams
Panthers over Jets
Bengals over Browns
Colts over Texans
Chargers over Chiefs
Jaguars over 49ers
Vikings over Bears
Titans over Cardinals
Ravens over Steelers
Patriots over Saints

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

NFL Week 11 picks...

So, with 10 weeks in the books, my record stands at 88-56. My 6-9 record from last week certainly didn't help. Anyway, here are my picks for this week as I try to stay above .500:

Panthers over Dolphins

Steelers over Chiefs
Giants over Falcons (If Turner was healthy, I'd probably go the other way with this one)
Saints over Buccaneers
Packers over 49ers
Vikings over Seahawks
Lions over Browns (because the Browns really are that bad)
Jaguars over Bills
Cowboys over Redskins
Ravens over Colts (they have to lose eventually)
Cardinals over Rams
Patriots over Jets (Pats too good to lose to the Jets twice in one season)
Bengals over Raiders (I'm becoming a Bengals believer; and the Raiders suck)
Chargers over Broncos
Eagles over Bears

Titans over Texans (should be a really good game)

There you have it.