Thursday, December 18, 2014

2014 NFL Picks Week 16

I certainly made things much easier on myself to reach my goal of 70% on the season after last week, as I only lost 2 games to go 14-2. It raised my overall percentage back to 68%, and gives me a chance to get 26 more correct picks over the last 2 weeks. I was correct in picking my only upset pick of the week (Arizona over St. Louis) and also my Pick of the Week (Baltimore over Jacksonville). I gave myself a cushion for upset picks (17-15 on the season) and improved to 13-2 for PotW.

I only lost 2 matchups this week, and 1 was certainly not picked by many. Green Bay lost in an upset to Buffalo, and unfortunately Dallas beat Philadelphia on the road. On to Week 16:

Thursday, 8:30pm
Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars
Saturday 4:30/8:30pm
Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins
San Diego Chargers at San Francisco 49ers
Sunday, 1pm
Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints
Cleveland Browns at  Carolina Panthers
Baltimore Ravens at Houston Texans
Kansas City Chiefs at Pittsburgh Steelers
*Green Bay Packers* at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
New England Patriots at New York Jets
Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears
Minnesota Vikings at Miami Dolphins
Sunday, 4/4:25pm
New York Giants at St. Louis Rams
Buffalo Bills at Oakland Raiders
Indianapolis Colts at Dallas Cowboys
Sunday, 8:30pm
Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals
Monday, 8:30pm
Denver Broncos at Cincinnati Bengals

*Pick of the Week*

upset picks as of 12/18 8:15pm

Previous Results
Week 1: 11-5
Week 2: 9-7
Week 3: 11-5
Week 4: 5-8
Week 5: 11-4
Week 6: 13-1-1
Week 7: 11-4
Week 8: 9-6
Week 9: 10-3
Week 10: 9-4
Week 11: 8-6
Week 12: 12-3
Week 13: 11-5
Week 14: 9-7
Week 15: 14-2
Season: 153-70 (68%)

Thursday, December 11, 2014

2014 NFL Picks Week 15

Pretty terrible week last week, finishing 9-7. My overall percentage dropped a point to 67%. I will now need 40 wins over the next 3 weeks to reach my goal of 70% correct for the season. I did manage to correctly pick my Pick of the Week (Green Bay) and was right in my only upset pick (Seattle). Records on those picks are 12-2 and 16-15 respectively, as I am finally above .500 for the season again for upset picks.

I had some bad luck last week, but also some terrible picks. I dropped the first of 2 games with no favorite, as I incorrectly picked Tennessee to win at home over the New York Giants. Once again I cannot predict how Pittsburgh will play with any accuracy, as they easily beat Cincinnati on the road after I thought they'd lose. Another team impossible to predict is New Orleans, who apparently forgot they had a game to play against Carolina. I had contemplated switching my pick in the Baltimore-Miami game to the Ravens, but didn't get to a computer before kickoff. I lost the other game with no favorite, with Arizona finding a way to beat Kansas City. San Francisco somehow lost to Oakland in a game that nobody saw coming. And lastly, I really don't know why I picked San Diego over New England, but I got that game wrong too. On to Week 16, which can't be any worse. Right?

Thursday, 8:30pm
Arizona Cardinals at St. Louis Rams
Sunday, 1pm
Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers
Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts
Pittsburgh Steelers at Atlanta Falcons
Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots
Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns
Green Bay Packers at Buffalo Bills
Washington Redskins at New York Giants
Jacksonville Jaguars at *Baltimore Ravens*
Sunday, 4/4:25pm
New York Jets at Tennessee Titans
Denver Broncos at San Diego Chargers
Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions
San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks
Sunday, 8:30pm
Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles
Monday, 8:30pm
New Orleans Saints at Chicago Bears

*Pick of the Week*

upset pick as of 12/11 8:00pm

Previous Results
Week 1: 11-5
Week 2: 9-7
Week 3: 11-5
Week 4: 5-8
Week 5: 11-4
Week 6: 13-1-1
Week 7: 11-4
Week 8: 9-6
Week 9: 10-3
Week 10: 9-4
Week 11: 8-6
Week 12: 12-3
Week 13: 11-5
Week 14: 9-7
Season: 139-68 (67%)

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Thanks for all the good times J-Roll

Longtime Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers today. While his skills have certainly diminished over the last few seasons, there's no denying that J-Roll was a Philadelphia favorite and an excellent player through his tenure as a Phillie. I wish him all the best in LA, but this is my favorite memory from him:


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

#HappyHolograms

1810-preview02NEW YORK, DECEMBER 8, 2014 – Cartmaaan Bra is trending in the season finale of “South Park” titled “#HappyHolograms,” premiering Wednesday, December 10 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on Comedy Central.

Still burning over Ike calling him a Grandpa, Kyle teams up with some heavy hitters in the entertainment industry to create the most extravagant televised Holiday Spectacular ever. He’s sure that this event will be just the thing to bring families together again. Meanwhile, multiple holograms are still on the loose in South Park.



SPS

Thursday, December 4, 2014

2014 NFL Picks Week 14

I maintained the status quo last week, going 11-5 and keeping my overall percentage at 68%. I barely won my Pick of the Week (Miami), but improved to 11-2 on the year. I managed to win my only upset pick (Philadelphia wasn't favored for some reason) and am back to .500 on the year at 15-15. Keep in mind I finished last year at 22.5% picking upsets, so I'm faring far better this year. Lastly, I misspoke last week when I said I needed 50 correct picks from the remaining 64 games to reach 70% on the year; turns out I was a week off! NOW there are 64 games left in the regular season, and I will need 49 wins to reach that goal.

I ended up picking 2 of 3 Thanksgiving games correctly, as San Francisco failed to show up at home against Seattle. Baltimore also lost at home, but San Diego needed a last minute come back to win. The New York Giants gave Jacksonville their 2nd win of the year, after blowing a 21-0 lead. Pittsburgh only lost by 3 at home to New Orleans, but the game was never that close. Side note: can I just not pick those teams anymore? They're next to impossible to predict! Lastly, Arizona was unable to beat Atlanta on the road but still maintain the #1 seed.

Thursday, 8:30pm
Dallas Cowboys at Chicago Bears
Sunday, 1pm
St. Louis Rams at Washington Redskins
New York Giants at Tennessee Titans**
Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals
Houston Texans at Jacksonville Jaguars
Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Detroit Lions
New York Jets at Minnesota Vikings
Indianapolis Colts at Cleveland Browns
Baltimore Ravens at Miami Dolphins
Sunday, 4/4:25pm
Buffalo Bills at Denver Broncos
Kansas City Chiefs** at Arizona Cardinals
Seattle Seahawks at Philadelphia Eagles
San Francisco 49ers at Oakland Raiders
Sunday, 8:30pm
New England Patriots at San Diego Chargers
Monday, 8:30pm
Atlanta Falcons at *Green Bay Packers*

*Pick of the Week*

upset pick as of 12/4 6:00pm

**no favorite

Previous Results
Week 1: 11-5
Week 2: 9-7
Week 3: 11-5
Week 4: 5-8
Week 5: 11-4
Week 6: 13-1-1
Week 7: 11-4
Week 8: 9-6
Week 9: 10-3
Week 10: 9-4
Week 11: 8-6
Week 12: 12-3
Week 13: 11-5
Season: 130-61 (68%)

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

#REHASH

NEW YORK, DECEMBER 1, 2014 – At 9 years of age, Kyle finds that a new generation is passing him by in an all-new episode of “South Park” titled “#REHASH,” premiering Wednesday, December 3 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on Comedy Central.

Kyle can’t figure out why Ike and his friends want to watch people comment on things going on around them rather than experience it for themselves. Meanwhile, the Marsh family needs money after Stan spent it all on freemium games so, Randy is forced to perform live to bring in some cash.



SPS

Thursday, November 27, 2014

2014 NFL Picks Week 13

Last week did not start off well for me, as I lost the Thursday night game (as I'm sure everyone else did too). However, I recovered and finished 12-3 for the week with my second best record so far. The 12 correct picks included my Pick of the Week (Indianapolis) and my lone upset pick (Cleveland), and I am 10-2 and 14-15 on the season, respectively. My overall percentage increased a bit to 68%, and I will need to win about 50 of the remaining 64 games to reach my goal of 70% for the season. The bye weeks are no more, so bring on the football!

As I mentioned above, I incorrectly picked Kansas City to beat winless (at the time) Oakland. Can't blame me for that one. I picked Houston at home over Cincinnati in a toss up, so not upset about that one. And I really have to stop picking New Orleans (or anyone from the NFC South) as they were unable to beat Baltimore at home. On to this week's picks, including 3 Thanksgiving Day games!

Thanksgiving Day
Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions
Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys
Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers
Sunday, 1pm
Tennessee Titans at Houston Texans
Carolina Panthers at Minnesota Vikings
San Diego Chargers at Baltimore Ravens
Oakland Raiders at St. Louis Rams
Washington Redskins at Indianapolis Colts
New York Giants at Jacksonville Jaguars
New Orleans Saints at Pittsburgh Steelers
Cleveland Browns at Buffalo Bills
Cincinnati Bengals at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Sunday, 4/4:25pm
Arizona Cardinals at Atlanta Falcons
New England Patriots at Green Bay Packers
Sunday, 8:30pm
Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs
Monday, 8:30pm
*Miami Dolphins* at New York Jets

*Pick of the Week*

upset pick as of 11/27 11:15am

Previous Results
Week 1: 11-5
Week 2: 9-7
Week 3: 11-5
Week 4: 5-8
Week 5: 11-4
Week 6: 13-1-1
Week 7: 11-4
Week 8: 9-6
Week 9: 10-3
Week 10: 9-4
Week 11: 8-6
Week 12: 12-3
Season: 119-56-1 (68%)