Daily Archives: January 11, 2013

NFL Picks round 2!

Good afternoon everyone,

Wow, somehow we managed to cobble together a .500 record for our picks last week. It broke down like this..

PB  -(A Steelers fan, so that means in most years he follows REAL football), well, PB gets the gold star. He went 4 for 4.
Beer – A former hockey fan who likes football. When it’s on. 2 for 4. Hey, 2 lucky guesses!
Kingkielbasa – 0 for 4. He was not happy.

On to this weeks picks! (A side note, Kingkielbasa wasn’t able to get his picks in as of this writing. We didn’t throw him out. We’ll try to get him back for the next round.)

AFC
Baltimore at Denver
Beer
– I like Baltimore, and I think they’ve gotten a big lift just from Ray Lewis coming back. EVen if it isn’t “in his prime” Ray Lewis. But there is no way I’m going against Peyton Manning at home in this game. That’s why they played to win all those games, and Denver wins it at home in this one.

PB – Well let’s see now Ray vs. Peyton is how the pundits have billed this one. The last ride for Ray and Peyton’s big comeback year. I don’t agree with this at all. Look at how things have shaped up between these two teams. Baltimore is outstanding at home in the playoffs and not so much on the road. The Broncos are the same way as is most of the NFL. It comes down to this, Denver’s Defense vs. Baltimore’s offense. I see this game going to the Bronco’s with a little extra whining by Ray Rice because he didn’t have more handoffs. Denver in a tight one.

Houston at New England
Beer – I watched a good chunk of last week’s ‘game’ where I had picked Cincinnati over Houston. I remarked after the game that I thought Houston had ‘survived’ the Bengals more than beaten them to won the game. Needless to say, I’m not a big fan of this year’s Texans. Heck, they almost lost to the Lions this year! Needless to say, I’m picking New England.

PB – Gary Kubiak as my friend so wisely stated “survived” last week’s game. I agree with that statement to a point. Thing is the Texans have a solid defense and a dynamic offense with arguably the best all around running back in the league. That said welcome to Bill Belichick’s world. The Patriots have excellent defense, special teams, oh and let’s not forget they have a three time Super Bowl winning QB in a guy some people have heard of named Brady. Magic Eight Ball says New England.

NFC
Seattle at Atlanta
Beer – I had to save picking this game until the end. On paper, it should be a stomp job by Atlanta. The Falcons were 7-1 at home, the Seahawks were 3-5 on the road. Seems easy, right? Except the Seahawks won on the road last weekend. And Atlanta’s Matt Ryan led performances thus far leave it with a record of… 0-3. Still, I think I’m going to go with Atlanta, at home for the win.

PB – Well Seattle won the same amount of playoff games this year as the Lion’s have in over 50 years. Just had to get that little dig in, sorry. Anyway, Russell Wilson is the QB everyone forgot about from the draft but guess what? He is the only one on to the next round in the playoffs. I see this game as a close, hard hitting contest because both defenses are very good. Atlanta is really tough at home and with time off Matt Ryan can be lethal after a break. One team road tested the other has not won a playoff game with their QB. Seattle with a last second field goal.

Green Bay at San Francisco
Beer – This one sees the packers leave the frozen tundra of Green bay for the City by the Bay in San Francisco, where the weather is noticeably better. And so is the resident football team. There’s an awful lot to like about this year’s 49er’s team. And I can see them winning here. That being said, I’m going to go with Green Bay, I just think they find a way to pull it out.

PB – Well Frisco caught lightning in a bottle with a QB change (Sorry Alex Smith). The Niners have time off to prepare for the second coming of The Greatest Show On Any Turf in the Packers offense. Not sure how the Niners will react with a guy starting at QB for his first NFL playoff game. Niners have a really good defense but not as good as last years was. Aaron Rogers is coming home and is excellent as a road playoff QB. It all comes down to GB’s defense and if they can show up. See this one coming down to a Rogers last 55 seconds drive from his 12 yard line and throwing a strike to Jordy Nelson for the game winner. Green Bay on to the Conference Finals.

So there you go folks. Our far from expect picks guesses on who’s going to win this weekend. Let’s see how we do this time. Enjoy the games!

Five Thoughts on a Friday – The “Need to Pack” Edition

Good morning everyone, and welcome to this week’s edition of Five Thoughts.  We’re going to try to have our review of our less than stellar picks in last weeks NFL playoff games, as well as our guesses for this weeks games up this afternoon. In the meantime, let’s see what sill stuff is rattling around inside Beer’s brain this morning, shall we?

  1. Well, college football season is pretty much over. I say pretty much because we still get a few ‘bowl’ games like the senior bowl and the like, but the real games are done. And out of all the games comes a very cool story. I sometimes think we get so much bad news all the time (Because that’s what sells) that we forget that every now and then, some people do some very cool things. Like faking an injury in a bowl game. Yes, this time it’s cool. Because by faking that injury he allowed his backup, a non-scholarship ‘Rudy’ type guy, to get into the game. See, there is still some good news in the world. Plus, it’s a Rudy reference that lets me use one of my favorite commercials from the bowl games. Tim Brown and ‘Rudy’ going to the Heisman House.
  2. And while we’re talking about college football and the end of the season, I have to bring this up. I’m I big fan of statistics and measurements, and computerized analysis and all that, but when it comes to sports, well… “That’s why they play the games”. You never know what could happen and it gives you “The eyeball test”. Case in point, the BCS championship game. Alabama in a rout. Yet one BCS computer… picked Notre Dame as the #1 team even after its loss to Alabama.
  3. This past week, David R. Ellis passed away. You might know him better as the director of “Snakes on a Plane”. In one of the more fitting tributes… A large python boarded the outside of a Quantas flight from Australia to New Guinea. And it also gives me a reason to go with… “Snakes on a Plane”‘s signature moment.  (Warning, foul language)
  4. I was drawn to this next headline by the simple absurdity of it., “Sweden seeks 2 Britons for smuggling garlic“. And apparently I’m out of the loop as far as how lucrative and widespread the garlic smuggling industry is. Those guys were smuggling millions of dollars worth of garlic. Here at home, I can by a bulb of garlic cloves for less than a buck – and that’s retail! Just how much demand for garlic is there in Sweden??? I mean, the Swedish Chef never struck me as the type to use a lot of Garlic.
  5. And lastly. I wanted to note there that yes, I have head and noticed that “Hockey is back!”. First off, hockey never left – just the idiotic No Hockey League did with their lockout. And second – no, I am still not going back. And oh, by the way… there are already articles talking about impending labor trouble again before this CBA is over… So yeah, losing most of a season and a bunch of fans… to once again not really fix it for good, totally worth it, right No Hockey League? Me, I’m good without hockey. We have the Superbowl coming up, and then in Mid February come the words to signal the end of winter.. Pitchers and Catchers report. Play Ball! (Or at least… “Do… Baseball!

Okay, that’s five and I need to get going. I have a Boondoggle to start planning. Yes, another one. More details soon. No, I don’t have a problem. I can stop traveling whenever I want. I just don’t want to. I’m not an addict.

Have a great weekend folks!
-Beer