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Last Son of Krypton.....

Posted by Ark_Razor on November 18, 2017 at 3:20 AM Comments comments (4)

I have just received news that Nick, aka "Last Son of Krypton" has died. If true, he was about 30 and it was sudden. I'm trying to confirm. Devastating news for me as I had the pleasure of meeting him in Brandon, MB in 2012.

profit prophet 17.11

Posted by the immortal scurds on November 16, 2017 at 1:20 PM Comments comments (10)

the mediocricy continues. some pretty bad football being played in what is likely the nfl's worst season ever. so how do we make money off it all? bank on the mediocre character of these teams with alacrity :

ten+7: in what looks to be a pretty even match up, on upset filled thuirs nite no less, you get a full td with tennessee. r the steelers fake? no, all too real. a real team with real problems. big ben looks off target and confused, and is now engaging in shouting matches on the sideline with his oc after changing the plays sent into the huddle. thats an alarm flag to me. there is a lot of dysfunction in steeltown. titans by 3.

det-3.5: fact is, the lions r the better team, so tread carefully. we've seen how that can go for them. the bears will play hard. lions by 4

jax-7.5:: elite pass defense, excellent defensive line play, a good ground game and sound quarterback play and the wafting smell of a division title in the air.. none of that applies to cleveland. jax by 10

gb+2: what a trap game for baltimore. gb offense isnt nearly as awful as we thought it would be. the officiating is tho. gb by 3

cards-1: houstons defense will be dog tired and worn out by the 2nd quarter. the cards will shut down tame tom's savage offense and run adrian p straight at clowney all day. cards by 14

tb+1: there is no way in the world anybody can pick miami again for a few seasons.. they have quit. and that used to be very rare in the nfl. we're seeing it this year. the thing abouit quitting is its easy. bucs 1-0

rams+2: this should be the game of the week. especially for rams fans. the vikings are consistently solid this year. but the rams are breaking loose all over the league. who knew that gurley would turn out to be a better deep threat than marshal faulk? they went from 0 recievers to an effective brace of 3 wrs and a pass catching rb. goff throws a great long ball, and the whitworth move at left tackle has been a grand slam. aaron donald has a case for being the league mvp. and they can all smell a division title. the vikes will hit hard, but they cant keep up to the greatest show on turf2. rams by 10

kc-11: i mean, why isnt it 21? the nyg wont be involved in this match for long. especially if its a bit cold, they'll quit. the chiefs know that denver has no qb, the chargers r incapable, and the raiders r playing ne, so they should have a very low quit factor in this one. kc 42-10

wash+8: the saints have it rolling downhill right now. but the skins will hang around, sipping points thru a straw while they lean against the saints doorframe. 8 pts, the death spread.nwo by 7

buf+4: the bill season comes down to this, and they draw the little engine that cant in the chargers.. bills by 6

den-2.5: its gut check time for the denver defense. they look kinda quitty of late, but its tough slogging when the o can only get 5 1st downs in a game. enter the hugely flawed ready to quit bengals. cue the thin air, a little cold, and the bengals will be lined up like unioneers with timecards at a punchclock. dock me! i'm leaving! says the bengals. denver dee wins this redemption bowl 13-7

oak+7: ne by 6

philly-3.5: the cowboys r not a good team. the eagles have to be smelling blood in the nfce, and might be able to administer a death blow to the boyze.

atl+3: sherman is gone for the year. this will be julio's breakout game.the falcons dline had a nice tune up against the mobile dak prescott, and russawisson is due for an injury.

speak now, or forever hold your piece.

Week 11: Who Else Quits?

Posted by Radatz on November 16, 2017 at 1:55 AM Comments comments (5)


Oh joy. Another week of... what? If Sgt. Bilko were still in the barracks he'd be running a pool on who quits this week. And on to our derisively short subject matter:



[email protected]: The Titans don't inspire faith. The Steelers are fake. But they're at home, where the officials wear black and gold underwear.


[email protected]: Two teams that look like they're trying. Detroit's better and maybe even trying harder.


[email protected]: Wouldn't it be pure Jacksonville to blow this game? It would, but they won't.


[email protected]: The Packers haven't quit yet. The Ravens? Cooould beee.


[email protected]: Which team feels sorrier for itself? I think it's Houston. They like it. They'll have more to like soon.


[email protected]: Unanticipated clash of titans. I'm taking the home team, believe it or not. Unless they're dumb enough to start Teddy out of sentiment. Not a Case fan, but don't fix it 'til it's broke.


[email protected]: I doubt the Saints are as good as their clippings. But I just don't know about the Skins anymore.


[email protected]: Next.


[email protected]: Will anyone show up, either on the field or in the seats? Tampa.


[email protected]: It's over for LA. If they don't know it, though, they win. I think the Bills are about to check out.


[email protected]: Battle of the quitters. Marvin just might give Cinci the edge. How often do you say that?


NE vs OAK @MS13 Stadium: Another stupid trek to another stupid country by the stupid league. Hey, it's Oakland's home game loss. What do I care? Why not play in El Alto, Bolivia? It's twice as high as Mexico City. Who needs air?


[email protected]: Here we find out if Philly, crowned already, is real. Not that the Boys are that good, but in past years you know what would happen. Not this time I think.


[email protected]: No runners. No Sherman. You'd think Atlanta could figure out how to win, location notwithstanding.


Goodbye to an Icon of the Greatest Generation

Posted by Radatz on November 15, 2017 at 11:50 PM Comments comments (5)


He was and remains a testament to the inadequacy of statistics. To see them, one would wonder (and some, believe it or not, actually have) why he's in the Hall. In his 14-year baseball career, interrupted a year by World War II, he only hit over .300 three times. He never won a batting title nor an RBI title. He never won a Gold Glove (they didn't exist between 1937 and 1951).


Yet over that career Bobby Doerr managed to bat .288. His average RBI total, normalized to 154 games (as seasons went then) was 103. Take that to the 162 used today and it becomes 108. At his position of second base he once handled 414 consecutive chances over 73 games without making an error. In an era teeming with immortals he was voted an All-Star nine times. Some Yankee greats of the era even claimed it was he, not his legendary friend Ted Williams, who sparked the incredible Boston offense of those years.


And what an offense it was. In 1946, as Boston went 104-50, Williams batted in 123 runs. Rudy York added 119. And Doerr tacked on 116. In 1948, teammate Vern Stephens had 137 and Ted Williams followed with 127. There was Doerr with 111. In 1949 Stephens and Williams each batted in 159 runs. Doerr chipped in 109. In 1950, with Ted out nearly half the season with a broken elbow from the All Star Game, the team batting average (pitcher batting, you will recall) was an impossible .302. Stephens and Walt Dropo each batted in 144 runs. Doerr added 120. Williams, despite his abbreviated season, managed 97.


Why didn't they just win every year? The answer is no pitching after 1946. Everyone was hurt. Ace Tex Hughson needed Tommy John surgery... but there was no such thing. "Sore arms" and "sore shoulders" prevailed from overuse. Ellis Kinder, the ace in 1949, was moved to the bullpen because nobody was left there either. Still, they went to a playoff against Cleveland in 1948, lost to the Yankees on the last day of the season in 1949, and finished just 4 games back in 1950 despite (a) no Williams for a couple of months and (b) a team ERA of 4.88, bad today, almost lurid back then.


It wasn't Doerr's fault, that's for sure. The Boston icon passed away on the 14th of November 2017 at 99, the oldest living member of the HOF. He was the last man alive to have played against Lou Gehrig. None of his storied teammates... Williams, Joe Cronin, Pinky Higgins, Jimmie Foxx, Johnny Pesky, Dom DiMaggio, Billy Goodman, Vern Stephens, Walt Dropo, Birdie Tebbetts, so many more... were around to say goodbye. Bobby had seen them all pass, and it must have hurt each time. RIP to the stoic second baseman. He was one of my Dad's heroes, an honor he never knew of but I'm sure would have appreciated. And it tells me all I have to know.



Comprehensive SEC Update

Posted by theknightswhosay on November 15, 2017 at 10:30 PM Comments comments (2)

This is going to be long, because parts of this I meant to post midweek last week, and I forgot. I’ll make subheadings so it’s not a long ramble.

 

CFP Top 25

 

 

I think it’s ridiculous that a two-loss team without an especially great schedule is in the top 6 right now, but I think the committee sent a clear message that Auburn isn’t going to spoil the SEC’s chances by winning. I don’t have a problem with that. I just won’t think Auburn deserves to be in the top 6 unless they beat Alabama (if then). Then, if they beat Georgia again, I probably won’t mind them being in the top 4.

 

I want to explain why I think this is silly now. If Auburn goes ahead of Georgia despite having one more loss, why doesn’t LSU go ahead of Auburn despite having one more loss? I don’t know why Auburn always gets special rules. You could say LSU lost to Troy; but Troy is 8-2, so to remedy that objection, it should be Troy, LSU, Auburn, Georgia, Notre Dame, right? We don’t pay attention to other games, just how you did in your best game. Tell me that’s not the logic.

 

Going Bowling

 

Eight SEC teams are bowl-eligible: Georgia, South Carolina, Kentucky, Alabama, Auburn, Mississippi St., LSU, and Texas A&M.

 

[caption id="attachment_2603" align="aligncenter" width="604"] Christian Kirk and Texas A&M had no problem with New Mexico and in beating the Lobos became the 8th bowl-eligible SEC team.[/caption]

 

Other than Ole Miss, which declared itself ineligible before the season, all other SEC teams have possible routes to bowl games.

 

Florida will finish with a losing record, which would make them ineligible for a bowl game in most cases. However, it’s possible that a 5-6 Florida team (given the canceled game due to the hurricane) would be allowed to play in a bowl over 5-7 teams if not enough teams are available to fill the bowl slots though. Mississippi St. made a bowl last year despite finishing with a losing record, for instance.

 

Of the teams which have not guaranteed eligibility, Missouri seems the best-situated, needing only one win. The Tigers play two of the worst teams, Vanderbilt and Arkansas, albeit on the road.

 

Arkansas would need to beat both Mississippi St. and Missouri, but the upside is both games will be at home. Despite being blown out by Missouri on Saturday, Tennessee is still alive and like Arkansas has its final two contests at home (LSU and Vanderbilt), needing wins in both.

 

Vanderbilt would also need two wins, one at home and one on the road.

 

The worst-case scenario for the SEC is as follows: Florida loses one of its two remaining games, Missouri loses both of its remaining games, Mississippi St. beats Arkansas, LSU beats Tennessee, and Tennessee beats Vanderbilt. The best case is: Florida wins twice, Arkansas wins twice, Tennessee wins twice, and Missouri beats Vanderbilt. The first scenario would mean only 8 bowl teams; the second scenario would mean at least 11 and possibly 12 bowl teams.

 

As I mentioned, Ole Miss will not be in a bowl game; but the Rebels could still finish at least 6-6 (which would have meant bowl-eligibility) by beating either Texas A&M or Mississippi St. At least the Rebels have no ability to stop another SEC team from becoming eligible.

 

Betting Tips

 

I went 3-1-1 with my betting recommendations over the previous weekend. So for the year my record is 7-2-1. When I try to give picks every week, I don’t do as well though. Iowa actually beat the spread by 48 1/2. You should get paid double for that. I don’t have any strong opinions this week, but I may for the rivalry week.


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profit prophet 17.11

Posted by the immortal scurds on November 15, 2017 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (4)

the mediocricy continues. some pretty bad football being played in what is likely the nfl's worst season ever. so how do we make money off it all? bank on the mediocre character of these teams with alacrity :

ten+7: in what looks to be a pretty even match up, on upset filled thuirs nite no less, you get a full td with tennessee. r the steelers fake? no, all too real. a real team with real problems. big ben looks off target and confused, and is now engaging in shouting matches on the sideline with his oc after changing the plays sent into the huddle. thats an alarm flag to me. there is a lot of dysfunction in steeltown. titans by 3.

det-3.5: fact is, the lions r the better team, so tread carefully. we've seen how that can go for them. the bears will play hard. lions by 4

jax-7.5:: elite pass defense, excellent defensive line play, a good ground game and sound quarterback play and the wafting smell of a division title in the air.. none of that applies to cleveland. jax by 10

gb+2: what a trap game for baltimore. gb offense isnt nearly as awful as we thought it would be. the officiating is tho. gb by 3

cards-1: houstons defense will be dog tired and worn out by the 2nd quarter. the cards will shut down tame tom's savage offense and run adrian p straight at clowney all day. cards by 14

tb+1: there is no way in the world anybody can pick miami again for a few seasons.. they have quit. and that used to be very rare in the nfl. we're seeing it this year. the thing abouit quitting is its easy. bucs 1-0

rams+2: this should be the game of the week. especially for rams fans. the vikings are consistently solid this year. but the rams are breaking loose all over the league. who knew that gurley would turn out to be a better deep threat than marshal faulk? they went from 0 recievers to an effective brace of 3 wrs and a pass catching rb. goff throws a great long ball, and the whitworth move at left tackle has been a grand slam.  aaron donald has a case for being the league mvp. and they can all smell a division title. the vikes will hit hard, but they cant keep up to the greatest show on turf2. rams by 10

kc-11: i mean, why isnt it 21? the nyg wont be involved in this match for long. especially if its a bit cold, they'll quit. the chiefs know that denver has no qb, the chargers r incapable, and the raiders r playing ne, so they should have a very low quit factor in this one. kc 42-10

wash+8: the saints have it rolling downhill right now. but the skins will hang around, sipping points thru a straw while they lean against the saints doorframe. 8 pts, the death spread.nwo by 7

buf+4: the bill season comes down to this, and they draw the little engine that cant in the chargers.. bills by 6

den-2.5: its gut check time for the denver defense. they look kinda quitty of late, but its tough slogging when the o can only get 5 1st downs in a game. enter the hugely flawed ready to quit bengals. cue the thin air, a little cold, and the bengals will be lined up like unioneers with timecards at a punchclock. dock me! i'm leaving! says the bengals. denver dee wins this redemption bowl 13-7

oak+7:  ne by 6

philly-3.5: the cowboys r not a good team. the eagles have to be smelling blood in the nfce, and might be able to administer a death blow to the boyze.

atl+3: sherman is gone for the year. this will be julio's breakout game.the falcons dline had a nice tune up against the mobile dak prescott, and russawisson is due for an injury.

speak now, or forever hold your piece.


The NFL's Trouble Barometer

Posted by Radatz on November 14, 2017 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (13)


Think the NFL isn't in trouble? Think the hype and soft-pedaling by their media outlets is the truth? Think their pandering to players has solved a problem?


I didn't have much of a gauge myself until last night as I watched the awful Miami Dolphins put in about a quarter's worth of work in Carolina. It wasn't the awful product on the field, watching a game in which yet another team packed it in at midseason, that gave me the idea.


It was a stray shot of the stands. Cameras typically avoid upper-deck shots so you don't see empty seats. But in this game the lower decks --- as in first-tier --- were practically empty, and it wasn't just at the end when the game became a rout. Nobody was there... and with their team winning, about to go to 7-3 on the season, in a 3-way fight for the division and with a real playoff shot. And in football country. I've seen exhibition games pack the stands better than that regularly in the past.


Then there's that other thing that took a while to digest. Teams are packing it in, not in week 16 when they're 6 games out but in week 10 with the starters playing. I don't mean (oddly enough) teams like the Niners and the Browns, who seem to try hard every week but just aren't good enough. I mean teams like the Giants, Bucs, Ravens, Broncos, Bengals, Cardinals... how many teams can you think of who aren't exactly giving it their all? Add Miami to the list now.


I no longer think things are trending slowly back to normal. I suspect it's worse than most of us thought. And if the past is any indication, we can count on the league to make the wrong move. It's the classic internal collapse of an overly successful corporation that cut its teeth in a seller's market. I've been through a few corporate collapses that followed halcyon days. Instead of having contingency plans or quickly quashing root causes, corrupt executives refused to admit error and instead redoubled their bad practices. If it works, you're an infallible hero. If it doesn't, you bail on a golden parachute. Unions smelled blood and demanded the world, making things worse. The little guy (aka the customer) was left out. In this case, it's the fans. And many are getting the idea. That's bad for organizations that have grown fat relying on fawning stupidity.


The corporation that couldn't fail has found creative ways to shoot itself in the foot, exascerbating its issues. Or is this alarmism? Maybe it'll all just go away and we're seeing a bump in the road. But it's bad enough now to worry more than just a few conspiracy theorists. The inmates are now truly running things. We're watching a spreading quasi-strike fueled by a vague purpose --- the modus operandi seems to be "We'll show up and get paid, we just won't try too hard." Alas, the fans are noticing, and not sympathetically. The Golden Goose is what's in trouble now... first kneeling, then distracted low quality football, now teams packing up early --- all of it caused by mollycoddled millionaire players too stupid to see what they're really accomplishing.


Alas, like inept executives, they'll get to keep their money. But the next generation may have to opt for real jobs.


Week 10: Three Clinics Amid the Fire Drills

Posted by Radatz on November 13, 2017 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (14)


Well, well... an eventful week in the football part of football, most of it full of incredible lowlights. We had two touchdownbacks, crucial giveaways... amazing stuff. We had some pretender unmaskings. We crowned the worst team in football... and despite their being the only winless team left, it wasn't the Browns.


How bad were things? Exactly three teams looked impressive. They were:

1. New England --- dissected what once was the 'best defense in the league.'

2. New Orleans --- dissected what was once one of the best defenses in the AFC

3. Los Angeles Rams --- dissected what was once supposed to be a great defense.



SEA 22 ARI 16: Another TNF uglyfest, both unis and game. Awful football. The Cards were bad enough already with Palmer. Seattle still won by only 6. Didn't stop the gushing commentary. Youda thought you were watching the Niners and the Bears in the 80s. You weren't. Oh... Arizona is toast. You knew that.


NO 47 BUF 10: Since pounding Oakland the Bills have been barbequed by the Jets and exterminated by the Saints. Bufflin' their way to extinction. Toast.


GB 23 CHI 16: What? Hundley won a game. Of course it took John ("The Old") Fox challenging an out-of-bounds at the 1 and ending up with neither a touchdown nor a ball at the 1 but a touchback. Cleverly though, he didn't lose his timeout. Always thinking. Once every few years I start to believe a little in the Bears. Then something like this happens.


DET 38 CLE 24: For a looong time the Lions looked like Cleveland's first patsy. Ah, but with the Browns down 17-10 and a few seconds left in the half, Kizer opted to run up the middle. It didn't work. They couldn't line up in time to spike the ball. Amazingly they went into the 4th tied 24 all before the Lions got the idea.


PIT 20 IND 17: Indy led 17-3 at the half. But Doyle had oil (or a boil?) on his hands and couldn't hold a 2-yard pass, opting to hand it to a defender inside his own 10. Took Pitt 3 plays to score. Maybe from their own 40 they wouldn't have. That's why they're not real. That's why Indy is 3-7.


JAX 20 LAC 17 OT: Chargers had the lead and blew it. To Jacksonville. So much for filling that soccer field with fans. Maybe they have a movie contract. Of several 6-3 teams, at least the Jags look like they deserve it.


TB 15 NYJ 10: Another Toilet Bowl. The Jets were figuring on at least 3 picks from Jameis, but instead faced old pal Fitzy who, despite being average to lousy, tossed only one. There went the old game plan. Another pretender bites the dust. Tampa's already been chomping on it for a while.


TEN 24 CIN 20: Both these teams suck but one is 6-3, one is toast. Stolen with 36 seconds left.


MIN 38 WAS 30: When I heard the score early I figured Teddy was playing like he never left. Oops, it was Case. 304 yards. 4 TDs. The Skins gave it a try but it wasn't enough. The Vikes suddenly look like the NFCN fave, even to me. The Skins? Probably toast, but not just yet considering the NFC wild card situation.


LAR 33 HOU 7: The Texans are toast and they don't seem to care since they have an excuse. Not a reason, but a convenient scapegoat. Truth is they suck top to bottom. The Rams don't.


ATL 27 DAL 7: Speaking of excuses. Dak the Sack. Eight times. Any team that folds like the proverbial accordion when it loses a RB and a LT isn't very good. Or maybe the Falcons are back. Maybe I just saw a pig fly by my monitor, not a mosquito.


SF 31 NYG 21: Hail the worst team of them all. No, not the Niners. The Giants. Electrolux on steroids.


NE 41 DEN 16: The story of the game for Denver wasn't Osweiler. In fact, he was pretty good. The real story, besides special teams, was defense. Or lack thereof. Like Houston, a once-impenetrable D has become swiss cheese, at least against good competition. That's 92 points in 2 weeks... against Philly and NE. For NE, it was the revival of the offense in a historical snake pit. The score could've been even worse. Sic transit gloria Broncinum.


[email protected]: Carolina will become the worst 7-3 team in history.


Week 12 Top 25

Posted by theknightswhosay on November 12, 2017 at 6:25 PM Comments comments (4)

rank/team/prev.


1 Alabama 1

2 Clemson 3

3 Wisconsin 6

4 U. Miami 7

5 Notre Dame 4

6 Georgia 2

7 Oklahoma 11

8 C. Florida 5

9 USC 8

10 Penn St. 9

11 Ohio St. 13

12 Auburn 22

13 Wash. St. 14

14 Mich. St. 10

15 Boise St. 18

16 TCU 12

17 Okla. St. 25

18 Memphis 17

19 Michigan 21

20 Iowa 16

21 Washington 15

22 Stanford –

23 S. Carolina 24

24 Miss. St. 20

25 San Diego St. 19


Out of top 25: (23) Toledo


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I Think....Therefore I Rant!

Posted by JDIN827 on November 11, 2017 at 7:30 AM Comments comments (4)

Is there ANY team (as a whole) that is WORSE than the Browns?  Front office a mess.  Owner a mess. Coach and Analytics not on the same page.  Can't win a game.  Can't access talent.  No franchise QB since returning in 1999.  Not much of a defense or offense.  Drop balls.  No actual WR's on the team.  Didnt pick SOOO many in the draft over the years, we look like fools!  Watson could have been Rookie of the Year.  Philly QB was not even rated "in the Top 20" on our boards.  Can't even do a trade correctly!  Never thought I would, but I haven't watched the last few games.  So many I know stopped watching too.  You know you're in trouble when most of Cleveland would rather do yard work than watch football! 


WHAT A [email protected]#$%^&*()!  Taking a flagship team in the NFL, and making it not only the worst team with no talent, but the worst run organization EVER!  WE DESERVE BETTER!


What a poop sandwich we were dealt last week!  I ask, WHO LET'S IOWA score 55 points?  WHO?  Those so-famous THEE Ohio State Buckeyes!  Not to mention so many TD's scored at kickoff.  Sure, let em run 90 yards and score!  No prob right???  I am SICK of these whoopin's!  Clemson, that frickin' Baker Mayfield, and now Iowa!  IOWA.  IOWA.  55 points.  FIX IT!. 


Really thought the Tribe was going to the World Series this year.  Didnt you???  22-game win streak, great record, pitching, and then...Tanking in the FIRST ROUND.  Buh-Bye!  Who does that after a 22-game win streak and the second best record in baseball?  We do!!


Love watching the Cavs lose on TV.  No, really, I do......Love watching us lose to krap teams like the Knicks or Orlando.  Even the Coach is unhappy, and calling them out for lack of effort.  Geez, you're paid millions and you're not trying?  Can I have that job????  Kinda like being an ex-Cleveland Browns coach, how many of them are still on the payroll???


Rant Out!

JD







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