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Saturday, September 20 2014

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NFL predictions 2014: Week 3

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The worst is behind me, thankfully. After two ridiculous weeks of NFL results I can finally settle in. Last week I was an abysmal 6-10 straight up (15-17 overall) and I honestly can never recall missing that many winners. I also went 6-10 against the spread (10-22 overall) but Las Vegas does not have a stranglehold on me because I was once again 10-6 on the over/under (20-12 overall). So there's that.

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Exploring Gender Expectations in Pop Music

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You've heard Ugly Heart, by now:

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All about that creaky voice?

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I remember when I first heard about the raging epidemic of a trend, "vocal fry".

I had a little trouble identifying examples of it.

But is that what Meghan Trainor is doing in "All About That Bass", on the word "bass", in the chorus?

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NFL Predictions 2014: Week 2

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Well that my friends, was no good. The opening couple of weeks is always the toughest to predict because there is so much roster turnover. Typically there are a handful of stunners, and by comparison last week was pretty tame. I did a decent job straight up (9-7) actually. Cincinnati/Baltimore was going to be a tossup and I went with the home team. New Orleans had Atlanta by 13 before they allowed the Falcons to steal a crucial field goal before the half, points that later allowed them to reach OT and pull out the win. The biggest surprise for me was actually Buffalo going to Chicago and winning, and of course that was also in OT. 

I was also surprised Tennessee was able to win so handily in Kansas City, and likewise for Minnesota in St. Louis. I knew New England had a chance to struggle in Florida, but Miami really took it to them in the second half. Of course, I screwed up both home field advantage situations in the Sunshine State because Tampa Bay choked against Carolina. When it came to the point spread I really had a tough time (4-12). There were a lot of close losses and heartbreakers of course, and now I have a nice hole to dig out of. At least I took it home on the over/under (10-6) to save face. Now I turn the page and learn from my mistakes.

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NFL Predictions 2014: Week 1

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Another football season is here already? Well, here I go again then, trying to make sense of the nonsense and predict the unpredictable. 

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NFL Predictions 2013: Super Bowl XLVIII

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I guess I can call the playoffs a success now. I got both winners (9-1 for the playoffs) and went 2-0 against the spread (8-2 for the playoffs) but I missed the AFC total so 1-1 on the over/under (7-3 for the playoffs) leaves me 15-5 against Vegas. Including my -8 regular season, somehow I have managed to guarantee a non-losing season overall. I’m still not sure how, but I’ll take it.

By the way I’m in eight place picking winners with a chance to move up a couple slots if I get the big one right.

 

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NFL Predictions 2013: Championship Games

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Hey, I finally had a decent week. I was 4-0 straight up (7-1 for the playoffs)  and while it doesn’t seem that great, I’m tied with 10 other humans for the best mark during the tournament so that’s good. At least four out of the group differ from the picks I expect to make, but I doubt I will win outright because there just aren’t enough games. Tying for the lead would be great.

 

I was 3-1 against the spread (6-2 for the playoffs) and should have been perfect if not for Eric Decker’s many shenanigans. Seriously, did he take the points? First the “turf monster” tackles him then he has a ball bounce off his chest for an interception in the end zone and finally he lunges unnecessarily for an onside kick only to allow possession to be lost. At least I was a perfect 4-0 on the over/under (6-2 in the playoffs) so there’s that. I won’t be able to top my 19-3 all-time record though and that’s a bummer.

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NFL Predictions 2013: Divisional Round

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Well, I guess for a change I can’t complain much. I was 3-1 straight up in the opening round and also managed to go 3-1 against the spread. Of course, I stumbled at 2-2 on the over/under so that’s a bummer. My was first regret was not taking at least the points with the Chargers because, as I pointed out, they played so many good teams yet still managed a winning record to make the tournament. My other regret is not going over in the Colts/Chiefs, which of course now seems totally obvious, but the game was indoors and the pass rush not getting to Andrew Luck should have led me to bump their points way higher than the 22 I called for. Plus, the Chiefs had nothing to lose and were going to pull out all the stops as they did by throwing deep, as Michael Irvin hilariously insisted prior to kickoff that they would not do because they hadn’t done it all season.

 

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NFL Predictions 2013: Wild Card

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So it ends with a thud. I’m reaching for good news. I suppose the best I can come up with it picking 155 winners before the season started when I made a selection for every game. Heck, 61% isn’t all that bad without seeing any team in regular season action. I also went 13-3 straight up last week, which is odd for a final week and it left me 168-87-1 overall or two picks short of my annual goal. It’s frustrating. John Halpin of FOX won the media title with 177 winners and I tied for 14th discounting the computer pickers. I was 7-9 against the spread, finishing a dismal 118-132-5 overall. I did manage to go 9-7 on the over/under, winding up 130-124-4 overall there but in total I was -8 against Vegas for the season, so I lost.

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