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NFL Predictions 2013: Week 16

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I slipped deeper into the abyss last week, too far to come back unfortunately. My straight up mark was 8-8 (144-79-1 overall) and while that isn’t terrible, picking winners isn’t all that hard. I was only 8-7-1 against the spread and with a lot of ground to make up that’s not good enough (103-115-5 overall). Worse yet I was an awful 6-10 on the over/under (113-109-4 overall). I don’t bet on games, and yet I feel as though I have “given away” everything I “won”. It’s not a good feeling. All I can hold onto now is hoping for a miracle final two weeks straight up, where I’m at 20th against the media mob. The leader is Fox’s John Halpin (152).

 

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NFL predictions 2013: Week 15

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I have to say, after a showing like last week I wonder if this might be my final year. It was rough. I’m just not used to missing this much. Sure, I went 13-3 straight up (136-71-1 overall) and that moves me to the 15 spot (13 if I eliminate the computers) for the media pickers. I don’t care. I was 8-8 against the spread (95-108-4 overall) and a miserable 5-10-1 on the over/under (107-99-4 overall) meaning Vegas is beating me on the season. Losing isn’t fun, and I’m running out of time to win.

 

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NFL Predictions 2013: Week 14

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In a couple paragraphs I will outline how my seemingly horrific (vs. Vegas) week wasn’t so much a matter of bad picks as it was coming close without the results. More on that later, but first let’s look at the results. I was 12-4 straight up (123-68-1 overall) and stand in the 20 spot on the big board of media pickers. The high mark is 131 shared by two humans. The computers are 129 and 127.

 

Against the spread I went 6-9-1 (87-100-4 overall) and things are getting desperate. Then again I did have a 19-3 playoff season against Vegas a couple years back so there’s that to look forward to possibly happening again. I was 5-10-1 on the over/under (102-89-3 overall) and all of this means I’m dead even, which sucks.

 

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NFL predictions 2013: Week 13

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One of these days I might break through. One of these days was not last week, so I’m talking about another quite average performance. Thanks to some upsets I was 7-6-1 straight up (111-64-1 overall) and out of the misses I have to say I’m most disappointed with Detroit (turnovers) Raiders (field goal misses) and Giants (slow start). Calling the big New England win saved me from a losing week without the points and that’s painful.

 

I’m in the No. 26 spot overall now, with Fox’s John Halpin (120) the new leader just ahead of NFL Network’s Gregg Rosenthal (119). They each got 10 last week to make up serious ground.

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NFL Predictions 2013: Week 12

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Oh what a brutal week! The only good thing was going 10-5 straight up (104-58 overall) and moving up to the 26 spot in the field of media pickers. The CBS computer (Prediction Machine) moved to a tie with ESPN’s Ron Jaworski for first place at 112 and while being 8 back seems like a hill I could climb, trust me it’s highly unlikely I will catch them.

 

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NFL Predictions 2013: Week 12 (sort of)

SportI'll update this and make it a comment on norcalfella's post, later.

For now, I'm 106-56 in straight-up picks, which I think still has me ahead of him.

This week:
NO
PIT
DET
GB
HOU
BAL
KC
CHI
CAR
ARI
OAK
NYG
DEN
SF


I don't think any of these should need explanation, except possibly OAK or PIT. OAK is winning ugly. And I can just not pick CLE. That's your answer...
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NFL Predictions 2013: Week 11

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I’m about to go into tilt over last week. I don’t have a research team at my disposal, but I’ll go out on a limb and say that never in the history of the league have three teams with a combined 1-23 record entering a given week gone 3-0. Las Vegas won some money I’m sure. Even the reliable Prediction Machine (CBS) went 6-8 straight up and stands at 100-47 behind ESPN’s Ron Jaworski (103-44) who is the leader of the experts.

 

My 6-8 mark (94-53 overall) dropped me to 32 on the list, and that’s a bummer. I was also 6-8 against the spread (69-76-1 overall) and it’s starting to get serious because I hate dipping below .500 especially by more than a few. I did manage to go 9-5 on the over/under (85-63-1 overall) so there’s that. No one cares about the total points though, let’s be honest.

 

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Phat, Dope, and Fresh

Food

I'm torn as I read about the FDA considering banning artificial trans fats.

On the one hand, I think trans fats are the devil.  I certainly won't be sad to see them gone.  And if this enables me more variety of foods at the grocery story without partially-hydrogenated oils, that'll be great.

On the other hand, I worry about outlawing the sale of items that have a legitimate purpose.  After all, what is the determining criterion?

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NFL predictions 2013: Week 10

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I would love to know what in the world went wrong for me last week so I can fix it immediately. Unfortunately it might not be so simple. I was just 8-5 straight up (88-45 overall) although that did move me up to 19 in the compiled pick’em so maybe it was just one of those rough weeks to project. It wasn’t impossible to expect the Jets beating the Saints who seem to blow games outdoors frequently against seemingly inferior opposition. Their fans better not expect to win the Super Bowl this year by the way.

 

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NFL predictions 2013: Week 9

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I finally had a week I can feel pretty good about. If not for going against my favorite team (Oakland) I would have been perfect straight up, but 12-1 (80-40 overall) is fine I guess. There are 21 people ahead of me, and Ron Jaworski (87-33) is still at the top of the pack. A computer (CBS Prediction Machine) is second (85-35). If you’re curious, two people did go 13-0 although since someone in the office pool I play in did as well I’m not going to offer details on their identities.