Sunday, November 30, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
But the NFL must rethink its automatic T-day lineup. Three shitty & boring blowouts, one of which none of us were able to see. Bluh.
The Raiders upset of the Broncos in Denver screwed a lot of shoe-ins, and no one had the foresight to pick Oaktown to win.
And in other news, for fans of IDYFT and To The Last Drop in the New York area, I have a couple of events to highlight:
On Saturday, December 6th I will be reading and signing books at KGB Bar (85 E. 4th St.) from 7-9 pm.
On Monday, December 8th I will be signing books at Sage's Pages Bookstore in Madison, NJ from 6-8.
I'll also be speaking to classes at my high school but I'm sure most of you miscreants have restraining orders and won't be able to attend.
1. Adw: 50 (this week +10)
2. Jess: 38 (this week 0)
3. Garwood: 30 (this week +10)
4. Big BM: 28 (this week 0)
5. Miwacar: 3 (this week -4)
6. MMMan: 1 (this week -6)
7. Barnyard: 0 (this week -20)
This Week's Picks
1. Your Shoe-In?
2. This Week's Upset List:
Denver, 49ers, Cincy
3. Your Favorite/Most Disliked Team?
4. Clash of The Titans: Pittsburgh Steelers at New England Patriots
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
PNC Bank ($7.7 billion in TARP funds pledged) is locked in a 20-year, $30 million deal to keep the home of the Pittsburgh Pirates named "PNC Park." A spokesman there said the bank did not use TARP funds to make payments on the deal.
J.P. Morgan Chase ($25 billion from TARP) has a 30-year, $66 million contract for the Arizona Diamondbacks to call their stadium "Chase Field." "That was an agreement that was signed 11 years ago," by a bank that was bought by Chase, said bank spokesman Tom Kelley. "Tell me what 2008 has to do with 1997? That's a contractual obligation."
Comerica ($2.3 billion in TARP funds pledged) has an identical deal with the Detroit Tigers to refer to their home field as "Comerica Park." Both expire in 2028. "From our perspective, they're not connected," said Comerica's Wayne Mielke of the stadium deal and the bank's anticipated receipt of bailout funds. "Why should it be reviewed?" The cost of the naming rights, said Mielke, "does not inhibit our ability to lend."
Capital One – famous for their tagline, "What's in your wallet?" and a recipient of $2.3 billion in TARP money – are the proud and paying sponsor of the Capital One Bowl, formerly known as the Florida Citrus Bowl. The bank did not respond to requests for comment.
So why play ball with these asshole companies? I know why the corporations are still at it--the last positive thought anyone might have of AIG is going to be Ronaldo slotting some incredible set-piece game winning goal. What's in it for Manchester United? The Mets? The Tigers? Why don't they cancel these deals?
Look at the Diamondbacks--they are getting $2 million a year--that's enough to sign Chris Snyder, a catcher who hit .237 who was good for almost a strikeout a game. The Pittsburgh Pirates are getting $1.5 million a year--good enough to sign a solid reliever in John Grabow on a team that had much, much bigger issues.
So why bother? It is because MLB owners pale at the thought of having their stadiums clearly named by the highest bidder? Would they rather their corporate relationship appear to continue on, ad infinitum? This money doesn't seem to do anyone any good.
Again, GM has cancelled their deal with Tiger Woods, even though (or because) they haven't received any money from The American Taxpayer. Seems to me a lot of companies that should be following their example are not only not following their example, they are aggressively demanding that they should not have to. I assume as a new partial owner of these companies, I'll get a vote. But I'm not holding my breath.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Tom Brady talks about OLPC
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Friday, November 21, 2008
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Sunday, November 16, 2008
Feeling contrite (etymology: L, bruised), I have some complimentary pleasures for you that will break the tie which so clottingly clogs your emotional investment in this, our IDYFT Pick 'Em.
But a quick reminder: this is what you're playing for:That's right, a 100% cotton cruelty-free To The Last Drop t-shirt.
Free Pleasure: pick the one week you believe the winless Detroit Fudgefest will win a game. Pick right for a ten point bonus. Wait, you say: that Detroit Fudgefest will be the first team since the 1976 Tampa Bay Bucs (0-14) to go winless: fourteen point bonus if you're right!
Detroit Fudgefest remaining schedule, pick it: Bucs (11/23), Titans (11/27), Vikes (12/7), at the Colts (12/14), Saints (12/21), at the Packers (12/28).
And before I forget, here's the best INT in NFL history: Troy Polamalu. Fucking awesome, like huge tits with a mute button!
1. Adw: 40 (this week +7)
2. Jess: 38 (this week +13)
3. Big BM: 28 (this week +4)
4. Garwood: 20 (this week +10)
5. MMMan: 7 (this week +7)
Miwacar: 7 (this week -7)
6. Barnyard: 0 (this week -1)
This Week's Picks
1. Your Obama Shoe-In? +3 correct/-7 incorrect
2. This Week's Upsets: +7 correct/-3 incorrect
winless Detroit, Oaktown, Cincy, 49ers, Chefs
3. Your Favorite/Most Disliked Team? +/- 3
4. Clash of The Titans: Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons +/- 7
5. Detroit Fudgfest Wins When? +10/+14 (never)
Following the soccer theme for a moment--an odd moment from EPLTalk in which they imagine a world in which the premier soccer league was played in America. Which city would translate to what city? That sort of thing. No love for the hotbed of the Upper Midwest (no Milwaukee, no Minneapolis).
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Both teams are coming off a bye and the NFL's greatest rivalry will be on Sunday Night Football, 8 pm EST.
Fuck the Cowboys.
Let's check in on Washington. Mark me words well, lads: Special Teams will be a significant factor in this game.
QB Jason Campbell is looking to bounce back from his worst game of the season. He was sacked seven times and expects the Cowboys, who also run a 3-4, to attack him in much the same way as the Steelers. He is aware that he needs to play very well if Washington is going to win: “I know it’s time to step up a little bit more and continue to lead this team to do what we have to do.”
LG Pete Kendall is out but the rest of the line is healthier. They need to have a good game against an aggressive defense. Their timing with RBs might be a problem so pass protection will be a determining factor in the game.
RB Clinton Portis has a sprained knee; Washington will likely have to rely on Ladell Betts (returning from a sprained knee of his own). Shawn Alexander hasn't shown anything so far, but he might get a fair number of carries. This position must be productive without Portis; he will be missed in pass protection as well.
Santana Moss is healthy and ready to kill the Cowboys again. In their last meeting, Moss scorched them for 8 catches and 145 yards. The other WRs need to be viable threats. If the blitz protection holds up and Chris Cooley is able to release, he could do a lot of damage.
Jason Taylor is healthy and his pass rushing would be extremely helpful. The D line needs to dominate the line of scrimmage as they did in week 4. If this unit can shut down the run, a rusty Romo will be tempted to air it out.
MLB London Fletcher is in the top ten for tackles.
Washington's defensive backfield will win or lose this game. Shawn Springs needs to be healthy, Carlos Rogers must catch the INT, the safeties need to limit big plays and DeAngelo Hall might need to contribute right away.
CB Fred Smoot will see significant playing time as Washington must again shut down a pair of fleet, talented WRs. Incidentally, Smoot recently delivered books to kids in DC and one of them asked what his favorite game was. He replied: "Probably this year, when we went down to Dallas and beat the Cowboys to death."
Scalp them Cowboys!
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Ghost Points cannot be redeemed in the Pick 'Em, but if you get five ghost points you'll receive a free spectral bj like in Ghostbusters.
1. Adw: 33 (this week +4)
2. Jess: 25 (this week +10)
3. Big BM: 24 (this week +4)
4. Miwacar: 14 (this week -4)
5. Garwood: 10 (this week +10)
6. MMMan, Barnyard: 0 (this week -10)
This Week's Picks
1. Your Shoe-In?
2. This Week's Pathetic Upset List:
winless Detroit, Cincy, Oakland
3. Your Favorite/Disliked Team?
4. Clash of the Titans: New York Jets vs. New England Patriots
Sunday, November 09, 2008
Saturday, November 08, 2008
Cornerbacks are the WRs of the defense, and I'm not just talking about their speed and agility: I mean they are vain, trash-talking pretties. They make up for their inability to catch or carry the ball with their willingness to be the guy missing the tackle on Sportscenter. That being said, there are plenty of team-first CBs in the league. DeAngelo Hall is not one of them.
He won the Jim Thorpe award, he was a 1st round draft pick and excelled on the dysfunctional Falcons from 2004-2007. WR Steve Smith once abused him so bad he incurred $100,000 in fines and had a screaming match with his "coach" Bobby Petrino. Obviously, this is shortly before Poopy Petrino quit with 3 games left like an asshole. Then he jumped to the Raiders for the big $$.
Oops. He hasn't even competed this year, and currently ranks as one of the very worst DBs in the entire NFL. When the Raiders don't want you, you suck.
Just ask Randy Moss.
No one is more skeptical than me, but this is a bye week for the upstart 6-3 Washington Football Team. So let me, for once, consider this in a guardedly optimistic light.
1) Hall is clearly talented, and joins a team with chronic injuries throughout the defensive backfield.
2) Hall replaces Leigh Torrence, the weakest link at CB most known for giving up the game-winning deep pass to the fucking Rams. Torrence will not be missed.
3) Hall has given up, but he gave up on a team that gave up during Superbowl XXXVII and has posted a Fudgetastic 21-68 record since then. The bacteria are jumping off the fleas jumping off the rats jumping off that stinky, leaky Raiders boat. The Raiders fall (they had the NFL MVP in 2002) to All-Time Fudgefest ranks as one of the most pathetic/hilarious in pro football history. Who hasn't given up on the Raiders? Have you talked to any of their fans recently? They've given up too. Maybe Hall gave up because of peer pressure.
4) Hall was signed for a short-term, (relatively) low-cost deal.
So this could go a number of ways.
A. Perhaps Hall is reinvigorated by his new (fucking awesome!) team, and vice versa, and he leads the charge to the Superbowl, injuring kickers for fun!
B. Perhaps Hall really is a total bitch, and he gets cut in three weeks after giving up 700 yards and 25 TDs. Torrence is rehired and the Schneider tells him he was "just kidding."
C. Or something in between, which I will accept.