My longstanding disdain for soccer is a product of my high school experience. The soccer lads wore polo shirts and played golf, the football players lifted weights and drank beer. Since my hometown is definitely of the polo-shirt-and-golf set, the football team had to struggle for players and equipment while the soccer lads got Gatorade and full attendance.
Since then, I've maintained my hilarious disdain. But sides are being drawn politically, and I'll be damned if I join hands with the far right on any subject like soccer.
I think that it is amusing how elated/crushed soccer fans get. It's not for me, but I won't poop on the world's parade. So I measure my response, and while I hope the U.S. team loses and goes home to blowdry their show-pony hair, I'd love to see a third-world country such as my native (new) Mexico achieve something they can be proud of. Ghana!
But life, for me, begins when the NFL season begins. And at least some of our readers may agree. Therefore, the first prognostications from Professor Badcock's Future-Seeing Factory. The factory now runs exclusively on an oil-seawater amalgam. Drill baby drill!
NFL DIVISIONAL PREVIEW
AFC East is rising: a very competitive 3-team division with a tough schedule. Win %: .500
Opponents: NFC North & AFC North
AFC North is falling: a very competitive 3-team division with an impossible schedule. Win % .516:
Opponents: NFC South & AFC East
AFC South is rising: the best in the league, a 4-team division with a beatable schedule. Win %: .594
Opponents: NFC East & AFC West
AFC West is slowly rising: a noncompetitive 1-team division with a mixed schedule. Win %: .469
Opponents: NFC West & AFC South
NFC East is falling: a competitive, 2-team division with a difficult schedule. Win %: .531
Opponents: NFC North & AFC South
NFC North is rising: a competitive 2-team division with a difficult schedule. Win %: .500
Opponents: NFC East & AFC East
NFC South is slowly rising: a competitive 2-team division with a beatable schedule. Win %: .516
Opponents: NFC West & AFC North
NFC West is plummeting: a noncompetitive division with a mixed schedule. Win % .375
Opponents: NFC South & AFC West
There will be another IDYFT Pick’em this year. 2-time champion Jess will defend her title.
Upon your perusal, you may notice that the NFC East and NFC North will clash, which means we might as well have another IDYFT Cup. The Packers took it last time but things have certainly changed since then. The best part, dear reader, is that you don’t have to do a thing.