NFL Week Seven Selections

The good times keep on rolling, as I posted another 10 win week, and the Eagles enter the by week tied for the best record in the league.

Love you, football.

And hey, we actually had a Thursday Night Game that was somewhat compelling last week. Progress!

(Publishing my first few selections early, because Chrome keeps crashing this page! Pretty Frustrating)

UPDATE: Friday 7 p.m.  Let’s see if Chrome let’s me finish making my picks. Oh yeah, there was a totally out of the blue NFL trade today. Percy Harvin to the Jets…. which doesn’t make a ton of sense for a 1-6 team, but ok then! I don’t mind it for Seattle. They won the Super Bowl last year, with him on the sidelines most of the year.

Last Week 10-3-2  Season 49-43-4

Jets at Patriots  The Pick: Pats-10  It’s going to be ugly weather-wise and football-wise tonight. Could see this being a 16-0 type of result. 

Bengals at Colts  The Pick: Colts -3.5  This should be a fun, high-scoring shootout. Gimme the Colts at home, however. 

Titans at Redskins  The Pick: Titans+5.5  I think the Titans get off the snide against an equally bad Washington team. 

Dolphins at Bears The Pick: Bears -3.5  The Bears need to be more consistent. Good chance to do so with the Dolphins coming to town this week. 

Seahawks at Rams The Pick: Seahawks -7   LAP. Life after Percy begins, although was he ever actually there? The Seahawks will be fine, this is a defensive team.

Panthers at Packers The Pick: Panthers +6.5  Think the Packers win at home, but the Panthers are definitely no slouch, I was wrong on them. Fortunately, no tie this week.

Falcons at Ravens  The Pick: Ravens -6.5  I think the Ravens crush Atlanta, who will probably begin sniffing around potential head coaches as the season becomes more and more of a lost cause.

Vikings at Bills: The Pick: Bills-5.5 Believe in Kyle Orton!  Actually… don’t… don’t do that. 

Saints at Lions  The Pick: Saints +2.5 I immediately regret this pick.

Chiefs at Chargers  The Pick: Chiefs +4  The Chargers are due for a letdown. 

Giants at Cowboys  The Pick: Giants +6.5 No way the Giants lose badly to another divisional foe. 

Cardinals at Raiders The Pick: Cardinals -4  Oakland will get a win one of these weeks, but the Cards are too well coached to fall short in this scenario. 

49ers at Broncos: The Pick: Broncos; -7   Peyton’s apparently about to break another passing record and Patrick Willis is likely out for San Fran. 

Texans at Steelers The Pick: Texans +3 Go get em Bob!

 

 

 

 

 

NFL Week Six Selections

Week six is upon us… is this the week the football Gods decide to award us a watchable Thursday Night game? Doubtful.

Had my best week of the year last week going 10-4-1. Season total: 39-40-2

Colts at Texans  The Pick: Colts-3  For the second time in three weeks, a road team will emerge victorious on America’s least favorite variation of it’s favorite pastime. 

Broncos at Jets  The Pick: Broncos -9.5   I play Peyton in two fantasy leagues this week. Welp. 

Steelers at Browns  The Pick: Browns -1.5  Making this my lock of the week. 

Jaguars at Titans  The Pick: Jags +5  Stating the obvious, but this game stinks. 

Packers at Dolphins  The Pick; Packers -3  Keep throwing the ball to Jordy, Aaron. 

Lions at Vikings  The Pick: Vikings -2 Teddy’s back for the Vikings, plus no Megatron most likely for Detroit

Panthers at Bengals  The Pick: Bengals -6.5 Thinking a flip-flop in performance in both teams from their week five editions is in order here. 

Pats at Bills  The Pick: Pats-3  The Pats might not be “done” but look at that division. 

Ravens at Bucs  The Pick: Ravens-3.5 Tampa clearly responding to the ass kicking they suffered three weeks ago. Think the Ravens win this one though. 

Chargers at Raiders The Pick: Chargers -7.5 Oakland is Oakland.

Bears at Falcons  The Pick: Falcons -3  These two teams are pretty similar. Going with the home team in this matchup. 

Cowboys at Seahawks  The Pick: Cowboys +9  I really hope Seattle crushes these guys, but I honestly think Dallas keep it close. 

Redskins at Cardinals  The Pick: Cards -3.5  I do miss Desean Jackson. It’s a shame the last couple years of his prime will be wasted in D.C. 

Giants at Eagles  The Pick; Eagles -2.5  Eagles by a field goal seems right to me.

49ers at Rams  The Pick: 49ers -3.5  This should be a fairly interesting game. The Rams, while they’ll be facing a better defense this week, can definitely move the ball. 

 

 

 

 

Recapping My Trip to San Francisco and Seattle – Part 2

Read part one here

(Editor’s Note: More pictures will be added for the July 20 portion later. This is obviously taking me forever). 

Saturday July 19

Day three was centered around a trip to Alcatraz, which we unfortunately didn’t get to visit in 2006.

Tickets for the tour of the prison were purchased well in advance because of its heavy popularity in the summer months.

We arrived at the docks where the Alcatraz ferries were about an hour early. No reason to take the city bus tour again and risk missing our 11:30 trip to the island.

There was plenty to read and study about the island while we waited anyway, including a replica of the island which pointed out where all of the key structures were as well as some pivotal moments in the prison’s history.

Anyway, the wait went fast and soon enough we were boarding the ferries, which are described as the nation’s first hybrid ferries.

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It was a short ride over to the island, less than ten minutes I’d say. I couldn’t help gazing back at the city and admiring the skyline, rather than looking forward towards Alcatraz. San Francisco really is a beautiful and colorful city, as evident by the number of multi-colored buildings. Something you don’t really see in East Coast cities.

After we disembarked onto the island, we were given a brief welcome and introduction from one of the employees.

There were some speakers as well as guided tours, but we settled for the self-guided audio tour which we and pretty much everyone else seemed to take. It was nice to explore the prison at our own pace.

It was striking to see how small the cells were, especially when you think that they housed real people at one point. Especially the ones designed for solitary confinement. Here’s my dad standing in one of them.

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It was a pretty comprehensive tour, and we left no stone unturned on The Rock. Once we’d been there for more than two hours, it was time to head back onto the mainland for lunch.

And by lunch I mean the gloriousness that is In-N-Out Burger. It would be my second helping in two years, so consider me spoiled. However, last year at our stop heading to LA, the In-N-Out was so crowded, that I didn’t get a chance to enjoy my meal. With all of the restaurants in the Fisherman’s Wharf Area, surely this In-N-Out wouldn’t be a mob scene, right?

Nope.

It was jam-packed with a line almost out the door. But hey, for affordably-priced and delicious burgers, I guess I can see why. At least at this location, we were able to grab a table outdoors, so I didn’t have to scarf down my double double squished next to some stranger.

After lunch, there was nothing on our itinerary for the rest of the day, so we basically just hopped back on the City Bus tour and explored the entire city again. My dad really wanted to see Chinatown, possibly(I can’t remember) the first of its kind in the U.S. or at least the biggest.

We decided to make our way back to the Wharf, and fortunately for us, we grabbed the last tour bus of that afternoon. If we missed it, we were probably looking at a long cab ride back across town.

Back at the Wharf, it was jam-packed and there was more stage performances ongoing, which we naturally stopped and watched.

It was another magician, and he did some interesting routines, including a balancing act of sorts on top of some cylinders. The reason I mention it is because these street performers, had some of the most aggressive begging techniques I’ve ever seen. Now, I have no clue what these guys make and I do believe them when they see they pier doesn’t pay them.

They put on a good show, which we, as guests on a public property, paid zero dollars to see. But man, these guys must have talked for five to ten minutes straight, this guy on Saturday, much more so than Friday’s performers.

I wouldn’t have minded giving the guy a couple bucks, but I was just turned off but how long his money-requesting spiel went on. And it worked, because there was hundreds of people there and they all (in the form of the kids) went up after the show and give plenty of cash.

After the magician, I went and bought the first of three t-shirts on the trip, a Golden State Warriors, “The City” blue and gold shirt. I don’t buy souvenirs for myself very often, but I had to grab that shirt.

We made our way to another souvenir shop to buy shirts for my aunt, mom and sister.

By this point it’s early evening and we’ve been out all day with not much time to rest except for In-N-Out Burger.

It was time to head back towards the hotel, but not before stopping for dinner.

Another scoping out a seafood place, we decided to head to Cioppino’s where the atmosphere was more vibrant and it just looked like a better place to have a meal. The management does good job at designing the exterior of the restaurant, because it just looks like a place you’d want to eat.

I enjoyed a fantastic Chicken Risotto dish(below), and washed it down with one of the local brews, an Anchorsteam.  We also shared an appetizer of calimari, and it was really different than any other calimari I’ve had. It was much more authentic, and by that I mean really chewy. Normally I enjoy it, but this dish was a little too authentic for me.

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After our meal, we went back to the hotel to rest up for the drive north. It was two very jam-packed days in the city, and I felt like I had seen all that I had wanted to and more. Yet, I was still already planning my return visit in the future.

San Fran is a true jewel of a city.

 Sunday July 20

We embarked on our 12-plus hour journey northward by hitting the road a little before 7:30. Before heading out of town, we did drive down Lombard Street, which is one hell of a way to start a morning.

There was tourists standing directly at the bottom of the street taking pictures. Since we we’re the only car on the street at the time, we’ll probably be a special addition to someone’s photographic remembrance of San Francisco.

We drove out of town on the Golden Gate Bridge, with the fog still heavy, so we couldn’t get a could parting shot of the bridge above us or the city in our rearview mirror. Still, it was a neat way to make an exit.

The journey northward was a very visually-pleasing drive, as we first drove through the countryside of Mendico County. It’s a region known for wineries, but it wasn’t Napa Valley. Still it was neat to drive past so many vineyards.

The extreme California drought was evident, as the rolling hills were a yellow-brownish mixture. Still, while the drought is a huge problem for the locals, the landscape wasn’t unsightly for this tourist. drought

About a couple hours into the drive, we were definitely in more rural territory and had begun to notice some Redwoods. One of the most interesting aspects of the drive is the many roadside attractions we encountered.

Many were centered around the gigantic Redwoods. There was attractions that included miniatures houses made out of the trees, and one stop that let cars drive through them.

Another place we stopped at was called Confusion Hill, an attraction that offers a gravity house, a sort of seeing-is believing-type of experience. We didn’t partake, but it seemed interesting nonetheless.

Along the way, we also encountered some seemingly authentic Native American shops that sold such delicacies, including some fresh-smoked salmon jerky and traditional Indian garb. My Dad bought some of the regular jerky and it was pretty good,

By this point it was early afternoon and we had made a ton of stops, with at least-six plus hours left to journey to Oregon.

We journeyed through the Avenue of Giants and stopped for lunch at a little roadside cafe, where everyone else ordered a burger, but I nabbed a turkey club sandwich.

By that point our sightseeing was over as we still had a long way to venture. We only made one or two more stops, one of which was at a beach in the town of Eureka.

I dozed off multiple times, and couldn’t believe when I kept waking up that we were still in California, even though by this part it seemed more like Oregon.  One of the things that remains with me from that drive is how long we drove along the Smith River, seemingly in perpetuity. Everytime we would make a left turn around the bend, I would see a repeat of what I thought I had seen several minutes before.

Not complaining, because it was gorgeous to look at, just showcasing how long of a ride it was.

We pulled into our Springfield ,Oregon hotel around 10 p.m.  If we didn’t take a single stop, we could’ve arrived at least four hours earlier, but it didn’t matter to us. We saw a fascinating part of the country, that we likely wouldn’t see again anytime soon.

I would definitely make that drive gain, although it is easy for me to say, since I didn’t spend one second behind the wheel. Shoutout to my Uncle Bill who did all the driving.

Still, I was excited to finally get some sleep in a spot other than the backseat of the car. And in the morning, we would make the final journey to Seattle.

NFL Week 5 Selections

A quarter of the season is in the books. Holy cow, where is the time going?

Last week: 6-7

Season: 29-36-1

Vikings at Packers The Pick: Packers -9.5  After a rare road win last Thursday Night, the Packers will get things back to the Thursday Night Football we all known and love which is a home team with a blowout win. 

Bears at Panthers  The Pick: Bears +2.5 Both of these teams were embarrassed last week, but the Bears simply have more talent.  

Browns at Titans  The Pick: Browns  +1  How did the Titans beat the Chiefs in Week 1? 

Rams at Eagles  The Pick: Eagles -7  Please get the running game going this week Chip & Shady. 

Falcons at Giants The Pick: Giants -4 I think the Giants might have figured out this offense thing. 

Bucs at Saints  The Pick: Bucs +10  Something’s just not right with the Saints. Even though they eliminated me from two survival leagues, I wanna give the Bucs a pat on the back for that hilarious win over the Stillers. 

Texans at Cowboys  The Pick; Texans +6 Unfortunately I think the Cowboys will win,  but JJ Watt will not go away quietly. 

Bills at Lions  The Pick: Lions -7   The Bills are going to wish they never traded away that extra 1st for Sammy Watkins. 

Ravens at Colts   The Pick: Colts-3.5 I know the Colts just played the Titans and Jags, but I think Andrew Luck keeps the momentum going at home. 

Steelers at Jaguars  The Pick:  Steelers -6.5   This is the last time this year I pick the Steelers to win outright or cover. 

Cardinals at Broncos   The Pick: Broncos -8  Peyton home and off a bye? Yeah, sorry Arizona. 

Chiefs at 49ers   The Pick: Chiefs +6  49ers will win, but the Chiefs, who have turned their season around will make it interesting.

Jets at Chargers  The Pick: Chargers -7  I think we see Vick this week for the Jets. 

Bengals at Pats  The Pick: Bengals -1  Hard to believe this could be the end of the Pats. 

Seahawks at Redskins  The Pick: Seahawks -7.5   LOL Kirk Cousins. 

NFL Week 4 Selections

Getting an early post out on this, due to my work schedule. I’m just going to post the Thursday Night prediction now, and will post the rest of them tonight (I hope).

If you’re wondering why I continue to make picks for these dreadful Thursday night games, it’s because 1. they’re usually an easy W. 2 Tonight’s game features two NFC East teams, so I actually have interest in making a pick for this game as well as watching it.

Last Week: 10-6  Season:23-29-1

Giants at Redskins The Pick: Redskins -3.5 Both times showed me something last week. but I think the Redskns and Kirk Cousins showed me more. Plus, I it’s really hard to not take the home team on a short week. 

Update 10:45 p.m.

Hey, I’m back from work and lookie here! Already 0-1 this week. Don’t worry, the rest of these are pure winners.

Dolphins at Raiders  The Pick: Dolphins -3.5 Almost, ALMOST took the Raiders. But I’ll give the Dolphins one more chance. 

Packers  at Bears The Pick: Bears +1.5   Why are the Packers favored?

Bills at Texans  The Pick: Texans -3  The quarterbacks in this game. Yikes. 

Titans at Colts  The Pick: Colts -7.5  The Titans are awful. 

Panthers at Ravens The Pick: Ravens -3.5 Now we might start to see the Panthers team we expected. 

Lions at Jets The Pick: Lions -2.5 I refuse to pick a team that has Geno Smith on it. 

Tampa at Steelers The Pick: Steelers -7.5 The Steelers are my suicide pool pick this week. Thanks for making me want to root for the Stillers, Tampa. 

Jaguars at Chargers The Pick: Jags +13.5 The only reason I’m picking the Jags is because of Bortles and the fact I got burned badly on Raiders-Pats last week. 

Eagles at 49ers   The Pick: 49ers +4.5 Eagles win, but barely, to move to 4-0! 

Falcons(-3) at Vikings  The Pick: Falcons -3 Teddy Bridgewater can’t save the Vikings’ sinking ship. 

Saints at Cowboys The Pick: Saints-3 You’re not playing Tennessee or St. Louis this week, Jerruh. 

Patriots (-3.5) at Chiefs The Pick: Pats-3.5   Real tough one here for the Pats, I could see the game going either way. 

Eagles Redskins Instant Classic Recap

Here are some unfiltered and unprocessed thoughts on the madness that was Eagles-Redskins.

  • 3-0!!! That’s all that matters. First time since 2004 and man it feels good.
  • Foles is a tough SOB. This game should endear him to whatever haters he had left. Dude was brutalized(one time blatantly) and kept getting up. Also, his mobility and ability to keep players alive was HUGE. He doesnt’ have blazing speed, but that doesn’t matter.
  • Besides being a racist, disrespectful organization, the Redskins are cheap shot artists. Pieces of shit, all of them. Chris Bakers deserves a four-game suspension. But then again this is the NFL and they can’t seem to get anything right these days. Baker was clearly trying to injure Foles and take him out of the game.
  • The Eagles o-line was not good, but what do you expect when three starters are missing? Good news: No Aldon Smith next week and Lane Johnson comes back in just one more game.
  • Good on Jason Peters, even if he was ejected, to defend his quarterback. Love that dude.
  • Chris Polk. Who knew?
  • I wanted to see more from the receivers today and I saw it. Jordan Matthews definitely had his best game as an Eagle and Jeremy Maclin probably his best as well. Maclin’s day could’ve been better if it wasn’t for Jason Kelce’s unnecessary penalty.
  • The defense: Yikes. The game wasn’t all positive and the defense was a big reason why. Yes, they came up big when it mattered most, but they made Kirk Cousins look like a hall of famer. Boykin and Jenkins were the only two who impressed on defense for me.
  • Desean? He got his. Also got a nice loss.
  • Looking ahead: IF, and it’s a huge if, they Birds win next week at the 49ers, when does this team lose? It’s quite possible they head into the bye week 6-0.

Week 3 NFL Selections

Went below 500 last week, finishing with a record of 5-9. And yes, I did somehow forget to predict the Houston/Oakland and Green Bay/New York Jets games. Both of those would have probably been wins, but alas, my incompetence gets in the way again.

Season record: 13-16-1

On to week 4.

Bucs at Falcons  The Pick: Falcons -6.5  The Bucs are not who we thought they were going to be ( Dennis Green voice). 

Chargers at Bills  The Pick: Chargers -2.5  Still skeptical on the Bills. Chances are I’ll regret this one when looking back at this pick next week. 

Cowboys at Rams  The Pick: Cowboys -1   I can’t believe Dallas beat Tennessee last week. Gotta think they’ll beat a lesser team in St. Louis right? 

Redskins at Eagles  The Pick: Eagles -6.5  I think the Birds win another ugly game.  Kirk Cousins worries me slightly. 

Texans at Giants  The Pick: Texans -2  Same reason as last week, not picking the Giants until they win or look semi-competent.

Vikings at Saints  The Pick: Saints -10.5   No way the Saints start 0-3. 

Titans at Bengals  The Pick: Bengals -7  The Bengals are really good, but especially at home. The Titans seem like these years Jekyll and Hyde team. 

Ravens at Browns  The Pick: Browns +1.5 Cleveland outright! Hoyer does a nice job with that team. 

Packers at Lions The Pick: Lions -2.5  I have Stafford and Megatron on the same fantasy team, so I anticipate points aplenty this week. 

Colts at Jaguars  The Pick: Colts -7  I do think the Jags will be better this year, but it’s gonna take awhile. Or at least until they start playing Bortles. 

Raiders at Patriots  The Pick: Pats-14.5  This is a big number to expect the Pats to cover. Oh wait, they’re playing Oakland. 

49ers at Cardinals  The Pick: Cardinals +3  I Think the Cardinals will keep surprising people. 

Broncos at Seahawks  The Pick: Seahawks -4.5 Can’t wait to watch this one. I just cant pick against Seattle at home, especially coming off a loss. 

Chiefs at Dolphins  The Pick: Dolphins -4.5  The Chiefs aren’t good this year. 

Steelers at Panthers  The Pick: Panthers -3.5   This line needs to be 4 points higher. 

Bears at Jets  The Pick: Bears -2.5  Toss up here. The Jets look better than I thought, but I’ll play it safe and take the Bears.