Poor Philly. On the ride home tonight the radio host was reminding everyone that it is the 5-year anniversary of the Phillies winning the World Series. He started playing audio highlights from the playoff run that year, things got a bit woe is me, and I had to turn the station. When it comes to Philly sports, the fans take things pretty hard and I don’t remember morale in the city ever being so low. The professional sports teams in the city are not only mediocre at best, but the players are largely difficult to like and so are the front office personnel. I’m not even sure which franchise you would say is in the best shape, but the fact that it actually might the Sixers (a team that is built to go 12-70) tells you all you need to know. From the old Phillies, to the QB-less Eagles, to the hackneyed Flyers there hasn’t been anything to get excited about in the city for years. After spending a weekend in Boston watching World Series games, you remember how much you miss the big game atmosphere. I don’t know when the next one in Philly will be. A fact that I’m sure has every person in the world not located in Philly grinning ear-to-ear. The only way they’d be happier is if they’ve been betting our football picks…
NFL Pick ‘Em Standings:
- Big Dub, 25-14-1
- Kraft, 25-14-1
- Grossy, 23-16-1
- JCK, 19-20-1
- Nichols, 19-21
- DC, 18-20-2
The “Pulled Pork” Pick of the Week: Big Dub, Arizona (-2.5)
This was a trap game, a sucker bet if there ever was one. OH ATLANTA! Matt Ryan and stuff. What you fail to realize is that Atlanta is really, really bad this year–a bit like a southern version of the Steelers. I had all of this in my mind, but I still took Atlanta because I have an issue with the Cardinals. An allergy. It was very dumb. It should have at least made me stay away from the game–but, no. Big Dub was the only guy using his head here and it helped him surge to a 4-1 week and things are once again tied at the top. Twenty five wins out of 40 (with a push) is impressive. Period. The fact that you could be making good money by betting the picks of someone at this site is really hard for me to fathom, but it’s true.
The “Matt Barkley” Awful Pick of the Week: The Collective (sans JCK), Seattle (-11)
I really don’t think this was a bad pick, I just want to talk some more about this game. What is going on with Seattle? Does St. Louis have a pretty good defense? Because, I don’t think they do. How did the Rams not win the game outright? After all that, they could have at least pulled off the upset. Was this a trap line? Should it have been 16.5? I don’t know how many points we need to see Seattle laying on the road before we get comfortable. The Niners, in a mildly similar spot, absolutely barn-doored the Jags. I think if they play this game over 50 times, the Seahawks cover 40 of them.
3-PT D.A. of the Week: Geno “Pick” Smith.
Geno threw 2 pick6s, which at one time was like retiring with 500 home runs–automatic. Things are a bit different now, but there wasn’t an eye-popping performance to steal the show. You can read about Smith, and the total logjam of a playoff race on the D.A. page.
The Definitive, Yet Arbitrary Top-10:
- Kansas City, 8-0. I’m starting to think they’ll win a playoff game.
- Denver, 7-1. Pulled away from Washington–with ease.
- New Orleans, 7-1. Jimmy Graham is OK.
- Seattle, 7-1. Overlook the junky win.
- Cincinnati, 6-2. Hilarious win over the Jets.
- Indianapols, 5-2. Bye-Week Slippage.
- San Francisco, 6-2. When do they play Seattle again?
- New England, 6-2. Tom Brady’s hurt. It’s the hand.
- Green Bay, 5-2. Needs a quality win; receivers.
- Detroit, 5-3. All Hail Megatron.