There’s a shot of Sixers’ rookie K.J. McDaniels. If you are unfamiliar with the burgeoning superstar, you have a lot of company. I remembered the Sixers drafted McDaniels, but I’ve gotten to know him well during my brief foray into daily NBA fantasy leagues. That’s right. I’ve been playing NBA daily leagues. For real money. Very, very little money, but real money. It may seem like a strange place to find an NBA-hater like myself, but what better way to come charging back into the sport when the Sixers are sitting on that donut like a mother hen?
So, how are things going? I’ve come to tell you to NOT play in NBA daily leagues unless you are SOMEWHAT familiar with the NBA. The setup makes these games seem easy to win. All you have to do is finish in the top-half of some games and you essentially double your money. I figured at such low stakes a good quarter of the field would just be throwing their money away. NOPE. The world is full of NBA grinders. Geniuses. You just don’t encounter them on a daily basis, because, you know, the NBA is awful and no one speaks of its existence.
The fans, and the experts are out there by the thousands, though. And, they are putting a beatdown on me. For the most part, I’m getting killed–not even sniffing the money, and when I get close, some unforeseen disaster derails my hopes. Such was the case with Mr. McDaniels up there. I happened to harness McDaniels for his best game of the season a few days back. It was a ton of points at VALUE. I should have been in good shape, but then your starting point guard gets out to a 40 point lead and doesn’t play the second half. That’s all it takes. In daily NBA leagues you must bat 1.000. STAY AWAY.
NFL Pick ‘EM Standings:
- Big Dub, 29-21
- DC, 29-21
- Grossy, 32-28
- Kraft, 32-32-1
- Nichols, 29-30-1
We’ve got a real shot for everyone to be over .500 this year, which has never, EVER happened. Hopefully everyone locks it down for the last four weeks.
The “Hahahaha Tony Romo” Pick of the Week: Grossy, St. Louis (-7)
Anyone have the Rams (-51.5)? Good gracious. As I said, this was a bad spot for the Raiders. They were coming off their Super Bowl. The Rams have been playing a bit better football. The game spiraled like nothing I’ve seen, though. When Matt Schaub comes in and throws a quick pick-6, just for NOSTALGIA, you know you are watching history. Just an incredible, incredible blowout. And, they say there is parity in the NFL.
The “Golf Season’s Over” Awful Pick of the Week: Nichols NYG (-2.5)
As the Giants figured out a way to lose to the Jags (you don’t just go into Jacksonville and win), I was talking to someone about what I would do if I was Tom Coughlin. Coughlin is going to get aggressively fired at the end of this season. I don’t think there is much doubt about that. He’s spent the last decade almost getting fired. At his age I’m not sure he’ll get or want another head coaching opportunity. Why torture yourself over the last month. I wouldn’t have gotten on the plane back to NY. Just quit and fly to Aruba or something. Remove yourself from the stink.
The 3PT D.A. of the Week: Colin Kaepernick
Plenty of good, if not overwhelming choices this week. Romo, Geno, the Raiders, but Kaepernick is responsible for the Seahawks getting their defensive momentum back. A few weeks ago this wasn’t the same defense if you listened to anyone. Now? Coming together just in time, baby! Battling for the division lead isn’t a great time to go 16/29 for 121 yards and 2 INTs, but that’s just what Colin did. Maybe it’s time to add a D.A. tattoo to the collection.
The Definitive, Yet Arbitrary, NFL Top-10:
- Green Bay, 9-3. Rodgers last INT at home? 2012.
- New England, 9-3. Showed some fight.
- Denver, 9-3. Closed the buffet early on Reid.
- Philadelphia, 9-3. Shady’s back.
- Seattle, 8-4. NFC looking decent all of a sudden.
- Indianapolis, 8-4. Not a playoff threat.
- Cincinnati, 8-3-1. The 2014 Bengals: Win, no Cover.
- Dallas, 8-4. Trending down.
- San Diego, 8-4. Did not know they had 8 wins.
- Arizona, 9-3. Could miss the playoffs.