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Nit Picks Week 13: It’s Gotta Stop

1. I think that it is about time for me to swear off of bashing Roger Goodell. I have ponded keys on the subject over and over again, but I’m just over it. He sucks. It is what it is.

2. Having said that, he will probably do something else stupid and I’ll relapse like that. I give it 30 days.

3. Boston College is America’s team today. Florida State NEEDS to lose. I can’t take it anymore.  Can’t do it.  They need to be stopped.

4. I somehow just figured out that Boise has a home and home against Florida State in 2019-20. I was super pumped at first and I think I want to go to Tally, but then I realized that I’ll be 30 and I got depressed. Whatever.

5. 7-3 last week. 66-55 on the year.

The Picks:

.I. BC (+17) over FSU

Florida State really hasn’t blown many teams out.

.II. Ole Miss (-3) over Arkansas

.III. Arizona (+5) over Utah

.IV. Notre Dame (-3) over Louisville

.V. Virginia (+4) over Miami

.VI. Colorado (+33.5) over Oregon

.VII. Mizzu (+6) over Tennessee

.VIII. Washington (-7) over Oregon State

.IX. Fresno State (+8) over Nevada

.X. Cowboys (-3) over Giants

Shake-It-Off

Nit Picks

1. I neglected to write a NitPicks column this week, so to make it up to you, I have embedded that new Taylor Swift video.

“Boys only want love if it’s torture”… yeah okay Taylor 

I’m gonna post this now to get on record before the early games, but I may update later. Who knows.

Here are the picks:

.I. Minnesota (+14) over Ohio State

.II. Georgia Tech (+3) over Clemson

.III. South Carolina (+7) over Florida

.IV. Georgia (-2) over Auburn

.V. Utah (+8.5) over Stanford

.VI. LSU over Arkansas

.VII. Florida State (-3) over Miami

Puke. But that number is tiny.

.VIII. Seahawks (-1) over Chiefs

.IX. Lions over Cardinals

.X. Patriots (+3) over Colts

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Nit Picks Week 10: Just the Picks

I messed up.  I’m not going to get a column in this week.  Here are the picks:

(Last Week, 7-3, 50-41 on the year)

1. ECU (-7.5) over Temple

2. UNC (+14.5) over Miami

3. Washington (-4) over Colorado

4. Georgia (-4) over Florida

5. Auburn (+1.5) over Miss St.

6. Oklahoma State (+13) over Kansas State

7. Cal vs. Oregon OVER 67 (And Cal +4.5, unofficially)

8. Utah (+6.5) over ASU

9. Eagles (-2) over Texans

10. Cowboys (-3) over Cards

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NitPicks Week 9: Getting Some

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  1. This is a comparative down week in college football. There are just two matchups between top 25 teams, and one of those four teams probably shouldn’t be ranked. Having said that Ole Miss going down to the Bayou to take on the Tigers at night is the toughest test on the schedule for any of the contenders. USC/Utah is the other one and…I mean….great, I guess. Whatever.  Other than that, if there is going to be any movement in the playoff picture in advance of the first rankings, it is going to have to come from a rival stepping up, like Penn State against Ohio State, Michigan against Michigan State, any of the SEC games (Kentucky? South Carolina?) I’m sure it will be great, and that college football will happen (upsets, basically), but it lacks the marquee matchups that we had the past few weekends.
  2. I don’t trust the Champions’ League. I enjoy picking the Premier League games, and even some other domestic league games, but for whatever reason (I’d like to think it isn’t just because I don’t really know soccer, although it’s definitely because I don’t really know soccer), the Champions League games seem like a crapshoot for me. It’s too bad, since it gives you some mid-weekday action to work with, but it just isn’t worth it because I always lose, so I stay away.
  3. It is time for your weekly “OHMIGODTHECOWBOYSAREGOOD!’ post. This week: we have a chance to go to 7-1, and we get to do it against…Colt McCoy! That’s the good news. The bad news is that it’s going to suck when we go 1-7 for the rest of the season after that to inevitably finish at 8-8, because even when they look like the best team in the league, that’s what the Cowboys do. Still, though, may as well enjoy it while it lasts! HOW BOUT THEM COWBOYS!
  4. I had my laptop fall off a table and break this week, and now I need to find a way to transfer content from the old hard drive to my new computer. I don’t even have a joke/point/complaint here. I just desperately need my school outlines, and I’m hoping someone can tell me how to do this. Okaythanks.
  5. So out of AJ McCarron, Johnny Manziel, Aaron Murray and Connor Shaw. I, for one am excited to see all four of them get a shot in the pros and to see how many can make it. So with that in mind, the first rookie SEC quarterback to start an NFL game in 2014 will be…oh goddammit. It’s Zach Mettenberger. Was he even good at LSU? His biggest career win was 6-3 against Bama in 2012. Sick job dude. Seriously, the SEC sent four STUDS into the NFL last year, and we end up with the Cajun (but not really because I guess he is from Georgia) Curt Cousins under center before any of them. The lesson here is clear: projecting rookie quarterbacks first year performance is basically pointless.
  6. I miss Johnny. Not even so much in that I wish they would put him in in Cleveland. I miss Saturday Johnny.  I knew I would and I wrote about it last year, but yeah.  I do. I miss this Johnny:

  1. Ever since I wrote about how college is where the logical picks are, and that there is no real advantage to any of the NFL lines, I have been crushing NFL games. I’m petrified to even type this, as it inevitably means that my NFL picks will now go to hell, but that’s a hit that I will have to take in the name of content for you, the reader. For instance, last week I got crushed in college (see below), but doubled down on the Cowboys and Cardinals (favorites, what’s up), and ended up breaking even. The lesson, as always: fickle bunch, the gambling gods.
  2. I was ready to pick the Chargers (+9) on the road tonight. That’s a ton of points for a really good team, and I’m still tempted to do it, but when I started to write it up, my justification was ‘but really they probably lose by 30.’ I think it’s fair to say that I am in my own head. Either way, I’m picking the Chargers tonight for monopoly money purposes, but I’m not going to throw it in the picks, mainly because these Thursday night games are so sloppy that a 9 point cover feels like a field goal.
  3. I got killed last week, which is what I get for making 10 college football picks while I was riding a stationary bike at 8:00 AM after being out late the night before. At least I got them in, though. This week, I need to bounce back, so I’m putting more time in the picks, and actually including some NFL games. 4-6 last week, but still 43-38 on the year.

The PICKS!

I. UConn (+28) over ECU

We have reached the saturation point with ECU.  Their offense is great, but they are getting a little more love than they probably deserve, and UConn is just notterrible enough to keep it within a few scores.

II. Cal (+19) over Oregon

Cal has the offense to be competitive in every game.  Oregon has been great with a healthy line, but I think that Cal will push them.

III. Boise State (-7) over BYU

BYU’s intimidation factor minus Taysom Hill is approximately zero. 

IV. TCU (-23) over Texas Tech

Hey, Kliff Kingsbury is awesome and charismatic and we love him! His team couldn’t stop a nosebleed.  They suck.  Lay the points.

V.  West Virginia (+1) over Oklahoma State

Call your guy and tell him you don’t need his charity. West Virginia wins outright. Not that this is a bold prediction what with a 1 point line but still.

VI. Arizona (-2.5) over Washington State

Arizona is a missed field goal away from being undefeated. Washington State is 2-5/Washington State.  This line is nonsense.  Book it while you can.

VII. South Carolina (-19) over Auburn

I don’t see SC getting an upset at Jordan-Haare, but that’s a ton of wiggle room.

VIII. Oregon State (+13) over Stanford

13 points is a big ask of an offense that has been downright inept at times. 

IX. Seahawks (-6) over Panthers

I’ve said many times that Seattle isn’t the same team away from Seattle, but I will take the defending champs with (one would think) a fire lit under them over a supremely average Carolina team.

X. Packers (Pick) over Saints

Saints are 2-0 at home but the Packers are rolling.

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Jeanie Buss Calling Anyone Who Doesn’t Want to Play With Kobe a ‘Loser’ Is Laker Arrogance/Delusion 101

ESPN- Lakers president Jeanie Buss has a message for any player who doesn’t want to play with Kobe Bryant: good riddance.

“Any free agent that would be afraid to play with Kobe Bryant is probably a loser, and I’m glad they wouldn’t come to the team,” Buss said during a “SportsCenter” interview Thursday.

Lakers president Jeanie Buss flatly denied reports that the Lakers have had trouble finding top-level players willing to play with Kobe Bryant.

Buss was asked to comment on an ESPN The Magazine feature published earlier in the week, in which several agents and NBA personnel — including Lakers insiders — said that L.A. has been unable to attract top talent in free agency because players don’t want to work with Bryant.

“I read the story,” Buss said Thursday. “I don’t agree with any of it. If there is somebody that’s on our payroll who is saying things like that, I’ll soon get to the bottom of it, and they won’t be working for us anymore.”

In fact, Buss has a warning for all of Bryant’s detractors: “I have no doubt that Kobe will make people regret ever saying” those comments, she said.

Jeanie Buss is an idiot.  The arrogance that she showed in responding to the (correct) assertion that Kobe is holding the Lakers hostage was disgusting and has to make an outside observer very excited for the years of upcoming futility that the Lakers are almost unquestionably facing. Saying, as Buss did that anyone who doesn’t want to play with Kobe is a loser is one of the most delusional and arrogant statements in recent memory. Kobe a regressing, injury prone almost-40 year old who’s contract has crippled the Lakers ability to build around him and who dominates the ball despite his diminished skill set. And everyone hated playing with him when he was good.

But definitely. If you don’t want to get involved with that, LOSER!

I can’t wait until she does conduct that particular investigation,  only to find out that her roster consists of Swaggy P, who’s more concerned with his beef with Snoop, Julius Randle, a rookie, Steve Nash, who is ON RECORD as saying that he is just trying to get his and Jeremy Lin, who is Jeremy Lin.

Usually I wouldn’t bother getting fired up about an NBA story, but this was so breathtakingly dumb that I had to say something.  Dr. Buss isn’t running this team anymore, and his kids seem to have little of any of his savvy for the NBA.   With a former superstar (two, actually) sinking the ship, and an owner who is placing blind loyalty over reason, the purple and gold arrogance will soon come home to roost, and it will be fun to watch.

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NitPicks: On the Road

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1. A week ago in this space I told you, the loyal reader that I would be headed to Boise for the Broncos tilt with the Fresno State Bulldogs, but I promised a NitPicks in some form from the road. Indeed, I’m writing this very intro on the notes ap of my phone as we approach PDX, because I refuse to let travel or a lack of Internet get in the way of this column. You’re welcome.

2. This has nothing to do with anything but I have a unique relationship with Portland. I’ve never really been there but I fly through all the time, so from the air I know it well. It’s probably the city I’ve been to physically the most times without ever actually having visited there. It looks beautiful, very Central European from the air, anyways, although I’ve never actually seen the sun while in Oregon.

3. On to actual football: like I said in headed to Boise right now to watch the game tonight. Ice never actually gotten in a plane before just to watch a sporting event, and while I’m going to see friends as well, without the game I probably wouldn’t be headed up. It isn’t like it is a barn burner of a matchup, either. Frssno has rebounded in the past couple of weeks, but it isn’t their strongest team and whatever excuses, optimisms and expectations I may have, this is a Boise team with two losses. Still, I consider myself a die hard Boise State fan, and that means that if I have a chance, I should go to a game. Granted, this is a pretty liberal definition of ‘chance': I’m hopping on a plane, ignoring the rest of my life and missing 3 key games for the hockey team I coach (not to mention a Vegas road trip with the team- sorry boys, give em hell), but it’s well worth it to make sure I get to see the Blue in person at least once this year.

4. I’m absolutely surrounded by Ducks fans on the way to the Washington game in Eugene on this San Jose to Portland flight. They seem like nice people so I’ll keep my thoughts on the program to myself.

5. I could never have envisioned being this fired up about the Cowboys. Competitive would have been a great showing in Seattle. To get the win was unbelievable.

6. I had a Boise based flight crew from SJ to Portland. Good sign/start. Even got a ‘go Broncos’ from the pilot.

7. If Tally actually does boycott GameDay for negative reporting by ESPN…screw them. Gameday is a privilege and if the showing is lackluster then I hope they never go back. It isn’t ESPNs fault your qb can’t stop being an idiot.

8. I’ve heard that Portland was big on the soccer European foot hockey, but that was no joke. Been here for 20 minutes and I’ve seen 3 Timbers jerseys. Good on em.

9. I don’t get why everyone complains about it. I like flying.

10. The picks. The right sides. Cash money. Winnings. Let’s go.

I. Minnesota -13 over Purdue

II. Baylor -8.5 over West Virginia

III. Oklahoma -7.5 over K-State

IV. Virginia +4 over Duke

V. Cal +7 over UCLA

VI. Boston College +5.5 over Clemson

VII. Georgia -3.5 over Arkansas

VIII. Colorado +21.5 over USC

IX. Mizzu +5.5 over Florida

X. Washington +21 over Oregon

6-4 last week, 38-32 on the campaign.

Shake-It-Off

Confession: My Entertainment Schedule has been Embarrassing.

I have a confession to make.  I’m not super proud of this, but I feel like I should get it off of my chest.

I’ve been pretty busy the past few days, so I haven’t had a ton of time for entertainment, but when I have, Shake it Off has been on repeat. (I was a little late to the party on this one, so I’m making up for lost time)

I also mixed in Ugly Heart a lot.  That song is volcanic.  Not sure how it isn’t bigger:

Apart from that I watched the end of the Giants game (and made a Giants fan mad when I told her that I didn’t care about  the G’s, I just wanted to see Bryce Harper hit another one off of Saturn) and then watched my new show:

Tonight, it is the Sharks game, and then I’ll probably watch Nashville live, pushing South Park to the DVR.

I don’t know.  I have nothing to say for myself.  It is what it is.  I’m on to Cincinnati.

(And by Cincinnati I mean an ALL NEW NASHVILLE! tonight after the Sharks game).