WEEK 4 PICKS: 2011-2012

Ouch. A little worse than last week with only 9 games predicted correctly. This week’s picks are:

Detroit at Dallas- Dallas
Carolina at Chicago- Bears
Buffalo at Cincinnati- Bills
Tennessee at Cleveland- Titans
Minnesota at Kansas City- Vikes
Washington at St. Louis- Skins
New Orleans at Jacksonville- Saints
Pittsburgh at Houston- Steelers
San Francisco at Philadelphia- Eagles
NY Giants at Arizona- NO PICK
Atlanta at Seattle- Falcons
Miami at San Diego- Chargers
New England at Oakland- Pats
Denver at Green Bay- Pack
NY Jets at Baltimore- Ravens
Indianapolis at Tampa Bay- Bucs


WEEK 3 PICKS: 2011-2012

Not bad, 10 picks correct last week! If I’m really honest, I should have known the Texans would win but living in S. Fl., I had to hope the Dolphins would pull one out against them. And, I guess I should I have known that the Pats would beat the Chargers at home.

Regardless, let’s see what I can predict in Week 3. Speaking of honesty, I have to admit I am terrified of the Giants/Eagles game. As much as the Giants want to win this one since they haven’t won the past 6 against the Eagles, and the Giants blew their lead and gave up a million points the last time they played each other, I am fearful that there are just too many GIANT injuries and too many Eagles circling for Giant blood for the Giants to even hold their own. As much as I will never officially make a pick regarding the Giants, I do at least hope they can stay in the game this weekend. On that note, this weeks picks are as follows:

Houston at New Orleans- Saints
NY Giants at Philadelphia- NO PICK
Jacksonville at Carolina- Jags (should be a good game- battle of the rookie QBs)
New England at Buffalo – Patriots
Miami at Cleveland- Miami
San Francisco at Cincinnati- Bengals
Denver at Tennessee- Titans
Detroit at Minnesota- Lions
Baltimore at St. Louis- Ravens
NY Jets at Oakland- Jets
Kansas City at San Diego- Chargers
Arizona at Seattle- Seahawks
Atlanta at Tampa Bay- Falcons
Green Bay at Chicago- Packers
Pittsburgh at Indianapolis- Steelers
Washington at Dallas- Cowboys (my game of the week)


WEEK 2 PICKS: 2011-2012

Same as last year, I don’t like to make predictions on the Giants games. And especially this year, when I’m not so sure I think they will win, I will refrain from making predictions about Big Blue. With that in mind, here are my predictions for  week 2:

Kansas City at Detroit- Lions
Oakland at Buffalo- Bills
Tampa Bay at Minnesota- Vikes
Chicago at New Orleans- Saints
Baltimore at Tennessee- Ravens
Cleveland at Indianapolis- Browns
Jacksonville at NY Jets- Jets
Seattle at Pittsburgh- Steelers
Arizona at Washington- Skins
Green Bay at Carolina- Pack
Dallas at San Francisco- Cowboys
San Diego at New England- Chargers
Houston at Miami- Dolphins
Cincinnati at Denver- Broncos
Philadelphia at Atlanta- Eagles
St. Louis at NY Giants- NO PICK

Who knew Plaxico would soften my perception of Vick?

The Roger Goodell NFL likes to enforce the idea that they have classy, law-abiding, elite athletes, who as part of the elite organization that is the NFL, act with a high level of decorum; players are punished when they break the actual law, the organization’s law, when they Tweet something they shouldn’t, when they hit a player too hard, etc. And despite this high level of decorum with which everyone should act, the Roger Goodell NFL also likes to believe that ex-felons are rehabilitated and can therefore abide by the rules. And while this blog could quickly take an ugly turn towards debating the American prison system’s claim to rehabilitate, this is about Plaxico Burress.

This is about the fact that although Plaxico may or may not have had valid complaints about Tom Coughlin, his actions and comments make it obvious the “man” has no sense of personal responsibility, is an angry person, and anything he has to say shouldn’t be taken seriously. To be clear, I am not one of those Giants fans who loved Plaxico all along, calls him a hero for winning the 2008 SB, wanted him back on the team, and is now mad at him. Yes, I acknowledge he helped win the 2008 SB for the Gmen, and yes, I acknowledge he is a talented player, but since day one, with the departure of Ike Hilliard for Plax, I was apprehensive about how his off-field shenanigans would affect the team.

Throughout his career, Plaxico had a cavalier attitude towards any semblance of rules and regulations, played out by a series of outstanding traffic tickets in Florida, domestic disputes, and civil law suits, all culminating with a self-inflicted gun shot wound to the leg. Before prison, all you heard was that NY is making an example out of him, he didn’t hurt anyone else, he was being treated unfairly for who he was, etc.

It’s interesting to me that Plaxico feels that way because it seems that America loves a comeback story- a ridiculously talented and cocky athlete who had issues with authority, didn’t think rules applied to him, was caught breaking the law, serves his time in prison, apologizes, and dedicates his “new life” to repaying those he hurt. America’s sports fans want to believe that if someone is sorry (and all of a sudden no longer has a fundamental desire to kill dogs) and pays their penance, they should be forgiven.  But, when someone does all of the above, except apologize and pay penance to those he hurt, people aren’t so forgiving.

Some highlights of Plaxico’s recent comments:

“I’m like, forget support — how about some concern?” Burress said. “I did just have a bullet in my leg. And then I sat in his office, and he pushed back his chair and goes, ‘I’m glad you didn’t kill anybody!’ Man, we’re paid too much to be treated like kids. He doesn’t realize that we’re grown men and actually have kids of our own.” He also told the magazine that Coughlin is “not a real positive coach.” (CBS Sports)

If this isn’t anything but a whiny, self-entitled, mad-at-the-world-rant from a man-child, then I don’t know what is. He is mad at Coughlin for treating him like a child? Then don’t act like one! What adult, what MAN, shoots HIMSELF in the leg, then gets mad that his boss is glad no one else was hurt? YOU DID IT TO YOURSELF! No one shot you, no one forced you to bring an illegal weapon (in NY) into the nightclub, and no one forced you to go out to a place where you felt you needed to pack heat for protection in the first place.

Then, to make things even better, he expresses his anger with Eli Manning for not being more supportive of him and coming to visit while in prison. “I was always his biggest supporter, even days he wasn’t on, ’cause I could sense he didn’t have thick skin,” Burress said. “Then I went away, and I thought he would come see me, but nothing, not a letter, in two years. I don’t want to say it was a slap in the face, but I thought our relationship was better than that.”(CBS Sports)

So not only does he want his coach to feel nothing but sorrow for him, but he is upset one of the league’s top QBs (after the SB win), who still plays in NY and has a squeaky-clean Manning family image, isn’t visiting him in prison? It wasn’t bad enough he took down Pierce with him that night, it wasn’t bad enough he left Eli without a go to WR, but now, he wants sympathy from more of the team?

My angry point is that Plaxico’s “misfortune” was all brought on by himself. To all the Giants fans who wanted Plax back, be thankful he is gone. Be thankful he wants to play for Rex Ryan who, “…when their player makes a mistake, they take ’em to the side and say, ‘We’ll get ’em next time…'” Does Plaxico not understand that he didn’t just bungle a route or have an incomplete pass where Coach could say, “shake it off”?

It’s one thing to come out of prison and say, “I really messed up, I really made a mistake, and I really want to change and show everyone I’m different.” the way Michael Vick did (forget whether or not I agree he really is a changed man, that is an entirely different topic and based on my previous comment, I am sure you can figure out my stance). It’s another thing for a player to leave prison and say,”I was a human pincushion; they were like, ‘Yeah, we finally got you, mother——‘” he said. “On the cover of the New York Post, it said ‘GIANT IDIOT!’ and I’m thinking, ‘Damn, I went and gave ’em what they wanted. I’m just another gun-toting, famous black athlete.’ ” (ESPN.com)

The article goes on to say that, “While in prison, Burress started to realize that he wasn’t just a victim, that he had chosen to take the gun into the club and…had to do things differently.” Yet his next quote (to the fans) is, “What are you doing now?…You still mad at your job? You still angry about your life? ‘Cause I’m back living my life and enjoying my family while you’re still doing the same thing… people who can’t forgive me should look in a mirror because what, they never made a mistake?”

So back to Vick- he came out of prison and basically said (through his actions), “You know what, I was the example athlete who came from a certain culture where dog-fighting is OK and I want to change that for other people so they see I made a mistake.” Whether court-mandated or not, he contributes towards the prevention of animal cruelty, has become a serious leader who studies the playbook, and is seemingly humbled in all of his interviews.

So you know what, Plaxico? You are right. You are back living your life, doing the exact same thing you did before-pointing fingers, blaming everyone else for your own actions, sounding like an angry child who has no concept of the correlation between actions and consequences. You are not taking it upon yourself to be the poster child for anti-gun violence or gun safety, you are not doing anything differently than before.

I’m not sure if it’s that Vick has a better PR rep than Plaxico, but I never thought I’d be so angry with another player’s attitude, that I’d use Vick as an example of “how to come out of prison and look like a winner”.

Week 14: Picks

Week 13 was a success with 13/16 correct predictions! This week’s picks are:

Colts, Bills, Steelers, Pack, Giants, Bucs, Falcons, Raiders, Seahawks, Saints, Jets, Cards, Chiefs, Pats, Eagles, Ravens

Games of the Week: Colts/Titans probably means the most as far as division games (Yes the Jets/Fish and Chiefs/Chargers play too) and a must win for the Colts but as far as excitement, the Eagles/Cowboys NFC East games always make for a good show as well as the Bears/Pats since both teams are doing well.

Week 8: Picks

We did a little better this past week than the previous one- 8 correct! Predictions this week are:

Lions, Cowboys, Dolphins, Chiefs, Rams, Broncos, Jets, Titans, Bucs, Patriots, Oakland, Steelers, Colts

Game of the week: Steelers vs. New Orleans. Some call the Steelers the best team in the NFL and the Saints are the defending World Champs but you wouldn’t know it by looking at last week’s game. Can they redeem themselves?

Week 7: Picks

Well, last week wasn’t so hot for our predictions. We only nailed 5 correctly. Here’s hoping for week 7:

Cincinnati at Atlanta (Atlanta)
Washington at Chicago (Redskins)
St. Louis at Tampa Bay (Rams)
San Francisco at Carolina (49ers)
Buffalo at Baltimore (Ravens)
Philadelphia at Tennessee (Eagles)
Jacksonville at Kansas City (Chiefs)
Pittsburgh at Miami (Steelers)
Cleveland at New Orleans (Saints)
Arizona at Seattle (Seahawks)
New England at San Diego (Pats)
Oakland at Denver (Broncos)
Minnesota at Green Bay (Green Bay)
New York Giants at Dallas

Notice I left the last game blank- I don’t want to jinx the winning streak of the Giants!

However, there are two games of the week:
Giants vs. Cowboys
Minnesota vs. Green Bay

Both are bitter rivals and in each game one of the teams is desperate to keep their season alive (Dallas and MN).