And the Pulitzer Prize for Photography for All Time goes to …

by Cleveland Frowns on November 30, 2012

We interrupt your regularly scheduled Cheddar Bay reality football open thread because look, no more photography Pulitzers after this one:

Congratulations to whomever it was from the AP who took this photo, which also captures what someone is going to look like on Cheddar Bay when The Prohibitive Favorite vaults at least 24 places in the standings over the next five weeks to secure one of 11 playoff spots, so be ready.

The All Play for this week is Alabama -7 v. Georgia, the rest of the week’s point spreads are here, this is your Cheddar Bay open thread through Monday and we’ll be back on Sunday for Browns/Raiders. Hope everyone’s weekend gets off to a decent start in the meantime.

  • http://www.clevelandfrowns.com/ Cleveland Frowns

    Also, seriously, who has a copy of the Brad Daugherty Working Man poster: http://akroncanton.craigslist.org/wan/3355639923.html

    • Wiseoldredbeard

      The “artist’s rendition” of that poster is hilarious. FWIW, I did some intensive searching for about 15 minutes and couldn’t get as much as a whif of this poster ever having existed. I did, however, get nostalgic.

      • http://www.clevelandfrowns.com/ Cleveland Frowns

        I can’t get over how this thing has been wiped from existence. I had one hanging in my old apartment for 5 years and have no idea where it is today. I know that one of my friends has a picture of it somewhere that I’m hoping he can dig up.

        • coachie ballgames

          don’t get yer hopes up. i feel like even if i find the pic it’s not gonne be super clear. it was the 90s, pre-digital yo.
          maybe you could have a contest for best re-creation of it.

          • http://www.clevelandfrowns.com/ Cleveland Frowns

            HA. Thanks, Coach. The internet has been fixed so that there is finally a photo of the Brad Daugherty Working Man poster on it: https://twitter.com/ClevelandFrowns/status/274923145738194945

          • Kamov

            Someone call Brad Daugherty – tell him to get in costume!

        • Beeej

          I can get you a David Robinson “Center of Attention,” and a Tim Couch Bobble head.

        • http://www.clevelandfrowns.com/ Cleveland Frowns

          I emailed the photo to the Craigslist guy. He was pumped. He’s going to let us know if he ever gets his hands on the actual poster.

        • Cranky M

          I’ll sell somebody my multitude of Mark Price posters for $100/each.

  • FSOhioZjackson

    Kansas + 20 at WVU

    Bengals -1.5 at SD

    All play: Georgia + 7

    Nevada +9.5 vs. Boise

    Essay: HAWAII -6 vs. South Alabama

    Timmy Chang isn’t tall enough to ride roller coasters or eligible to walk through that door, and Hawaii has won two games. One over a i-AA team and one over UNLV. Here comes a combination of a I-AA team and UNLV, a two-win South Alabama, transitional I-A squad that hasn’t played within a touchdown of anybody since beating Florida Atlantic on Oct. 20.

    Here’s what I can tell you about the less-than-mighty Jaguars. They’re 2-10, they’ve lost four straight, they have failed to cover four straight and here comes a 13th game in a different part of the dadgum world, not the Sun Belt region. The vacation is lovely. Playing another game? Not so much.

    Hawaii is terrible, too; one of the worst teams in the country. But it’s Norm Chow’s first year, and of late Hawaii fought like crazy to cover in the snow at Air Force then blitzed Coach Tark and the Runnin Rebs last week. Something to play for? Maybe. But momentum is on this terrible team’s s side, the long trips for bloody beatdowns from BYU and the like are over, and here’s a chance for a team that’s been playing for next year for a while to put together an actual win streak for next year.

    Sign me up. I’d sign up for -16.

    I’ve been wrong before, and I might be wrong again, but this is one of my favorite plays EVER. Considering I’m really old and have following this stuff since 2nd grade, that’s saying something.

    • http://www.clevelandfrowns.com/ Cleveland Frowns

      Win or lose, this is what Cheddar Bay is all about.

    • BIKI024

      FWIW, SOAL is one of my “system” plays that have gone 28-16 on the season, 64%. Proceed with caution.

      CHEDDAR PLAYS:
      ALL PLAY: Bama -7

      SOAL +6
      UCF +2
      NMST +13
      WISC +3

      Essay: Clownies. When is Cheddar line being posted on this??

    • http://www.clevelandfrowns.com/ Cleveland Frowns

      Welp, put me in for a lonely slice of cheese on the MACtion Jackson degenerate special, Hawaii -6. The only logical response to that Bama loss.

    • ChuckKoz

      i love this pick. made it my money pick before reading this, but was not terribly confident. now i am.

      and after thinking this was not on TV, it is on Time Warner Sports Cable Channel (otherwise known as the new lakers network). DTV channel 691

    • http://www.clevelandfrowns.com/ Cleveland Frowns

      Give me the Redskins over the Giants please to round out my slate.

  • mrickman

    Georgia +7 #godawgs
    Oklahoma -6.5 vs. TCU
    Cincy -5 vs. UCONN
    OK State -4 vs. Baylor
    Chi Bears -4

    ESSAY:
    FSU -14 vs. GT

    Oh boy, the ACC. Ride with it, die with it, I guess. So this week is as good as any to push my chips in the middle with the trainwreck of a conference I’m affiliated with. The manner in which Georgia Tech backed their way into the ACC Championship is everything that is great and terrible about college football. The Yellow Jackets had to ask for a waiver to even be bowl eligible if/when they lose the title game because a loss would keep them out of a bowl (they were approved, thanks to the ever benevolent honor of the cash grab sponsored by NetZero and Beef O’ Brady’s).

    How can I put this delicately: the Rambling Wreck are a disaster. They’ve all but mutinied on Paul Johnson (who would probably be fired if GT wasn’t so strapped for cash because they’ll be paying Paul Hewitt for about another 10 years — also side note can you believe the fired Chan Gailey is STILL an NFL head coach? Yeah, me neither. #ChanGailey4Colorado), and their defense is a mess. There have been flashes from QB Vad Lee (a one-time Wake Forest prospect), but he’s not ready to shoulder the load.

    The option doesn’t work against relatively strong opponents who know it’s coming. As a change-of-pace, sure. As a gameplan against an over-aggressive scheme. Definitely. But throughout the whole year without a backup plan? Not possible.

    FSU may have laid an egg aside from one inspired quarter against Florida, but too much is on the line expectation-wise for this team not to win and cover. And if GT pulls out a miracle, then the laughter from homesteads all over ACC country will be enough to carry whatever points I lose in this one.

    • p_forever

      ga tech may be a mess now, but i will always love watching games in that cozy stadium nestled in midtown, and i will always love they way they revel in their enginerd-ness (witness their brilliant fight song) and in that and every way prove themselves superior to their instate rival in athens, and i will always love reggie ball, and the way his story ended is super sad.

      of course you’re right about the option, btw.

  • ChuckKoz

    I will take UCLA +8.5 tonight

  • Dennis Hemingway

    Please give me Northern Illinois -6 over Kent St as my first play of the week. I’m leaning Stanford for another beat down on UCLA but I’m holding off on that for now.

  • http://www.redright88.com/ Tom_RedRight88

    Alabama -7 for the all play

    Kent State +6 for the essay pick.

    I submit this as my essay: http://tinyurl.com/cz5oykd

    Rest of the picks TBD

    • http://www.clevelandfrowns.com/ Cleveland Frowns

      Nice. There’s this, too, from Mr. Jackson. http://www.foxsportsohio.com/11/30/12/A-seminal-moment-for-the-MAC/landing.html?blockID=828331&feedID=8889

      I don’t ever want to go to Detroit, but when I do, it’s because of #MACtion.

      • GrandRapidsRustlers

        Both of these are great articles.

        It pains me from Akron to see any kind of success from Kent but deep down I admit it’s pretty damn cool. Just like the Flashes run to the College World Series this year.

        I am going to go take a hot shower now and pretend that I did not just put that on the Internet forever.

        • http://www.redright88.com/ Tom_RedRight88

          But you have Bowden Ball! Which may actually look pretty good depending on which direction Kent goes after Hazell’s inevitable departure.

          And thanks.

      • mo_by_dick

        I recall you posting an article containing at least one other compelling reasons to visit Detroit.

  • GrandRapidsRustlers

    Week 14 Picks

    Falcons (W)

    Special Conference Championship Edition

    All-Play

    Georgia (+7) over Alabama – There is just something off about Alabama and a strange focus from the Bulldogs.

    Nebraska (-3) over Wisconsin – Sweet shit…can we get Rutgers in here on 48 hours rest for one of these teams.

    GA Tech (+14) over FSU – Every year there is one championship game that stuns you. Reading the news today you would have thought GA Tech was already 6-7.

    Stanford (-8.5) over UCLA – Stanford: The team no one would want any part of in a 16 team playoff right now.

    Essay Pick

    #MACtion

    Still not trademarked.

    I present to you two different stat lines:

    QB A – 3419 YDS Passing 24/8, 1181 Rushing 19 TD
    QB B – 2750 YDS Passing 23/4, 1611 Rushing 16 TD

    The first one gets to go to NY and may just win the Heisman. The second one gets to entertain America on Friday night. I fully understand that Manziel was doing his work in the SEC but can the mouthbreathers down south pause for just a minute and realize that your top heavy conference has teams like Auburn, Tennessee, Kentucky, Arkansas.

    Jordan Lynch belongs in NY. Northern Illinois may not make the BCS game this year…but next year…with Lynch as a senior.

    Love the Huskies tonight.

    NIU (-6) over Kent

    • p_forever

      i don’t think it’s “strange focus” from georgia, it’s just strange that this year georgia is, actually, a very good team (which is a real rarity, even though georgia likes to pretend it’s some sort of traditional powerhouse or something). **that said, herschel walker is amazing, and almost makes up for ga’s shortfalls all by himself (*almost*). hahaha – i like that heisman commercial in which he belittles leinart too.

      • GrandRapidsRustlers

        Those heisman ads are great but as a sad Colorado fan I will not be happy until a couple players drive down to the corner to buy weed from Rashaan Salaam.

  • nj0

    Tomlin looks like he just watched a pack of wild dogs tear apart a baby.

    • actovegin1armstrong

      nj0,
      Please take another Alprazolam.

  • actovegin1armstrong

    Kent State +6

    Stanford -8.5

    *All Play Alabama -7 *

    KSU -11.5 over Texas

    West Virginia -20

    Broncos -7 over Tampa Bay fancy pirates Arrrrgh! ****essay****

    Peyton Manning gets more working knowledge of his respective supporting cast with every game and Tampa Bay has a secondary that oftentimes looks like they lost a pop-up in the sun at their first little league game.

    I shall ignore the fact that Denver looked bad last week against that High School team they were playing and that they lost their Running Back.

    That High School Team played well at times and virtually any running back can look successful in the Bronco’s scheme, so it is time once again for No-Sean to shine.

    Tampa Bay also lost some guy that oftentimes pays well in the secondary to a “substance issue”. He may have been the Wright man to lead Tampa Bay’s passing defense, but the world may never know.

    I am surprised the line is only-7.

  • p_forever

    i’ve got all but one pick puzzled out – here they are, sans that one and sans the essay (which is coming soon) -

    ***stanford -8.5 UCLA

    kent +6 NIU

    alabama -7 ga

    oklahoma -6.5 TCU

    and ravens over stillers

    • p_forever

      why put off until tomorrow what you can do today? i love getting the cheddar bay money pick early in the week(end). LOVE IT. i super plan on getting it again this week. here’s why:

      stanford stanford stanford. i like this stanford football team a lot, especially when they are not *almost* beating nd. that’s probably because they play like nd does. post andrew luck, stanford’s d sets the pace for the rest of the team. they have a really, really good front 7. the sort that can completely dominate a line of scrimmage, which they will do tonight (again) when playing against UCLA’s young o-line. stanford’s offense – like nd’s – isn’t the splashy, fast, oregon-esque type that crushes opposing teams with just too much scoring. which means that, in theory, if UCLA can avoid turnovers and play excellent run defense (because stanford will run run run all night), they can compete (or even win) this game. but UCLA won’t do either. UCLA is young and inconsistent and their quarterback, while talented, also tends toward bad, risky decisions when harassed (which he will be). stanford, on the other hand, is seasoned and simply doesn’t rattle. this seems particularly true post-andrew luck (oh and post nunes – hogan is very steady) – then they relied on luck to be brilliant; now they know they don’t need him to win. oh – stanford also knows that they pretty much always beat UCLA. well – actually they sort of always crush UCLA. tonight will be just another day at the salt mine for stanford, and they’ll get it done in non-fancy, yet extremely effective, style.

  • D Quatts

    D Quatts

    Hawaii -6

    Dennis, Inc.

  • CLEVTA

    Pretty positive i lead this pool in bad beats. that SD loss last week was a killer. Rewarding those that took Balt sickens me. They had no business covering. I’m using my iPhone on this and can’t seen to find/ope. This weeks lines do if you can help that would be great.
    1. saints -loser
    2. UCLA: tough to beat same team b2b weeks by dd. 5pm local start for Stanford. I was just in Palo Alto and trust me nobody cares about football, it’s so tech tech tech.
    3. Nebraska
    4. Baylor
    5. Georgia (all play)- hate hate hate this. Aaron Murray is awful in big games. Loss of Kenny Bell is big for Bama + good QBs have had success throwing against them. Hold my nose on this one

    • https://twitter.com/jimkanicki jimkanicki

      ahem… pretty positive you do not lead the cheddar in bad beats. however, we do share that ncst game in week 5 which is surely a top 5 in this category.

      and i only lost money last nite but… was that not a fumble return for TD/cover with 2 mins left?

      fwiw, frowns holds down the all-time worst bad beat. i want to say he had usc +7.5 and stanford managed a late OT, got ball first, TD, went for 2 got it, and usc fumbled on their OT bid. believe that was an essay pick for him too. truly horrendous. (fwiw, this year’s worst beat — and harbinger for my year — is the usf/nevada game in week two.)

      • GrandRapidsRustlers

        Myself and a couple of others here win the 2nd place trophy last year for that intentional safety by Spurrier that cost me an essay pick. I’m still mad at South Carolina for that one.

        That USC/Stanford game was crazy to watch the reactions of people on Twitter as the game progressed thru the OT periods.

        • CLEVTA

          Don’t worry just some hyperbole from me

        • zarathustra

          I didn’t have it for cheddarbay but I had money on it and I swear if I live to be 105 I will remember Connor Shaw running out of the back of his own endzone as time expired.

  • stkoran

    Oklahoma -6.5 over TCU
    Panthers -3 over Chiefs
    Middle Tennessee St. +10 over Arkansas St.
    Oklahoma St. -4 over Baylor

    * Alabama -7 over Georgia

    * Bears -4 over Seahawks

    Bears are 5-1 at home this year. Seattle is 1-5 on the road. The Bears only home loss was to the excellent Texans in a game where Cutler left due to injury. The Seahawks lone road win was against a Panthers squad that was in the midst of a five game losing streak. Last week, coming off their bye, the Seahawks went to Miami to play a Dolphins team that had lost three in a row, including a blowout loss to a bad Titans team, as well as a loss to Buffalo. They promptly lost. Now they have to head back east for the second week in a row, this time against a much better opponent in a much tougher place to play. Seattle wasn’t able to get anything going on the ground last week against the Dolphins and things won’t be any easier against the Bears ridiculously good defense. If the Bears get up early things will get particularly dire for Seattle, as its pass offense is worst in the league and the Bears secondary will be licking its chops.

  • Cousin_of_Cohen

    Week 14 picks for HurriKain Colter:

    Alabama -7 over Georgia

    Nebraska -3 over Wisconsin

    Lions -4.5 over Colts

    Giants -2.5 over Redskins

    Bills -6 over Jaguars

    Essay:

    Bears -4 over Seahawks

    It’s pretty much do or die for the Seahawks. Seattle doesn’t play well on the road generally, and the Bears win when they have Cutler. Additionally, the Seahawks have the 31st best passing offense in the league (by yardage) and should be overwhelmed by the Bears strong D. Their weak passing attack should allow Urlacher to roam the line all game looking to bring down Lynch. Finally, the Seahawks have the added distraction of the public finding out about players taking Adderall.

  • Bernietocatcherguy

    This from CBSSports.com (http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/blog/nfl-rapidreports/21194038/browns-notebook-is-rt-mitchell-schwartz-a-joe-thomas-clone)

    “Sunday’s opponent, the Oakland Raiders, owns one of
    the worst pass defenses in the NFL. But the Browns might be unable to
    take advantage. Mother Nature could tame both passing offenses if the
    weather predictions are accurate. A torrential downpour, flood-like
    conditions and a 25-mile-an-hour wind are expected”

    Shurmur/Weedball have nothing to do with taming our passing offense…no, it’s Mother Nature.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=_PCO2kuvVpU PML

    I imagine that immediately after this picture Shurmie tried to pull him in for more dap and a bro-hug and Tomlin was all like bacdafu$up off me son. Or something.

  • CLEVTA

    6. Lions -5 (Essay): The Colts home/away splits are pretty substantial. The Indy defense ranks 5th from the bottom in terms of yds/play on the road. That’s bad enough but for whatever reason, something happens to the Colts where they commit an insane amout of turnovers on the road. They rank dead last in turnover margin on the road (-2.4/g). They are last by a wide margin with Philly 2nd to last at -1.8. I think this is a terrible matchup for Indy. They have nobody to cover Calvin and their defense can put lots of pressure on Luck focing those road turnovers. Lions are due to breakout and this is their shot. Plus they have the extra couple days rest.

    • Petefranklin

      SI cover jinx working for you, but who believes in jinxes around here?

  • peter

    Alabama -7 Georgia
    NYG -2.5 over WASH
    Cincy -1.5 over SD
    Browns over Raiders
    TB +7 over DEN
    NE -7 over MIA
    The Pats can run the ball. Maybe better than they ever have. They have Tom Brady. How do you stop that? I expect them to be in the SB. The Dolphins have a night club in their stadium. That sucks.

  • Guest

    Alabama (-7) “at” Georgia

    I drove around all day Friday, thinking about what I was was going to write about Georgia that was going to sell anyone on the idea of the Dawgs winning this one in Atlanta. Is their defense better? It is. Can they run the ball? They can. Are they better than the SEC Runner-Up that they were when they hung with LSU in this game a year ago? That’s probably another “yes”. Is the college game more about the Willies and Joes than the Xs and Os, thus neutralizing the fervid advantage Saban has over Richt when we start talking about coaching.

    You have to be able to throw the ball on this Georgia team, and I can’t seem to talk myself into Adam Murray making all of the plays, specifically throwing on the run like Manziel and Mettenberger did to defeat and almost defeat the Tide. And let’s be honest; McCarron played like dogshit in Alabama’s two worst games. He should have it together on Saturday. Baylor and Stanford gave Saban new life, and I seriously doubt he pisses that opportunity away. So, Roll Tide Roll…I guess.

    Pending the number, I can’t wait to pick Notre Dame to beat the winner of this one.

    Oklahoma (-6.5) at TCU

    Don’t let the Turkey Day upset fool you. Gary Patterson’s team is a far cry from what they were BCS Cinderellas from the non-AQ ranks. I’d love to say the stiffer competition of the Big XII has exposed them, but they simply aren’t that good this year. Chalk it up to bad timing, having to play the big boys for the first time in a down year, but they’ll be back, just not on Saturday.

    Oklahoma, on the other hand, may be playing for a Big XII title, and they might not be. They won’t know until it’s all said and done in Manhattan. I have to admit that I let that UTEP game linger a bit. Landry Jones can move the ball between the 20s pretty well, and I like Blake Bell in short yardage and to finish drives. The Sooners are a quietly good team and they should be at least a TD better than TCU, and the UCLA/Kent State battle for 16 should be behind them when they take the field in Fort Worth.

    Oklahoma State (-4.5) at Baylor

    The Over/Under is 86.5, and Baylor blew their load against K-State. Both of these teams played OT shootouts last week, with Baylor’s W over Texas Tech being more favorable than Pokie State’s loss in Norman. The number is what it is because Baylor is better at home, and the Cowboys are a big brown skid mark on the road.

    It’s Gundy versus Briles, the MAN versus the older man. I look at Baylor’s track record in these shootouts, and I don’t like them very much. Gundy’s only win away from Boone Pickens this year was an uninspiring 20-14 win over Charlie Weis’s Jayhawks in Lawrence, but this week will be different; Cowboys by a lot.

    ***Texans (-6) at Titans***

    Sometimes, when it looks this obvious, I suspect that something’s up. Are these the same Titans that have lost their last three by a combined 70 points? I know we tend to have a sideways view of the Browns win this season, but has anyone noticed how awful the Titans are? Terrible letdown games from Detroit and Pittsburgh in the Music City and a 1 point escape in Buffalo is all that stands between this team and being on the clock for April.

    The Texans haven’t looked great, despite their record, but their record is good. They deserve credit for playing about 10 quarters in five days, and winning both games, so what if it was Jacksonville and Detroit? Houston at full strength is a contender for the Super Bowl. Tennessee at full strength is a contender for the top pick in the draft that doesn’t feature a runaway alpha-dog. I don’t much care that this game is in Nashville, I think with the time off and a chip on their shoulder from everyone anointing the Patriots and Broncos as the class of the AFC, Houston has a lot to prove.

    Patriots (-7.5) at Miami

    Sure, it is a lot of points, and the Dolphins aren’t totally terrible, but Belichick has had extra time since playing on Turkey Day. The Patriots are just now hitting their groove. Even without the big Tight End, the Patriots should be a TD better than Miami.

    Tannehill is regressing; what’s worse is that his replacement in College Station is so damn special (which has nothing to do with anything). Brady is not, even though he got away with a slow start because he is Tom Brady.

    Giants (-2.5) at Redskins

    I don’t think the Giants care that they’ve struggled at any point this season. I don’t think the Giants care that they’re on the road. I don’t think the Giants care that the Redskins went into Dallas and won on Turkey Day, thus they have had a few extra days off. I don’t think the Giants care much about the hype behind Griffin, because this is their time of the year to shine under the lights.

    I don’t think there’s anything I can say about the Redskins or Shanahan that matters; it’s all about the G-men on Monday Night. They made their statement last Sunday night. They’re big on not defending their title, but they are absolutely defending their title. Beware of the Giants.

  • http://twitter.com/JRichTCF Jeff Rich

    Alabama (-7) “at” Georgia

    I drove around all day Friday, thinking about what I was was going to
    write about Georgia that was going to sell anyone on the idea of the
    Dawgs winning this one in Atlanta. Is their defense better? It is.
    Can they run the ball? They can. Are they better than the SEC
    Runner-Up that they were when they hung with LSU in this game a year
    ago? That’s probably another “yes”. Is the college game more about the
    Willies and Joes than the Xs and Os, thus neutralizing the fervid
    advantage Saban has over Richt when we start talking about coaching.

    You have to be able to throw the ball on this Georgia team, and I
    can’t seem to talk myself into Adam Murray making all of the plays,
    specifically throwing on the run like Manziel and Mettenberger did to
    defeat and almost defeat the Tide. And let’s be honest; McCarron played
    like dogshit in Alabama’s two worst games. He should have it together
    on Saturday. Baylor and Stanford gave Saban new life, and I seriously
    doubt he pisses that opportunity away. So, Roll Tide Roll…I guess.

    Pending the number, I can’t wait to pick Notre Dame to beat the winner of this one.

    Oklahoma (-6.5) at TCU

    Don’t let the Turkey Day upset fool you. Gary Patterson’s team is a
    far cry from what they were BCS Cinderellas from the non-AQ ranks. I’d
    love to say the stiffer competition of the Big XII has exposed them, but
    they simply aren’t that good this year. Chalk it up to bad timing,
    having to play the big boys for the first time in a down year, but
    they’ll be back, just not on Saturday.

    Oklahoma, on the other hand, may be playing for a Big XII title, and
    they might not be. They won’t know until it’s all said and done in
    Manhattan. I have to admit that I let that UTEP game linger a bit.
    Landry Jones can move the ball between the 20s pretty well, and I like
    Blake Bell in short yardage and to finish drives. The Sooners are a
    quietly good team and they should be at least a TD better than TCU, and
    the UCLA/Kent State battle for 16 should be behind them when they take
    the field in Fort Worth.

    Oklahoma State (-4.5) at Baylor

    The Over/Under is 86.5, and Baylor blew their load against K-State.
    Both of these teams played OT shootouts last week, with Baylor’s W over
    Texas Tech being more favorable than Pokie State’s loss in Norman. The
    number is what it is because Baylor is better at home, and the Cowboys
    are a big brown skid mark on the road.

    It’s Gundy versus Briles, the MAN versus the older man. I look at
    Baylor’s track record in these shootouts, and I don’t like them very
    much. Gundy’s only win away from Boone Pickens this year was an
    uninspiring 20-14 win over Charlie Weis’s Jayhawks in Lawrence, but this
    week will be different; Cowboys by a lot.

    ***Texans (-6) at Titans***

    Sometimes, when it looks this obvious, I suspect that something’s up.
    Are these the same Titans that have lost their last three by a
    combined 70 points? I know we tend to have a sideways view of the
    Browns win this season, but has anyone noticed how awful the Titans are?
    Terrible letdown games from Detroit and Pittsburgh in the Music City
    and a 1 point escape in Buffalo is all that stands between this team and
    being on the clock for April.

    The Texans haven’t looked great, despite their record, but their
    record is good. They deserve credit for playing about 10 quarters in
    five days, and winning both games, so what if it was Jacksonville and
    Detroit? Houston at full strength is a contender for the Super Bowl.
    Tennessee at full strength is a contender for the top pick in the draft
    that doesn’t feature a runaway alpha-dog. I don’t much care that this
    game is in Nashville, I think with the time off and a chip on their
    shoulder from everyone anointing the Patriots and Broncos as the class
    of the AFC, Houston has a lot to prove.

    Patriots (-7.5) at Miami

    Sure, it is a lot of points, and the Dolphins aren’t totally
    terrible, but Belichick has had extra time since playing on Turkey Day.
    The Patriots are just now hitting their groove. Even without the big
    Tight End, the Patriots should be a TD better than Miami.

    Tannehill is regressing; what’s worse is that his replacement in
    College Station is so damn special (which has nothing to do with
    anything). Brady is not, even though he got away with a slow start
    because he is Tom Brady.

    Giants (-2.5) at Redskins

    I don’t think the Giants care that they’ve struggled at any point
    this season. I don’t think the Giants care that they’re on the road. I
    don’t think the Giants care that the Redskins went into Dallas and won
    on Turkey Day, thus they have had a few extra days off. I don’t think
    the Giants care much about the hype behind Griffin, because this is
    their time of the year to shine under the lights.

    I don’t think there’s anything I can say about the
    Redskins or Shanahan that matters; it’s all about the G-men on Monday
    Night. They made their statement last Sunday night. They’re big on not
    defending their title, but they are absolutely defending their title.
    Beware of the Giants.

    • http://twitter.com/JRichTCF Jeff Rich

      *Aaron Murray

  • Petefranklin

    I emailed frownie N. Illinois and UCLA for two cheddar plays. Not looking good with the huskies down 10.

    • Petefranklin

      Essay Hawaii -6, Alabama all play,Cheddar play- Baylor +4………Essay Anyone who has been to Hawaii knows how the islands captivate you mind and soul. Has anyone from S Alabama ever been there before? Doubtful. This is a vacation for a 2-10 team. football is the least thing on their minds today.All of S Alabamas ;losses have been by more than 7 points. Hawaii got a couple impact players back last week in their much needed win over UNLV. They will continue to swagger through this game and win by double digits. Also getting the added point here helps. Hawaii -6 .

      • Petefranklin

        Since the line on the Clowns in the contest is only a single point when it should be at least two, I am forced to take the Jags plus six as my final pick. BTW I am on the clowns over 39 today as a solid play.

  • LadyLuck

    AP: Bama -7
    Essay: Nebraska -3
    Cincy -5
    Bears -4
    Oklahoma -6.5
    Panthers -3

    I’m going with Nebraska as my essay pick this week. Mostly because I’m a salty OSU alum who doesn’t think Wisconsin deserves to be in this game! I know all the OSU haters are saying then don’t break the rules and my reply is that no team that finishes third in their division should have a chance at a trip to the Rose Bowl. Two keys to this game 1: shut down M.Ball 2: take advantage of the Wisconsin D. All I know is that I will be betting the PAC 12 big in the rose bowl once again as a pouting OSU fan!

  • https://twitter.com/jimkanicki jimkanicki

    LATE LINES ARE UP!
    steelers +9.5 at ravens
    browns -1 at raiders

    • Petefranklin

      Raider nation!! Clowns are favs???

  • WooMike

    Cheddar Bay Plays Week 14:

    All Play: Georgia +7 – seeming home game for red hot dawgs who haven’t had a shot at Bama in years.
    Nebraska -3 – Sconny doesn’t deserve to be there and they know it.

    Rams +7.5 – Rams are undefeated in division play and Fisher is a great coach, they cover. Still don’t trust the 49ers
    Colts +4.5 – Lions have lost motivation after another heartbreaker on Thanksgivings
    ****Texans -6
    Bengals -1.5 – Bengals are thinking playoffs against a struggling Charger team

    ****Texans are pretty dominant these days. They are looking to clinch a playoff spot with a win or tie. They will achieve their goal this week. The Texans offense has been rolling. Foster, Schaub, Johnson, and Daniels are too much for the Titans D who are allowing almost 400 yards a game. Houston’s also got the 2nd best rush defense in the league = they’ll shut down Johnson, and force it to the air. Should be an easy win and cover for the Texans.

  • zarathustra

    Falcons -3.5 over Saints W

    Georgia +7 over Alabama (all-play)

    Pitt -6.5 over South Florida
    It has truly been a pleasure wagering against this South Florida team the last few weeks. Maybe I amoverstaying my welcome, but I am going to stay for one more week. Pitt is playing for a bowl game. USF is playing out the string.

    UCONN +5 over Cincinnati
    God have mercy on my soul, but as what can only be punishment
    for some profound malfeasance from a past life I actually watch a lot of Big East football. I wagered on the Bearcats last week, but only because they were playing South Florida. I am pretty unimpressed by Cincinnati and UCONN has looked good for a few weeks now. The Bearcats were essentially shut out by Rutgers at home a couple weeks ago. The Huskies D might not be quite as good as Rutgers but it is close. In no
    way do I believe this Cincinnati team should be laying points on the road—especially against a semi-hot conference opponent.

    Lions -4.5 over Colts
    The Lions are coming off two tough damn losses at home and I
    still think they are good enough to take out their frustration and beat down a young team like the Colts. I watched the
    Colts last week against what I feel is not a very good Bills team and they
    looked ok I guess, but I would have liked to see a little more at home coming off an embarrassing loss. They looked alright. Nothing more. I don’t think that will be enough in Detroit.

    ***Okie St -4 over Baylor
    So Baylor has turned their season around and has won three of four. The win over K State surely can’t be dismissed, but I will definitely dismiss the others. Texas Tech, whom they squeaked by in OT last
    week, is in their annual Tubberville November swoon. The other win? At home over Kansas. The defense is still one of the worst in the
    country.
    The Cowboys may have fallen offsince last year, but their only two losses since September are at K State and at Oklahoma last week in OT. I definitely have concern about them bouncing back after a heartbreaking loss to a bitter rival, but I think Mike Gundy will have them ready mentally.

    • zarathustra

      I had a lot of games I liked this week, but nothing that I particularly loved, except for the Falcons, where I allowed life to interfere with
      a would-be essay pick (curse you non-cheddar life, curse you.) So, for what it’s worth, the above were pulled (not QUITE randomly) from a group that also included Jets, Jaguars, Chiefs, and Bengals.

  • Sam Sneeda

    Georgia +7 over Alabama
    Texas +11.5 over Kansas State
    Wisconsin +3 over Nebraska
    Chiefs +3 over Panthers
    Bills -6 over Jags
    Chargers +1.5 over Bengals $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    San Diego has got to put the past behind them at look at how nicely the future is set up for their playoff chances…I am sure their coaching staff has pointed out the following…

    The current standings for the 6th playoff spot in the AFC…

    1. PIT (6-5)
    2. CIN (6-5)
    3. MIA (5-6)
    4. SD (4-7)

    The Titans and the Jets are both 4-7 but the Chargers hold tie breaker over both teams. So lets say PIT and MIA lose this week (very likely)…if SD can knock of CIN, the standings get a little crowded. Suddenly, SD is only a game back of both PIT and CIN and holds tiebreaker over CIN…and wouldn’t you know, SD plays PIT the following week. Back to back wins for SD and they hold tie breaker over every one but MIA (who still plays NE twice and goes to SF). Of all these teams, SD has the easiest last 3 weeks (CAR, @NYJ, OAK). CIN plays DAL, @PHI, @PIT, BAL.

    I guess the point being that if you look closely, SD has a two week season…go 2-0 the next two weeks and they are a CIN loss (at PIT week 16?) away from being in the driver’s seat for that 6th spot. As bad as things may seem for SD right now (especially after last week), this scenario has got to give them more than enough motivation to go balls to the wall this week…this is as pivotal as it gets!

    27-21 SD

  • squeekycleen

    can’t believe i am still participating:

    all play: alabama
    others: georgia tech
    kansas

    will post rest and essay pick later this weekend.

  • CleveLandThatILove

    Bama -7
    Hawaii -6 So.Ala (#ZACtion, I’m in)
    ***Bengals -1.5 Chargers
    Bills -6 Jags
    Browns -1 Raiders
    Texans -6 Titans

    Ooh, all favorites this week. At this point in the season, there’s a reason the faves are faves, so…

    ***Is it me, or is this line way low? I mean, even before Dalton’s new hot target #2 receiver Sanu went down with a stress fracture? I mistakenly shied away from picking the Bengals with the large-ish spread last week- disregarded the knowing head tilt/brow arch from my fave Cincy born, sports-bred, and very well-fed guy last weekend. But with a lil help from the Brownies, the Bengals are tied for 2nd place in the division, with a shot at a playoff spot.

    They have a winning record, and were handed a golden opportunity with the recent decimation of Pittsburgh (ha ha, BTW that look on Tomlin’s face won’t be changing anytime soon, especially not come Sunday in Baltimore…oh is that spiteful, well too bad, I guess I’ve been here too long now) so they have got to be psyched and energized.

    The Chargers have 4 wins that came against the likes of KC (twice), Oakland, and the Titans. They were beaten by a Pat Shurmur team. No stats needed for persuasion here; with 5 weeks left it’s about who has something real to fight for aside from pride.

    • http://www.clevelandfrowns.com/ Cleveland Frowns

      So much future depends on this Bengals/Chargers game. Who’d have thought?

    • https://twitter.com/jimkanicki jimkanicki

      like for #ZACtion.

  • Harbaugh Handshakes

    Harbaugh Handshakes Week 14 college picks:

    Georgia +7 vs Alabama (all Play)

    Kansas St -11.5 vs Texas

    Nebraska -3 vs Wisconsin

    Cincinnati -5 vs Uconn

  • https://twitter.com/jimkanicki jimkanicki

    boise -9.5 at nevada.
    still got chris peterson up there; nevada gave up 37 pts to UNLV.
    cincy -5 at uconn.
    i expect cincy to score more than 16 point; dont expect uconn to score more than 10.
    arkst -10 vs mtsu.
    malzahn with bye week and auburn job could ride on this game. someone did a poll of lee county (alabama) residents and malzahn came back as the most popular choice for auburn’s next coach. however the poll sounds like some guy drunk dialing from the auburn white pages. #wardamneagle
    browns -1 at raiders.
    weeden is today a better qb than palmer.
    rams +7.5 vs niners.
    rams outplayed niners at candlestick in that tie two weeks ago. two weeks ago. the niners’ national wins vs bears and saints created some mass amnesia regarding that game.
    ***uga +7 vs bama.
    down in atlanta all week. they’re ready. great game tonite. i still think uga is the most talented team in cfb. i also think they know they’re that talented and are prone to mailing it in for some games. they won’t mail it in tonite. i’d give uga 3 point edge for talent, two points for home-ish field, deduct a TD as the richt bogey, give bama a FG for saban and that adds up to bama -5. on paper. but the texas am game wasn’t all sumlin/manzell. fast athletes can score some points against the bama D. this is going to be a great game.

    • trashycamaro

      great breakdown of bama v uga. my only quibbles would be call it 1 point for home-ish field (Atlanta is a short 3 hour ride from Tuscaloosa, there will be plenty of fans and its a trip the players likely regularly make on their own in the offseason) and I would slice the talent edge to 1 maybe 2 points. I love the coach assessment.

      • https://twitter.com/jimkanicki jimkanicki

        agreed that it’s not the regular 3 point edge; tide fans were were consuming the best tailgate spots immediately after the falcons/saints game. but i still think that georgia dome will favor uga to a moderate extent.

        gonna watch dee milliner closely as i’m seeing the browns drafting closer to 10, thus jjones and teo will be gone. but we could surely use an athletic 6-2 CB in next year’s draft.

        and yes on richt. just,, yes. if he loses this game, he goes into the john cooper category.

    • https://twitter.com/jimkanicki jimkanicki

      bonus likes. college: tcu, baylor, wvu, tulsa, ull, kstate, wisc, fsu, dolphins. pro: seahawks, panthers, colts, jags, dolphins, bucs, texans, cowboys, chargers.

  • trashycamaro

    Sitting at 45.5 points and 10.8 points out of a playoff spot with 5 weeks to go. The person in 11th place has average 4.02 points per week, so I will need to score about 6 points per week to make the playoffs over the final 5 weeks of the season, not including any delta from from other contestants. Considering my average week sees me scoring 3.5 points, big changes need to happen.

    The first big change is I need to hit the bonus points each week. The overall essay record is 5-7, but the good news is I am 4-1 over the past 5 weeks, marred only by the GB atrocity at NYG last week. This is a strange week – there are a lot of picks I like, but it has been difficult to find one I like enough to lay the extra points on. So I am going to default to picking Bengals -1.5 over Chargers, which is mostly a play against the Chargers. I do not need to inform the readers here that the boys in Powder Blue have been ghastly. I tend to like home ‘dogs, but this one is so short and the Chargers have not had much of a homefield advantage coming in at 2-3 ATS in San Diego so far this year. Meanwhile the Bengals have been a steady 3-2 ATS on the road this year. Add in the fact that the Bungles have been good against the bad teams they have played this year (4-1, with the loss to the Browns at home) and I like the cover for the extra points.

    The other place I need to make up points is taking advantage of the All Play. While I am not feeling motivated enough to add up my All Plays, I know I let homerism get in my way last week – Michigan should have been getting more than 3.5 points and OSU was the value play. This week I need to avoid it (my time in Tuscaloosa for law school has further fueled my hatred for all things Saban), and I think Alabama -7 over UGA is the play, although there is not much value there. It’s essentially picking Saban over Richt, who clearly recruits well and develops players but has some lack in the acutal winning of games.

    I was going to essay Vikings +9 over Packers, but my research made me reconsider, despite getting 9 points. The Vikings are sneaky good, have the best RB in the game, and have a good enough D-Line to expose the shaky Packers O-Line (by FO advanced stats, this is not true with a terrible ranking (29) for the Pack’s pass blocking, but an equally terrible number for the Vikes Sack Rate (20)). However, according to Football Outsiders DVOA, the only phase where the Vikes are better is on Special Teams, and with Percy Harvin doubtful, that only makes it harder to wager the extra points. (Overall: 6-18; Off. 5-18; Def. 7-20; ST 12-6). I still like the Vikes to back door their way in to the cover, but am avoiding the extra points.

    Rams +7.5 over 49ers Tied a couple weeks ago, over a TD for the second time meeting on an in-division match up.

    Eagles +10 over Cowboys The Eagles are bad, but I think we all know here the Boys should not be double digit favorites over anyone.

    Bears -4 over Seahawks The Seahawks have been pretty dubious on the road and with Cutler back in the swing of things there is some good value in only giving 4 at home for the Bears.

    Non-Cheddar

    Jets -4.5 over Cardinals I dislike the Cards more than the Jets in this awful game, but the offensive silliness of the Jets and Cardinals strength on ST and Defense could lead to a weird cover.

    Texans -6 over Titans The Titans have been inexplicably bad, but randomly good enough this season, so despite Houston coming off of a long week (Thursday game last week), this game gets pushed out of Cheddar Bay.

  • Capitalgg

    Week 14:

    [all-play] Georgia +7 v. Alabama:
    Me: Will Alabama win today?
    Magic 8 Ball: Maybe.
    Me: Is Georgia -7 the right bet today?
    Magic 8 Ball: Definitely.
    1) Louisville +3 @ Rutgers: The team that needs the game most ALWAYS loses it in the Big Least this year. (Win)
    2) No. Illinois -6 v. Kent St.: Last MACtion of the year must be played. (Win – And it truly went out with a bang!)
    3) Hawaii -6 v. S. Alabama: Tough travel for S. Alabama to a hot Hawaii team.
    4) Bengals -1.5 @ Chargers: Because I will take ANY opportunity to bet against the Chargers right now.

    College football’s regular season is ending. The area where I feel I have an advantage is going away. There are fewer games thus fewer games to take advantage of. The MAC ended last night. Whatsoever shall I do? I’ll ride the Sun Beast 1 last time, almost more for nostalgia than any other reason.

    The beast has 3 very good teams, the Louisiana twins and Arkansas St. It has 2 good teams, Western Kentucky and Middle Tennessee St. And then it has the rest. So we’ve got one of those good teams versus the rest match-ups this week. The Ragin’ Cajuns travel to southern Florida to take on the Owls.

    Lafayette on paper appears to have a double digit advantage. It will come down to turnovers. If ULL doesn’t turn it over 4 times like they did against Western Kentucky, they should win easily.

    And seriously, Ragin’ Cajuns over Owls? That is worth 8 points right there. So I’ll take ULL -9 @ FAU in a SUN BEAST ALPHABET SOUP BOWL!

    Other plays:
    Oklahoma -6.5 @ TCU
    Kansas St. -11.5 v. Texas
    Nebraska -3 v. Wisconsin
    Mid Tenn St. +10 @ Arkansas St.
    Cincinnati -5 @ UConn
    Cardinals +4.5 @ Jets
    Panthers -3 @ Chiefs
    Eagles +10 @ Cowboys
    Texans -6 @ Titans

  • willy loman

    Texas +11.5 over Kansas State
    Alabama -7 over Georgia
    Arkansas State -10 over MTSU
    Pitt -6.5 over USF

    • willy loman

      Bucs +7 over Broncos

      • willy loman

        Redskins (+2.5) over Giants

        I must admit, I was hesitant to pick against the Giants on the road. This will be my first time doing so this season, and like all firsts – whether it’s riding the Top Thrill Dragster or eating #Fryro – betting on a Redskins cover here confusing and precarious. But it’s also right. The ‘Skins, with extra time to prepare following their Thanksgiving roasting of Dallas, will have Pierre Garcon, who looks to be fully healed from his vexing foot injury. The Giants’ secondary didn’t have to deal with Garcon during their nail biter of a victory over the Redskins in Week 7, and his presence will be felt. Also, underappreciated RB Alfred Morris will open up the play action possibilities for RG3, which will lead to at least one deep touchdown pass. Redskins 24-17

  • dwhalen5

    Oklahoma -6.5 @ TCU. Unless Casey Pachall makes a Linsay Lohan-like

    arrival from rehab, I don’t see TCU scoring w the Sooners.

    Kansas State -11.5 v. Texas. “Good Luck Case! Big fan of you, but David Ash is pulling the lucky straw on this one! Texas is only going downhill!”

    Georgia +7 v. Alabama. I’ve got a feeling that this will be a pretty tight game. Actually, I think it’s a 6-point Alabama win, with Georgia having a chance to take this baby with a 2-minute TD drive. 30-24 Bama.

    Patriots -7.5 @ Miami. Brady is on fire. Meanwhile, the Tannehill express looks a lot like a 2010 movie with Denzel Washington and Chris Pine.

    Jacksonville +6 @ Buffalo. Count me in as a Chad Henne fan. But more importantly as a Cecil Shorts, Justin Blackmon, and all of JAX’s WRs fan. This team is not nearly as bad as Blaine Gabbert made them look for way too long. What has two thumbs, played QB and called that a mile away?

    and at long last….

    $$$ Nebraska -3 v. Wisconsin. $$$

    As huge as the ratings for an Alabama-ND matchup are expected to be, the NCAA may or may not be kicking themselves for cock-blocking a possible ND-OSU national title game. What would be better than putting 80,000 people into a fishbowl-half of whom are unjustifiably hated upon and accused of being “entitled” and “arrogant,” and the other half, who has a certifiable psychological complex that disallows them to see that if anyone has an irrational, arrogant, elitist, “fuck you, we are the greatest thing ever, in history of all time” attitude, it is most certainly them? I mean, as a lifelong Irish fan, I’ve been around people like me on countless occasions who are ND diehards, and living in Ohio, I’ve also been surrounded by the others. So…

    if continuously supporting a team that for the good part of 20 years has let us down season after season, and being perpetually optimistic that maybe “this will be the year” when glory returns and we once again climb our way back to being the kings of college football, all while never ever claiming to be one of the nation’s top teams until they could prove it (OH WAIT, YOU’RE ALSO A BROWNS FAN BUT YOU HATE NOTRE DAME BECAUSE OF THIS?)…

    if it is annoying to everyone else who’s team either doesn’t have a large enough fan base, or who’s team decided that remaining in a conference would be their best bet and therefore are unable to latch onto their own TV contract, and that Notre Dame has one because their fans still support them enough to drive ratings even through all the toughest seasons…

    if somehow you decide that being angry at Irish fans who are neither alums nor friends and family of alums nor Irish nor Catholic nor South Bend inhabitants because they obviously root for Notre Dame ” for no reason” and have “no connections to the school” that would cause them to be loyal to such an historic place…

    if you read that last part and are even more angry because you can’t find a Notre Dame fan who randomly became one after switching their allegiance from a prior team, or call those same fans “frontrunners” or “fairweather” because well, obviously THAT wouldn’t make sense seeing as how mediocre their team has been for the past 18 seasons…

    if being the first team in the history of college football to have a number one ranking both on the field and in graduation rate of its players…

    if it bothers you that our middle linebacker, a statistical, emotional, spiritual, philanthropical, and in every way an immeasurable player, person and leader, the best player on the best defense in the land, who is the most responsible for the rebirth of the most storied franchise in college football history and their march to the title game, yes, if it BOTHERS you that we all think such a person is worthy by our definition of “most outstanding” and therefore the Heisman Trophy…

    if thinking we have the best fight song, best band, most tradition, best uniforms, most storied and nostalgic locker room, best entry with the best “play like a champion today” sign…

    IF THIS, YES, IF ALL OF THIS MAKES US IRISH FANS “ELITIST” AND “ARROGANT” AND “OVERRATED” THEN I SUPPOSE I’M OK WITH BEING GUILTY AS CHARGED.

    AND ON THAT NOTE, IF YOU CAN’T SEE THE IRRATIONALITY OR NAPOLEON COMPLEX BEHIND THE SNARKY, NOSE UP, HYPOCRITICAL CHEEKY SLAGS THAT ARE BUCKEYE FANS, THEN PERHAPS YOU’RE ALSO THE SAME PERSON WHO CAN’T SEE THE POSSIBILITY THAT GUYS LIKE RICK SANTORUM MAY HAVE SECRETLY GAY LOVERS WHOM THEY TRY TO KEEP LOCKED DOWN BY STANDING ON A PEDESTAL AND PREACHING HOW MUCH JESUS THINKS BEING GAY IS A DAMNABLE SIN.

    SOUND NUTS? IT IS. AND

    And even after that, as I inch closer to the point, when you look at what Penn State did this year, the ole’ boys in charge of the NCAA shoulda gave them a free pass and pardoned them to the Big Ten Championship (just this once). Because after all, letting a bunch of kids who didn’t rape anyone play in a huge game with the opportunity to win and play in an even huger game wouldn’t be fair would it? If punishing Penn State were the real goal, you could take scholarships, you could provide sanctions, you could even take all the money they’d make by reaching the heights of conference championships and BCS bowls. But taking the opportunity from a group of kids and coaches who went against all odds after the media preached that their penance was “worse than a death sentence,” to play in a game that they earned (even if only behind a bunch of coaches and players who lied and knowingly broke rules and then al proceeded to bounce to the NFL, and who’s Athletic Director had too much arrogance to think that the NCAA could possibly have the balls to give THE Ohio State a bowl ban and therefore refused to impose his own…and now look what happened), that’s beyond punishing Penn State, because all it is doing is IRONICALLY ass-fucking the group of seniors who decided to remain loyal to their school and win their division.

    But instead, we get to see a 7-5 Wisconsin team, much the same as a 6-6 Georgia Tech team compete for conference championships and an undeniably underserved chance at a BCS payday. Should be, fun I guess. Woooo! college football.

    • Believelander

      may or may not be kicking themselves for cock-blocking a possible ND-OSU national title game.

      Considering the fiery torrid romance between the blantantly cheaty SEC and blatantly dishonest, hypocritical NCAA, my guess is they’re not kicking themselves even though they should be. Great essay.

  • tfloodmc

    Georgia +7 over bama

    nebraska -3 over wisconsin

    fsu +14 over georgia tech

    bears -4 over seattle

    bills -6 over jacksonville

    giants -2.5 over washington essay

    Not many games to choose from now, making it tough to get some picks to feel good about. The only reason why I went with the giants over washington is because I am so sick of hearing about how great RGIII is. I will be the first to say I really wanted the browns to trade for him, but at the same time I am glad they didnt give up all those picks because I think the players they have are just a huge upgrade from before, but thats a different essay. Robert is having a great year, but he is just so phony with the media, it reminds me of lebron talking to espn. Everything is just so scripted when he talks/ gets interviewed I just want him to go away. He needs to really stop taking those hits because he will have a short career. No doubt he is tough now, but another season like this where he is consistently getting hit, injuries will catch up with him, and washington will be screwed. This monday night game is the frist one I am actually care about watching for the year, but not looking forward hearing Gruden say every other play how great Robert is too.

    • tfloodmc

      my bad nebraska, chicago, buffalo, giants all favored, taking them

  • architectartvandelay

    Georgia +7 over Bama – I am trusting Aaron Murray not to blow this by throwing dumb interceptions.

    KState -11.5 over Texas – KState has had a long time to think about that big pile of shit they left behind in Waco. Texas has had problems on both sides of the ball this year. Look for KState to hammer Texas.

    Seahawks +4 over Bears – Seahawks D should give Cutler fits.

    Vikings +9 over Pack – Packers will play better but they have some serious issues on both sides of the ball.

    Browns -1 over Raiders – And with the #3 pick in the 2013 NFL draft

    Bengals -1.5 over Chargers (Essay) – After Pittsburgh getting Shurmurballed last week the Bengals find themselves with a shot at the playoffs. The Bengals have been playing good ball as of late & the Chargers excel in giving games away. Cincy’s D should win this game for them all by themselves. They will be able to pressure Rivers and force him to make mistakes. The Bengals have also found some other playmakers on the offensive side other than AJ Green. If nothing else the Bengals have been a solid play against bad NFL teams these last couple years.

  • Bevilacqua

    ALL PLAY: Alabama (-7) over Georgia
    Other NCAA pick: Kansas State (-11.5) over Texas

    • Bevilacqua

      NFL Picks:

      Patriots (-7.5) over Dolphins
      Texans (-6) over Titans
      Hoping that at least one of these divisional leaders will cover the large spread on the road. The Patriots are scoring huge points even without Gronk, so 7.5 really isn’t that much. The Texans just let two inferior opponents take them into OT, so I can see a bounce back game (or it finally catching up with them).

      Rams (+7.5) over 49ers: I see Colin Kaepernick coming back to earth a little. I do think he’s the real deal, but this is a divisional game on the road…that’s just too many points.

      Jaguars (+6) over Bills (ESSAY PICK)

      I can’t ever remember being this excited about a 2-9 team playing on the road while missing both their starting QB and and also their star RB. Moreover, their replacement QB is from Michigan, where I was never really impressed with his play, and he didn’t do much with the Dolphins to change my mind. Yet the rejuvenating effect Chad Henne has had on the Jags’ offense has been undeniable. I know it’s only been two games, but still. Suddenly all the criticism of Justin Blackmon being out of shape and not trying and being so underwhelming for a top-5 pick seem a little premature. After all, Blaine Gabbert was his QB for his first 9+ games. I’m not saying he’s justified the top-5 pick yet either (for what it’s worth, his Madden rating was “boosted” this week all the way from an 80 to an 81), but now he’s given the Jaguars fans some hope that the team didn’t completely waste so many recent top-10 picks (Gabbert, Tyson Alualu, Derrick Harvey). Regardless, I’d take Blackmon and Cecil Shorts III over any WR tandem I’ve seen in Cleveland since the days of Webster Slaughter and Reggie Langhorne.

  • Dennis Hemingway

    Northern Illinois -6 over Kent St (Already submitted)
    Alabama -7 over Georgia (ALL PLAY)
    Hawaii -6 over South Alabama
    Florida Atlantic +9 over UL-Lafayette
    Titans +6 over Texans
    Broncos -7 over Bucs ***

    *** I love the Broncos to win this game going away and clinch the AFC West on Sunday. Both teams have been scoring over 28 pts/game on the season but the Broncos defense has played better. The Bucs are last in the league on defense against the pass. I can’t trust a Florida team going to Mile High stadium and being prepared for that altitude. As the game goes on, the Bucs defense is going to be trying to breathe and Manning won’t give them a break with the hurry up offense. I’d be surprised to see the Bucs make more than 1 or 2 stops on the day and the Broncos can roll it up big.

  • munasrevenge

    Cincinnati (-5) over UConn (feels like I’m 0-fer-a-million on Big East games but I just can’t quit)

    Florida State (-14) over Georiga Tech (FSU is mad and should be able to slow down GT’s one dimensional offense enough to cover)

    Nebraska (-3) over Wisconsin (B1G refs will not allow a 5 loss team to reach the Rose Bowl)

    Steelers (+9.5) over Ravens (Yes their offense is terrible now, but that is a TON of points for a solid defense to get. The Steelers can’t possibly repeat last week’s insane offensive ineptitude, and I still say the Ravens are really overvalued. Not a pick I’m in love with, but I just gotta take those points.)

    *Georgia (+7) over Alabama (I would almost immediately regret this pick either way; it’s hard to get a good read because both teams have only played 2 quality opponents; Alabama beat LSU and lost to A&M, while Georgia beat Florida and lost to SC. I really like Aaron Murray and think he can give Bama fits a la Manziel; the fact that both of Alabama’s quality opponents kept things within a TD pushes me to the Bulldogs’ side.)

    ***

    Third time’s a charm. This team has burned me twice on Essay picks before; once picking for and once picking against them. But they are a very good team coming off of a season-destroying loss followed by a bye week. They will be at home and fired up to try and make up lost ground and seal the conference. Meanwhile, they face the hated behemoth of their conference, and teams always show up against the bully, especially when they are a bit down and can be kicked.

    The story is that Texas has recovered defensively, but that’s almost entirely a product of scheduling. Their “down” period? Oklahoma State, West Virgina, Oklahoma, and Baylor, surrendering 49.25 points per game. Their “recovery” came against Kansas, Texas Tech, Iowa State and TCU, or better known as the 1st, 5th, 2nd, and 3rd worst offenses in the Big 12 (Texas itself is the 4th worst.) Kansas State is a much better offense than Texas has seen in a long time, and will be fired up to beat down the Longhorns to clinch a BCS bowl.

    Kansas State (-11.5) over Texas

    • http://twitter.com/nmesha Nick

      couldn’t agree more that the BIG10 refs will lean with Nebraska tonight. The BIG 10 has nothing going on nationally, so at least they can spin Nebraska winning it’s first conference title.

    • munasrevenge

      Clearly I meant to say “The B1G wants the Badgers to win by 40 to help legitimize their presence in the Rose Bowl and the viability of the conference’s depth as a whole.”

      Um, holy shit where the hell did THAT come from?

  • mo_by_dick

    #CheddarBay

    Already lost with the Saints when they got Thursday’d by the Falcons.*

    I’ve lost three in a row going back to last Sunday, so I need to make sure this isn’t a turning point in the #CheddarBay season for me.

    When Frowns says, “this is what Cheddar bay is all about” to FSOhioZJackson’s essay on Hawaii, I took him to mean that Cheddar Bay is all about me writing essays on games involving two 2-win teams whose teams I’ve never seen play, past or present.** Then Biki interjects talkin’ about how he’s got this “system” in scare quotes and it’s 64% on the season. Cheddar Bay is all about Zac having a hunch on a two-win Hawaii team and Biki having a system that picks a two-win South Alabama team.

    But how to reconcile these differing views? The sheet does not look promising to me, so with so much doubt in my own picks and ability to come up with 100 words of justification for them, I am counting on the field’s intuition in order to carry me through. Hawaii looked like a good play, but dang, someone can say something about South Alabama? I was all set to sit this one out and go about my day, but then I sat down to re-read Chapter 85 of one of the greatest novels ever written, and fortuitously read:

    And how nobly it raises our conceit of the mighty, misty monster, to behold him solemnly sailing through a calm vapour, engendered by his incommunicable contemplations, and that vapour–as you will sometimes see it–glorified by a rainbow, as if Heaven itself had put its seal upon his thoughts. For, d’ye see, rainbows do not visit the clear air; they only irradiate vapour. And so, through all the thick mists of the dim doubts in my mind, divine intuitions now and then shoot, enkindling my fog with a heavenly ray, And for this I thank God; for all have doubts; many deny; but doubts or denials, few along with them, have intuitions. Doubts of all things earthly, and intuitions of some things heavenly; this combination makes neither believer nor infidel, but makes a man who regards then both with equal eye.

    Passed many of your comments through the baleen, if you will, and in the vapour, is a ranbow. Hawaii football no longer goes by the name of the Rainbow Warriors, but the message was clear enough. WHEREFORE, I’ll have Hawaii -6 for all the reasons previously mentioned in this thread, Herman Melville, and warriors on thier own islands and everything.

    Action still rolling in on this one as I type this, and if I’m with you when you start running, well dammit I’ma start running, too***: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDjmdc0IGXA

    Alabama -7 in the All-Play — not letting you guys talk me into Georgia.

    Still have 3 plays left, so NFL tomorrow.

    *Going to claim primacy for usage of this term, Please let me know if you’ve seen Thursday used as a verb to describe losing bets on NFL football.
    **Frowns has assured me that this is nothing like what he meant, but WARRIORS ON THEIR OWN ISLANDS and have you heard about Ferdinand Magellan?
    ***”Let about 3, 4 people get up and start running right now.”

    • mo_by_dick

      Hawaii is the essay, if that’s not clear. @fsohiozacjackson created a monster.

    • http://www.clevelandfrowns.com/ Cleveland Frowns

      They say the NFL Divisional Playoffs are the best weekend of football of the year but that proposition’s in serious doubt with the way S. Alabama/Hawaii and Bengals/Chargers is popping off on Cheddar Bay this weekend.

    • https://twitter.com/jimkanicki jimkanicki

      magnificent passage. a keeper for sure, i need to use that somewhere. thanks.

      [that said, hawaii is still coached by norm chow and their victory over UNLV is indeed something to scoff at. petefranklin's comparison of UNLV to an upper level nevada high school was apt.]

      • Petefranklin

        That high school(Bishop Gorman) just demolished its public counterpart in the state title game 73-10 or something like that, even without Demarco Murray. I posted the Jags as my final Cheddar play below. Hawaii got some guys back who were hurt before the UNLV game, so that helped. Too bad we cant get any more $$$ on an undervalued team.

    • mo_by_dick

      Final 3 picks:

      Texans -6 @ Titans (see video posted above)
      Vikings +9 @ Packers
      Browns -1 @ Raiders

  • http://www.clevelandfrowns.com/ Cleveland Frowns

    For my essay pick I’ll take Alabama -7 over Georgia.

    The Dawgs were absolutely piss-pounded by South Carolina, which is the closest thing to Bama that they’ve faced. Other than that, they’ve played about nobody. The Texas A&M team that beat Bama is extremely good and an extremely bad matchup for the Tide with their excellent offensive line and best running QB in college football, yet still after falling behind big early Alabama almost came back to win. Whatever it was that allowed Metttenberger and Manziel to move the ball effectively against the Tide for the short stretches of the games in which they did so, it seems safe to assume it’s something Saban has worked on in the weeks since. This is the one where the Tide comes up with the big win and big cover against the highly ranked opponent. And again in a month against Notre Dame.

    • http://www.clevelandfrowns.com/ Cleveland Frowns

      Will join the Chargers Bengals party with San Diego +1.5 for a point, and will take the value with Steelers +9.5. Will round it out with the Monday nighter tomorrow.

  • D Quatts

    D Quatts All-Play

    Alabama -7

  • ChuckKoz

    Bama -7

    more picks to follow….

  • oxr

    All-Play Georgia +7 over Alabama. Argh, I have no idea, so I’m taking the points. This is a terrible, uninformed pick.

  • CLEVTA

    Please remove my Nebraska pick and replace with UCONN. Thx

    • https://twitter.com/jimkanicki jimkanicki

      roger that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/flannery.mckenna Flannery McKenna

    Georgia. Georgia. back with NFL manana. – dood

  • FSOhioZjackson

    Final Cheddar pick: Oakland Raiders +1

  • http://twitter.com/nmesha Nick

    All Play: Bama -7 vs UGA
    Nebraska (-3) vs Wisconsin
    Hawaii -6 vs S. Alabama
    Browns -1 vs Raiders
    Jags +6 vs Bills
    Essay: Texans -6 vs Titans

    The last time these teams played the score was 38-14 @ Houston. Has anything changed? These seem to be the two same teams to me. Houston had a strange November. They won against the Bears in a mudder, they won against a motivated Jags team who has new life with Henne, and they squeezed it out against Detroit on Thanksgiving on a short week. Maybe these are warning signs that Texans aren’t blowing teams out anymore, but I prefer to look at it as a lot of mental toughness, and I think they get to enjoy a return to normalcy now with this game against the Titans. Tennessee just lost to the Jags, and has not played well at home. Houston has had more than a week of rest for this game. I’m expecting another blowout against Tennessee.

    Plus i’m falling fast, and need to go back to what got me here, which is the texans beating the shit out of everyone.

  • https://twitter.com/jimkanicki jimkanicki

    ive received all play emails from brosef (uga) and rodofdisaster (bama).

  • bupalos

    Bama 4bup thx

  • rodofdisaster

    Cheddar Master….please give me:

    All Play: Bama -7

    Cincinnati Bearcats -5

    Kansas State -11.5 (a win-win for me!)

    Nebraska -3

    Bears -4
    Redskins +2.5

    Browns -1

    I have to admit that I never thought I would use the Browns in an essay but then again, they don’t play the Raiders every week. The Browns have Joe Haden. They have Trent Richardson. That should be all they need against Carson Palmer. Why an organization would spend #1 draft picks for a guy off the couch who’s clearly on the back nine (that’s implying there was ever a front nine) is beyond me. The Raiders defense is an absolute mess. While Rolando McClain’s suspension is likely “addition by subtraction” I don’t see the defense being particularly stout against the run. I don’t think Se-Bas can kick enough 70 yard FGs to keep this one within a point.

    • https://twitter.com/jimkanicki jimkanicki

      that’s seven, yes?
      gonna drop the skins pending your instruction.
      arigatou gozaimashita.

  • https://twitter.com/jimkanicki jimkanicki

    biki, chris p., cuuuugs, clay II –> get those all plays in. 4:00pm kickoff.

  • Chris P.

    Georgia +7

    • Believelander

      This pick, it is pro pick.

    • Chris p

      Lions -4.5
      Patriots -9
      Bengals -1
      Ravens -9.5

      It’s hard to avoid the obvious here. The browns haven’t won at home since I was a dirty though in my dad’s mind. Yes, the raiders are bad, but we’re not floating in evidence that the browns aren’t. Weeden may or may not be any good but he’s barely post-concussed.

      The raiders lost, yes, at Paul Brown to a questionably good bengals team, but one which, save for the every given Sunday caveat, is clearly better than Cleveland despite the one game.

      And again the line is so out of whack. Nothing has changed in personnel this year to indicate suddenly our fortunes are changing on the road. We’ve lost to MUCH WORSE TEAMS than Oakland on the road, and we need to win by 2 to cover? No way.

      Raiders +1

  • Believelander

    Is it just me or does Mike Tomlin look like a creepy ventriloquist dummy held up by The Shurms?

    • https://twitter.com/jimkanicki jimkanicki

      real question: do black guys want white guys giving them non-traditional handshakes? i know shake hands one way. but if there’s some athlete code i’m not aware of maybe it’s ok.

      im about 100% certain shurmur shakes hands with jimmy haslam in the traditional way. so why is he doing a sould shake with tomlin. tomlin must probably thinking ‘what a d-bag.’

      • Believelander

        I would assume the average black guy wouldn’t care about the race of a man who gave him a non-traditional handshake if he’s not opposed to people giving him non-traditional handshakes.

        • https://twitter.com/jimkanicki jimkanicki

          putting finer point on it:
          if i were a black guy (a successful 40 yr old black guy) i’d find it peculiar that a white guy (50 yr old white guy) would adjust his normal handshake in an attempt to -i dont know- relate? like, isnt that, in fact, racist? trying to think of another parallel –would shurmur gangnam pony if he met a korean?– but not coming up with anything.
          just throwing it out there.

          • Warburton MacKinnon

            You have a good point,Jim. Specifically about a 50+ white guy meeting a black guy for handshakes(Shurmer has met this guy twice before on the field after all),if you have met someone before,twice before, and ever looked at how Tomlin shakes hands,which I think Shurmer has..it was just another mistake of Shurmers. He did after all say that weather conditions in an outdoor stadium would not make him change a gameplan,well that kind of says it all right???

  • ChuckKoz

    Here are all my picks…..

    UCLA +8.5 (Stanford)
    Alabama -7 (Georgia)
    Wisconsin +3 (Nebraska)
    *Hawaii -6 (South Alabama)
    Eagles +10 (Cowboys)
    Giants -2.5 (Redskins)

    This is about as bad a season as Hawaii has had in a long time. They were 1-9 heading into last week, then finally put out a good game with blowout home win (albeit against UNLV). This is the final game of the year and a way to salvage things and end on a high note. Meanwhile, South Alabama apparently has a football team that is 2-10. They didn’t get killed against some real teams earlier in the year, but they have lost 9 of their last 10 games by 7 or more. Plus, South Alabama (presumably a bus ride to the airport) is a long trip to Hawaii and they are not coming off a bye.

    My only problem is that I dont think this thing will be on TV.

    • ChuckKoz

      correction: DTV channel 691

  • bupalos

    Did my bama pick get on here? Also want to tack on wiscy

    • https://twitter.com/jimkanicki jimkanicki

      of course mr. bupa. your wisc pick is booked as well.

  • Believelander

    Troll Brady Troll of the Week: http://tinyurl.com/clklc7x

    Although this is more of a Trolled Brady.

  • https://twitter.com/jimkanicki jimkanicki

    ok.
    someone has to say it.
    we have a ‘weighted’ 18 plays riding with norm chow tonite. no one going against him.
    norm chow, offensive genius, with the 119th (out of 120) ranked offense.
    im aware of my record, it speaks for itself, and so i say this with all due humility: have you all gone insane?

    • CleveLandThatILove

      #YOLO

      • https://twitter.com/jimkanicki jimkanicki

        #ZACtion

    • https://twitter.com/jimkanicki jimkanicki

      derp

      • http://www.clevelandfrowns.com/ Cleveland Frowns

        LOL.

      • munasrevenge

        I think “Have you all gone insane?” “Derp.” needs to be the official motto of Cheddar Bay. Kind of sums it all up perfectly.

  • squeekycleen

    rest of mine, the futility continues:

    essay pick: seahawks over bears: bears defense is old, and has shown cracks, particularly against squads that power run directly at them. enter the seahawks and lynch who will try to do just that. on the flip side, the seahawk defense is above average, and should be able to get after cutler, who will attempt to operate behind the turnstyle bear line. curiously low number for the bears as well, as you would expect an 8-3 homestanding squad to be laying more than 3.5 against a 6-5 squad that doesnt get much attention. seahawks for me as this week’s loser.

    others:
    denver
    detroit

  • oxr

    Georgia +7 was a coin-flip of a win. Now:

    Jags +6 over Bills
    Texans -6 over Titans
    Panthers -3 over Chiefs
    Jets -4.5 over Cardinals

    Bengals -1.5 over Chargers

    I am apparently 3-9-1 in essay picks but 43-21 in all others – I hope that one of these records is unsustainable, but I fear it might be the other one. So it is with a deep sense of futility that I cast around for a decent team/imploding team matchup, one without a Dallas-sized spread, and come up with the same one as everybody else. The Bengals have been a fairly pleasant surprise lately and barring a miracle the Chargers are about to fire their coach and run off to join the circus. Based on a few of this year’s Chargers games it still seems that there might be something wrong with Rivers; perhaps his unusual delivery has exacerbated the effect of an injury that would otherwise have been minor. (My record with essay picks indicates that this will be some kind of nightmarish 4-TD return to form for the guy.) AJ Green did not catch a touchdown pass last week, so I presume he will be ready to feast on a San Diego secondary where almost everyone is injured except for Eric Weddle, who is merely concussed. In a world in which Dallas is favored by ten I think this line could stand to be a few points higher – San Diego’s non-existent home field advantage? residual unwillingness to bet on the Bengals? – but I will take my chances as it is: this pick might be doomed, but it’s not crazy.

  • http://bryanjoiner.com/ Bryan Joiner

    In addition to my ‘Bama miss:

    Jags +6 over Bills

    Bucs +7 over Broncos

    Patriots -7.5 over Dolphins

    Cowboys -10 over Eagles

    Jets -4.5 over Cardinals (essay)

    The Jets are so easy to bet against that it’s easy to forget how sometimes they just play well. It’s astonishing when it happens, but the blood of their fans needs to be refreshed with endorphins from time to time, to keep them alive just beyond a catatonic state. The Cardinals beat the Pats in New England in week two and will get their butts handed to them by Sanchez today, and Rex will feel great for a week, and then it’ll all come crashing down again.

  • Harbaugh handshakes

    Harbaugh handshakes week 14 nfl picks

    Houston texans -6 at Tennessee

    This boils down to the titans ability to score on the texans. Jake locker can not lead this team to multiple scores and I really see Chris Johnson as a non factor vs JJ watt and the boys. Arian foster is going to run all over the titans defense and a resurgent Andre Johnson is going to open up the offense to score at least 21 pts. So in conclusion I’d be surprised if the titans score 10 and I think the texans score at least 21. That’s my logic it’s been working good luck.

    Giants -2.5 at the redskins.

  • D Quatts

    D Quatts (con’t)

    Bama (lose)

    Hawaii (win)

    Broncos

    Bills

    Browns

    ***Lions

    ***Lions*** As I find myself starting to set a little bit of a trend in my personal Cheddar Bay betting, I come to another week where the Lions must win to keep pace in the NFC. With the final wild-card spot still up for grabs (assuming the packers or bears will take the 5th playoff spot), this is a game where Detroit should and will control the entire 60 minutes. Yes, the Colts are better than last year. Yes, its a short trip to another confortable dome for Andrew Luck. But Detroit’s new ability to spread their offense consistently from run to pass should give Indy fits. I see Detroit comfortably winning this one. I think LeShoure will be the Offensive MVP today, but as always, expect some spectaculars from Megatron.

    Happy Sunday, All!

  • CLEinMPLS

    Texans -6
    Chargers +1.5

  • CLEinMPLS

    Bears -4
    Jets -4.5 (essay)

    Cardinals have to travel across the country with a piece of shit qb and play a jets team that has had 10 days to prepare after being embarrassed at home on Thanksgiving. This will probably be a very ugly game, but I just don’t trust the cardinals to put up enough points to cover this thing. I look for the jets to create 2-3 turnovers, maybe even a pick 6. I know the Jets are not a good team, and they have a ton of injuries, but I guess I feel the cardinals are just that bad right now. Unless Sanchez shits the bed (which is entrirely possible), I think the Jets got this one.

  • http://twitter.com/TDDeBord David DeBord

    ALA -7 vs UGA
    FSU -14 vs GT
    JAC +6 @ BUF
    HOU -6 @ TEN
    OAK +1 vs CLE***
    PIT +9.5 @ BAL

    I really wanted to pick Carolina today. I really think the NFL should have rescheduled this game for the Chiefs’ sake. Then again, when I have lost someone close to me at my companies, it isn’t as if we stopped working. I am not sure why I feel differently when it is an NFL team. Anyway, I hate to break this to you CLE, but Charlie Batch is not walking into that door for the Raiders this week. Neither are the Steelers RBs. Weedon seems to be regressing, and if we get to hear Colt McCoy music then that is even more terrifying. Give me the home dog in this one please.

  • bobby_slick

    Here goes today…

    Bengals -1.5
    Browns -1
    Texans -6***

    The thought of Jake Locker trying to anything productive against a JJ Watt lead defense is laughable. After an embarrassing thanksgiving day outing in which no one had any interest in winning, the texans come back this week with more focus and crush Tennessee. And seriously, when Schaub starts, texans have covered 17 of 21…that’s insane. Titans D is giving up the second most points in the league, 4th most total yards and they have one of the most balanced offenses coming at them today. A healthy foster, a healthy Schaub, and a healthy Andre Johnson…I hope I can relax on this one after the first quarter…

    Go Browns!

  • http://www.facebook.com/flannery.mckenna Flannery McKenna

    Vikings

    Giants

    Dolphins

    Texans

    **Broncos

    Bucs vs. Broncos? They’re a bucking bronco of tackles this
    season. Just going to try to ride Manning while he’s chucking it well.
    Bucs have a tough defensive front but their success is more skill and
    than scheme and Peyton will eventually find a way to throw on a
    secondary that’s pretty horrendous in coverage anyway. Too many of
    tampas strengths – defensive line, Gerald McCoy romping like a beast and
    vincent jackson flowing freely in down the field – get negated by the
    Broncs – great pass blocking and stellar corner back coverage from Baily
    and Carter. At home in the altitude and in totally control of their
    own destiny, one touchdown is a manageable margin for Pey Pey.

    Will lay the points and watch the bucs get bucked.

    - dood

  • clayII

    Bama (loss)
    Wiscy (win)
    Hawaii (win) – all glory to FSOZJ
    Steelers (+9.5) / Ravens
    Chargers (+1.5) / Bengals
    Browns (-1) / Raiders
    Since I’m probably done as far as the playoff chase goes, why not? Raiders blow. Love our d-line with Taylor back and should get heat on the immobile Palmer all day and stuff the run. I think our offense should be able to do enough against this poor Raider D. A couple big plays is all we should need (T.R., Gordon), and I think today we bust one on special teams. Road losing streak ends today. I like how we are ending a lot of these sucky streaks this year. I do believe the groundwork is in place here. Give me a CB and S in the draft, sign a veteran S. Sign and draft a LB and think we have a good future.

  • bupalos

    There is a special providence in the fall of a Bupalos. If it be now, ’tis not to come; if it be not to come, it will be now; if it be not now, yet it will come— the readiness is all. Just as there can be nothing more certain that a prohibitive favorite jumping up eighty nine slots in 3 weeks or whatever, this narrative would make no sense if Bupalos, tantalized all season by the thin red line, wasn’t destined to crash back to the cellarage from which his rants are all the more powerful and effective. But perhaps this story is being written on a larger scale, perhaps he has yet further to climb before he is cast down to the Thersitian bowels. Time will tell. But in any case, can there be a better place for Bupalos to cast his lot than out west, in the midst of one of the now annual 100 year weather events? There cannot. A drunken donkey braying out CMFB in a sloppy, muddy, rainstorm of evil is most pleasing to the god, and thus it follows: CMFB – (MINUS! THAT’S A MINUS!!!) whatever points. Roll Shurmur Roll!

    We’ll add to that the other potential slopfest, running with the mighty Padres or whatever that San Diego team is called, I’m drawing a blank. That game is out there, right?

    Then toss in whoever is playing the Broncos, I forget.

    • bupalos

      We’ll close it out with NYG for the monday nighter. Mostly because it’s too painful to watch Washington get over.

      Jimminy Crickets why don’t we have RGIII?!?!

  • CLEinMPLS

    I will take the Giants -2.5 tonight for my last pick. What a disaster.

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