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NFL Week 14 Picks

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Ugh.

I’m not impressed with my showing last week. Or with the Steelers showing, either. It was a weird week with more then a couple upsets and some odd finishes.

Who would have thought the Raiders would have three touchdowns against Pittsburgh – in the fourth quarter? That officials in Washington would overturn a call – after a timeout was called to give the replay booth a chance to review said call – in overtime with sketchy (at best) evidence? Or that Indianapolis could get held to three points in the second half – and still win by double-digits?

Let’s put it this way. It was a weird week last week. I went an ugly 7 and 8. Not impressed.

Still, it could be worse. I could be Army’s offense, which seemed to have two or three plays today against Navy, all of them involving a lob pass to a Alejandro Villanueva, regardless of the triple coverage that surrounded him at all times. Like them, I’m plunging ahead with my week 14 picks, with no remorse. Read the rest of this entry »

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Written by M.

December 12, 2009 at 9:24 pm

Official North of the 400 NBA Playoff picks, first round

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Eastern Conference

No. 1 Cleveland vs. No. 8 Detroit
Obviously Cleveland in this series. I think Detroit’s too old and too banged up to even pose much of a threat, really. Cavs in five.

No. 2 Boston vs. No. 7 Chicago
You know what, now that Garnett’s maybe out for the whole postseason, I feel like the Bulls can pull off a huge upset. I like the way they’ve been playing lately, there’s some good matchups and if they can steal an early win in Boston they’ll have a great chance at winning this series. I’m going to go out on a limb and say the Bulls in seven.

No. 3 Orlando vs. No. 6 Philadelphia
I don’t know if I’m sold on Orlando going too deep, but I think they’ll get past Philly without a lot of problems. Orlando in five.

No. 4 Atlanta vs. No. 5 Miami
I’m taking Miami since I really like the way Wade’s played this season and I haven’t really seen Atlanta play much. Miami in six.

Western Conference

No. 1 Los Angeles Lakers vs. No. 8 Utah
I think the Jazz are starting to self-destruct and the Lakers will walk all over them. I don’t even think it’ll even have a close game. Lakers in 4.

No. 2 Denver vs. No. 7 New Orleans
I really like this matchup. More then anything, I like the Billups/CP3 matchup. It’s a great point against a George Karl-coached point, so I think it’ll be neat. I like what little I’ve seen of the Nuggets, so I’m going to take them to win in six.

No. 3 San Antonio vs. No. 6 Dallas
I also really like this too. Normally I’d like the Spurs, but with Manu out and Duncan hurt, this could go either way. And since the Spurs are relying on Roger Mason Jr. to make big shots, I’ll take the Mavs in seven.

No. 4 Portland vs. No. 5 Houston
Another cool series, too. I really like Houston this year (mostly because I want them to win without T-Mac) but Portland is fun to watch and I like Brandon Roy a lot. I think Portland’s inexperience will be a factor, though, so I like Houston in six.

Written by M.

April 18, 2009 at 1:07 am

Official North of the 400 NBA Playoff picks, first round

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Eastern Conference

No. 1 Cleveland vs. No. 8 Detroit
Obviously Cleveland in this series. I think Detroit’s too old and too banged up to even pose much of a threat, really. Cavs in five.

No. 2 Boston vs. No. 7 Chicago
You know what, now that Garnett’s maybe out for the whole postseason, I feel like the Bulls can pull off a huge upset. I like the way they’ve been playing lately, there’s some good matchups and if they can steal an early win in Boston they’ll have a great chance at winning this series. I’m going to go out on a limb and say the Bulls in seven.

No. 3 Orlando vs. No. 6 Philadelphia
I don’t know if I’m sold on Orlando going too deep, but I think they’ll get past Philly without a lot of problems. Orlando in five.

No. 4 Atlanta vs. No. 5 Miami
I’m taking Miami since I really like the way Wade’s played this season and I haven’t really seen Atlanta play much. Miami in six.

Western Conference

No. 1 Los Angeles Lakers vs. No. 8 Utah
I think the Jazz are starting to self-destruct and the Lakers will walk all over them. I don’t even think it’ll even have a close game. Lakers in 4.

No. 2 Denver vs. No. 7 New Orleans
I really like this matchup. More then anything, I like the Billups/CP3 matchup. It’s a great point against a George Karl-coached point, so I think it’ll be neat. I like what little I’ve seen of the Nuggets, so I’m going to take them to win in six.

No. 3 San Antonio vs. No. 6 Dallas
I also really like this too. Normally I’d like the Spurs, but with Manu out and Duncan hurt, this could go either way. And since the Spurs are relying on Roger Mason Jr. to make big shots, I’ll take the Mavs in seven.

No. 4 Portland vs. No. 5 Houston
Another cool series, too. I really like Houston this year (mostly because I want them to win without T-Mac) but Portland is fun to watch and I like Brandon Roy a lot. I think Portland’s inexperience will be a factor, though, so I like Houston in six.

Written by M.

April 17, 2009 at 9:07 pm

Third annual NHL Playoff picks – Western Conference

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And here’s part two, with my western picks, briefly:

San Jose over Anahiem

First, the Sharks are good. Nabakov has been excellent this season, winning 41 games and posting a goals-against of 2.44. And they’re a solid offensive team, even now Jonathan Cheechoo’s scoring touch has all but vanished. The Ducks will be hard pressed to match them.

Detroit over Columbus

A popular pick this spring is to choose Columbus and there are pretty solid reasons. Steve Mason has been nothing short of superb this year, etc. But they’re over-thinking it. Detroit’s offence will keep the pressure on Mason and they will get to him. I wouldn’t expect this series to go very long.

Vancouver over St. Louis

Mostly because I think St. Louis is playing with house money since they’ve made it this far. They’re old and Vancouver’s Luongo can come up big in the postseason. I can see this one getting over in a hurry.

Calgary over Chicago

Because Chicago is young and still inexperienced. They remind me of the Penguins of a couple seasons ago, the ones that faced the Sens in the first round. Come next year, they might go a lot deeper, but for now they’ll just give chase to the Flames.

Written by M.

April 15, 2009 at 10:57 am

Third annual NHL Playoff picks – Western Conference

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And here’s part two, with my western picks, briefly:

San Jose over Anahiem

First, the Sharks are good. Nabakov has been excellent this season, winning 41 games and posting a goals-against of 2.44. And they’re a solid offensive team, even now Jonathan Cheechoo’s scoring touch has all but vanished. The Ducks will be hard pressed to match them.

Detroit over Columbus

A popular pick this spring is to choose Columbus and there are pretty solid reasons. Steve Mason has been nothing short of superb this year, etc. But they’re over-thinking it. Detroit’s offence will keep the pressure on Mason and they will get to him. I wouldn’t expect this series to go very long.

Vancouver over St. Louis

Mostly because I think St. Louis is playing with house money since they’ve made it this far. They’re old and Vancouver’s Luongo can come up big in the postseason. I can see this one getting over in a hurry.

Calgary over Chicago

Because Chicago is young and still inexperienced. They remind me of the Penguins of a couple seasons ago, the ones that faced the Sens in the first round. Come next year, they might go a lot deeper, but for now they’ll just give chase to the Flames.

Written by M.

April 15, 2009 at 6:57 am

Early NFL Playoff Picks

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So, it’s week 16 now. The NFL is pretty much set, but not 100%. So, here are some pretty much blind (only a look at the standings and schedule) pick of the playoff teams.

AFC playoff teams – New England (East), Pittsburgh (North), Tennessee (South), Denver (West), Baltimore (Wild Card), Indianapolis (Wild Card)

After nearly losing a home game to the Bills, the Jets are looking shaky. And with a tough end to their schedule, a home game to the Dolphins, I don’t know if they can pull it out. It feels too much like their season will come down to that game. But the Patriots are looking better as the season goes on, and they have a tepid schedule – a home game against Arizona and an away game in Buffalo. I like their odds more then I like the Jets.

Denver’s lead over San Diego seems to be enough for me, especially after the Chargers nearly lost to Kansas City. Even if the Broncos somehow let them back into the race, they’ll meet on the last day of the season, and they beat the Chargers once already.

Given the AFC East’s tightness, I don’t think any team will have a good enough record to emerge for the Wild Card since Indianapolis already has 10 wins. That leaves Baltimore as the other Wild Card, but they have a tough schedule – Dallas and Jacksonville. It’ll either be them or the Jets, but think the Ravens defence will carry them to the playoffs.

Pittsburgh and Tennessee have already clinched.

NFC playoff teams – New York Giants (East), Chicago (North), Carolina (South), Arizona, (West), Dallas (Wild Card), Atlanta (Wild Card)

Why Chicago? Minnesota has won four in a row, but I still don’t trust them. They play Atlanta, who seem to still be coming on, and the Giants, who are looking great so far. However, the Bears have an easier schedule: Green Bay and Houston. I like them to win the North by a game.

Carolina has a two-game lead in the NFC South, and although they haven’t clinched, they would need to drop their next two (Giants and Saints) and have either Tampa Bay or Atlanta win their next two, just to force a tie break. So, I like their odds.

Dallas is coming on strong as the season progresses, but their locker room drama could scuttle their season. They have two tough games coming up (Baltimore and Philly). I expect they’ll win at least one of those and sneak into the playoffs with a 10-6 record, just beating out Minnesota.

Atlanta is a sentimental pick. I like Matt Ryan and they have an easy schedule: Minnesota and St. Louis. If they beat the Vikings, I like them to make the playoffs. If they lose that, though, they’re finished, and Minnesota might even win the NFC North, pushing the Bears to the other Wild Card (or even Tampa Bay, if they can stop their free fall).

I suppose that makes Atlanta / Minnesota the game to watch next week. The NFC playoff picture kind of hinges on it. Still, I’m taking the Falcons. Their offense is looking dynamic and they’ve just come off a gutty win over the Buccaneers.

Written by M.

December 16, 2008 at 4:47 pm