Monthly Archives: December 2008

Mythical Picks – NFL – Weekend of 1/4/09

I prepared these Mythical Picks early this week and using mid-week betting lines because I will be offline until some time early next week. Please, everyone, have a Happy New Year. And in order to have that Happy New Year, please take care with regard to your celebrations on New Year’s Eve. Stay well, everyone. […]

Tuesdays With The Sorries – – The Last One

There were a bundle of NFL teams that “had to win” last weekend in order to assure themselves a playoff spot – – or at least to keep alive the hopes for a playoff spot. In many cases, those “had to win teams” were paired against “who cares teams” and the outcome seemed obvious. Except […]

Looking Back On 2008

According to the Chinese calendar, 2008 was The Year of the Rat. My intention was to keep a list of people who might have been “Person of the Year” in the Year of the Rat. That idea went belly-up in March when a heinous event happened and closed off nominees for the list. It was […]

Must Read – Trite Trophy 2008

Yes, I know it is Sunday morning and I don’t usually write on Sunday mornings but there is a “must-read” column out there today. For the last 25 years, Gene Collier of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has given out the annual “Trite Trophy”. It honors the most meaningless and overused cliché of the year. I discovered […]

Mythical Picks – NFL – Weekend of 12/28/08

After another bad week of Mythical Picks, [I swear that I was not under the influence of any hallucinogens, narcotics, alcohol or amphetamines when I made those picks.] both kinds of picks are now under .500 for the season. The Over/Under picks are irredeemable; I need to make a strong showing in the Against the […]

Caveat Emptor…

Last Sunday, viewers in the DC area were treated to the Pats/Cards contest as the early game on FOX. Once a year, a “snow game” can be fun to watch for a while; it is interesting to see athletes who have spent their lives learning to play a violent game based on power and speed […]

Bad NFL Performances/Good College BB Games

On a weekend where some teams had the playoffs in their grasp and dropped the ball, and on a weekend where some floundering teams took their futile twitchings to a new level of abdominal spasms, there were a whole bunch of performances that were just plain sorry. I do not mean sorry in the sense […]

Holiday Greetings 2008

I want to take this opportunity to wish everyone who reads these rants – whether or not you take the time to comment on them positively or negatively – a very warm and happy Holiday Season in 2008. I hope that everyone gets to spend time this Holiday Season with those people who are most […]

Congrats To Richmond…

Since I am an advocate for a college football playoff, let me begin today by offering congratulations to the University of Richmond for winning the Division 1-AA football playoff. I saw most of the final game against Montana and some of one of the previous games involving Richmond. There is a defensive end for Richmond, […]

Recommended Reading

Scott Ostler had a great column in yesterday’s SF Chronicle. I commend it to your reading…