It was just a e-mail that went astray.
The Blog O' Fun is going on hiatus, it may be short, or it may be forever. It is up to fates to decide.
There is a lot going on in my life and I have got to go and sort it out. I may not find the answers I want, but it will be progress from where I am at now.
So on the bright side I will be saving all of you who read this and the rest of the blogging world from the drivel that I can crank out. I think grammar and syntax and the respectable profession that is football wagering will be the better for it. You know it is tough blogging when you have a fatwa out on you from Strunk & White. It ain't easy folks.
So if this is it, I want to thank all of you that have stopped by and and inspired me by your wonderful works to keep going. I will also ask forgiveness to all the blogs that I have darkened with my comments. I have met some wonderful people during blogging journey, some that I have actually met in person. I have been at this blog longer than every job I have ever held but one. This is something I have enjoyed and really loved doing. Again I am not trying to sound maudlin here and I did say I may be back.
I do hope I have been able to provide a chuckle or two along the way, if so then it is so worth it.
Now I am not totally going "Into the Wild" on you, I may still be floating around here and there. Till then, I leave you with this A Not So Old Blogger who has Irish Roots' Blessing,
May former White Sox utility man Ross Gload always be there to greet you
May the blogging wind always be at the back of your hard drive
May you never be asked to deiced Dirk Benedict's best role; Starbuck or Face,
and may Tim Raines always play shallow in your outfields
And until we meet Conrad Bain again,
May Godzilla not smash you with the palm of his hand.
Well I have finally forced myself to sit down and type this out.
What has my extensive research has concluded is . . .
Some crazy ass crap is going to happen, but most of the usual suspects will be there at the end so let's take a look at the National Football Conference
NFC Wild Cards Philadelphia and Carolina
Conference Title Game: Dallas over Chicago
AFC Wild Cards Denver and Pittsburgh
Conference Title Game: New England over San Diego
Super Bowl XLII New England over Dallas
I plan to give more detailed explanation about these picks, but knowing me I will watch Week#1 and panic. So I reserve the right to make retractions and corrections.
Here are my picks for Week#1
Buffalo (+3) over Denver - Buffalo 27 - 14 (That ones for you Eric)
Houston (-3) over K.C. - Houston 24 - 9
Minnesota (-3) over Atlanta - Brain Brohm Watch starts today -Minnesota 27 - 17
New York (+6) vs. New England. Pats win, but the Jets keep it close 27 - 24
Philadelphia (-3) over Green Bay. Pack has made strides and will be close, but Eagles put them away late 28 - 21
Pittsburgh (-4.5) over Cleveland. Another horrible year starts yet again for Cleveland. Pittsburgh 34 - 17
Washington (-3) over Miami. I have a feeling that Trent Green will play like he did in K.C. Sadly I am thinking of Week#1 of last year. He is not going to make through this season. Washington 23 - 10
St. Louis (+1) over Carolina - Even though the Panthers have been able to contain the Rams at the Dome, they won't be able to do this Sunday. St. Louis 26 - 14
Oakland (-1.5) over Detroit. The Lane Kiffin Era begins with a win. Raiders 21 - 10
Seattle (-5.5) over Tampa Bay. Not the way Gruden wants to start the season since his job is on the line. Seahawks 30 - 20
Game of Day
San Diego (-6) over Chicago. Bad Rex stops by and hilarity ensues. San Diego 35 - 17
Dallas (-6) over New York. Sunday night is family night and do we need to show this slaughter. Dallas 28 - 13
Baltimore (+2.5) over Cincinnati. The Bengals will show their true stripes. No not prison stripes, just it can't play D. Baltimore 31 - 19
San Francisco (-3) over Arizona. They are who we thought they are, the Cardinals. San Francisco 31 - 24
All right I have to get some sleep.
FOOOTTTTBBAALLLL SEASON IS HERE!!
Yes, the NFL is back and I can truly put the festering wound that was Chicago White Sox baseball away.
So it begins tonight. I am doing my last minute research and I will present to you the world my illustrious picks.
Tonight we have the World Champions opening at home (1st time in 4 years) vs. the Free Good Hit of 2006.
New Orleans at Indianapolis (-6) (OU 52)
Well it looks like the a dream matchup of two team that can go up and down the field, with defenses that are not spectacular. I do not see the same amount of fireworks that everyone expects. There will be flashes, but it will be more start stop.
Saints will win if:
Remind the Colts front seven exactly who Deuce McAllister is. The Saints will still give some exotic looks and try to spring some quick strikes, but they will take from the "How To Play The Colts Manual" and run 50 Gut, Counter Trey, Iso plays and then cut them down and open up the back side running that zone.
Keep the Colts out of 3rd and manageables. For most teams that is 3 and less than 4, but the Colts you can stretch that 3rd and 7. The Colts can nickle and dime you to death, but better than leaving yourself exposed trying to get to Manning on a blitz and snap you done 14 points and you have to throw. Drew Brees please meet Dwight Freeney.
Make plays on special teams. This is the area the Colts have issues. Other than Vinatieri they don't have great coverage teams and no one really know if Hunter Smith is in the NFL since he is seen less than the Loch Ness Monster.
If they can actually focus on the game. How many times do you see a team celebrate their championship only to get waxed. The Colts are 48-16 at home since 99.
Doing the three step. Everyone seems worried about the Colts taking a Ugoh out on the open road. It won't be a problem, even with the Saints have great DE's. The Colts will try to run quick hitters and slow up the rush. If the Colts can do that and not have to bring Clark into block, they will maintain a huge advantage. The 3 WR's will be enough, but having Clark up the the seam will be deadly.
The best defense is a kick ass offense. Colt D is at it's very best when on the sideline. The Colts have the ability to get quick scores and also grind up with the short stuff. Which make a sorry D work. Last vs. the run, and since they were so bad it made their passing #'s look good.
Colts win but won't cover the -6. Even though the Colts have been 48-16 at home since 99. They are also 30-32-2 against the line at the Victrola Dome. The Saints 37-28 in that same period. Last three years they were 16-9 ATS on the road (throw out 05 and its 13-3) 14-7 (11-2 if you again throw out 05) as a road dog. As for the Over/Under the two team will come close, but not over.
I am hoping for a thrilling start, but it will be interesting for 3 Quarters and then the Colts grind down the Saints, who will get a late score to make it close.
Colts 28 Saints 24
P.S. Take the over on the number of not so sublet hints that John Madden wants to meet Brett Farve in bathroom stall at the Minneapolis Airport (Not that there is any wrong with that)