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To the Victor Goes the #SpoilerAlert

Instant news.

Instant analysis.

You are never out of the loop.

Your favorite show you DVR’d just got spoiled.

Ok, so social media isn’t all good. And yes, some people are inconsiderate with their spoilers. But some people are just too sensitive. I am binge-watching The Wire. I didn’t watch it during its original run. Should I be upset if someone spoils it? In 2014? No.

Listen. Binge-watching is here to stay. And services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime have made cutting the cable or satellite service practical and even popular. But there certain risks you assume when you consume your media through these services…and spoilers are one of them. IF you have a “right” to enjoy your show unspoiled…don’t those of us who aren’t three years behind entitled to our being able to share our joy with co-workers and friends on the internet? Yes.

So, here are some rules that I feel should be adopted by all man-kind regarding spoilers. Of course, these should be amended and added to…feel free to do so in the comments. Any comment which receives a second and enough response will make it into the rules. Let’s make this conformity happen!

1. Spoiler-Alerts

1.1 Useage

1.1.1 Twitter

When tweeting a spoiler. Use #Spoiler or #SpoilerAlert at the beginning of the Tweet along with the show’s appropriate hashtag or Twitter denomination. That way, anyone who sees your Tweet in your timeline…can opt not to view it in its entirety.

IE. #SpoilerAlert #HouseOfCards #FU is bad.

1.1.2 Facebook

When your status update includes a spoiler. Annotate it as such at the beginning to include the show. Press enter a couple times, that way someone can choose to read your spoiler or not.

A better rule is to state something generic. “Scandal tonight…wow! Discuss in the comments” Then, IF someone wants to see what the fuss is about…they can…click to the comments…

1.1.3 General Rules of Thumb

If you live in the eastern time zone…understand that the Pacific/Mountain folks haven’t even watched it yet. Don’t be a jerk. It won’t kill you to discuss the show in the comments…or wait a couple hours. Or until the following day.

Bottomline…don’t be a jerk. IF someone tells you they are behind on a show…don’t spoil. It is in bad taste.

When in a discussion, in person, it is polite to inquire whether the person has, indeed, consumed or plans to consume the medium. Again…don’t be a jerk.

1.2 Exemptions

1.2.1 Shows that are dropped all at once (House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, etc.) have a watch cycle of at least 1 month.

1.2.1.1 House of Cards’ current season needs to be watched by March 15 (The Ides of March). After such time, no spoiler-alert is necessary.

1.2.2 Network TV shows have a watch cycle of 1 week.

1.2.3 Movies have a watch cycle of 1 year.

2. Spoilers

2.1 Definition

A spoiler is significant information which indicates a major plot point in a film, TV show, or book which would “spoil” the experience.

Making a joke about a general theme in a show is NOT a spoiler, it is a joke.

Saying something that was in a movie trailer…NOT a spoiler.

Saying something you HOPE happens…NOT a spoiler.

I know what happens to “X” character…NOT a spoiler. via Jim Treacher (@jtLOL)

My SuperBowl Pick

footballAlright, here is hoping that I can at least salvage .500 for the playoffs.

I am entering this weekend 4-5-1 against the spread and 6-4 straight pickem.

In fantasy world, I jumped to 5th out of 28 and the first week completely hosed me. I am hoping to jump some more into the money…

I can only hope. So, without further ado…here is my pick:

San Francisco (-3.5) versus Baltimore

Well. What can I say? I like San Francisco. I like Kaepernick in the dome. I like their defense. And I think the time off will hurt the Ravens. I am thinking 35-24 San Francisco.

My Fantasy Lineup:

QB: Colin Kaepernick

RB: Kendall Hunter, Bernard Pierce

WR: Randy Moss, Torrie Smith

TE: Vernon Davis

PK: Justin Tucker

Def: Baltimore Ravens

Alright, so, what do you think. Who do you have? Sound off!

Championship Round Picks: How I Fared

footballWell, it was not the greatest weekend for picks. Ahhh, who am I kidding…for the first time, you would have been better going with me than against me.

I am now 4-5-1 against the spread and 6-4 pick ’em.

And in my fantasy football playoff league, this weekend, I jumped from 20th to 5th!

Overall, it was pretty spectacular, so let’s get to it!

 

 

 

San Francisco (-4) versus Atlanta

What I got Right:

I pushed on the spread, but I got the pick’em right. While my 45-30 point total was overblown…after a shaky start, San Francisco took it to em.

What I got Wrong:

The final score. But what track meet feel this game had early died out in the last 20 minutes of play.

Baltimore (+8.5) versus New England

What I got Right:

The spread, and that is about all. I did say that Baltimore definitely believed they could win but…

What I got Wrong:

I said, “In the end, their aging defense won’t be able to do enough to win. But they come close.” Try, they dominated the second half. If I would have told you that one defense shuts the other down in the second half…you probably would have said the Patriots. If I would have told you that one team would only score one touchdown, you would have most certainly bet on the Ravens…they were clutch…

My Fantasy Lineup:

The Fantasy League I am in we play guys every week, 8 starters, 1 QB,1K, 1Def, 1TE, 2 WR, 2RB.

You can use any guy, BUT you can only use him once. Most total points wins.

My total points = 421.7 (169.3) points. That is good enough for 5/28, as I had a really good week…it will get more interesting as people have used some superstars…and a LOT of people were betting Patriots/49ers in their picks and some don’t have any options when it comes to Defense/PK/Tight Ends…

QB: Matt Ryan 36.1

RB: Frank Gore (21), Jacquizz Rodgers (3.2) My ONLY bust…

WR: Anquan Boldin (23), Julio Jones (47.2)

TE: Tony Gonzales (21.8)

PK: David Akers (4)

Def: San Francisco 49ers (13)

Alright, so, there it is…two weeks to contemplate the Super Bowl!

My Championship Round NFL Picks

football Alright, here is hoping that my picks go better this week than they did last week.

Aright, if one thing should be abundantly clear, my picks are the reason that I shouldn’t gamble. The other takeaway is, if you pick against me? You will be in the money.

I am entering this weekend 3-5 against the spread and 5-3 straight pickem.

In fantasy world, I am 20th out of 28 and the first week completely hosed me. I am hoping this week goes entirely better there as now the choices for who to play start shrinking.

I can only hope. So, without further ado…here are my picks:

San Francisco (-4) versus Atlanta

I don’t like Atlanta that much. But in an otherwise even matchup…coaching will matter.

Mike Smith versus Jim Harbaugh?

Not. Even. Close. San Francisco will take the spoils on a fast track in perfect conditions. 45-30.

Baltimore (+8.5) versus New England

Do I think that Baltimore will win? No. But 8.5 is a ridiculously high number. The number should be at about 6.5 or 7 before I would take New England.

The truth is that Baltimore believes they can beat the mighty Patriots. They did so in a fantastic week 3 matchup this year and last year’s AFC Championship game was incredible.

In the end, their aging defense won’t be able to do enough to win. But they come close. 30-23 New England

My Fantasy Lineup:

QB: Matt Ryan

RB: Frank Gore, Jacquizz Rodgers

WR: Anquan Boldin, Julio Jones

TE: Tony Gonzales

PK: David Akers

Def: San Francisco 49ers

Alright, so, what do you think. Who do you have? Sound off!

Divisional Round Recap

 football

Today, here is a recap of my picks for the  Divisional round weekend AND how my fantasy picks went…

I improved my record to an embarassing 3-5 against the spread for the playoffs (2-2) and 5-3 pickem (2-2) So, basically you would be in the money if you just picked against my picks.

So, the key to your prosperity is picking against me…

 

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My Divisional Round Picks

football Alright, here is hoping that my picks go better this week than they did last week.

Here is hoping that my fantasy weekend goes better as well.

This weekend features 2 heavy favorites in the AFC  (New England and Denver) and two close games in the NFC (Falcons and 49ers). So, according to the spreads only the NFC games are going to be watchable…I don’t know.

On Tuesday night I surprised my wife, got a sitter, and took her to go see Les Mis. As musicals go, it is extremely well done. Anne Hathaway’s rendition of I Dreamed a Dream is worth the price of admission. I am liking the musical to big screen trend in Hollywood. It beats most the smut they call art that comes out of the hills.

 In honor of that, here are my divisional round picks, Les Mis style:

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Wildcard Weekend Recap: How My Picks Went

football

Today, here is a recap of my picks for the  wildcard weekend AND how my fantasy picks went…

Before we get there, I want to thank NBC/NFL for having the games available online. I also want to curse profusely CBS/Fox for not understanding modern technology and not making the games available online (legally).

It is ridiculous and a pox on their networks.

Cincinnati (+4.5) at Houston

What I got Right:

I predicted a game in the 23-20 range with Houston winning and one defensive score for the Bengals. Not too far off than the final: 19-13. Although, Cincinnati had this game for the taking…they did get that one defensive score.

What I got Wrong:

Houston covered.

Minnesota (+7.5) at Green Bay

What I got Right:

Minnesota’s defensive held Green Bay to 24 points…

What I got Wrong:

…but the junk time cover didn’t happen.

Indianapolis (+6.5) at Baltimore

What I got Right: 

That Baltimore should be favored by two touchdowns.

What I got Wrong: 

Everything else. Settling for field goals and some untimely drops killed Andrew Luck and the Colts. Also, it didn’t help that Arians was hospitalized right before the game.

Seattle (-3) at Washington

What I got Right: That things would get ugly if RGIII wasn’t 100%. That Seattle would run away with it. Pretty much everything I predicted.

What I got Wrong: It wasn’t 34-20, it was 24-14. Which would have put you on the under not the over…these things matter.

Fantasy League

The Fantasy League I am in we play guys every week, 8 starters, 1 QB,1K, 1Def, 1TE, 2 WR, 2RB.

You can use any guy, BUT you can only use him once. Most total points wins.

My total points = 90.9 points. Not good. I am near the bottom. It sucks.

My lineup:

QB: Andrew Luck: 11 Points

RB: Alfred Morris (8) and Adrian Peterson (11.7)

WR: Pierre Garcon (9) and AJ Green (13)

TE: Kyle Rudolph (7.2)

K: Adam Vinatieri (10)

Def: Bengals (21)

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