Wildcard Weekend Recap: How My Picks Went

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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)

Rational Discourse on Facebook or Twitter

It happens to the best of us.

We see a post or a tweet. We overreact and we lay down the rhetorical boom.

Then you re-read the post and realize that you actually agreed with the gist of the post…you just disagreed on semantics.

And you feel like a grade A douchebag.

 

So, I have put together a few rules for encouraging rational discourse on Facebook and Twitter. It isn\’t comprehensive and I reserve the right to add or amend…and frankly will based on input from you all:

1. Decide whether it is even worth the jump.

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Race in 2013

As a follow up to my earlier article on Rob Parker, Rembert Browne of Grantland writes a wonderful column (NSFW language) on race in America and how he hopes that we are indeed moving to a different place in dealing with race in America.

I have always found it silly that we can’t have an honest discussion on race in America. I found this very evident during the Trayvon Martin debacle (as an aside, I hope that NBC gets the hammer dropped on them by a jury for their culpability).

Anyway. Props to Rembert for his article. Give it a read.

Gridlock: An American Institution

gridlockWe all hate gridlock. When we are driving. When our pipes freeze. When your 4 year old decides that flushing his toys is a better alternative than actually putting them away. We hate it. It slows us down.

But sometimes, we need to slow down. Take a minute. Gather ourselves. We always say, during times of tragedy, it is good to reflect on family, or life, or God.

When it comes to Washington, D.C.? We hate gridlock there as well. But did our forefathers want an expedient route to legislation? No. We may hate it. But when it comes to Washington D.C., gridlock is a feature not a flaw.

Here are a few reasons why we could use a little more gridlock in our lives.

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My Wildcard Picks

football As many of you know. I love football.

I also love fantasy football.

So, here are my picks for the upcoming wildcard weekend AND my strategy for the upcoming fantasy playoff pool I am in

 

 

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The Bill of Rights Matters

A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

From time to time in America, there is a growing debate about what these words mean. And exactly how important they are. Piers Morgan feels that the constitution is inherently flawed (as well as the Bible). Others don’t feel that the 2nd amendment should be free of any “common sense” regulations. Some feel that any regulation framework sets up a slippery slope. For the record, I fully believe the slippery slope argument. Matt Lewis put it well:

The following cycle should sound familiar to anyone paying attention: 1.) The agitators ask for a lot, 2. they settle for less (a common sense compromise!), and 3.) they come back for more at the most opportune time (they never let a crisis go to waste.)

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/12/18/slippery-slopes-are-sometimes-real/#ixzz2GNtLeGye

That is Saul Alinsky doctrine 101. And this just helps, not set up compromise, but set up two mountains of ideology with a large valley in the middle. Truth be known, both ideological sides believe in the slippery slope. (Just ask NARAL and their staunch opposition to partial birth abortion).

BUT, what does it all mean?

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Tragedy and Civility in America

Too many people are going to talk about how the world is supposed to end this Friday.

For the parents of 20 children in Newtown, CT their worlds crashed last Friday.

I can only imagine. Driving to the firehouse where you were told to go. The thoughts race back to your morning routine. And as you search frantically through the kids packed in the firehouse, you begin to ask yourself…did I say I love you? Was I too frustrated with her? Was I worried more with traffic or being late to work than I was in listening to her asking me the millions of questions that come out of 6 year old mouths?

Then, in a whirlwind, it hits you. She. Is. Not. Here.

What does it mean? There is a same sense of panic in the eyes of other families too. As the general announcement is made, it hits you. You will never see her again…here on earth. Your heart sinks. Like simultaneously being punched in the gut and living a nightmare. At home the constant reminders that this Christmas season there will be a void you can’t fill. A package that will remain unopened. A stocking which won’t be touched. And then you turn on the TV…or go on Facebook…

In times of tragedy, most people are civil in life. It has always been my experience that Americans possess a great amount of decency and civility…or used to. Erick Erickson points this out…

In this, I want to be clear. To politicize a tragedy is disgusting. But not everyone who was discussing policy during this was politicizing the tragedy. To me, to politicize a tragedy is to state that an ideology actually created the tragedy. And while we have a long road ahead of us in deciphering what things, as a society, could we have done to prevent this. One important thing remains: Adam Lanza did this. He alone is responsible for this unspeakable horror. Not the NRA (in advocating for no restrictions on firearms). Not the ACLU (in destroying our mental health system in the 70s). Not atheists (in being whiny little girls whenever a valedictorian wants to say a prayer at their graduation). Adam Lanza is responsible. Period.

Does this mean there are no contributing factors? No. Of course, as a society and culture, we need to take a long look at what could have been done to stop or prevent this. But in the end…it is Adam Lanza who will be judged on this. It is always important to remember this.

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