Thursday, December 24, 2009

NFL WEEK 16: ALMOST THERE

So what a stinker the Redskins have been for awhile now. Their lost on Monday Night took them to a new low in the national spotlight. Their new football CZAR Bruce Allen saw he has a huge challenge but he has the eye for talent and character. I witnessed this while he was working with the Raiders who have yet to make the playoffs since he fled for Tampa after the 2003 season. This is a years long process of getting rid of players, coaches and front office people who do not want to win, who do not know what it takes to win. After this thinking is established, they will build from there and hopefully the Redskins will be competitive in a very tough division. If the Ravens and Broncos win out they lock up the wild cards, if not 6 teams will compete for those spots!

The two bowl games, I was so off. That quarterback for BYU can play and carved up the Oregon State secondary in a route. The Mountain West came away with another victory last night against another PAC 10 team, CAL. Quarterback, Riley and coach Tedford did not lead up to the expectations this year and are looking like they will fall again next year. This was their year to take a shot at the PAC 10 title as USC reloads next season to contend for a National Title.


At Tennessee -3 San Diego


San Diego is playing for a first round bye this week. Phillip Rivers is a uber competitor and trash talking, play maker. The Titans have been playing with everything to prove. The game for Vince Young has slowed and he is playing like a professional and not a rookie. But the San Diego defense is playing for a weeks rest in the most crucial point of the season. This game will be close but the Chargers will pull away late and win by a touchdown.


At Green Bay -14 Seattle


The Packers are fighting for a wild card birth but play the Seahawks this week and finished with division winning Arizona. Although definitely not a walk through, the Packers have a clear path to a playing on wild card weekend. They will play inspired ball and roll over the Seahawks at home.


At Cleveland -3.5 Oakland


Did Jamarcus Russell win his starting job back? What a late game performance by young quarterback. Look for more Michael Bush this week against a soft Cleveland defense. Both quarterback situations in this game are intriguing, young guys looking to build for next year, redeem themselves and take their teams to the next level. Both of these quarterbacks have made some plays, but for both of them, the game seems to move to fast. Last week, on the last drive, Russell seemed to catch up to the speed, will it continue. Oakland by a touchdown.


At Miami -3 Houston


The team of two CHADS. Which either team looses this game, they also loose hopes for the playoffs. When Chad Pennington went out for the season with an injury, I thought the Dolphins were going they way of their one win season, last year. Coach Spranao has motivated his players and they have responded as true professionals. The Texans have a talented team and will keep this close for a while. Miami by a touchdown.


At Pittsburgh -2.5 Baltimore


If Baltimore wins this game, they only have to beat Oakland to assure a wild card spot in the playoffs. Pittsburgh has some fight left in them and this game will be super competitive. My head is still hurting from watching these two teams play several weeks ago. Again head will be banging and hats will be flying. Easily the best match up of week, but instead we get Dallas vs Washington Sunday night. I thought they put the best game on Sunday night. Ravens by a field goal.

LAST WEEK: 1-3

SEASON: 41-32


Monday, December 21, 2009

NFL WEEK 15: RESTING FOR THE PLAYOFFS, GETTING TO THE RIGHT BOWL

I saw most games this week as non competitive playoff teams separating themselves from the bottom of the cellar. But I did not feel confident and took this week off, like a team resting their players for the upcoming championship playoff, I feel more confident in my college bowl picks. Week 15 in the NFL saw mostly close games with teams eliminated from playoff contention playing with something to prove. The time of this post is past the start of the Monday Night game, but I have the DVR set and the bet set and have yet to start watching. I do not think I can defend the BCS system but there is something special about the college football season. Every game is amplified because there is post season to determine the true winner, only some bowl games. But it seems again that we have the two best teams in the championship bowl game again this year and yes other undefeated teams can make a case about not being able to have a shot at the tile. Anyway, in many ways, college football is more entertaining than professional.

The Raiders found a way to win in a tough division rivalry game with a contending Broncos team. The Browns, who hired Mike Holmgreen as head of football operation, put up a huge 41 points against the struggling Chiefs. Jamarcus Russell relived Charlie Fry then got knocked out, they put in Lossman who got his bell rung, then Russell made the most of this opportunity the Oakland defense provided. Michael Bush pounded the Denver defense over 130 yards and the Raiders looked almost like a contending team, certainty an inspiring victory. The 49ers and Alex Smith sank in perceptions of being contenders. Coming off a huge win at home against Super bowl runner up, Arizona, they disappointed but their quarterback might of shown he is not worthy of his draft status. The 49ers game seemed closer than it should. Arizona struggled early but found a way to win against Detroit with back up Q.B. Moore playing surprisingly well. Most surprisingly the Minnesota offense line got man handled and the Vikings could not run the ball or establish a passing game.


NY Giants -3 At Washington


The Monday night game is going to be more than hard hitting, jobs are at stake, careers are in jeopardy and playoff hopes can be dashed. The Giants must win to have a chance at the playoffs. Rumors have it that the coach of Washington might be kept only if they can compete with their rival New York. The same can be said for the quarterback Jason Campbell who has seemed to get better but his team continues to slide. The Giants have not been the same team since Plexico shot him self. His threats of the fade jump ball and down the field air bomb have still left the Giants looking for a play maker. Eli Manning might be able to win this game but does not stands a chance against a team like the Eagles who have a couple of deep threats. Skins by four.


MAACO LAS VEGAS BOWL

BYU +2.5 OREGON STATE -2.5


Oregon State is fast, and has play makers all over the field. Their speedy running back Rodgers has 20 touchdowns on the season. BYU is making their fifth consecutive appearance in the same bowl for the first time since going to the Holiday Bowl from 1978-84. They are led by quarterback Max Hall who can throw the ball and has 30 touchdowns on the year. The combination of good quarterback play and ball control should make this a highly competitive ball game, maybe high scoring.




SAN DIEGO COUNTY CU POINSETTIA BOWL

UTAH +3 CALIFORNIA -3


Cal had high expectations coming into the season but their quarterback struggled, they had some injuries and disappointed in a competitive PAC 10. The Bears are looking to build on something for next year and must come away with a victory to seem confident about next years chance to be competitive in the PAC 10. The No. 23 Utes try to extend the nation's longest post season winning streak to nine when they face the Golden Bears. Utah had huge hopes after beating No. 4 Alabama in the Sugar Bowl to finish second in the final rankings but struggled and freshman Joran Wynn took over at quarterback. Cal quarterback Riley will use this game to redeem himself for the performance of the Cal bears this season. Utah will keep it close with good defense but Cal will take control and use their speed to take away scoring opportunities, and will win by a touchdown.


SHERATON HAWAII BOWL

SOUTHERN METHODIST-13 NEVADA +13


Before hiring June Jones, the SMU Mustangs had gone 58-153-3 under four coaches and posted one winning record, 6-5 in 1997. Jones, who led Hawaii to the Sugar Bowl in his ninth and final season there, couldn't break that losing trend in his first year at SMU and finished 1-11. Coming into this season, SMU coach, Jones told his team he wanted to reach the Hawaii Bowl as a tribute to friend and special teams coach Frank Gansz, who died April 27. During the season, Jones reminded them at least "every three or four weeks" of that goal. The locales in the Lake Tahoe are high on their Nevada Wolfpack and standout junior quarterback Colin Kapenick who passed for 1875 yards and ran for another 1160 during this past season. The SMU passing game has not been a huge threat, but the Nevada defense is near the bottom of the nation in pass yard given up per game. This game looks lake a high scoring barn burner but the over might be too high for these schools. The Wolfpack by a touchdown.


LAST WEEK 2-3

SEASON: 40-29

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Letter from Jesus about Christmas

It has come to my attention that many of you are upset that folks are taking My name out of the season.


How I personally feel about this celebration can probably be most easily understood by those of you who have been blessed with children of your own. I don't care what you call the day. If you want to celebrate My birth, just GET ALONG AND LOVE ONE ANOTHER.

Now, having said that let Me go on. If it bothers you that the town in which you live doesn't allow a scene depicting My birth, then just get rid of a couple of Santas and snowmen and put in a small Nativity scene on your own front lawn. If all My followers did that there wouldn't be any need for such a scene on the town square because there would be many of them all around town.

Stop worrying about the fact that people are calling the tree a holiday tree, instead of a Christmas tree. It was I who made all trees. You can remember Me anytime you see any tree. Decorate a grape vine if you wish: I actually spoke of that one in a teaching, explaining who I am in relation to you and what each of our tasks were. If you have forgotten that one, look up John 15: 1 - 8.*

If you want to give Me a present in remembrance of My birth here is my wish list. Choose something from it:

1. Instead of writing protest letters objecting to the way My birthday is being celebrated, write letters of love and hope to soldiers away from home. They are terribly afraid and lonely this time of year. I know, they tell Me all the time.

2. Visit someone in a nursing home. You don't have to know them personally. They just need to know that someone cares about them.

3. Instead of writing the President complaining about the wording on the cards his staff sent out this year, why don't you write and tell him that you'll be praying for him and his family this year. Then follow up.... It will be nice hearing from you again.

4. Instead of giving your children a lot of gifts you can't afford and they don't need, spend time with them. Tell them the story of My birth, and why I came to live with you down here. Hold them in your arms and remind them that I love them.

5 Pick someone that has hurt you in the past and forgive him or her.

6. Did you know that someone in your town will attempt to take their own life this season because they feel so alone and hopeless? Since you don't know who that person is, try giving everyone you meet a warm smile; it could make the difference.

7. Instead of nit picking about what the retailer in your town calls the holiday, be patient with the people who work there. Give them a warm smile and a kind word. Even if they aren't allowed to wish you a "Merry Christmas" that doesn't keep you from wishing them one. Then stop shopping there on Sunday. If the store didn't make so much money on that day they'd close and let their employees spend the day at home with their families

8. If you really want to make a difference, support a missionary-- especially one who takes My love and Good News to those who have never heard My name.

9. Here's a good one. There are individuals and whole families in your town who not only will have no "Christmas" tree, but neither will they have any presents to give or receive. If you don't know them, buy some food and a few gifts and give them to the Salvation Army or some other charity which believes in Me and they will make the delivery for you.

10. Finally, if you want to make a statement about your belief in and loyalty to Me, then behave like a Christian. Don't do things in secret that you wouldn't do in My presence. Let people know by your actions that you are one of mine.

Don't forget; I am God and can take care of Myself. Just love Me and do what I have told you to do. I'll take care of all the rest. Check out the list above and get to work; time is short. I'll help you, but the ball is now in your court. And do have a most blessed Christmas with all those whom you love and remember :

I LOVE YOU,
JESUS

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

LOSING HOPE?

Hopefully what I and many others are feeling is just temporary before we are rescued or do the rescuing. The several major reforms we were expecting from our new President, health care, finical and climate change all seem headed for defeat. Are we expecting too much of our new administration and congress? No we are not, we are just expecting what a representative democracy is supposed to do. Progressives have requested a meeting and have yet to receive his ear!


Matt Taibbi's latests Rolling Stone article details how the Obama administration ditched its progressive finical team who help him get elected, for wall street friendly, main street hating, corporate elite. The President and his administration are almost watching Americans loose their homes. They could of given the home openers the money instead of the banks in the first place.


Maybe we are just up against too much. Maybe our political system is so corrupt that those who are working for reform are out numbered and out resourced by those who will not relinquish their power. There are some silver linings, action to bring the Glass-Steagall regulation back. The Glass-Steagall kept banks and investment houses separate entities and required banks to keep a sizeble amount of cash on hand. The reason for enacting the law was to keep banks from creating systemic risk by being too big to fail, just like we witnessed some months back when they were too big too fail, the government spent ONE FUCKING TRILLIONS DOLLARS. But the ilk surrounding our President and congress are not going to reforms come without a fight!

"I think going back to Glass-Steagall would be like going back to the Walkman," a senior Treasury official.

We should have banks who take deposits and mostly sit on the money and collect a small interest. If I wanted my money in a crap game I will go to Vegas not my local bank. If I have money to invest I need to go to an investment house which will take the risks they should be taking but KEPT SEPARATE from people who need their money in the bank. It is clear the bankers and investing class have made insane amounts of money enabled by the tax payer. These banks have gobbled up other banks making them even bigger than before the crash, making them even a bigger systemic risk THAN EVER BEFORE!


While all this is going on, all I see on the news is that old bastard and his buddies stripping what they will call health care reform from being actual health reform. I hate to end any post on such a down note and uninspiring news but that is just how I am feeling and how the news seems TODAY. But I will say we are still fighting, the outcome is yet to be determined and our voices will be heard.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

NFL WEEK 14 PLAYOFF BOUND?

Two WOWS, does that Raiders victory seem a little less surprising? And I won on every pick last week! What a let down in Pittsburgh, I LOVE IT!The Browns dominated the line of scrimmage with 8 sacks. The play-maker and wide-out Joshua Cribbs, tore the Steelers up all over the field with a some big runs and returns, he is just a player. PAY THE MAN! The playoff picture got a little clearer on Thursday night but the perfect teams still look to be on a collision course. Look for the perfect teams to stay perfect this week.


At Houston -6.5 Seattle

The Seahawks defeated a tough 49ers defense in a tougher divisional game. Houston is out of the playoff hunt like Seattle. These seemingly meaningless games are not. Players are playing for their jobs and for pride. The Texans will be pumped up by their home crowd. Schaub and the Texans started the season off great but have faltered under the pressure of competing for the playoffs. Houston will play relaxed and spirited at home. Texans by two touchdowns.


At Indianapolis -7 Denver

The Colts have found ways to win games they should of lost. This is the mark of a champion, winning games when teams think they have them beat. I see another Manning comeback. This is going to be a great game. The under looks great, I see both teams kicking a lot of field goals in the first half, maybe a special teams play will change the out look in the second half, either way Manning will own the fourth, colts by a field goal.


At Minnesota -6.5 Cincinnati

The Bengals have the same identity of the Vikes, run the ball, punish the opponent every play and take their chances down field. Last week the Vikings seemed complacent and out of rhythm. The Bengals took care of the lowly Lions lat week. The Bengals and Ochocinco seem to be clicking and on a mission. Their head coach has them playing inspiring ball but the Vikes are coming off a loss and are at home. Vikings by a field goal.


At Dallas -3 San Diego

Dallas is coming off a tough loss against division rival New York. San Diego is fighting for the the AFC West and will be ready on the road. Look for L.T. To have a big day. Romo has struggled in December and it will continue this week. San Diego by a touchdown.


At Baltimore -13.5 Detroit

13 and a half points are a hefty load in the NFL. Although the Ravens will win this game the Lions will keep it very competitive. The Lions are playing for pride and the Ravens are hanging on for their playoff hopes. The Detroit offense might put op only a field goals but the Ravens will falter around the red zone and this will keep the game close. Ravens by six.

LAST WEEK: 5-0

SEASON: 38-26

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Does America Have A Representative Democracy?


I ask this question in a pivotal time for the United States of America. Millions are unemployed, one in eight mortgages is in default or foreclosure. One in eight Americans is on food stamps. More than 120,000 families are filing for bankruptcy every month. I once again, I need to thank Elizabeth Warren and her article, America With out a Middle Class. Does a democracy lets its citizens crumble they way America has the past 30 years? Over the past 30 years the costs for food car clothing and appliances have all went down. The cost for housing, health, child care have increased by more than 100%, taxes have increased only 25%. The Bureau of Labor Statistics disclosed manufacturing jobs as a share of total employment has steadily decreased since 1948 from 27.5 to 6.9 in 2008. There is a correlation between American manufacturing, or lack there of, and of the decline of the American middle class.

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was enacted under a democratic president. I see this as the reason why democrats lost power after Clinton. They abandoned their base for campaign contribution from companies who shipped well playing jobs and environment respecting businesses away from America. The Democrats deserved to loose power because they did not represent and protect the people who put them in power. I see this happening again if our trade policies do not change. The easiest example of what to change is was reported by Healthy Stuff. Toxins like lead, mercury and arsenic other substances that have been proven to be dangerous to humans and the environment are in a third of the most popular children's toys in the United States.

Some of todays news was distrusting, not only do we have institutions too big too fail but to big to punish. Bought and sold for corporate democrats are trying to derail bank reform, these same leeches have ensured credit card will continue to take advantage of consumers. There was some inspiring news today, Alan Grayson told Dick Cheney to shut the fuck up! Small businesses are standing up to insane secret derivative trading and a kid got his tongue stuck on a pole like in my favorite holiday movie.

When America stopped making stuff, opportunity for the average American worker switched from fair wages and health care to flipping burgers and being abused by heartless, trans-national corporations. I might be just jaded by my experiences at Best Buy and Hollywood video or I might hold some insight as to why these corporations sought to destroy the American middle class. But the American middles class is not the only victim. The nations whose resources and workers are exploited by heartless corporations are being trampled on. If the Obama administration does not work to reverse these conditions and achieve actual results their base will abandon the Democrats again. With no other party to turn to will Americans will flee in search of a real representative democracy, reclaim theirs or just write in Simpson's characters for public office.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

NFL WEEK 13: DREAMING OF A PERFECT SEASON

By the end of the weekend the 1972 Dolphins might be clinking their champagne glasses as both undefeated teams could loose in tough match up this weekend. Surprisingly Tennessee has found out how to win some games. The Titans defense has gotten healthy and playing with a chip on their shoulder. Vince Young is playing like his draft number, and the Skins lost in a tough NFC East match up and see an opportunity to redeem their season. Both teams are on up set alert. How pissed is Houston? It seems to be Manning's year but can he keep pulling these games out so close?


New Orleans -9 At Washington

I told you one the undefeated teams will loose this weekend. The Redskins defense looked like it could slow down the Saints and pressure Brees. This is a recipe for slowing down an offense that potent. The big D tackle, Hayesworth will disrupt, the Skins have everything to prove especially quarterback Campbell and coach Zorn, who needs a big victory to hang his hat on.

San Francisco -1 At Seattle

This is the only game on television in the Afternoon. Maybe thats why I am wagering, to make it interesting. Two average teams searching for victory. Alex Smith should be interesting to see stumble or succeed. What a redemption story if he can play like a pro. But the Seahawks have the 12th man, the house will be loud and Smith could get rattled because the 49ers are expecting to win this this and keep their play off hopes alive. I am going to bet on the veteran Q.B. Hassellbeck. Whose season has been hampered due to injury.

Philadelphia -4.5 At Atlanta

Matt Ryan has been playing like the young quarterback he is. The Falcons struggled against the Bucs last week. McNabb will utilize the the young, fast receivers to energizer a few big plays, control the ball will the short passing game and win by a couple of touchdowns.

San Diego -14 At Cleveland

The Browns played a trough game against Cincy. San Diego destroyed an anemic Chiefs team. The Chargers are looking for a division title and have higher expectations. The Browns should not be any kind of a test. But the Dog pound will be barking and will inspire the team and two touchdowns are a lot of points in the NFL. Chargers by a touchdown.

Dallas -1.5 At NY Giants

Fighting for their playoff dreams the Giants will win this by a few scores. Romo will get rattled in the cold and will fold like a flower at New York. Do not be surprised if he fumbles a snap or throws a pick. The Giant defense will get after Romo and disrupt his rhythm.


LAST WEEK: 5-0


SEASON:33-26

Thursday, December 3, 2009

When Opportunity And Need Meet

Every country has the moral imperative of providing opportunity and liberty. America is not living up to its standard. Being a recent college graduate I was expecting to find a job quickly. Along with other community members I continue to search. Besides renting movies and moving boxes, and after the movie store shutdown, I have yet to find meaningful employment.

On Thursday December 3rd, President Obama held a jobs summit in Washington. The gathering will brings corporations, small business leaders, labor unions and finical experts to discuss how to put Americans back to work. However the President did not invite any unemployed workers actually facing the problem.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics disclosed manufacturing jobs as a share of total employment has steadily decreased since 1948 from 27.5 to 6.9 in 2008. America has stopped making stuff. The stimulus money has provided us with an opportunity to invest in America's manufacturing. When we make stuff more people get to work, the unemployment level will decline.

The Center for Community Change has proposed a community jobs program rooted in communities that are facing economic challenges. The program will put 2.5 million people a year back to work at a cost of $100 billion a year. The Center is asking for a three year deal. The program is set to take on our crumbling infrastructure while building worker skills to prepare them for long term careers not just short term building projects. This program will benefit our youth and at risk population the greatest. The program not only provides them with a job in the short term, but with career skills and needed experience.

Local governments have been addressing violence and unemployment but cannot do it alone. Here in Union City, voters approved measure UU. A violence prevention and intervention program. It features outreach workers who work with troubled youth, also a jobs coordinator to get these kids working and out of the street life. But without businesses hiring them they will turn to the drug trade and street life to support themselves. Our local efforts will be undermined without a community jobs program.

Congress approved the the nearly one trillion dollar stimulus bill nine months ago. Yet Saturday the New York Times reported that one is eight Americans are on food stamps. The Congressional Budget Office reported Monday that of the $787 billion stimulus package only $100 billion has been spent, $90 billion came in the form of tax cuts. The unemployment rate in October was 10.2%.

There is $687 billion in stimulus money yet to be spent. We can reverse the trend of declining manufacturing but also set the standard for a new manufacturing economy. There is a market for things made in America and a market for things made in an environmentally sustainable way. We need to capitalize on both.

Currently we allow products that do not respect labor or environmental laws to compete on the same playing field as those who do. American companies cannot compete against companies playing by a different set of rules. It is vital to our economic recovery to place high tariffs on these products, give incentive to companies who respect labor and the environment, thereby leveling the playing field. Otherwise, our local efforts will be thwarted by free trade instead of protected by fair trade.

It is clear that America needs to make things. It has been proven that we need to invest in manufacturing things in a way that respect the environment and the workers. With the stimulus money we can invest in companies who produce things in an environmentally sustainable way but also live up to their moral imperative to provide a fair wage. By instituting fair trade policies, we will protect American companies who follow the rules and hinder those who do not. The American dream might be in jeopardy, but when opportunity and need meet, amazing dreams will come true.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

NFL WEEK 12: IT'S A Q.B. LEAGUE, TURKEY

If your team has an elite quarterback, be thankful. Today's NFL is dominated by quarterbacks. The quarterback position demands the most of the mind of any position. There is a reason why the two undefeated teams are undefeated, their quarterbacks have mastered their craft like an artist who paints a portrait. The game of football is like a moving game of chess and the kings are the quarterbacks. If the defense traps the quarterback, that team does not have a a chance, but if it were only that simple. There is a reason why they get paid what they do. And who gets the most salary, the quarterback. The two bay area teams have been searching for a long time now. Some weeks its tough to watch. The quarterback defines the team most of the time, and the Bay teams are defined by their of a great quarterback. Enough of the sob story, Was the Skins Cowboys game a boring a purists game? I said almost unwatchable, others love football more than me, I guess. Now commence with the money making picks.

Green Bay -11.5 At Detroit

The Packers beat an average 49ers team and the Lions are coming off a hard fought victory against the lowly Browns. The Bute and Cal Graduate, Aaron Rodgers looks to be emerging as an elite quarterback but we will not find this out against a Lions teams. Packers in a beat down.


Indianapolis -3 At Houston

Houston will keep this competitive for a quarter or two but Peyton will take over and cruise to another victory. The Houston defense does not have enough weapons to put pressure on Manning for four quarters. Matt Schaub will make this game interesting, he makes good decisions throwing the ball and has a great threat down the field in receiver Andre Johnson. The Indianapolis Manning's by two touchdowns.

At Minnesota -10.5 Chicago

The theme for Chicago season has been interceptions and injuries. Disappointing from the beginning with Brian Urlacher getting put for the season early and their defense has played well but their quarterback play has been shaky. For the Vikings the complete opposite, the defense is ticking like a bomb exploding on defenses. The grizzled old man, the American hero, Brett is having a fairy tale season. Look for this to continue, Vikes by two touchdowns.

At Baltimore -7.5 Pittsburgh

Coming off a disappointing loss against the weak Chiefs the Steelers will win this outright. Pittsburgh will be playing with something to prove. So is Baltimore, this is gonna be a slug fest. My head is already hurting and my vision is getting blurry, don't be surprised when a few players have trouble getting up. I cannot wait for this game. But the Steelers getting this many points, I cannot pass up this bet.


At New Orleans -2 New England


The changing of the guard? The end of a dynasty? Probably not. But for this Monday night, the Saints will be the better team. Motivated and playing for history the Saints will beat the hoody and Tom. The Saints defense has stepped it up and will pressure Brady. They will chop the head off the snake and body will shrivel up. Two great games I am going to win on, looks to be a great weekend.


LAST WEEK:2-3

SEASON:28-26







Friday, November 20, 2009

NFL Week 11: Turkeys, Chickens and the Real Steak


The post season picture is starting to develop. The Natti taking a strangle hold on the AFC North after stopping the powerful steelers was the most surprising. Peyton showing it just might be his year, this year. The Hoody showed again, how large his balls are. He went for the win, nobody should have a problem with that. When you have one of the greatest quarterbacks, wide-outs and the mastermind, one cannot question the call. The same people on the TV would be praising the call if they make it. I am praising the ballsy decision, regardless of the outcome. The Pats still have a grip on their division and can beat the Colts at home, the Hoody don't stress! Tom Cable benched Jamarcus Russell, what does the zombie Al think about it? It will not change much in the NFL wasteland they call the Oakland Raiders. How did the Saints stumble against the Rams and make it a close game, great teams puts game away and cover the spread! And how boring was the Monday night game?

IT'S TIME


At Detroit -3.5 Cleveland

The snooze of the week! Yes I am betting on the Lions to cover. After seeing a goose egg on Monday Night, I foresee a back to back and a coach firing. I am not betting on the Lions but I am betting on the ineptness of the Cleveland offense.

Pittsburgh -10 At Kansas City

Coming off a tough loss in Pittsburgh against hard noised Bengals the Big Ben will have a play day with the Kansas City Defense. It is probably snowing in Kansas City, no matter, Big Ben has shown he can play outside. I can think of no reason to the Chiefs can keep this game competitive. Any given Sunday, hopefully not.

At Green Bay -6.5 San Francisco

The 49ers held on for a tough victory Thursday night against an Urlacher-less Bears team, putting up a messily 10 and were spotted 5 interceptions. That being stated, The Green Bay offense has gained some yards but stumbled at important times. Both teams are playing for their playoff hopes. In the Tundra, The 49ers play to its strengths. Running the ball, controlling the ball will slow the game down to a crawl. The Packers offense will get cold and out of sync but will be in the game because the same will happen with the 49ers offense. A toss up but the 49ers might force a key turnover to win outright.

San Diego -3 At Denver

Denver will be fired up after a disappointing loss against the Redskins. But without the steady arm of Orton, the Broncos cannot compete with their back up. The Chargers are looking to take a hold of the AFC West. L.T. Is running great again and the quarterback play has been steady. San Diego by a couple of touch downs.

Philadelphia -3 At Chicago

Cutler was erratic in San Fransisco. Look for that to continue against the Eagles. The Chicago offense cannot keep up with the fast paced Eagles. Westbrook is out with a soft melon, but the rookie, looked great a few weeks ago, he can build on that and the chemistry will be better. Cutler may throw another 5 interceptions or five touchdowns, either way the Eagles will keep up and win by a touchdown.


Last Week: 3-2


Season: 26-23

Sunday, November 15, 2009

NFL WEEK TEN: IT'S GETTING COLD

Last week was disappointing. The Patriots hanging on to beat the Dolphins, the Cowboys proving themselves against Philly and the Panthers playing above expectations and fighting hard to beat the spread. After winning only a game last week, I am poised to stay above five-hundred for the season. On to the money making picks!

At Pittsburgh -7 Cincinnati

Pittsburgh's championship defense will continue to do what they do. The Natti, has been playing like team with something to prove, improved defense, Ocho and the Palmer are playing they way Cincinnati expected. What a slobber knocker this game is gonna be.

At Tennessee -7.5 Buffalo

Vince Young and Chris Johnson looked terrific against the average 49ers. Facing another team disgraced in mediocrity, the Buffalo Bills. If the Bills quarterback can get the ball to Terrell Owens on a few deep plays the Bills defensive will get a shot keeping this game competitive.

New Orleans -14 At St. Louis


The Saints struggled early but came roaring back in a classic comeback last week. Look for Brees to not fall behind at all and light up the Rams for a bunch of yards and passing touchdowns. Reggie Bush will again be all lover the field and has the ability to score anywhere on that field. Bush might even jump from the 10 yard line into the end zone this week. Saints in a rout, the over is looking great.


Atlanta -1.5 At Carolina


Atlanta looked like a team with something play for against the struggling 'Skins. Carolina fought hard against the Saints but came up well short. Carolina will keep this game competitive. Look for both quarterbacks to be slinging the ball a lot. Atlanta defensive just might take advantage of this and intercept a few Delhomme passes.


Dallas -3 At Green Bay

Almost a throw back to the 90's in a tough, rugged frozen tundra. Both teams still in the hunt. Green Bay up against the ropes a bit. Aaron Rodgers, the kid from Bute, has everything to prove with his team struggling. The Packers looked pathetic against the creme sickle throwbacks Buccaneers. Looked for Green Bay to play inspired on all sides of the ball. Fired up at Lambeau Field, the Packers defensive will get at Romo and he will falter as will the Dallas defense. Green Bay in a close low scorning ground game, slug fest, a purist's game.


Last Week: 1-3

Season: 23-21


Friday, November 6, 2009

NFL WEEK 9: CONTENDERS OR PRETENDERS




The best thing about this week in the NFL, the Raiders have a bye, and the Bay Area does not have to watch that pathetic wasteland they call the Raiders. Unlike their home games, the NFL television rules allow for a pair of games at 10 and 1. So the weekend is looking interesting with NBA warming up and the playoff picture in the NFL comes clearer as well as an opportunity to watch some real NFL teams. Last week was my best, 4 and zero. Looking to build on last weeks performance I am seeking another four and zero.


At New England -10.5 Miami

Brady seems to be back in top condition. Coming off a bye, rested up, at home, a blow out. Miami will not be able to stop run nor the pass. The wildcat will give the Patriots defense a different look but the Hoody will not let a gimmick beat them. The victory over the young Jets was probably an aberration and the Dolphins will face a real contender.

At New Orleans -13 Carolina

Everybody knew the Saints were legit before their Monday Night victory over the Falcons. Look for the Saints to march on the Panthers. Brees, Bush and a defense that has proved its worth. The Saints are true contenders in the NFC. Saints by three touchdowns.

At NY Giants -5 San Diego

The Giants and little Manning will continue to struggle against the the average Chargers. Tomlinsion is finding his groove again and Rivers continues to prove himself worthy to lead a contending team. The loss of a deep threat and at the goal line fade Eli has not found a replacement to Plexico and will continue to suffer. Chargers by a touchdown.

At Philadelphia -3 Dallas

The Eagles will hold down their fort against the average Cowboys. The NFC begins to beat itself up this week. No game or team in this division is a lock. But I am betting on two Super Bowl contenders against two pretenders. The NFL is hard to predict week by week. On any given Sunday any given team can win. The difference in this game is the wide out for the Eagles and the threat Desaun Jackson is when receiving kicks. Eagles by two field goals.


Last Week: 4-0

Season: 22-18

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Did Somebody Say America Was The Greatest County In The World?

Did Somebody Say America Was The Greatest County In The World?


I did not choose America, America did not choose me, nobody chooses what family brings them into this world. Although I love the Bay Area, and my country, there are times when I embarrassed by what my county does and how the citizens and leaders conduct themselves, so terrible and disappointing that I feel I want to run away and hide in some far away place. This past Presidential election, especially the soaring rhetoric, had me, and everybody feeling the tide was turning, America was going to live up to it's ideals.


Fast Forward One Year Later


President Barack Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize. Three weeks later The President signs a record high defense budget. A few weeks later a study shows HALF of American children and 90% of African Americans will be on food stamps at some point in their lifetime. Shocking? Disturbing? Not surprising when American corporations practice and encourage both environmental and human degradation. Corporations exist to make and protect their profits. If corporations are going to conduct international business, they need to be held to a international standard, Americans cannot buy Nike Shoes for $150 when their real value is close to 5. This has created a stark contrast between the haves and have-nots. In developed countries all citizens have access to health care. In America businesses are not mandated to cover employees but successful businesses use health care as an incentive to retain good workers. America is playing on an uneven playing field, because of health care, it costs more money to do business in The United States. America has lost the middle class. No longer can an American worker find a manufacturing job with decent pay and benefits. Corporations will find hidden corners of the world to exploit cheap labor and resources but also will work just as hard to exploit Americans, we cannot let this uneven playing field continue the race to the bottom.

Last night, for the 31st time Americans have taken away civil rights away from other Americans. For the 31st time America has imposed their will upon less than five percent of the population. The zealots have won again, fear has trampled reason and logic, America has shamed its self once again. We cannot continue to let the minority be subject to the tyranny of the majority. The supreme court needs to act to restore rights taken away. The worst, their Senators are not even telling how they voted. Maybe if Snowe or the other Senator endorsed the reasonable argument to not create two class of citizens, more support could have been garnered to defeat Maine's legislatures decision to protect marriage equality. Instead in the 31st state two classes of citizens have been created by the tyranny of the majority. EQUAL equals EQUAL. But remember changing opinions of people, is about winning hearts, minds and changing our culture. This is a marathon, one step in the long process of public policy. The difference between now and a few years ago, we have a President who understands this and continues to build political capital before acting and getting noting accomplished.

I have to preface this with, my love for soda. Soda is nothing but empty calories, and delicious taste. This being said, it is a drink that should be consumed with hesitation and skepticism. Anything the state can do to deter people from consuming sugar water should be taken with quick and decisive steps. A soda tax seems simple enough? Not when sugar manufacturers are willing to throw millions at the Congress to stop any kind of tax on their sugar water. The sugar industry will not let its products be taxed without a fight. How can anyone not jump on this populist train?

In a new and racially charged advertisement The Chamber Of Commerce wants people to fear the Presidents agenda. The sleazy chamber is playing on fears of white men. Fears of white men losing their jobs to “affirmative action.” Essentially the Chamber wants white people to think the black President is coming for their jobs and replacing them with minorities. This feeds into the narrative of the psycho tea baggers and other fair tales about The President. The Chamber Of Commerce is supposedly representative of the business community in America. But the Chamber has been nothing but a tool for corporations to take advantage of average Americans and nonthreatening third world countries.

This post has seemingly been on a bunch of different topics. But they all related, they all are fighting against the same American corporate fascist machine. People have been criticizing the President, even I feel he can be doing so much more. But we are up against entrenched interests. Interests that have been working against average Americans and protecting corporations for hundreds of years. On my, to read list, Tohm Hartmann is releasing a book which tells the story of corporate dominance and how they have worked for centuries to take away rights from average people and protect their corporations. The Maine repeal of marriage equality, the election of two Republican governors, the Chamber ad, the sugar lobby and a CNBC reporter questioning the existence of objects and other things independent of our mind!

Meb Keflezighi, who won yesterday in New York, is technically American by virtue of him becoming a citizen in 1998, but the fact that he's not American-born takes away from the magnitude of the achievement the headline implies.”

--CNBC Reporter Darren Rovell

This feeds into the insane narrative the conservatives and fascist businessmen want to tell about the President and American life. Their narrative forces people to think America is the greatest without questioning or being right. A blinds patriotism to be defended by any means. They work them into a frenzy over the changing social values of America. They want people to believe they are superior just because they were born in America. Further, they want to defend this “old” America and think the people working in their best interest are destroying the core of American values. The worse part, it seems to be working. Fox ratings and revenue are up.

I believe there is still hope. I believe we have a President with the interests of average Americans on top of his to-do list. The President choose a Secretary Of Energy that understands the impotence of conserving energy. If a Senator from South Carolina has seen the effects of a warming planet, I believe people in positions of power are taking the responsibility to act in the best interest of their constituents and not heartless corporations. There is hope for the presents agenda. And the White House sees what is at stake, the terms of many elected officials and a second Presidential term of Barack Obama.


Friday, October 30, 2009

Happy All Hallows Eve: NFL Week 8






I am back to 5 hundred. For the season. What a scary preference by the Raiders last week, The Saints seemed frightened by the Dolphins but got through the haunted house. The Vikings almost came back from the dead in an epic battle. There are a lot of terrible teams in the NFL this season. Tampa Bay, Cleveland, Carolina, and Saint Louis all played their zombie costumes to perfection in week seven. Will the zombies continue their freighting act?






At Baltimore -3.5 Denver



Prepare to be scared by the ferociousness of the hitting in this ball game. Baltimore and Denver will not be frightened by each other. Baltimore desperately needs a win at 3-3 to keep up with division foes, Pittsburgh and surprising Cincinnati. At home, inspired the Ravens win by a touchdown.

Houston -3.5 At Buffalo

Houston seemed scared in the second half of the 49er game, last week, but managed to hold the 49ers down long enough. The Houston defense looked great until Alex Smith got his chance. Buffalo beat a struggling Panthers team. Buffalo will keep this game close for awhile but the Texans have a stronger defense and more potent offense. Look for the big wide out Andre Johnson to have a big day. Texans by a touchdown.

At Green Bay -3 Minnesota




Green Bay will play inspired facing their old quarterback. The Tundra will be rocking like never before. But the greasily veteran, will play with something to prove against his old team. Yes, Favre has something to prove coming off a loss to the defending champions, why the Packers should of kept him.

NY Giants -1 At Philadelphia

Mcnabb has finally been given some weapons to play with. Deshaun Jackson and Jeremy Maclin will have big days. Maybe a kick return or two for the Cal Alum. The Giants will make this a battle for the ages but will falter on defense late in the game. I am expecting Westbrook to shake off the concussion and play ball like the warrior he is. Eagles by a field goal.


Last Week: 3-2

Season: 18-18

Friday, October 23, 2009

NFL WEEK 7: PLAYOFF BOUND




Some surprising things happened last NFL Sunday. Among the more predictable things, Detroit laid a goose egg last, the Patriots blew out the Titans. In what seemed like a uncompetitive video game, Tom Brady threw 5 touchdowns in a quarter. The Raiders won and found their swagger when defensive force, Seymour guaranteed the 2-4 Raiders will be in the playoffs. Favre lead another classic comeback against the Ravens. In a epic AFC West battle, Denver went to 6-0 and took command of the division.

San Diego -5 At Kansas City

Although it may seem easy for some teams to on the road and win I can assure you it takes an extreme amount of preparation and focus. San Diego is hurting after the Monday night loss, looking to take advantage of the struggling chiefs. Chargers by at least three touchdowns in a resounding blowout.




Indianapolis -13.5 At St. Louis

Peyton Manning is playing like he hit three threes in a row and is on FIRE! It may seem easy, but yes Peyton has talent, he might be the hardest working player ion the NFL. This just might be his year again. How have the Rams not won a single blood clout game? Maybe because Jackson has not reached the end-zone, their top reviver has less can 20 catches. Look for the Rams to stink up the joint and Peyton to have a career day.

At Pittsburgh -5.5 Minnesota

In an epic battle, a tale that will be told for ages. Minnesota will win again on the last drive of the game. Expect hats to fly, bones to crush in a football purist game. The under is a lock, some might call it a defensive or a offensive struggle, it will be two teams fighting for a crucial win. But both teams have the ability to take their shots down field. Both defensives are too good to give up the deep play. This is why I stay away from the over/under.

At Houston -3 San Francisco

Houston is coming off an emotional and tough victory against the Bengals. San Francisco will be extra prepared coming off the buy week. The under looks as good as the 49ers defense. Willis, Spikes and Lawson will not let Houston run the ball at all. The Texans will be forced to pass into a talented San Francisco secondary, look for a couple of interceptions, maybe some fumbles. The 49ers by a field goal.

NY Jets -6 At Oakland

Oakland will be inspired by last weeks victory and the home crowd. Oakland will not ask much of the quarterback by controlling the ball with the running game. Jamarcus Russell will get a couple of shot down field and might hit one. Dirty Sanchez, will be covered in dirt and grass from the blitzing Raider Defensive. The Jets will be within striking distance and Sanchez will have his opportunity to win. The under looks great, Oakland by a field goal.

Last Week: 4-2

Season: 15-16

Monday, October 19, 2009

The Hot Air Media and the Attic Boy




For a democracy to function and serve its citizens justly, all of the citizenry needs to be armed with facts. Facts build a foundation for a society. If the facts cannot get to enough people, the democracy will be uniformed, unconcerned and easily manipulated. The framers of America understood the importance fact based reporting and unbiased coverage. Check and balances, anti monopoly laws and rights to media access. The fourth of State needs to live up to its name. The News ought to be unbiased, fact based.

The hot balloon incident was a microcosm of what is wrong with the American media. The news corporations are not concerned about the communities they broadcast in but with how many people view their advertisements, news is the vehicle they use to make their money, change political opinions , manipulate people and take advantage of the news past reputation. They used this story and this family to boost ratings on a weekday afternoon.





Currently there are less than 3 corporations who control television . Think about the local stations, 2, 5, 7, all are under their corporate parent company. General Electric (A/NBC), News Corp(FOX), and (CBS). The news paper industry is just as consolidated. These companies are not concerned about local communities, they are predatory capitalists seeking profit and not much else. Many believe if the American public had been reading and watching independent media, support for the Iraq war could have never been won. The principal in news should be, locality. Currently local stations answer to heartless, profiteers, knows as corporations. The corporate monopoly over American news must be broken up. The news would be different if stations were owned and operated by community members, not just a couple of regional guys transplanted into an area.

“It defies logic how the nation's political class manages to discuss the war(s) and health care reform as though they were unrelated. The actual price tag (more than a trillion dollars) on both wars has already far exceeded the projected cost of the president's health care reform.”

Roberto Rodriguez






Obviously Fox is the most transparent with their viewpoints. Fox has already shown to be a propaganda machine for Corporations and their fascist buddies, the Republicans. Good news, although Foxes ratings are up, Republican polling numbers continue to spiral into the land of politically irrelevant. Maybe the tide is turning, people are realizing they are not watching news, but what corporations spoon feed them. Progressives should be pushing for legislation that requires media companies have a vetted interest in the local community their broadcast from and in. Something to get news to be, fact based, of local interest and actual news.

Luckily for American we have an administration who seems concerned with corporations consolidating their power. The Chamber of Commerce has long been a lobbying group for big business as well as their international sister group the ICC. The administration at least recognizes their conflict of interest on matter of public policy, for example the chamber refuses to acknowledge their role in climate change. The administration is working towards changing a staple of corporations,

"free enterprise' campaign, which is being pitched as a way to create jobs but is aiming mainly to defeat regulatory reform. More than anything else, there is a widespread belief among White House officials that the Chamber is becoming a relic of the past -- too tied to antiquated policy proposals and removed from the apex of political power it has historically enjoyed."

Sam Stein


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Sunday, October 18, 2009

NFL WEEK SIX: FOR REAL OR NOT?

Late October is my favorite part of the year, Collegiate football is in full swing, the NFL is heating up and Major League Baseball is going to crown a champion. Oktoberfests, are a plenty, Halloween parties are starting to crack, this is thee most wonderful time of the year. Professional football is had game to predict. The talent level in the NFL provides any team a change to win on any given Sunday. That being said, can anyone have locks of the week? Just hype, I suppose. I made fun at my brother for picking Jacksonville after a James Brown update let me know there was a melt down in Jacksonville. Call it Karma or stupidity, I picked Jackson last week and lost. I am a gambler at heart, I love to press my odds. This week, I am doubling down! Jacksonville, Washington, New England, just like getting eleven on a double down I will double down again.


At Green Bay -14 Detroit

Detroit might lay an egg on the road but fourteen points is a hefty advantage, I cannot stay away. Stafford is questionable, Culpepper threw for almost 300 yards against the Super Bowl Champions. The Detroit defensive will rally around their in juried quarterback, keep it close and loose by thirteen.

At Pittsburgh -14 Cleveland

Yes the Lions game I picked mainly because of the two score advantage. So if that is a mountain to climb, why am I picking against it? Great teams do not just win games, but make statements, anything but a blowout, they make a statement just the one I am not picking. If I loose both these games I have proved my point that any team can beat another on any given Sunday. I see a four touchdown advantage at the half. Did somebody use to call the Browns coach a man genius?

At New England -9.5 Tennessee

Tom Brady has something to prove after the lost at Denver. 3-0 at home, Brady will lead his troops to huge victory back at home. Look for Moss and the Patriots wide outs to work the fill in corners Manning worked last week.

At Seattle -3 Arizona

Kurt Warner knows the NFC West division might be lost, with a loss in this game. Conversely the Cardinals can take back control if they can stop the Seahawks. Hasselbeck might play but is hobbled. Warner is getting into mid season form and will find his grove. I cannot see the Seahawks putting on more than a two scores.

At Cincinnati -5.5 Houston

The Bengals have over achieved. Ochocinco and Palmer have been in sync. The Texans defensive has struggled at times. The NFL can be emotional, players play with heart and can rally around falling behind the Colts and in the wild card the Texans defensive will play inspired but lose by a filed goal.

At Atlanta -3 Chicago

Hopefully this Sunday night will cap off a perfect six team parlay. Cutler will be rattled by the crowd, the defensive will play inspired. The Falcons looked like a Super Bowl team against the 49ers, but is that saying much? Falcons by three.



Last week: 1-3
Season: 11-14

Friday, October 9, 2009

NFL WEEK 5: STONE COLD LOCKS

WOW 0-5 last week after a 10-11 start the first three weeks. Just when I thought I had a read on some teams, the Jaguars get good, Tennessee gets demoralized four weeks in a row. Thats the NFL, any given Sunday any team can get a win. Play by play, miss one assignment and you will get beat for a touchdown or sacked for a 15 yard loss. Some people think Tennessee Titans are done for the season, might even give up. Not under their coach Jeff Fisher who will not give up, play it play by play, Sunday by Sunday. I will say it again football is a metaphor for life. On with the picks


At Carolina -3.5 Washington

Washington barley got by the Buccaneers last week. Carolina will use their buy week to prepare for the rushing attack of Clinton Portis. The under in this game looks great. This game will be decided by the quarterback play. Jason Campbell has been accurate but unable to make the big play. Jake Delhome has been neither able to be accurate or make the big play. Look for Carolina to run the ball a lot, as well as Washington and this is why I like the under.

Indianapolis -4 At Tennessee

Tennessee has yet show any resemblance to the Titans team last year that won 13 games. The Indianapolis Colts are playing like a team with something to prove. They are looking like the team to beat in the AFC which is no surprise. Tennessee will have the crowd behind them but look for Manning to work the Tennessee secondary.

At Seattle PICK EM Jacksonville

Jacksonville will be looking to get above .500 at 3-2. Seattle will struggle to stop the running game of the Jaguars and if they can get steady from their QB, David Garrard this might be a blow out. Seattle might extra motivated by playing at home, this why it is a pick em.


New England -3 At Denver

This might be the game of the week and Denver might prove they are legit. This game is not a make or break for either team but both teams can make a statement. For Denver, this is a great opportunity to prove to the league that they are for real. Luckily for the Broncos they have home field advantage. The crowd will be loud and crazy. Do not expect any of this to rattle Tom Brady, it looks like he is finding grove again and expect the Hoody to control the game with the rushing attack and Brady will take his shot down field.

Prize Winners and Whackos

Surprised and humbled was how President Barack Obama felt after hearing the news of The Nobel Peace Prize. Fox News was covering a high speed chase all morning, refusing to report, respect and acknowledge the award our President received today. There has been criticism from the left, of course the fascists are screaming the same thing the Taliban is, not deserved, not enough achievements. This attack on The President from the right is just another in the wall of obstruction they attempt to build around anything he tries to do.

I was thinking of trying to explain why the gun totting soccer mom was killed. Of course she had her gun on her person, did she get over powered, did she just loose it and kill her husband and then herself. Was she ashamed to be well known for carry a loaded gun. Was is just karma getting her back for scaring other soccer mom and other at the soccer game. Why am I focused on the why, because no one can figure it out, and I want to. I guess I want to get into the mind of a gun carrying lunatic and ask them WHY the FEEL the NEED to carry a GUN.

"Twice in the past four years, the Nobel Peace Prize has gone to leaders trying to prevent nuclear catastrophe. It's time we listened to their warnings."

The great take away was the Nobel Prize is giving to people with aspirations that will change the world and bring peace to more nations and individuals. Given to jump start, add prestige and respect to all of the goals of the Obama Presidency, nuclear disarmament, health care for all, ending gender and sexual discrimination, ending poverty. All these causes will bring a more peaceful world. This award will bring more people to help support these causes and might be the defining achievement for people in the middle of political spectrum to finally realize the Republicans work against the average persons self interest.