Tuesday, January 31, 2006
As you probably already know, the 2006 Oscar Nominees were announced this morning. I thought I'd share my early pics in the major categories, as I'm already thinking about the office pool here. I haven't won one yet, but since I work in the film industry, I have a lot of film geeks to compete with. Hopefully, none of you have that same problem. Here are my thoughts so far:
GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK.
Crash has a good chance, especially with the head of steam it's picked up in the awards shows of the past few weeks, but this one's gonna go to Brokeback Mountain. Everyone involved in this project risked career suicide, and ended up making a fantastic film.
Steven Spielberg, MUNICH
Ang Lee, BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN
George Clooney, GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK.
Paul Haggis, CRASH
Bennet Miller, CAPOTE
Again, Crash could surprise everyone, but the smart money is on Brokeback Mountain. Spielberg has his Best Director award already, Clooney getting nominated is as good as a win (since this is only his second film), as is Miller's nod. Haggis made a very good film, but I think this will be Lee's night.
Actor in a Leading Role
Philip Seymour Hoffman, CAPOTE
Heath Ledger, BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN
Terrence Howard, HUSTLE AND FLOW
David Strathairn, GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK.
Joaquin Phoenix, WALK THE LINE
Hoffman has picked up a lot of momentum with the Golden Globes, and last weekend's SAG awards, so it would be hard to vote against him. I liked his performance plenty, but I'll be quietly rooting for Ledger or Howard. Both were 'from out of nowhere' performances, especially Ledger's. If you've ever lived in Wyoming, you knew someone like him, right down to the mumble. But Hoffman's got this one in the bag, especially when you look at his body of work.
Actress in a Leading Role
Felicity Huffman, TRANSAMERICA
Charlize Theron, NORTH COUNTRY
Reese Witherspoon, WALK THE LINE
Keira Knightley, PRIDE AND PREJUDICE
Judi Dench, MRS. HENDERSON PRESENTS
Reese is the 'it' girl right now, and that's usually how the voters swing. Look back at Erin Brockovich. Was Roberts really THAT good? Same with Jolie's Best Supporting win for Girl Interrupted. I haven't seen Walk the Line yet though, so I can't comment on her performance in this one. Huffman could surprise, but just getting a nod is a win for her. The same can be said for Knightley. Dench and Theron have their statues already. Therefore, it's Witherspoon.
Actor in a Supporting Role
Paul Giamatti, CINDERELLA MAN
George Clooney, SYRIANA
Matt Dillon, CRASH
William Hurt, A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE
Jake Gyllenhaal, BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN
I wasn't expecting Giamatti to get the nod here. Same with Hurt, as he's only in his film for about ten minutes (and to me, it was a scenery-chewing ten minutes). A nod for Dillon is pretty much a nod for everyone in Crash, so I doubt they'll single him out. They can't slap a mustache and some grey dye on Gyllenhaal and make him look twenty years older. That puts Clooney at the top of the list, although I'll be honest, I didn't think he had the best performance in the film. Plus, my thoughts on Dillon and the cast of Crash could also be said for Syriana. I'm picking Clooney, but there's definitely some upset potential here.
Actress in a Supporting Role
Rachel Weisz, THE CONSTANT GARDENER
Frances McDormand, NORTH COUNTRY
Michelle Williams, BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN
Amy Adams, JUNEBUG
Catherine Keener, CAPOTE
Wow, this one is even tougher. I'd like to write off Amy Adams and Michelle Williams, but newcomers have won this award before. They're both outside shots, but either one could happen, as they both were great (Adams especially understands the importance of subtlety). McDormand already has an Oscar, and in order to win another one, you really have to do something special (which I didn't think Swank did last year, but AMPAS disagreed). So it's either Weisz or Keener. I'm going with Weisz, as she had more to do in her film, but this one could go either way.
Best Original Screenplay
Woody Allen, MATCH POINT
George Clooney & Grant Heslov, GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK
Paul Haggis & Bobby Moresco, CRASH
Stephen Gaghan, SYRIANA
Noah Baumbach, THE SQUID AND THE WHALE
This one is a two-horse race. I'd love to see Syriana win it. Had I made my top ten list later than I did, it would've been number two. The script is a fascinating human geo-political puzzle. It doesn't assume that the viewer is stupid, which is always nice. And it accomplishes more in a two-hour running time than any film I've seen in years. However, Crash is gonna win this one. Personally, I thought the ending was a little too convenient. Haggis wants us to believe that twenty people live in all of Los Angeles. However, none of that matters. In the Oscar world, racial 'feel-good' films almost always trump political 'feel-bad' ones. Haggis has a screenplay Oscar already, but I don't think that will stop AMPAS voters from giving him another one.
Best Adapted Screenplay
Dan Futterman, CAPOTE
Josh Olson, A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE
Jeffrey Caine, THE CONSTANT GARDENER
Tony Kushner & Eric Roth, MUNICH
Larry McMurtry & Diana Ossana, BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN
Last one, and it's an easy one. Even though all five scripts are deeper than any plot synopsis can give them credit for, Brokeback Mountain took the biggest risks. That will count for a lot on March 5th.
So those are my picks for the major categories. For the first time in a long while, I'm not mad about any of the major nominees. Typically, I'm rooting against someone 'undeserving,' but that won't be the case this year, so I'm looking forward to the show.
One more thing. I really hope that Terrence Howard gets to perform 'It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp.' It won't be as funny as Robin Williams performing 'Blame Canada' a few years back, but it'll be just as memorable, especially if he wears that wife-beater:
The spirit of democracy cannot be imposed from without. It has to come from within.
-Mohandas K. Gandhi
After the initial justification for invading Iraq collapsed like a house of cards, the Bush Administration quickly changed their position from one where the US was trying to prevent Saddam Hussein from using weapons of mass destruction against our allies in the Middle East to one where the US invaded Iraq to overthrow a brutal dictator and install a democracy. After all, democracy can't be bad at all can it? Democracy is what the United States was founded on, and WE'RE the good guys, right?
Sunday, January 29, 2006
Because what Oprah promotes lacks substance, she can often get herself into quite a pickle. In an attempt to keep soccer moms glued to their TVs, Oprah has quality guests that include Long Island Lolita Amy Fisher and that annoying skank from TLC's most superficial program "What not to wear." Her picks for her book club have been all over the board, in terms of quality and genre. Everything from John Steinbeck to Romance Smut Novels.
In September, Oprah picked James Frey's A Million Little Pieces as her next Oprah book. She called it one of the most riveting books she's ever read. It prevented her from sleeping on multiple consecutive evenings, and she wanted to share the powerful experience with her fans. Buy this book NOW! Everyone should read this book. What a fantastic fucking book!
The problem is, much like a lot of what Oprah supports, that the book is just merely Ok. Having read it myself, and comparing it to either books written either by or about drug addicts, it falls somewhere in the bottom half in terms of quality. And this is before the revelation by the Smoking Gun that better than half of it was made up. But, even considered as a work of fiction, it's got a lot of stuff that could be taken right out of Leaving Las Vegas, Girl Interupted, and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, only it's just not as interesting or tragic.
Yes, I know that Lilly hangs herself at the end of the story, but 99% of stories about addiction end with someone being dead, and that death subsequently changing the life of the addict. Oprah's soccer moms don't read anything accept Nora Roberts novels and whatever Oprah tells them to read, so this point, that the book is formulaic within the addiction genre, is lost on their sad little faces.
That didn't stop Oprah from shouting the book's praises from the hilltops, even after the Smoking Gun report was released. And then came last week and Oprah did a 180 degree flip. James Frey appeared on her show, where she proceeded to berate him about being a liar. All of the sudden, Oprah cares about the truth! She's never mentioned the faulty intelligence and bold faced lies that led to our invasion of Iraq, wherein thousands of people died. As far as I can tell, no one died because James Frey lied in his bestselling book, and one could argue that many people may have been saved, but I don't really care.
The entire issue with Frey's embelishments of the story is stupid. Just because the details of a book are fiction, doesn't mean it can't affect the life of a reader. While I am not one of those people, a lot of people's lives have been positively affected by Harry Potter, Star Wars and Lord of the Rings, but the fact that they are complete fiction, doesn't change how some people relate to the ideas within those stories. If Oprah wants to claim that every detail of every memoir ever written is 100% accurate, she's as idiotic as her viewers.
Furthermore, this particular memoir was written by a drug addict. Would you ask a drug addict to recount the Presidential Debates between John Kerry and George Bush? If you did, would you expect them to be accurate? Again, only a moron would have these expectations.
The best part of Oprah's hour long cross examination of Frey, was the fact that she takes absolutely no responsibility for the book's success or the issues about the book's accuracy. It's all James Frey's fault. I'm not trying to say it was Ok for James Frey to lie in his memoir, particularly if said lies were created simply to increase the appeal and sales of his book, but Oprah has taken no responsibility, when she could have had a member of her staff uncover in a week, what took The Smoking Gun maybe 4 hours.
Oprah made James Frey what he is, and she has no one to blame but herself for the embrassment she experienced.
Tuesday, January 24, 2006
You can see how 36 years of football futility can drive a person to such lengths as to contend that John Elway sucks. There's no doubt that the Broncos took one up the ass from the Steelers this weekend, but to say that John Elway is merely decent, and then later to say that he's in the same league as Elvis Grbac is ridiculous at least, and destroys any credibility a person has when it comes to their opinions on sports. But, I will give you statistics to show why that is the case.
I do not think John Elway is the greatest QB ever to play the game. That is, without a doubt, Joe Montana. I hate Joe Montana, but you can't deny his place in history as the greatest QB. Much like CowboyLaw, I grew up with the same level of disappointment in the Broncos Super Bowl appearances that he did. And Joe Montana had an awful lot to do with that disappointment. But just because I hate the guy doesn't mean it changes his place in history. I also didn't abandon my team because they lost a Super Bowl. Herein lies some serious irony, CowboyLaw abandons the Broncos for losing in the Super Bowl, yet cheers for a team that hasn't even been to a Super Bowl in 36 years. And he's not even old enough to have been alive in 1970.
John Elway is either the 2nd or 3rd greatest QB ever to play the game. What metric should we use? Elway won 147 games as the Broncos starting QB. That's more than any other QB in NFL history. He was the starting QB in 5 Super Bowls, another NFL record. That's more than the entire Chiefs franchise has ever even been to. He's won 2 Super Bowls. More than the Chiefs entire franchise. 47 game-winning or game-tying drives in the 4th quarter, another NFL record. Basically, when it comes to winning the game, he's the best of all time. If winning doesn't make you a good QB, I guess you either don't understand football or you're just a jealous Chiefs fan.
CowboyLaw mentioned that Defense wins games and championships, and uses the pathetic Chiefs as an example of this fact. I'll give him that the Chiefs have a pathetic defense, but I think this has a lot to do with coaching. The problem with applying this logic to the Broncos is that they never had a great defense in John Elway's entire career. During John Elway's career, the Broncos were rarely in the Top 10 in total defense and never rated better than 6th in the league. There were no Hall of Fame Defensive players in Denver. Champ Bailey might be the first, but not after how he played on Sunday against Hines Ward.
CowboyLaw also uses Career Passer Rating as one of his ways to show how Elway doesn't measure up to the greats. What he does by doing this is illustrate why people who understand football don't rely on Passer Rating to encapsulate a QB's entire career. If Elvis Grbac and Steve Bono, former Chiefs QBs have similar pass ratings to Elway, it shows you how flawed the Passer Rating is at looking at a QB. No one would try to make the case that Elway is in the same league as those two mediocre guys, except perhaps CowboyLaw.
Elway is 2nd all-time in the NFL (behind Dan Marino) in completions and passing yards and 4th overall in TDs thrown. If Elvis Grbac has nearly the same Passer Rating as a guy with this kind of passing resume, it only goes to show you the shortcomings of that statistic. Elway also has over 3000 yards rushing in his career, something that wouldn't be included in a passer rating, but obviously came in handy when they beat Green Bay in Super Bowl XXXII and Elway ran for a first down that essentially sealed the game for his team. The Passer Rating is a weak metric, and CowboyLaw proved our point here for us.
He goes on to site the number of interceptions Elway averaged. Given the fact that he's got more victories and Super Bowl starts than any other QB in NFL history, I guess it seems a little silly to even address this one, but again, his logic is highly questionable. You see, Elway not only had the 2nd most completions behind Dan Marino, but also the 2nd most passing attempts as well. John Elway, as evidenced by his 47 career comebacks, played from behind a lot. And consequently threw the ball a lot as well. And Elway NEVER had a Hall of Fame Receiver, like Jerry Rice, and as CowboyLaw pointed out, only had a great running back his last 3 years in the league.
If you break down Elway's Interceptions per Passing Attempt (0.031) and Interceptions per Completion (0.055), you see that he ranks close to some of the more accepted greats like Joe Montana (0.026/0.041), Steve Young(0.025/0.041), and Brett Favre (0.033/0.055). If you just look at the number of Interceptions, it will obviously be skewed in favor of a QB who didn't throw as many passes just based on simple probability. This is how a Passer Rating works against a guy who plays for a really long time and throws the ball a ton. You can see that his Interception Rate was only different from Young and Montana by a statistically insignificant margin, when you're talking about 7,250 passing attempts (Elway's 2nd place mark).
The Broncos may have been humiliated by the Steelers on Sunday, but that doesn't make the KC Chiefs better than the Broncos, since the Chiefs didn't even make the Playoffs. John Elway is one of the greatest QBs of all-time, no matter what metric you choose.
A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints
This Film Is Not Yet Rated
The Darwin Awards
The Hawk Is Dying
Right At Your Door
Come Early Morning
The Secret Life Of Words
I also want to see The Science of Sleep, American Hardcore, Alpha Dog, and The Proposition. However, I currently don't have passes to these, and plus, there's only so much time in the day.
I'll post an update when I get back this weekend, with some pics and capsule reviews. However, first thing's first. I need to buy me a pair of these:
Monday, January 23, 2006
The time has come to recognize a beautiful reality: the Donkeys lost. While I am sure the Midget is crying in his beer as we speak, let us reflect back on a game in which the Steelers not only beat
Friday, January 20, 2006
And despite what you might hear from CowboyLaw, the Kansas City Cheats...I mean Chiefs, are no where to be seen. Here's what CowboyLaw wrote about that in last weekend's comments:
"And as for my favorite team, I will willingly own the fact that it's KC. And they indeed will not be playing. But they are the first team to miss the cut and only the 6th team to go 10-6 in the modern playoff era and not get into the playoffs."
Wow, I'm sure Dick Vermeil is adding that to his list of accomplishments as we speak, while crying, of course. The best part for Chiefs fans, those poor, dumb bastards, is that they have the oldest team in the NFL, and they would need 4 drafts to get all the players their going to need to replace their geriatric talent pool. Saying your a Chiefs fan is basically saying that you enjoy watching the elderly play football.
Now back the the teams who actually won enough games to qualify for the post season.
Steelers at Broncos Sunday 3:00 pm ET CBS (Denver -3)
With all the trash talking going on in the media about how poorly Denver played in their victory over New England last weekend, I am surprised that Denver is favored in this game. Not because I think that they can't win, but because the hype surrounding this game makes Pittsburgh look much better than they really are. There's no doubt this one is going to be a good game, and I am glad it doesn't involve the Patriots or the Colts, since I got tired of the media giving virtual hand jobs to Tom Brady and Peyton Manning all year long. Denver has a balanced attack on offense, and the clock strikes 12 on Big Ben, as John Lynch puts him on the turf at least 2 times. Denver 17 - Pittsburgh 10 .
Panthers at Seahawks Sunday 6:30 pm ET Fox (Seattle - 3 1/2)
Seattle has received no credit all year long. Remember earlier in the year when everyone thought the Cowboys were the second-coming of Christ - Seattle beat them. Seattle beat Indy, granted the Indy starters only played one half, but the Seahawks were leading when Manning and company left the game. Seattle is going to come out and make the Ragin' Cajun beat them. But, with Steve Smith double covered all day, Shawn Alexander and the Seahawks prevail. Seahawks 31- Panthers 10.
If you disagree, too bad.
Thursday, January 19, 2006
Back when Mister Bling and I were in college, in a little cow town we'll call Greeley, Colorado, 'cause that's where we were, we worked at a retail store that sold music, video, books, software, and tons of pornography. The pornography was mostly because the magazine guy was a total pervert, but I digress. When you work in this environment, customers, particularly young hipster types, will come in and ask if you've heard of a particular band.
It always starts something like this:
"Dude, have you ever heard of the band EVE OF DESTRUCTION?"
"Man, you HAVE to CHECK OUT the FLAMING VAGINAS!"
or my personal favorite-
"I am looking for this CD by this completely unknown band that you'll probably have to special order for me because no one has EVER heard of them. They're called METALLICA!"
Hipster-type people all like to think that they are among the original fans for their favorite band. It's one of the many annoying traits of people who think that because they listen to shitty music and wear old clothes that makes them cooler than you are. You'll see how this all plays out. Just be patient, I'm setting up my story with background information here.
Back to this party I was telling you about, it was a small gathering of people who I am somewhat acquainted with (because I've been drunk around them before), but none of these people are in my cell phone and even if they were, I would never ever call them. But, they had good beer ( O'Dell's 90 Schilling), which can make up for a lot of annoying shit.
When my friend and I arrived at this apartment, the entire place smelled like a combination of cat piss and marijuana. I never saw any cats at this place, neither. I did see four or five hipster-type people sitting on a couch looking as if they had either just been to the eye doctor and had their eyes dialated (at 9:15 pm on a Sunday night) or smoked 7 pounds of ganja. You do the math.
After a couple beers, I couldn't help but notice that these people were listening to some crappy music. No amount of chemical alteration could make this crap sound better, so naturally, I was like "This shit sucks." I didn't ask who the band was, because I didn't want to know. Hipsters don't like to hear that their music sucks. It's like telling a Republican that they have liberal ideas or telling a hand model her fingers look stumpy, it's an attack on their identity, but I was in no condition to do this kind of analysis at the time.
I proceeded to learn that the band is called The Arcade Fire, and the sonic ass raping that I was receiving was called Funeral. It reminded me of what you would play at your funeral, if you thought that only people you hated were going to show up, just to punish them for being bastards. Otherwise, this album is a complete waste of time and playing it, a waste of electricity.
This didn't stop these people from comparing The Arcade Fire to Led Zepplin. If you've heard Led Zep and The Arcade Fire, no explanation is required to demonstrate how ridiculous this idea is. For those of you who missed out on one or the other let me just say that Cannibal Corpse and the Gaither Gospel Group have more in common than Zepplin and this douche-a-rific band, whose name obviously comes from a story involving the Frogger machine overheating.
Take my advice, stay away from this band and people that listen to them.
I'm not the biggest fan of Guinness, but I know a lot of people who are, and I'm sure a few of them are going to try this. If they can keep from drinking all the Guinness before they're done.
Guinness Ice Cream
Makes 1 quart
1/2 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
1 cup whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
2/3 cup Guinness stout
2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons molasses
4 egg yolks
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. In a medium saucepan, scrape in the vanilla bean seeds. Add the pod, milk, and cream. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Turn off the heat, cover the pan, and let the flavors infuse for 30 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan over medium-high heat, whisk together the stout and molasses. Bring to a boil and turn off heat.
3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk the yolks, sugar, and vanilla extract. Whisk in a few tablespoons of the hot cream mixture, then slowly whisk in another 1/4 cup of the cream. Add the remaining cream in a steady stream, whisking constantly. Pour the mixture back into the saucepan.
4. Stir the beer mixture into the cream mixture. Cook the custard over medium heat, stirring often with a wooden spoon, for 6 to 8 minutes or until the custard thickens enough to coat the back of the spoon.
5. Strain the mixture into a bowl and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight. Process the custard in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's instructions.
Friday, January 13, 2006
Thursday, January 12, 2006
I have reason to believe that Dick Van Patten is a robot sent back in time to raise large numbers of children
Was 8 really enough?
Some of you might remember Dick Van Patten from the TV show, Eight is Enough. And no, it wasn't shown at 3:30 am on the Spice Channel. If he were in a show on Spice, they'd have to call it Three if You're Lucky or Two is Splendid for a Man of 77. It was a show about a big family with like 8 people in it or something. Sometimes they had adventures, tears, bisexual dorm room experiences.
Need a refresher? Check out the Eight is Enough website with cast bios, comprehensive episode guides etc. If you think I'm kidding, click on it. I promise you won't get fired for looking at pictures of a kid whose haircut could have qualified him as an Ewok body double in Return of the Jedi. That little bastard must be so coked out right now.
Sunday, January 08, 2006
So when I got this month's Official Xbox Magazine, and saw that it came with a free beta test for the Xbox 360 version of THIS game:
... and that I'll be simultaneously playing with people who are on both the PC and the PS2 versions, I thought, why not give it a try? I've never actually played an MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game), and it was free. I'm a a big fan of free.
The process didn't begin very well. Getting it installed on my 360 was a major pain in the ass. It took about 15 minutes to set up my name and account information, which didn't bother me. Then when it started downloading the game from the beta disc, a screen came up that said '59 minutes remaining.' I thought, "It can't really take that long." Oh yes, it can. So, after getting caught up on two shows I'd DVR'ed earlier in the week (Dallas S.W.A.T. = Total S.H.I.T.), it was done. Or so I thought. When I went to play it, it said 'Update required.' Figuring this would be like most Xbox Live updates, which usually never take more than a couple of minutes, I wasn't sweating it. FORTY-FIVE MINUTES LATER, I was finally ready to create my character.
Then the game gave me a warning. It was something like this: 'MMORPGs can be very fun and addictive, but please don't neglect work, or your family and friends, to play this game.' Gee, great way to win me over. I'm not even at the character-creation page, and the programmers are already bragging about how awesome their game is, and how I'm gonna get hooked into their little D&D world. And the bragging is disguised as a 'We care about you' message. So, I'm finding myself less enthused at this point, but I trudged on.
When setting up my character, it asked me what job I wanted him to have. Ugh. I already have a job in real life; I don't need a second one. Then we're on to appearance, and since I didn't want my character to look like one of the J.C.Penneys models in the game screenshots, I gave him a bald head and a tattoo on the front of his cranium. Didn't matter. As soon as I got into a battle (with a rabbit, of all creatures), I made him cast a magic spell, and he started prancing around like he was trying out for a Wyoming dinner theater production of 'Dragon Ball Z.' That wouldn't have bothered me so much, except I kept visualising the other people online who play games like this, and that the otaku programmers were trying to make me into one of them. If you like Cosplay, fine. Perhaps you've already noticed, but I don't. To each their own, I guess.
So don't be looking for 'Mister Bling' on FFXI anytime soon. I will be unistalling the beta today.
Too bad no one who plays these games will ever read this, because they're too busy neglecting the rest of the world as they level up and farm for gold, or even worse, they're paying real money for in-game money...
/I live under a bridge
Friday, January 06, 2006
Saturday Wildcard Games
4:30 p.m. on ABC -- Washington (10-6) at Tampa Bay (11-5)
Of the four playoff games this weekend, this one will probably be a good one to skip. I can already hear the stupid pirates and sunburned jackasses crying about it, but both teams have decent defenses and mediocre quarterbacks, which means lots of stacking the line of scrimmage against the run. When these two teams met in November, Tampa Bay one by a single point at home, 36-35 on a Mike Alstott two point conversion. Don't expect this one to be that high scoring. Both teams will play this one more conservatively (read: boring). For those of you (Steelers fans) who like games with 75 off tackle plays and 5 points between the two teams in the entire game, this is your game. For the rest of us, it's an opportunity to get our drink on for the next Saturday game. I pick Washington 21-17.
8:00 p.m. on ABC -- Jacksonville (12-4) at New England (10-6)
The funny thing about this game is that Jacksonville only lost 4 games this season and beat Seattle, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati and hung in their with the Colts in both games this season. Like Indy, they got to play the Texans and Titans two times each, but the sports media has been giving Jacksonville a hard time and saying they won't be able to compete with New England. New England, as per usual, is getting a lot of love from the sports media. Like USC, New England is the favorite, and like USC, I predict New England will go down in a close game. Either way, it's irrelevant, since neither of these teams stand a chance against the Broncos or Colts, but calling it the Road to Nowhere Bowl might be taking it one step too far. Final Score: Jacksonville 35 New England 3. Yes, 3.
1:00 p.m. on FOX -- Carolina (11-5) at N.Y. Giants (11-5)
I can't say I have watched a single Carolina Panthers highlight this year, let alone an entire game, so this pick was tough for me just simply based on the fact that it reminded me that Carolina has a football team. A lot of playoff games that I have seen involve kicking field goals. What I DID see this year was Jay Feeley of the Giants miss 3 chances to beat the Seahawks in Seattle. That alone makes me favor Carolina, sight unseen. Carolina 24 Giants 18 (Giants score 3 touchdowns; Feeley goes 0/3 on XP and 0/3 on FG attempts; goes into seclusion like Buffalo Bills Super Bowl Sensation Scott Norwood.)
4:30 p.m. on CBS -- Pittsburgh (11-5) at Cincinnati (11-5)
This match-up between the Steelers and Bengals will probably be among the best games of the weekend. Cincinnati had a great season. Pittsburgh was banged up all year, yet still managed to squeek into the playoffs. I will be cheering for Pittsburgh, but I don't think my cheering for them can help them here. This is the only game of the weekend where I hope like hell that I am wrong about the outcome, since I still harbor rage from the Boomer Esiason days in the late eighties, when he and Icky Woods stopped my Broncos from getting embarassed against the Joe Montana 49ers. I pick Cincinnati, as much as it pains me to do so, with a final score Cincinnati 24 Pittsburgh 17.
Come back on Sunday night and I'll see how my picks stack up. Share your picks for this weekend via email or in the comments section.
Thursday, January 05, 2006
The Rose Bowl game brought to mind a certain South Park character, Ms. Chokesondick. Why? Because that's exactly what the overrated USC Trojans did last night against Texas. Vince Young made them look completely weak on defense, which he has done to every team he has faced this season. While everyone and their dog was telling you to take USC, I was telling you to respect the Longhorns. Now who's foolish Dave from Des Moines? I don't usually get a ton of email about specific postings, but I got a ton from USC fans after my post last week. And now you can all go back to your coke and Fiji water diets.