Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Week #14 Football Predictions. . . the cream rise to the top

Week #1: 9-6
Week #2: 14-2
Week #3: 12-4
Week #4:  9-7
Week #5: 10-4
Week #6: 7-7
Week #7: 12-3
Week #8: 9-4
Week #9: 8-5
Week #10: 11-3
Week #11: 10-4
Week #12: 13-3
............................. 124-52 Record So Far



Here's My Week #13 Predictions

OAK @ KC: The Chiefs suddenly can't win, and this game is critical for the Raiders' post-season hopes.  Oakland wins, and grabs the division.  Khalil Mack's great game last week against New York carries over, and has the KC's QB running for his life most of the game.  Oakland RB Lynch breaks open the KC defense, and has yet another strong game.

NO @ ATL: The Falcons have lost that playoff feeling, and Brees will continue to solidify the Saints' place in the hunt for a Super Bowl Championship.

IND @ BUF: Both Buffalo and Indy are done for the year, but the Bills have a little more in the tank.  The Colts are waiting for next season, which is when they will get their Luck back.

MIN @ CAR: Minnesota has been proving they are one of the teams to beat. . . especially when it comes to their superior defense.  Once again, Baltimore's defense carries the day, and the offense is energized by it.

CHI @ CIN: After losing to the lowly 49ers, the Bears are emotionally bankrupt.  Bengals win at home.

GB @ CLE: Packers can't win without Aaron Rodgers. . . except maybe against the winless Browns.

SF @ HOU: Playoff hopes have been dashed, but the Texans are still willing to fight for a win.

DET @ TB: I really like Stafford, but he just doesn't have the tools around him to win.  The Bucs are not much better, but they should be able to win this one at home.

DAL @ NYG: The Giants were bad, but with Geno Smith behind center instead of Eli Manning makes them extra bad, and creates a bad environment in the lockerrom.  Dak Prescott realizes if the Cowboys are going to make it to the playoffs, it is time to win, and they have to win all of their games.  Cowboys have an easier record than many of their rivals going into the final weeks of the season, and they will be playing in high gear.

TEN @ ARI: The Cardinals have fallen to earth without Carson Palmer in there over the last month.  His broken bones have left Arizona broken beyond repair.  Meanwhile, Titans have an outside shot for playoffs, and they are going to fight for it.

NYJ @ DEN: The Broncos are finished.  Time to look for a new quarterback.  Jets aren't much better, and out of the gate I thought they would be the worst team in the NFL.  New York, however, has been an overachiever, and they are good enough to beat the Broncos.

WAS @ LAC: Three-way Tie for first going into this week, and the Chargers actually believe they can do something about it.  Philip Rivers is the NFL Player with the most consecutive games in the same uniform.  Though the Chargers gave up on San Diego, they never gave up on Rivers. . . and he hasn't given up on them.  Chargers win, keeping the AFC West very interesting.

SEA @ JAX: Russell Wilson's time for a resurgence?  Perhaps.  Jacksonville has a strong defense, but the Seattle offense might be able to break through and score.  Seahawks win a close one.

PHI @ LAR: Holy Cow those Rams have been good, but so has the Eagles . . . and despite the firm loss to Seattle last week, Philadelphia still has among the top offenses in the NFL.  Then again, so do the Rams.  Both teams have overachieving young quarterbacks and defenses that sometimes can be suspect.  Philly is slightly the better team.

BAL @ PIT: Both good teams, but the experience and toughness goes to Pittsburgh.

NE @ MIA: I haven't been betting against Tom Brady, and I am not about to start, now.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Week #13 - NFL Football Game Predictions

Week #1: 9-6
Week #2: 14-2
Week #3: 12-4
Week #4:  9-7
Week #5: 10-4
Week #6: 7-7
Week #7: 12-3
Week #8: 9-4
Week #9: 8-5
Week #10: 11-3
Week #11: 10-4
Week #12: 13-3
............................. 124-52 Record So Far



Here's My Week #13 Predictions

NYG @ OAK: Raiders realize the end is near, so win they must, and the do. . . at home.

WAS @ DAL: Redskins give me a feeling this week.  Can't explain it.  Dallas and Washington have the same record.  Based on their total quarterback ratings so far this year, Cowboys QB Dak Prescott has a 68.1 (ranking him at #6) and Kirk Cousins has a 60.1 (ranking him at #8).  Washington's offense is ranked 11th in the league, Dallas' is at #16.  Washington has the 20th ranked defense in the league, Dallas is at #22.  Washington has a slight edge, and will win it.

MIN @ ATL: This was a hard one to call.  Also two teams who are very much alike, but I think Matt Ryan pulls off a stunner with his above average play at quarterback.

DET @ BAL: Baltimore's defense carries the day, and the game.

NE @ BUF: New England has been spectacular.  Nobody can beat them except with a surprise.

SF @ CHI: Two bad teams, but the Bears have a superior defense.

TB @ GB: Rodgers' replacement is still on a learning curve.

IND @ JAX: The Jaguars have the number one defense in the league, and Bortles can outscore the Colts offense as long as Andrew Luck stays sidelined.

DEN @ MIA: Denver can't even beat the Dolphins, who have surprisingly overachieved, considering what they have to work with.

KC @ NYJ: Mighty KC got beat by Buffalo last week.  They have the Raiders and the Chargers nipping at their heels.  They won't make the mistake of losing a game they should have won, again.

HOU @ TEN: Houston has been a lot of fun to watch, but the Titans have more weapons.

CLE @ LAC: The Browns will continue to lose in a rout by the Chargers, who are starting to feel good about themselves, and a possible run for the playoffs.  Too bad they will let their fans down again, this year, at the last moment.

CAR @ NO: The Saints' streak was broken, and now the superior defense of the Panthers will continue to humble Drew Brees and crew.

LAR @ ARI: The Rams mowed over the Saints last week, showing everyone that the previous loss was a minor set-back.  Goff and gang wants the league to believe they are the real thing, and will defeat the Cardinals to pound the message in just a little deeper.

PHI @ SEA:  People have been asking if Eagles Quarterback Carson Wentz is the next Tom Brady.  He's sure been playing like it.  He's definitely not the next Russell Wilson.

PIT @ CIN: Steelers' superior fire power levels the Bengals.

Teams on Bye:

None

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Week #12 NFL Predictions - Happy Thanksgiving

Week #1: 9-6
Week #2: 14-2
Week #3: 12-4
Week #4:  9-7
Week #5: 10-4
Week #6: 7-7
Week #7: 12-3
Week #8: 9-4
Week #9: 8-5
Week #10: 11-3
Week #11: 10-4
............................. 111-49 Record So Far



Here's My Week #12 Predictions

MIN @ DET: Stafford, under the new Offensive Coordinator, has more control over his game, and that has been a good thing, but as good as Stafford has been, this year, he won't be good enough to overcome the Vikings defense.

DEN @ OAK: The Raiders leadership realizes the Silver and Black have been underachievers this year, and Carr will be enabled to kick it up a notch.  Khalil Mack will, too.  Raiders win at home, with an eye on the playoffs.

LAC @ DAL: The Chargers are feeling pretty full of themselves, and will carry their swagger into Dallas.  Philip Rivers will have an epic game, as will Bosa on the defense.  Let's not hold our breaths, though.  The transplants from San Diego won't make the playoffs.

NYG @ WAS: The Giants are feeling pretty good after beating the powerful Kansas City Chiefs last week, and will carry that bravado into the nation's capital.  It'll be close, but the proximity to home (which will almost make New York's game seem like a home game) will give Eli and gang just what they need to overcome the Redskins.

TB @ ATL: At 6-4, the payoffs are beginning to look like a dim proposition for the Super Bowl losers of last season, and Matt Ryan will not take the division rival 4-6 Tampa Bay Buccaneers lightly.  The Falcons will be in championship mode, well knowing they have to at least catch 7-3 Carolina in their division if they are going to have a chance for a Wild Card spot.

CLE @ CIN: The cross-state rivalry will be in full swing. Records don't matter when these two teams meet.  But, the Bengals are the better team, and will improve to .500 -- as the Browns continue to remain winless.

TEN @ IND: The Colts can't even win at home without Andrew Luck.  The Titans will be happy to beat them.  This has been a disastrous season for the team who believes that Mariota can carry them to the promised land. . . although, probably not this year.

BUF @ KC: Last week's loss taught the Chiefs that they are not invincible, after all.  Last week's loss taught the Bills that no Tyrod means no win - even against the lowly Chargers who manhandled the Bills last week.  KC is the better team, and once again an AFC West team will wrack up five touchdowns against New York's northern representative.

MIA @ NE: The slaughter will be merciless, and Tom Brady will have his best game yet, of the year.

CAR @ NYJ: Carolina knows they won't catch the Saints, and Atlanta is nipping at their heels.  They will win this one, with a chip on their shoulder, well-knowing that their post-season now hangs on every remaining game they play.  Cam Newton will look MVP, and the surprising rise of the New York Jets will end, as the real big boys kick into high gear during the final half of the NFL Regular Season.

CHI @ PHI: The Eagles have been proving they are the real thing, and Wentz's maturity has been incredible.  Meanwhile, while Chicago's defense may be good, but their offense is not good enough to outscore Philly's high powered offense.

SEA @ SF: The Seahawks are chasing the young and mighty Rams, and will be facing a 1-9 San Francisco 49ers team that is in total disarray.  Easy Seattle win while visiting the Bay Area.

NO @ LAR: Minnesota, a team who will make the post-season, beat the high flying Rams handily last week.  The Saints, another playoff-bound team, will do the same to the Rams, deflating their swagger, and helping Goff realize that the NFL is a tough league to win in when you play the quality teams.

JAX @ ARI: Bortles will lose on the road as Carson Palmer shows him how a veteran quarterback can play the game.

GB @ PIT:  Big Ben and the Steelers dominate.  Packers remain without Aaron Rodgers, and realize what they already kind of knew.  Without Rodgers, they can't compete.

HOU @ BAL: Ravens win at home, putting up a high score against Houston.  Meanwhile, the Texans' offense will be riddled with mistakes.

Teams on Bye:

None

Monday, November 13, 2017

Week #11: NFL's Winners and Losers

Cutler is beginning to get
deliriously excited about
winning in Miami. . . and
the team is beginning to believe
in him - despite their recent losses.
Week #1: 9-6
Week #2: 14-2
Week #3: 12-4
Week #4:  9-7
Week #5: 10-4
Week #6: 7-7
Week #7: 12-3
Week #8: 9-4
Week #9: 8-5
Week #10: 11-3
.............. 101-45 record so far

✘   10-4 This Week

Here's My Week #11 Predictions

NE @ OAK: I am a Raiders fan, so this was a hard pick to make, but the reality is that Tom Brady has, as the sportscaster said last week, lives in a place that Father Time can't seem to find.  The Patriots have been, aside from Week #1, extremely unbeatable.  Brady is playing at his best, flipping retirement the bird. The Raiders have been struggling to win, this year, in part due to Carr's back injury early on.  I am not counting Oakland out, but this game in Mexico will likely belong to New England.  That said, if Carr can pull it off, I will make them favorites to get to the Super Bowl, because aside from Kansas City, New England is the primary reason why they can't get there.

TEN @ PIT: The Titans have been playing pretty good ball, but the Steelers are in "eye on the prize" mode, and will only get better during the second half of the season.  The Steel Curtain is 7-2 going into this game for a reason.

TB @ MIA: Both of these Florida teams have won more than originally expected.  I think Cutler has settled in, and has figured out how to use the weapons he has available to him.  Plus, he's the more experienced of the two quarterbacks.  That said, I have a feeling it will be a close one.

DET @ CHI: Detroit is the better team, and will stay undefeated in the division.  Chicago, while performing better than most have expected, will remain winless in their division.

JAX @ CLE: The Browns have been finding ways to beat themselves, and Bortles is figuring out how to win.  Jaguars win easily.

BAL @ GB: Somehow, the Packers figured it out last week against Chicago.  The Baltimore defense will not be as easy on them, and the Ravens offense is much better than the offense of the Bears.  Baltimore wins, and Packers will lose big in front of the home crowd.  Simply put, the Packers are lost without Aaron Rodgers.

ARI @ HOU: Savage figures out a way to win at home.  The Cardinals are the better team, but I just feel this one will belong to the Texans.

LAR @ MIN: Holy Cow, the Rams have been exciting to watch, running up big numbers in an incredible season.  While the Vikings are technically the better team, and the Rams won't rack up the same kind of numbers against Minnesota they've been putting up all season long, the Rams will continue to win, and continue to keep L.A. excited about having their blue and gold back in Southern California - winning this one in a close one, but doing so on the road.

WAS @ NO: The Saints have been winning easily ever since their third week win - with their only losses coming to the Vikings and the Patriots in games number 1 and 2.  New Orleans looks playoff ready, and Brees seems unstoppable.  This one will belong to the Saints at home, with them winning by at least ten.

KC @ NYG: The Chiefs are back on target, ready to make a run for the playoffs, and they will run over the Giants hard and mercilessly.

BUF @ LAC: The Chargers always seem to find a way to lose. . . but this week they will win, despite turnovers, and bad play.  Rivers, finally fed up with losing, will out-experience whoever the quarterback is that will be throwing.  We hear it won't be Tyrod.

CIN @ DEN: The Broncos looked pitiful against the Patriots.  Of course they did.  Tom Terrific tends to do that to teams.  But the special teams play was awful, and the defense was broken.  The fillies from Denver have no confidence remaining, and the desperate Bengals will take full advantage of it, coming out on top in this battle between 3-6 teams.

PHI @ DAL: The Eagles have been unstoppable, and will continue to be after their rest last weekend.  Wentz will dismantle the Cowboys' defense, and the Eagles defense will find a way to rope and tie up Dallas' O-Line.

ATL @ SEA: Both teams have been underachievers this year, but the Seahawks know how to play well at home, winning all of their home games, except one, so far this year.  Atlanta is 3-4 on the road.  Seattle wins a close one at home.

Teams on Bye:

Carolina Panthers, Indianapolis Colts, New York Jets, San Francisco 49ers

Thursday, November 09, 2017

Week #10, NFL Round-up, Predictions for Game Winners

Tom Brady will continue to dazzle. . . 
Week #1: 9-6
Week #2: 14-2
Week #3: 12-4
Week #4:  9-7
Week #5: 10-4
Week #6: 7-7
Week #7: 12-3
Week #8: 9-4
Week #9: 8-5
.............. 90-42 record so far



Here's My Week #10 Predictions

SEA @ ARI: Wilson makes up for last week's misfire, spanks Carson Palmer and crew in the desert.

NO @ BUF: Drew Brees and the Saints have been mostly winning, and will follow their winning ways in this close game in cold weather.

GB @ CHI: I have not been picking the Bears at all this year, but against a Packers team without Aaron Rodgers, and a strong defense at home in the Windy City, Chicago gets this one.

CLE @ DET: Detroit is already the better team.  They especially are at home, against a struggling Browns franchise.

PIT @ IND: Without Luck, the Colts are no match for Big Ben and the Iron Curtain from Pittsburgh.

LAC @ JAX: The Chargers have over-achieved so far, but they won't against the Jaguars at home.

NYJ @ TB: Are the Jets playoff worthy?  Well, they are better than that other team from New York, and they are better than all three teams from Florida.

CIN @ TEN: Titans have not been winning games they should've won.  They will make up for it at home with a close win over the Bengals.

MIN @ WAS: Vikings defense will tear up the Redskins offense.  Minnesota wins decisively.

HOU @ LAR: The Rams have been winning big, and will win big against the Texans in the City of Angels.  Is it possible that the 2017 Rams may be playoff bound?

DAL @ ATL: Falcons have lost a bunch of games, and have hardly been acting like the team that made it to the Super Bowl last year.  The Cowboys, however, are without the services of suspended running back Ezekiel Elliot.  Recently injured Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant will be playing, but he won't be 100%, and he won't have Elliot setting up the passing game.  Falcons QB Matt Ryan will capitalize, and win big.  Will that bring enough confidence into the Atlanta locker room for a final charge for the postseason?

NYG @ SF: 49ers aren't capable of beating anyone, at this point, especially a seasoned QB like Eli Manning.

NE @ DEN: Denver's defense, as good as it is, is no match for the great one, Tom Terrific.

MIA @ CAR: Tough decision on this one, but since it was so close in who will win, in my mind, I've got to give it to the home team who should be able to capitalize on their homefield advantage.

Teams on Bye:

Baltimore Ravens, Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders, Philadelphia Eagles

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Week #9, NFL Game Predictions Round-Up

Week #1: 9-6
Week #2: 14-2
Week #3: 12-4
Week #4:  9-7
Week #5: 10-4
Week #6: 7-7
Week #7: 12-3
Week #8: 9-4
.............. 82-37 record so far



Here's My Week #9 Predictions

OAK @ MIA: While the Raiders have been rocky, they can beat Miami.

BUF @ NYJ: Buffalo believes they can win, and they will.

ATL @ CAR: While I have had high hopes for the Super Bowl Bride's Maids of last season, the Falcons have not been flying as high as one would think.  Carolina, meanwhile, has been exceeding my expectations.  Panthers get it done at home.

IND @ HOU: The Texans should have beaten Seattle last week, but they won't misstep against a Luck-less Indianapolis team, this week. . . especially at home, following the Astros winning the World Series.  Emotions will be high, and Houston will deliver.

CIN @ JAX: Jaguars and Bengals are both teams that are better than their records, but they haven't been playing like it.  Playoffs will be a rough row to hoe for both of them, but in Sunday's match-up, Jacksonville will pull off a squeaker at home.

TB @ NO: Drew Brees and his Saints are doing rather well, and have been beating good opponents.  The question is not if they will make the playoffs, but how deep they will go.  Rookie Jameis Winston doesn't have a chance in this one.

LAR @ NYG: Are the Rams for real?  They will be next year.  This year, the Giants will beat them with Eli's arm, despite being without Odell Beckham's receiving talent.

DEN @ PHI: Wentz and the Eagles have been unstoppable, and even Denver's superior defense won't be able to stop the young quarterback's confidence, and talent.

BAL @ TEN: Sitting at .500, the Ravens are ready to get it together, and do some damage. . . and they will do so at Mariota's expense, intercepting the young quarterback a couple times, and beating the Titans handily.

ARI @ SF: The Cardinals have been underachievers, but the 49ers haven't been achievers in any way, shape, or form.  Cards take this one big.

WAS @ SEA: The Seahawks persevered through the Houston attack, and have found their footing.  This will be a big win at home, and a moment when Seattle puts on their "we're headed to the playoffs" face.

KC @ DAL: The Chiefs have been dominant this year, but their run defense has let them down more than once.  Their pass defense fell apart against the Raiders, too.  Ezekiel Elliot will run over the Chiefs' defense like a freight train, not only because of KC's failing run defense, but because of the Cowboys' solid offensive line.

DET @ GB: The Lions are a good team.  The Packers are a better team.  However, without Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay is far from great.  Brett Hundley, though, who will be starting at quarterback for Green Bay, has been studying under Rodgers for three years.  Unfortunately, jitters will kill Hundley's game, but the lessons learned will move him towards the quarterback he is going to be.  He will be a good quarterback and win a lot of games, someday, but not against Detroit this Monday Night.

Teams on Bye:

Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota Vikings, New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Week #8, Game Predictions, NFL Football

Week #1: 9-6
Week #2: 14-2
Week #3: 12-4
Week #4:  9-7
Week #5: 10-4
Week #6: 7-7
Week #7: 12-3
.............. 73-33 record so far



Here's My Week #8 Predictions

OAK @ BUF: Raiders quarterback Derek Carr pulled off a "no time on the clock" win last week, and the same kind of antics will occur this week.  It'll be ugly, close, and a last minute comeback, but the Raiders will do it again.

MIN @ CLE: Minnesota will continue to fly high, as the woes of the Browns continue.

IND @ CIN: Andrew Luck's 2017 still looks shaky, and Indy can't win without him.

LAC @ NE: A few lucky wins by the Chargers cannot and will not equate to a win in Foxboro.

CHI @ NO: I am starting to believe the Saints are the real thing. . . but can they win the division?

ATL @ NYJ: Atlanta has not been Super Bowl worthy, but the high flying Jets are no match.

SF @ PHI: Wentz has been incredible, this year.  Chalk up another one for the Eagles.

CAR @ TB: The Bucs will take advantage of Carolina's woes and confusing record.

HOU @ SEA: Texans shock Seahawks with their incredible rookie quarterback, DeShaun Watson.

DAL @ WAS: Despite Ezekiel Elliot, Washington pulls off the win at home.

PIT @ DET: Steelers win a close one, because the Steelers have a better defense, and Big Ben.

DEN @ KC: Chiefs embarrass Broncos, and Denver decides 2017 is over and done with.

MIA @ BAL: Ravens are by far the better team, and stomps the Dolphins.

Teams on Bye:

Arizona Cardinals, Green Bay Packers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Los Angeles Rams, New York Giants, Tennessee Titans

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Week #7 NFL Football Predictions

I took a beating last week. . .

Week #1: 9-6
Week #2: 14-2
Week #3: 12-4
Week #4:  9-7
Week #5: 10-4
Week #6: 7-7
.............. 61-30 record so far



Here's The Week #7 Predictions

KCOAK: Raiders quarterback Derek Carr is back.  Last week, however, wasn't the homecoming he hoped for losing by one to the hated Chargers.  He feels he has something to prove.  KC, with last week's gut-wrenching loss to Pittsburgh, their first of the season, are doubting themselves.  Oakland in a close one at home.

TB @ BUF: The Bills are flying high with a 3-2 record, and Tampa Bay is struggling with a 2-3 record.  The Bills have proven to have a good defense.  The Bucs offense has been pretty good.  While Evans has been a favorite target of Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston, with Jameis not fully healthy I don't believe he can overcome the Bills' defense.  Buffalo wins it.

CARCHI: Carolina faltered against Philly last week, but honestly, Wentz has been impressing the entire league.  I was foolish to go against them, last week.  That said, Chicago's win against Baltimore was an even bigger surprise.  So, who's the lucky ones?  I really don't hold a lot of faith in Chicago's offense. I have to go with Carolina, on this one.

TEN @ CLE: The Browns haven't won one, yet, and they aren't about to start in this game.  Tennessee desperately wants to get into the winning record column, and are going into this game right at .500 - Mariota has a good game, and Cleveland's fans will go home empty.

NO@ GB: Aaron Rodgers is down for the season, therefore, Green Bay's season is over.  Without their great quarterback, the Packers can't outscore Drew Brees and his high scoring Saints.

JAX @ IND: Jacksonville has won two of their three last road games, and have been putting up some pretty decent numbers.  Indy's defense has been atrocious.  The Jaguars' running game, and defense will beat up on the Colts. . . while Andrew Luck's injury may be coming close to an end, there's no guarantee he'll be able to do much to help Indianapolis in this game.

ARI @ LAR: The Rams have been showing glimpses of who they will be in the near future.  In a tight game, they get the victory in London against an Arizona team that has been up and down in search of recent greatness.

NYJ @ MIA: I've been saying that the Jets and Dolphins are among the two worse teams in the NFL, then they both began to win.  So much for the race to the bottom theory.  Now that they are facing off, it was difficult to determine who would pull this week's game off with a win.  The Jets gave Tom Terrific and the New England Patriots a run for their money, and Miami, with Cutler in charge, pulled off a win against Matt Ryan's Atlanta Falcons last week.  Despite the home advantage, I am going to give this one to New York. . . in a squeaker that may go into overtime.

BAL @ MIN: The Vikings are coming off of three wins out of their last four games, but the Ravens seem to play better on the road.  Now that they knocked Aaron Rodgers out for the season, Minnesota has become a favorite to win the division.  That is a confidence booster the Vikings plan to carry into their game against Baltimore.  The Vikings will take advantage of the noise at home, and win this won, but I don't think they will cover their 4.5 point spread.

DALSF: The Cowboys' Ezekiel Elliot is a running machine, and San Francisco is 0-5.  Easy call.  Dallas wins this one by a bunch.

CIN @ PIT: The Steelers have been a little eclectic, but Big Ben's got it under control at home against Cincy. Pittsburgh has the slightly better offense, especially when it comes to the Red Zone, and the Steelers also have a better defense (statistically, anyway).  Plus, they are at home.  The Iron Curtain wins, but by less than a touchdown (but more than a field goal).

DEN @ LAC: Denver has a fantastic defense, but no quarterback.  However, their rushing game has been pretty good.  The Chargers have a pretty good defense, and a good quarterback, but no offense around Philip Rivers.  Denver wins because of its defense in front of a small crowd in the small stadium in Carson, California.

SEA @ NYG: The odds-makers have the Seahawks winning by a little more than a touchdown.  They are right.  New York's defense is no match for Seattle's explosive offense (when it decides to explode).  Eli Manning is overrated, and Seattle's defense will shut him down.  I suspect the win might be by more than two touchdowns for the Seahawks.

ATL @ NE: In a Super Bowl rematch, while Atlanta is capable of beating the Patriots, they are not capable of doing it in front of New England's home crowd.

WAS @ PHI: The Eagles have made me a believer. . . even against division rival Washington.

Teams on Bye:

Detroit Lions, Houston Texans

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Week #6 Preview, Predictions Win Loss, NFL Football

Week #1: 9-6
Week #2: 14-2
Week #3: 12-4
Week #4:  9-7
Week #5:  10-4
.............. 54-23 record so far


Here's The Week #6 Predictions

LAC @ OAK: Raiders quarterback Derek Carr is out, and normally Oakland can't win without him, but the hapless Chargers will not be allowed to walk into the Black Hole and even have a chance.  The surprise of the day with be Oakland's defense stepping up.  Philip Rivers will throw a couple interceptions, and the Raiders will win one for Carr. UPDATE: Mid-week Carr stated he plans to play.  He's wearing a wrap to support his back.  With Carr at the helm, the Raiders definitely have this one.

PHI @ CAR: I like Philadelphia. They have already outperformed what everyone thought they would accomplish.  However, rookie Wentz and crew are not good enough to beat Cam Newton at home.  While Cam is no longer Superman, this is a game the Panthers should be able to win.

MIA @ ATL: The Falcons make minced meat out of the Dolphins.  Atlanta is ready to make sushi out of Miami because they are rested (bye last week) and have studied what they did wrong when they lost to Buffalo two weeks ago.  Besides, Matt Ryan and his very talented Falcons are very hungry after last season's Super Bowl loss.

CHI @ BAL: The Ravens' win against Carr-less Oakland last week put them over .500, and now they are ready to make a run for the division.  Chicago is battling with Cleveland, Miami, San Francisco, and the New York Jets for the title of worst team in the NFL, despite the fact that they have a relatively stingy defense.

CLE @ HOU: Houston has been much better than originally anticipated, partly with Deshaun Watson as a pleasant surprise with an NFL leading quarterback rating going into last week.  That said, while they should be able to handle the Browns with relative ease, the J.J. Watt injury definitely places a question mark on their post-season opportunity.

GB @ MIN: A hope for a Bradford surge and Latavius Murray to run to his potential is going to give Green Bay a very good game, but last week's insane comeback by the Packers over the Cowboys reminded us that Aaron Rodgers is the NFL quarterback not named Tom Brady you don't bet against.

DET @ NO: Detroit is the kind of team that has been beating who they should, but Drew Brees and gang won't allow the Lions to have a victory in the House of the Saints, especially if superstar rookie cornerback Marshon Lattimore has anything to say about it.

NE @ NYJ: A game the Patriots should win with ease.  The Jets are young, eager, and surprisingly, and have been winning enough to grab first place in the division.  That will be something they will enjoy for a moment, but it won't last long.  Not expecting New York's "other team" to be this year's sleeper.

SF @ WAS: Cousins and gang are pretty decent, despite a few key injuries.  49ers aren't.

TB @ ARI: Frustrated, Cardinals leader Carson Palmer will pull off a great one at home, showing Jameis a few reasons why the former Trojan is still in the league.  With the addition of Adrian Peters in Phoenix, it only makes the Cardinals better.  Peters is not what he once was, but with the right offensive line, he's still explosive.  The presence of Peters will open up the passing game, and Palmer will through deep, and accurately.

LAR @ JAX: The Rams show flashes of brilliance, but their youth and inexperience usually hurts them against the bigger, badder teams.  Goff and Gurley are learning, and they will be bringing a chip on their shoulders to Jacksonville.  The Los Angeles Rams will not be returning playoff football to L.A. this year, but we are beginning to see that postseason football in the City of Angels may be something we'll be seeing soon (possibly next season?).

PIT @ KC: Will the Chiefs ever lose?  Denver is still searching for a decent quarterback, the Chargers are still searching for any semblance of a winning season, and the Raiders loss of Derek Carr for a while has opened a wide open alley for Kansas City to run through the division untouched, and they are taking every advantage of it that they can as they dominate what most people believe to be the most competitive division in football.  The undefeated streak continues as the confidence of Alex Smith continues to make good things happen.  Besides, Big Ben in Pittsburgh is having some confidence issues.  The Steelers offense has simply not been as good as it should be.

NYG @ DEN: While Denver is not playing the caliber football they have in the past, in this game the Broncos Defense will be too much for the New York Giants who saw their season end last week when Odell Beckham broke his ankle.

IND @ TEN: Andrew Luck is still out, and Mariota has been progressing nicely (despite last week's loss to Miami).  Titans win at home.

Teams on Bye:

Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys, Seattle Seahawks

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Week #5 NFL Win/Loss Predictions

Week #1: 9-6
Week #2: 14-2
Week #3: 12-4
Week #4:  9-7
.............. 44-19 record so far


Here's Week #5 Predictions

üBAL @ OAK: Last week the Raiders franchise quarterback, Derek Carr, went down with a fracture in his back.  Raiders can't win without him.

üCAR @ DET: Cam Newton is no longer Superman, but this is a game the Panthers should be able to win.

üBUF @ CIN: Bengals continue to roll, beating regional rivals.

rNYJCLE: Battle of the worst teams in the NFL.  The Jets stunned Jacksonville last week, but better enjoy it because it was likely their only win of the season.  Cleveland has shows the ability to at least go down fighting so far this year, and will take care of New York to give their fans at least one win at home.

üSF @ IND: Andrew Luck is still a month away from returning, but even the wounded Colts can beat this terrible 49ers team.

rTEN @ MIA: Maimi can't win.  The Jets even beat them a couple weeks ago.  The embarrassment will continue. . . even at home.

rLAC @ NYG: The Giants are not going to make it to the playoffs, much less be much of a concern to anyone in their division, but the Chargers are unable to win, unable to close, and are in a weird flux in their new home.

üARI @ PHI: The Eagles have been surprisingly impressive, and Carson Palmer has had his problems.  Look for Philadelphia to win at home.

rJAX @ PIT: Jacksonville couldn't beat the Jets, so who is it they even have a chance against the Steelers?

üSEA @ LAR: The professionals will be too much for the youngsters in Los Angeles.  That said, the Rams are an up and coming team, and expect to see great things from Goff and Gurley.

üGB @ DAL: Aaron Rodgers is still the second greatest QB in the NFL.  Dak Prescott's offensive line may allow the Cowboys to score a lot, but Green Bays offense will outscore Dallas.

üKC @ HOU: Everyone knew that Kansas City would be among the better teams, but few saw them to be this good.  As the only undefeated team remaining in the NFL, the eclectic Texans will be no match.  The Chiefs will remain undefeated.

üMIN @ CHI: The Bears rank among the worst teams.  Minnesota has a lights out defense.  Easy call for the Vikings to win on Monday Night.

üNE @ TB: Again, you rarely seem me vote against Tom Brady.  Not a fan, but even at 40 he is lethal. . . besides, he's wanting to prove everyone wrong that the first loss in game one was because of age.  Patriots may not slaughter the Bucs, but it will be a New England sin.

Teams on Bye:

Atlanta Falcons, Denver Broncos, New Orleans Saints, Washington Redskins

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Week #4 Football Predictions, Despite the Ridiculous Take A Knee Protests

Week #1: 9-6
Week #2: 14-2
Week #3: 12-4
.............. 35-12
Here's Week #4 Predictions

üOAK @ DEN: Raiders Defense is suffering, Oakland's offense was stymied by Washington last week.  Close one, but Broncos win it, leaving the Raiders at .500, and facing the reality of needing some self-examination.

üCHI @ GB: Aaron Rodgers steamrolls Bears.

üNO @ MIA: Drew Brees gives Saints an easy win against a Dolphins team that is beginning to wonder, "are we truly as bad as, if not worse than, the New York Jets?"

rBUF @ ATL: Matt Ryan will be in Super Bowl form.

üCIN @ CLE: Dalton treats the Browns in this rivalry game like the Cleveland team only has the talent of a high school team.

rTEN @ HOU: Titans rule, Mariota takes his next step to stardom.

üDET @ MIN: Lions don't wish to drop to .500, finds a way to win.

rCAR @ NE: Not a fan of Cam Newton.  I think he's overrated.  And, you never bet against Tom Brady.

üPIT @ BAL: Steelers offense and defense too much for division rival Ravens.  Big Ben does his thing.

rLAR @ DAL: Cowboys win it, but in a close one.  Prescott over Goff because of experience, and a fantastic offensive line.  Expect Ezekiel Elliot to run wild.

rJAX @ NYJ: Jets win against Miami was a fluke. Jacksonville feeling mighty.  Not a great win, but they win it.

üSF @ ARI: Cardinals unify behind Carson Palmer, and he throws for big yards in Sunday's game.

üPHI @ LAC: Wentz continues to grow, Eagles continue to build confidence, and the Chargers will fall with yet another frustrating loss largely accented by Philip Rivers throwing interceptions, once again.

rNYG @ TB: Odell Beckham will do his magic, and it will barely be enough.

üIND @ SEA: Seahawks overwhelm Luck's continued absence and his leaderless crew.  Luck's shoulder injury may begin a downward spiral for him as his desire to leave Indy strengthens.

rWAS @ KC: Redskins carry momentum of beating Raiders last week into this game, and upsets Chiefs.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Week #3 NFL Predictions

Last week I went 14-2.  Week #1 I was 9-6  Total: 23-8.

Let's see about this week.

rOAK @ WAS - Oakland will continue to look unstoppable, with an offense that is almost unstoppable, and a defense playing slightly better than everyone expected.

üBAL @ JAX - I can't believe I am saying this, but I think Jacksonville will win, mostly fueled by anger that they should have beaten the Titans last week.  Close, but the Jaguars will pull it off.

üDEN @ BUF - While Denver has the defense to beat the Bills, they don't have an offense that can outscore Buffalo.  Very low scoring game, but Buffalo will ignore the fact that they are 3 point underdogs and give the home crowd what they want. . . a win.

üNO @ CAR - Drew Brees surprises the crowd in Carolina, and wins with a breeze.

rPIT @ CHI - Steelers win big against a Bears team still searching for an identity, and an offense.

üATL @ DET - Atlanta will be in Super Bowl form, easily defeating the Lions.

üCLE @ IND - Andrew Luck continues to be out, but his team, even without him can easily beat the hapless Browns, but. . . if there is a surprise this week, I have this sneaky feeling this might be the one game I am wrong on this week.

rTB @ MIN - This one is tough.  They are about even. I am thinking we may see overtime, but in the end Tampa Bay will eek it out.

üHOU @ NE - The Texans are no match for Tom Brady who's on a warpath to prove that the Week #1 loss had nothing to do with age, or his ability.

rMIA @ NYJ - Dolphins are not awesome, but the Jets can't win - they are that bad.

üNYG @ PHI - Wentz is on the rise, and the Eagles believe in themselves.  Without Odell Beckham, the Giants continue to lose.

üSEA @ TEN - Invigorated by last weeks win, Mariota will continue his growth curve as Russell Wilson continues to try to put the pieces back together.

üCIN @ GB - Aaron Rodgers will play like he's in his prime against a defense not capable of stopping him.

üKC @ LAC - The Chiefs will be battling the Raiders for the division, and Chargers will be sitting in the basement.  KC will win handily.

üDAL @ ARI - Dak Prescott may not have as much experience as Carson Palmer, he has more tools to work with.

üLAR @ SF - Rams are better than most, but not unstoppable.  That said, San Francisco is directionless.


Friday, September 15, 2017

Football Week #2 Predictions (and recap of Week #1)

By Douglas V. Gibbs
Author, Speaker, Instructor, Radio Host

I am a huge sports fan.  Baseball is number one for me (that was the sport I played, along with long-distance running), but football is a close second place.  I get excited when the fall approaches, and every Sunday I can be found at RJ's Sizzlin' Steer in Murrieta, California watching all of the NFL games and chowing down at my favorite place to eat.  I know there's a bunch of you out there boycotting because of players who sit during the National Anthem, and the league has done nothing about it.  I still enjoy the product, so I still watch the games.  We are a free country, after all, and if those guys want to send a political message with their disrespect for the country (and those who fought to preserve that freedom), that is their right.  The NFL as a private entity can make rules commanding them to stand, but then that would not truly be freedom, would it?  Liberty is a choice.  If coercion exists, it's not liberty.  Love has to be voluntary, it cannot be an obligation.  If liberty is to be liberty, the option of rejecting it must be a choice.

Every season and each week I personally always predict games, and write a small commentary for each game, each week for the fun of it.  After the dust settled from Week #1, I was above .500 and since I did so well during Week #1 (check it out at the bottom of this post), my wife told me I ought to start keeping my predictions online. . . so, here they are (no scores, no over-unders - simply, who wins)  In the future this will be appearing on Wednesdays on this site.

Predicted winner bold, Actual winner highlighted.

Week #2 Football Predictions:

üNYJ @ OAK – Winner Oakland Raiders: Jets are not good enough to beat anybody.  I expect New York to end up winless at the end of the year.  Raiders may be able to put together another 12-win season if Carr, Cooper, Crabtree, and Lynch are healthy all season long.  The rest of the offensives names are encouraging, too.  Defense is suspect, but the Oakland offense will easily outscore the Jets' offense)

üCLE @ BAL - Winner Baltimore Ravens: Ravens defense is among the better units in the league.  As long as Flacco remains healthy, Ravens may even have a chance to win the division.  The Browns as a division rival is nobody's worry.  They won one last year, and may not match that win total this year.

üBUF @ CAR - Winner Carolina Panthers: Panthers are hungry to return to 2015 form.  They won't, but they will get close.  Buffalo is no pushover, but. . . wait, they are, but they have little to worry about inside their division so they may do okay overall. . . but they will lose to the Panthers.

üARI @ IND - Winner Arizona Cardinals: The Cardinals were stunned by Stafford and the Lions.  Andrew Luck is not happy in Indianapolis with the sorry team he has around him, and his shoulder continues to keep him off the field.  Palmer will hit is targets, and the Cardinals will fly high.

üTEN @ JAX - Winner Tennessee Titans: Mariota is developing faster than Bortles, despite having one less year under his belt.  Titans defense was embarrassed by the Raiders, but Bortles will not do the same.  Close game, but Titans will squeak it out.

üPHI @ KC - Winner Kansas City Chiefs: I like Carson Wentz.  I like Philly.  But, Kansas City has a good offense and a really good defense.  And, they are Patriots' killers.  If KC continues to play ball like they did in Week #1 against New England, the Raiders may not win the division, and the Chiefs may see themselves go deep into the playoffs.

üNE @ NO - Winner New England Patriots: I don't bet against Tom Brady.  It is tough to bet against Drew Brees.  But, New Orleans has no defensive support.  No defense is music to Brady's ears, who will play the game like it is target practice.

üMIN @ PIT - Winner Pittsburgh Steelers: Minnesota has a good defense.  They have a great rush that puts the quarterback at a disadvantage. The Vikings also play good man-to-man. Ben Roethlisberger is not the most mobile quarterback in the league.  I suspect we will see a few sacks.  But, Big Ben has Antonio Brown, who is ranked at the top of everyone's fantasy rankings for Wide Receivers.  Steelers pass rush is good, also.  Steelers win at home, but in a close one.

üCHI @ TB - Winner Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Trubinsky is a rookie, and still has a lot to prove.  I haven't bought into the Jameis Winston hype, but he's good enough to be a good quarterback, and better than a growing rookie.  Bears may get to .500, Bucs will likely exceed .500.  The seas will not be so rough for the Buccaneers at home against the Bears.

üMIA @ LAC - Winner Miami Dolphins: The Dolphins are rested after getting a bye thanks to Hurricane Irma.  DeVante Parker is ready to be a break-out star at wide receiver.  Jay Cutler is ready to make his Dolphins debut.  The Chargers' defense may be tough for him, but Cutler has a lot to prove.  Philip Rivers is the better quarterback, and the Chargers have the better defense, but Miami will win because Cutler is too paranoid not to win in his debut, and he has Parker to throw to.  Dolphins win in front of the tiny crowd in Carson, California.

rDAL @ DEN – Winner Dallas Cowboys: Dallas has a running game the Broncos cannot stop, and the Broncos have no quarterback.  Dak Prescott and the ‘boys win big.

rWAS @ LAR - Winner Los Angeles Rams: Are the Rams for real after their slaughter of Indy last week?  We'll find out.  I think LA's Jared Goff will be a top-notch quarterback in the league in the future, and Gurley will be a Hall of Fame running back.  Are they arriving early? If the Rams offense is clicking like it did last week, Washington doesn't have any chance to keep pace.  The Rams defense wasn't too shabby, either.

üSF @ SEA - Winner Seattle Seahawks: I was wrong to bet against Aaron Rodgers last week, and I would be wrong to bet against Russell Wilson this week.  49ers pose no threat.  Seattle wins at home with ease.

üGB @ ATL - Winner Atlanta Falcons: I am going out on a limb, and I am going to bet against Aaron Rodgers twice in a row.  Will Aaron straighten me out with a win?  Likely, not.  Matt Ryan is a quarterback who learns and gets better.  He has tools around him that Rodgers does not have. The Falcons are going to likely win their division and challenge for the big game at the end, again.  But, to do so they need to prove it by beating the likes of Green Bay, and the other teams they may also meet in the playoffs.

üDET @ NYG – Winner Detroit Lions:  Odell Beckham’s high ankle sprain will keep him off the field.  Stafford feels the need to prove his worth after getting the huge contract he got.  While this would likely be a Giants win with Odell on the field, without him the Giants are nothing, Lions get the win.  Sunday Morning the news is Stafford won't be behind center.  Giants suck so back without Beckham, I am still going to stick with the Lions on this one.

üThursday: HOU @ CIN - Winner Houston Texans: Offensive turmoil exists in Cincinnati's back offices.  This kind of turmoil is just enough to knock the Cincinnati offense off-kilter, and enough to allow J.J. Watt to do his damage.  It'll be close, but Texans will pull it off in dramatic fashion, and the Bengals will be 0-2 (I posted this late - will try to get list out by Wednesdays in the future).


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Week #1: 9-6

üOAK @ TEN - Winner Oakland Raiders: YES (Raiders Carr is too good for Titans' good defense, Mariota is good, but not enough to outscore Raiders explosive offense, despite questions regarding Raiders' defense)

rKC @ NE - Winner New England Patriots: NO (You don't bet against Brady, though Alex Smiths' Chiefs are among better teams in league)

üNYJ @ BUF - Winner Buffalo Bills: YES (I would be surprised if the hapless Jets win even one game this year)

üATL @ CHI - Winner Atlanta Falcons: YES (Matt Ryan has a Super Bowl loss to avenge, and the Bears are in no condition to beat anyone who is playoff bound)

rBAL @ CIN - Winner Cincinnati Bengals: NO (Will be close, but I think Bengals will not allow themselves to have another losing season, at least not with Pacman Jones on defense, and Andy Dalton and A.J. Green on offense.  Dalton may even be on the verge of his own "Matt Ryan" style season. . .maybe)

üPIT @ CLE - Winner Pittsburgh Steelers: YES (Pittsburgh is still good enough to beat the Browns, but not good enough to win the division.  Browns will be competing with Jets and Chargers for the crown of NFL's worst)

rARI @ DET - Winner Arizona Cardinals: NO (Will Carson Palmer continue to show what he is really all about?  Detroits' QB may be the highest paid, but he's not the highest skilled)

rJAX @ HOU - Winner Houston Texans: NO (Hurricane willpower alone will thrust Houston into win column.  Bortles remains a second class rookie quarterback)

üPHI @ WAS - Winner Philadelphia Eagles: YES (I like Wentz.  I think he's ready to have a great run during the first half of the season.  Not sure if he can finish during the second half, though.  Washington is in too much disarray to win this one)

rIND @ LAR - Winner Indianapolis Colts: NO (Luck is not happy in Indianapolis, and I think the Colts will be pretty miserable this year, but the Rams are still too young, and leaderless, to beat the likes of Andrew Luck, or any other team that may end up close to .500 or better)

rSEA @ GB - Winner Seattle Seahawks: NO (While I tend not to bet against Aaron Rodgers, I think this Seattle team may give Russell Wilson the chance to show he is still relevant)

üCAR @ SF - Winner Carolina Panthers: YES (San Francisco is pretty hapless.  Directionless.  Rebuilding.  As for the Panthers, they are past the injuries that decimated the 2015 team that went 15-1.  While I don't expect the 2015 magic to repeat, I am not expecting a losing season, either)

üNYG @ DAL - Winner Dallas Cowboys: YES (New York may lose every game they play without Odell.  It's time to replace Eli Manning, but Beckham is good enough to make him look like he should stay.  With Odell, Giants win this one.  Without Odell, Dak Prescott and gang is too much for them)

üNO @ MIN - Winner Minnesota Vikings: YES (Minnesota's defense will keep them in this game.  The Saints' horrible defense will win it for the Vikings)

üLAC @ DEN - Winner Denver Broncos: YES (Denver is without a quarterback that is worth a dang.  The Chargers have a quarterback without a team that is worth a dang.  Denvers' defense wins this one for the Broncos)


BYE: Miami Dolphins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Saturday, July 11, 2015

PUnk Rock Music List of bands and songs I liked when I was young

Punk List

Adolescents - Amoeba

Adolescents - Creatures

Adolescents - Kids of the Black Hole

Adolescents - LA Girl

Adolescents - No Way

Adolescents - Rip It Up

Adolescents - Wrecking Crew

B-52s - Rock Lobster

Bad Religion - We are only gonna die

Bad Religion - Entire Stranger than Fiction album 1994

Black Flag - Rise Above

Black Flag - Slip It In

Buzzcocks - Boredom

Buzzcocks - Ever Fallen in Love

Buzzcocks - Everybody's Happy Nowadays

Buzzcocks - I Don't Mind

Buzzcocks - Orgasm Addict

Buzzcocks - Promises

Buzzcocks - What do I get

Circle Jerks - Back Against The Wall

Circle Jerks - Coup D'Etat

Circle Jerks - I Wanna Destroy You

Circle Jerks - Live Fast Die Young

Circle Jerks - Red Tape

Circle Jerks - Rock House

Circle Jerks - Teenage Electric

Circle Jerks - When the Shit Hits the Fan

Circle Jerks - Wild in the Streets

Dead Kennedys - California Uber Alles

Dead Kennedys - Holiday in Cambodia

Dead Kennedys - Kill the Poor

G.B.H. - Sick Boy

Joan Jett - Crimson and Clover

Misfits - American Psycho

Misfits - Astro Zombies

Misfits - Die Die My Darling

Misfits - Horror Business

Misfits - Hybrid Moments

Misfits - Last Caress

Misfits - London Dungeon

Misfits - Mommy Can I Go Out And Kill Tonight

Misfits - Night of the Living Dead

Misfits - Skulls

Misfits - Static Age

Misfits - Where Eagles Dare

Patty Smith - Gloria

Patty Smith - Horses and Hey Joe

Ramones - Beat on the Brat

Ramones - Blitzkrieg Bop

Ramones - Cretin Hop

Ramones - I Wanna Be Sedated

Ramones - Judy is a Punk

Ramones - Pinhead

Ramones - Rock and Roll High School

Ramones - Rockaway Beach

Ramones - Sheena is a punk rocker

Ramones - Teenage Lobotomy

Ramones - The KKK Took My Baby Away

Reagan Youth - Degenerated

Reagan Youth - U.S.A.

Reagan Youth - Urban Savages

Richard Hell & The Voidoids - Blank Generation

Richard Hell & The Voidoids - I'm your man

Sex Pistols - Anarchy in the U.K.

Sex Pistols - Did you no wrong

Sex Pistols - God Save the Queen

Sex Pistols - I Wanna Be Me

Sex Pistols - No Fun

Sex Pistols - Holidays in the Sun

Sex Pistols - Pretty Vacant

Sex Pistols - Roadrunner

Sex Pistols - Satellite

Sex Pistols - Stepping Stone

Sex Pistols - Submission

Sex Pistols - Substitute

Sham 69 - Angels with Dirty Faces

Sham 69 - Borstal Breakout

Sham 69 - Cockney Kids

Sham 69 - Hersham Boys

Sham 69 - Hurry Up Harry

Sham 69 - If the Kids are United

Sham 69 - Sunday Morning Nightmare

Sham 69 - Tell Us The Truth

Sid Vicious - My Way

Subhumans - From the Cradle to the Grave

Subhumans - Internal Riot

Subhumans - Micky Mouse is Dead

Subhumans - Subvert City

Subhumans - Work Rest Play Die

Suicidal Tendencies - Institutionalized

The Clash - London Calling

The Clash - Should I Stay or Should I Go

The Cramps - Bikini Girls with Machine Guns

The Cramps - Goo Goo Muck

The Cramps - Human Fly

The Cramps - Like a Bad Girl Should

The Cramps - Route 66

The Cramps - Tear It Up

The Cramps - Ultra Twist

The Exploited - Chaos in my Life

The Faction - California Dreamin'

The Faction - Dark Room

The Faction - Skate and Destroy

The Faction - The Kids Are The Future

The Runaways - Cherry Bomb

The Vapors - Turning Japanese

The Velvet Underground - Sweet Jane

The Waitresses - I Know What Boys Like

The Waitresses - Jimmy Tomorrow

T.S.O.L. - Abolish Government

T.S.O.L. - Code Blue

T.S.O.L. - Flowers by the Door

T.S.O.L. - Superficial Love

Saturday, January 12, 2013

A Lawn Mower Saved My Marriage



By Douglas V. Gibbs

Today I found out that Dad is in the hospital.  We think he had a minor stroke.  We are still waiting for the details.  Jerry was in the United States Marine Corps, and is as tough as nails.  He will probably get through this episode with hardly a scratch, because he is just too ornery to go down for the count.

I talked to Mom while she was in the Emergency Room.  Though I am sure she was very distraught about her mate being in the hospital, you could not tell in her voice.  She said to not have everyone calling her. The last thing she needed was for her phone to be ringing off the hook.  She would call me when she knew more.

As Mom explained it, Dad is the type that doesn't need alarm clocks. If he needs to wake up at four in the morning, he just does.  If he needs to wake up at five, then he does.  This morning he overslept, which was strange for him, and when he finally awoke after a long twelve hour slumber, he was numb over a large part of his body.  He thought it to be strange, so Mom took him in.

The local hospital was maxed out at the ER, so Mom drove him to the hospital where he works in Orange County.

I was surprised he let her even take him in to the hospital.  I would half expect him to just get dressed and go to work, though he felt strange.

Anyway, after Mom and I talked about the situation, the discussion triggered memories from my childhood.

As a Marine, and remember: Once a Marine, Always a Marine - Dad was respected and feared by his two sons.  Even to this day we give him a respect that I don't see most kids offer anymore to their parents. Dad is a jack of all trades. He's the type that can do just about anything, and if he can't, he'll figure it out.  He's competitive, though he won't necessarily let you know he's competing with you, and he has this funny notion that he is always correct.

Dad has two rules.

Rule number one: I am always right.

Rule number two: When I am wrong, see rule number one.

This is why nobody complained about the fact that the lawn mower that should have died before I was old enough to push it, but somehow dad kept the old thing running, didn't have a grass catcher.  I am not sure if he just refused to put it on, it broke, or got lost - but one thing was for sure, the ol' lawn mower had no grass catcher, which meant if the lawn was mowed, somebody was going to be raking the loose grass off of the lawn.

Dad said it was good for the grass, like messaging a bald man's scalp.

During my early teenage years Dad and I traded off.  One Saturday he would mow, and I would rake.  The next Saturday I would mow, and he raked.

One Saturday we skipped the ritual because I had signed up for a Walk-A-Thon.  I had collected signatures and money for the good cause, and then prepared to walk the twenty miles by myself.

A train of unfortunate circumstances made me run late, that morning, and when Mom finally dropped me off at the starting point, the main crowd had already launched twenty minutes before.  Equipped with Levi Jeans, Vans on my feet, and a terry-knit shirt, I decided to run to catch up to the group.

After a while I caught up to the stragglers, then the main body of the group, and finally I ran right passed the lead walkers.

"Well, heck," I thought to myself, "I've run this far, I might as well run the whole way."

By the time I finished, I was the sixth person to come in across the finish line.

As a mediocre basketball player, and a baseball player that did okay until I had a bat in my hand, I was pretty jazzed that I had discovered I was a good runner.

At home I bragged about my prowess as a runner, and Dad made some remark about "No kid will ever outrun me."

I challenged him to a race, and he agreed.  I mapped out a five-mile course in the hills a couple blocks up the street from our house.  We planned to run the race at 6:00 am, Saturday morning.  The wager was going to be that the winner would mow the rest of the summer, and the loser would have to rake the lawn all summer long.

The alarm in my room went off, and Dad was already up and ready to go.  The tough old man had been up and warmed up before my eyes had even considered opening.  I got dressed, we walked to the bottom of the driveway, and Dad said, "On your mark, get set, Go."

We ran up the street together, to the end of the road, and into the dirt trails.  Up a short hill and to the left we jogged together, and then I kicked it into high gear.  I didn't even look back, but saw him as I made a turn, pacing himself, sure that the young kid would run out of steam like the rabbit in the race with the tortoise.

Five miles later I ran triumphantly up the driveway.  I trotted happily into the house, around the entryway, and into the garage where I opened the garage door, and grabbed the rake to present it to Dad when he finally came running down the street in defeat.

I waited for a while, but Dad wasn't appearing at the top of the street.

"Mom," I said after running into the bedroom.  "I won! I won!"

"What? Huh? Oh, yeah, that stupid race."

Mom got out of bed, threw on some clothes, and walked outside with me.

There I stood, with the rake in hand, grinning from ear to ear.  The woman, however, was not smiling. She was worried.  It wasn't like Jerry to fall behind in a challenge.  In fact, he normally won any challenge he faced.

"Is your dad okay?" She asked.

I said something about thinking that he may have slipped on one of the turns, but I figured he was okay.

At that, Mom began to worry.  In fact, her concern for her husband grew so great that she decided to get her keys and jump in the car to go looking for him.

About the time the car began rolling down the driveway, at the top of the street appeared Dad, half running, half walking.  Tough as nails, but slower than the tortoise.

When he finally joined us, he said proudly, "I never stopped."

"I believe you," I said smiling, and handing him the rake.

Later, he said to Mom, "I don't understand - my knees just turned to rubber."

"You are getting older," she said."

The ol' Marine was not prepared to accept age as an excuse.

Based on that win, I decided that my inclinations were right - I am a good runner.  So, I joined the Cross-Country team at the high school.  Running twenty, and more, miles per day paid off.  Though my first year I was not exactly the quickest, or the one with the most stamina, I learned from that early year of running, and became a better runner the following years.

I ran on the team for three years, from my Sophomore year to my Senior year.  I received a Varsity Letter during my Junior and Senior years.

My Letterman's Jacket had a descending dove stitched into the back, and it was that boldness of proclaiming my Christian principles that attracted my future wife to me, on that high school campus. . . well, that, and my green eyes.  She followed me to each class, eager to meet me, and finally, at a Halloween Party during my Junior year, and her Senior year, we met.  We danced all night to "Endless Love" by Lionel Ritchie and Diana Ross.  Our love was instant.  Love at first sight, I suppose.  She was lovely, bold, and sweet.  Besides, she had the longest, most beautiful legs, I had ever seen.

We have now been married over twenty-eight years, we have two adult children, and six grandchildren.  The woman that followed me around to my classes as a girl became my high school sweetheart, and ultimately my soul-mate.  We have had our up years and our down years, but in the end, we have continued on as a couple. Our marriage has stood the test of time, but the old lawn mower finally mowed its last lawn.

Dad raked the lawn that entire summer over thirty years ago, and I grinned each time I pushed the mower across the grass, and that old machine spit out more severed blades of grass across the lawn for Dad to rake up.  The bet was worth it.  Not only did I not have to rake the lawn all summer long, but also the race had convinced me to become a runner.

After high school I ran in a couple marathons, and the ability to run long-distance served me well in the United States Military.

Looking back, I find it interesting how important to my life was the old man's decision not to attach a grass catcher to that old lawn mower.  Because of the arduous job of raking the lawn, I decided to challenge my dad to that race, wagering the rake.  Because of that race, I decided to join the cross-country team. Because of my running career I received a Letterman's Jacket that caught my future wife's attention.

If Dad had decided to use the grass catcher, I may very well not have wound up marrying my lovely wife.

That old lawn mower, spitting sliced grass out of its side, is one of the reasons I am married to my wife.

A lawn mower saved my marriage. . . before I was even married.

-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary

Sunday, February 05, 2012

Super Bowl of Salsa. . . oh, and the Big Game in Indy between New England and New York

As a Raiders fan, I am supposed to despise the Patriots. Problem is, because I am an Angels fan, my dislike for the Yankees is so horrendous that I can't stand the New York Giants more than my dislike for New England.

Besides, my son-in-law was born and raised in the Bronx, and of course he's a Yankees fan and a Giants fan. It just wouldn't be right for me to pull for the same team as him.

So, I am pulling for Tom Terrific and his Patriots in this game.

But I am still buying my grandchildren Raiders stuff.

And while I am watching the game with my friends, we will be eating my famous salsa (a recipe dad gave me and I tweaked a little)


Doug's Salsa Recipe

Ingredients:

1 can of RO-TEL ORIGINAL Diced Tomatoes and Green Chiles
2-3 Medium Tomatoes (DO NOT REFRIGERATE TOMATOES - refrigeration causes tomatoes to lose their taste a little)
1 large lime
1 Clove of Garlic
3-6 Green Onions
Cilantro (recommended)
1/2 of a Carrot (optional)
jalepeno pepper (optional)
Salt

Double the ingredients for a larger batch.

Pour can of diced tomatoes and green chiles into bowl.

Cut fresh tomatoes by hand into small pieces, the smaller the better. Do not use food processor or similar device because it makes the salsa taste watered down. I often use Roma Tomatoes - if you do, add one more tomato because they are smaller.

Add Tomatoes to bowl.

Cut lime in half and squeeze juice into bowl. I often have another lime or two available in case I get a lime that does not produce much juice. If it has seeds, hold the cut side up when you squeeze so that seeds don't fall into mixture. Some folks like less lime and only use a half a lime for this size of a batch.

Cut clove of garlic into small pieces and then crush with a fork until it is like a paste. Then add garlic paste that you made into mixture.

Cut up onions into small pieces. Once again, like the tomatoes, it is better to cut by hand with a knife. Appliances tend to tear onions rather than cut them and some of the onion flavor becomes lost. I put 3-6 for number of onions to use because it is a matter of taste. I use 6 onions, my dad uses 3.

Add onions to mixture.

Chop cilantro in similar fashion. Cilantro gives the salsa that true Mexican taste, and I like cilantro a lot. I tend to only cut up and use the leaves because the stems tend to give the salsa a bitter flavor. Remember, cilantro can be strong, so use discretion. I use about four stems worth (remember, use only the leaves for best results).

If you decide to add the carrot, chop pieces as small as you can get them. Amount varies based on your taste.

Jalepeno can overtake the flavor if not used sparingly, but if you want a little more heat in your salsa, feel free to use the pepper. Note, keep seeds for more heat, eliminate them for less. If I use jalepeno I tend to use a quarter chile per can of ROTEL. I don't use them often, however, because the flavor of the salsa is so good without them.

Salt to taste.

Added notes: pick your ingredients carefully. The quality of the tomatoes play a large part in the flavor of the salsa. And once again, do not refrigerate the tomatoes. They lose flavor when refrigerated.

Okay, now stir it, let it sit twenty minutes, stirring every 5 minutes - then enjoy!

In my opinion, tortilla chips made from white corn are better, but once again, that is up to your discretion.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

The People, The Constitution, and Abraham Lincoln

Quote: "The people of the United States are the rightful masters of both Congress and the Courts, not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution." - Abraham Lincoln, September 17, 1859, Cincinnati, Ohio

Monday, September 14, 2009

Old Glory

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Communicating With Your Wife

I laughed so hard . . . because this one hits home:

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Thomas Jefferson Quote about Tyranny and Liberty

"When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty" - - Thomas Jefferson

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Hot Air Steamers Troopathon 2009 Award

Monday, July 06, 2009

four flags


great background