Thursday, October 25, 2007

Plowing forward...

So, senior year continues. It's true that I still must buckle down and write my three papers, but seeing as that's ALL I have to do pretty much for the rest of the semester (not counting a Marshner "quiz"... ugh), I remain diligent.

Diligent... do I know what that means? Huh. Well, it seems appropriate, so I'll keep it in there.

This weekend should be fun. Once I finish with classes on Friday (at 9:30 in the morning... that part of my schedule just makes me so happy), I can go to sleep for a while... play some Wii, or possibly Guitar Hero downstairs. OH!! That reminds me!!

The Commonwealth is expanding! I've decided to drop the idea that Paul is a traitor, because it's just too damn depressing. So, yes. Paul has conquered the downstairs apartment and annexed it in the name of the Commonwealth. We now own the entire left(if you're looking at its front) side of the building. It's beautiful. In addition to that, Behe took advantage of the newfound space and moved downstairs as well. Don't get me wrong, Behe's a good guy, but now our room is a LOT less crowded and, let's face it, it's like Freshman year all over again. Tomorrow, the world...

Where was I? Ah yes, this weekend. Well, I may or may not go to lunch, depending on whether or not Ben and I go to Martins and get some food. If we do, I figure I'll just stick in the apartment, eat food, play games, and all that. Then, around 4ish, we go out and collect our (or, more specifically, Ben's) shiny new 72 inch flat screen TV!!! Ohh, it's going to be truly amazing. Wii golf as it's never been played before, to say the least. Of course, I STILL want to one-up that, and sneak the Wii into the library one night to hook it up to a projector...

But that comes later. For now, I'll just enjoy what we got.

So after that, it's off to Trish and Murphy's (or, more to the point, Trish Murphy's) place for a Halloween party! I don't know if we're supposed to be in costume, but I don't think it's really that big of an issue... after all, it's Trish and Murphy's. They're pretty laid back.

Saturday, I'm homeward bound to go to Justin's wedding, which should also be fun. Also, it'll give me a chance to collect some stuff from home, so... hoo-ray.

Sunday, there's church, football, movie-working-on, and then Marshner study group. We'll see how that goes... I hate study groups because I don't contribute anything to them. But I guess it's better than nothing... after all, it's not like I've done any of the reading. Or participated in class. Or...

Hey, I get to see Leah at the end of this semester!!! And Thanksgiving, but you all knew that. Guess I have to do well this semester, lest she kick my ass. So, yes, I now have a date to Winter Formal... sorry, ladies.

The beginning of next week'll suck... that's going to be gung-ho paper writing, Marshner-studying, and pumpkin carving.


Surely this must be a trick. After all, it sure as hell isn't a treat...

Whatever. What-everrr. WHATEV!!! Moving on!

Well, time for my new segment: the picks.
Last week wasn't a great opening week for me, as I went 5-9 in my picks. But take a closer look ,and I think you'll see I was more on the ball than my 5-9 record makes it appear!
In the Titans-Texans game, I spoke about the Texan's ability to always keep games close, and that they'd win by a small margin. Well, it turns out I was right about the close game, just wrong about the team. 38-36? I think I deserve some credit.
Both the Ravens-Bills and the Lions-Buccaneers games were decided by a touchdown or less.
I said "Redskins in a squeaker", and what happened? They won, 21-19. That oughtta count for double.
I called the Bears-Eagles game a toss-up, and it was decided by a field goal. Next time, I'll employ the "off" mentality, and just not choose either.
The Steelers-Broncos game... man that one makes me mad. I said the Steelers were playing sloppy, but I didn't think it'd be THAT sloppy. Anyway, I called that they aren't playing well, but that they'd win, and they lost by a field goal. Another near miss.
Next Monday night, I'll listen to what every fiber of my being is screaming at me.
As for the Dolphins-Patriots game, well... I said it would be the upset of the century, and after the game, I was VERY UPSET, so... y'know. Not too shabby.

Well, let's forget the past, and focus on the future. You can count on me to get back on track here.


Week 8:
Lions (4-2) at Bears (3-4)
Despite the fact that the Lion's won during their last meeting earlier this season, keep in mind that the 4th quarter started with the Bears on top, 13-3. Wild fourth quarters are what keep the NFL exiting, but you can't count on them. Brian Griese is improving by the week, and there's no way this game is going to the Lions.

Raiders (2-4) at Titans (4-2)
Until the Raider's RBs show some durability, I won't have confidence in them. Lamont Jordan is doing well, all things considered, but he has yet to have a real breakout game, and I doubt we'll see it here, either. Though I hate this term, the Titans keep managing to win, and that will happen again to keep them within reasonable contention with the Indianapolis Colts. Titans over the fridge Raiders.

Browns (3-3) at Rams (0-7)
The Rams have yet to show any kind of fight to maintain their dignity, and the Browns will enjoy their third consecutive bye-week vs. a team they haven't played since the glory days of Marshal Faulk and Isaac Bruce in 2003. Derek Anderson will have a field day, and the Browns will break .500 with a win.

Eagles (2-4) at Vikings (2-4)
The Vikings defense is good at getting turnovers, but not stopping points. It seems like they go for the ball strip, not the tackle. Every time. Meanwhile, McNabb is giving it the old college try this year, but his teammates don't seem to be. Despite all that, watch for this game to be quite a shootout, but in the end, the Vikings will emerge on top.

Giants (5-2) at Dolphins (0-7)
The Giants are hot on the heels of the Cowboys in the NFC East, while the Dolphins season is essentially over. However, when the Dolphins' season ends, the fun begins. With nothing to worry about, the Dolphins Cam-Cam offense will open up and have some fun in the first-ever overseas NFL regular-season game. With no luck playing on American soil, the Dolphins with have just the change of scenery they need, and so will their record. Dolphins in a game not-to-be-missed.
**UPDATE** It seems Zach Thomas will be out yet again, this time with "whiplash". I don't want to sound like he's what makes or breaks a game, but call this the straw that breaks the very feeble camel's back. Giants in a London-y win.

Steelers (4-2) at Bengals (2-4)
Though I've had distaste for the Steelers this season, their focus WILL return vs. a division rival. The Bengals DO deserve their 2-4 record, and Willie Parker will walk all over the Bengals D. Give this one to the Steelers, hands-down.

Bills (2-4) at Jets (1-6)
The Bills surprised me this week, but don't expect that to happen again. By that, I mean there's no way they'll lose against a team that couldn't muster a second-half offensive effort against the lowly Cincinnati defense. Bills in a stampede.

Texans (3-4) at Chargers (3-3)
The Texans did a good job last week, but the Chargers will take this opportunity against an abysmal defense to show that they're still a powerhouse team. Watch for LT to score a TD pass in addition to his runs, and watch the Chargers fly through this game in a breeze.

Jaguars (4-2) at Buccaneers (4-3)
The Jaguars had a good thing going, but their four-game winning streak hit a brick wall last week, and the further loss of David Garrard will only salt their wound. Watch for the Buccaneers to begin to re-assert themselves, and watch for the Jags to drop their second straight(though Jones-Drew will have another good day).

Redskins (4-2) at Patriots (7-0)
The Redskins seem to have the Patriots number nearly every time they play. The series is 6-1 in the Redskins favor, with the 6 victories being their last 6 matches. However, I severely doubt the Patriots will respect any such streak, and a decisive Patriots victory will leave Joe Gibbs scratching his head.

Saints (2-4) at 49ers (2-4)
Though the teams have the same record, take a closer look: The Saints are on a two-game winning streak, while the 49ers are on a four-game losing streak. Watch for this to be a powerful rushing battle between Gore and Bush, with Alex Smith tossing a few as well for the 49ers. In the end, however, the Saints will want it more. Saints on the road.

Colts (6-0) at Panthers (4-2)
Last week, I went against my better instincts and against the Colts. That was silly. I'm not gonna do that anymore. This will be the first time the Colts have ever beaten the Panthers, but it won't be a pounding. Carolina will keep it close and keep their dignity, but the Colts will put another on in the "V" column.

Packers (5-1) at Denver (3-3)
There are few things more fun than watching Brett Favre on Monday night, and don't expect this to be any different. The Pack is well rested after its bye-week, and Jason Elam's leg won't be enough to cut the cheese. Packers in a Monday night thrill-fest.

There you have it. Mike: You're on. What's at risk, here?

'Till next time.


Anonymous gf said...

Cut the cheese? Really? Oh well...I hope your right. Now, why on earth would Mike think that the Broncos will win? >:(

9:08 AM  
Blogger Michael said...

Ok, so you got one over on me this week. Keep in mind that one of my picks was nothing more than wishful thinking (Redskins beat Pats), which makes us even this week. If you can change your mind on the Giants/Dolphins game, then I can be allowed a wishful thinking game (and no, I wouldn't have taken credit if the Skins actually did win, I'd STILL say it was a wish).

5:39 AM  
Blogger Michael said...


I picked the Broncos over the Packers because they have a nasty habit of keeping the game close, and kicking a game-winning field goal. Since Denver's kicker is better than Green Bay's (and GB doesn't have THAT good of a defense), I went with Denver.

5:41 AM  
Anonymous GF said...

Ahh...makes sense. However, I'm quite ecstatic that your prediction was wrong...GO PACK! =)

6:54 AM  

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