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Tags: NFL

Thoughts from an Island Girl


Inevitably it comes down to the same thing, every time.   The professional athletes think they are warriors and some will even tell you that.   Like Kellen Winslow, he said as much.   Funny but he isn’t or ever was.  His dad was a big star long before I was even born.   So he had a silver spoon all along.  He was no more a gang banger than Will Smith’s son is.
Suh on the other hand took it to another level.   He kicked a guy on the ground and while it may not be as bad as what Albert Haynesworth did, it is bad enough and it does affect kids these days.
Just look at the X-Factor and the way Astro responded to Simon Cowell.  The kid thinks he is straight gangster mac.   But Simon told him a little about paying respect and your dues.  I noticed the crowd kissing the boy’s cocky little arse.  And then you see the actions by some of these athletes.  
We have had athletes who have murdered people and even one that I know of, who is a sex offender.  A very famous player.  I am not here to fan the fires of their crimes or exploit what they did but to simply have people be accountable for their actions.   To act at least, a little contrite and not gloss it over because a person is of a certain race or because they are a star.
It is time to examine the matrix of our belief systems.   To make fair and equitable treatment to all people a priority.   To handle ourselves in such a way, that kids realize they are the kids and we are the adults.  Nothing less is acceptable.
Bandits NFL Week 11 Picks
Category: NFL
Tags: NFL Picks & Predictions

A nice start to the week. Though had Lions DT Ndamukong Suh, not went idiot in the brain and tried to stomp a Packer lineman; I fully believe that the Lions could have pulled the upset. But thanks to Tony Romo (I still aint sold on him) and a stout Ravens defense. I got 2 of the three Turkey Day games. As you fight off the effects of the tryptophan and fight off the crazy shoppers this weekend, the rest of the picks for this week are submitted here now for your review, perusal and approval. Odds are provided by bodog.net for entertainment and comparison purpose. I state that since I have decided to get the shopping out of the way this weekend (Online, you didn’t think I was going to a mall this weekend with all the good football on did you?) I haven’t the money to lend you should you bet the lines and lose.

Week 11 NFL


Sunday November 27

Browns (4-6) @ Bengals (6-4)

Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati 1:00 (CBS)

Favorite Bengals by 7

Last Week Browns beat Jags14-10  Bengals lost to Ravens 31-24

Fast Fact Bengals have won 11 of the last 14 meetings

The Browns are picking the wrong time to cross the Bengals, angry and wounded after a pair of tough losses and needing a win to keep hold of their playoff spot which in spite of their two recent losses are still in line for a wild card spot. The Bengals, while young have a clear direction in their offense and a nasty punch to their defense. The Browns despite a heroic goal line stand to hold off the Jags still look like they are having offensive growing pains with Colt McCoy and their running game is just about non-existent. Look for the Bengals to steadily wear the Browns down and pull out an ugly yet needed win



Panthers (2-8) @ Colts (0-10)

Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis (CBS)

Favorite Panthers by 3˝

Last Week Panthers lost to the Lions 49-35, Colts were on a bye

Fast Fact The Colts have 5 losses at home this season, as many as the last three years

Beaten down and beaten up the Colts needed their bye in the worst way. But they are running out of time in their quest to avoid joining the 2008 Lions in the 0-fer club. Something has to give the Panthers are road kill having had lost 11 in a row away from Charlotte and the Colts are looking to avoid their first 0-11 start since 1986. This is the Colts best chance to get a win, cause if they don’t cash it in here; their chances of getting a win get very remote.



Texans (7-3) @ Jaguars (3-7)

EverBank Field, Jacksonville (CBS)

Favorite Texans by 4˝

Last Week Texans were on a bye, Jaguars lost to Browns 14-10

Fast Fact Houston is looking for its first three game win streak in the series.

Matt Leinhart (Is he still in this league???) gets a chance to start for Matt Schaub who is on the IR, he gets a fairly easy assignment playing a Jags team that lost a winnable game in Cleveland. Getting Andre Johnson back after a long injury layoff will help immensely, Having a quality running back like Arian Foster will also help as well. The Jags are nowhere near able to keep up with the Texans and while they may make a game of it but the Texans look like they have a playoff focus.



Vikings (2-8) @ Falcons (6-4)

Georgia Dome, Atlanta 1:00 (FOX)

Favorite Falcons by 9˝

Last Week Vikings lost to the Raiders 27-21, Falcons beat Titans 23-16

Fast Fact Last week Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez became the 13th player to pass the 13,000 yards mark in receiving

The Vikings spotted the Raiders an obscene lead and rallied late to make it respectable. The Falcons got a badly needed win to stay on the edge of the playoff hunt. With the status of stud RB Adrian Peterson still very much in question, the Vikings are already struggling. The Falcons are too balanced on both sides of the ball and needing wins to stay solvent have little time to trifle.



Bills (5-5) @ Jets (5-5)

MetLife Stadium; E. Rutherford, NJ 1:00 (CBS)

Favorite Jets by 9˝

Last Week Bills lost to Dolphins 35-8, Jets lost to Broncos 17-13

Fast Fact The Bills have been outscored 106-26 during their 3 game losing streak.

The Bills are fading fast and went from dark horse to dead meat. The Jets got Tebowed in Denver and are starting to bicker and infight. Rex Ryan is losing faith in Mark Sanchez but has no one viable to turn to (you’re out of your head if you think the ancient Mark Brunell is good for anything beyond holding for kicks). Both teams are in need of a jump start to save what was a promising season, but I still think the Jets are the better team and get a badly needed win to get the grinning jeering Ryan a face saving win.

Pick-New York Jets


Cardinals (3-7) @ Rams (2-8)

Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis1:00 (FOX)

Favorite No Line

Last Week Cardinals lost to 49ers 23-7, Rams lost to Seahawks 24-7

Fast Fact Cards have won nine of the last ten meetings

Both teams are meandering toward another meaningless season, though when they hooked up a few weeks ago it was a tight contest that went to overtime with Patrick Peterson’s electrifying 99 yard punt return being the winning score. With the Cards continued quarterback difficulties, its hard to trust the Cards but the Rams are a complete mess with Sam Bradford suffering through a terrible sophomore slump. This is a coin toss game at best, I’ll go with the home team to get the season split

Pick- St. Louis


Buccaneers (4-6) @ Titans (5-5)

LP Field, Nashville 1:00 (FOX)

Favorite Titans by 3˝  

Last Week Buccaneers lost to Packers 35-29, Titans lost to Falcons 23-16

Fast Fact The Titans are averaging a league low 77.2 yards rushing a game.

Both of these are fading badly down the stretch, the Bucs are forgetting what made them a chic dark horse playoff pick at the beginning of the year. The Titans uneven play is more or less handing the AFC South to the Texans. Chris Johnson is still not getting his act together, but it may be too late to make a serious playoff push. Josh Freeman is playing decent but you are reluctant to bank on that being consistent. I go with the home team here.



Bears (7-3) @ Raiders (6-4)

o.co Coliseum, Oakland 4:05 (FOX)

Favorite Raiders by 4

Last Week Bears beat Chargers 31-20, Raiders beat Vikings 27-21

Fast Fact Bears are aiming for their first six game winning streak since 2006, when they started 7-0.

You wonder how much the Bears will drop off with the loss of the much maligned but capable Jay Cutler. Matt Forte is still running like he’s mad at the world and the irrepressible Bears defense is making leads stand up. The Raiders are a team that will drive you batty, their inconsistent play has cost them at least two winnable games and has tried to give away two other wins that they pulled out. Caleb Hanie gets the start for the Bears and will likely be facing a withering rush from a Raiders defense that can get to the quarterback with regularity. Im going to with the Raiders getting to Hanie and Carson Palmer continuing to settle in nicely



Redskins (3-7) @ Seahawks (4-6)

CenturyLink Field, Seattle (FOX)

Favorite Seahawks by 3˝

Last Week Redskins lost to Cowboys 27-24 in ot, Seahawks beat Rams 24-7

Fast Fact Redskins are on their longest losing streak since starting 1998 season 0-7

I have a colleague that I usually greet with “Hey didn’t you used to be…?” With a long forgotten or washed up player. It gets a good horse laugh and sometimes a “You went there?” That’s what I want to ask the Washington Redskins “Hey didn’t you used to be contender?” At one time this team was 3-1 heading into their bye week and the toast of the Beltway, they had pounded the Giants, and eked out two slim wins and their loss to the Pokes an honorable one. After the bye the Skins self destructed against the Eagles and have been on a steady dive ever since with 6 losses in a row and a messy quarterback situation. The Seahawks are a hard team to gage, smashing the Giants and Ravens on one hand but playing listless and disinterested in losses to the Cowboys, Bengals and Steelers. Despite their uneven play the Seahawks have some semblance of direction and playing at home is a big plus for them and should have more than enough to beat the spiraling Redskins.



Broncos (5-5) @ Chargers (4-6)

Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego 4:15  (CBS)

Favorite Chargers by 6

Last Week Broncos beat Jets 17-13, Chargers lost to Bears 31-20

Fast Fact Philip has a league high 17 interceptions, 10 in the last five games

Tebow mania continues to grow wildly, but this scribe continues to be skeptical. The Broncos have been playing hella good defense but their offense continues to be heavily run skewed. Im waiting for defense to solve this puzzle and make Tebow look like the overmatched fraud of a quarterback I think he is. But the Chargers might not be the team to do that, as Philip Rivers continues to throw interceptions at a frightening clip. I know Im going to hate myself for doing this, but I think (hope) the Chargers keep Tebow bottled up and Rivers has a long overdue breakout game.

Pick-San Diego


Patriots (7-3) @ Eagles (4-6)

Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia 4:15 (CBS)

Favorite No Line

Last Week Patriots beat Chiefs 34-3, Eagles beat Giants 17-10

Fast Fact Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski has 20 touchdown receptions in his first 26 NFL games, the most by a tight end in his first two seasons.

The Pats looked almost bored in dissecting an overmatched Chiefs squad last Monday, while the Eagles handed the G-Men a stunning upset. Vince Young will likely get the start again but the Pats rush will be a lot stronger than the Giants will be and the Pats offense will not bumble scoring chances.

Pick-New England


Steelers (7-3) @ Chiefs (4-6)

Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City (NBC)

Favorite Steelers by 11

Last Week Steelers were on a bye, Chiefs lost to Patriots 34-3

Fast Fact The Chiefs have a league low 12 sacks on defense.

The Chiefs are regressing badly and with the loss of Matt Cassel look even more offensively inept. This is not the time to face a rested Steelers squad that needs wins to keep divisional rivals off their back. The Chiefs might get a boost from their raucous and rowdy crowd to start, but that will be short lived. The Steelers are better on both sides of the ball and it will be painfully evident that the Tyler Palko is not ready for primetime.

Pick-Pittsburgh (Lock of the Week)


Monday, November 28

Giants (6-4) @ Saints (7-3)

Mercedes-Benz Superdome (ESPN)

Favorite No Line

Last Week Giants lost to Eagles 17-10, Saints were on a bye

Fast Fact The Giants had season lows of 29 rushing and 278 total yards of offense last week.

The G-Men took an unneeded loss last week at home against a beatable Eagles squad, if they had trouble with Vince Young and a so-so Eagles offense, what kind of trouble will they have against a rested Saints squad led by Drew Brees and his mind blowing compliment of offensive weapons. If Eli Manning doesn’t have Mario Manningham as a dependable top receiver at his disposal or Ahmad Bradshaw's running to keep the heat off, he wont have a chance, period.

Pick-New Orleans



Last Week: 8-6 (Lock & Upset Incorrect)

Overall: 97-63 (does not include Thursday results)

Locks: 7-4

Upsets: 4-7 (does not include Thursday pick)


Sports Turkey's To Carve Up This Holiday
Category: FEATURED
Tags: Penn State Nittany Lions Syracuse Orangemen NCAA NFL Joe Paterno Jim Boeheim Chicago Bears New Orleans Saints Seattle Seahawks Houston Texans

Like a turkey head barely missing the cut last Thursday, it is time once again for POINTLESS PONDERING. That giblet of babble that leaks out of an ear like diarrhea after the brain flushes it like undercooked poultry.

OK, this may not be a purely sports rant. More a sports entertainment topic, which is the category World Wrestling Entertainment prefers to be in. Did you cave in last week and buy the latest WWE pay-per-view gig that was titled "Survivors Series"?

The big headline was the return of former WWE star Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, a 39 year old actor who had spent most of the last seven years in Hollywood. He returned to pair up with the WWE's top star of these days, John Cena, who has also been attempting to make a name for himself in Hollywood the last several years. The two biggest stars in the WWE the last 13 or so years were supposed to be a tag team that would wrestle together. What the fans got instead was a wallet lifting exercise that was almost criminal.

The entire PPV, with possibly the exception of two matches, was uninspired drudgery. When the big match that involved the two stars finally got underway, most of the crowd in Madison Square Garden was half asleep. One could only imagine the impact it had on those who had the luxury of sitting on their couches at home watching this snoozefest. The "Rock/ Cena" match was pretty boring and bad, but that has been the direction of professional for quite awhile. Vince McMahon, the owner of the WWE, had long ago phased out staple wrestling moves like the pile driver and replaced it with scantily clothed models who are more interested in the application of make up than a wrestling move.

In the old days, it was territorial wrestling. Each territory of the United States had their own wrestling promotion, so competition to push each other to be at their best was common. McMahon has bought up most of those competitions, so the WWE has become a fat cat that is lazy and uninspired. There are no ECW's or WCW's anymore, though TNT has sort of attempted to find a niche by basically using a ton of old and familiar faces. Many at the age of qualifying for AARP, but this company seems content with basically emulating the WWE in many ways.

The WWE's biggest event annually is called WrestleMania, which will be held in April of 2012 and is the WWE's version of the Super Bowl. Cena will square off against Johnson in a match for bragging rights on who is the biggest WWE superstar since Hulk Hogan first left the promotion in the summer of 1993. If the last WWE PPV was any indication, save yourself the $50 or so that it will cost to watch a couple of guys carefully grappling each other so no marks are left on their bodies. Two guys who will not break a sweat so their head shots remain in tact so that they can audition for another movie. Maybe the WWE needs to call itself entertainment instead of sports entertainment, because professional wrestling certainly isn't what is used to be. It is a shame because men like Lou Thesz, Bruno Samartino and Andre the Giant spilled a ton of body fluids on the mat so the sport could have a future.

Professional wrestling may soon experience a steep decline in popularity, something it has done several times since it originated in the 19th century. McMahon's vision of half naked models prancing around in the ring slapping themselves may need to be replaced with a new angle, real wrestling, which is actually an old angle. Regurgitating story lines is something professional wrestling is adept at and has done for decades. Wih the popularity of MMA and other extreme sports increasing, getting rid of the soap opera fantasy for the sake of reality would force the big stars of future WrestleMania events to actually earn their adoration. If you smell what I am cooking and can see me and the direction I am headed.

Everyone has jumped on Joe Paterno and Penn State the past month. This story, of former Nittany Lion player and coach Jerry Sandusky's child molestation charges, has been brewing for quite awhile. It began decades ago and the school paper has been talking about it for well over a year before the mainstream media swooped in like vultures to feed on the remains. Paterno was at the university for 61 years, holding the position of head coach for 49 seasons. He has the most wins ever by a Division 1A in NCAA history and is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame. His face is alongside Bear Bryant, Alonzo Stagg, Pop Warner, John Gagliardi, Robert Neyland and Eddie Robinson on the Mount Rushmore of college football coaches. Paterno was forced out of his job a few weeks ago over Sandusky's transgressions, but this may just be the beginning of change within that rarefied standard where coaches like Paterno occupy.

Another, Jim Boeheim, may soon follow Paterno to the unemployment line. Boeheim has been coaching basketball at Syracuse University since 1969. He has been the head coach since 1976, and even played guard for the school in the early sixties. He has piled up 861 wins, the fifth most ever in NCAA Division 1A history, and won a national championship in 2003. When he was hired in 1976, he named Rick Pitino and Bernie Fine as his assistants. Pitino lasted two seasons before venturing off on his own successful career as a head coach, which also includes a national championship title. Fine, who met Boeheim as a student-manager on the Orangeman's basketball team in the earlie 1960s, has been there ever since. Now he has found himself in the same hot water Sandusky is in. Years after the allegations were first murmered, a long running investigation found itself to search Fine's home yesterday. Given ample time to destroy evidence, it would be shocking if the 66 year old Fine left detectives anything to find. What has been shocking is the response of the school and media. Paterno was fired in a swift move, but Boeheim seems safe with his job.

Both head coaches not only share success in sports, but have also been accused of knowing their assistant coaches had a habit of spending a lot of time with underage boys. Critics had called for Paterno's ouster for years. Not because of Sandusky or anything of that ilk, but because they felt the game has passed him by and his age was a deterrent to success for Penn State. But Paterno just kept winning, which made the critics look stupid. When the Sandusky offenses were revealed, the critics reappeared and pounced on this story with glee. Boeheim has never faced that type of backlash. He is 17 years younger than Paterno, so he appears to have time to try and match Paterno's two national titles.

Since the allegations against Fine happened over 10 years ago, it appears there will be no charges filed in events that purportedly occurred for nearly 20 years. Syracuse has put Fine on administrative leave, but has not fired him or Boeheim. Boeheim has told many reporters the charges are false and driven by greed for cash. Yet it is interesting how Penn State went on a firing spree as soon as reports surfaced, while Syracuse has chosen to do nothing for now. Maybe the reason is Sandusky's guilt seems more obvious than Fine's, but the proof hasn't really been shown for either as of yet. Jumping the gun with assumption is something the public has been known to do when led by the media like cattle to the hamburger hut.

It has cost one legacy immortality, but it seems strange how there appears to be a process to pick and choose who is to blame.

Yooooo! Dis is 7thStoneFromTheSun, Thirds cousin.

Yo! My procrastinashuns las weak was OK. I went 10-3, so I am now 97-61 overall. Lets get too it.

Minnesota Vikings @ Atlanta Falcons

- OK, AP is hurt and da Falcons knead dis to stay close to da Saints. Easy pick. Falcons 28 Vikings 17

Cleveland Browns @ Cincinnati Bengals

- I don't tink dis yeers battle of Ohio will be close. Bengals 27 Browns 13

Carolina Panthers @ Indianapolis Colts

- Da Colts HAVE to win one. Don't they? Still, I'm rolling with Cam. Panthers 27 Colts 24

Houston Texans @ Jacksonville Jaguars

- IF da Jags had held onto David Garrard, I'd say it'd be close. Texans 31 Jaguars 13

Buffalo Bills @ New York Jets

- Both teems knead dis in order to have playoff hopes, but I tink da Bills are done. Jets 23 Bills 9

Arizona Cardinals @ Saint Louis Rams

- Dis iz a battle for last place in da NFL South. Cardinals 27 Rams 17

Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Tennessee Titans

- Too of da most incunsistunt teems in da NFL battle, but I'm taking da Bucs run game hear. Buccaneers 23 Titans 17

Chicago Bears @ Oakland Raiders

- Both teems are starting quarterbacks dey didn't expect two play dis yeer. Both knead to run too win, but da Bears defense can stop da run while da Raiders defense can't. I tink Matt Forte will run wild while Caleb Hanie doesn't hurt Chicago. I tink Carson Palmer plays well, but havin no runnin game will hurt. Bears 26 Raiders 24

Washington Redskins @ Seattle Seahawks Da Skins loosing streek cuntinews. Seahawks 28 Redskins 21

New England Patriots @ Philadelphia Eagles

- Da Igglez gave Mike Vick $100 million, but Vince Young is da better quarterback. Tom Brady keeps da Pats in it, but I tink da Igglez have one las gasp of hangin on two playoff hopes befour reality sets in and ends dere 2011 seasun. Eagles 34 Patiots 31

Denver Broncos @ San Diego Chargers

- If Tim Teblow wins dis, da Bolts better fire Norv Turner in da locker room after da game. Chargers 34 Broncos 16

Pittsburgh Steelers @ Kansas City Chiefs

- Maybe Kyle Orton will get a few snaps in dis blow out. Steelers 34 Chiefs 10

New York Giants @ New Orleans Saints Game of the Week

- OK, deez teems is similar. Both can pass da ball. Da Saints lead da NFL in yards passing per game while da Giants rank fifth. Both rank 20th in points alloud per contest. But da Saints rank second in ponts scored per game, while New York is ranked 16th. New Orleans is 13th in yards rushing per game, while da Jints are ranked second to last. Da Giants knead to win two stay in furst place in da NFC East with da Dallas Cowboys, while a Saints loss could put them into a tie with da Falcons if Atlanta wins dis weak. New York has made a nice 2011 NFL story, considerung dey wa killed by inurys in da secundairy befour da seasun even began. But I tink Drew Brees will expose dat weekness hear. Saints 34 Giants 24

Power Rankings

1. Green Bay Packers

2. Baltimore Ravens

3. San Francisco 49ers

4. Pittsburgh Steelers

5. New Orleans Saints

6. Chicago Bears

7. Houston Texans

8. New England Patriots

9. New York Giants

10. Atlanta Falcons

11. Dallas Cowboys

12. Oakland Raiders

13. Cincinnati Bengals

14. Detroit Lions

15. New York Jets

16. Philadelphia Eagles

17. Buffalo Bills

18. Tennessee Titans

19. San Diego Chargers

20. Denver Broncos

21. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

22. Seattle Seahawks

23. Arizona Cardinals

24. Kansas City Chiefs

25. Jacksonville Jaguars

26. Miami Dolphins

27. Carolina Panthers

28. Minnesota Vikings

29. Washington Redskins

30. Cleveland Browns

31. Saint Louis Rams

32. Indianapolis Colts

OK, I got two go sit on da porcerlin trone and push out sum of dis Thanksgiving dinner cuz I ate to much. As dey say in Ol' Messico = A.M.F.

Five Minute Frags - Suh-mething To Think About
Category: FEATURED
Tags: NFL Detroit Lions Green Bay Packers Ndamukong Suh Roger Goodell Suspension


I love good, hard-nosed football. I love players that wear their hearts on their sleeves and play with a passion that equals or surpasses their skills on the football field.  As a fan, I live for watching a player leave it all out on the field, making sure that they deliver the kind of performance that both their team and the fans deserve.

What I cannot stand is when a player allows that fire and that passion to overwhelm common sense, pushing them from the ranks of the hard-nosed to the bull-headed.

Before today’s action, I was willing to give Ndamukong Suh of the Detroit Lions the benefit of the doubt. I was ready to believe that Suh, like Pittsburgh’s James Harrison, was just a player who played the game all-out, in the old-school manor where hitting was meant to deliver a message. I was even willing to believe that Suh was being vilified by Commissioner Goodell’s mission to sugar coat the NFL with lollipops and roses.

After watching his antics on Thanksgiving versus the Packers, I am no longer help captive under that delusion.

As you likely also saw, Suh flipped a lid during the 3rd Quarter against Green Bay. If you didn’t the video is linked above. After tussling Packer’s lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith, Suh not only forced Smith’s head to the ground three times, but then stomped on the lineman’s arm once he got to his feet, earning himself an immediate ejection and turning what would have resulted in a field goal opportunity into a touchdown two plays later. Ultimately, it was the turning point in the game, allowing the Packers to turn a 7-0 halftime lead into a 21-0 advantage before Detroit could get their head on straight again.

Suh’s decision to put his own maturity issues ahead of the success of the team was blatantly stupid. Goaded into the action or not, Suh needs to understand his place as a leader on a young team on the rise. The defense revolves around his ability to plug the line and put constant pressure on the opposing quarterback. None of that means a thing if he’s in the locker room stripping off his gear because his hot head got the best of him and earned him an early shower while he team was fighting in one of the most important games of their season. Now, as his team is entering the playoff push and looking to capture its first berth since 1999, the possibility of a Suh’s suspension looms over them and they have to hope that the Bears, Giants, or Falcons fall on their faces.

Furthermore, Suh’s actions come just weeks after meeting with Goodell about playing within the confines of the rules. Goodell is not going to look at Thursday’s actions as a sign that he’s learned anything. He’s going to see a player who has no respect for the safety of the other players on the field and thus deserves to sit a few games in order to figure it out some more. Goodell is not going to want to hear that Smith dragged him into it, or even that he is sorry and it won’t happen again. Goodell is going to want to teach Suh a lesson and from where I am sitting, it looks like it needs to be a harsh one.

This needs to be the turning point in Suh’s career. He needs to sit back and review what happened today and find a way to still carry that fire, without letting it smoke out his common sense.

Or if he prefers, he can continue to sit on the bench with an open wallet. It’s his choice.

Bandit's Turkey Day Picks
Category: NFL
Tags: NFL Picks & Predictions

Thanksgiving and football…a time honored tradition that goes back to the beginnings of pro football. Detroit has hosted a Thanksgiving day game every year since 1944 and as far back as their first year having pro football in 1934. Dallas volunteered for a Thanksgiving game when the NFL wanted to add a second game in the 70s and have hosted the late afternoon game continually since. The NFL added a third game in primetime four years ago for its own network and to get other teams on. So basically its wall to wall football while you fight off the effects of the tryptophan from the turkey you gobble down…Odds are provided by by bodog.net and are for entertainment and comparison purposes only, so don’t come by my house looking for turkey and stuffing leftovers next week if you bet the lines and lose.

Packers (10-0) @ Lions (7-3)

Ford Field, Detroit 12:30 (FOX)

Favorite Packers by 7

Last Week Packers beat Bucs, Lions beat Panthers 49-35

Fast Fact This is the first time since 1962 that an unbeaten team has played on Thanksgiving, that team was the Packers…who lost to the Lions

This is a Thanksgiving game that involves the Lions that aint a turkey. The Pack come in full of swagger but as an unbeaten team that is hard not to admire. Aaron Rodgers is cutting defenses up with better than surgical precision, his 4 INT’s on the season have all come in the 4th quarter and have been meaningless to the teams outcome. The Pack have been rolling over teams with a methodical style bordering on scary. But their defense has been a bit suspect at times but always having to defend big leads. Meanwhile the Lions 5-0 start has been followed by an uneven 2-3 stretch that saw them blowout the Broncos and Panthers but get housed by the Lions and lose tight games to Falcons and Niners. Matthew Stafford isn’t on the same level as Rodgers but can light it up with the best of them. The Packers are the smart money choice to go to Indy in February but they have been playing a bit ragged and the unbeaten talk has got a bit silly. This just seems like an upset waiting to happen. The Lions are due for a real signature win, like the Starr led Packers of ’62 who walked into a Motown Ambush the Rodgers led Pack will do the same thing.

Pick-Detroit (Upset of the Week…and maybe year)



Dolphins (3-7) @ Cowboys (6-4)

Cowboys Stadium; Arlington, TX 4:15 (CBS)

Favorite Cowboys by 7

Last Week Dolphins beat Bills 35-8, Cowboys beat Redskins 27-24 in ot

Fast Fact Dolphins have not allowed a TD in 12 quarters

What a difference 3 weeks makes, 3 weeks ago the Dolphins were dodging questions about the 76 Bucs and if they were as bad as the Colts and the Cowboys were a mediocre 3-4. Now the Pokes are in first and The Dolphins may have save Tony Sparano’s job by getting off the mat and winning three by double digits. They may have also played their way out of the Andrew Luck sweepstakes as well. The Pokes have ambled into first place by beating one tomato can team after another and developing swagger like they think they have anything in common with the Super Bowl winning teams of the 90s. Problem here is it’s foolish to pick against the Pokes anytime between now and their New Years day visit to New York. Colin Cowherd is going to make himself annoyingly giddy as the Pokes roll over on palooka after another. This should be no different



49ers (9-1) @ Ravens (7-3)

M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore 8:20 (NFLN)

Favorite Ravens by 3

Last Week 49ers beat Cardinals 27-3, Ravens beat Bengals 31-24


Fast Fact The first matchup of two coaching brothers in NFL history, happening 17 years after the first father-son coaching matchup. Ravens coach John Harbaugh is 15 months older than Niners Coach (and former NFL QB) Jim.

The so-called Har-Bowl pits two of the brightest young coaches in the game and two of its stoutest defenses. Both teams are mirror images, ballhawking, roughneck, big play defenses with efficient run oriented offenses that punish you with the big throw if you load up the box. It will be an interesting chess match. I think the Niners having had made one too many cross-country trips will not be able to make the transition on a short week turnaround. The veteran laden Ravens will slow the young Niners down for the time being. If these two teams meet back up in two months in Indy (Don’t laugh, it could happen) It could be a different story.



The Rest of the picks will be posted Sunday. From my neck of the Hoodwood to yours, have a Festive, Filling, Safe and Happy Thanksgiving!



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