Sunday, February 5, 2017

Super Bowl LI

It all comes down to this, the two best teams in the league playing for the Lombardi Trophy. The Falcons and the Hated Patriots. Yes, the damn Patriots. Again. These assholes don't lose.

As for my picks this year, I finished above 500, which is more than I can say for previous years. The playoffs have been a different story, where I went 3-3. On a side note, don't the Holidays a d the end of the regular season feel like they were a long time ago? Well, it's only been just over a month. Trust me, I just checked.

Here's my pick:

New England Patriots (-3) vs. Atlanta Falcons
Like I said above, these assholes don't lose. And by assholes, I mean Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. There is a bit of good news. Guess which school has the most players in the Super Bowl? That's right, the State University of New Jersey. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights. They have  5 guys (4 on the Pats and 1 on the Falcons). Four is greater than one, therefore Pats win. Unfortunately, they usually win by a late FG, so this one may be a push. Luckily, I'm not betting. Patriots win 31-27.

Good luck with all your pools and boxes.

Until next time.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Batten Down the Hatches

There's a Nor'easter on its way to New Jersey. Mostly rain and wind in the forecast, no snow. After getting my snowblower back yesterday, I am assuming that means there will be no more snow this winter. Or the snow fall will be minimal at least.

Yesterday, the hated Patriots moved on to the Super Bowl and will face the Atlanta Falcons in two weeks. Time to make plans to do things around the homestead because I can't use the football excuse anymore. At this point, my list is almost full.

I completed a project management class last fall and will be using what I learned to do things around here. Planning is important, in fact probably the most important part of any project, but the key is doing. I've written about this before. There's a time to plan, and there's a time to do.

We have moved into the doing phase. This goes for professional and personal projects. Time to do things.

Have a good, productive week.

Until next time.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Conference Championship Picks

Well this is it. This is the final real weekend of the football season. Nothing next weekend. Super Bowl LI the following weekend, and then there is nothing until late summer. Enjoy the games today,

Here are my picks (HOME TEAM IN CAPS):

Packers (+6) vs. FALCONS
I took the Packers to make it to the Super Bowl at the beginning of the season, and that isn't going to change now. Aaron Rodgers is playing out of his mind. Matt Ryan is as well. I just don't see the Falcons winning here. I do however see this game to be highly entertaining with a lot of points scored. Packers win 38-34.

Steelers (+6) vs. PATRIOTS
The reason I took the Packers above, is the same reason I am taking the Steelers here. I don't see the Patriots defense stopping the Steelers' offense, but I can see the Steelers defense slowing down the Pats offense just enough to squeak this one out. I think this will be a low scoring game with a lot of defense. Both of these defenses are a bit underrated, or over-shadowed by their offenses, but today is their time to shine. Steelers win 20-17.

Last Week: 3-1
Playoffs: 4-4
Season: 139-112-12

This week we saw a new President inaugurated with a peaceful transfer of power. It is fascinating to watch these things. All the pomp and circumstance that is involved is truly what makes this a great spectacle. It is what makes America, America.

Yesterday, we also saw what makes America, America. There were mostly peaceful marches and protests throughout the country with Women's Marches lined up in many of our major cities.

I understand the idea of protesting and demonstrating, but if it is not followed up with voting in the midterm elections, and also local elections, the protesting is for naught. The Republicans have figured this out. They have taken a large portion of local and state level majorities (NJ obviously excluded). The Democrats need to play the same game. If this does not start at the lowest levels of government, all of these protests just become a social event and a place to get a good photo, which in essence makes the protests irrelevant. Get out and vote, not just in the Presidential election, in all elections. It's what makes America, America.

Ok, that's enough politics. I will get off my soap box now.  Enjoy the games.

Until next time.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

NFL Picks and More

There hasn't been much writing going on over here on this blog recently. Except, maybe, football picks, but those are the easy ones to write.

Well I have news for you. We don't know if that will change or not. To be honest, I would like to think  it will, but every January, I say the same things. And what happens? Nothing changes.

I did however come up with a brewing plan for the year. I stuck with it for the most part last year, so I expect the same for this year. I am still extract brewing for time and space, but plans are in the works to build a setup out in the garage. A couple of things need to happen before that can begin, but the plan is to have it up and running in the summer.

Along with the setup in the garage, I am looking to start kegging. The plan is to turn a chest freezer into a keezer. In essence, it is a kegerator, but instead of a fridge, it would be a freezer. It would serve as a place to ferment at cooler temperatures so I can try my hand at lagering. And if nothing else, it will be another place to store beer.

The first brew day of 2017 is this weekend, where a vanilla porter will be made. I've made plenty of stouts, but this will be my first porter.

Enough about beer, there's football on this weekend. These four games are usually the best games of the playoffs. Unfortunately, I don't know if that is going to be the case. Then again, what do I know, especially after going 1-3 last week.

Seahawks (+5) vs. FALCONS
This is a game where both teams have flaws. The Falcons seem to always choke in the playoffs and Seattle just doesn't seem the same outside of the Pacific Northwest. Seahawks win this one 34-30.

PATRIOTS (-15) vs. Texans
There's no way the Texans cover this one. Hell, I wouldn't be surprised if they get shutout. The Patriots defense is very underrated, and frankly, the Texans' offense is horrendous. There is no way the Evil Genius lets Brock freakin' Osweiler beat him. No way. Pats win 28-10.

Packers (+4.5) vs. COWBOYS
I have to stick with the Packers in this one. I picked them to go to the Super Bowl. I see them winning this game outright. The Cowboys are good, but the Packers are on fire. Pack win, 41-35.

Steelers (+1.5) vs. CHIEFS
This game had to be moved to Sunday night because of the icestorm that is engulfing the heartland of the US. It doesn't matter what time they play, the Steelers are going to win. Andy Reid is going to remember who he is and will make some bonehead decision. The Steelers have too many weapons. Steelers win 31-17.

Those are my picks for this weekend of games. Have a good time watching because before we know it, it will be over.

Until next time.