Thursday, January 9, 2014

2013 NFL Picks Against a 6-Year-Old - The Winner Is...

Like the Broncos, Patriots, Seahawks, and Panthers, I took the bye week off.  I know that left many of you refreshing your browsers every 5 minutes in the hopes that I would have posted the results of our annual Cheap Seats experiment.

Refresh no more, as we can officially declare a winner.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Week 17 NFL Picks Against a 6-Year-Old

It's time to determine a champion.  After 16 weeks, we've come down to Week 17 and JDaddy needing to make up 4 games to tie, 5 to win.  The bad news for JDaddy is that he and the kid only picked different winners in 5 games, so JDaddy needs to make a clean sweep in those games. 

If the kid wins, that will make 2 out of the 3 years that we've done this that he has won the league.

Happy New Year!

Week 16
JDaddy: 8-8
Uncle J: 8-8
CDog: 8-8
6-Year-Old: 6-10

6-Year-Old: 121-113-6
JDaddy: 117-117-6
Uncle J: 112-122-6
CDog: 106-128-6

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Week 16 NFL Picks Against a 6-Year-Old

After last week's Cowboys debacle I had decided to write my feelings on how the team has turned someone like me, who cares too much for my teams, into an apathetic fan who shrugs his shoulders, smirks at the ridiculousness of it, and goes on about my day whenever the team loses.  And it's not just losses.  I've gotten to where I don't care all that much about wins.  Cool, the Cowboys won, now what are we doing for dinner around here?  That's what a .500 team for the last 18 years turns their fans into.  I can't imagine I'm alone in this.  There used to be a time where you could feel a difference in the air after a Cowboys loss.  Not anymore.  As a fan of one of the two most prestigious American professional teams, it's sad at how mediocre the Cowboys have become. 

But that paragraph is all I can get out right now.  I still need to gather my thoughts on the subject so I don't sound like I'm rambling.  Quite frankly, I can't even find enough passion in the team to even work up the energy to write a post.  It's not like anything is going to change.  We're being held hostage by a front office that refuses to improve itself. 

So I'll give them the last two games to see if anything changes.  I'm guessing not.  There's no excuse to lose to Washington, but they'll probably lose to the Eagles.  And that will make three straight 8-8 seasons.  No better definition of mediocre than that.

Speaking of mediocre, the adults in this league can barely reach that threshold.  The kid expanded his lead this week.  He and JDaddy picked a different team in 8 games this week.  JDaddy needs to make those count.

Merry Christmas!

Week 15
Uncle J: 10-6
6-Year-Old: 7-9
CDog: 7-9
JDaddy: 5-11

6-Year-Old: 115-103-6
JDaddy: 109-109-6
Uncle J: 104-114-6
CDog: 98-120-6

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Week 15 NFL Picks Against a 6-Year-Old

As we come down the stretch there are two races in play.  The first is between the kid and JDaddy for first place.  The other race is for 3rd.  After a miserable start to the season, I have been catching up to Uncle J.  Either that or he is falling back to 4th.  But does it really matter?  We're both having terrible seasons.

It's going to be a great finish, even if we are all 0-1 so far this week.

Week 14
JDaddy: 9-7
6-Year-Old: 7-9
CDog: 6-10
Uncle J: 5-11

6-Year-Old: 108-94-6
JDaddy: 104-98-6
Uncle J: 94-108-6
CDog: 91-111-6

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Week 14 NFL Picks Against a 6-Year-Old

This winter (or late fall) storm has thrown me off.  Despite sitting at home looking for stuff to do, I forgot to get these out until tonight.  JDaddy put himself in striking distance with a good week last week.  But it looks like the kid is going to have to come back to the pack for someone else to have a chance. 

By the way, for anyone wondering, the definition of cabin fever is enduring a Texas ice storm with two little kids in the house.  Forget braving the streets in my car.  I'll walk to Walmart to get the last loaf of bread in the store.  At least that would take a couple of extra hours.

Week 13
JDaddy: 10-6
6-Year-Old: 8-8
CDog: 8-8
Uncle J: 6-10

6-Year-Old: 101-85-6
JDaddy: 95-91-6
Uncle J: 89-97-6
CDog: 85-101-6

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Week 13 NFL Picks Against a 6-Year-Old

Happy Thanksgiving!  In the spirit of the season, here are some things I'm thankful for in the sports world.  If you disagree with me, then you're wrong.

1. The Designated Hitter
I'm not sure why there is still such a controversy over the DH in 2013.   I don't understand why people would rather watch someone who has no interest in hitting over a, you know, professional hitter.  Why?  So that a manager can show that he knows how to execute a double switch?  There's also the idea of forcing a manager to choose between keeping a pitcher in the game or taking him out for a pinch hitter in a clutch situation.  Why is that a good thing?  Not only are you as a fan forced to watch a sub-.150 hitter hit 3 times a game instead of, you know, a professional hitter, you're also forced to watch a pitcher on a roll get taken out of a game so that a 4th outfielder can weakly ground out to second base.  I just don't get it.  Any rule that encourages pitching around a skinny, no-tool, 8-hole hitter needs to be amended.

2. NHL Shootouts
Like the DH, many old school fans of the sport aren't fans of the shootout at the end of overtime.  Well I'm not an old school fan.  I'm barely a fan.  And when I see a game go into overtime, I hope neither team scores.  Shootouts are fun.

3. Dirk Nowitzki 
I don't think I need to explain this one.

4. Dallas Sports Talk Radio
I'm a P1 of Sports Radio 1310 AM and 96.7 FM The Ticket, but with some recent changes, all 3 DFW sports talk stations are very good.  Makes me sad that people in other cities have to put up with bad sports talk.

5. The Pace of a Baseball Game
Some people are bored with baseball, and I can understand that.  It's slow. Not a lot of action.  But it's part of the charm (as long as a DH is there to provide some excitement).  Watching a baseball game allows conversation.  A few years ago I was at a game with a friend, and we started a conversation that continues to this day about if any Rangers players smoked.  We decided that between batting practice and first pitch Ian Kinsler, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, and Chris Davis snuck out the back door to smoke a quick cigarette.  Simpler times back then.  Now none of these guys play for the Rangers.  Alas.  But if it were a basketball game, this conversation never would have gotten off the ground.  And after reading this paragraph again, maybe that's a good thing.

6 (tie). Jay Cutler, Sam Fuld, Brandon Morrow, Mark Lowe
What do these guys all have in common?  They're all Type 1 Diabetics that play professional sports.  Living with a 6-year-old diabetic that loves sports, they're great role models even if Mark Lowe gave up the homer in Game 6 to David effin Freese (I'll get over it some day).

Speaking of the kid, he didn't win the week last week, but he did expand his lead.  It's up to 8 games with 5 weeks left.  Not saying it's impossible, but with the picking non-prowess of the rest of us, he can probably coast the rest of the way.

Week 12
CDog: 11-3
Uncle J: 8-6
6-Year-Old: 7-7
JDaddy: 6-8

6-Year-Old: 93-77-6
JDaddy: 85-85-6
Uncle J: 83-87-6
CDog: 77-93-6