NFL Week 12 Picks and Analysis – FootballSunday, November 27, 2011 10:24
Game picks for Week 12 of the 2011 NFL football season and DeSean Jackson’s immaturity.
NFL 2011 Week 12 Picks & Analysis
On the Radio
When I get tired of the over-hyped, sometimes repetitive yakking on Sirius NFL Radio, I push the up button and tune in to what they call “Mad Dog Radio” named for the Mad Dog himself, Christopher Russo.
If his voice were, say, a kitchen utensil, Russo’s would probably be a cheese grater–and human eardrums would be chunks of Asiago.
Russo’s listeners are required to distill a New Yorky squawk uttered at one-and-a-half times normal speed into an understandable human voice.
If your ears don’t end up bleeding like the walls in Angel Heart, you will end up hearing a friendly enough guy who knows his facts and doesn’t take himself too seriously.
The other star on this channel would be Russo’s stylistic opposite, Dino Costa, who takes everything, especially himself, way too seriously. Politically, he is right of Attila the Hun–according to Costa, the “99%” Occupiers are all “maggots–and sometimes I worry, during one of Dino’s rants, if he’s about to pop a major artery and turn into a zucchini while still on air.
Off the Beach
Mad Dog Radio’s second teamers who sub for the aforementioned main-stagers and fill in the times between their shows are just as interesting as Russo and Costa.
Guys named Wetzel, Termine, and Lekas do hourly updates, and Evans and Phillips cover the morning drive time.
Mostly I listen to stay on top of the NFL and try to get nuggets of information to help me pick against the spread with at least a semblance of knowledge and accuracy.
And we all know how well that is turning out.
I sometimes listen to find an issue so aggravating I actually end up writing a coherent rant of my own.
I found just such an issue this Tuesday when Justin Termine (I think) sparked a discussion on DeSean Jackson’s immaturity.
To catch you up, the Eagles’ star wide receiver/kick returner was suspended after missing a team meeting before Philly’s Week 10 loss to Arizona. In an NFLN interview with Mr. Softball, Michael Irvin, Jackson all but tosses Andy Reid under a very short bus, implies Reid singled Jackson out by suspending him, and of course–as is a theme in every Irvin interview–how under-appreciated, underpaid, and misunderstood Jackson and every other black receiver in the NFL is.
Uh, yeah, it’s racial folks.
Flash forward to Week 11 and poor DeSean pulls this bitchy little stunt after catching a fifty-yard bomb from Vince Young: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h6bPWvIMu8
Some clown calls Termine’s show later in the week to “explain” the cultural context of DeSean’s selfish stunt that greatly contributed to a disastrous loss against a division foe.
That caller and the four subsequent callers–who all identified themselves as African-Americans–were, in effect, trying to convince ten million Sirius listeners that Jackson’s self aggrandizement, blatant taunting, and prepubescent chest pounding were a natural expression of the poor black man having to do so much more than white guys to prove himself…or, was it, to get himself noticed in a society that routinely ignores him…or, was it give props to his blackness because unless you are black, you cannot understand the blackly of the blackness…
Actually, all of those reasons were articulated as excuses for Jackson, once again letting his team down and promoting himself.
Silly me, I thought it was just a case of another spoiled, unaccountable bitch being an asshole.
Cult-ered and Clueless
America is a nation of cults.
- An arrogant, abusive UC-Davis campus cop with a badge viciously pepper sprays peaceful protesters breaking no laws…The next day Fox News interviews a decorated cop in dress blues who calmly decries the suspension of that criminal pig, using words like “proper training,” “confronting the threat,” and “public safety.”
- Lawrence O’Donnell sits on his leather couch reminding us to respect the role of immigration in the evolution of America…Yet never distinguishes between the millions of immigrants who stood in line at Ellis Island to document their entrance into this country and those who unlawfully sneak into America.
- A world renown university–home to more Fulbright scholars than any other school–protects a man who repeatedly raped little boys in the football complex’s shower room…And watches its idiotic student body riot in protest when the individual responsible for letting that abuse continue is kicked out the door.
- The inane muscle flexing following routine catches for a first down, the pussified prancing and mime-inspired theatrics following touchdowns, and the Neanderthal stomping and chest-beating following quarterback sacks are products of cult members so full of themselves, they can never comprehend how ridiculous they look.
On the positive side, at least we give the rest of the world a good laugh.
Week 11 Picks
Last Week’s Picks
Trying to claw back to respectability has proven quite the challenge for Team Gairzo. Fortunately, we have discovered a new Vodka to aid in our quest for the big week we need to get to .500 and beyond…Tito’s Vodka–handmade in Texas…good stuff, pardner…
Here is our scoreboard updated through Thanksgiving Day:
Week 11: 7 – 6 – 1 (.538)
Thanksgiving Day: 2 – 1
Overall Tally: 74 – 81 – 7 (.477)
We correctly picked Baltimore as our Game of the Week (5 – 7) winner and the Pack as our Lock of the Week (7 – 5) game. We see at least a couple games on the board that could be prime picks for the Totals Pick and the Upset Special.
Specials Tally: 23 – 18 – 1 (.561)
This Week’s Picks
Upset Special (7 – 3 – 1)
The Cardinals played the Niners tough last week, just as they have played most of their 2011 opponents. Even though they didn’t cover, they shouldn’t be an underdog to the Rams.
Arizona 22, St. Louis 14
Over/Under of the Week (6 – 5)
Carolina visits Lucas Oil Stadium in this week’s Yawner Special. Exactly what we want when we take the under…
Indianapolis 21, Carolina 20
As always, my lines are found here: http://www.footballlocks.com/nfl_lines.shtml
My picks can be found below in italic…
NFL Lines For Week 12, 11/27 – 11/28, 2011
|Date & Time||Favorite||Line||Underdog||Total|
|11/27 1:00 ET||At St. Louis||-2.5 US||Arizona||39.5|
|11/27 1:00 ET||At NY Jets||-9.5||Buffalo||42|
|11/27 1:00 ET||At Cincinnati||-7||Cleveland||37.5|
|11/27 1:00 ET||Houston||-6.5||At Jacksonville||37|
|11/27 1:00 ET||Carolina O/U||-3.5||At Indianapolis||46.5|
|11/27 1:00 ET||At Tennessee||-3.5||Tampa Bay||43|
|11/27 1:00 ET||At Atlanta||-9.5||Minnesota||44|
|11/27 4:05 ET||At Oakland||-3||Chicago||41.5|
|11/27 4:05 ET||At Seattle||-3||Washington||37.5|
|11/27 4:15 ET||New England||-3.5||At Philly||50.5|
|11/27 4:15 ET||At San Diego||-5.5||Denver||41.5|
|11/27 8:30 ET||Pittsburgh||-10.5||At Kansas City||40|
Monday Night Football Line
|11/28 8:30 ET||At New Orleans||-7||NY Giants||51|
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