2012 NFL Week 8 Picks – FootballSunday, October 28, 2012 8:04
Game picks for the 2012 NFL season Week 8.
NFL Week 8
Who Is the Next “Goodelli” Winner?…
Faithful readers of this column will recall “The Goodelli Award” evolved from the “Golden Tampon” honoring the “wimp,” “pansy,” or pussy of any convenient time frame whose behavior is unworthy of human manhood or otherwise overtly vaginical.
Let me be clear, Stephen A. Smith is not “Goodelli” worthy because he said “Nigga Please!” on his morning ESPN show First Take. He earns a Goodelli nomination for “Pussy of the Week” for his lame-ass denial/explanation found here: http://deadspin.com/5955213/stephen-a-smith-says-nigga-please-on-espn2-and-everyone-gets-stupid-in-response
ESPN’s hypocrisy is fodder for every lame blogger, racist or self-proclaimed pundit in the world. The actions, or inactions, taken by the network speak for themselves.
I wanted to approach the subject from a Whiteman’s perspective, and knew that would be difficult when I recalled Dennis Hopper and Christopher Walken’s examination of Mediterranean history in the 1993 cult classic, True Romance:
Set up: Walken is a mobster–Vincenzo Coccotti–looking for Clifford Worley’s son, played by Hopper. Worley knows he’s a dead man…as Coccotti interrogates him:
Clifford Worley: It’s a fact. Yeah. You see, uh, Sicilians have, uh, black blood pumpin’ through their hearts. Hey, no, if eh, if eh, if you don’t believe me, uh, you can look it up. Hundreds and hundreds of years ago, uh, you see, uh, the Moors conquered Sicily. And the Moors are niggers.
Vincenzo Coccotti: Yes…
Clifford Worley: So you see, way back then, uh, Sicilians were like, uh, wops from Northern Italy. Ah, they all had blonde hair and blue eyes, but, uh, well, then the Moors moved in there, and uh, well, they changed the whole country. They did so much fuckin’ with Sicilian women, huh? That they changed the whole bloodline forever. That’s why blonde hair and blue eyes became black hair and dark skin. You know, it’s absolutely amazing to me to think that to this day, hundreds of years later, that, uh, that Sicilians still carry that nigger gene. Now this…
[Coccotti busts out laughing]
Clifford Worley: No, I’m, no, I’m quoting… history. It’s written. It’s a fact, it’s written.
Vincenzo Coccotti: [laughing] I love this guy.
Clifford Worley: Your ancestors are niggers. Uh-huh.
[Starts laughing, too]
Clifford Worley: Hey. Yeah. And, and your great-great-great-great grandmother fucked a nigger, ho, ho, yeah, and she had a half-nigger kid… now, if that’s a fact, tell me, am I lying? ‘Cause you, you’re part eggplant.
Vincenzo Coccotti: Ohhh!
Clifford Worley: Huh? Hey! Hey! Hey! [motioning with his hand three times]
Vincenzo Coccotti: You’re a cantaloupe.
[shoots Cliff in the face]
Yeah, that’s right, history says I’m part Black. Stupid me, I keep forgetting. Keep forgetting to be cool and tough, and to fascinate the world with my art and swagger, and resilience.
I tried to buy actor/comedian Charlie Murphy a beer at an airport bar a few years back, but he wouldn’t let me as he paid for mine. As we sat there talking and I noticed the crease in his shirt, the gems and gold adorning his ears, wrists, and fingers, the way he talked on his cell phone, it dawned on me–I could put on 20 pounds of muscle, dye my hair black, and wear any jewelry in the world and I would never be as cool as Charlie Murphy seemed to me that day.
No doubt, Stephen A. Smith is part white–mostly white. Stephen A. Smith is a lot like cynical white historians who explain genocide and slavery with grandiose terms like “Manifest Destiny” or like too many zealots in this country who hide their true feelings about Barack Obama under veils of “principles” and politics using phrases like “Let’s take our country back” or “He’s not one of us.”
I would have more respect for them if they just said what’s in their hearts, “Get that black bastard out of our White House!”
Stephen A. Smith is a gutless coward for not making this the essence of his explanation:
“Did I say Nigga, Please? Niggas, Please!!! Hell yes, I said it and exactly who is offended by that term? Black America? Some black comedians say much worse in their acts. Have you ever listened to rap music? Ol’ Dirty Bastard had an album of the same name. White America invented the term and we took it back! As a black man in America, you may treat my use of the word Nigga on national cable television as permission to use the phrase, “Nigga Please” in polite company.
However, and consider this a warning, “NIGGA PLEASE!!!” not only speaks to the utter coolness of the American black man, it is not applicable to any other race, creed, nationality or sexual orientation.
I better not hear anyone in America try to find a culturally equivalent term to “Nigga Please!!!” Here are a few choice examples:
- “WETBACK, POR FAVOR”
- “DAGO, FUGEDDABOUDIT!”
- “FAGGOT, TAG IT!!!”
- “KIKE, TAKE A HIKE!!!”
- “CHINK WINK!!!”
None of these carries the same linguistic finality as “NIGGA PLEASE!!!” and without the express sanction of the American black Man, they are, most definitely not to be used.”
If Stephen A. Smith had embraced his use of our language, I would, at least, respect him for having the courage of his convictions. After his weak-ass rationalization, all Stephen A. gets is the respect due a carnival barker who pretends the game he wants you to play isn’t rigged.
Week 8 Picks
Last Week: 6 – 7 = .285
Overall Tally: 44 – 58 – 2 = .431
Specials: 13 – 14 – 1 = .481
Still below the Mendoza line on all fronts, but we matched our best weekly Special performance of the year at 3 – 1. I say it every year; Vegas is phenomenal at picking the number. The Week 7 Monday Nighter is the prime example. Da Bears dominate the entire game. The Under was the perfect call–then they let the Lions march down at the end and ruin my week by pulling a half point over the line to cover. I win the Under, lose the cover…
If I didn’t know any better, I’d swear something was fishy.
GAME OF THE WEEK (1 – 6)
New York Giants @ Dallas Cowboys +2
My Steelers allowed me to finally rip the chimp off my back, and hopefully my first correct GOW pick is a harbinger of good weeks to come.
Week 8 presents a tepid slate of games. I guess we’ll take the bait on the G-Men visiting the Cowboys in the Emporium Jerry built. Statistically, historically, and Vegas trend-wise, Big Blue has the edge.
And, Eli Manning is better than Tony Romo. In almost every big game he plays, Romo makes just enough big plays to keep Dallas in the hunt. Too, often, you can count on him to make at least one bonehead play that leaves you shaking your head.
The difference between Romo and Eli is the younger Manning’s ability to overcome adversity.
Dallas has several key players out with injury, and this is the kind of game the Cowboys just might rustle up enough anger and character to win…I’ll believe it when I see it.
NEW YORK 31, DALLAS 27
LOCK OF THE WEEK 4 – 3
New England Patriots @ St. Louis Rams + 7 (In London)
What other Locks are on this board? Even though I think the Steelers will thrash the Nates, I can see RGIII running for a couple and maybe pulling off the upset.
San Diego is too inconsistent and Cleveland has a just good enough secondary to rattle Phillip Rivers.
San Fran in the desert is tempting but the only real lock in this motley bunch of weekend games finds the Pats giving 7 to the Big Horns on the pitch at Wembley Stadium.
Neutral site three time zones backwards; St. Louis still trying to find its legs with Jeff Fisher at the helm. Brady will throw for 400 hundred and four scores.
PATRIOTS 37, RAMS 14
UPSET SPECIAL 4 – 2
Atlanta Falcons, @ Philadelphia Eagles -3
The reason why Vegas and the public give the 7 – 0 Falcons a field goal against the Eagles is due to two very significant trend lines: Philly is 10 – 3 ATS versus the Falcons since 1992 and Andy Reid is 13 – 0 coming of a bye week.
Never though have any of Reid’s previous 13 teams been thrust into chaos going into a bye. Reid finally ended the Juan Castillo experiment as defensive coordinator, and now some players are saying how laid back new DC Todd Bowles is and what a great guy he is. I don’t think the Eagles defenders need a new friend. I think they need a fire lit under their ass–along with a new set of linebackers.
The Eagles just aren’t flying right. The more Mike Vick talks about protecting the ball, the more he gives the impression he’s going to keep giving it away.
This is one of my strongest plays of the year.
FALCONS 29, EAGLES 24
OVER/UNDER OF THE WEEK
San Diego Chargers @ Cleveland Browns +3 (43.5)
Cleveland’s defense is the 5th worse statistically in the NFL. Just the type of defense Phillip Rivers and San Diego should throttle–except the Browns also lead the league in interceptions, and the Chargers are reeling after two disastrous losses in which their defense spent the 4th quarter taking showers while their opponents, the high scoring Broncos and Saints, spent that same time scoring touchdowns.
Cleveland has been competitive in every game they’ve played this year. I think they cover in this one.
I don’t think the total gets any where near 40.
CHARGERS 20, BROWNS 18
As usual, my picks are in italic below
NFL Lines For Week 8 – NFL Line
X Minnesota vs Tampa Bay
|10/28 1:00 ET||New England||-7 LW||St. Louis (At London)||47|
|10/28 1:00 ET||At Tennessee||-3.5||Indianapolis||47|
|10/28 1:00 ET||At Green Bay||-14.5||Jacksonville||45.5|
|10/28 1:00 ET||San Diego O/U||-3||At Cleveland||43.5|
|10/28 1:00 ET||At Philadelphia||-3 US||Atlanta||43.5|
|10/28 1:00 ET||At Detroit||-2.5||Seattle||42.5|
|10/28 1:00 ET||At NY Jets||-2||Miami||39|
|10/28 1:00 ET||At Chicago||-7.5||Carolina||43|
|10/28 1:00 ET||At Pittsburgh||-4||Washington||46|
|10/28 4:05 ET||At Kansas City||-1||Oakland||42|
|10/28 4:25 ET||NY Giants||-2.5 GW||At Dallas||48|
|10/28 8:30 ET||At Denver||-6.5||New Orleans||55|
Monday Night Football Line
|10/29 8:40 ET||San Francisco||-7||At Arizona||38|
Bye Weeks: Baltimore, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Houston
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