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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Pro football goes to the 'dogs

The puppies were a-mighty cute today in the NFL, with all five 5-point underdogs winning their games outright this weekend. Combined with a Seattle win for 3.5 points, 31 players in our charity prognostication game earned points, with only 11 being left blank for the weekend. Nobody in our group is in on Denver tomorrow night, and so here are our standings at the close of Week 6:

DB Cooper 21
Ted 19.5
Pdxmick 19
Annie 18
Michael K. 17
Ricardo 16.5
Will 16
George 14
Pete Rose 14
Tinknocker 14
genop 13
Paul 13
PDXileinOmaha 13
Broadway Joe 12
Juicen 12
Tung 12
NoPoGuy 11.5
Pete Rozelle 11.5
John Ch. 11
Bayou Baby 10
Drewbob 10
Eric W. 10
Grizfan 10
Biggest Cubs Loser 9.5
Bad Brad 9
Bob 9
Cinderella Story 9
Jeremy 9
Usual Kevin 9
Gordon 8.5
Coastal Storm 8
Dave A. 7
MickeyMacNYC 6
Dr. D 5
John Cr. 5
Lucas 5
Rudie 5
Carol 3.5
genop's gal 3.5
Gary 0
Sola 0

Will and genop have posted wins the last four weeks in a row. New lines on Tuesday.

Comments (8)

True that, it was a great day to be a “fiver,” however, I’d trade it all to be a DB Cooper!

DB's picked four winners in six weeks, including the big nine-pointer in the season's opening week.

I’ll have what he’s having!

A few years back I suggested that you run a mirror version of the underdog game you wrote so engagingly about, and you picked it up and turned it into the intriguing thing it is.

Alas, for me and some others, the bloom is off the rose with it, nicely described here.


It's brutal, and some day many thinking people won't watch it. But it will probably always be around, and popular. Look at all the fighting sports, getting uglier by the decade.

Right now, kids should not be allowed to play tackle football until they're 18. Little eight-year-olds running around giving each other concussions is particularly irresponsible. Among consenting adults, however, football should be allowed as long as the risks are fully disclosed. It's going to be an interesting dialogue over the next decade or two, that's for sure.

I am haunted by the the thought that a dog can turn on you at any moment. I have truly been lucky so far.

I think that would work fine, because, like cigarettes, I think tackle football is not something very many take up as adults. A few, sure, but nothing like the numbers needed to maintain its position.

I note that it would also have a positive effect on colleges, where it's primarily football that powers the dominance of the jock culture over all others.

Brutal to pick against my Niners but I could see the handwriting on the wall. Eli is just too good on the road.

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