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Sunday, December 9, 2012

I'm dreaming of a winning underdog

Just like the ones I used to know...

Here are this week's picks in our charity pro football underdog game:

10.5 ARIZONA at Seattle - Pete Rozelle, John Cr., Michael K., Rudie
10.5 OAKLAND vs. Denver (Thursday) - Lucas, Carol, Coastal Storm, Eric W.
10 MIAMI at San Francisco - Bob, Gary, Biggest Cubs Loser, Annie, Tung
7 DETROIT at Green Bay - Usual Kevin, Tinknocker, Ted
7 PHILADELPHIA at Tampa Bay - George, Dr. D, Drewbob
6 NEW ORLEANS at New York Giants - Jeremy, NoPoGuy, Bayou Baby, Juicen, Pdxmick, Cinderella Story
5.5 TENNESSEE at Indianapolis - Gordon, Broadway Joe, DB Cooper
4 HOUSTON at New England (Monday) - Paul, PDXileinOmaha, Dave A., Will, John Ch.
3 ST. LOUIS at Buffalo - Sola, Pete Rose, JMH
3 DALLAS at Cincinnati - Grizfan
2.5 JACKSONVILLE vs. New York Jets - Bad Brad

We're actually up and paying attention to the game at this hour, and so that should be all for the week. Good luck, players, and enjoy the football, everybody.

UPDATE, 1:04 p.m.: The Rams win for three of our players, 3 points each. Carolina wins a grudge match, but none of our players were there to pick up 3.5 points.

UPDATE, 1:07 p.m.: Tennessee fails to upset Luck, and with that, DB Cooper's winning streak ends.

UPDATE, 1:20 p.m.: Dallas picks up a trey for Grizfan.

UPDATE, 1:24 p.m.: The Eagles fly with a dramatic win, and earn a big 7 points for three of our 'doggers.

UPDATE, 1:27 p.m.: San Diego wins, but nobody in our group has them for 3 points.

UPDATE, 3:22 p.m.: The afternoon 'dogs are all supplying major suckage, with the Saints in particular ruining our day.

UPDATE, 3:32 p.m.: Hold on -- Miami pulls to within a touchdown, with eight minutes to go and all their timeouts left. The Niners have burned all of their timeouts.

UPDATE, 3:45 p.m.: And we take it back -- the Saints have pulled to within eight, still in the third quarter. Why is Fox forcing us to watch the disgusting Seahawks game when there is real football being played elsewhere?

UPDATE, 3:52 pm.: Never mind. The Fish and the 'Ain'ts give up big plays and are back on the road to Chumpsville.

UPDATE, 8:38 p.m.: The Lions get snowed out in Wisconsin, and so the standings at the end of tonight are as follows (with asterisks on players who still have a shot at 4 points with Houston tomorrow night). Things are definitely tightening up just below the leader of the pack:

DB Cooper 42
Michael K. 30.5
Pete Rose 30.5
Grizfan 28.5
Will 28.5*
George 27.5
Broadway Joe 25.5
Paul 25*
Tinknocker 25
JMH 23.5
NoPoGuy 23
Ted 22.5
Juicen 22
Drewbob 21
Pdxmick 19
Tung 18.5
Annie 18
John Ch. 17.5*
Ricardo 16.5
Sola 16.5
Bad Brad 16
Dave A. 15*
Jeremy 15
Usual Kevin 15
Bayou Baby 13.5
genop 13
PDXileinOmaha 13*
Cinderella Story 12.5
Dr. D 12
Gordon 11.5
Pete Rozelle 11.5
genop's gal 11
Carol 10.5
Eric W. 10
Biggest Cubs Loser 9.5
Bob 9
Coastal Storm 8
John Cr. 8
MickeyMacNYC 6
Lucas 5
Rudie 5
Gary 0

Comments (5)

Gotta wonder about the long hair on Cowboy WR Harris. Can the the opposing player pull him down by grabbing the hair?

Yes, I believe it's legal to grab the hair, but not the collar of the jersey.

Seems like an elective disadvantage in a game where even the smallest disadvantage is huge. I guess the Cowboys have bigger issues to worry about today.

Plenty of hair in Dallas, few football brains anymore. Especially at the top.

Cardinals suffer worst loss in franchise history, 58-0

Notable excerpt:

“Ass kicking, that’s the only thing you can say,” quarterback John Skelton said. “For them to come out and dominate the way they did in every phase of the game, it’s embarrassing.”

Sunday’s loss was unique in that the Cardinals broke down in every phase. The defense played like it was doing forced labor, and Patrick Peterson muffed a punt and fumbled on another.

Both led to Seahawks touchdowns.

“Things turned on us early,” receiver Andre Roberts said. “I don’t know how it got to 58 points, whatever it was.”

It’s hard to believe that before the nine-game losing streak, the Cardinals had won 11 of their previous 13. But after the first month, this season went south faster than a fleeing felon, and the biggest question now is if Whisenhunt, who is under contract through 2013, will keep his job.


Oddly enough, the Cardinals moved the ball on the opening possession, with Skelton completing his first three passes for 35 yards. But his fourth attempt, which came on third-and-2, hit receiver Larry Fitzgerald’s hands. Linebacker K.J. Wright knocked the ball loose and it hit cornerback Walter Thurmond. It ended up in the hands of linebacker Bobby Wagner.

That play, Whisenhunt said, was an example of “how our season has gone the last nine weeks. The ball comes out, doesn’t hit the ground and they pick it up and move it down the field.”

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