Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Got It?

Anagrams:

VIEWING A STIR
WESTERN VIDEO
MAYOR'S FILM TYPE
ECHO IN MUDDY LANE
IF TUNES DO SO MUCH
I AM A WEAKISH SPELLER

One is a writer of some note, born in the 1560's
One is a U. S. State - admitted in the 1860's
One is a an old '50s tune - one of the most recorded songs of the 20th century.
One is a '60s movie - set outside Salzburg Austria
One is a unique singer - he made the scene in the '70s
One is a Clint Eastwood movie - also from the '70s

Hat tip Brain Den.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

NFL Week 8

I was 10-4 last week, for the season 65-37. ESPN experts here and here. It's hard to believe we're almost at the halfway point of the season.

By the way, I've noticed the weirdest thing on ESPN's website. Mortensen has his picks listed on the Sunday Countdown page and the Expert Picks page. And yet he has differing records on each page (69-33 vs. 66-36). How can this be, unless he is hedging his bets or someone is miscounting?

Detroit lost again last week, as did Cincinnati, leaving both hopefuls alive for a perfect season.

Cincinnati does get Houston this week, which is a possible win for them. However, I think they'll emerge unscathed.

The Lions should remain perfect with a home game against Washington.

Dallas should get honorable mention mention today. The next best thing to seeing a perfect 0-16 season would be to see a team loaded with talent and a prohibitive favorite self destruct and flame out spectacularly.

Tampa Bay.
Washington.
Buffalo.
New England.
San Diego.
Jets.
Philadelphia.
Baltimore.
Carolina.
Jacksonville.
Houston.
Pittsburgh.
San Francisco.
Tennessee- Monday.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

NFL Week 7

Last week, which was abounding in toss ups, I was 6-8, my first losing week of the year. I'm 55-33 for the season. ESPN experts here and here.

On the winless team front- two teams fell from the ranks of the winless last week. As devastated as I was with the Rams victory at Washington, I was overcome with ecstasy when I learned the Lions had dealt Roy Williams to the Cowboys.

When teams start dealing their star players, and their heretofore starting quarterbacks are out for the year, its always a good sign that a team is in the process of giving up. And if they've given up, then you have to believe an 0-16 season is not only a possibility but is actually within grasp.

Except there is one little problem this week- the Lions get to play Houston. I'll be biting my nails watching the scoreboard today.

After this week, the road to perfection gets much easier. In fact, they really don't have a bad team left on their schedule. I'm really starting to believe in them.

Our other winless team is flying under the radar. I have hardly mentioned Cincinnati going 0-16, mainly because I've believed there is no way that could even be possible. Could it?

Buffalo.
Chicago.
Pittsburgh.
Tennessee.
Dallas.
Miami.
Giants.
Carolina.
Houston.
Jets.
Indianapolis.
Washington.
Tampa Bay.
New England- Monday.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Super Chicken Madness Friday

Scientific Inquiry

This is a question that has puzzled me for a long time. I cannot solve it myself. I go back and forth with it.

The TV series, George of the Jungle, was composed of three shorts, themselves continuing series. We had the title series, George of the Jungle, followed I think by Super Chicken, and then ending with Tom Slick. I might have the order messed up, though, as it has been so long since I saw an entire 30 minute show.

Each individual part had its own theme song, and they all were as memorable as they were catchy.

So, my question is, which tune is the best? My favorite show was Super Chicken, but I'm inquiring of the songs, not the shows.

George of the Jungle?


Super Chicken?


Tom Slick?




And for some laughs today, YouTube has videos of actual episodes. Crazy stuff, in the Rocky and Bullwinkle tradition.

Monday, October 13, 2008

I Knew Something Was Up

Considering their track record, I wouldn't have let those people anywhere near me. But he did.

Too bad. He had a nice career going.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

NFL Week 6

Last week I was 8-6. I'm 49-25 for the season. ESPN experts here and here.

We're in week 6, and there are still 4 winless teams. I think we might see one of those teams get a win this week, but no more than that. Houston and Cincinnati have a shot.

But that's okay. I don't think either of those teams had a chance at running the table and going the whole season winless anyway.

However, the Lions and Rams should roll on this week. Unfortunately, on further review, neither team's schedule favors them going completely winless. In fact, the Lions get Houston next week.

St. Louis has no chance of winning the next 3 weeks, but after that they could sneak in a win somewhere. It's going to take some really memorably bad football for them to pull off the greatest achievement of my lifetime: an 0-16 record. An accomplishment no team has ever done since the inauguration of the 16 game season in 1978.

Oh well, we can all still hope. Until that final team ekes out a 1st victory, I'll root on. Come on, men. You can DO IT!

Tough week this week. Lots of toss up games.

Chicago.
Indianapolis.
Minnesota.
New Orleans.
Jets.
Carolina.
Washington.
Miami.
Denver.
Dallas.
San Francisco.
Green Bay.
San Diego.
Giants- Monday.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Every Time I Hear Your Name

No, not the song by Keith Anderson.

I'm talking about hearing the name of Blake DeWitt, the Dodgers infielder.

Every time I hear that name, I think of good ol' Lake DeWitt
, AKA Ballpark Village.

All Star Game is 277 days away.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

We've Seen This Somewhere

The Dodgers were a team scratching and clawing its way to the playoffs with a less than stellar record. No one gave them a chance. The attitude was that they didn't deserve to even be there. Sounds like 2006.

And yet now they are in the NLCS against an NL East opponent supposedly superior. Sounds like 2006.

Their playoff lineup is much different than their everyday lineup most of the season. It is much improved. Just like 2006.

The supposed experts cannot see this, just like they couldn't a couple of years ago. They look at the team's overall record and judge it based on that. In a weird way, it's like they cannot see the trees for the forest.

In other words, they are much better than their record suggests. Just like 2006.

And I expect that the underdog will go all the way. Just like 2006.

Sunday, October 05, 2008

NFL Week 5

Last week I was 7-6. For the year 41-19. ESPN experts here and here.

I beg all NFL clubs- stay away from the goofy retro uniforms. The Steelers look like yellow tootsie pops in theirs.

We're now down to 4 winless teams. The number was 6 before last week. Of the 4 teams left, I think 2 of them still have a legitimate shot at going 0-16. Detroit and St. Louis. Too bad the Rams fired their coach, or they'd be the favorites right now.

On the state front, Ohio was bound to get out of the doghouse last week, as somebody had to win the Browns-Bengals game. They did, right?

A lot of tough games to pick this week.

Carolina.
Chicago.
Green Bay.
San Diego.
Giants.
Philadelphia.
Baltimore.
Indianapolis.
Denver.
Arizona.
New England.
Dallas.
Jacksonville.
New Orleans- Monday.

Friday, October 03, 2008

The Mysterious MRI

Albert Pujols was to have an MRI Monday on his elbow, and not one peep has been printed about what it showed.

Of course, I have the utmost confidence in the Cardinals medical staff, considering the track record of Chris Carpenter, Mark Mulder, Jason Isringhausen and Scott Rolen. What is there to worry about?


"Nuttin'?"

Thursday, October 02, 2008

You Know, It's Funny

I'm referring to World Magazine's post about this wackiness.

Right now, I'm doing the same thing. Only mine looks like this. And instead of changing its diapers and washing it's hair, I'm swinging it from tree vines while yelling like Tarzan.

Tomorrow, we're going to watch King Kong together.