November 2006


Sports picksNovember 27, 2006

Changing of the guard – is it enough?

It has been no secret that since the Denver Broncos drafted quarterback Jay Cutler, incumbent Jake Plummer was looking over his shoulder.

The Broncos opened the 2006 campaign and looked good early. Despite a lack of offensive production, the Denver’s bend-but-don’t-break defense kept the team atop the AFC West standings.

It did seem that every time there was a call to hand Jake a clipboard, and go with the rookie, Plummer would answer. The stingy defense would keep the Broncos close and Jake would drive the team to a win.

But after lackluster performances resulting in back-to-back losses to Sand Diego and Kansas City on Thanksgiving, head coach Mike Shanahan has given Plummer the hook and is putting Cutler on the clock.

Fixing Denver’s offensive woes won’t be as easy as simply replacing quarterbacks. Denver has five games left on the schedule including one more on the road against the conference-leading Chargers and will need to address several needs if they want to have a repeat trip to the AFC title game.

 

Changing of the guard – is it enough?

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Sports picksNovember 24, 2006

What do I really know about this sports betting thing?

GOLDEN – NOTE: J. Mesa joined Wunderdog Sports in November, to lead our customer service efforts. In this column he shares his thoughts on being a part of Wunderdog Sports and sports betting in general.

So here it is a week later and I am still in the Dog house. As the newest puppy in the pound, I thought it was my turn to share a few observations of this world of mad scientist -like behavior I have witnessed during my short tenure with the Wunderdog.

“…AND THE ROOM GOT DEATHLY QUIET.” – Yes, it is true, I am not a gambler. Whether on sports, ponies, doggies, kitties, bunnies or whatever, I don’t really play. What I do know about gambling isn’t worth a sawbuck – so if you ask me for any personal betting advice, my advice is this: ask someone else.

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What do I really know about this sports betting thing?

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Football picksNovember 20, 2006

Number 1 vs. 2 Controversy

Great game, eh! As Florida Gator alum, I was hoping for a blowout one-way or the other. But tough to be disappointed in the classic contest the Buckeyes and Wolverines staged Saturday afternoon.

Florida Coach Urban Meyer has now stated that if OSU and Michigan are permitted to play again for the national championship then a playoff system should absolutely be implemented next year. Of course, like any other thinking fan I feel like a playoff is long overdue but I fail to see why this situation is any more compelling than every other controversy that has come down the pike.

Number 1 vs. 2 Controversy

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Football picksNovember 17, 2006

Football –‘Bama style

Ain’t it a great time of year! Down South here, all the failures or successes are put aside and for one weekend its like we’re starting fresh. That’s most true in the state known as the Heart of Dixie. I was raised in Alabama. People are always saying you can’t know what that means unless you’ve been through it –and for the most part they are right. For instance: There were four high schools in my county. Two of them were “Auburn” and two were “Alabama.” That simply meant that out of 102 seniors in my school, 9 went to Auburn and none went to Alabama. Ken Stabler grew up 8 miles away but his school was strictly Alabama and he never considered Auburn nor did any other right thinking Foley Lion. In other words, you can’t draw lines north & south or east & west to determine which towns, counties or regions fall into the realm of one school or the other. This is a Gerrymanderers nightmare! Tradition starts with the family and moves outward. The only real rule is that you can’t be neutral and you must be passionate.

Football –‘Bama style

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Football picksNovember 17, 2006

WHY MICHIGAN AND OHIO ST IS SPECIAL TO ME

It was a longtime ago, and I can’t recall the exact year, but I’d have to say I was around 13 or 14 years old. I have an older brother, eight years my senior. I recalled him betting lightly on some sporting events, and it always caught my interest. I’d find myself with a routing interest on the team my brother bet on. I recall one day just prior to a Michigan vs Ohio St. game, he was making his usual call to his friends debating on which side to take. I knew where the next call was going, and that was to the local bookie, so I chimed in and asked him to put 1 time in for me.

WHY MICHIGAN AND OHIO ST IS SPECIAL TO ME

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Sports picksNovember 16, 2006

WHICH TEAM HAS BEST CHANCE TO RISE FROM MEDIOCRITY?

We are through 10 weeks of the NFL season, and like many years there is a bundle of teams in the middle. There stands 12 teams either 4-5 or 5-4, the question is, which ones stand the best chance to rise and make a playoff run the rest of the way?

WHICH TEAM HAS BEST CHANCE TO RISE FROM MEDIOCRITY?

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