Monthly Archives: December 2010

Some housekeeping notes, and a Week 17 playoff watch

The lineal titles are, belatedly, updated, and I think I’m somewhat lucky that none of the college titles are being defended until after the new year. The Golden Bowl tournament, however, is probably not going to happen this year, and maybe ever. Somehow it has always managed to monopolize a lot of my time during […]

Sunday Night Football Week 17 Selection Post-Mortem

Week 17 (January 2): Selected game: St. Louis @ Seattle. Two years ago, two sports-media columnists got into an argument over whether the NFL was compelled to select an AFC game for Sunday Night Football Week 17. One of them claimed that the NFL was bound to keep the balance of primetime games taken from […]

And an indifferent blog-day.

Funny how things work out. In 2006, I composed the first post in the history of Da Blog while cowering in a bus stop shelter, kicking off a stretch of low post frequency. Now, in 2010, after a stretch of low post frequency, I’m once again cowering in a bus stop shelter, writing this post. […]

Predictions for the National Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2011

The National Baseball Hall of Fame’s selections are performed by members of the Baseball Writer’s Association of America who have been members for at least 10 years. A six-person Screening Committee has selected a list of 33 players that have been eligible for less than 15 years to be included on the ballot. A player […]

SNF Flex Schedule Watch Followup and Playoff Watch

I was going to recount the primetime games on ESPN, NBC and the NFL Network to determine if I miscounted earlier, but with the Bears locking up the NFC North, Bears-Packers is now probably out for a Week 17 pick, leaving open the question of whether any Week 17 NFC game could be palatable to […]

Sunday Night Football Flex Scheduling Watch and Playoff Watch: Week 14 (or, Part 3 of the SNF Week 16 Fallout)

NBC’s Sunday Night Football package gives it flexible scheduling. For the last seven weeks of the season, the games are determined on 12-day notice, 6-day notice for Week 17. The first year, no game was listed in the Sunday Night slot, only a notation that one game could move there. Now, NBC lists the game […]

Last-Minute Remarks on SNF Week 16 Picks, and How Chargers-Bengals Might Not Be Flexed Out

Week 16 (December 26) Tentative game: San Diego @ Cincinnati Prospects: 7-6 v. 2-11; it looks like the T.Ocho experiment isn’t working out, meaning the Chargers’ late-season surge is only serving to make this game lopsided, and the loss to the Raiders just makes it look even worse. Everyone from ESPN’s “Mike and Mike in […]

Sunday Night Football Flex Scheduling Watch: Week 13

Also known as “Why Chargers-Bengals might NOT be flexed out”. This week’s Flex Schedule Watch dedicated to the memory of Don Meredith, who Trey Wingo said on Monday’s NFL Live got people through the many “awful” Monday Night Football matchups in its early golden days. Now, of course, the NFL is so desperate to avoid […]

Last-Minute Remarks on SNF Week 15 Picks

Week 15 (December 19): Tentative game: Green Bay @ New England Prospects: 9-2 v. 8-4. No longer looking like a potential Super Bowl preview, but the Packers prevented it from getting any more lopsided, so still a decent bet to keep its spot. No other game has a shot if the tentative game bias is as […]

Who SHOULD Be Going to Which Bowls?

The bowls if selections were based on my C Ratings. Bowl tie-ins often reflect my attempt to synthesize the (often not entirely in agreement) bowl selection orders given by Wikipedia and CBS Sports, although the role of the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl in the WAC selection process, given how uncertain Wikipedia remains about it and […]