Week 11: The Train Rolls On

It’s good to be back in full force this week and, Wow, we just keep on rolling full steam ahead.  Another 3-0 on the best bets in Week 10 and actually went 10-2 on all of the picks.  We are up to 70% winners (21 out of 30) on Best Bets for the season.  That is pretty delicious.   However, I’m taking this past week with a grain of salt as the matchups were so bad and there were many one sided affairs.  You are seeing the cream rise to the top and the garbage sink to the bottom.   You need to take advantage of those weeks when picking games but things will start to tighten up as we get back into the division games towards the end of the year.  I’ll go into it below but I’m going with the simple philosophy on focusing on the shit teams and taking the other side.  It’s not really rocket science.  It will work until it doesn’t work anymore.  (Quick Note: The video above is one of my favorites and I wish I could be as excited for anything as this guy was for a train. If you can, listen to the guys commentary for the whole thing)

QUICK LEAGUE NOTES

Have you seen either the Giants or Bears play the last month?  If you have then I’m sorry as you pretty much wasted a few hours on a Sunday or Monday night.  These teams have a few things in common.  Most notably, their defenses can’t stop anyone over a 60 minute game.  They might have a flash here or there but for the most part the opposition pretty much can control the game how they want.  Their offenses just aren’t dynamic enough to be able to consistently score points.  Again, they will have flashes but something inevitably will go wrong and just kill any momentum.   These 2 teams make up 2/3rds of my bets this week and for good reason.  When these teams lose, they lose horribly bad.  They do not play close games.   When they lose it’s by double digits and then some.   Who knows maybe this week that they will both reverse course and play better.  However, until they do then I’ll stay on that loser bandwagon.

 WEEKLY RANT

I was watching Real Sports the other day and they did a feature on something I really wouldn’t consider sports.  They did a piece on the first real big video game league and first college team to offer scholarships for team video games.   Robert Morris University is the first college to be doing so.  This team looked just like you would think a bunch of nerds playing video games, predominately overweight and Asian.   It fascinates me that video games have gotten to this point.   Towards the end of the episode, they showed some sort of world championship thing that they have in South Korea.  It drew 40,000 people to the event and it was also cast in theaters in North America.   This blew my mind.  Are telling me that 40,000 people showed up to watch other people play video games?  Is there anything more boring or brutal than watching someone else play a video game.  I can remember watching other people play Madden or something and I would want to shoot myself.    They also highlighted a web based league called the League of Legends.  It’s broadcasted basically like Sportscenter but highlighting video games and they announce it like a normal sports play by play.  It’s fucking ridiculous.  The CEO of the League of Legends (which is this league’s name) also said that he believes in his lifetime that Video Games Sports will be in the Olympics.    There’s just no way that can even remotely happen.  Now I can see Chess clubs or Chess teams in high schools and colleges being replaced by video game teams.   They are both a skill and take tremendous amounts of practice learning strategy but in the Olympics?  Give me a fucking break.   It also said the ESPN 3 has shown a few tournaments already.  Thank God, I just don’t have time to locate ESPN 3 on my TV as my head would explode.  In the future, if my daughter ever came home and said “Hi Dad, this is my new boyfriend Quan and he is the star athlete on the Robert Morris E Sports team.”  I’m not sure who I would put in a headlock first.  Now you might be saying that’s racist because of the name I chose.  It has nothing to do with race, it’s really just more bullying a fucking nerd on my part.

VIDEO OF THE WEEK

Staying on the train theme

MY WEEKLY FANTASY LINEUP (SALARY CAP 60K)

Starting to get a little traction here.  I won 2 in a row vs the Fan Duel strangers I take on and finally broke my losing streak vs. the P&T reader.  Been probably more lucky then anything as I was able to avoid the big point getters like Marshawn Lynch or A Rodgers the last few weeks.    If anyone wants to challenge me in a head to head on Fan Duel my username is vgeorge19 and I will take on all challengers.

QB T Brady $9500

RB L Bell $8600

RB F Gore $7000

WR B Cooks $6800

WR J Matthews $5500

WR J Jones $8200

TE L Donnell $5200

K B Cundiff $4600

D Atlanta $4600

STOCK CHART OF THE WEEK

I’ve gone ahead and replaced the Survivor pool section which offers nothing at this point as I’ve been eliminated.   I figured what’s the point continuing that and I should use this space for  educational purposes.  Hey if you have read this far on this blog you might as well learn something that could be helpful instead of listening to my demented thoughts.  Let’s delve into the real legal gambling in the world, the stock market.

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If you know me then you know I have been saying buy Apple stock pretty much regardless of price for many years now.  It was a little dicey for a while but you don’t waver from a company like this.  If you do not own any then pick some up no matter how small the investment and just sit on it for 10 years or longer.  If you have young kids and you were going to save money for their college this year, start with buying a few shares.  I would say do this every year for the next 5 years at least if not longer for them.   Don’t worry about the price day to day and reinvest the dividends back in the stock.   If something happens with the company that changes it’s path over the next few years you’ll hear about it and you can reevaluate.  It’s the biggest company in the world so probably won’t miss the news.  I just don’t see it happening anytime soon.

I found this chart enlightening and also funny at the same time.  I had to format this chart a little bit so it cut off the years on the bottom.  But this is a chart from 2003 to current day.  Russia Market Cap is in Red and Apple’s is in the Green.  Apple is worth more now than the entire country of Russia.

 HAL’S WEEK 11 PICKS

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WEEK 10 GAMES PLOW HORSE REVIEW

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LAST WEEK & YTD RESULTS

Week 10 Results 10-2

YTD Results 76-67

Week 10 Best Bets 3-0

Best Bets YTD 21-9

Parlays YTD 1-1

Teasers YTD 2-0

Quote of the Week

This week’s

John, chicks dig me because I rarely wear underwear and when I do it’s something unusual.

–Line from “Stripes”

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