Saturday, December 25, 2010

NFL Week 16: Winners For a Snowy Sunday Afternoon

Congratulations to all the gamblers out there who have followed this blog all season, and more importantly, have consistently bet our NFL point spread picks. Coming off an impressive 3-0 weekend last Sunday, which included two underdog selections who won out right, The Sportsyack is a sizzling 34-21-3 ATS for the season!

The only thing hotter than our picks right now, is Rex Ryan sitting in a podiatrist's office waiting room with his wife's big toe shoved up his ass, as he pleasures himself to Foot Fetish Monthly.

God, that's disgusting. Sorry.

Anyway, with two weeks of regular season ball to go, and a month of playoff action on the horizon, we're certainly not going to rest on our laurels now. We have taken down our Christmas tree, returned all the stupid fucking gifts we didn't want in the first place, and we've handicapped an eggnog hangover's worth of winners for you. Are you ready for some football?!?!?!


New England at (Buffalo+9)
We know everyone is back in love with the Pats, and this is probably not a popular pick. But we're not sold on New England's 28th ranked defense, nor do we like how the Pats kept the Bills around in the 1st meeting between these two, back in September.

Expect a letdown here from the Pats. Two straight weeks of swinging their dick around, and showing NFC opponents Green Bay and Chicago how Brady and Belichick play football, this game has upset potential written all over it.

We like what the Bills have done over the last month and a half. They've won 2 in a row, 4 of 6, and it should read 5 of their last 6, be it not for Steve Johnson's TD drop against Pittsburgh. The Bills are 7-1-1 ATS in their last 9 games, and have covered 4 straight at home. We like the points, and would even consider a ML bet. Buffalo



Washington/Jacksonville (Over 46)
The number one reason we like the over here, is because the total seems unusually high to us, as if Vegas is begging you to play the under. In fact, the Redskins have not been in a contest all year, in which Vegas' Over/Under Total was this high. On the flip side, this will be the Jags 3rd total of 46 or higher this season, and 7 of their last 8 contests have gone Over the Vegas total.

We expect the Redskins defense to be its usual self, which means yielding lots of yards. We also expect the Redskins new look, Rex Grossman (teacher's pet) led offense, to do its best to keep up. The Jags defense is no great shakes either, ranked 26th in the league. So in honor of each team's defense, we predict the final score to be Jags 32, Skins 26. Over 46


Houston at (Denver +2.5)
The Texans have lost 3 in a row, and 7 of their last 8. The Broncos have lost 5 in a row, and 9 of their last 10. Why would we play this game, between two teams heading in the wrong direction? Tangibles, baby, tangibles.

(1)Tim Tebow, rookie Quarterback (2)Denver playing with an interim coach who is playing without a care (3)The under performing Texans, playing for a coach whose on his way out. These 3 tangibles, baby, are a recipe for disaster if you're Texans fan.

Colin Cowherd spent the week bashing Tim Tebow, which is what he does best, when not bashing John Wall, which is what he does best when not kissing LeBron's ass, which is what he does best when not talking in that odd, dramatic voice, as he tells you "we told you so". (@JudgePatrick does a sick Cowherd impression, btw)

Christ was born 2010 years and 1 day ago. Tim Tebow just turned 23 in August. We're not sure that he's going to die for our sins, but we have more faith in his abilities than Michelle Beadle's sidekick does. 26-20 Broncos


Last Week 3-0 ATS

YTD 34-21-3 ATS



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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Enough of the McBadd Pity Party

As far as we're concerned, the dust has settled on the Donovan McBadd benching. The reaction by most of the media in DC was absurd. If we take Mike Shanahan on his word (oxymoron, we know)- that he wants to see what he's got moving forward, then whats the big deal? The Redskins were mathematically eliminated from the playoffs with their loss to the Bucs the week before, and besides, McBadd has had an awful season.

His numbers read: 77.1 passer rating, 14 TDs, 15 INTs. Don't look now Jason Campbell haters (which by the way, disclaimer, included ourselves), but JC is beating McBadd statistically this year in Oakland, and pretty much did last year here in DC (compared to what D-Mac is doing this year), with essentially the same team McBadd is working with this season.

As disrespected as McBadd claims he felt for being benched, with the numbers he's put up this year, Redskin fans and Dan Snyder should fire a "right back at ya, Donny."

Counting the $3.5 million bonus McBadd will get paid as part of his contract extension, if he gets cut during the off season, the Redskins will have paid this "disrespected" former Eagle who has played like total dogshit all year, $14.7 million.

Wow. That's some serious disrespecting. Can we get some? In fact, we'll let you sodomize us and run over our dog for that kind of cash.

Admittedly, McBadd doesn't have the greatest cast of characters around him, which is why DC fan needs to recognize that the Redskins are still a work in progress. We don't expect the Redskins to go the the Super Bowl next year, nor do we expect Rex Grossman to be the future of the team, but we must say- just doing the one game sniff test, that Grossman did seem to be more crisp and we're not sure how that point can be argued.

For starters, Grossman was not the reason the Redskins lost to Dallas. His first pick was awful, no doubt about it, but his fumble was partly to blame on a pass protection breakdown, and the last INT was a throw he HAD to make, given the game situation.

Instead of brushing aside Grossman's 4 TD performance and saying, "yeah but he had 3 turnovers and that's why they lost.", take a moment to look at the horrendous play (again) of the special teams.

Sandwiched around Grossman's admittedly awful 1st Quarter INT, were two special teams treats from Bazooka Joe's unit. After stalling out on their first drive, Washington punted from their own 19, but gave up a return back to their own 30. That's a net 11 yard punt for all you math wizards at home. On their third drive of the game, Washington was forced to punt from their own 19 again, and this time gave up a return back to their own 35. That's a net 16 yard punt.

As a result of these two "special" punts and Rex's INT, 26 of Dallas' first 27 offensive plays came in Washington territory. When you combine how sad that is, with how amazing it is, you have one amazingly sad stat that sends us running to the top of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge with our jumping shoes on.

26 out of Dallas' first 27 plays were run in Washington territory!?! Are you fucking kidding me?!? It's a miracle that the Redskins weren't down by 28 or more by halftime.

It's too bad Danny Smith can't coach as well as he chews gum. His special teams are more like Special Olympics, and they don't belong on an NFL field. His shortcomings have been masked quite nicely by the great season Brandon Banks has had. The only people who will miss him next year, when Shanahan (hopefully) sends him packing, are the King of Ashburn, and the bartenders at the Bonefish Grill.

But as far as McBadd is concerned, just shut up already. Radio guy, bleeding heart guy, Redskin kool aid drinker fanboy guy, who thought the Redskins were going to the playoffs this year, enough already! This former Eagle, for whom you get on radio and TV and cry in his defense for, like a bunch of whiny fucking pussies, is just another in the long list of over the hill, over paid free agents, who came to town, got paid, and then didn't deliver on the field.

Adam Archuleta, Fat Albert, Deion Sanders, Bruce Smith, Jason Taylor, Brandon Lloyd, Mark Carrier, Jeff George, TJ Duckett, Trung Candidate, Jeremiah Trotter...am I missing any???..oh yeah, Donovan McBadd.

And in light of the 77 passer rating, the almost $15 million he'll be leaving town with, and now recently- the "poor, poor, pitiful me" comments and angling for sympathy statement, that McBadd's agent released to the public a few days ago, Redskin fans need to realize that this guy is gone, he's not your friend, and bitching about the Shanahans is not going to do you any good.

The short term future is going to involve Mike Shanahan, and the way he does things. I don't care if he's not a media darling, I don't care if "the locker room is pissed" because of the benching- Fuck'em. A third of those guys will be lucky to be on the roster next year anyway.

The culture and attitude has needed a change for the better in Ashburn, for quite sometime now. And if you enablers want to take sides with a fat, out of shape, American Tap Room regular drunkard, or an 11 year 'traded within the division' veteran Quarterback, who spent 13 games under performing, ranked 26th out of 32 league Quarterbacks, well then go ahead.

Like Mike, we're moving on.


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Sunday, December 19, 2010

NFL Week 15: A Stocking Full of Winners

Good times! Yours truly went 1-3-1 ATS last weekend, the Caps keep losing, more turmoil in Ashburn, the Fridge is shown his wobbling papers, and the Wizards had the Heat on the ropes last night, but shit the bed down the stretch. Good times!

Like Tom Cruise's character said in The Color of Money, "It's like a nightmare, isn't it? It just keeps getting worse and worse."

Hang in there, DC fan. Things will get better, I promise.(promise is greek for hope) And to start off this Christmas week, I've put together a plethora of Week 15 NFL winners. So gather around the tree, pour yourself a glass of egg nog, and then turn on the TV during what is supposed to be family time. Are you ready for some football?!?!


(Buffalo+5) at Miami
The Dolphins and Tony Soprano are a tough team to figure. They're a 7-6 team in which 6 of their 7 wins have come on the road. In fact, their 6-1 road record is tops in the NFL, tied only with Pittsburgh. Their home record is so abysmal, Dolphin ownership has lobbied the NFL to allow them to play all 16 of their games next year on the road.

The Bills have been competitive in almost every game they've played since about mid October. During that span they've gone 3-5, but have covered 7 of those 8 games. We know this, because we're degenerate gamblers, and this information is important to us.

The Dolphins are scoring 14 points on average, in the friendly confines of Sun Life Stadium (what a gay name for a football venue). The Bills have covered 5 straight versus AFC opponents. This game goes something like 20-17, or 14-10. Bills.




New Orleans/Baltimore (OVER 43.5)
We like points here. For starters, Baltimore's defense hasn't been killer, since Ray Lewis was running around in an orange jumpsuit, lying to Atlanta's finest about who stabbed who. Their 14th ranked pass defense is not going to make Drew Brees and the Saints blink. Coming into this contest, the Saints have scored 30 points or more, in 5 straight games.

On the other side of the ball, the Saints defense is not too shabby, but outside of the 72 degree temperatures of the Superdome, they've gotten a little complacent as of late. (Yielding 27 points, almost 400 total yards, and losing the time of possession battle to Dallas, 35-25. And against Cincy, 30 points and losing time of possession 33-27). This game will feature a lot of shotgun formations, and weather will not be a factor.OVER 43.5


(NY Jets+4) at Pittsburgh
The New York football Jets are a wounded animal. They got their balls beat in on national TV two weeks ago, only to follow that up during "Tripgate", in a loss to the before mentioned Miami Dolphins.

Big Hair, Big Ass, and Big Truck Nation has long ago forgotten about what an asshole their quarterback is. To his credit, Big Dumb Ben is walking wounded. The dude has been playing through the pain of a broken nose and a sprained ankle, and although he may not be smart enough to understand the concept of "no means no", he and the Steelers have toughened out 4 straight wins.

The Jets need to stop the bleeding. Rex Ryan may have yielded to Bruce Boudreau, when it comes to worse potty mouth on an HBO sports reality show, but he won't yield to a Steeler team whose pulled a couple rabbits out of their hats (@Buff,@Balt) in the last few weeks.

The Jets have covered 6 straight in games played on natural grass. On the flip side, the Steelers have loss 4 straight ATS, in games following a SU win of 14 points or more (God, we're losers for knowing that). We like the Jets to win, but love getting the points even more. 23-22 Jets.


Last Week 1-3-1 ATS

YTD 31-21-3 ATS



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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Firing Boudreau is Not The Answer


As lifelong Washingtonians, and homers when it comes to the local sports teams, the stupidity and impatience of many DC area sports fans is befuddling. We're not sure if its the culture created by the midget owner in Ashburn, or the entitlement attitudes of many in the DMV or both, but whatever it is, it's extremely toxic.

The idea to fire Caps Coach Bruce Boudreau right now is absurd. Although he's failed to get the Caps to the promised land in the short 2.5 seasons he's been here, his regular season record is staggering good, and unlike the before mentioned Snyder, Ted Leonisis doesn't run his team like a stratamatic wet dream. We don't expect him to (on a whim) hire "the ole puck coach" to come in and "coach up" Ovi.

Do any of the people questioning Boudreau's job security remember how dreadful the state of this franchise was prior to his arrival? He's not the sole reason for the Caps turnaround, certainly players like Ovechkin, Backstrom, and Semin help, but his numbers as a head coach are historically good in most categories.

Boudreau took over for Glen Hanlon, 22 games into the '07-'08 campaign. At the time, the Capitals were 6-14-1. Boudreau turned the team around, compiling a 37-17-7 record, and leading the Caps to their first playoff appearance in 5 years, and their first division title in 7. In his two full seasons since, Boudreau's 104 regular season wins is tops in the NHL, tied only with San Jose's Todd McLellan. The Caps worst place finish in their division since Boudreau's arrival is 1st, which ironically, is where they currently stand.

Prior to replacing Hanlon, Boudreau coached the Caps farm club, the Hershey Bears. In his two seasons there, all he did was lead them to back to back Calder Cup Finals, winning the Cup in '06.



Although his lack of playoff success has been dissected ad nauseum, the drive by fans doing the dissecting need to understand that you cannot judge an NHL coach's playoff success or lack of, the same way you might judge an NFL coach's playoff record. Besides the fact that the guy is only in his 3rd full season.

The NHL playoff system can be very fickle. 16 teams make the playoffs, and a lot of the times the best overall team(s) don't always prevail. You need to look no further than last spring to illustrate how unpredictable the NHL Playoffs can be. The Eastern Conference Finals featured the #7 seed Flyers vs. the #8 seed Canadians.

And unlike the NFL, the team with the best record doesn't get a first round bye, nor do they only have to win 2 games (in their own backyard, no less) to get a ticket to the Finals. They have to win three 7 game series, before they can even compete in the Cup Finals.

4 years ago, the Caps were a last place team that barely registered a blip on the local sports radar screen. Today they are a perennial division winner with expectations of Stanley Cup or bust, and they're the only successful sports franchise in town. Bruce Boudreau is a big reason for that turnaround.

Last year's first round playoff exit was very disappointing, and if they meet the same fate this year, well then the calls for his job may be more justified. But until then, people need to calm the fuck down (to quote BB from last night's "24/7"), and realize how bad of shape this team was in before Gabby got behind the bench. A 7 game losing streak in December, is a hell of a lot better than a 4 game losing streak in April.


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Sunday, December 12, 2010

NFL Week 14: Loads, Cream Rising, Katy Perry, and Winners.

Tampa Bay at (Washington+1)
The Redskins Peter Northed Albert Haynesworth this week. Although he hasn't been officially released or traded, getting rid of that huge load will do wonders for their locker room, and we're sure sideline rat will do what he can to prove that point.

Although the Bucs record may indicate that they're a winner, we feel both teams are about equally shitty. The Bucs haven't beaten a team with a winning record, and are currently on a two game slide. The Redskins have shown spurts of ability, but ultimately are the 5-7 team that their record reflects, and they too are riding a two game losing streak.

We do like the Skins here as a slight dog, in what is supposed to be a cold, wet day at Fucked Ex Field. Trust us when we tell you, that Team Shanahan will try to throw the ball down field, as part of their new look, Albert Haynesworth-less offense. The result will be points, and turnovers. Look for a combination of at least two defensive and/or special teams scores here, and include the Over 40.5 when playing this game. 27-20 Redskins.


(Green Bay -6.5) at Detroit
Last time these two teams met, the Pack had a two touchdown lead twice, and twice almost blew that lead, eventually holding on to win 28-26. In today's game, with the Pack a game behind da Bears (who get the Patriots today in a blizzard), and needing to probably win out to win the division, it will be Dandy Don's "turn out the lights, the party's over" for the Lions.

Its been 11 games since the Lions beat the Pack. And in the ten losses since, the Pack have won those games by an average of 13.3 points. The Aaron Rodgers/Mike McCarthy combo has covered 5 straight in December. They've also covered 4 straight coming in, and if not for last minute Matt Ryan heroics, would be riding a 6 game winning streak.

The cream rises to the top come playoff season. Do yourself a favor, and load up on this one. Packers.



Atlanta at (Carolina+7.5)
Just prior to giving out the Raiders last week, in what ended up being a Charger ass thumping of epic proportions, we told you that the NFL is a strange, befuddling entity. And trust us when we tell you, this is a game that will make bookies across the country, wet dream like happy.

The Falcons have become everyone's NFC pick to represent in Big D come February. But they do play more close to the vest games once they're out of their domed element, and we don't like them laying 7 and a hook, on the back end of consecutive roadies.

The Panthers are awful, no doubt. And we're not even going to try and make a case for a 1-11 team who is playing most likely the NFC Super Bowl representative. But this point spread reeks of suckerdom, which tells us that Falcon buyers beware. Panthers.


Philadelphia at (Dallas+3.5)
This trend of ours to play against Philly is not just because we hate Mike Vick, but because they're not that great a team, and will be early exiters come January. Take that to the bank.

The Cowboys have responded well to the guy who looks cool when he throws the challenge flag onto the field. In fact, if not for Roy Williams getting stripped like a Beamer parked in Southeast DC, the douchebags with stars on their helmets would be undefeated under their new leader.

Listen folks, Mike Vick lit up a not so great Redskin team on a national stage, and then all the assholes at ESPN (and most of the mainstream media) wanted to hand him the key to Bristol. Mike Greenberg practically sodomized Vick on air last week, when passionately defending his right to play after doing time for drowning and electrocuting dogs.

The Boys own Philly. They've won 3 straight against them, and 4 of the last 5. Ride the wave of Garrett's undefeated ATS record. Dallas wins outright.



Last Week 3-1 ATS

YTD 30-18-2 ATS


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Friday, December 3, 2010

NFL Week 13: Ruff, Ruff


A week that included having to beat off into a Dixie Cup and finding out that our dog might be felted, ended with our own Judge Patrick taking a tumble from a ladder, while performing duties- huh-huh, on a job site. Awesome. I can't wait until next week, when I zip up my balls after taking a leak at my company Christmas Party. Sweeeeeeeet. Let's go!


New Orleans at (Cincy +7)
Why do we like the Bungholes? Marvin Lewis runs a loose ship, we think Carson Palmer sucks and he hasn't been the same since his knee injury, and Ochocinco is old and awful. Not to mention Cincy has dropped 8 straight.

Answer: We hate New Orleans, they've had the Super Bowl hangover all year, they're going to be playing outside of the Dome, and in the elements of cold Cincinnati, Ohio, and they've only covered 1 of their last 8, versus teams with losing records. Consider the money line here as well. Bengals



(Pittsburgh+3) at Baltimore
The Ravens scored in the final minute of play the last time these two teams met, and it was the difference in the Ravens 17-14 victory at Heinz Field. Speaking of difference, these two teams have played 3 straight 3 point games, and 5 of their last 6 meetings have resulted in margins of 4 points or less.

We expect a hard fought AFC North battle, with not a lot of scoring. We're rolling the dice a bit with Big Ben's foot in a boot, and the Steelers playing their 2nd consecutive roadie, but Baltimore doesn't beat Pittsburgh twice in one season. Lock up all your sorority sisters; Big Ben's Little Ben is in the house. 14-13, Steelers.



(Washington+7) at NY Giants
The Redskins might not be that great, but the Giants suck. We've been telling you this all year. Their defense is awful, Eli Manning sucks and is overpaid, and that new stadium is stupid and ugly. Also, Tom Coughlin always looks like he's constipated, and the red color his face gets, is actually one of the colors in Crayola's box of 64.

Expect the Redskins game plan to include a little bit of this, and a little bit of that. What the fuck the this and that are is still a mystery, but its going to work this weekend. 3 of their 5 wins this year are on the road, and they've covered 6 of their last 8 roadies. Shanny will be walking the sideline wondering, "Who moved my cheese?", only to find it by the end of the 4th quarter, in a 19-14 victory. Redskins


(Oakland+13) at San Diego
Yeah, we've heard, the Chargers are great in December. Unlike his face, Norv's record in December is blemish less, dating back like 70 years. But we'll take our chances on an upstart Raider team getting over two touchdowns, against a team they beat earlier this year, when they put up a 35 spot in early October.

The Raiders have lost two in a row. I know this not because I checked the box scores from the last two weeks of NFL games, but because I just ran into Tom Cable's wife at the Ashburn Starbucks, and she had two black eyes and was walking with a limp.

In all seriousness, we love this game. Catching the Chargers laying a huge number, following a huge national TV win at Indy, against a Raiders team who has pretty much gotten their doors blown off two weeks in a row. The NFL is a funny, unpredictable thing, people. Raiders


Last Week 4-2-1

YTD 27-17-2 ATS


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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Good Week, Bad Week


Our prognosticating skills
have reached a fever pitch. We went 2-1 ATS on Thanksgiving, and 2-1-1 the following Sunday, to bring our season long record for NFL games, to 27-17-2 ATS. We would challenge any sports handicapper, who actually documents his picks, to show us a winning record equal to at least 10 games over .500, this late into the season. How does our ass taste, Brandon?


Our winning ways have been offset
by what has been quite the fucked up week. Yours truly, who has been attempting to make child with my significant other, had to drive over to Reston on Monday and drop off a sample to be evaluated. Good times...


Nothing beats walking into an infertility clinic, and being greeted by the 5 women standing behind the counter, who know you've just walked in to rub one off. The chagrin I felt was wiped away by the shock on all of their faces, when I pulled out a dozen roses for my date.

"So where is my Dixie Cup?... Where is she?", I asked.

OK, so I didn't really bring roses, nor did I ask where my date was, but I probably should've of. Upon signing in, I took a seat in the lobby, and waited for a room to become available.

So they call your name, and this woman leads you back to this room. The room is about 10 feet by 10 feet, its cold, with tiled floors with no bed or couch, and its not exactly the ideal place to be Hammering your Hank. They equip the room with a TV and some DVDs, which is a feeble attempt to get one in the mood. By the time the door is shut, and you're by yourself in that room, next to rooms that "house" other dipshits who are pounding their puds, the mood is about as romantic as a prison rape.

So there I was, kneeling on the tiled floor, with my jeans around my ankles, my junk in one hand, and the Dixie Cup in the other, looking at the DVD cover of some pig in lingerie. What a fucking debacle.

You would think that for the $325 I just spent to kneel on a cold floor and dump a line of rope into a 2" circumferenced Dixie Cup, couldn't they send in one of those house frows to at least stick a tongue up my ass while doing so?? And I tell you what. The little bastard that comes out of all of this, better grow up to cure cancer or something. Or at least handicap me some football winners, when I'm old and decrepit.


And if Monday wasn't a total mess,
Tuesday was a once in a lifetime, never again experience; teeth whitening. And contrary to some of the razzing I took from friends, no, I don't suck cock part time. My bride actually lined this one up as well, via Groupon.

Teeth whitening, in summary, is an hour and a half of someone putting cotton swabs and a mouth guard into and onto your mouth, and peroxide on your teeth. The peroxide eventually seeps into your gums, and it's as comforting as nails on a chalkboard. Its comparable to drinking a hot bowel of soup, and then immediately being forced to bury your teeth into a block of ice.



My only saving grace was the poker I was playing on my phone during each of the 3 stages. To sum it up, the teeth whitening experience is a good incentive to drink less coffee and red wine, and to brush your teeth as often as humanly possible.




Things happen in threes,
and certainly last but not least, we found out on Wednesday that our almost 6 year old Boxer has cancer. As anyone who knows the breed, this should not come as much of a surprise, but it sucks major donkey dicks, nonetheless.

The tumor was discovered on her front left paw, and pending a second opinion, its supposed to be a soft cell, slow growing Sarcoma. Our options are pretty much to do nothing, surgery with treatments, or amputate her leg.

The first vet is concerned about not being able to 'get all the margins' of the tumor, and they think it will eventually spread. The "fine" folks at TLC in Leesburg, who are equipped with the state of the art lobby, with ceramic tile floor straight out of the Caesars Palace in Vegas, wanted almost $10,000 to perform surgery, and then put her on chemo/radiation treatments.



The dog is pretty much 6. She's a breed that is lucky to make it to 8 or 9, and you want us to fill her up with radiation and chemical so that she can be fucking miserable the remaining 2 or 3 years of her life, when she'll probably develop cancer somewhere else anyway? Go fuck yourself.

The other option, amputating her leg, doesn't make sense to us either. Again, it comes down to logistics, and making the dog as stress free as possible. The tumor on her leg is not bothering her, as she appears to have no discomfort. If we cut her leg off, and force her to be physically stressed for the last years of her life, that could do more damage than it does good. The only cool part we'd be missing out on, is bringing the amputated leg home, and allowing our other dog to use it as a chew toy.

Just kidding. (Going for a light moment)

We're hoping this second opinion will be the determining factor. If this vet, who came on high recommendation from a friend, thinks they can remove most of the tumor without affecting the quality of life of the dog, then we're probably going to attempt that. If they can't, we'll just hope(and so will she) that it is the slow/passive cancer that the lab result says it is, and that our beloved Boxer can live out the last year(s) of her life in peace, with all four limbs and without being all drugged up.

In closing, we'd like to say that regardless of the slobbering love affair the sports media currently has with Michael Vick and his resurgence, he's still a piece of fucking shit in our eyes. Fuck you, Mike.


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Saturday, November 27, 2010

NFL Week 12: When In Vegas, We Stay At The Wynn. Get It?

(Jacksonville +7) at NY Giants
This game sits on what Vegas calls a "key number", which is one of two numbers(the other being 3) that Vegas concerns itself with, when posting point spreads. The reason its of concern, is because almost 15% of NFL games(according to Doc's Sports Journal) end in a margin of either 3 and 7. And the reason these point spreads concern Vegas, is because if they go up or down a half point either way, or if worse- they move a full point wrapping around 3 or 7 (2.5 to 3 to 3.5, for example), the wise guys will pounce on the "middle" bet, which gives them(the bettor) an opportunity to win both sides. This game opened at 8.5 at most Vegas sports books, and obviously has since taken heavy money on Jax.

Having explained all that non-sense, the Giants are back to what we thought they were at the beginning of the season; an average at best football team, who has concerns on the defensive side of the ball. They've lost 2 straight entering this contest, and they've only covered 3 of their last 11 home games.

The Jags have won and covered 3 straight. They're getting great play from Quarterback David Garrard, who has had a QB rating of 120 or better in 5 of 9 games he's started this year. He's thrown 17 TD's vs. 10 INT's, for almost 1,700 yards. The Jags are also rushing for over 135 yards/game.

Go ahead and get crazy here, Arpoc. Take the Jags, and "fuck it, I'll do it live!", throw in an extra play/parlay/teaser or all, on (Jags/Over44).


(Minnesota -1) at Washington
We hate to pick against our beloved Redskins, but we have a feeling this game is going to be a semi-rout, not quite Eagles MNF, but nonetheless an ass whuppin'.

The Vikings, in our humble opinion, were the best team in football last year. Yeah, they lost to the Saints, who went on to win the Super Bowl, but we still feel they were the creme de la creme. This season has pretty much been dreadful, but they pretty much have the same parts they had last year, and we expect a Dallas Cowboys vs NY Giants like inspired performance, for their new coach.

The Redskins are beat up, and still have questions on the O-Line. They did play some inspired football last week, rallying around their MASH unit, and prevailing in Tennessee. However, this is the same team who lost to Detroit, won one of the ugliest games we've ever seen in Chicago, and got pollaxed by a rookie quarterback in St. Louis.

For Redskin fan, unfortunately, this is your typical "get fired up again after a nice win in Tennessee, only to be punched in the stomach" loss the following week. Vikings, 30-13.




(After watching that awesome tribute to #21, how many of those hits would Pussy Goodell let him get away with today? Probably not many.)



St.Louis at (Denver-3.5)
The rookie has done ok for himself in St. Louis, but he has yet to win a game on the road, and this week's outcome will be no different. Denver has lost 5 of its last 6 games, and apparently has resorted to video cheating to help garner an edge. File that under 'the apple didn't fall too far from that dick who wears a hoodie with the sleeves cut off'.

Kyle Orton is having one hell of a season, in what is an otherwise disappointing season for the Broncos. His season line reads 17 TDs to only 6 INTs, for over 3,000 yards, completing over 62% of his passes.

Expect the apple to come out of the tunnel with a big fat chip on his shoulder, and the Broncos will win this game in a rout.


Thanksgiving 2-1 ATS

YTD 25-16-1 ATS


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"I never root for Dallas." - Simpleton Redskin fan on Twitter

Rich Campbell, who is the Redskin beat reporter for The Free Lance-Star(Fredricksburg), and a damn good one, we might add, received a tweet at the conclusion of the Saints/Cowboys game by an alleged Redskin fan. The "fan", who will remain nameless, said to Campbell, "I never root for the Cowboys, playoffs or not."

So Campbell opted to retweet (post) this comment to his page, and asked his followers, "Anyone agree/disagree?"- an obvious attempt by Campbell, to get a response from other tweeps (like ourselves), to possibly engage this window licker in conversation about what the NFC playoff picture looks like. So that's what we did.

We initially told this fella that if he indeed was a Redskin fan, his comment was 'dumb', as the Saints were one of four teams between the Redskins and the Wild Card spots.

This fan responded again that he never roots for the Cowboys, and "it will be losses to the Rams and Lions that keep us out, not a Saints loss."

By this point, multiple twitterers were engaging this dipshit about his stupidity, trying to explain to him that the 3-8 Cowboys are non-factors, and if a Cowboy win helps the Redskins get a playoff berth- as one guy told him, "then I'll slap a star on!"

This was the point in the "conversation" when I knew we were dealing with a total moron. King Simpleton went on to say, "We've had this discussion before. I'll never root for the Boys, ever!" He added, "plus they (Saints) have 5 more games, plenty of time for them to lose!"

Hey ass clown, let me break it down for you. With only 6 games to play, there are now 4 teams between the Redskins and the final playoff spots. These 4 teams have anywhere from a 1 game to 2.5 game lead on them. What that means in layman terms- or should we say, "dumbass terms", when trying to explain this to an idiot like yourself, is that all of the 4 teams ahead of the Redskins, need to start losing. Immediately.

And as you claim to be a fan, as you patronize with your comments of me being a "realist" and that "you're kidding yourself if you think the Redskins are a playoff team", I at least can recognize that when one team who is challenging the Redskins for a playoff berth (Saints), is playing another team who is not(Cowboys), that as a Redskins fan, although it's not my favorite thing to do, I probably need and want the Cowboys to prevail.

In closing, Redskin fan, I'd like to give you one free lesson on who you should be rooting for over the final 6 weeks of the season. I'm going to try and do so in the same manner in which a grade school teacher would teach her 7 year old student basic math. We'll use this weekend's games as the example. Feel free to use your fingers when keeping track of teams' wins and losses:


Green Bay at Atlanta
Probably a good outcome either way for Redskin fan, but most likely Redskin fan should be rooting for Atlanta. The Redskins have already beaten Green Bay, and getting the Packers closer to the Redskins' record, brings in the tie breaker if in fact they finished with the same record.



Jax at NY Giants
This one should be easy. In fact, you won't even need to use your fingers to count. The Giants are in the Redskins division, they already have a one game lead on us as it is, and besides- and this is the easy part, the Jaguars aren't even in our Conference! Root for the Jags, donk.


Kansas City at Seattle
By some chance the Seahawks are passed by St. Louis for the division lead, and the Seahawks were to then factor into the Wild Card equation, root for the Chiefs. And as with the last game, KC isn't even in our Conference.


Philadelphia at Chicago
This game might be a toughy for you. I know you're into the "I would never root for..." business, but I'm afraid you might have to go to the well once again this weekend, and root for another NFC East team, the Eagles. Why? Well, the Eagles already have a 2 game lead on the Redskins, and are leading the division. And as with the Packers, the Redskins own the tie breaker if the two teams (Redskins and Bears) finished with identical records.


Tampa Bay at Baltimore

Another easy one, and probably the last game on the card that you probably need to have any interest in. Root for the Ravens, partner. They're not even in our Conference, the Bucs are, and the Bucs have a 2 game lead on the Redskins.




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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Watching, Eating, Farting, Watching, Sleeping: In That Order (and winners)

Thanksgiving is pretty cool. Probably the coolest. And if you have any doubt about that statement, think of it like this:

(1)Its the one holiday of the year where you get to go to a relative's house without a bag full of shitty gifts that you've spent a small fortune on, and that nobody really wants in the first place.

(2)You get to park your fat ass in front of a TV that has nothing but football on it.

(3)You immediately begin drinking, while a huge meal is being prepared for you to eat. Your meal is scheduled to take place during halftime of the first game, so not to miss any plays that involve your wagers or fantasy points.

(4)Once you're done eating, you re-assume your spot on the couch where the drinking and watching resume, while you fall off into an L-tryptophan induced coma, occasionally ripping the complimentary (to the cook), stinky fart...

Yeah. Thanksgiving is cool.


New England at (Detroit +6.5)
The Pats are on a short week in which they travel, following two huge conference wins (at Pittsburgh, home last week vs. Indy). They will not cover here, and possibly might even lose this tilt.

Following two road losses (shocker, haven't won a road game since Oct. 2007), the Lions come back to the friendly confines of Ford Field. The Lions are 2-2 SU and 4-0 ATS in their own backyard this year. They've also covered 6 straight versus teams with winning records.

We've been preaching all year that New England is not a serious contender. They have problems on the defensive side of the ball, and this non conference game reeks of a "day off" for Belichick's boys, following those two huge wins. Lions pull the Turkey Day upset, 27-23.



New Orleans at (Dallas +3.5)
Some guy on 1st and 10, a show that I think features Barbaro and that douchey looking pretty boy who we'd like to punch in the face(not Skip Bayless, but we'd probably punch him too), claimed that not only did the Cowboy players mail it in under Bum's son's watch, but so did Offensive Coordinator turned head coach, Jason Garrett.

The Aints ain't that impressive to us. Their Super Bowl hangover season has featured home losses to Atlanta and Cleveland, a road loss to Arizona, and a squeeker of a victory against awful Carolina. Their only real impressive win was against Pittsburgh, who they were catching in the middle of a 3 game roadie.

Listen folks, the Dickboys are playing for their jobs these last two months of the season. Jason Garrett, who apparently would have to skull fuck Jerry Jones' plastic surgeon to not to get the full time HC job, technically is still auditioning for a job. Reports indicate a higher level of discipline and accountability has been implemented since Garrett took over, and Dallas has responded on the field.

In the last 6 games in which these two teams have met, the underdog is 6-0 ATS. Dallas has scored 68 points in their two games under Garrett. Expect a lot of praise for the Cowboys from Troy Aikman and his partner, Joe Buck........... we mean "TV" partner, you dipshits. We would never imply that Troy Aikman and Joe Buck are lovers. Dallas wins 34-27.




Cincy at (NY Jets-9)
Last week during the Bears/Dolphins game, Ochocinco was tweeting about his admiration for Jay Cutler. Nobody seemed to pick up on it and report it as a jab towards his own QB Carson Palmer, but it sure seemed that way to us. This past week, Ochocinco spent his time on twitter promoting some video game, and giving shout outs to the Jonas Brothers. (seriously) Hard to believe his team is 2-8.

The Jets have the identically opposite record of the Bungholes, and nobody is calling into question their sophomore QB's abilities. Following a 9-0 home loss to Green Bay three weeks ago, Sanchez has prevailed down the stretch in overtime wins versus Detroit and Cleveland, and then last week's last second win over Houston.

The Jets are tied with the Patriots for the best record in the AFC, but the Jets own the head to head match up, as well as the best divisional and conference record, and they need to keep winning to ensure a possible home field advantage situation.

Cincy has nothing. They have to still be reeling from last week's meltdown against Buffalo. This game goes something like 24-9 or 27-10, Jets.



In closing, if you plan on camping out Thanksgiving night so that you may be the first one in line for Black Friday when your favorite store's doors open, you're an idiot, and I request that you stop reading these blogs immediately. You don't belong here.

Speaking of which, my favorite part of Black Friday is waiting for the inevitable videotape to roll in from some Walmart in Kansas or Illinois or some other shithole state I don't live in, in which a group of shoppers trample another group of shoppers, in their attempt to take advantage of the sale.

Which brings this blog full circle, and why The Sportsyack loves Thanksgiving so much. Because its the last non-hectic, non-commercialized day of the year, before we're bombarded with assholes on TV telling us what to buy, and requests of our significant others to put up the fucking tree.

Anyway, that's our take on it all. Enjoy your turkey and football. I’m off to ruin the secret of Santa for a bunch of 3rd graders. Cheers!


Last Week 4-0 ATS

YTD 23-15-1 ATS


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Monday, November 22, 2010

We Killed It, Redskins Win, and Other Stuff

A nice weekend of prognosticating for yours truly. 4 road ATS wins, 3 of which were barking dogs, is your basic nice Sunday afternoon. We advised to consider the Bills and Texans as money line plays, and would've nailed both of those had it not been for a last second Jets score. Our NFL record ATS for the year is a respectable 23-15-1.


The Redskins rebounded nicely after that Monday night ass whuppin' they took from Philly, with a hard fought win at Tennessee. Dominating the Titans statistically, including an almost 2:1 ratio in time of possession, the O-line looked better, as did McNabb, who only let a few passes get away.

With 6 games to go, we feel the Redskins are still a long shot to make the playoffs. They're 2 games behind division leader Philadelphia, and there are currently 4 "wild card" teams with better records. Realistically, the Redskins probably need to win 5 of their last 6 games, and also get some help from others. In any case, a 7-9 or 8-8 record would be a marked improvement from last year's 4-12 debacle.


Greg Oden has been put on the shelf once again by the Portland Trailblazers. For those keeping score at home, that's 4 seasons (technically) and only 82 games played for the once upon a time phenom from Ohio State.

If one must shed tears over this story, please do so for the basketball fans in Portland, and not for Mr. Oden. "Big Greg" has earned a little over $19 million for those 82 games he's played, and he's got a dong in his pants that legally has to be registered in 37 of the 50 states.






Speaking of the NBA, guess which team is currently 8-6, injured, vertically challenged, and their coach is on the "hot seat"....





Charlie "Harper" Sheen update: This dude is a classic. So Sheen was involved in that hotel trashing meltdown in NYC last month. Since then, his separation has been made formal, and the hooker, errrr, lady friend that was with him that night, has claimed that she was choked and later held hostage in the hotel bathroom. Sheen has since filed a suit against the woman for extortion. Stay tuned for further details, but in the meantime, enjoy another classic moment from the best show on TV.

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

NFL Week 11: Wigs, Hair, and Boy Do We Like Roadies

(Buffalo+5) at Cincy
Ochocinco spent part of the week tweeting subtle digs at his Quarterback Carson Palmer. Our own Judge Patrick, who for those of you who don't know, resembles Carson Palmer, spent part of the week using Twitter to stalk hot, local sports anchors.
The Bengals have lost 6 straight coming into this contest. The Bills notched their first win last week, and we've liked the way they've played for the last month (3-0-1 ATS). Marvin Lewis and crew, in their last 13 as a favorite of 3.5-7 points, are 1-12 ATS. Give me a shot and a beer, Luke Russert. Bills win 16-13.


(Houston+6.5) at NY Jets
We love when we're on to the sucker lines that Vegas puts out, which the general public then blows their load on. This is one of them. Newsflash, Jet fan, we're 11 weeks into this campaign, and you're team is just 'ok'. Rex Ryan and his "F" bombs and reality TV show, have helped mask what in reality is the 5th or 6th best team in the AFC.
A home loss to the Pack, and then back to back road wins in OT (first time ever an NFL team pulled that off) to less than average teams who out played them(Det,Clev). We like the Texans to rebound from that rebound on that Hail Mary last week down in Jax. Matt Schaub's last 4 weeks read 90 for 135, 1087 yards, 5 TD vs 3 picks, for a passer rating of 98.4.
Rex Ryan dons a bozo wig, and wears clown shoes to get a chuckle out of the NY media. As with the Bills, consider the ML here. Texans



(Baltimore -11) at Carolina
Baltimore is certainly not the 5th or 6th best team in the AFC, in fact they could be 1st or 2nd in their conference. The Panthers are a total mess. At 1-8, John Fox is handing the Quarterbacking duties over to a guy who was changing diapers with duties in them just a week ago. Things are so bad in Carolina, that the super talented, railroaded by all his prior coaches, Devin Thomas, can't even get on the field. Can you believe that shit, Lavar?!?
This is a huge number, but we feel pretty good about it. The Ravens have extra rest from their Thursday night tilt 11 days ago. They're 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a SU loss. Its a sad end to what has been a great run for Fox in Carolina, but this game is going to be ugly, and this season will be Fox's last. Ravens.


(Indy +4)
at New England
Neither one of these teams will represent the AFC in the Super Bowl. No way, no how. Both of these teams are missing a piece or two to the championship puzzle, and there is NO FREAKING WAY the Pats should be laying this many here.
New England has been up and down all year, and that's why we've avoided them or bet against them in certain spots. Getting pollaxed at Cleveland, and then coming back to dismantle Pittsburgh in Big Hair Nation was impressive. But they're still not the Pats of old.
New England is only 18th in total offense, and a horribly shocking 29th in total defense. The Colts still are a top 5 offense, and will manage Tom Brady and his Justin Bieber haircut, as they have in 5 of their last 6 meetings. Quite frankly, if New England was getting the 3.5 or 4 here, we'd be on the other side of the equation. Having said that, give us Peyton Manning and points 8 days a week. Colts


Last Week 2-2
YTD 19-14-1


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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Should Redskin Fan Be Concerned? Judge Patrick Ponders

About 36 hours removed from what was easily the worst ass kicking we've ever seen the Redskins take, the 2010 Washington Redskins still remain clouded in questions and unknowns, which leaves Redskin fan quite frustrated. (cue up Chad Dukes rant from Tuesday- www.1067thefandc.com)

Judge Patrick seems to think http://www.stationcaster.com/player_skinned.php?s=65&c=426&f=62852 (about the 26:30 mark) that Mike Shanahan may have misjudged from afar, what it was he was getting himself into. The Judged one thinks Shanny has had a look of bewilderment on his face since about the Detroit post game presser. A look that asks, "what the fuck did I get myself into???"

Did Shanahan misjudge the amount of pieces it would take to right the ship? Maybe Snyder, as some have reported or speculated (John Riggins, David Elfin), is too close for comfort, as far as Shanahan is concerned when it comes to decision making.

As far as the McNabb extension is concerned, to be fair, you can make arguments for and against it. But one thing we feel you can't argue about, is the mixed message that encompasses the extension.

As in, how can Team Shanahan come out and convincingly (NOT) tell Redskin Nation that McNabb has "been our guy", and that it (the extension) has been in the works since he was acquired, following the benching in Detroit, and reports (J.Reid to Mike Wise Show) that Team Shanahan has been frustrated with McNabb's 'development' or lack of, in their system?

It just doesn't make sense, right?

As Redskin fan, we hope this is all part of Shanny's "master plan"- you know, build around McNabb, continue to shore up the O-line, maybe even draft a young quarterback so that McNabb can mentor him. But if this is not, and lets just say- following the debacle in Detroit and an absolute prison rape on national TV, the Redskins go to Tennessee and they get run out of the stadium similarly (in effort or lack of prep) to how they did by Philly- well then you can play the Chad Dukes rant on loop, as well as the embedded video below.




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Monday, November 15, 2010

Not Just A Homer Pick: Redskins Win Outright

Philadelphia at (Washington +3.5)
Ever since the point spread came out over a week ago, we've been scratching our heads over Philly being a 3 point favorite in tonight's Monday night tilt against our beloved (black and white players, Doc) Redskins. With less than 12 hours until toe meets leather, the line has moved to 3 and a hook.

Our opinion on this line was confirmed to me this past weekend with a conversation I had with "The Legend", former gov't mole (allegedly) and current Las Vegas resident. The Legend confirms that the talk amongst the sports bettors and at the poker tables these past two weeks in the Las Vegas "parlors", is that of the dumpster fire that is the Washington Redskins.

In other words, the media debacle which was Shanahan benching McNabb, and Shanny's subsequent Twilight Zone like press conference, in which he dropped lines that included "cardiovascular endurance", has masked what is a much closer game on paper than what Vegas and the betting public have determined it to be.



With that being said, which is (perception)a legitimate argument when handicapping this game, lets talk about actual tangibles.

#1, the Redskins went into Philly 6 weeks ago, and pretty much kicked their ass. I'm not sure there has been two opening drives, like the ones the Redskins produced in this game, since maybe the 1991 Championship season.

Secondly, the Redskins- be it only 3 drives that he was in the game, contained Michael Vick. The first two drives went 3 and out, 4 and out. Vick didn't complete a single down field pass, and he only scrambled 3 times for 17 yards. All of his completions were dump offs to LeSean McCoy, one of which McCoy turned into a 31 yard (YAC) pick up.

Bottom line, from the Redskins defensive perspective, and to anybody that watched the same game we did, Vick was not being effective when he went out with the rib injury. On the other hand, Kevin Kolb came in and almost immediately began moving the ball down the field, eventually giving the Eagles a chance to win.

On the Redskins side of the ball, the before mentioned opening two drives were very impressive. Granted, McNabb limped down the stretch, but the damage had already been done to the Eagles. Not to mention, the Redskins rushed for 169 yards that day. Clinton Portis is still out, and Ryan Torain could still be nursing a hammy, but we feel the bye week will have done him and the offensive line good.

The Skins are coming off a bye. They've already beat Philly once. We think the McNabb/Shanahan saga was blown a little out of proportion, as the 24/7 news cycle will tend to do with a story like this one, but we feel McNabb will respond nevertheless, like he's done in the past.

The Eagles have only covered 1 of their last 5 versus the Redskins. Plus, with the exception of St. Louis, the Redskins have played tight games all season. We've been saying all year that the NFC East is a crap shoot, and that none of the four teams are really setting the world on fire.(See Cowgirls/Glee-men tilt from yesterday, Glee-man fan) Look for McNabb to respond to his critics, and for Shanahan to be back in the DMV's good graces by Tuesday morning. 26-17 Redskins.



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Yesterday: 2-1 ATS
YTD: 19-13-1

Friday, November 12, 2010

NFL Week 10: Racially Coded Winners

Detroit at (Buffalo -1)
The Bills are the best 0-8 team in the league. They're also the only 0-8 team in the league. We're not sure if an 0-8 team has ever been a favorite before, but we're pretty sure this point spread is racially coded to mean "Detroit sucks too."

The on the cusp of their first victory Bills have lost their last 3 games by a combined 9 points. The Lions are coming off a two game home stand that included a win over the Redskins, and a heartbreaking loss last week to the Jets, in which the Lions lost (yet again) Matthew "handle with care" Stafford to injury. The Lions haven't won a road game since October 2007, and that trend will continue with this blowout loss. 34-16 Bills.



(Dallas +13.5) at NY Giants
Answer: Eating pork grinds, lighting his farts, and watching "Dukes of Hazard" re-runs. Question: What will Wade Phillips be doing this Sunday?

We are going to the well once again. We've played the Cowgirls 4 times this year, and have only hit them once. However, we cannot pass on this NFC East match up, in which Eli and crew are laying over two touchdowns.



We think Jerry's busting a move (firing Wade) will inspire this team to at least try, which is more than what they've been doing as of late. The Giants are 0-5 ATS, their last 5 home games versus teams with losing records. Who knows, Jason Garrett might leave the Meadowlands 1-0. Doubtful, but this game will stay competitive.




New England at (Pittsburgh -5)
The Pats seemed a little fraudulent to us, even before last weekend's beat down they took from the Brownies. Their defense has been very inconsistent, and is ranked a pathetic 29th overall.

Pittsburgh and their #2 ranked defense played the first month of the season without Big Ben, and still managed to go 3-1(their 1 loss, a last minute touchdown score by the Ravens). Secondly, the Steelers just came off Roger "pussifying the league" Goodell's scheduling version of murderers row- three consecutive road games, yet they finished that roadie 2-1. Those two stretches define this team, and its why they will be representing the AFC in the Super Bowl.

New England was exposed last week for what they are; not the Patriots of old. And here's a stat for you: New England has only covered once in their last eight versus teams with a winning record. They're also on the back end of consecutive roadies, and we love playing against teams in that predicament.

Homecoming for Big Hair, Big Ass, and Big Truck Nation is going to be off the hook. Those inbreds will be fired up like its a family reunion in June, and cousin Betty is running around in them short-shorts, and she's on her period. Yeeee-Haaaa! 24-13 Steelers.



Last Week 2-1
YTD 17-12-1


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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Race Baiting Local Media Should Be Ashamed of Themselves

Until Mike Shanahan pulled Donovan McNabb from the Detroit game almost two weeks ago, we had no idea the 3 ringed Super Bowl winning coach was a card carrying racist. Nor did we know that this area (DC Metro)- that we've lived in our entire lives, was such a racist, black person hating town. At least that's the case, according to more than a handful of talking heads.

The dissection of Mike Shanahan's presser, in which he scrambled to give excuses on why he pulled his starting QB with under 2:00 to play, began almost immediately. Everyone from David Aldridge (on TK's radio show), to part time Washingtonian Mike Wilbon, to more recently John Feinstein, in so many words, called Shanahan a racist. They felt his comments were racially coded.

Feinstein, who obviously is trying to fill "air time", as Tiger and golf in general have been taking a back seat to almost everything else in this sports world, went as far to say that Shanahan should be fired.

What a brilliant idea. The Redskins should fire Shanahan, 8 games into what is already a successful tenure (based off the prior administration), all because John "Junior" Feinstein exhaustively over analyzed Mike Shanahan's comments, and determined them to be racial coding.

Feinstein's comments should not come as much of a surprise. He contributes to a paper (WaPo) that employs guys like Eugene Robinson, who just last week wrote an article claiming that last Tuesday's election results were driven by race, and a hatred for President Obama.

Such a positive outlook, and what a ringing endorsement for the society we live in, to basically call the American people bigots.

For Feinstein, this isn't the first time "Junior" has shot off when talking pigskin. In December of '08, in a column in which he was talking about guns and NFL players as it pertained to the Plaxico Burress incident, Feinstein wrote that it was time to abolish the almost 250 year old 2nd amendment.

The Lavar and Dukes Show opted to field calls on the subject, and many of the callers sounded delusional. One caller said he felt Shanahan should be fined by Redskins owner Daniel Snyder. Our questions to that dipshit would be, "For what?"

Another caller said he agreed with Feinstein, and that Shanahan should be fired because "Shanahan was creating a racial divide in the locker room." Yeah, buddy. I'm sure that's what Old Mike is trying to do- create a racial divide in a locker room that is about 95% black. Seriously, caller fan boy, are you really that dumb and ignorant?

But the biggest offender this past week, when it came to stirring the race baiting pot, was once again Mike Wise, from The Mike Wise Show. During last Friday's show, while talking to Redskin beat writer Jason Reid, Wise opted to close the interview with his opinions on the DC/Metro area, and a story about an alleged conversation he had with a un-named former Redskin player.

Wise painted broadly, like he usually does (i.e. UVA Lacrosse murder case), while talking with Reid. "This (Shanahan/McNabb story) has touched a bit of a racial hot button. Did you feel at all, that this was the white boss calling the black employee stupid?", Wise asked.

Reid, who to us appeared uncomfortable with the road he inevitably knew Wise was going down, replied, "I don't." Reid went on to say that multiple sources, both black and white, have told Reid that McNabb has had trouble picking up the offense.

Apparently that answer wasn't good enough for king spin doctor, Wise. He continued on about this conversation he allegedly had the previous evening,(possibly Rick "Doc" Walker, based off of Wise's column from 11/11/10). He claims this un-named former Redskin said that racism in this area was based on "an ignorance for what this area is about." Wise recanting this story, went on to say that this player explained to him why so many folks in this town were Cowboys fans; because it was pay back from blacks, due to the Redskins being the last team to integrate.

Wise then asked and answered himself, "Who is the most beloved Redskin in town? John Riggins. Who is probably the second or third most? Sonny Jurgenson." Wise went on to say that former black Redskins, including Hall of Famers, don't feel as beloved as white players.

Really, Mike? And did you take a poll of all these former players?

What about Darrell Green? He's not beloved? Last time I checked, all the redneck white boys from Northern Virginia hated #28 so much, that they named a major road after him (Rt. 28). What about Sean Taylor? He wasn't beloved? This town, white and black together, still mourn his death today.

People like Wise and Feinstein make us ill. Their matter of fact tone, when throwing around the race card, is both pathetic and insulting to many white people, including members of the Sportsyack family, who have had Redskin season tickets for over 40 years. We've supported the Burgundy and Gold through thick and thin, regardless of the players' skin color.

And if Doc Walker really said those things to Wise, I'd suggest he pick up shop, and get the hell out of this "racist" town that he lives in. You know, the same town that embraced him in the early Eighties, as a member of the Hogs, which then allowed him to parlay that into becoming one of the most popular ex-Redskins turned media.




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Sunday, November 7, 2010

4-4 is Great Thru 8. And We're Still In Mike's Corner

By Beaver in Sterling


The Redskins are 4-4 at the halfway point of the 2010 season, already having matched their win total from the 2009 campaign. Anymore W's from here on out- and we think 7-9 is obtainable, will simply be gravy on Dirty 30's meat and potatoes. So what was with all the anti-Mike Shanahan talk during the bye week?

Year in and year out, many a Redskin fan(the Yack excluded) seem to have an expectation level of this team, that is flat out retarded. This year, not only is .500 not good enough for sports talk radio caller, but neither are Shanahan's modes of discipline.

During the Maroon and Black days of Jim Zorn, Redskin Nation saw a boy amongst men, who had no control of the locker room, and who essentially by Week 3 last year at Detroit, had lost the entire team. (Chris Cooley and Clinton Portis have both said as much) And sports talk radio hosts and callers were the first ones on Monday morning, bitching about the shit-show that was "Swing Gate" and a bingo calling OC, tucked amongst a 4-12 season.

So what gives, Redskin fan, with all the pissing and moaning about how Mike Shanahan has opted to do things? Your reaction is as knee jerk as Shanahan's decision to yank Donovan McNabb from the Detroit game. Which by the way, we're not coming to his defense on that one.

But all and all, we like the way he is doing things. He has opted to set a bar of responsibility, and commanded a "my way or the highway" approach. You could even argue that the way he has dealt with a malcontent in Fat Albert, is beginning to pay off.

The timing to yank McNabb in that spot was simply awful, but the light has since been shed on what is a definitely a quarterback "situation" in Washington. As in, don't be surprised if "Sexy Rexy" is quarterbacking the second half versus Philly.

So when local sports radio is asking listeners, "Who would you rather have on your roster next year, McNabb or Shanahan?", we've got to believe this town has lost its collective minds.

Patience, Redskin fans. Not only are the Redskins not going to the Super Bowl this year, but they won't be making the playoffs either. Its not curmudgeonery, its just fact.

The multi-ringed Mike was brought in, for all intents and purposes, to clean house and establish a level of discipline at Redskin Park. Not every decision is going to be perfect, nor should one expect you to agree with every move he makes along the way. But to practically be calling for Shanahan's firing, just 8 games into his Redskin tenure?!? Are you kidding me?!?

Shanahan, short of McNabb(and we're still not sure that wasn't a Snyder driven move), inherited this team; Fat Albert, age, and lacking draft picks- all Vinny and Danny's doings. He should be allotted the proper amount of time to right the ship, and hopefully put this team on the road to success. Beating Philly next Monday night, will go a long way in Shanahan getting more "time" from the froth that is the fickleness of Redskin Nation.


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Thursday, November 4, 2010

NFL Week 9: An Off Week For Rex

(Tampa+9.5) at Atlanta
This game is inviting the underdog bettor to the table. The standard (sucker line) evaluation of this game is as follows: "How is a one 5-2 team, laying 9 points to another 5-2 team?" Nevertheless, our evaluation of this game is, "How is a one 5-2 team, laying 9 points to another 5-2 team?"

In horse racing (Breeder's Cup plug), the favorite who goes on to win is sometimes referred to as "much the best". That's not a term that can be used when describing either of these two teams, nor much of the NFC, for that matter. In fact, the Week 9 NFL power rankings don't even sniff an NFC team until you get to the #6 spot, the Atlanta Falcons.

26-47 is the combined records of the teams these two teams have beaten this season. Atlanta does have one semi-impressive win(at New Orleans), but we're not ready to consider them Super Bowl, nor NFC Title contenders quite yet.

Something can be said, Mike, for a coach who puts faith in his team(or a player), and has them believing they can win. Tampa coach Raheem Morris, just two weeks ago, told reporters he felt his team was the "best team in the NFC". The Bucs are tied with Mike's team in the +/- category for takeaways (+8). They've covered 5 straight road games, and 8 of their last 10 visits to the Georgia Dome. We're laying faith in the believer and his team. Bucs.



Miami at (Baltimore-5)
We're going to play the "martingale" due factor against Miami. James Gandolfini and crew are some sick bastards this year on the road, 4-0 SU and ATS. Over the last 3 seasons, they've covered 16 of their last 21 on the road, and are 13-3 in their last 16 as a road dog. However, all good things (trends) must come to an end, or at least start leveling off, and we'll take our chance betting against the team who is on the back end of consecutive road games.

The Ravens are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 following a bye week. They're 4-1 last 5 following an ATS loss (37-34 to Buffalo, two weeks ago). Chad Henne will account for at least one fumble/int for 6 the other way, and the Ravens will win by two touchdowns.



New Orleans at (Carolina +6.5)
With 8 of the 13 games on this weekend's card featuring a home dog, did you not think we would sniff one out? Saints have been up and down this year. They're coming off a big national TV win over Pittsburgh, but they also have losses to not so great opponents Cleveland and Arizona.

Carolina is no great shakes either, obviously at 1-6, but they generally play the Saints tough, covering 5 straight vs. the hurricane victims, including an ATS cover earlier in the season (16-14 loss, Week 4).

The Panthers have covered 6 of their last 7 against divisional opponents, and their defense is not yielding a whole lot(3rd in the NFL, in total yards allowed). Panthers. And consider a parlay/tease with the under.


Last Week 2-1

YTD 14-11-1

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Friday, October 29, 2010

NFL Week 8: Sportsyack Needs A Mental Evaluation

Jags at (Dallas -6.5)
Jerry Jones spent the week getting plastic surgery on his asshole. Yeah, that's right. Reports surfaced that he had his personal plastic surgeon tighten it up just a tad, to prevent Jones from shitting all over himself in the owner's suite, every time his team shit themselves on the field.

Jags are on the back end of a back-to-back roadie, and they've only covered 1 of their last 6 on the road. John Kitna will be solid following a full week of practice. No worries this week for the guy on Jones' payroll who follows Jones around carrying butt wipes; 27-10 Cowboys.


(Miami+1) at Cincy
Ochocinco and TO have a show on Versus that is a total disaster. These two simpletons sit on a set dressed up like doctors, as they comment on everything from the NFL to Kim Kardashian's attraction to black guys. This week they even dropped the "once you go black, you don't go back" line, when discussing rumors of her dating, errrrr, fucking the shit out of, white guy singer John Mayer.

James Gandolfini and the Dolphins are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games on the road. Carson Palmer, the before mentioned Wideouts, and Marvin Lewis-all pretenders. 17-16 Fish.



Pittsburgh at (New Orleans-1)
Big Hair, Big Ass, and Big Truck Nation is in prime time this week. Woooooooo-hooooooo, baby, get some! Random thought: I wonder how many Steeler fans lost their virginity to one of their cousins, while wearing a Steeler jersey.

"Yeah, I remember it like it was yesterday, giggity-giggity. Me and Betty Sue done snuck off while the rest of the kin was singing 'Happy Birthday' to Uncle Billy. We broke into Aunt Thelma's trailer, and I done fucked her right there on the family room floor, where dem dogs used to rub their asses when they done got them worms. Yepper, I was wearing my Jack Lambert jersey, and when we finished, we used cousin Tommy's Terrible Towel to clean off Betty Sue's ass. It was great!"

Enough nonsense, people. Pittsburgh is due to lose, period (should've lost to Miami). On top of the fact that they're in the middle of a brutal 3 game road trip, with this less important, out of conference game squeezed in between at Miami (last week) and at Cincinnati (next Monday Night). Look for the defending Super Bowl champs to rebound from last week's home drubbing they took from our beloved Browns. Saints are 12-3 ATS the week after a SU loss. 20-16, Who Dat?



Finally, we're passing on (Tennessee+3.5) this week, simply because we're jinxed by this team. We love Jeff Fisher and crew, but whether we bet them, don't bet them, or bet against them, we somehow end up screwing ourselves. However...

For starters, a coaching contest between Jeff Fisher and Norv Turner is laughable. We are HUGE Fisher fans, and we've always thought, dating back to his regime in Washington, that Norv is an AWFUL head football coach. Secondly, this game features two unbelievable trends, polar opposites of each other, that pertain to this game's circumstance, both pointing to the Titans:

*Titans are 11-2 ATS in their last 13 games as an underdog of 3.5-10 points.

*Chargers are 2-8-1 ATS in their last 11 games as a favorite.




Last Week 1-3

Year To Date 12-10-1

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

We Suck, Dallas Sucks, Donovan Doesn't Suck, and Charlie Sheen is Cool

Pimpin' ain't easy, and apparently neither is picking winners. After firing out of the gate at 9-2, we've had a 3 week run that flat out sucks donkey dicks.

3-8 ATS during that span, our pride is now on the same level as a former NY Governor who gets caught fucking some hot prostitute, who then has to hold a press conference to resign his governorship while standing next to his miserable wife, but whom eventually lands on his feet, scoring a show that nobody is watching, on Ted Turner's once successful network, in which he sits on a panel with a snarky, smarter than everyone in the room, bitch journalist. Did you follow that analogy?

Suggested name change for that awful, train wreck of a show: Asshole and Shit For Brains.



Dallas is horrible. And so was that pre-game promotional spot Jerry Jones did. Is this the NFL, or was Jerry Jones prepping me for the sequel of some movie I was getting ready to watch? I actually think he might be a bigger douche than Dan Snyder. I realize he was successful early on in his regime, but the last 15 years in Dallas has been a disaster- no different than what we've had in Washington. Except for now, Cowboy fan, you're 1-5 and Redskin fan is 4-3.



Donovan McNabb took entirely too much flack for a game in which his team won. So continues the attitude of a fan base, which in my estimation- besides being made up primarily of "win now" elitists, also shows signs of mild retardation.

Radio hosts, radio show callers, straight up haters- shut the fuck up, already! What do you want, Redskin Fan? Your team has already matched its win total from last year, you're "in contention" approaching the midway point of the season, and Donovan McNabb has won you games Jason Campbell would not have.

Sunday night and Monday morning, all I heard was how bad of a game McNabb played. The focus was on a line of scrimmage pick 6, which if not for a guy named DeAngelo Hall, would've been the best defensive play of the game, and a pick 6 that didn't even count. Which by the way, the clock was at double zero and the ref had blown the whistle. Are we sure Donovan McNabb hadn't given up on the play(throw) already? I'm giving him the benefit of the doubt, and saying he probably had.

Donovan McNabb is the man in Washington right now. In fact, he and Shanahan are the men who have incorporated real change in Washington, unlike that big eared nerd who throws a baseball like a girl, who also happens to live in the White House.

The Redskins could be 5-3 going into their bye week, people. Things are looking much brighter than they have in recent years. Take a chill pill, get the fuck off Donovan and Shanny's backs, and let's go kick Detroit's ass.



Charlie Sheen is cool. The dude gets paid an astronomical amount of money ($1.8 mil/per episode, allegedly) to play a millionaire gigolo, who goes through life throwing back cocktails and crushing ass. Which essentially, it seems, is what Charlie Sheen gets to do in his real life.

"Two and A Half Men" is one of the greatest shows in the history of comedy television. Please enjoy one of the Sportsyack's all time favorite scenes from that show.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6EqAV9Visk




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Thursday, October 21, 2010

NFL Week 7: Helmet to Helmet Winners

We'll Bitch First, Then Give Winners.
What a weird weekend of football. Not only did it provide a weekend for knee jerk reactors, who will also be the first ones bitching next Monday morning, when some zebra fucks up their 2 team parlay with one of them "new flags", but it also featured two gambling snafus, one that helped us, and one that didn't.

The first one involved the Cleveland/Pittsburgh game. With just 1:25 left in the game, the Steelers had the ball inside the red zone with an 11 point lead. The Sportsyack was on the Brownies +13.5. Rather than run the ball and force Cleveland's time out hand, Mike Tomlin opted to throw it to the end zone. Touchdown Steelers, Sportsyack loses. #FML

We realize that even a field goal would've uncovered us, but honestly, why are they passing the ball in that situation? Do you think it was just to FUCK yours truly? We think so.....

Secondly, in what ended up being a more positive result, I was on the Raiders for what I thought was +7. Our "man", who I happened to be in the same company with watching the late afternoon football, informed me late in the contest that the line actually closed at Raiders +9. Ok. That worked for us, as Oakland ended up losing by 8.

In any case, we ended up 2-2, based on the lines we posted Friday, and we did hit the Rams, WHICH WE DID ADVISE to bet the moneyline on. The Rams, getting 9, was an easy straight up winner, versus a not very good Charger team.



And Away We Go....

(Jax +9.5)
at Kansas City
Jacksonville is a hard team to figure. They got destroyed on national TV, and looked inept. They spot Buffalo a 10 point lead, then come back and put 36 up and win. They beat the Colts in OT, yet got kicked around by both Philly and San Diego, but they beat what appears to be a descent Bronco team.

The Chiefs are not who we think they are. Some folk in the "know" want to label these guys as AFC contenders, but not so fast, Arpoc. This team was 4-12 last year, and all of a sudden they're laying almost double digits?!?

Quite frankly, they haven't beaten anybody who is worth a shit. In fact, the combined record of the teams they've beaten (San Diego, Cleveland, and Frisco) is 4-14. Not impressive.

The Chiefs have lost two straight. The Jags will rebound from that embarrassment on Monday night. Jacksonville has covered 7 out of their last 10 versus the AFC West, and is 8-2 ATS in their last 10 as a double digit dog. A low scoring affair, we like the Jags.



St.Louis at (Tampa Bay-2.5)
This is not a sexy game. However, when we find a team (Rams) who have lost 15 of their last 18 road games dating back to the start of the 2008 campaign, and they're on the road getting less than a field goal, we're probably going to bet on their opponent.

We like Tampa to rebound from the thumping they took last week to NOrleans, and we expect a let down from the Rams, who are riding the high of winning a game in which they were almost double digit dogs. Bet against the rookie quarterback on the road, whose playing a team who is tied (with your Washington Redskins) for 3rd in the league in the +/- category for turnovers (+5).

If the straight up wager isn't good enough for your degenerate blood, consider a Bucs/Under parlay or teaser. The Bucs have played 8 straight unders versus NFC opponents.



San Fran at (Carolina +2)
Last week we asked how an 0-5 team (San Fran) was laying a touchdown(which actually ended up being 9 points). This week we stumbled across this head scratcher, as a now(1-5) Frisco team, makes the dreaded west coast to east coast trip, to play a 1pm eastern starting time game, AND they're laying points.

We realize Carolina is no great shakes at (0-5), but we like them in this spot. Coming off their bye, John Fox and the Panthers have won 4 out of their last 5. Also, Frisco has been awful vs Carolina, covering just 3 times in the last 16 games these two have played. Not to sound like an oxymoron, but rarely will we say, "we love" a team who is (0-5), but we love the Panthers.




NYGiants at (Dallas-3)
The Giants are 4-1 SU and ATS their last 5 versus Dallas. The last time these two teams hooked up in the Jerry Dome, the Giants won a 33-31 shootout, and Peyton's younger brother vandalized the visiting team's locker room.

We like Dallas this week, for the same reasons we gave in our last post; the NFC East is a very average division, and the division winner probably won't eclipse the double digit win total. Also, Dallas is too damn good (statistically), to be a 1-5 team (if they were to lose).

Dallas' offense is 3rd in the entire league in yards gained. Their defense is 4th in the entire league in yards allowed. And seriously, if this team didn't commit one penalty after another (spare us the "if" argument, yeah we know) they'd be 3-2, possibly 4-1.

"Hillbilly Jim" Phillips has his feet to the fire big time. This is a national TV game, versus a divisional opponent who they despise, whose Quarterback went "magic marker" on Jerry's walls last year, similarly to how a plastic surgeon goes "magic marker" on Jerry's face, prior to making those youthful incisions.

Dallas will boat race the Giants Monday night, road dogs Eagles and Redskins will probably lose, and the NFC East will officially become a 'crap'shoot.



Last Week 2-2
YTD 11-7-1


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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Dear NFL,

What's it gonna be? Are you going to continue to be the rough and tough sometimes brutal game that America fell in love with, or are you going to allow yourself to be molded and sculpted into something less "violent" by the suits, most of whom never played? I'm not condoning cheap shots or guys that are intentionally looking to hurt someone, and I don't think anybody is. But you need to take a deep breath and use some common sense, before you ruin a great game.

Football is a violent game, especially on the professional level. It involves men that are bigger, faster, and stronger than you can even imagine. The physicality of the game takes a toll on the body that no non-player can ever imagine.

Have you ever seen Conrad Dobler's knees? It's not pretty. Nine knee replacement surgeries later, and the area where his knees used to be now looks like my underwear in July, right after I've played 36 holes and then paid a visit to the El Taco in Sterling Park.

It's not as if we don't know the risks and dangers, both short term and long term, that the game presents. More importantly, the players are aware of them. There isn't one single player in the NFL that is being forced to play on Sundays against their will. They know that when they step out on that football field, there is a chance that they might not be able to walk off it.

They play because they love the game and they get paid a lot of money to play it. If any single player feels that it's too violent, then he should walk away. There will be no one begging them to stay, and there will be a guy to fill his spot before he finishes cleaning his locker out.

As a fan, I never want to see any player get seriously hurt. However, I also don't want to see the game changed dramatically in kneejerk type fashion to fit more comfortably in our PC world. When people like Peter King and Mike Greenberg are talking about football adopting the "man down" rule system, where teams have to play with 10 defenders in the event of an ejection for a hit that is deemed too violent, I don't know whether to just shake my head in disgust or phone my doctor to schedule my sex change operation.

Defenders already have to put on kid gloves prior to hitting the quarterbacks, and pretty soon they aren't going to be able to hit the receivers either.

Think about it. The NFL is about to have a set of rules where it is illegal if you hit a quarterback too low, and it is illegal if you hit a receiver too high. Pretty soon offensive players will have to wear color-coded jerseys to let defenders know where and how they are allowed to be tackled.

Like I said before, I'm all for protecting the players and cleaning up dirty play, but the suits are teetering on implementing rules that will change the basic fundamentals of football. And with the avalanche of media coverage, and everyone getting their two cents in via blogs, twitter, etc, the overkill will inevitably lead to a player getting ejected for a hit that doesn't warrant such punishment.

You will see numerous flags thrown for hits that are deemed to be helmet to helmet when they are not. You will see more and more game changing calls made by officials that will have you screaming at your TV in frustration.

Goddell, the owners, and the NFLPA need to take pause. They've become the most popular sports league in America, because of the violence their game brings into our homes on a weekly basis.

So if we could ask one favor of the powers that be, pertaining to the game that we love so much.... on your way to the bank, implementing your concern for player safety in the form of an 18 game schedule, could you leave the rules alone, as they pertain to a player attempting to separate another player from the ball?

Thanks so much. Football fan.

Monday, October 18, 2010

The NFC Least and Quit Killing Mike

Dallas haters need to chill-ax. As much fun as it is to watch this team self implode and make a mockery of themselves week after week, they are very much alive in the NFC East. With Washington and Philly both being road dogs, and Dallas hosting the Giants on Monday Night, the likely scenario has all 4 teams separated by just 1.5 games by weekend's end.



Remarkably, the 1-4 Cowboys have both a Top 5 offense and defense. They've only played 1 divisional game, and if they can get their excessive celebration heads out of their asses, they do control their own destiny, even with a dumbass at the helm. We have a hard time believing the Redskins are going to be able to keep up, with a 32nd ranked defense giving up as much yardage as it is week to week, and we've never thought the Eagles had the personnel to compete within.

The long and short of it; the Cowboys and the Giants will be there in the end, and the team who gets to 9-7, wins the division. And as average as the NFC appears to be this year, I wouldn't expect more than one team from the 'Least', to represent come post season.



"Dreams of Grandeur" Redskin fan needs to point their negative energy and hate somewhere other than in the direction of Mike Shanahan. On the heels of two years of bitching and moaning about the carte blanche atmosphere at Redskin Park, the Sportsyack suggests you applaud Shanahan for his "cleaning house" approach, and his lack of tolerance for players who are not 'all in'.

Newsflash, Kool Aid drinker(s): the Redskins are not going to win the Super Bowl this year. And since that's the case, I couldn't care less if Albert Haynesworth sees the field or not. He's not a team guy, and he's a total locker room distraction, to include players, coaches, AND the media.

Same goes for Devin Thomas, and all of you who are boo-fucking-hooing his dismissal. The guy couldn't get onto the field for the 3 years he was here, and he showed up to camp this year with a hamstring that probably could've used a little bit more off season training, and a lot less pretending to be Fantasia's boyfriend. And I won't even mention the alleged falling asleep during meetings incident (whoops), but if that did happen, it shows a real lack of commitment and total disrespect to his team, coaches, and the fans.

As a Redskin fan, I'm glad Shanahan is a 'buck stops here' guy, ala Bill Parcells. And in what can only be described as 360 degree hypocrisy, that same Redskin fan who called for Zorn's head, is the same Redskin fan who Monday morning quarterbacks Jerry Jones, on when and why he should be firing the very flippant Wade Phillips, yet in the same breath questions Shanahan's hard line approach.

You can't have it both ways, people. You can't criticize Zorn for two years, demand everyone get fired and that people at Redskin Park be accountable, and then bitch and moan when a proven winner comes in, and installs the "I'm not taking any shit" sign at the door.

Hopefully Shanahan's plan is to not dine and dash and take Snyder's money after just a couple years, but to put his stamp on a team full of players who want to win. We're going to give him and his ways more than 6 weeks to do so, before we pass judgement.


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Go Giants!!!! Go Cowboys!!!!....Did I Just Say That? #RedskinsTalk

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