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Thursday, November 27, 2014

NFL Power Rankings and Predictions: Week 13

The Denver Broncos moved back into the #1 position again with the Seahawks and Patriots not too far behind. Remember, these power rankings are based on yardage differential and opponents played only. Here are the power rankings as we head into Week 13:

TeamPower NumberRank
Broncos131
Saints-220
Seahawks112
Bengals95
Lions59
Texans-424
Packers016
Cardinals76
Eagles411
Chargers114
Niners411
Patriots112
Panthers-220
Redskins-119
Browns411
Bills76
Steelers76
Titans-220
Jets-323
Colts114
Bears-729
Ravens-528
Giants016
Falcons-1231
Chiefs-424
Raiders-424
Rams-424
Dolphins59
Vikings-830
Cowboys016
Bucs104
Jags-1231

The power ranking predictions had another losing week bringing the season record below .500 for the first time all season. Here are the power ranking predictions for Week 13. Remember, each home team get a 3 point power number boost.


WEEK 13
AwayHomePredictorBet
BearsLionsLions by 15Lions -7
EaglesCowboysEagles by 1Eagles +3.5
Seahawks49ersSeahawks by 4Seahawks +1
BrownsBillsBills by 6Bills -2.5
PatriotsPackersPatriots by 8Patriots +3
GiantsJaguarsGiants by 9Giants -3
RedskinsColtsColts by 5Skins +10
TitansTexansTexans by 1Titans +6.5
ChargersRavensChargers by 3Chargers +6.5
BengalsBuccaneersBuccaneers by 4Bucs +4
RaidersRamsRams by 3Raiders +7
SaintsSteelersSteelers by 12Steelers -4.5
PanthersVikingsPanthers by 3Panthers +2.5
CardinalsFalconsCards by 16Cards -3
BroncosChiefsBroncos by 13Broncos -2.5
DolphinsJetsDolphins by 5Jets +7


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NFL Betting Trends: Week 12

The underdogs struck back in Week 12 with a 9-6 record against the spread. The strong week gives the underdogs a winning record for the season.


NFL Betting TrendsRecord
Week 12 Underdogs Record ATS9 - 6
Underdogs Overall Record ATS87 - 86 -1
Last Week7 - 7
Week 12 Underdogs Straight Up4 - 11
Underdogs Straight Up Overall55 - 118 - 1
Last Week5 - 9


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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

1975 Red Sox Simulation: Sox Drop Angels


The Red Sox jumped out early scoring six runs in the first inning on the way to a 9-3 victory over the Angels. Carl Yastrzemski had the big blow with a three run homer. Tim McCarver also homered.

Rick Wise improved his record to 4-4 while Diego Segui picked up his first save of the season.










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Thursday, November 20, 2014

NFL Power Rankings and Predictions: Week 12

The Patriots jump up into the #1 spot in the power rankings. The Broncos drop down to #2. Remember, these power rankings are based on yardage differential and opponents played only.

Here are the power rankings:


TeamPower NumberRank
Broncos102
Saints-830
Seahawks93
Bengals116
Lions48
Texans311
Packers48
Cardinals93
Eagles311
Chargers-527
Niners75
Patriots111
Panthers-221
Redskins-425
Browns-425
Bills311
Steelers75
Titans-221
Jets214
Colts-729
Bears48
Ravens018
Giants-221
Falcons-324
Chiefs018
Raiders-830
Rams214
Dolphins75
Vikings-1232
Cowboys116
Bucs018
Jags-527

The power ranking predictions are now 72-72 for the season after an horrific Week 11. They are due for a big week. Remember, home teams get a three point power ranking boost.


WEEK 12
AwayHomePredictorBet
ChiefsRaidersChiefs by 5Raiders +7.5
JetsBillsBills by 4Jets +4
LionsPatriotsPats by 10Pats -7
CowboysGiantsEvenGiants +3.5
BrownsFalconsFalcons by 4Falcons -3.5
TitansEaglesEagles by 8Titans +11
PackersVikingsPackers by 13Packers -10
JagsColtsColts by 1Jags +14
BengalsTexansTexans by 5Texans -1.5
BucsBearsBears by 7Bears -6
CardsSeahawksSeahawks by 4Cards +6.5
RamsChargersRams by 4Rams +4.5
DolphinsBroncosBroncos by 6Broncos +7.5
SkinsNinersNiners by 14Niners -9



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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Running the Celtics

Draft Day Sports Basketball 3 is the best pro basketball GM simulation on the market. The game starts you out at the end of the 2011-2012 season and lets you choose which team to take over as their General Manager.

I decided to take over the Celtics. The Celtics just finished a season in which they lost in the Eastern Conference Finals to the eventual NBA Champion Miami Heat. The Celtics roster was getting old and decisions needed to be made, do you blow it all up and rebuild or do you take one more shot at the NBA title?

My goal was to do both, give the Celtics another shot at the title without it risking the future. The first step was the draft, The Celtics would have two first round picks and one second round pick, I attempted to move up in the draft to go after Harrison Barnes at #4. A deal with the Cavaliers could not be ironed out so we stood pat with our picks.

I took Royce White out of Iowa State with the 21st overall pick and Andrew Nicholson out of St. Bonaventure with the 22nd.

Royce White is a small forward with tremendous upside. In real life. he has been a bust as his many axiety disorders have pretty much ended his career. In our world, he has no such issues and could be a building block for years to come for the Celtics.

Nicholson is a power forward and could be the replacement for Kevin Garnett

In the second round, I drafted William Buford out of Ohio State, Buford is a shooting guard who is a viewed as a project with upside.

The next task was free agency. Kevin Garnett was not somone I wanted to bring back for the money that he wanted. He quickly signed with the Cavs for $12 million for just one year, I was shocked that it was just a one year deal. I may have been interested in that.

Ray Allen was the next piece and I decided to bring him back on a two year deal worth about $15 million, His deal will expire with Paul Pierce's deal now.

Roy Hibbert was my big free agent target, a guy I felt could be part of the present and the future, I offered him a max deal but the Pacers matched it.

I now had plenty of cap room but nobody in free agency I felt was a long term solution. I decided to go with players on short team deals or players on contract friendly deals.

Jeff Green was signed on a 3 year deal for $12 million. Greg Oden was signed to a two year deal worth $4 million and then I went ahead and signed several veteran players to one year deals worth $2 million. There players were as follows:

Steve Novak
Renaldo Balkman
Lamar Odom
Leandro Barbosa 
Leon Powe

I feel the roster is a solid one and can compete for the Atlantic Division title and be a force in the Eastern Conference, The issue will be health though, This is an old team with some injury concerns. If injuries do become a problem the Celtics could become a lottery team with a roster full of pieces to trade, It isn't perfect but overall I was pleased with the offseason moves.


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1975 Red Sox Simulation: Sox Fall in Extra Innings

Ken Holtzman entered the game with a 1,48 ERA but was greeted by Fred Lynn and Rick Burleson who homered on the first two pitches Holtzman would throw. Unfortunately for the Red Sox, Joe Rudi hit a three run homer in the top of the first off Reggie Cleveland.

The Sox would trail 3-2 after one inning and would never lead. The Red Sox had their best chance to win the game in the Bottom of the 9th with the game tied at 6 when Bernie Carbo was called on to pinch hit with two outs and men on the corner. Carbo had not had an at-bat in weeks and grounded out to third base.

The Red Sox would give up four runs in the top of the 12th and would drop the rubber game of the three game series with the A's by a score of 10-6.

Rick Burleson would homer twice in the game while Cecil Cooper would triple twice in the loss.





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