Winter Song by Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson
As a military child I grew up with the opportunity to live in several places. One of those, twice, was South Dakota. If you have ever seen the film Dances with Wolves that's where I grew up. In fact several locations on that movie are creeks and plains that we fished or hunted (rather my dad and brothers hunted, I was never a hunting type of guy, but I did fish on a few occasions).
We were both having lunch at Chuck E. Cheese this past Tuesday afternoon. I was dominating on skeet ball and you were on stage singing along with the robotic bears. People were looking at you and complaining that you were distracting to the family celebrating their 2 year old's birthday. The Chuck E. Cheese staff asked you to leave since you were not there with any children of your own. That's when I really noticed you. It's not often you find single childless women who enjoy hanging out at Chuck E. Cheese. We briefly said hi to each other as we were turning in our prize tickets. You got a plastic slinky and I got water gun. Since you are no longer welcomed at Chuck E. Cheese I thought it would awesome if you and I tried out Peter Piper's Pizza together. I will be there every Tuesday between noon and 3:00pm. See you there.
We shared a bear suit at an apartment party on Saturday night.
I asked for your number and you gave it to me, but somehow I don't have an area code written down. I had a great time talking with you, and I don't trust Chance enough to wait until I see you in the elevators...
Colts @ Ravens = Baltimore
Steelers @ Chiefs = Pittsburgh
49ers @ Packers = Green Bay
Bills @ Jagars = Jacksonville
Browns @ Lions = Detroit
Seahawks @ Vikings = Minnesota
Cardinals @ Rams = Arizona
Jets @ Patriots = New England
Redskins @ Cowboys = Dallas
Falcons @ Giants = New York
Chargers @ Broncos = San Diego
Bengals @ Raiders = Cincinnati
Eagles @ Bears = Philadelphia
Titans @ Texans = Houston
"Since the collapse of communism in 1989 millions of former Soviet bloc residents have migrated abroad looking for opportunities. These waves of migration breathed life into one of the oldest yet darkest criminal enterprises - the trafficking of human beings into sexual slavery."Hundreds of thousands of Eastern European women have been sold into prostitution. Photojournalist Mimi Chakarova, a Bulgarian who immigrated to the United States in 1990, has documented their journeys from villages in Moldova and Albania to the streets of Turkey and nightclubs in Dubai - where prostitution is the equation of supply, demand and desperation."
I remember seeing Michael Oher's story during the 2009 NFL draft. This story is incredibly challenging. It makes me ask myself how far am I willing to go to love someone else? I wanna be about this kind of redemption work.
Redskins @ Falcons = Atlanta
Chiefs @ Jaguars = Jacksonville
Packers @ Buccaneers = Green Bay
Texans @ Colts = Indianapolis
Dolphins @ Patriots = New England
Ravens @ Bengals = Baltimore
Cardinals @ Bears = Bears
Panthers @ Saints = Saints
Lions @ Seahawks = Seahawks
Titans @ 49ers = 49ers
Chargers @ Giants = Giants
Cowboys @ Eagles = Eagles
Steelers @ Broncos = Steelers
Last Week: 8-5
This Week: 7-6
So far this season, no that we are at the half way mark, this are some of my observations and questions:
- I am not that great at picking winning teams. I think I’m just over 60%; I’ll let someone else do the math. I’m going to shoot for 80% here in the second half of the season.
- No one else likes to share their weekly picks here with me; but that does not deter me in the least from continuing to post my weekly picks.
- Despite their really strong opening to the season, my original hopes for the 49ers of an 8-8 season is still the bench mark by which I’ll judge the team this year. I don’t know if they’ll win their division and make the playoffs, but since the Cardinal won the division with a 9-7 record and even went to the Super Bowl you never know.
- Already looking forward this upcoming draft. There are 5 teams at 1-7 (Browns, Chiefs, Buccaneers, Rams & Lions) and 3 teams at 2-6 (Redskins, Titans and Raiders); and I’ll throw the Dolphins, Jaguars, Seahawks, Bills and Panthers into the “who drafts Tebow, McCoy, and Bradford” discussions. We can dismiss the Lions from the discussion since they draft Stafford last year. The Bucs, after this weekend’s big win, seem to be satisfied with last season’s draft choice of Josh Freeman. The Chiefs already spent a lot of money on Cassel. We don’t know if the Dolphins are really committed to their wildcat scheme. And will the Raiders really invest in JaMarcus Russell. So teams in need of Tebow, McCoy and Bradford are the Browns, Rams, Redskins. Oh. And don’t forget about Michael Vick.
- Some of the playoff picture is already starting to come clear. Most likely we’ll see these teams post season: Colts, Patriots, Bengals, Steelers from the AFC and Vikings, Saints, Cardinals (?) should win their NFC divisions.
- I’m guessing Steelers repeat as Superbowl champs over the Saints.
Houston @ Buffalo = Texans
Cleveland @ Chicago = Bears
Seattle @ Dallas = Seahawks
St. Louis @ Detroit = Rams
Minnesota @ Green Bay = Packers
San Francisco @ Indianapolis = Colts
Miami @ New York Jets = Jets
Denver @ Baltimore = Ravens
Jacksonville @ Tennessee = Titans
Oakland @ San Diego = Chargers
New York Giants @ Philadelphia = Giants
Carolina @ Arizona = Cardinals
Atlanta @ New Orleans = Saints
Last Week: 10-3
Season (as of last week): 70-33
This Week: 8-5
Thoughts from Week 8
- Who will be the last undefeated team? New Orleans Saints or Indianapolis Colts? The Colts have the Titans, Patriots, Ravens and Titans next. The Saints have the Panthers, Rams, Bucs, and Patriots. Looking that that four game forecast I think you have to saw that the Saints will be the last undefeated team. However I won’t dare say that Saints are going 16-0.
- The Cleveland Browns are horrible. And I can’t figure out why they so quickly gave up on Brady Quinn in favor of Derek Anderson, because Anderson is just plain awful. Quinn’s quarterback rating is almost double that of Anderson’s.
- My Niners may have lost this weekend against the Colts, but I was really impressed with their play. And they almost won. I’m also feeling good about Alex Smith’s return to the starting lineup as QB. And Crabtree in his second game was the leading receiver for SF’s WRs.
- They are winning so I’m sure we won’t hear anything. But I am still convinced that Brett Favre’s passing game is taking precedent over Adrian Peterson’s running game is going to be a problem at some point of Minnesota.
- With the Rams’ victory over the Lions, the Buccaneers are the sole winless team. Since the Bucs draft Josh Freeman last season, and their constant QB questions I’m curious if they would draft a QB with the #1 pick. This draft may have the most QB talent since 2004 (Eli Manning, Philip Rivers and Ben Roethlisberger). And would the Florida based Bucs consider Tim Tebow?
Also I watched Transformers 2: The Rise of the Fallen Saturday evening. Why? Why do I do this to myself. Clearly I knew what I was in for but I still made the poor choice. Why?