Sunday, November 25, 2012

NFL Picks: Week 12

On Thursday morning, I tweeted (@WilliamBotchway) my picks for the Thanksgiving games. Surprisingly it avoided the trend of my previous Thursday games, and I got two of them correct:
Texans (-3.5) over LIONS.
Redskins (+3) over COWBOYS.
Patriots (-7) over JETS. 
I'm now 6-8 on early week games and 77-85-4* (blame Golden Tate for that asterisk. This whole year is tainted) on the year. I'm (slightly) moving back up!

"UPSET ALERT" next to games in which I think the underdog will win outright, not only cover. Also, home team in CAPS.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

NFL Picks: Week 11

As usual, I tweeted my Thursday Night Pick (@WilliamBotchway), and as I have done way too many times, I got it wrong:
Dolphins (+1.5) over BILLS.
Now I'm 4-7 on early week games, and 68-78-4* (yes, I'm still annoyed at losing the Replacement Ref game in Seattle in Week 3) on the year. I've given up on trying to get to .500 now... Oh well, let's get on with this week's picks.

"UPSET ALERT" next to games in which I think the underdog will win outright, not only cover. Also, home team in CAPS.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

2012-13 NBA Preview

**NOTE** I started writing this on October 29, which is also the day that Hurricane Sandy hit New York, and I lost power for a week. Due to that, I've been struggling for time, so this "preview" is really late. Just trust that these predictions were those that I made (or would have) prior to seeing anything. There's some very strong evidence of that in some cases.

It's that time again. The NBA has returned, and this season (unlike the NHL) will not be shortened by a lockout. Personally, I enjoyed the shorter season and would totally advocate for 66 games to be the normal length for a basketball season. Hopefully that is changed in the summer of 2014. Either way, I'm excited for what should be a very interesting season. Now it's time for me to make some predictions that are sure to go wrong:


Thursday night was the culmination to about two months of arguing and vitriol about who the true American League MVP is. Who should forever be known as the Most Valuable Player in 2012? Mike Trout or Miguel Cabrera, the "sabermetric darling" or the Triple Crown winner. It all seemed so easy, and it is.

The answer, is Mike Trout

Sunday, November 11, 2012

NFL Picks: Week 10

I got my power back this past week, but due to a lot of schoolwork and trying to catch up on some old posts from two weeks ago, this will be abbreviated, much like last week's.

In terms of my Thursday Night pick, the early week games have been so terrible that I don't pay attention to them. As a result, I had idea the game was happening until the next day. Well, let's just say that no matter what the line, I would have picked the Colts.
Colts (+3) over JAGUARS.

Alright, on to the rest of the games. Home team in CAPS.

BENGALS (+4.5) over Giants.
DOLPHINS (-7) over Titans.
VIKINGS (+3.5) over Lions.
PATRIOTS (-13.5) over Bills.
Falcons (-2) over SAINTS.
BUCCANEERS (-3) over Chargers.
Broncos (-4) over PANTHERS.
RAVENS (-8) over Raiders.
SEAHAWKS (-5.5) over Jets.
EAGLES (+1.5) over Cowboys.
49ERS (-13) over Rams.
BEARS (-1) over Texans. Super Bowl Preview.
STEELERS (-12) over Chiefs.

Friday, November 2, 2012

NFL Picks: Week 9

Due to Hurricane Sandy, Post Tropical Storm Sandy, or Extra Tropical Storm Sandy (whatever floats your boat), I have no power and limited time on the Internet. This will be a very abbreviated version of my picks and hopefully I can continue regular posting very soon.

Thursday Night Twitter Pick:
CHARGERS (-8) over Chiefs.

Home team in CAPS

Broncos (-4) over BENGALS
Ravens (-3.5) over BROWNS
PACKERS (-10.5) over Cardinals
Bears (-3.5) over TITANS
Dolphins (-2) over COLTS
REDSKINS (-3.5) over Panthers
JAGUARS (+4.5) over Lions
Bills (+10.5) over TEXANS
Buccaneers (+0.5) over RAIDERS
Vikings (+4) over SEAHAWKS
GIANTS (-3.5) over Steelers
FALCONS (-4) over Cowboys
Eagles (+3) over SAINTS