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Sunday, November 11, 2007

WEEK NINE

And after going 5-0 last week, Rumpole is mighty fine heading into week nine.

Who won the suicide pool?

Who told you to take the Colts and the under when the entire football picking, grit eating world (note the obscure reference to “My Cousin Vinny”. I’ve had a lot of coffee this morning.) was picking the Cheaters and especially the Under?

Rumpole. That's who. Trial Lawyer. Football tout extraordinaire. (There. I’ve just about guaranteed a losing day today.)

The Buffalo Bills rumble into Miami as a road favorite. Buffalo? The team with the most injuries since the 82nd Airborne stopped the German army at Bastogne in the Ardennes Forrest in December 1944? Yes, those Buffalo Bills are a road favorite, against a home team coming off a bye week. What does that mean? It means you run from this game like a Judge asking for a favor. Stay away from it. No picks here.


The Cowboys play the Giants in New Jersey. We’re beginning to think that these Cowpokes are just a mite bit overrated. While the Giants have rallied and surprised us, as we had them winning about two games and their coach fired by now. The Giants are coming off a bye week, and the line is anywhere from even to the Giants favored by 1.5. The under line is 49, and we like the under. Good teams play good defense, as we very well knew last week in the game of the millennium. Take the Giants big, and take the Under small.


Jax plays the Titans at Tennessee. We like the Titans -4, and we like the under 35. It’s a low number, but these teams have a history of playing under. That being said, don’t bet the mortgage on the under. That was for last week. Just a couple of six packs worth of under is enough here.

There is just not a lot of match ups we like this week. So rather than push it when it isn’t there, we’re going to leave our picks as they are: but here are a few thoughts:

The Dolphins/Bills o/u is 40-41, and something tells us this could be a shoot out. Good teams play good defense, and neither of these two teams qualify for the label good, so the reverse corollary is true: bad teams play bad defense.

Norv Turner in San Diego should be arrested on suspicion of murder. He took the super bowl contending Chargers and killed them. Somewhere Marty Schottenheimer is laughing. The Colts would be the play but for the issue of how bad are they hurting for blowing a game they should have won? Tony Dungy is the class of the coaches here, and in the NFL. They don’t come any better than Dungy, and if anyone could have his team ready to go, it would be him. The problem is that in this business you go broke fast betting against home dogs, and the Chargers are getting 3.5, so be careful.


Steelers pounded the Browns in week one. But since then the Brownies have a new QB and a three game winning streak. Something tells us that the men of steel are just not as good as they looked Monday night. The Ravens got old fast. We think the Steelers will win this one, but it could be close. An angry team looking for revenge with a new QB says to us to leave the game alone.

Don't forget at 11:00 AM today what is really important. 2 Minutes of silence is the least we can do to remember.

32 comments:

CAPTAIN said...

The Cap Reports:

Just heading over to the Fins game and hoping to see Beck by the second half

Cap Out ...

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Anonymous said...

10 Warning signs that you are a Fundamentalist

I found this on a rather interesting forum I frequent. It’s saddening that most people I know personally who are ‘religious’ could qualify for each point. Anyway… read and enjoy!

“10 - You vigorously deny the existence of thousands of gods claimed by other religions, but feel outraged when someone denies the existence of yours.

9 - You feel insulted and “dehumanized” when scientists say that people evolved from other life forms, but you have no problem with the Biblical claim that we were created from dirt.

8 - You laugh at polytheists, but you have no problem believing in a Triune God.

7 - Your face turns purple when you hear of the “atrocities” attributed to Allah, but you don’t even flinch when hearing about how God/Jehovah slaughtered all the babies of Egypt in “Exodus” and ordered the elimination of entire ethnic groups in “Joshua” including women, children, and trees!

6 - You laugh at Hindu beliefs that deify humans, and Greek claims about gods sleeping with women, but you have no problem believing that the Holy Spirit impregnated Mary, who then gave birth to a man-god who got killed, came back to life and then ascended into the sky.

5 - You are willing to spend your life looking for little loopholes in the scientifically established age of Earth (few billion years), but you find nothing wrong with believing dates recorded by Bronze Age tribesmen sitting in their tents and guessing that Earth is a few generations old.

4 - You believe that the entire population of this planet with the exception of those who share your beliefs — though excluding those in all rival sects - will spend Eternity in an infinite Hell of Suffering. And yet consider your religion the most “tolerant” and “loving.”

3 - While modern science, history, geology, biology, and physics have failed to convince you otherwise, some idiot rolling around on the floor speaking in “tongues” may be all the evidence you need to “prove” Christianity.

2 - You define 0.01% as a “high success rate” when it comes to answered prayers. You consider that to be evidence that prayer works. And you think that the remaining 99.99% FAILURE was simply the will of God.

1 - You actually know a lot less than many atheists and agnostics do about the Bible, Christianity, and church history - but still call yourself a Christian.”

Rumpole said...

First of all it's week ten. The fins are 0-9 so I get confused. Need the Gints to win here for a comeback today. Is it wrong to dock your boat to watch football at the dockside bar? I think I'll just have another Pina Colada and sleep here tonight and motor home to port in the morning. Limited connectivity here so sorry about missing any posts. Will clean it up Tuesday. The Fins really are bad aren't they? It hurts to see our once proud team so bad. Can Shula come out of retirement?

Fake Roy T Gelber said...

Rump. Gotta agree with you. The luxury box with the stone crabs is the only proper way to see a Fins game

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Anonymous said...

4:54 -- Bravo! I've had discussions with people who fit all of these categories. As an agnostic leaning toward atheism, it never ceases to amaze me how narrow-minded, overbearing, and unyielding fundamentalists can be. As far as I'm concerned, organized religion has caused more war, killing, intolerance and hatred than any other factor.

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fake jim mandich said...

Miami has the Dolphins
An 0-9 football team
They take their loses every week
And play as bad as anyone's seen
In the air they drop the ball,
Behind the line they will always fall
Cause when your talkin Dolphins
Your talkin no wins at all

Anonymous said...

#1 sign you're an asshole:

You write stupid top ten posts about religion during football Sunday.

Get a life. Seriously.

Anonymous said...

There is a difference between a criminal defense lawyer and a spokesperson. A defense lawyer is a fighter. A spokesperson on the other hand, such as Mark Eiglarsh, merely goes on the news to discuss various issues. For example, Eiglarsh was recently on the news just because he had somebody's record expunged. Big Deal. When you hear about a case on the news and then you approach the potential defendant and offer to do the person's case for free just for the air time, that is a disgrace to the profession. A person in trouble with the law doesn't need this kind of person. When was the last time Eiglarsh actually charged a person to handle the person's case. I think it was 1963, before he was born. When was the last time he actually tried a case? I think it was 1961, before he was born. Real lawyers accept tough, challenging cases when necessary not softball cases that everyone knows will be dropped at arraignment. That's why I respect lawyers like Roy Black. There are other lawyers who promote themselves a lot like David O. Markus, but at least they have the goods and the results to back it up. I respect David O. Markus. Tell Eiglarsh to try a case or go somewhere and sit down.

CAPTAIN said...

THE CAPTAIN REPORTS:

Joseph George speaks about the Regional Counsel Office:

After getting this letter from the County that said:

“While the lawsuit is pending, we do not intend to consider funding for facilities and other expenses related to the Regional Conflict Counsel’s Office in Miami,” Glazer-Moon wrote.

George (who has been cramming the fledgling operation in his own law office) said:

“Candidly, my visceral reaction was surprise and discouragement. But I’ve never allowed myself to stay down in the valley of discouragement. My whole life, I have been keeping people away from symptoms of depression and moving forward. I felt I had been handed a big lemon. Because of my love of fruit trees, it was a Ponderosa Lemon. Now, let’s make lemonade.”

He also said:

He is optimistic about this new public service mission. He has hired retired Judge Bruce Levy as his chief assistant and Richard Joyce, formerly with the Justice Administrative Commission, who’d recently argued a dependency case before the Third DCA. The next day, he was interviewing a law student graduating at the top of her class at St. Thomas who told him she “believes in defending and protecting the vulnerable.”

Read the entire story in the soon to be released Nov. 15 edition of the Florida Bar News:

Lawsuit delays conflict counsel facilities request

http://www.floridabar.org/
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CAPTAIN OUT .....

Anonymous said...

Sex acts including those with minors and entering felony guilty pleas will only result in suspension not being disbarred!!!!!

Attorney [forer attorney] Barry Kutun, 5660 Collins Ave., Apt. 6-A, Miami Beach, suspended effective 30 days from a September 27 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1966) Kutun entered a guilty plea to three felonies, one in Miami-Dade County and two in Broward County. All of the cases involved engaging in sexual acts with a minor.

(Case No. SC07-1791)

Anonymous said...

Richard Joyce, former JAC lawyer)????? D.(feated) Bruce Levy????? Sounds like the lemon tree is in full bloom.

And a law school grad? Joe, when we had the wheel, you had to apply and have some trial experience - you're proud of the fact you may hire someone out of law school to handle conflict cases? "Hi, Mr. HVO, I just got out of school! - Top of my class! Now, whats DNA?"

Anonymous said...

Word is the new Miami-Dade Regional and Conflict Counsel Office is finally going to get office space at the Caleb Center.

It appears the County has relented its position after the grown ups
in Tallahassee complained.

Anonymous said...

He is optimistic about this new public service mission. He has hired retired Judge Bruce Levy ....

Bruce Levy is a head case!!

Anonymous said...

Don't ever bet against Vanilla again! And the under?? With Romo running the Vanilla-style O? You let your hater get the best of you.

Anonymous said...

Mr. 10:40, you wrote the following:

"When was the last time Eiglarsh actually charged a person to handle the person's case. I think it was 1963, before he was born."

To your dimwitted and foolish post, I only have three things that I feel compelled to say in response. First, I believe that a stronger choice would have been to use a question mark to end your first sentence (posted above). Secondly, that would be a pretty neat trick if I could charge someone legal fees "before I was born." Finally, I hope you find the happiness that is obviously absent from your life. All the best, Mark Eiglarsh

CAPTAIN said...

THE CAPTAIN REPORTS:

Never thought you would see the words "triathlete" and "Kuehne" in the same sentence?

BEN KUEHNE, a member of The Florida Bar Board of Governors from Miami, put his focus in a different direction by becoming an “Ironman.” Kuehne, 53, successfully competed in the Inaugural Ironman Louisville, which consisted of a 2.4 mile swim in the Ohio River, 112 miles of biking the rolling hills of Kentucky horse country, and a 26.2 mile run. He finished in 16 hours.

Footnote: Kuehne will be buried on Tuesday. (just kidding).

CAPTAIN OUT ....

Anonymous said...

joe george loves lemon trees?

who is this cat?

it is true that the county mang. has offered mr. george space that has not been built out. the space is located in liberty city. mr. george does not want the space because the area is violent, it is to far from the court house and it does not have parking.

the county commission has yet to place the matter on its agenda.


my sources tell me this is far from a done deal.

Anonymous said...

List just published for 2 openings on the federal bench in middle district... Our own Peter Adrien and Melvia Green have applied.....

Anonymous said...

I was once, in the mid 90s, appointed to defend a robbery with a firearm case. there were 3 codefendants. Mark Eiglarsh had one of them. He came to a depo, heard the evidence, and moved to withdraw immediately, No publicity and difficult case. He ran away so fast it was pathetic.

Anonymous said...

Not so simple on the roc office space and not so fast either...

brian tannenbaum has vowed to go on hunger strike if office space is given to the roc.

who knew?

Anonymous said...

Peter Adrian applied to the federal bench? Hell must be freezing! Does this man not have an incling as to his incompetence? If he is even considered; hell if he's re-elected the next go round, I am quitting the practice of law. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me... ya can't fool me again....

Anonymous said...

Melvia Green would be a great choice. But Bush would go republican.

Anonymous said...

Rump what happened to my post about the lawyer suspended from law after being convicted of a Felony for molesting several minors on Miami Beach?

Anonymous said...

This just in the Captain has annoyed me.

Broward Advocate said...

Sheesh. Rough weekend for Florida football. I'm trying to decide which was worse- the OB going out on the shoulders of losers, or the Fins best worst game of the season? I'm going to take the Canes. I can't imagine the pressure those kids were feeling on Saturday. Jesse Chatman is the real deal.

Anonymous said...

Rump:

I thought that a felony conviction required an automatic 2 year suspension of your license to practice law; what am I missing here?

Curious Lawyer

batman said...

Peter Adrien applies for the Federal Bench. The only good part of this is that it is in the Middle District. Let's see, if he gets the appointment he will be leaving town. Hmmmm, the Middle District's loss is our gain.

Nope, I am not that selfish. It is only 1100 more days and Peter Adrien will be off the bench for good. I am a pattient man.

Anonymous said...

But Bush would go republican.....said Anonymous....

Perfect for P.A. First he became hispanic after dropping "Sylvester" and adding "Camacho," now he can morph again, said Fake Anonymous