FOR COMMERCE SECRETARY AS A NEW MEXICO "PAY TO PLAY" SCANDAL BREAKS. ILLINOIS GOVERNOR BLAGOJEVICH ISSUES STATEMENT OF SUPPORT FOR RICHARDSON.
you're taking one down; you sing a sad song just to turn it around;
you say you don't know; you tell me don't lie
you work at a smile and you go for a ride
you had a bad day
The camera don't lie
you're coming back down and you really don't mind
you had a bad day.
BUT THANKS FOR A MEMORABLE SEASON DOLPHINS!
RUMPOLE NOTES: We didn't say this first, but it's true: DEFENSE WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS.
We received this comment yesterday in response to our pick of the Cardinals over the Falcons:
Rumpole, have you been smoking pot with Ricky Williams again? Your Cardinals pick borders on the insane. They are in the playoffs only because they won a lame division by default. Atlanta may be young, but they have talent.
Saturday, January 03, 2009 12:24:00 PM
Rumpole responds: This is a great example of why gaming should be left to the professionals. A football fan like our dear reader watches some games, sees that the Falcons are the "hot" team and cannot believe Rumpole is picking against them. Our fan knows not the heuristic algorithms we employ for analyzing the hundreds of variables present in any sporting contest. Our fan has little understanding of the "regression to the mean analysis" ( (c) Rumpole 2008) that we have successfully employed this season. And if you had any doubts about the theory, boy did it work with Arizona yesterday. They were not as bad as everyone thought, and Atlanta was just not as good. Great move by coach Whiz to come out running. He's one of the best in the game.
Our fan is in fact the reason why most bookies drive Porches and our fan is the reason why a well placed bet on Arizona paid for most of our December in our winter blogger's retreat high in the Sierra Nevada mountains. So please dear fan, just keep on following those hot and popular teams and ignore our advice. We're richer for it. And we mean that.
Just how many more times will we be writing "Can you believe the Dolphins are playing a meaningful game this late in the season?"
Yesterday everyone was jumping on the Falcons bandwagon. But we knew differently. Today everybody is jumping on the Eagles Bandwagon, which we started last week. The Eagles are a two point favourite on the road today in Minnesota. Lay the points and take the Eagles on the road. This team is hot and knows how to win. Take away Adrian Peterson and what do you have with Minnesota? A team that desperately needs a QB.
Eagles -2 +200.
The Dolphins are three point underdogs at home.
Don't let the sixth seed rating fool you. These Ravens are for real. They are the hardest hitting team in the NFL bar none. They have two of the best (if not the best) defensive players in the NFL in Ray Lewis and Ed Reed and we have not even mentioned Dolphin killer Terrell Suggs.
Oh how we want to tell you that these Dolphins have changed from the last time the Ravens came here and whupped them. They have matured and gotten better. But not enough. We cannot recommend the Dolphins +3. We will be at the stadium in a private box rooting for out Fins. And they can win. Pennington has shown he is the master at managing a game plan. But these Ravens have a brutal defense and a for real QB that has lit up the NFL over the last 8 games. Plus they have a real chip on their shoulder. They believe they should be AFC North Champions and they want another shot at the Steelers. Anger has fueled many a late season playoff run.
Ravens -3 +100.
Keep you eye on the weather. If that cold front and rain moves in like it is supposed to, jump hard on the under 37 tonight before the rest of the (mopes) fans like our friend from the comment section wakes up in the morning and takes the over.
We cannot fulfill our promise of picking the Super Bowl winner today due to events beyond our control. When some of the injury reports are updated, we will have a better idea of where we stand.