SUNDAY NIGHT UPDATE: We're 3 for 3 starting the season, +400 DOMs ( We won the Saints/Vikings and Dolphins/Bills under for 100 each, and the Patriots -13, for 200. Just barely squeaked that one out. Whew.) Speaking of DOM, he pushed in his first game with us, so the standings are Rumpole 1-0; DOM 0-0-1. It's a long season.
Suicide pool: Mark Vargo (Eagles- our heart was with you) and Foot Ball (49'ers) are out of the suicide pool, getting the dreaded week one knock out. We survived, although the Giants gave us a scare. Cary Clennon survived with Da Bears, but the Lions were robbed. That was clearly a TD catch. And Mr. Immasche squeaked by with the Bucs, and that puts him in good position for the rest of the year because the Bucs are arguably the worst team in football.
COWPOKES- REDSKINS: The smart play is to collect our wins and see you next week. Washington is another home dog getting 3.5. Even we've been impressed with the Cowpokes, but there is trouble on the range. Their offensive line is in shambles, and it looked it in pre-season. The number is 40, and we're trending towards under. We also like the line with the Cowpokes, but it just galls us to put our money on the second worst coach in football. Vanilla Phillips. He stinks. What to do...What to do? Maybe we'll be back by 8 with a pick.
What the hell.....Cowpokes -3.5 for 50.
UPDATE: We've been caught. And now we have to admit our guilt. You all know how diligent Mr. Markus is. And he thinks we've been monkeying with the line. And we have to admit he has caught us. We said the line was Patriots -5. This is the game we are betting against Mr. Markus. And he complained. And he's right. So we're changing it to Patriots -20. Hahahahahahahahaha.
(Cheaters are up 31-10 as we write this.)
Here we go. What you all have been waiting for since that Super Bowl Sunday in February.
First off, our lines come from here.
This is as difficult a week as we have ever seen. Almost every favourite is on the road, so home dogs are barking loudly. Personally, we might just put a nickel on every home dog and see where we end up. But for the blog we offer these picks for your consideration:
Our hometown Fins travel to Buffalo, land of wings and not much else. The Fins are 3 point favorites on the road, but we like the under 39 for 100 Henne's. Buffalo's QBs ain't scaring anyone, and the Fins will be looking to control the game and the clock with the superior running game. Miami 21- Buffalo 16.
MARKUS MATCHUP: Here's the deal- we each pick one game each week. Loser sings Rule Britannia at noon at the flag in front of the federal courthouse wearing only skivvies and a Fred Moreno mask at the end of the season.
David picked the Tampa Bay Bucs -3 over the Cleveland Browns.
Rumpole is tempted to go the other way, just to teach him a lesson. But we'll pick the Patriots -5 over the Bungles in NE for 200 Rule 29's.
What else do we like? We like the Steelers at home getting a rare 1.5 points; the Lions to roar in Chi-town +7. We're not offering those as official plays, just games we like. As we have said, this is a tough week, and our goal is to just get through it.
Suicide pool- everyones picks are up yesterday except for these new ones. We have 23 players total. Rick Freedman, last years champ, has not yet sent in his pick.
Rumpole: Giants; Cary Clennon: Bears; Mark Vargo: Eagles; Petter Sautter: Giants; Stephen Immasche: Bucs; Ken Wesiman et.al.,: Giants; Foot Ball: 49ers; 52nd Street Irwin: Titans.