NFL Week 5 2017 – LOCK OF THE WEEK

After absolutely NAILING last week’s lock, I’m back again to deliver ANOTHER LOCK.

Lock of the Week – Philadelphia Eagles -7 vs. Arizona Cardinals

Lock of the week

I try not to bet on the teams I actually root for because I don’t need the extra interest, but the Eagles are a LOCK.

I know it looks like a homer pick, but I’m just reading the lines. Take it or leave it sheep.

Cheers to the birds being 4-1.

Cam’s ‘Female’ Comment

Cam Newton is getting a lot of attention for the comment below:

After reading the Youtube comments and some of the feedback, most people are defending Cam, which surprised me.

I said to Rob that football is the only sport that girls never play growing up, so it makes sense that they’d be less likely to have knowledge of the sport (though the overall tone he had was still very dick-ish).

But then I thought about the number of male sports writers, analysts, talk show hosts, etc. that never played football at any meaningful level. Cam wouldn’t think twice if they asked him a question, and they’d have had the same opportunities to learn about football as this female reporter.

So yes, assuming that a female reporter wouldn’t understand ‘routes‘ is an example of sexism.

Is it the end of the world? No.

Is it the end of Cam Newton? No.

Do I think Cam Newton disrespects all women? No.

Are professional sports stars and sports fans mostly male? Yes.

Do I think athletes should be able to say how they really feel without worry about the backlash all the time? Yes.

But this comment was just stupid.

WTF is the “Service Fee”

I just bought tickets to see The Revivalists at the Fillmore in November. I Googled it and found LiveNation selling tickets to the show for $32.50! Awesome, I’ll snag me two tickets and be on my way.

I click Get Tickets, and am greeted with a $90 check out!

But wait, $32.50 x 2 is only $65, what the hell happened? Then I see below:

Each ticket has $12.50 tacked on as a Service Fee.

Can someone explain what the FUCK a service fee is and how it’s worth 38% of the ticket?!

Look, I get it, I’m paying for the convenience of just entering some info online and getting the tickets.

But $12.50?! This isn’t Taylor Swift of Paul McCartney here, it’s the freakin’ Revivalists.

How’d they pick $12.50? They could’ve said $20 and I’d still probably buy it, but what the actual fuck is the extra $12.50 going towards?

Get in line sheeple, bow down, do what you’re told, nothing to see here, move along, blissfully await your slaughter in the slaughter house, no questions asked.

NFL Week 4 2017 – LOCK OF THE WEEK IS BACK!

After telling Tom and Evan last week that Dallas -4 was a LOCK in Arizona (they won by double digits), I’m bringing the lock of the week BACK.

Lock of the Week – Seattle Seahawks -12.5 vs. Indianapolis Colts

Lock of the week

I know it’s unusual to make a lock of the week after all but two games have been played, but I was out all day so I couldn’t write this post.

Book it. Seattle -12.5. They’ll win by 20. This game is going to be a BLOWOUT.

You’re welcome for starting up my lock of the weeks again.

 

Thoughts on the National Anthem Protests

My thoughts on protesting the National Anthem in general

People interpret the National Anthem differently.

Personally, I have no problem with the players who choose to kneel. More importantly, I think its inappropriate to suggest that you HAVE to stand or HAVE to kneel.

HOWEVER, I don’t see the goal its trying to accomplish. I understand and support the ideas they’re against (police brutality, racial injustice, etc.), but I don’t understand how kneeling during the anthem comes any closer to solving them.

Some say it might “start the conversation“, but the main conversation it’s started is strictly about what the Anthem means and whether or not it’s okay to kneel. There’s very little centered on what they’re kneeling for (from what I can see).

At what point will they stop kneeling? Is there a some measure of okayness when these players will deem the anthem a stand-able occasion again?

Everyone says that Colin Kaepernick has done a ton outside of kneeling – I commend him for that and would guess that’s been infinitely more valuable towards solving these issues and helping people than his kneeling.


My thoughts about Colin Kaepernick specifically

I support Colin Kaepernick’s right to protest how he sees fit and as I said, I applaud his off the field endeavors.

But Colin Kaepernick doesn’t have a job, and I don’t think it has anything to do with him being black.

Kaepernick had a job. He opted OUT of a contract with the 49ers so he could test free agency.

As an NFL team, signing Kaepernick is a decision of pros and cons.

The Cons 

  • The media will be covering Kaepernick and the team that signs him like crazy, likely becoming a significant ‘distraction‘.
  • You may also lose business, whether right or wrong, by bringing him to your team based on the % of your fan-base that strongly disagrees with the protests.
  • Colin Kaepernick just isn’t that good. He’s a high-level backup / potential low-level starting quarterback who fits a specific offensive system that most teams aren’t running.

The Pros

  • There’s another segment of new fans that you’d likely draw in by signing him. You’d be seen as the
  • You add a player who has major NFL experience in a quarterback-starved league.

I don’t believe the Kaepernick issue to be one of race. If he were as good as Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson, etc. he’d have 100% a job.

Is it right? Is it fair? Not really, but that’s a different discussion.


My thoughts on Trump’s comments

I like Trump solely for entertainment purposes, but haven’t really been a fan of him as a President.

Specific to his comments on athletes and NFL protests, I disagree with him completely, though I sort of understand that he’s playing to his standard group of his supporters.

As the president of an extremely divided country at the moment, his comments only serve to further the divide. There’s no attempt by him (at least publicly) to understand WHY people are protesting or to use the opportunity to bring the country closer together.

Withdrawing Steph Curry’s invitation was so immature and petty that I almost didn’t believe it (though I did lol when I read it).

Every president is different, and Trump’s way clearly got him elected, but I think he’s doing enough over time to piss off almost everyone one way or another.

I look forward to what Joel Embiid will say to Trump when the Sixers win the Championship this year.

And the Sixers games I have tickets to are…

Lucky for me I didn’t have to choose between Boston and Golden State. I got the third (and fourth) pick, and chose the Cavs and Thunder, both Friday night games, instead, which I’m happy with.

I accept bribes in all forms so please let me know which games you’re interested in and I’m sure we can work something out.

EmBEERassing Mile

Abud, Rob, and I took the track yesterday for a mile race, though mine would be a beer mile.

Abud is joining the coast guard and needs to run a 12:51 1.5 mile, so he was eager to test his fitness on the track, I’ve been talking about doing a beer mile for months, and Rob, who has a long history of heart problems, had no real reason to race.

“Youra loser, Sam”.

Right off the bat I drank about half of beer, winced in pain for 45 seconds, then finished the beer. Three beers, three pukes, and four laps later, I finished in last place.

Abud blew away the field with an 8:10. Rob, who almost DNF’d with 120 meters left, held off my late charge with an 11:20-something and I was 10-15 seconds behind.

I swear I can run faster than an 11:30 beer mile. I was too hungover from the previous night but didn’t want to bail. It was an embarrassing attempt on my part.

This may not be my last attempt of the year. Until next time…

Breaking2 Documentary by National Geographic

I wrote my thoughts prior to Breaking2 – the sub 2 hour marathon attempt by Eliud Kipchoge, Nike, & co. – as well as my thoughts afterward.

Honestly, does this guy look 32?

National Geographic just released an hour long documentary about the whole process.

Though the end result is already known, watching the ins and outs of each athlete and the some of the science that went into the attempt is pretty cool.

It also confirms that Eliud Kipchoge is the freakin’ man and he might actually be like 50 years.


Which Sixers Game Would You Pick

Jeff, Paul (my cousin), and I split Sixers season tickets. We’re going to have our ticket “draft” in the coming days. I’m curious as to which game I should pick if I have first choice.

In my mind, there are only two options:

  • Boston Celtics, Friday, October 20 (home opener)
  • Golden State Warriors, Saturday, November 18

So, which would you pick?


Home Opener Against the Boston Celtics

The home opener is going to be a playoff atmosphere. Fans will be going NUTS and the Sixers are hoping to renew the Sixers / Celtics rivalry.

“Trust the Process!” chants will reign down from the heavens and I hate to say it, but it’s the only guaranteed game where Fultz, Simmons, and Embiid will play together.

This, in my mind, is the first choice (though realistically I’m going to this game whether I get them as our season tickets or not).


Warriors Game on a Saturday Night

Despite all that, I do realize that:

  • This Warriors team is arguably one of the best of all time, and passing up on the opportunity to see them would be foolish.
  • These tickets would sell for far more than any other tickets throughout the year.


What’s the move?

Thoughts / comments on 3 weeks being “vegetarian”

I’ve been “vegetarian” for three weeks.

How “vegetarian” have I actually been?

I had a cheesesteak and chicken fingers on Friday when I was hammered.

I haven’t been perfect, but I’d guess I’ve decreased meat consumption by probably 80-90%.

I’ve also been more lenient on eating fish than mammals, though doing my best (for now) to stop both.

Everyone asks WHY?!

Everyone assumes its for health reasons, which it’s not.

I don’t have a great answer for why other than A) I think the meat industry is very unnatural and B) to see what it’s like / if I can do it.

Eating at home has been easier than expected

My go-to-dish is pasta with Alfredo sauce, mushrooms, onions, and garlic.

Fruit consumption is up and I get my protein mostly from yogurt and peanut butter.

Eating out has been the hardest part

I thought this would be easy since most places offer some vegetarian options. There are always a couple, but the choices are limited.

I’m fine getting a flatbread pizza instead of a burger every now and then, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t feel like I was “settling” every time I order.

How long do I plan on doing this?

Not forever, it’s more sacrifice than I’m willing to make to cut out meat entirely.

But everyone can make a measurable impact without going full vegetarian.

My thought is that I can maintain reduced meat consumption of 50 – 75% compared to my previous-self pretty easily, mostly by not eating meat at home.

I want to be able to order a burger, bacon with my eggs, scallops down the shore, etc. without worry every once in a while.


I’m not preaching to anyone, these are just my thoughts after trying for a bit!