Monday, December 27, 2010

Stat of the week

Stat of the Week

Kansas City's Jamaal Charles is trying to become the most dangerous back, per carry, of the past 50 years in the NFL. I looked at the best backs (minimum 10 carries per game, on average) for a single season since 1960, and Charles, with one game left, is right there with them:

Player, TeamYearAtt.YardsAvg.Rush TD
Jim Brown, Cleveland19632911,8636.4012
Mercury Morris, Miami19731499546.4010
Jamaal Charles, KC (Who)?20102161,3806.394
Barry Sanders, Detroit19973352,0536.1311
O.J. Simpson, Buffalo19733322,0036.0312

Amazing company for a player who turns 24 today -- and who shares the rushing job on the Chiefs with banger Thomas Jones.

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Sunday, December 26, 2010

What was "The Expert" thinking?

"You can always count on "The Expert" to give you wise words of wisdom. (Well maybe not)

Here is the BEST of "The Expert"s wisdom--Featured in Italiac Print

This years NFL Picks

AFC North

*Bengals--10-6-(Wild Card)--What was "The Expert" thinking)
Steelers--8-8--(Brilliant Pick)

AFC South

*Texans--10-6--(playoffs finally)--Wow, "The Expert" knows his stuff
Jaguars--5-11-- (Can you say the LA Jaguars?)--Another gem from "The Expert"

AFC Championship
Ravens over Texans--Texans? "The Expert" Nailed that one

NFC East

Cowboys--10-6--Close! Well maybe not
Eagles--4-12--"The Expert" knew they would be bad


Packers--12-4--Aaron Rogers makes Green bay forget Favre)
Vikings--8-8--(Favre gets carried from the field Maybe this week)
Lions--6-10--(Big Leap--2012 if played will result in Playoffs)
Bears--5-11--(How does "The Expert" know this stuff)

NFC South

Bucs--4-12--(Remember the 80s to mid 90s Yuks? they are back)--Well maybe not

AFC West

49rs--10-6--(Singletary works his magic)
Rams--6-10--(The rams make a huge leap)

(Actually except for 49rs record this is the best pick "The Expert" made)

Thursday, December 23, 2010

The Nutball Gazette-Week 16 Picks

Merry Christmas to all

"The Expert" returned last week with a 8-8 week
Season 144-90--Well I guess not too many people did all that great

Question? Terrell Owens goes out injured for the Bengals and they won! Freak thing or is he such a distraction that he harms a team even when he has a big statistical day? Just Asking


Carolina-10 @ Steelers-23 (steelers were stunned last week by the Paper Airplanes, but even with Try Polamula out they should be able to hold down the hapless Panthers who did pull out a win against the equally hapless Cardinals)

Saturday Night--Christmas Night

Cowboys-31 @ Cardinals-13 (Cowboys survived scare vs Redskins and they should take it out on the Cards)


Patriots-26 @ Bills-10 (Patriots almost lost to a undermanned Packer fan, look for them to rebound against the Bills who won at Miami but will not be avble to do it 2 weeks in a row against a division rival, But may do it against the jets on week 17)

Jets-10 @ Bears-20 (Jets may not have Sanchez and even if they do it will not be pretty in the cold weather, This one will be a ugly game to watch)

Ravens-23 @ Browns-10 (Looks like the Browns may be mailing it in while the Ravens are fighting for the Division)

Titans-16 @ Chiefs-27 (Chiefs are for real)

49rs-23 @ Rams-16 (49rs win setting up the probability of the winner of the West being 7-9 with a win here, a Seahawk loss to the Bucs the 49rs control their own destiny)

Lions-20 @ Dolphins-23 (Lions unable to complete Twin Killing of Florida Teams as Dolphins get a rare Home Victory)

Redskins-17 @ Jaguars-31 (Jaguars keep their Playoff hopes very much alive)

Colts-20 @ Raiders-26 (Raiders play spoiler and severely damage Colts playoff hopes)

Texans-17 @ Broncos-24 (Texans seem to have quit assuring a coaching change for this severely underachieving team, Broncos playing for pride)

Chargers-26 @ Bengals-23 (Bengals put a scare into Chargers as the click on offense now that T.O. "Team Obliterator" is No longer with the team)

Giants-23 @ Packers-17 (They sat Arron Rodgers will be back but I can not see him being effective, I am betting on the Giants rebounding with a win and clinching a playoff spot)

Seahawks-13 @ Bucs-20 (Bucs playing for pride now and will deal a severe blow to Seahawks playoff chances)

Sunday Night

Vikings-10 @ Eagles-33 (Eagles win and control own destiny for a #2 seed, Vikings playing out the string)

Monday Night--(Game of the Week)

Saints-26 @ Falcons-20 (Falcons lose 1st home game and sets up for the possibility of falling from #1 seed to #5 seed, Saints with a win these next 2 weeks and a Falcon loss on week 17 they will get the #1 seed)

Thursday, December 16, 2010

The Nutball Gazette-Week 15 Picks (Part 2)

Reminder last week 12-4
Season 126-82

Part one winners

Chargers, Browns, Cowboys, Texans, and Colts

Chiefs-10 @ Rams-27 (Rams take a step to playoffs after several years of futility, Chiefs downward spiral continues with unfortunate illness to Matt Cassel)

Bills-20 @ Dolphins-13 (Bills have been a muck better team than the record indicates, Miami has been awful even in their victories)

Lions-10 @ Bucs-24 (Bucs keep their playoffs alive)

Cardinals-1/2 @ Panthers-1/4 (If this game is shown anywhere in the country it could mean the end of the NFL)

Saints-26 @ Ravens-20 (Saints continue their "March" to the Playoffs, while the Ravens seem to be getting old in front of our eyes)

Eagles-17 @ Giants-23 (Game of the week, Battle for the east, Even though Steve Smith is out, look for Giants Defense to make the big plays for the Giant victory)

Falcons-24 @ Seahawks-13 (Falcons all but clinch a playoff spot, while the Seahawks chances take a big blow)

New York Paper Airplanes aka Props aka Jets???-0 @ Steelers 17 (The jets are in total freefall, and headed to a 9-7 record and possibly not make the playoffs)

Broncos-10 @ Raiders-24 (Tim Tebow appears to be getting the start and the Raiders are licking their chops)

Sunday Night

Packers-10 @ Patriots-38 (The Patriots are one of the great runs in NFL history and even if Aaron Rodgers was playing at full strength it really would not matter)

Monday Night

Bears-23 @ Vikings-10 (Vikings have severe QB problems, Rumor has it Joe Kapp and Fran Tarkington will be suiting up)
Game is scheduled at the University of Minnesota at this time, if they can get the field cleaned up but the Bears may protest the game played on a field not made to NFL standards and besides the weather may be in the single digits and snow may fall,

The Nutball Gazette-Week 15 Picks (Part 1)

Week 15 is here, and this is a huge week with playoff implications on the line

Last week 12-4

"The expert" is now on a 67-23 Run

Thursday Night

49rs-13 @ Chargers-27 (49rs playoff hopes are set back as Chargers "charge" to a playoff slot)


Browns-26 @ Bengals-10 (Bengals are in free fall, Carson Palmer should throw 2 TD passes for Browns. T.O will continue to nuke the clubhouse and Marvin Lewis will be begging to get out of town)

Redskins-16 @ Cowboys-27 (Redskins another team headed to the "Eve of Destruction" Have to wonder if Over Rated Mike Shanahan will be one and done)

Texans-26 @ Titans-16 (Texans win and with lots of help can make the playoffs, Randy Moss will once again not be targeted and expect a nuclear explosion in Tennessee)

Jaguars-27 @ Colts-31 (Jaguars could clinch the division with a win, They have the offense to do this, But The Colts could put up more against a suspect Jag defense, Not totally buying in to the Jags yet)

Time is 8:15, Rest of the picks coming soon

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Bob Feller passes away at age 92

Yahoo, AP and CBS Sports are all reporting that Bob Feller has passed away at age 92
There really is a Santa Clause
>I remember my first Christmas adventure with Grandma. I was just a kid. I remember tearing across town on my bike to visit,her on the way my big sister dropped the bomb: "There is no Santa Claus," she jeered.
>>"Even dummies know that!"
>My Grandma was not the gushy kind, never had been. I fled to her that day because I knew she would be straight with me. I knew Grandma always told the truth, and I knew that the truth always went down a whole lot
>easier when swallowed with one of her "world-famous" cinnamon buns I knew they were world-famous, because Grandma said so. It had to be true.
>Grandma was home, and the buns were still warm. Between bites, I told her everything. She was ready for me. "No Santa Claus?" she snorted...."Ridiculous! Don't believe it. That rumor has been going around for years, and it makes me mad, plain mad!! Now, put on your coat, and let's go."
>"Go? Go where, Grandma?" I asked. I hadn't even finished my second world-famous cinnamon bun.
>"Where" turned out to be Kerby's General Store, the one store in town that had a little bit of just about everything. As we walked through its doors, Grandma handed me ten dollars.
>That was a bundle in those days. "Take this money," she said, "and buy something for someone who needs it I'll wait for you in the car."
>Then she turned and walked out of Kerby's. I was only eight years old.
I'd often gone shopping with my mother, but I never had I shopped for anything all by myself.
>The store seemed big and crowded, full of people scrambling to finish their Christmas shopping. For a few moments I just stood there, confused, clutching that ten-dollar bill, wondering what to buy, and who on earth to buy it for. I thought of everybody I knew: my family, my friends, my neighbors, the kids at school, the people who went to my church.
>I was just about thought out, when I suddenly thought of Bobby Decker.
>He was a kid with bad breath and messy hair, and he sat right behind me in Mrs. Pollock's grade-two class.
>Bobby Decker didn't have a coat. I knew that because he never went out to recess during the winter. His mother always wrote a note, telling the teacher that he had a cough, but all we kids knew that Bobby Decker didn't have a cough; he didn't have a good coat. I fingered the ten-dollar bill with growing excitement. I would buy Bobby Decker a coat!
>I settled on a red corduroy one that had a hood to it. It looked real warm, and he would like that.
>"Is this a Christmas present for someone?" the lady behind the,counter asked kindly, as I laid my ten dollars down.
>"Yes, ma'am," I replied shyly. "It's for Bobby."
>The nice lady smiled at me, as I told her about how Bobby really needed a good winter coat. I didn't get any change, but she put the coat in a bag, smiled again, and wished me a Merry Christmas.
>That evening, Grandma helped me wrap the coat (a little tag fell out of the coat, and Grandma tucked it in her Bible) in Christmas paper and ribbons and wrote, "To Bobby, From Santa Claus" on it. Grandma said that Santa always insisted on secrecy.
>Then she drove me over to Bobby Decker's house, explaining as we went that I was now and forever officially, one of Santa's helpers.
>Grandma parked down the street from Bobby's house, and she and I crept noiselessly and hid in the bushes by his front walk. Then Grandma gave me a nudge. "All right, Santa Claus," she whispered, "get going."
>I took a deep breath, dashed for his front door, threw the present down on his step, pounded his door and flew back to the safety of the bushes and Grandma.
>Together we waited breathlessly in the darkness for the front door to open. Finally it did, and there stood Bobby.
>He opened the present and smiled as his mother looked on crying with joy!
>Fifty years haven't dimmed the thrill of those moments spent shivering, beside my Grandma, in Bobby Decker's bushes.
>That night, I realized that those awful rumors about Santa Claus were just what Grandma said they were: ridiculous. Santa was alive and well, and we were on his team. I still have the Bible, with the coat tag tucked inside: $19.95.

>May you always have LOVE to share, HEALTH to spare and FRIENDS that care..

Thursday, December 9, 2010

The Nutball Gazette-Week 14 Picks

Here we go, another week and it is getting down to crunch time.
How about those New York Paper Airplanes Monday night,

Last week 13-3
After going into the 1st week of November 59-58 "The Expert" is on a 55-19 run,

Thursday Night.

Colts-23 @ Tinys-10 (Peyton Manning has suddenly become Brett Favre at his worst, The Colts are in absolute panic mode and they need this game, if they lose they face possible elimination on Dec 16th, If Colts lose and Jags win vs Oakland then the Jags play the Colts on Dec 16th. But the good news is the Colts are playing the Tennessee "Tinys", who has quit and one has to wonder why Jeff Fisher still has a job)


Browns-27 @ Bills-13 (Browns are much improved and are playing hard, IMHO Eric Mangini has earned another season, The Bills may have run out of gas but they do play hard)

Bengals-10 @ Steelers-23 (Bengals played hard last week but played some of the stupidest ball I ever saw in the end, Carson Palmer continues to regress and this may become a very ugly)

Packers-31 @ Lions-16 (Packers have just too much)

Giants-26 @ Vikings-10 (Something tells me that Favre will try to play but the Giants defense will make this a long day for whoever plays QB for them, This game sets up a huge matchup the following week vs Eagles)

Bucs-26 @ Redskins-13 (Redskins is another team in disarray, Bucs play well against mediocre teams, Bucs keep playoff hopes alive)

Falcons-34 @ Panthers-13 (Another matchup of one team on a roll and another team who seems to have quit)

Raiders-13 @ Jaguars-24 (The West Coast team playing a 1 pm Eastern time curse continues and Jags will continue to press and maybe move very close to clinching the Division)

Seahawks-23 @ 49rs-17 (Seahawks move to the division lead.)

Rams 16 @ Saints-27 (Saints keep up the heat on the Falcons and move closer to Playoff spot, Rams suffer big loss, but Playoff spot in the west should come down to the last week of the season with Rams vs S-Hawks matchup)

Broncos-16 @ Cardinals-13 (The 1st Bowl Game of the year "The Toilet Bowl")

Chiefs-10 @ Chargers-27 (Cassel being out cost Chiefs have no chance and this may end up costing the Chiefs a playoff slot)

Eagles-27 @ Cowboys-17 (Eagles and Michael Vick should be able to contain Cowboys and set up huge game at the Giants next week) (Sunday Night Game)

Dolphins-23 @ Paper Airplanes-16 (Jets were exposed by the patriots and also when you look at the other Jet wins they easily could have lost 4 of those games and could be 5 and 7, They may have lost their confidence and even though the Dolphins have been awful alot this year The SOJ (Same Old jets) lose games like this)

Patriots-23 @ Bears-17 (Tough game but the Patriots have shown they can eat anyone who is good)

Monday Night

Ravens-23 @ Texans-17 (Ravens need and will win to put the pressure on the Steelers.. If Jags and Colts lose this game becomes big for the Texans and they then may pull the upset)

Saturday, December 4, 2010

The Nutball Gazette-Week 13 Picks (Sunday and Monday Night)

The Nutball Gazette-Week 13 Picks (Sunday and Monday Night)

Thursday Night quick Pick
was Texans-12 @ Eagles-41
1-0 so far--5-0 so far on Thursday games, 3-0 on Thanksgiving and 1-0 opening night

Last week 13-3 (Wow)

Season 101-75

Hoping to go 15-1 this week

Steelers injuries are too much, Titans continue slide into oblivion, Chiefs get revenge from beat-down a couple of weeks ago, Colts win a desperate game to stay tied with Jags, If Colts lose they are in severe jeopardy of not making the playoffs

Finally a comment about the Patriots and Jets, a report that Tom Brady is losing his hair is further evidence he has stolen Justin Bieber's hair, But despite that, Tom Brady is at the top of his game and this is a desperate game for both teams and until the Patriots lose a game like this to the Jets who they have owned in recent years for the most part I am convinced they will continue to rule the East. This is the Jets one chance the Jets have to dethrone the Patriots as the Patriots have loads of young talent. The Jets have the talent and attitude to win a game like this, but not the Patriots, (I hope I am wrong)


Week 13back to top »
Philadelphia 34, Houston 24 Actual scoreSchaub 337 Foster 83 Johnson 149
New Orleans 37 at Cincinnati 131:00 PMFOXTickets | TravelPaul Brown Stadium
Chicago-24 at Detroit 101:00 PMFOXTickets | TravelFord Field
San Francisco-6 at Green Bay-231:00 PMFOXTickets | TravelLambeau Field
Jacksonville-26 at Tennessee-101:00 PMCBSTickets | TravelLP Field
Denver-10 at Kansas City-371:00 PMCBSTickets | TravelArrowhead Stadium
Cleveland 23 at Miami 131:00 PMCBSTickets | TravelSun Life Stadium
Buffalo 20 at Minnesota 231:00 PMCBSTickets | TravelMall of America Field
Washington 10 at NY Giants--241:00 PMFOXTickets | TravelNew Meadowlands Stadium
Oakland 10 at San Diego-384:05 PMCBSTickets | TravelQualcomm Stadium
Carolina 10 at Seattle 264:15 PMFOXTickets | TravelQwest Field
Atlanta 37 at Tampa Bay 164:15 PMFOXTickets | TravelRaymond James Stadium
St. Louis 24 at Arizona 164:15 PMFOXTickets | TravelU of Phoenix Stadium
Dallas 16 at Indianapolis 204:15 PMFOXTickets | TravelLucas Oil Stadium
Pittsburgh 13 at Baltimore 178:20 PMNBCTickets | TravelM&T Bank Stadium
NY Jets 23 at New England 31
8:30 PMTickets | TravelGillette Stadium