Rollin' Like Sisyphus

Maidens Aspiring To Godheads, Plus Playoff Picks

Posted in Playoff Picks, Uncategorized by Huckleberry on February 6, 2016

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Cheer up.
IT’S THE GODDAMN SUPER BOWL.
Still not feeling it?
Yeah.
Me either.
I have no idea what’s been going on with THE BIG GAME. I started to hear the beginnings of SJW rumblings about FRESH PRINCE OF QB versus WHITE PRIVELEGE QB and I just shut it off entirely. I have no idea who is injured, who isn’t or anything else. I know the teams playing, I know vaguely that the Panthers are 4.5 point favorites and that the line hasn’t moved at all in two weeks, which is odd for a Super Bowl, but what can you do.
So this post will probably be more sparse than it should be because I simply don’t know.
From everything I’ve seen this season and in the playoffs especially, Carolina should win this fairly easily. Their defense is stout everywhere it needs to be and Ron Rivera is a head coach who learned very quickly that playing to not lose is not the same as playing to win, and he’s played to win ever since. Cam Newton, despite all the hype, isn’t the greatest QB of all time all of a sudden, and it’s hilarious how quickly the talking heads want to forget everything they’ve chided him about for the past four years now that he’s all of a sudden in the Super Bowl and down just enough to keep his defense rested. I’ve watched quite a few Panthers games this season and for the life of me nothing the guy has done on the field sticks in my head. I remember plenty of horrible throws, tackles for loss while he impersonates OLD MIKE VICK and many more three-and-outs than impressive drives. Yet they’ve outscored everyone in the league by a ridiculous margin, only lost once in a laugher game to the Falcons, and here they are.
All that being said, given that this just may be Peyton Manning’s last game, all bets are off.
DO NOT GAMBLE ON THIS GAME, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD.
ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN IN A GAME LIKE THIS.
An emotional, leave-it-all-on-the-field performance from one of the greatest to ever play the game, an emotional tide that can buoy the entire team to play out of their minds, uncharacteristic sloppy or milquetoast play from Carolina, or the NFL fixing the game to ensure that Manning gets to go out on top.
ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN, which means the smart money stays in your wallet.
And for a guy like me to say that, brother, you better take heed.
So I’ve made my pick but nothing’s riding on it, NOT THAT I GAMBLE ANYWAY.
As for the game itself, I don’t really want to watch it, but I know I probably will. Of course if I do under the proviso that it’s Manning’s last game, and then he ends up playing for the Los Angeles Rams next season, I’m going to be pissed.
But alas.

PLAYOFF PICKS – SUPER BOWL

STRAIGHT UP

CAR v DEN | CAR

AGAINST THE SPREAD

CAR v DEN | CAR -4.5

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND RESULTS

STRAIGHT UP

NE v @DEN | NE — INCORRECT
@CAR v ARI | CAR – CORRECT

AGAINST THE SPREAD

NE v @DEN | NE -3 – INCORRECT
@CAR v ARI | CAR -3 – CORRECT

DIVISIONAL RESULTS

STRAIGHT UP

@NE v KC | NE – CORRECT
@ARI v GB | ARI – CORRECT
@CAR v SEA | CAR – CORRECT
@DEN v PIT | DEN – CORRECT

AGAINST THE SPREAD

@NE v KC | KC +5 – INCORRECT
@ARI v GB | GB +7 – CORRECT
@CAR v SEA | CAR -2.5 – CORRECT
@DEN v PIT | PIT +6.5 – CORRECT

WILD CARD ROUND RESULTS

STRAIGHT UP

KC v @HOU | KC — CORRECT
PIT v @CIN | PIT — CORRECT
SEA v @MIN | MIN — INCORRECT
GB v @WAS | GB — CORRECT

AGAINST THE SPREAD

KC v @HOU | KC -3 — CORRECT
PIT v @CIN | PIT -2.5 — INCORRECT
SEA v @MIN | MIN +4.5 — CORRECT
GB v @WAS | GB -1 — CORRECT

2016 RECORD

STRAIGHT UP | 8-2
AGAINST THE SPREAD | 7-3

ALL-TIME RECORD 2013-2016

STRAIGHT UP | 24-11
AGAINST THE SPREAD | 22-12-1

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