Saturday, November 24, 2007

NFL Picks

Some quick picks (I am on a roll this year) and some thoughts on Thanksgiving....

BENGALS +1 over Titans - No Haynesworth, no money.
BROWNS -4 over Texans - I am a believer that the Browns will skid intot he playoffs and then collapse because they will have to play a team over .500.
Raiders +5 over CHIEFS - AFC West, blech.
Seahawks -3 over RAMS - NFC West, blech.
GIANTS -8 over Vikings - I think the Giants take this one and end up at 11-5 for the year.
BUCS -3 over Skins - I am not going with Campbell on the road. Not going to do it.
Saints -3 over PANTHERS - With David Carr invovled, the line should be about 8 or 9.
JAGUARS -7.5 over Bills - Because of all of Indy's injuries, I think the Jags will snag the division. I think it all depends on Marvin Harrison's health for the game next week.
CARDINALS -10 over 49ers - I feel bad for Frank Gore. How come the top 10 picks for the 49ers are not playing like top 10 picks? Who does their scouting?
Broncos +2 over BEARS - This line feels weird with how bad the Bears have played and how well the Broncos offense has come on recently.
CHARGERS -9 over Ravens - This Ravens offense needs an overhaul at the QB and WR positions this offseason. Either that or Billick goes.
STEELERS -16 over Dolphins - The Steelers D is a perfect blitzing scheme to use to confuse a rookie QB like John Beck.

The last game is the toughest to pick. How does an NFL team give 20+ points? This is the NFL, not college. I just can't bring myself to do this despite my belief in the Patriots' ability to go 19-0 this year. I'm going with my gut and saying....

Iggles +23 over PATRIOTS


The wife and I found our Christmas tree. Christmas trees here cost $80+ for the firs we know so well. We went with a Scotch Pine since it is really different looking from what we are used to and it was ohhhhh, $30 cheaper. I dislike decorating trees, so the wife did that. I brought it from the car, put it in the stand, and screwed things into place. As Rudolph's father says in the tv special "this is man's work". We went to downtown Indy on Friday night to watch this big lighting special. Really cool stuff. It was a family friendly event, and a brisk but not too cold night to walk around downtown at 8pm. On Sunday, we went to a movie "Into the Wild", which I will write about here later, and drank our asses off before the movie. You can even bring drinks into the theater. BRILLIANT!

Friday, November 23, 2007

A.J. Smith's Ego has Ruined the Chargers Super Bowl Chances

Post-Thanksgiving stomach pains have forced to to sit by the computer and drink some tea. The last two days have been a wonderful feast of good food and good football. One football franchise that I love to watch play in their powder blue home uniforms is the San Diego Chargers. great unis, great city, quality stars, and two cool nicknames "the bolts" and "super-char-gers". You have to sing song the superchargers because of the song. One thing that has bummed me out has been the odd course the Chargers have followed since 2003. From my vantage point, AJ Smith, their GM, has been a major cause of their problems. Even more to the point, his ego is the problem.

Going into the 2003 season, the Chargers had a mediocre offense and a below average defense . They did have a couple good things in place, LaDainian Tomlinson and Drew Brees, who were selected in the same draft by the previous GM in that great Vick for Picks trade. AJ Smith walked in, didn't like what he saw in Brees and made a decision to go get himself a QB of his own. The coach, Marty Schottenheimer, was not "his guy" either. Mind you, Brees was only 25 when the Chargers entered the 2004 draft with the number 1 selection (this feeds into my point of NFL teams expecting too much too soon from young QBs). Smith has wanted to impose his wishes and his vision on the franchise without anyone else's input.


Oh how great AJ Smith was to trade that number 1 pick (Eli Manning) for the bounty of picks from the Giants. Much is made of the Eli Manning trade, and how the Giants have not had a good return on the trade. I guess playoff appearances don't mean anything to them. Very little attention is paid to the Chargers end of the trade. The Chargers received Phillip Rivers, and other picks which turned into their kicker and a pro bowl LB (who does 'roids). The Chargers right now have a worse QB than either Brees or Manning, and they will be lucky to make the playoffs this year. Smith gave up on a 25 year old QB to get a new QB to develop, all the while their Hall of Fame running back keeps getting older. If Smith had given Brees another year and used that number 1 pick to trade for another type of player, the Chargers could be sitting pretty with a defense that not only has Shawne Merriman at LB & Castillo at DT but Sean Taylor at safety. Maybe they would run a two TE offense with Kellen Winslow Jr. along with Antonio Gates. Maybe they would have a real number 1 WR option for Brees in Roy Williams. These are a few of the high first round picks from that draft the Chargers could have picked up besides trading for another QB.


Once AJ Smith made that decision, he was locked into starting Rivers by year 3. The salary cap implications of a high first round pick are too costly to keep him on the bench. He could not forsee Brees turning inpro bowl seasons, but once that happened he could definitely have tried to either trade Brees for anything or dump Rivers off on another team. Smith sided with his guy, Rivers, and eventually allowed Brees, the clubhouse and Schottenheimer favorite, to leave for nothing. In his defense, Brees did have shoulder surgery and was damaged goods because of it, but Smith allowed the situation to arise with no compensation for his team. To let a pro bowl QB leave for nothing is a crime in the NFL. Why not franchise him the first time, but settle for one first round pick if you believe in Rivers so much? Why not offer him a real deal as you negotiate a trade of Rivers to fill in the blank team after a second stellar season? He made the game personal instead of keeping it business.


A glaring hole in the Chargers offense has been production from the WR spot. Smith recently traded a 2nd round pick for Chris Chambers (overpaid for him) to fix this problem. this is a bit late, but I give him credit for trying anything. It's bad when your passing attack with your guy at QB revolves around a TE and screen passes. Let's rewind things a bit. It's the 2005 draft. San Diego has two first round picks because of the Eli trade. They did pick up two good defensive players (Merriman and Castillo). Those picks made the 2006 defense what it was (along with Wade Phillips' blitz packages). What else could they have done? Hmmm, the Chargers could have used one of those first round picks as trade bait for Randy Phucking Moss. Yup, Moss was on the market, and the Chargers had a giant hole at WR. How on earth did they not use one of those picks to get Moss? Can you imagine an offense with the NFL's best WR (moss), the best RB (tomlinson), the best TE (gates) and one of the top 5 QBs (brees) in the NFL? I can. Think Dallas in '94 with Irvin/Emmitt/Aikman/Novacek.


The final wafer thing mint to this feast of bad moves or non-moves is the firing of Marty Schottenheimer and subsequent hiring of Norv Turner. Smith never liked Marty. Never. They did not get along from a personality standpoint nor saw eye to eye with what direction they wanted to go with the team. Marty did have a .588 winning pct as coach of the Chargers. The Chargers may have gone to the playoffs 3 years in a row if not for AJ Smith playing hardball with Antonio Gates concerning his contract negotiations costing them a loss in week 1, which kept them out of the playoffs. Yes, even as the number 1 seed in 2006 Marty lost a home playoff game in crushing fashion, which has happened to Marty quite a bit. Do you fire him? I said at the time yes, but only if you have a great guy who has been there before to step in (Vermeil & Parcells). If not, believe in your 'maestro' ability to build a team and your coach. The Chargers lost with so many weird little things not going their way. That, and an inability to use Tomlinson in the 4th quarter when he was carving the Patriots up all day. AJ Smith came out and supported Marty, watched the assistants leave for other coaching jobs, then fired him and replaced him with a recycled, failure of a coach: Norv Turner. If you get rid of Marty, either go for a top notch guy as I typed above or give the team to an assistant who will allow for some consistency from the 14-2 season. Cam Cameron and Wade Phillips both left for head coaching jobs, and I get the feeling both would have stayed if asked. AJ Smith hired Norv Turner probably with the idea that he had assembled such a great team any idiot could get them to the Super Bowl and Norv Turner is good at developing young QBs. This arrogance has caused Smith to put his "guys" into key spots. How might have the Chargers of 2006 done in the playoffs with Drew Brees at the helm instead of Rivers? What about the offense with Moss or Roy Williams added to it, or weak secondary with Sean Taylor added to it? What about this season with most of the coaching staff still intact or all intact? This arrogance has caused Smith to take hard stances at every turn. It has clouded his ability to make sound judgments to give his team the best chance to win football games.
*****Note: I am pretty biased concerning Drew Brees because I liked his college career and hoped the Cowboys would draft him. I also thought that the best 'player' in the 2004 NFL draft was Sean Taylor (followed by Larry Fitzgerald and Kellen Winslow). Run on sentence coming... I also felt that if you have a decent QB and Randy Moss is available for a first round pick and you have two picks, trade a goddamn pick and pick up the best pure athlete to ever play WR, it's a no brainer. Good QBs are hard to find so the Chargers could have received a 1st rounder for Brees. It's just too odd that the Chargers have actually received so little for what they have given up or traded for. I think the optimal arrangement would have been Eli for the bounty of picks which would have included Sean Taylor, but instead of Merriman, the Chargers would have traded that pick for Moss. The loss of Merriman's pass rushing skills would be partially covered defensively by the best young safety in the league and offensively by the long ball threat of Randy Moss.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Thanksgiving

This is my frist Thanksgiving away from home. I'm not really sad about it. I love the fact that my wife and I can enjoy the day together and spend quality time with each other. Because she works nights (and Saturdays) and I work days, we do not get to see each other a lot during the week. She has 3 ays off in a row, and we're going to do lots of stuff together.

This post is an excuse to show a pic of one of my favorite depictions of the American Home, "Freedom from Want", by Norman Rockwell. If you're wondering, that's me on the left with the nice head of dark hair, well situated eyebrows and giant grin at seeing good food. Thanksgiving is sliding down in importance because our consumer culture cannot "sell" you anything for this holiday. It's about food and family. I love Thanksgiving and will never skip over it for more Christmas Shopping. Bah.
Thanksgiving is a day of good memories for me. My mom always hosted Thanksgiving for her side of the family (the colder side). My mom must be adopted because she just does not fit in with them. On Wednesday nights before T-day, my aunt and cousins would come over. My mom, aunt, sister and cousin Erin would make all of the pies, stuffing etc that night, and my cousin James and I would play football outside witht he lights on or watch 80s action movies that my uncle normally did not let him watch. My sister also had to make bread which was my Gramma's (other side of the family) recipe. The house would smell so good.
Thanksgiving mornings were about sleeping in and watching the Macy's parade. I'm a big Snoopy fan, so I always tried to catch his balloon (he was just on in his fighter pilot gear). I did like seeing the marching bands from different schools. It made playing in a school band look cool. I'd get dressed in a sweater (it was Maine) and khaki pants. No jeans! My mom would put out fudge, which is absolutely amazing, at about noon. This was just enough time to spoil your meal. I could eat about a lb of that fudge in a sitting. Then drink some water and eat another lb. It's that good.
As people arrived, the lineup was usually, my family (mom, dad, sis), my mom's sister's family (mataunt, uncle, two cousins), my memere and pepere and then my memre's mom, Memere Tardiff. I was lucky as my great grandmother came to Thanksgiving meals up until I was in college. The meal was always good, and the kid table usually had decent conversation. When I was younger it was about cartoons and school, and when I was older it was about who was dating who and school. At the end of the meal, my great grandmother did the dishes. She did them so she could pick off leftover food from other people's plates. I would say I usualy at the most at the meal if you excluded my great grandmother finishing off plates while doing the dishes. After her death, kind of in honor of her, I did some dishes. I guess the biggest eater should.
After the meal, there was usually a 30 minute break before desserts. The men would go to our family room to watch the end of the Lions game, and the women would go to the living room to listen to Christmas music and talk about whatever women talk about when they get together. My uncle and pepere would usually doze off. When I was younger, my cousin and I would play one on one tackle football. If we were lucky, it would snow a little, but that was not often. We'd come in an dessert would be ready. Blueberry, apple, chocolate cream, pumpkin, lemon meringue (sp?) and pumpkin & cream pie. If you had an energy problem, a round of desserts would do you good. It would be sometime around 5ish when people would start to leave. My family would end up having a small bit of leftovers later if we had room. As I got older, I would visit my buddy Al's home, where his mom would require a plate of food to be eaten before I could sit down. A couple of years, she even made me my own pumpkin pie. I'd stay up watching movies with my friends and plan the annual Thanksgiving Friday football game. Hard to imagine this all fit into 16 hours.
I am so thankful for my life. When I see that Rockwell painting, it does remind me of my Thanksgivings growing up. I was lucky. I am lucky.

Turkey Day NFL picks

The one rule for Thanksgiving Day games si that at least one home team covers. This will happen. The home field advantage, short rest advantage, no travel advantage is so large that it is completely unfair for the visiting squads who should get a bye week ebfore the game. Either a bye or the home team cannot have a home game the week before (both home teams had home games lst week).

LIONS +3.5 over Packers - The Lions are frauds, but I can see the Lions pulling out a win in shootout.

COWBOYS -14 over Jets - The Cowboys will wear really ugly jerseys, but the Jets defense is overmatched and their offense will not put many points up.

FALCONS +12.5 over Colts - The Colts injured list is just too long, and this could be another 20-13 game. Manning does need some decent WRs and linemen.

I'm going with all 3 home teams. Just a hunch.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

NFL week 11 picks

JAGS -3 over Chargers
Jags at home over a shaky San Diego team? Anyday of the week. I will be writing about the San Diego GM and his dumb moves shortly.

Browns -2.5 over RAVENS
Until the Ravens bench McNair, I cannot take their offense seriously. McNabb needs to take note of how McNair has aged because all of those injuries have caught up with him. McNabb has not been a healthy, steady QB like Favre, Brady, Manning, and I forsee problems for him as his bumps and bruises grow and grow.

JETS +9.5 over Steelers
I can see the Mangenious scheming a good defense to make Bad Ben appear in this game for the Steelers.

Redskins +10 over COWBOYS
No matter how good or bad these teams are, the line for this rivalry should never be double digits. Never.

IGGLES -10 over Dolphins
Dolhpins on the road with a rookie QB, nope, no way am I laying it on the line for him.

Bucs -3 over FALCONS
The Falcons are using this musical QB routine, and I feel bad for Bobby Petrino. He comes in to design an offense around Mike Vick. Because Vick is in place and has not told them how bad the dogfighting things is, they trade Matt Schaub. Petrino then has to design an offense for failed QBs Joey Harrington and Byron Leftwich.

VIKINGS -5 over Raiders
The AFC west gets no respect from me. None. This game is tailor made for the Vikings offense, pound the rock.

BENGALS -3 over Cards
Cards on the road, no.

COLTS -15 over Chiefs
I do not see how the Chiefs can score in this game without LJ. Brodie Croyle is not NFL material despite having a hot fiancee.

Giants -3 over LIONS
The Lions are a fraud and will be exposed by these Giants. This game is made for the Giants pass rush. The Lions have also forgotten to run the ball. I am not surprised by this as Mike Martz is a jackass, but it's rather odd considering he has Kevin Jones and Tatum Bell to use in the backfield.

Saints +1 over TEXANS
I will stand by my prediction that the Saints will sneak into the playoffs by finishing 9-7 atop the NFC South. Not firmly, but I'll stand by it.

PACKERS -10 over Panthers
If you are the Panthers, you have to consider going after Derek Anderson, McNabb in free agency or drafting a QB in the first round. It's the glaring hole in their offense: the QB spot.

49ERS +3 over Rams
A home underdog, hmmmmmm, I'd take it. These teams both suck, so a home team getting points is a pretty welcoming site.

SEAHAWKS -5 over Bears
Seahawks have such a good home field advantage that they could wint heir division at 8-8, host a 11-5 wild card team like the Giants and phucking win. It's that good. I dislike the Seahawks severely.

Patriots -whatever over BILLS
The Pats should win by 30. They will go 19-0, prepare for the douchebag Patriots fans to bring this up for 10 more years. Why 10? Well isn't global warming going to kill us all in 10 years? Right Al Gore?

Titans +2 ovr BRONCOS
I dislike going against the home team on MNF, but it's an AFC West team. The Broncos run defense is bad, and this could end up being a 100 yard night for LenDale White which will take all of the pressure off Vince Young's bad QB skills.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Reality vs. Fantasy

The trilogy of Imaginationland episodes on South Park made me think of the idea of reality vs. fantasy. It's sad that a cartoon has dealt with serious issues on a regular basis more than any other show on TV. It got me thinking about reality, fantasy, what qualifies as real. I consider the material world to be nothing without the wonderful internal computer, aka the brain, making order of it all. Now if nothing is real without comprehension by the brain, then does that mean that things created by the brain within the mind count as real on some plane. Do the fantasies that happen hourly in our minds have some reality somewhere in the fog that is the conscious state?

I like to think of Walter Mitty, and how he lived much more vibrantly in his fantasies than in his daily life. I go back to my complaint to people who have sexual fantasies and call them fantasies rather than just admitting "it's what I want to do, the rest of the time I have sex I am making up a fantasy to appear acceptable to my partner". That sexual fantasy is the real you and what you really want. Don't hide behind that normal Joe mask. This partly ties into how I have come to view the internet 2.0. Internet 2.0 is the whole youtube/myspace/friendster me me me internet idea. It's generally a place where people engage in self glorification and market themselves how they wish to be seen. Along another vein, it is where people go when they have an idea or belief and only want to live in an echo chamber where that belief is backed up non-stop (see most political websites, peak oil sites, and financial blogs both bull and bear). It's a place where we plug in and interact and leave out the parts of the real world that bother us or distract us from seeking that 'real' reality that we want to be a part of or enjoy for the moment. I will not even touch the absurd voyeurism gone wild that Internet porn has unleashed.

My fantasy is to be truly happy and at peace. I try to make it my reality.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

NFL Week 10 Picks

Falcons +4 over PANTHERS
As long as Vinny or David Carr are at the helm, bet against them.

PACKERS -6 over Vikings
The Vikings at home, yes. The Vikings on the road versus the Packers passing attack, no way in hell.

Broncos +3 over CHIEFS
I don't care if this is a road game. The Chiefs are without Larry Johnson, so now their offense is below shitty. It's sub-shitty.

Bills -2.5 over DOLPHINS
I don't like the use of Losman. I see Edwards back in the starting role within a few weeks.

SAINTS -11.5 over Rams
The saints keep marching to the playoffs. Remember, bet against the Rams heavily as they are printing people money this season.

Browns +9.5 over STEELERS
This si too many points in a divisional match up with a completely different ball club than what the Steelers faced in week 1. Let down game for Pittsburgh as well. Joe Thomas for runner up for rookie of the year.

Jags +4 over TITANS
When Vince Young wins this team games with his arm, then I'll believe in him versus decent opponents.

Iggles +2.5 over SKINS
This skins team is about to hit skid row with a series of difficult match ups. We'll see how they are standing in a month. Jason Campbell = game manager of the year.

Bengals +4 over RAVENS
Willis McGahee should shoot Steve McNair on the Friday walk through. Shoot him. McNair is killing this team. They stall drives because he sucks so bad. I typed last year about how sad he looked.I can't believe I am typing this but bring in Boller!

CARDINALS -1 over Lions
These Lions are poseurs, and the Cardinals are solid at home. Remember, Cardinals at home = yes, Cardinals on the road = no.

Cowboys -2 over GIANTS
I'm not a homer. Read on. The Cowboys offense has too many weapons for the Giants defense. The Giants defense has a great pass rush against immobile QBs and smaller offensive lines. Dallas has a mobile QB and a huge offensive line. Who do the G-men have for LBs? No one. They need to bring a safety down to help cover Witten, which will open up passing lanes to Crayton and Owens. Dallas is going to score 30. I don't see the Giants keeping up with them with a banged up Burress, an inconsistent running game, and no WR besides Burress to step up.

Bears -3 over RAIDERS
Josh McCown is starting for the Raiders. This is a no brainer.

Colts -3.5 over CHARGERS
I might change this if the injured list keeps growing by game time. Peyton can't win with so many guys out.

SEAHAWKS -10 over 49ers
The 49ers offense is horrible. Truly horrible. Their defense is awful. They are playing on the road in one of the toughest stadiums in the league to visit. That's worth 10 false starts right there with their small handed QB and shitty O-line.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

So when are we going to do something about it?

Heard about a recent poll, and wanted to check it out for "reals". This recent poll shows that 63% of Americans responded yes to the question, "Have recent price increases in gasoline caused any financial hardship for you or your household" (italics are mine). If you scroll down this page, you will see that people have been feeling this pinch and cognizant of it for some time. The best part is the "who is to blame" question that shows 20% of people blame Prez Bush, and only 4% blame American drivers. Let's wake up people. In 14 months or so, we won't have Bush to kick around anymore. We'll need to face our problems for real. Gas prices are based on supply and demand, if demand keeps going up, then would not the drivers be partly to blame? Jesus, I feel like I am taking crazy pills.

Notice that nearly half of respondents have not changed their behaviors despite this causing hardship. If something causes hardship, it causes extreme privation or suffering. I am pretty sure a hardship would cause a change in behavior. We, as a people, have to either redefine how much this is bothering us, or act in a way that reflects that we value this as a hardship. I bet it really is just an "annoyance" right now for most folks. Why do I say that? Look at this graph. Light trucks have worse mpg ratings and can also be defined as SUVs. I know SUVs have a place in the market because of snow driving and portions on the nation that need 4 wheel drive for access (my home state especially). I also think we all can agree that the SUV craze of the last 15 years has baptized a lot of suburban and urban warriors into the SUV ranks. No, you do not need an SUV in Newton, Massachusetts. This data does not show a decrease in light truck sales. The year so far seems mostly in line with 2006, and not far off of 2005.
I'm waiting for the big change in behavior. I know markets work pretty quickly, so if this is such a hardship, do something about it. Don't just bitch. Think about this folks: a car that gets 24/32 mpg will use roughly half the gas of an SUV that gets 14/20 mpg. Stick with me through this crude math, but say the city mpg difference (the 14 vs. 24) over 15,000 miles in a year, equates to roughly 450 fewer gallons of gas a year. At $3 a gallon, which is causing such a hardship, this equates to nearly $1500 a year. I would love an extra $1500 a year. Gas is not going back down to $1 a gallon anytime soon, so the money you'd save over the life of a car (roughly 7 years) would be ~$10,000. I seriously do not understand why people would not switch what they are driving to save the money on gas. I know some people need trucks for jobs; that's cool. I also know that a lot of Moms and teenagers drive SUVs for the safety reasons. Look, if anyone should be worried on the road it's not you guys. It's the rest of us who have to watch out for your horrible driving armed with a 6,000 lb vehicle.
As my friend's mom used to shake her finger and say "Quit-cha-bit-chin". Do something. The gas will only be priced that high if the demand is there for it. I know it is a more inelastic demand (econ speak), but any changes can make an impact.
***Like refusing to buy anything made in China. I like that idea, and want to take it one step further. Many Americans own mutual funds through our 401ks. Many mutual funds have shares of Mattel. I say we use this shareholder-ownership power to write to demand they bring Chinese products to safety requirements or bring the jobs back to the Americas. Sounds like a movie, but I think it might work. Every journey starts with one step.

Purple Jesus

While in college, I thought Adrian Peterson would make a good pro. He has an amazing blend of power, speed, agility and acceleration. The one hang up: injuries. I hope he stays healthy. If he does, we could witness Walter Payton 2.0 for the next 10-12 years. Purple Jesus!
Note: Purple Jesus is not my nickname for Adrian Peterson, but it is the creation of Kissing Suzy Kolber. The funniest football writers on the web.

Sunday, November 04, 2007

NFL Week 9 Picks

On fire, and I plan on keeping it that way, untz.

BILLS +1 over Bengals
Marvin Lewis should be canned after this season. He can't scheme shit for that defense, and has no eye for picking players.

LIONS -3 over Broncos
God's team or the Born Again team will carry the day at home. I think that MNF loss at home in OT tot eh Packers will deflate the Boncos for a while. Ball crushing.

TITANS -4 over Panthers
As long as the Panthers start David Carr, gamble against him.

Packers +2 over CHIEFS
I do not believe in these Packers, but the Chiefs have no offense to keep up with them.

Chargers -7 over VIKINGS
Purple Jesus might be having the greatest rookie season since Randy Moss, but he is not beating the Chargers by himself.

49ERS +3.5 over Falcons
Bleh. This game is ungh.

SAINTS -3 over Jags
The Saints keep marching towards the playoffs. Mark my words, they will win the NFC South.

JETS +3.5 over Skins
This si more out of hatred for the Skins, but I am not sold on Jason Campbell at all.

BUCS -4 over Cardinals
Remember pickt he Cards when at home, bet against them on the road.

Seahawks +1 over BROWNS
I hope Derek Anderson gets paid this offseason with a fat contract for this one good year he is putting together.

RAIDERS -3 over Texans
Go with the crappy team at home.

Ravens +9 over STEELERS
This line is too high with the Ravens defense involved. Too high.

Patriots -6 over COLTS
Sad to admit, but I have to pick them. They will go 19-0.

Cowboys -3 over IGGLES
The window closes on the Reid-McNabb Iggles with a loss tonight. Dallas has too many weapons for the Iggles to keep up.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Only One Peak Matters

Peak Oil. Peak Grain. Peak Water. Peak Mayhem. Seriously, read the last sentence in that link. Peak Fidelity. Peak Technology. I think you get the point. The doomsday folks have been running with this peak idea for a while now. It feels like a redux of the '70s. I'm not going to touch on Global Warming, which I do believe in, but not in Al Gore "the world will end two days before the day after tomorrow" terms. I want to talk about one peak that happened that I think truly matters, and impacts everybody's life every single day. Peak Sex.

This impacts every person's daily routine. Every person's ability to smile a little more, sleep a little better, or have fewer stress headaches. Sexual interaction is one of the greatest gifts to humans on this planet. I think it's humans, dolphins and bonobo chimpanzees that have sex for fun. Sometime prior to 1980, maybe 1978, sex peaked for Americans. We have been offtrack ever since, slowly sliding down to the state of sexuality now.

What do I mean peaked? I know there has been a resurgence of sorts that started around the Millenium of very loose standards in sexuality best associated with spring break trips, young women's clothing, and the spread of ecstasy. Been there done that says America. Go back to the late 70s. It's the same damn clothes (halter top, big heels, hot pants), different epicenters (discos vs. Mexican/Florida beaches), and a different drug (cocaine). Here's the extra kicker of the '70s peak in sex that will always nail it for me: no HIV/AIDS.

Imagine a world where the worst news your doctor could say with relation to an STD was "you have herpes". For chrissake, we have ads on daytime TV that are openly confronting herpes, "Valtrex: It's about suppression". Nowadays, a person can go "woohoo", all I gotta do is take this super strong antibiotic, and I'm cool. Why cool? Well, it's a hell of a lot better than HIV. In a world with no HIV, condoms lose their importance as long as a lady is on the greatest drug ever invented that does not cause you to trip or hallucinate: the Pill.

No condom-pill sex. This was the topic of conversation between my friends and I when we were in college. Do you do it? Do you feel uncomfortable? Do you worry about HIV? Seriously, it's not like we were having sex with gay men from Fire Island or heroin IV needle abusers, and we were still worried. All of those years of HIV scare tactics in Health class worked wonders on us. We would yell to the moon and curse how the folks in the '70s had it so easy.
Some people like to say that sex is more open now, and things are all 'cool' now to talk about, people do more of a variety of things. Fuck you! You're a sadist or a masochist and go to bars geared towards that. Check history out and learn why you're called a Sadist. Oh you were in 3somes or orgies in college whooptedoo, Romans, Greeks and assorted other people were ahead of you. Had an open relationship and were pan-sexual? Ever hear of key parties. The boundaries have all been pushed and done before. There's really nowhere to go with sex. The internet really just makes porn easier to access, nothing really new. Sex is still an awesome gift we have, but we of course, abused it, and now have to couch our (society's) enjoyment of it for the rest of days. I do not forsee a pharmaceutical company creating Howard Chaykin's fictional mañanacillin, no matter how profitable it would be. Because of this, I will declare sex as going through highs and lows, but with an absolute highwater mark on New Year's Eve of 1977 at some disco in NYC.
**Tongue is firmly in cheek with this entry. Grace Kelly appears in this entry because I won't post photos of my wife on this page, so Grace Kelly is the next beautiful woman I will put up for a post about sex.