Cheddar wk10, LSU +6.5 at Bama

Check it out:  I made it through the entire baseball season without watching one full inning.  Not even one full half-inning.  Actually I don’t think I watched a full at bat.

baseball-players-sleepingNow for several years I had purchased the MLB package and watched most (all?) of the Indians games on my Apple TV.  It was fine, like background noise.  But I don’t know… the farcical concept grasping mercantilism of MLB became too much.  As laughable as it is that cities able to support $200 million payrolls play in the same league with those who struggle at $25 million, I think I finally grew actively offended when I heard the lip service from MLB about recognizing how dull the 3.5 hour games had become and wanting to improve its pace of play.  The solution from the suits1 in baseball was:

"Because getting it right is most important."

“Because getting it right is most important.”

  • touch not the time used between innings for precious ad space;
  • adopt instant replay;
  • applaud selves on huge TV contracts and claim that data point as proof that game is strong.

Used to live in neighborhoods where I could walk to get will-call tickets at Fenway and Wrigley.  It was cool old school:  coming up the tunnel in Fenway is going from black and white to color.  Hitting the bleachers in Wrigley at 11am for a 2pm start is its own unique Chicago tradition.

But now, even in those places, the focus is on the peripheral, the act of going to an event — any event.  Christ Yawkey Way is like a Disney theme park imagineering of a city scape.  Any resemblance to old Wrigley now is accidental because God forbid your city not have an overbuilt publicly-funded shrine to the distraction that are sports.

The baseball that takes place inside the facilities is incidental.

Anyway, baseball can just fuck off.  I ain’t watching it, I ain’t funding it.  Couldn’t actually care less.


No lines on UVA/Miami, Jags/Jets, Titans/Saints.


Early post for the NIU/Toledo game.  Full lines up tomorrow. LSU/Bama will be the all-play.


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  • bupalos

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  • trashycamaro

    Bama over LSU

    Colts over Broncos +4.5

    Eagles -3 over Cowboys

    Giants -2.5 over Broncos

    Panthers +2.5 over Packers

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  • Matt Borcas

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  • Tim Butler

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  • CleveLandThatILove

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  • Andy Rhode

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  • bupalos

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  • Petefranklin

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  • Its Only Money

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      CHEDDAR $$$
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  • Chris Schroeder

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    Colts – I really wanted to essay this. Broncos bubble has to bust and away at the Colts seems the trap game.
    Panthers – are for real.
    LSU – I liked this pick before I knew it was all play.

    Steelers – Essay Pick

    Unlike the Browns, the Steelers will find a way to contain Crabtree and Cooper, disrupting Carr and creating havok on defense.
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  • The Iron Sheik

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  • ChuckKoz

    Washington -1.5 (vs Utah)
    ASU +2.5 (at WSU)
    Bears +4 (at Chargers)
    Eagles -3 (at Cowboys)
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    Essay: Ohio St -23 (vs Minnesota)

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  • Chris Schroeder

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    Location: Lincoln, Nebraska
    Stadium: Memorial Stadium – Field Turf
    Capacity: 87,000
    Time: 7:00 PM
    Broadcast: ESPN
    Mascot: Sparty vs. Herbie Husker
    Fun Fact: Nebraska’s student section name ‘The Boneyard”

    The Game: Well, well Nebraska that transition into the Big Ten was promising, but it’s looking like that decision is starting to back fire on you. Old Bo was let go after winning 9 games in consecutive season. The standard at Nebraska as an understatement is high. That turf toe injury will linger for Mr. Armstrong and the Spartans defense wont make his day any easier. Michigan States watch Tuesday night for the release of the CFP and mix emotion probably surrounded the program this week. State will me motived to show the press that they can be explosive on both sides of the ball. I’m not calling a blow out, but at points in the game it will sure look like it. Michigan State wins and covers.

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    Utah +1.5 over Washington
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    @ Michigan (won easily)
    @ UCLA–a team ranked in the top ten–the Utes won
    @ Oregon St (squeaked by, but won)
    @ ASU–ranked 14–lost in OT
    @ Stanford (won in 2OT)
    @ Colorado (escaped with yet another road win)
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    @ Oregon–ranked 13–dominated them in their house at night.
    @ USC–got blown out in an absolutely terrible spot by a more talented team.

    Washington may have beaten USC this year, but they ain’t USC. They may have been able to move the ball last week against an unprepared Arizona team, but they won’t be doing that again this weekend.
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    TCU -5 over Oklahoma St
    I was not a believer in TCU coming in to this year. I thought they would still be good but were likely to drop off a bit and was never sold on Boykin. I still believe Oklahoma wins the conference and makes the playoff, but I’m finally coming around on TCU. They are the much better team here. I’ve watched a few Okie St games at this point and they are nowhere near the class of TCU. They will not be ranked by year’s end.

    Kentucky +14 over Georgia***
    This is Mark Richt’s last year with the Bulldogs and the season is circling the drain. The young qb they are committing to is not good. They’re backup running back is decent enough but he’s playing hurt. Brian Scottenheimer is somehow their high-priced OC and they are already looking to get rid of him. (Quite amazing how long-time Zara favorite Tavon Austin is playing this year now that Scottenheimer is no longer in St. Louis.)  Richt supposedly fired his defensive coordinator this week, but then the d coordinator allegedly punched him in the face and now he’s back on the job. Richt is a good coach, but he’s not good enough to stay at a place for well over a decade without winning something before thngs implode. He is John Cooper. He will be lucky if this year ends as well as it did for Cooper with that mediocre 2000 Buckeye team. Shit starts to get ugly today with a Kentucky upset.

    • actovegin1armstrong

      “see your neuroses, and observe your habits.”
      That is the most frightening thing that I have ever read.

  • ChuckKoz

    AP: LSU

  • jdoepke

    Still looking for that bounce back week to put me back above that red line. Here we go.

    LSU +6.5 (AP)
    Eagles -2.5
    Nebraska +5.5
    IU +7
    Ga St +3.5

    Essay:
    Navy +8
    The whole world thinks Memphis is a top 5 team, they’ve been so disrespected in the rankings…look they’re a good team but I saw Cincy take them to the wire on their home field with a freshman QB and they should’ve won if the freshman didn’t make a freshman mistake with 7 seconds left. Navy is always a tough matchup and I love the points I’m getting here. 54% bets on Memphis but 86% money on Navy. I normally don’t do football analysis but I think Navy controls the clock with their offense (Memphis defense ain’t that good) and takes advantage of a good spot where public is so high on Memphis for being “disrespected” in the rankings. Memphis 34 – Navy 30

  • Jmacdaddio

    UNC -7.5
    Utah +1.5
    Iowa -7 (Essay)
    LSU +6.5
    Giants -2.5
    Vikings -2.5

    Week 10 and all I need to do is get Lobsterfests from here on out to win the league. No problem. I took my degenerate pills this morning. At least I hope they were – I’ll be upset if I’m only getting a placebo. I guess I won’t know thanks to those darn clinical trial rules and regulations. Iowa has been a solid team most of the year, while Indiana is not terrible, which is about all they can expect from a school better known for a sport involving a round ball and peach baskets. I expected this spread to be much higher given the football gap between the two teams (Indiana lost to Rutgers…. say no more). While home field for Indiana is worth something, it should bring the spread down to non-blowout range, not a mere touchdown.

  • from PETER M

    Essasy Pick Pats -13.5 over Washington. The Cheaters have been good to me all year. They have dismantled lesser teams. If the Bucs can light up the Wash Defense, imagine what Brady will do.

    Speaking of bad defense, Eli Manning will have his way with the Bucs. Enjoy the warmth and hospitality of the worst secondary in football.

    No Romo, Eagles beat the Boys.

    The Vikings have the QB the Browns passed on. Make yourself miserable, Watch Teddy lead his team to victory.

    ND beats Pitt. Pitt hasn’t played a significant game since 1979.

    Bama, just because.

  • squeekycleen

    ****ESSAY AND GAME OF YEAR**** – NEBRASKA

    Been a really crummy football year in this contest (not as bad outside of it), but still time to make a move. Typically, the late season weirdness plays to my advantage and this contest falls right into that basket. About midseason, I look over the remaining schedules of the contenders and look for some soft spots. Of all the contenders, this game jumped off the page. But that really is only part 1. If Mich St. showed up as a 10 pt fav I would have been much less enthusiastic. But 6?? Seriously, that is a weird one. I’m not sure what there is to like about Nebraska, but there must be something. This line is without a doubt baiting lots of Michigan St. action. Perhaps the square side cashes here, but I’m dubious. I’ll take my big shot with the Huskers. Hopefully Tommy Armstrong plays like Tommy Frazier.

  • Capitalgg

    Played some early #MACtion this week because early week MACtion is back. Still reeling a bit from the Domers spit the bit in a blowout spot against Temple. Seriously, other than ND being only kinda good, did that happen?

    All-play: LSU +6.5 @ Alabama: When in doubt, take the points?
    1. Toledo -7.5 v. Northern Illinois: LOSS
    2. Bowling Green -20.5 v. Ohio: WIN
    3. UMass -2 v. Akron
    4. Utah +2.5 @ Washington

    Matt Cassel is making his second start the Cowboys this week. He threw for an amazing 97 yards last week. On 13 completions. While he won’t be that bad, it figures to be a rough day for “America’s Team”. You have to think the numbers will be improved, but it doesn’t figure to be enough against an Eagles team in a bounceback spot after an ugly loss to the Panthers and a bye week. I expect Chip Kelly and the Eagles -3 to win this one easily.

  • GRRustlers

    Week 10 Picks

    Colorado (+16) over Stanford – You will not find a team in CFB that will improve more from the first snap of the season to the last than Colorado. A wonderful job by MacIntyre and Leavitt and the toughest QB in America not named Josh McCown. Sefo Liufau is going to hold a special place in Colorado history. All of this and David Shaw is terrified of Ralphie which is really funny to me.

    Vikings (-2.5) over Rams – YOU SPENT THE MONEY TO RESEARCH THE RIGHT QB TO TAKE AND LET THE OWNER USE A HOMELESS GUY AS AN EXCUSE TO SELL NEW JERSEYS.

    Washington (-1.5) over Utah – Washington is the team no one would want any part of in a 32 team playoff. Memphis and Toledo would beg for Utah.

    Florida State (+12) over Clemson – I don’t believe.

    AP – LSU (+6.5) over Alabama – Good luck playoff people figuring out the SEC.

    Essay Pick

    It’s bad enough that the Coach has been fired. Is there a worse coaching job in America than Hawaii? The rumblings are only going to get louder as to whether Hawaii will even have a football team going forward. When college football programs tell you they are losing money it’s perfectly logical to laugh right in their face. Hawaii should at least make you pause. Travel costs are real. No one goes to their games. The only people who watch them are gamblers and drunks (I watch a lot of Hawaii football). God bless you Robert Kekaula unless you are a Fresno fan. The end is near for Hawaii…it’s bad enough that we have lost the WAC and we may now lose Hawaii.

    Love UNLV this week.

    UNLV (-9.5) over Hawaii

    Pro Tip – Save Hawaii football…HIRE BOB STITT.

  • FTCMikeD

    For now…
    Purdue
    Oregon
    AP: Bama

  • Nick

    Illinois
    Memphis
    LSU
    Rams
    Giants

  • HitTheHorns

    2) WVU -8: Song from my youth I’ve been singing all day: “when you roll with the Mountaineers, let Major Harris drive…”

    • HitTheHorns

      FUCK YOU HOLGORSEN YOU PHIL COLLINS LOOKING SHIT HEAD

      • HitTheHorns

        3) LSU +6.5

  • pateslvrblk

    bama msu cal giants*** eagles raiders
    essay to follow.

    • pateslvrblk

      Giants
      Was very impressed with Giants’ *loss* last week. The offense kept coming back, showed a lot of heart. And six TD passes. And talent. Speaking of which, I’m looking forward to seeing JPP’s debut. I don’t hate Jameis and love Mike Evans but don’t see Lovie Smith’s V-Jax-less Bucs on the same planet as Sean Payton’s Saints offensive-wise. Thrilled to play them for less than a field goal.

  • cwonder23

    BGSU -20.5 vs Ohio U (win)
    Maryland +13 vs Wiscy
    Panthers +2.5 vs Packers
    Broncos -4.5 @ Colts
    All Play: Bama -6.5 vs LSU
    Essay: Duke +7.5 vs UNC

    Don’t get me wrong, I love this UNC team and the Chizik-revamped defense. However, Duke has a got a great defense on the other side as well (12th in points against). They should be out for blood a week after getting hosed by the refs on “The Return.” Forecast calls for some wet coastal weather and a defensive grind which is why I will take the points here. Stolen stat of the week: Duke is 8-1 in their last nine games as an underdog and while I expect UNC to prevail, I think it will be low scoring and close. UNC 17-Duke 13.

  • super p forever

    iowa -7 indiana
    ND -9 pitt
    duke +7.5 north carolina
    broncos -4.5 indy
    all play: alabama -6.5 lsu
    essay: vanderbilt +21 florida

    The Gators’ defense is built to beat the AEC East, but their offense…

    It peters out from there. super p prime was reading it to me and I got distracted by the high school lines posted above.

    I’ve said many times to many people that there’s a grand sense of uncertainty in humanity that washes over me when I flip to KNR and hear in-depth discussion of high school football.

    So many questions:

    * How do these people know so much about high school football? Who has the time to follow it? Who could possibly watch all the high school games that you would need to in order to actually make judgements on the teams? Are these games even available to watch?

    * Assuming it’s even possible to actually be well-versed in high school football, why would you want to be well-versed and invested in high school kids that aren’t your relatives? Why are you so passionate about the skills and accomplishments of a 16 year-old you’ve never met? (I’m not implying anything salacious – I just don’t get it.)

    * Also, all those kids that die playing, and etc.

    And to gamble on it? People actually do this?

    In general, I’m not against people gambling (I’m not a gambler by nature and think it’s pretty destructive) but on high school football? Doesn’t that seem an even more uncertain gamble than random NBA games in January?

    (btw we almost picked the Browns last night, but I messed up and forgot to enter the picks. hahaa)

  • from UNCLE D

    what else is new, a fools pick ?!? well, I’m hosting a party for the browns / johnnies debacle in Cinci. however, some of my closest friends are bengals fans and i just can’t let them see me cheering for Cinci,. I’m gonna pray for some excitement out of the WR/s and hopefully the DB/s will finally have a break out game. I’m predicting a Cleveland upset, meaning, they cover the spread. en route to dismal finish to the season. HERE WE GO BROWNIES !

    picks:
    CLEVE
    RUTGERS
    MINNY
    PSU
    DENVER
    BAMA

  • CleveLandThatILove

    Brownies for 1.

  • Nick

    Let this be my non essay week and make it the browns. For frowns, mountains, and iyengar.

  • jpftribe

    Browns for 1 point tonight. 11 points for a division game is too much.

  • FlyHighCharlieFrye

    Better write my essay while I’m here

    Georgia stinks. Kentucky stinks worse. Deep, deep thinking into this one. Saw Kentucky in person last week, at least with one eye open, and boy that team wouldn’t win the MAC. Either division. There’s apparently a shitstorm in Georgia and I know that staff stinks and apparently that QB stinks but as everybody is jumping off that wagon after The Cocktail Party, I’m hopping on because Kentucky doesn’t appear to be good at anything.

  • PJD19

    Essay pick of the week
    Browns over Bengals

    This is the one game I’m sure to watch this week. My family and I have certainly gathered no moss lately, but find ourselves currently resting our heads in Cleveland. We have lots of things to think about and work on and prepare for, but a Thursday night football game diversion for a few hours sounds like just the ticket. And after reading frowns stirring POTY prose, i want to back his play – as good friends do in things that matter. And cheddar bay POTY’s certainly matter, especially when picked by looking inward.

    Ubuff for one point

    remainder of the picks to come

  • CLEVTA

    1. Kent ST +2.5

    • CLEVTA

      1. Kent (W)
      2. Titans +
      3. Indiana +7
      4. FSU +12
      5. LSU +6.5 (All Play)
      6. WVU -8 (Essay): Texas Tech’s defense is beyond awful. Like 121st in the nation bad on yds/play basis. WVU has gone thru a incredible Big12 gauntlet of Oklahoma, Ok St, Baylor, TCU with 3/4 coming on the road. That’s crazy. Now they get a chance to breathe a little bit going up against T Tech at home. I expect Skyler Howard to put up big numbers vs Tech’s d and in a land of horrendous defenses in the Big12, WVU is somewhat respectable. Tech at home is pretty competitive but stick them away from home and they are horrendous. In 4 away or neutral games they’ve gone 2-2 but lost by 36 and 28 and only beat Kansas by 10, the worst team in D1. WVU gets back on track with a double digit W here

  • limaontinder

    PLAY OF THE YEAR: BUNGLES BUNGLES BUNGLES
    I’m sitting 25 points out of first place. I can blame many things on that fact, starting with the late entry. I can also blame spending time reading @ClevelandTMZ’s timeline instead of researching games. When I read that Frowns is picking the Browns tonight as his play of the year, I can only do one thing and that is go against Frowns. Why does that make sense? It doesn’t. Almost all of my instincts have been wrong and Frowns is sitting in 12th place and reminds me every time I talk to him that to win in Cheddar you just gotta hit your essay picks. It’s no mistake the upper echelon of the ranks are filled with people who have hit POTY and the bottom rungs are filled with those of did not. Listen, after watching Farmer sweat more than Lima during an STD test, there’s only one way this season is gonna go. The same week that Paul Brown lands a spot on the NFL Network is the same week that we’re reminded that Cincinatti benefited where the Browns fucked up and leadership matters. Decision makers matter. We have horrible ones. Bengals all the way tonight.

    • HitTheHorns

      Nice call.

    • This is what Cheddar Bay is all about.

  • HitTheHorns

    Essay: Bengals -11
    We have a lot of evidence that Cleveland is a good pick tonight. Cincy can’t lose and always cover, the Browns can’t win and never cover (this is evidence for CLE because these stats even out.) Public on CIN. Physical, emotional, season defining win in PIT last week for Bengals. Divison games on a short week tend to be played tight. Natural letdown spot against a beat up team starting a backup QB on a short week. Massive internal drama for the Browns this week. Bengals could be looking ahead to 11 days off after tonight. 11 points mean back door cover is in play. Clean sweep on espn.com of ‘experts’ picking Cincinnati. So if Cincy was playing any other team this week, I’d be picking the other team. Normal rules do not apply to the Browns.

  • UB for me tonite.

    • Tulsa***
      I was going in a different direction (Marshall) for my essay until Friday’s SMU/Temple game. Less interested in the final outcome, more interested in SMU playing Temple tough until fourth quarter. Makes last week’s nerve wracking Tulsa essay cover more significant. Increases my already strong fondness for Tulsa and their coach Phil Montgomery. Same Phil Montgomery who was Art Briles’ OC for seven odd years. Guess here is he’ll be one and done at Tulsa (should be an auction between VaTech and Miami for his services) so load up now. Load up on true Baylor warp-speed offense executed by less elite athletes but against sub Big 12 defenses. And this week, Tulsa is at home against totally checked out UCF. With George OLeary’s resignation after the Houston game, UCF gave up 50+ to Cincy. The QB is the interim HC and it’s hard to think he’s conjured a game plan equipped to dee-up against a Baylor offense. Tulsa is playing for bowls; UCF is currently in the Kansas zone.

      also PSU,

  • Matt Borcas

    Give me the Browns tonight in honor of Frownie’s POTY.

    • Matt Borcas

      LSU +6.5 over Bama
      OK. State +5 over TCU

  • Ohio high school playoff lines are back and posted above.
    If I had a second POTY and the ExecCmte would allow, Middies -25.5 all day long!!

  • Two picks of passion for tonight.

    One was decided this morning, Kent St. +2.5 vs. Buffalo because I love Kent at home and it’s still unseasonably warm out up there.

    The other was decided after I read this, “Which is to say that one of the best excuses for football is its effectiveness as a memory enhancer.” Thanks, Frowns. Essay for the week is Browns +11 over Bengals.

    This is really a very personal essay and I’m sure most of you wouldn’t enjoy it so I’ll save you from expanding this comment. The Browns played the Bengals on a Thursday night, in Cincinnati almost exactly a year ago. 364 days ago to be precise. I had been living in Nashville for three months, working part time for my company in Cleveland at home, and had yet to make a single friend in Nashville. I would say I hadn’t tried very hard, but frankly, I hadn’t tried at all.
    On this Thursday night last year, I had just arrived at a house in Denver that would serve as headquarters for my bachelorette party. With my little (22 yr. old) sister in tow, the front door swung open to my best girlfriend from college making chili with my best girlfriends in Cleveland, both of which from Dayton, but only one of which a Bengals fan. The Bengals fan and I cuddled up next to each other to catch up and watch the game while others arrived and food was served. I could not believe my eyes when the Browns took a commanding lead early on and I ditched the television broadcast to bask in the company of so many people that I love so much.
    I am not someone with lots of close and intimate girlfriends. I don’t have much experience with girls nights out or group texts. It was really special to be around a group of ten or so people that I had actually let into my life and had let me into theirs. Hardly any of them knew each other yet everyone got along swimmingly and it all started on that Thursday night.
    For the second half of the game, I relocated to the hot tub out back, where the night gets a little hazy, but I do vividly remember checking my phone from time to time and seeing the Browns score increase and the Bengals score not budging. Smiling slyly to myself, I knew it would be an amazing weekend, and it was.
    It’s also crazy to reflect and be grateful for all of the truly lovely friends I have made in Nashville now, how at this time last year I wasn’t married yet, and how I had no idea I would be working full time at a startup with people I absolutely adore and love working for. It’s amazing how much can change in one year. The one thing I hope to remain steady though, is the Browns. We were terrible at this point last year, too. Terribly good.

    • WVU -8 vs. Texas Tech
      Connecticut -6 vs. Tulane
      Wyoming +11.5 vs. Colorado State

  • zarathustra

    Mississippi St -8 over Mizzou

    I got this at 7 on Sunday night and prayed that it wouldn’t move so that I could essay it. I desperately want to chase this and essay it anyway, but will settle for a one-pointer for now.
    Missy St is not a great team by any means, but they technically are still alive in the west so should be plenty motivated coming off a bye. The offense started clicking the last few games albeit against inferior competition, but they come into tonight’s game with confidence.
    The Mizzou D is statistically one of the best in the SEC, but, as with my essay last week that mentioned the Georgia defensive statistics were inflated due to their competition, the same applies here. They’re FBS schedule has been Arky St, UCONN, Kentucky, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, and Vanderbilt. Vandy is by far one of the worst offenses in FBS and I would argue Georgia isn’t much better at this point; UCONN is maybe mediocre, and South Carolina is worse. The Mizzou defense does have a lot of talent up front so who knows, but I’ll wager this defense isn’t quite as good as it seems.
    The Mizzou offense is exactly as it seems though. They have faced some damn good defenses the past month so maybe it’s not entirely fair to judge them by the measly four field goals they were able to muster in those three games, or the less than 100 yards rushing they average on the year, or that freshman Drew Lock has failed to complete 43% of his passes in any of those games, but I will judge them anyway. Then consider Maty Mauk was reinstated during the bye so there was probably much relief throughout the team that just maybe the offense would improve. Not just relief, but hope. That hope likely all vanished when Maty was suspended from the program again this week. Back to Drew Lock, back to struggling to get field goals. Hope gone. Part of the beauty of this reality football contest is capitalizing on the broken dreams and fragile psyches of teenage and early 20-something football players. It is the type of fulfillment lacking in my life when it’s not football season. Thank you to the chairman and chairman emeritus as well as the executive committee for making it possible.

  • Life is, of course, evolution and involution. Sometimes you’ve got to wake up, and sometimes you’ve got to go to sleep. You’ve got to breathe in, and you’ve got to breathe out. If you do too much of one and not enough of the other, life, of course, starts to slip away.

    Of course, in this business of football voting, as with everything else, sometimes you’ve got to look out, and sometimes you’ve got to look in. If one were to break Cheddar Bay essays into just two categories, (s)he could do worse than to break them into votes based more on outward-looking reasons, and those based more on inward-looking reasons. E.g., on one hand, we’ll often see, “I’m voting for team X because it hasn’t covered in 5 weeks, and team Y’s quarterback/coach is terrible, and everyone else doesn’t understand this about the Xs and Os between these two teams.” And on the other hand, not quite as often, we’ll see things like: “I’m voting for team X because it’s my alma mater, and I’m here for the weekend for my reunion,” or “I’ll be in the booth with my brother, who’s calling the game for the X network,” or “I’m only going to get to watch one game this weekend and what fun is football if I don’t get to vote against the team wearing bloody flag jerseys, life is too short,” or “I was wandering through the woods and ran into an old man with no pants, who told me this and that.” http://603brown.com/2015/10/07/cheddar-wk5-seahawks-3-at-bengals/#comment-2300233522

    Successful football voting, of course, requires both, as circumstances dictate. Too much of one and not enough of the other, and one’s place in the standings starts to slip away. You’ve got to breathe in, and you’ve got to breathe out. All the better if you can catch a whiff or a glimpse at what happens in the moments between the last breath leaving and the next breath coming in.

    Which is to say that one of the best excuses for football is its effectiveness as a memory enhancer. For every Super Bowl since 1996 (among many other games), tell me who was playing and I can remember exactly where I was, whom I was with, maybe what I did before or after, maybe even something silly that was bothering me at the time, but at least something of the inchoate from every one of those days. If nothing else, and like nothing else (for better or worse), football slows life down – makes it less of a blur – in this unquestionably real way.

    Which is to explain why Browns +11 over Bengals is my Pick of the Year.

    Because I could point to things like the fact that Bengals have in fact covered the spread every week so far this season and come in to tonight’s matchup as hot as a side could be, while the Browns look to have entered their annual spiral. I could say that the Browns aren’t as bad as their
    record says they are, that they’re due to show up well this week, that 11 points is a ton for a divisional matchup, that funny things happen more often than not on Thursday Night Football, and this is the perfect night for the Bengals to take one off, especially with this being the first night that they’ll be missing key starters to injury. http://www.foxsports.com/nfl/story/cincinnati-bengals-andre-smith-right-tackle-out-concussion-110515

    But that wouldn’t be enough. Not with the Browns, and especially not with John Football taking the snaps.

    Which is to say that I’m on vacation in the mountains with a lady who had a dream that she should write a poem about the Browns covering the spread tonight. We’ll be watching the game with a Browns fan who lives in these mountains, whom we’d never have met were it not for all three of the Browns, the internet, and B.K.S. Iyengar. Some things a person has got to be down for, win or lose. I won’t soon forget. I am a damned fool who knows nothing. Here we go Brownies, here we go.

    • PJD19

      You’re the poet laureate of football voting. For inward reasons I’ll roll with you tonight on the browns.

    • Welp, it is like I was saying. SMU for one point tonight, please.

      • LSU, Panthers, Broncos and GMTFO, thx.

        • Cancel Broncos and give me Cal over Oregon instead, pls.

          • Forget the Panthers, too. The way my picks are going this week, the only thing that feels right now is a dive straight for the bottom of the dumpster. Redskins +14 over Pats. Looking forward to commiserating over this and other indignities with the illustrious “Pete Franklin” in person for the 1:00 games.

  • mmmmsnouts

    Have you ever played open-face Chinese poker? This is a devious variant of Chinese poker or pineapple, where you try and make three separate hands out of 13 cards. There’s a front 5-card hand, a middle 5-card hand, and a back 3-card hand. You get your first five cards at the beginning, then one at a time until you have 13. You have to use every card you’re given, and you have to make poker hands of descending strength from front to back. So if your front hand is two pair but your middle hand is three of a kind, it’s a foul. You earn or lose points (usually one point = $1) based on the hands you make and how they rank compared to the other players’ hands. You can earn bonus points for very strong hands, but if you foul, you lose at all three levels, which can be quite expensive.

    I’ve played live OFC one time. I was brought into a game one afternoon at Derby Lane in St. Petersburg by my friend Collin, former Cheddar contestant and my degenerate role model. I picked up the strategy of the game right away, but my cards were just dreadful. I was losing pretty badly for awhile, until finally I had the odds on my side. If you make queens or better in your back 3-card hand and you don’t foul, you get to play the next hand in “fantasyland.” Then you get all 13 cards dealt to you at the beginning, face down, and you can arrange your hands in advance. It’s a huge advantage and extremely profitable. There were four cards left in the deck. Three of them would complete my board and send me to “fantasyland,” where I could make up most of my losses in one fell swoop. The fourth card would make me foul. Guess which one I got. That was the last hand of OFC I’ve ever played.

    Anyway, I thought of that day when I decided to fade a notoriously bad handicapper last week and he somehow went 4-1, causing me to go 1-4. Like, of all the weeks I choose to do this, he finally comes good? Oh, and I lost ANOTHER bet by half a point. I’d have to see what my record is in that situation this year. I think I’ve lost every single one of them. I’m not good at this and I’m unlucky. What a horrible combination.

    ALL PLAY: LSU +6.5 vs. Alabama. I think it will be a little harder for Bama to slow down Fournette than for LSU to slow down Henry. Also I couldn’t live with myself if I was backing Jacob Coker.

    USF +3.5 vs. East Carolina. Really like the Bulls outright in this game. I know, I can’t believe it either!

    Kansas State +17.5 vs. Baylor. Slow pace + true freshman QB on the road + bad Baylor defense + half point.

    Houston -8 vs. Cincinnati. For Christmas this year, Tom Herman is getting PAID.

    Louisiana Tech -30 vs. North Texas. In his last year at USF, Skip Holtz hired Chris Cosh as his defensive coordinator. The defense was horrible and it got them both fired. Now Chris Cosh is North Texas’s DC and Louisiana Tech is legit explosive. Pray for the Mean Green.

    ESSAY: Giants -2.5 vs. Bucs

    Can we maybe get someone to coach the Bucs who isn’t jank? I mean, after Jon Gruden was fired for “only” going 9-7, I had to put up with Raheem Morris for 3 years, then Greg Schiano for 2, and now it’s Lovie Smith. The game is passing Lovie by, and his conservatism and bad game management should have cost them against Atlanta last week. While they were in the process of blowing a 17-point lead, the week after they blew a 24-point lead to Washington, I tweeted that the only thing keeping Lovie in charge was the phrase “Interim Coach Leslie Frazier.” It’s going to be a shame when Dirk Koetter leaves along with Lovie because Jameis is noticeably better now than he was in September. Anyway, I’m pretty sure the Bucs will come up short against a red-hot Eli Manning because they can’t stop anyone from throwing all over them (see: “game is passing Lovie by”). Plus there will be legions of meathead Giants fans in Tampa next Sunday. They’re going to have to power wash the whole stadium to get rid of the smell after the game. Ugh.

  • agnesbojaxhiu

    NIU (win)
    Alabama -6.5
    Rams + 2.5
    Browns +11 Essay
    SMU + 13.5
    Bills -3

    I was going to take this as my no essay week because I am on vacation, but I had my first ever cheddar bay dream last night (really my first ever dream about football) and it involved my writing a poem about the Browns. I haven’t taken the Browns since my first week in cheddar bay. I was so naive then, confusing loyalty and strategy. Well I am not much of a poet (no more than I am an expert on anything except maybe rare football plays) but I have been trying to channel the spirit of Emily Dickinson all day ( but I may have gotten Samuel Taylor Coleridge instead). Cloaked in anonymity however, I had nothing to loose.

    What is a brownie?
    Sugar, salt, cocoa, flour and eggs,
    mix, bake and eat?
    No, dear lady

    What is a brownie?
    A uniformed youngster,
    cookies for sale?
    No, dear lady

    What is a brownie?
    Benevolent elf helper,
    cleaning my house?
    No, dear lady

    What is a brownie?
    Answer to my algorithm,
    end to a streak?
    Yes, dear lady

    Your poem is complete

    • actovegin1armstrong

      Kubla Khan built Xanadu on less. He also had chemical prompting far beyond the biki lettuce.
      Excellent effort.

  • actovegin1armstrong

    Browns for 1 point please
    Kansas State too, for 1 point.

    • actovegin1armstrong

      LSU too please
      and Temple

      • actovegin1armstrong

        Western Kentucky

        • actovegin1armstrong

          **** Old Dominion ****
          UTSA’s quarterback Blake Bogenschutz is out with a concussion. Dalton Strum will be a quarterback with happy feet behind a very questionable offensive line.
          Old Dominion has a serviceable secondary and an almost adequate defensive front seven. That adds up to UTSA not being able to score enough to cover.
          Old Dominion has not covered in a game all year, some genius Vegas Guru may have noticed and the line has been adjusted accordingly.
          UTSA has had a revolving door at the all important center position and the rest of their offensive line has had defections from day one as well. I am still trying to figure out how the second worst team in college football could be a 10 point favorite when they lost last week to The Little Sisters of the Poor.

  • thatsfine

    Ohio +20.5

  • Concierge

    I will take Ohio for one point please

  • cwonder23

    BGSU -20.5 vs OU for one cheddar point please.

  • Concierge

    Toledo for one point tonight please.

  • Dave Borcas

    Give me Tolefo tonight please

  • Frowns and Agnes are in on NIU; FHCF is on Toledo.

    • ANd CapGG for Toledo

      • and capgg was on BGSU via twitter too

  • Petefranklin

    Toledo probably won’t get through their end of season schedule gauntlet unscathed, but they will handle NIU tonight.
    Toledo -7.5