Posted September 25, 2008 by Big Ticket
Categories: Football

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Is the USA Ryder Cup Team Better Without Tiger?

Posted September 24, 2008 by Big Ticket
Categories: Golf, Ryder Cup, Sports Philosophy

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With the recent well-publicized decision by Tiger Woods to not attend or even really care to discuss the Ryder Cup, and the even more well-publicized United States romp to the title this past weekend, I’ve heard some rumblings about the value of Tiger Woods to America’s Ryder Cup team. Is he more of a distraction than force while drawing most of the attention? Is he too focused and competitive to let his guard down for a team event? Perhaps he just isn’t as concerned with winning a Ryder Cup as he is with winning majors? The knee-jerk reaction of myself and I imagine most others is… “hell no”. Tiger is one of two people in the history of golf that deserves to be in the ‘Greatest of All Time’ discussion. How on earth can a team based on golf abilities be better sans the player so far ahead of anyone else in his sport? Well, thinking deeper about the question yields some possible explanations to Tiger’s subpar Ryder Cup record.

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Winner of the Week

Posted September 22, 2008 by Big Ticket
Categories: Golf, Ryder Cup, Winner of the Week

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I’m just going to come out and say it, no surprises this week, U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! That’s right, the Ryder Cup is back on the proper side of the Atlantic and Team USA is Second Jumpability’s runaway Winner of the Week. There were, however, some other solid candidates. Chase Daniel is doing his best to prove he is a machine at quarterback, the Atlanta Falcons won their 2nd game in the first three weeks of a season that included rumblings of a possible zero win team, Ronnie Brown turned in a ridiculously monstrous upset performance with five total touchdowns as the Miami Dolphins demolished the Pats, and the Tampa Bay Rays clinched a playoff birth for the first time in their history, giving a huge middle finger to the spend-happy Yankees and Red Sox in the process. But in the end, it was AK, Boo, JB, Hunter, Kenny, and the rest of Zinger’s rag-tag crew that stuck it to the favored Euros.

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Winner Winner Chicken Dinner-Week 3

Posted September 22, 2008 by He Hate Me
Categories: Against the Spread, NFL

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[Note-completed before Week 3 but I forgot to publish them.  Besides, if I were going to cheat, I would have given myself a better record than sub-500 going into tonight].  Going into this week, we have accumulated a 14-15-1 which when you consider that we are betting on every single game, is not bad.  But in SJ’s endless pursuit for perfection, we’re looking to get back to our winning ways this week.
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Pick Your Knows (Week 3)

Posted September 19, 2008 by Big Ticket
Categories: NFL, Pick Your Knows

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Each week I’ll be making some game picks. Not every game, just 5 or so random games each week (some close spreads, some medium, one or two large). I’ll pick the outright winner, the winner ATS (against the spread) and the O/U (over/under), and keep track of my record.

Week 2 went mostly as planned, and without an injury to Damon Huard I could have very well put up a 12-1 week. I ended up going 4-1 on winners, 4-1 against the spread, and 2-1 on over/under (two predictions where exactly on Vegas line). All in all, 10-3 for the week, now let’s try and do even better in week 3.

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Winner of the Week

Posted September 17, 2008 by Big Ticket
Categories: MLB, Winner of the Week

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It was a pretty ho hum week for this columns sake. There were no major upsets in college football or the NFL and no major shakeups in the MLB playoff picture. Matt Cassel deserves mention for winning his first game as a starter since, well, high school, but his performance wasn’t heroic by any means and the Pats’ defense gets a lot of the credit for the win. Ryan Howard has been straight up raking for the Phils to the point of dragging them into first place in the NL East, past the again-collapsing Mets. I was completely prepared to crown Carlos Zambrano this past week’s Winner for his epic one walk shy of a perfect game performance, but despite semi-ridiculing the praise of the following record breaker, Francisco Rodriguez’s accomplishment of breaking the 18 year old saves record for a season is still a Second Jumpability Winner of the Week moment.

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Loser of the Week

Posted September 16, 2008 by He Hate Me
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Remember when the Big-10 was a monster of a football conference?  Remember when Michigan and Ohio State were the Bebop and Rocksteady of the football world?  Well this last week, Big-10 (or Big-11 if you know how to count) fans got a rude awakening and a realization that football no longer is born in the Midwest.  Michigan looked like the cheerleaders, not the players, suited up and got beaten by Notre Dame badly.  But then Ohio State took the cake, putting up a lame duck effort on national television.  While Charlie Weis challenged the Buckeyes for Loser of the Week status after blowing out his knee as a coach and being fatter than an African Bull Elephant, but we couldn’t help but think that Ohio State was a more worthy award winner.
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