"The contrast between the Ravens of the North and the Broncos of the West is as stark as the varying leadership styles of their Generals. The Baltimore approach is intimidation; the Broncos are more tactical than that"
"Jacinth Baker and Richard Lollar are forgotten. Perhaps not by their families or their friends, but by NFL fans for sure. They were the two young men who bled to death on January 31, 2000 at around 4 am on a street North of downtown Atlanta outside a club called the Cobalt Lounge."
The South Stands Annual NFL Pickoff VS the spread rolled on this weekend. Rather than the usual slate of 16 games to pick, our competitors had only four, the AFC and NFC Wild Card match-ups.
Colin Daniels and John Reidy each fared well, going 3-1 VS the spread for the week. Producer Scott Stafford managed 2-2. The current leader of the contest, however, our Buddy Snyder, went 0-4. That's not a good way to protect the lead.
Still, Snyder had opened a wide enough gap that he leads Colin by four games and Reidy by five. Snyder sits at 136-115-8 for the year, Colin at 132-119-8, Reidy at 131-120-8 and Scott Stafford is out of the running at 124-127-8.
On to the Divisional round!
(photo SBNation / Arrowhead Pride)
Romeo's out. Scott Pioli, the Belichick disciple, is out, too. The Kansas City Chiefs are prepared to enter into a new era of futility, lead by deposed Eagles head coach and noted fatty Andy Reid.
Reid, who's gaffes seem to have outnumbered his successes over the past several seasons, will be handed the keys to the once-proud Chiefs franchise. He will be among the league's head coaches tasked with not only play calling but with personnel matters as well. He will name a General Manager to work with him - and that person will almost certainly be powerless.
Only a few days ago it was believed that the walrus-like Reid was bound for Arizona to lead the Cardinals. Perhaps it was Phoenix's stifling heat or maybe he just likes Gates BBQ, but Reid has opted to instead captain the Chiefs when it was widely believed that he was only using them for leverage.
This is not going to work.
Andy Reid is not the coach that he once was. Had he taken a year off to rest and to study the game the way Mike Shanahan did before he joined the Redskins I could see him finding success. But his jumping right back into the fray is a mistake - one that will cost the Chiefs three seasons of possible progress. It's tough not to feel for their fans. While the fact that Reid will cripple a division rival of the Broncos for the foreseeable future is certainly a positive for Denver, it's regrettable to see one of the NFL's greatest fan bases exposed to this.
The Chiefs will continue to struggle under Reid. Rather than restoring that legendary Arrowhead Pride, he will flounder for three seasons (out of the five that he will be paid for) before being fired. The Chiefs will not be a factor in the West until long after he's gone - 2016 or 2017 at the very soonest. They're entering into Cleveland Browns territory - the realm of a cute also-ran that will be a fun pre-season pick that fails every year to materialize.
It was an incredible final regular season week in the NFL. Playoff scenarios finally unfolded. Some teams, like your Broncos, had everything clicking, others, like the Dallas Cowboys, let their fans down.
In the South Stands Denver Annual NFL Pickoff VS the Spread we saw similar disparate performances. It all came together for Our Buddy Snyder who went 10-6 in his his picks and stretched his lead to a nearly insurmountable seven games. Producer Scott Stafford, on the other hand, suffered a let-down, managing only to pick five of 16 games correctly. Chances are Scott will be unable to dig out from the basement of the contest.
After week 17, Snyder leads the contest with a record of 136-114-11. Colin remains in second place ... but barely at 129-118-8. Reidy is one game behind Colin at 128-119-8 and Scott is six games back from Reidy at 122-125-8. At least Scott has his South Stands Denver Fantasy Championship trophy to keep him company.
As the NFL enters its final week of the regular season, our Annual NFL Pickoff VS the Spread is becoming intense. Our Buddy Snyder, who has held the lead since mid-season, continues to hold serve with a record of 126-105-8. Colin moved into second place in week 16 at 121-110-8. Reidy is two games behind Colin at 119-112-8 and Scott Stafford is catching up. He sits at 117-114-8, above .500 for the first time this year.
The contest continues through the Super Bowl, but week 17 presents the last chance for our pickers to work with a full sixteen game slate.
Here’s how the fellows see it going down in week 17.
Can you believe that we are entering into the final seventeenth of the NFL regular season? That, a week from now, there will be no Jaguars, no Rams, no San Diego Chargers. Those teams will cease to exists and only the elite ones, the ones with real championship potential, will be moving on. What an exciting time this is - a great time to be picking games against the spread as we are with the South Stands Annual NFL pickoff VS the spread.
It's been a close race between our pickers all season long .. and growing ever closer ... for some.
Sadly, John Reidy had a miserable week sixteen. The poor bearded sap went 7-8-1 which wouldn't sound all that bad had it not been a very good week for his rivals. Both Colin and Syder went 11-4-1 on the week, while Scott Stafford managed 9-6-1. It woulda been a fun weekend in Vegas for all of us except John.
Snyder continues to somehow hang onto his lead for the year at 126-105-8. Colin snaked second place at 121-110-8. Reidy is two back from Colin at 119-112-8 and Scott Stafford is two back from John at 117-114-8. Nine picks separate first place from last place ... and we are picking through the Super Bowl. This could get interesting.
Ah, what's better than NFL rumors?
The hot one making the rounds today via Pro Football Talk is that Joshie McDaniels would "jump at" the chance to coach the Cleveland Browns if they were to bid farewell to their current head man, Pat Shermer. Ironically, McHoodie replaced Shermer as the offensive coordinator of the Rams.
McDaniels is bound to get another crack at being the head coach of an NFL franchise eventually. If I were him I would wait for his dark overlord to retire in New England.
It was not a terribly exciting week in the NFL. The Sunday night game between the Pats and Niners was a great one, but most of the games were pretty average. Our pickers were, too. In our Annual NFL pickoff VS the spread the fellahs all had a decent week - but not a great one.
John Reidy and our buddy Snyder were tops, each logging a 10-6 week. Colin fininshed 9-7 after picking the stupid Jets and Scott Stafford managed 8-8.
For the season Snyder continues to lead with an overall record of 115-101-7. Reidy trails Snyder by three games at 112-104-7. Colin is two games behind John and five behind Snyder at 110-106-7 and Scott Stafford sits right at .500 at 108-108-7, seven games behind the leader.