Implied Dissent

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Fun with stop motion

Old computer/arcade games, reimagined.


Saturday, January 20, 2007

That sucks

Watch a lake disappear!

Onto playoff picks. Last week I was 2-2 picking winners and against the spread, bringing me to 6-2 and 5-3, respectively.
New Orleans Saints at Chicago Bears, Bears favored by 2.5. It's a dome team playing in January outside in Chicago. That should trump the QB advantage the Saints have. Bears 20, Saints 17.
New England Patriots at Indianapolis Colts, Colts favored by 3. The Colts finally have the defense to compete in the playoffs. However, I just can't shake the idea that Belichick will get into Manning's head. I can't say that I'd be shocked by a Colts victory, but I don't see it happening. Patriots 20, Colts 17.
Oh, and reading the intro to Sports Guy's picks, I realized just how much of a loser he is. Did he really wait around for people to call him after the Pats game? Weak.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2007

How to try new things

Good old reliable Tyler lets you know some good principles to use.


Monday, January 15, 2007

Must share



Friday, January 12, 2007


See this? That's how you have to be about my NFL picks. It may look scary at first, but just go with it.

So, last week I was 4-0 picking winners, 3-1 against the spread. Good times. On to week 2:
Indianapolis Colts at Baltimore Ravens, Ravens favored by 4. Let's see, Peyton Manning in the playoffs, on the road, against a top defense. Even with Baltimore's shaky offense, I'll take them. Ravens 24, Colts 17.
Philadelphia Eagles at New Orleans Saints, Saints favored by 5. I'm not buying what Philly is selling, even if they are playing the ai'nts. NO will take an early lead and never look back. Saints 31, Eagles 13.
Seattle Seahawks at Chicago Bears, Bears favored by 8.5. This is a tough one. The Bears are definitely the better team, but Rex is just shaky enough to make me think about it. Seattle hasn't really impressed me, but the line just seems too big. Bears 23, Seahawks 17.
New England Patriots at San Diego Chargers, Chargers favored by 5. This will be a great game. Neither team winning would surprise me. Tomlinson could very well gain 200 yards. Marty could very well pull a huge choke job. I'm guessing that LDT's running will win out, but that the Belichick over Marty and Brady over Rivers advantages keep it real close. Chargers 24, Patriots 21.


Saturday, January 06, 2007

Happy Birthday to me

It's my last not sad birthday today. Yay. So, it's a numbers oriented post.
First, here's (for me anyway) a headslapper. It's something that I should have realized, but never really thought about, but it is indeed possible for 80% of drivers to be above average. I don't know if it's true, but it's definitely possible.
Secondly, the NFL playoffs start today. Here are my picks. Well, first, my mediocre record.
2006: 5-6 picking winners, 5-6 against the spread.
2005: 8-3, 7-4.
2004: 5-6, 2-8-1
2003: 8-3, 4-7
Total: 26-18 picking winners (59%), 18-25-1 against the spread (42%). So take it all with a lot of grains of salt.
Kansas City Chiefs at Indianapolis Colts, Colts favored by 7. The Colts were 10-1, then went 2-3 to finish 12-4. And they have a history of playoff failures. However, KC doesn't inspire any confidence in me. I figure Herm Edwards as a coach matches Tony Dungy as a playoff liability. The Colts aren't going all the way, but they will win this one relatively easily. Indy, 34-20.
Dallas Cowboys at Seattle Seahawks, Seahawks favored by 2.5. Both teams have been up and down this season. Neither QB stands out (Hasselbeck's better, but nothing special). Parcells was a great coach, he's merely decent now. Holmgren is about the same. I'll go with the home team that can run the ball. Seattle, 20-14.
New York Jets and New England Patriots, Patriots favored by 8.5. Mangini does know the Pats well, and that's a factor that shouldn't be discounted. And I continue to think Pennington is underrated. However, Belichick will probably throw the kitchen sink at this game, his hatred of the Jets and Mangini is so great. And, the Pats did look very good in the season finale. I definitely have a pro-Pats bias, but I don't think it's clouding my judgment too much. NE, 27-17.
New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles, Eagles favored by 7. Here we have two teams I don't regard very highly (so one will probably win the SB). They aren't bad, just not good. This could be the game that Eli establishes himself as a real top flight QB, or where he shows he's just Peyton's kid brother. The bottom line is that the line is too high, it'll likely be a close game, with the home team winning. Philly, 20-17.

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