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Belated congrats to the Houston Astros. After ousting my team, the Yankees, my choice for the 2017 World Series Champ was clear to me. Screw the Dodgers! I have to wonder if Joe Girardi would have retained his job if the boys from the Bronx had made it to the last stop. That said, back to the world of the spiraling pigskin.

Fan Of Newsday But NFL Picks SUCK!

I have been reviewing the NFL football picks in Newsday.  For those unaware, it is the newspaper of choice for Long Islanders and also serves the New York metro area.  The readership is approximately 1.5 million and I start my morning every day with Newsday by my side.  My hope is that the followers of the NFL pay little attention to the prognosticators of this publication.  If a website did exist, the four supposed gridiron gurus would be prime contributors.

Based on their weekly predictions of NFL games by the point spread after week 9, the records of the quartet are as follows:

  • Joe Manniello (who writes the introductory NFL “Gridiron Guide” column) is 55-71-5, a whopping  success rate of 43.7%. Joe, do me a favor, flip a freakin’ coin.
  • Bob Glauber (an excellent journalist by the way) is a masterful equal to the Joe Manniello’s winning percentage of 43.7%……’s not only “Genius Joe” that needs help.
  • Tom Rock (the beat writer for my team, the Giants) has risen to an overall record of 60-66-5 (47.6%), after two weeks of astute picks……he was smart enough to have the Rams last Sunday. What a pathetic performance by the Gmen.
  • Calvin Watkins (an early season beat writer replacement for the J-E-T-S……..JETS, JETS, JETS) has slipped slightly below Tom Rock and now has a successful rate % of 47.3.

Listen, guys and gals; Newsday is not where you want to go for NFL “picking winners” insight.

Every Dog Has It’s Day

This Dog Is An NFL Picking Machine

So far this season my golden retriever “Sloopy” (named from the song “Hang on Sloopy”) has selected winners at a rate of just under 54%. I read the names of the two competing teams and wait for the most enthusiastic wagging the tail response. She has me by half a percentage point.  Too bad a 55% +/- winning rate is required to break even in the sports betting world due to the vigorish component. Screw you and your ‘vig’, Marco! (my bookie by the way).  Hey at least me and Sloopy are not the laughing stock of the site.

Advice For Newsday

A few potential tips for the Newsday sports guys referenced:

  1. Get yourself a dog.
  2. Make your picks and then just reverse them before submitting!
  3. Wait until halftime to make your picks.
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