It's not going so well.
But no one thought the Little Giants were going to win, right?
Though the redheads from last week gave me some hope, and gave me some exciting upset picks, in the end all I got for it was 8-8 and one more game behind Cline. I was really hoping I went 11-5 to bring the redhead theme back, but it's not going to help.
So in the spirit of blog synergy, I too have plugged my ipod in and set it to random, just like Cline. Unlike Cline, my Ipod's AI (I'm 75% certain this thing has gone sentient, and picks songs just to fuck around with me depending on my mood. What - you think Apple wouldn't do something like create artificial intelligence and not tell anyone? Think again!) will most likely churn out stuff I hate, exposing the fact that I keep songs on my ipod that I hate. Why do this?
Do you really want to know?
It's for the peaks and valleys of life. Get stuck in the valley, it makes the view from the peak that much nicer. All peaks and no valleys can make this world a very boring place.
And there's your philosophical thought for the day.
Enough about that though. Let's take a look at what this does for me, on the flip side...
The one thing I am choosing to do different here is meditate about the game during the random song that comes up. That way, at least I can blame something else when I go 4-12.
As Cline pointed earlier as well, I can't pick Raiders games, so I'm heading into Sunday 0-1. Not a big surprise there.
As always, picks are bold and CAPITALIZED...
JACKSONVILLE @ Chicago -6.5
Song: Short Side of Nothing - Los Lobos
Ok good, we at least start out on a positive note. Los Lobos are a criminally overlooked band. I know most people, if they associate them at all, associate them with La Bamba. And that's a shame. So I'm going to go with Jacksonville being criminally overlooked in this game and pulling the upset.
Enjoy the band guesting on Sesame Street...
(A brief flash of brilliance went through my head of finding clips of all the bands on my list on Sesame Street performing, but I don't think that's going to be possible.)
Minnesota @ DETROIT +9.5
Song: Autobahn Music Box - Cut Copy
I got this album (Bright Like Neon Love) after hearing raves about Cut Copy. Unfounded raves in my opinion. Sorry, I just can't get into them. So I might as well go with Detroit, as I really can't get into them either - but the Ipod knows, right? As long as I can decipher the clues it's giving me?
Houston @ GREEN BAY -6
Song: Cressy St. Breakdown - Cookin' on 3 Burners
Cookin on 3 Burners is a side project from some of the guys in The Bamboos, which I have hyped a few times on this blog. It's a decent song, nothing too special or far away from The Bamboos, which makes me wonder why they even needed to split off. No matter, I think Houston is going to have a breakdown, giving the ball back to a gimpy Schaub for this game. Not that their other options are that great.
(Amazingly, typing "Cookin on 3 Burners" into youtube produces a live in-store recording of the song. If that isn't a sign for something, than I don't know what is. I do love watching oblivious customers walking around in the background)
CLEVELAND @ Tennessee -14
Song: WeFunk on CKUT 90.3 FM Montreal - Various Artists
It's here when things started to get weird. WeFunk is a weekly funk program based out of Montreal. Back in the day, you used to be able to download their shows. Now it seems you can just stream them from their site. I recommend checking it out, if for nothing else than a good, groovy mix of music. This show happened to be 1 hour and 58 minutes long so I'll be back in a little bit.
Anyway, with the funk here, I'm going with Cleveland. Stranger things have happened than a team rallying around Ken Dorsey and playing hard. What those stranger things are, I just can't think of right now.
And for no other reason than I just sat though this, here's global superstar Gerardo performing...
(I love the description of this video: "Last star rap Gerardo (Rico Suave) performing one of his 90's greatest hits "We Want the Funk"."
CINCINNATI @ Indianapolis -13.5
Song: The Piper Cherokee - Bobby Hughes Experience
You're all going to think I'm a huge electronica fan, when nothing could be further from the truth. Although, this band is awesome. Unfortunately, I have no idea who it's telling me to pick here. So fuck it, I'm going with Cincy here.
Atlanta @ NEW ORLEANS -3
Song: Romeo and Juliet - Dire Straits
First of all, fantastic song. One of my favorite Dire Straits songs. Such a great love story...just like Cline with his secret Atlanta Falcons love (check out his picks, you'll see). But just like Romeo and Juliet, this love affair is destined to not work out.
And here it is live...
PHILADELPHIA @ Giants -7
Song: Talk About the Blues - Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
If this fan made video to this song doesn't tell you everything you need to know about this game, then I don't know what to tell you.
Kansas City @ DENVER -9
Song: Flamingo Kid - Violent Femmes
Yes it's true, I'm the one that has 2 Violent Femmes albums. A perfect song for this game, as I love the Violent Femmes, but not so much this album (Why Do Birds Sing?) It's decent, but if you want to hear the Femmes, you put in the self titled. It's just like this division. It used to be good, and occasionally has good games, but really, we all want the Elway/Okoye days, right?
Speaking of Okoye - Keep looking, Keep learning, keep laughing...
Miami @ BUFFALO -1
Song: Just - Marc Ronson/Alex Greenwald
It's colder than a witch's tit in Toronto right now. Actually, I have no idea, I just wanted to give a shout out to that phrase that my 10th grade history teacher used to repeat. It could be balmy in Toronto for all I know. I'm still going with Buffalo. Not that the song selection is helping me out at all. I can't connect these even remotely. Perhaps you can if you click here.
JETS -4 @ San Francisco
Song: Rondo Do Capitao - Seco & Molhados
Yeah, why don't I stop trying to make connections to games? This album was on the list of "Top 100 Latin American albums" (or something - my Spanish/Portugese isn't that great), of which I have 20 or so. Here's some more for you to chew on:
Ok, tell me what other blog is giving you the goods like this. Seriously, tell me, I want to know, to see if I have to ramp it up. Because I will. You're not getting the Latin America's version of Pink Floyd in anyone else's NFL picks, are you?
(The album is great by the way, and I can't recommend it enough.)
NEW ENGLAND -4.5 @ Seattle
Song: Kilo - Ghostface Killah (feat. Raekwon)
Belichek is pretty much a ghostface killa coming off a loss. I don't see Seattle having much of a chance.
And because I care, here's Ghostface giving us some sex talk (beware the saucy language)
St. Louis @ ARIZONA -14
Song: Paranoid Android - Radiohead
2 touchdowns? I'm paranoid about this pick.
Dallas @ PITTSBURGH -3
Song: LDN - Lily Allen
Barber doesn't look like he's playing, and if he does, that field in Pittsburgh isn't the world's greatest. As for the song, I'll make no excuses for enjoying the occasional Lily Allen tune.
WASHINGTON @ Baltimore -5
Song: On the Serious Side - Tower of Power
Fantastic song, from a fantastic band...perfect for a good matchup here. He who wins controls the northern suburbs of DC for the year. Let's call it the Chevy Chase cup. Who's with me?
Enjoy this clip of ToP performing probably their most well known song...
(If I ever build a time machine, top 5 destinations is a early 70s Tower of Power show. It's that simple)
Tampa Bay @ CAROLINA -3
Song: Fallen Apart - Moon Boot Lover
How appropriate a song title for my picks run to this date. Enjoy the Sunday docket of football games!