So I guess we know now that Robert Kraft is basically a spoiled brat. Not that it was really up for debate but I think last night confirmed it. Going on and on, yet again, about Deflategate and how beating the Colts would be sooooooo sweet. Look, Bob. We get that you have a great team, arguably the best in the NFL. There is a good chance you will make it to a Super Bowl and may even repeat as champs. I don’t think anyone denies that. The thing is, though, everyone has basically moved on from Deflategate. No one gives a shit about it anymore. I’m sure Tom Brady doesn’t even give a flying fadoo about it. It’s over. Stop bringing it up. All you are now is that asshole who keeps bringing up shit in the past to make himself feel good. You’re no better than a good portion of Pats’ fans. If I didn’t see him or Commissioner Shitbag anymore in my life, I would be a happy man. Oh, and on another Patriots-related note, to the people who think Rob Gronkowski won’t be the best tight end ever, just shut your piehole. If he keeps this up for two or three more seasons, it’s over. He’s the best TE ever. Better than Shannon Sharpe. Better than Tony Gonzalez. Plus, he seems to provide about 90% of the fun off-season news so we need him around to keep our sanity (and be a bit jealous).
OK on to NFL schedule-related matters from a Canadian television standpoint. Here is your NFL TV schedule for this weekend (and Monday):
|9:30||Detroit vs. Kansas City (in London)||FOX (all of Canada)|
|1:00||Tampa Bay at Atlanta||No TV|
|1:00||San Diego at Baltimore||No TV|
|1:00||Minnesota at Chicago||FOX (Saskatchewan, Alberta, Northwestern Ontario, Western Ontario, K/W-Cambridge, Guelph, Ottawa-Gatineau)/CTV (Winnipeg)|
|1:00||Arizona at Cleveland||FOX (BC, Alberta)/CTV (Vancouver, Alberta, Saskatchewan)|
|1:00||Tennessee at Houston||No TV|
|1:00||NY Giants at New Orleans||FOX (Northern Ontario, Golden Horseshoe, GTA, Peterborough, Kingston, Belleville, Cornwall, Quebec, Eastern Canada)/CTV (Ontario, Montreal, Atlantic)|
|1:00||Cincinnati at Pittsburgh||CBS (BC, Alberta, Northern Ontario, Western Ontario, K/W-Cambridge, Guelph, Ottawa-Gatineau, Cornwall, Quebec, Eastern Canada)/CTV2 (Vancouver Island, Alberta, Ontario, Atlantic)|
|1:00||San Francisco at St. Louis||No TV|
|4:05||NY Jets at Oakland||CBS (Saskatchewan, Alberta, Northwestern Ontario, Golden Horseshoe, GTA, Peterborough, Kingston, Belleville)/CTV2 (Vancouver Island, Alberta, Ontario)|
|4:25||Seattle at Dallas||FOX (all of Canada)/CTV (all of Canada (except Atlantic))/CTV2 (Atlantic)|
|8:30||Green Bay at Denver||NBC/TSN1/TSN3/TSN4/TSN5|
|8:30||Indianapolis at Carolina||TSN1/TSN3/TSN4/TSN5|
Only four games not televised this Sunday and they are all basically garbage games. They may end up being great games but there is no way I would go out of my way to watch them with some of the other games on. Also, MORNING NFL FOOTBALL!!!! Suck on that churchgoers. Another game in London. To be honest, I love this…as long as it airs on either CBS or FOX. Soon enough, the way it’s streamed will be done in an awesome way. By that point, none of us will have cable anyway I’m sure. They should do more games like this. How about Germany? They fucking love football. Put a game in Berlin and they’d sell out in a heartbeat. That should be a prerequisite starting next season: every team must play one game in a neutral-site, either during the pre-season or during the regular season. You want to expand the NFL’s reach? That’s a good way to start.
Something else that sticks a bit in my craw (man I am in a ranting mood) is something I got blasted for. I get that it’s Breast Cancer Awareness month. I am all for that. I don’t like the fact they market the shit out of it for financial gain and use very little of the money for actual research but that’s a different debate for a different time. What I had mentioned was that it’s nice there’s a month for breast cancer awareness but where is all the awareness for what I believe is a much bigger problem, and that is mental health? Man did I ever take shit for that. It’s the same with the ALS Challenge from last year. It was great but if you even discussed why money wasn’t going to other charities, you got the stinkeye. I may notice it more because I am personally affected by it, but the disparity between some awareness campaigns and others is astonishing and, to be honest, downright ridiculous. Plus, if you watched college football last night, did you see the Pitt Panthers helmet with the “Pitt” in pink? They looked fucking atrocious.
Some Gambling Stuff and Things
I am off the gambling train (except for doing Lotto Max or 6/49 every so often). It’s not really a money thing but it kind of is a money thing. I detailed before that unless you are all in with ProLine you either won’t win ever or when you do win, it won’t be very much. I don’t feel like agonizing over a choice on a ticket if it will only get me $106. That seems absurd. Anyway here are some picks I would make if I did make them:
- Cleveland over Arizona. Yes an upset pick. This is the game every month where Cleveland up and just plays like a playoff-calibre team. They act like they are favourites to win their division. The rest of the time they screw things up so badly that it has become the punchline of many jokes. And since Zona is so good, this will be the game the Browns win for some odd reason. Either that or they will lose by 2 points on a missed 25-yard field goal.
- Pittsburgh over Cincinnati. No way the Bengals go undefeated. I think this is where it ends. Pittsburgh is still a fairly good team, especially if Roethlisberger plays. And despite the fact Cleveland plays in their division (and Baltimore this season), AFC North divisional games are usually tough, unlike AFC East games which are usually a joke.
- Green Bay over Denver. I honestly think it will end up being a Green Bay-New England Super Bowl. Either that or both these teams will make their respective conference championship games, and one of them loses in a massive upset. If it’s Green Bay this happens to and the team that upsets them is the Giants, the Patriots should be VERY worried. Denver is a good team but Peyton Manning is kind of a shell of himself now. They should win the AFC West but is that really a huge accomplishment for this team?
- San Diego over Baltimore. If the Ravens somehow fall to the #1 pick in the 2016 draft, do they pick a quarterback?
- Detroit and Kansas City to tie. It’s the only scenario that is fair. These are two of the absolute worst teams in the league. They should tie. It should be 0-0. It wouldn’t be exciting but that’s what these two teams deserve because they have been so awful.
OK for you college football fans, there are three games on the specialty pack tonight. Last night we started a run where the rest of October and almost all of November will have either college football or NFL football. November has turned into the football lover’s dream month for this reason. I will definitely overdose on football over the next four weeks. My PVR is going to hate me. Enjoy the games this weekend!