Thursday, 01 October 2020 13:39

Kibbles and Picks 2020 – Week 4

And Stella’s lead grows again.

While neither she nor I were able to match our Week 2 success, we both had reasonable performances in Week 3. However, her reasonable (10-5-1) was slightly better than my reasonable (9-6-1), allowing her to bump her season lead back up to three games.

She’ll have a shot at increasing that lead significantly this week – we differ on seven games this go-round. If I nail it, I can erase her lead before it gets out of hand. If she nails it, well … then her lead will get out of hand. Cross your fingers for the former, but expect the latter – I feel like Stella’s poised to go on something of a run.

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Thursday, 24 September 2020 13:03

Kibbles and Picks 2020 – Week 3

I’ve got some good news and some bad news.

The good news is that I had a heck of a run in Week 2. I missed on just three of the week’s 16 games, putting up a 13-3 record. As you might imagine, that was good enough for me to take a bite out of Stella’s early lead.

How big, you ask? Well … that brings me to the bad news.

See, Stella had a really good week as well, outdoing Week 1’s 11-5 record by one. That 12-4 means that my huge week only managed to reduce her lead by a single measly game. Any progress is good progress, but still – I could have used a bigger swing.

Maybe I’ll get it this week, where Stella and I once again differ on seven games. But here’s the thing – I only have so many 13-3’s in me. And behind her adorable face is a ruthless commitment to making sure I know just how big a fluke last season was. So … we’ll see?

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Thursday, 17 September 2020 19:12

Kibbles and Picks 2020 – Week 2

Sigh. Here we go again.

In Week 1, I managed to go a perfectly mediocre 8-8. Not great, but hey – none of us really know anything in this weird season. Hitting on half seems pretty good, right? Sure – right up until my dog goes 11-5.

Stella, staying true to her vow to leave no doubt that last year was a fluke, has leapt out to a three-game lead in the season’s first week. Things were relatively tight going into the late games, but she trounced me there, picking three of the four winners, whereas I needed that Steelers win on Monday night to even get to .500.

Obviously, there’s a lot of season left; this lead is far from insurmountable. Hell, we’re at odds on seven of this week’s contests, so I could potentially just erase that lead in one fell swoop. Of course, Stella could potentially put me in a hole so deep I spend the next two months just trying to dig myself out. But hey – that’s why they play the games!

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Thursday, 10 September 2020 14:33

Kibbles and Picks 2020 - Week 1

That’s right – we’re back!

Kibbles and Picks, the internet’s preeminent man-versus-dog football prognostication feature, is returning for its eighth year. I will once again be attempting to pick more NFL winners than my adorable dog Stella. Last year, after a four-year stretch of futility, I finally managed to win the Kibbles and Picks season title. That triumph was just my second in the history of the feature, leaving my all-time record at 2-5.

Stella was not amused.

As such, she has sworn to take me down and reassert herself as the top dog. And that effort to reclaim her crown starts … now.

The conflict starts strong this season, with the two of us differing on seven games in Week 1. It often happens that one competitor has a big week early and builds an immediate imposing lead. Will this be someone’s big week for 2020? If it is, well … we can probably guess whose.

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It’s hard to believe, considering the current state of things, but the 2020 NFL season is ready to kick off. In fact, by the time you read this, the first game – the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs hosting the Houston Texans on Sept. 10 – may have already taken place.

There’s no way of knowing how this season is going to play out. With the shadow of the coronavirus likely to loom large over the entire year, making predictions about outcomes is even more of a fool’s errand than usual.

Lucky for you, I am that fool.

I will make my usual predictions with regard to how I believe the season will play out. And as usual, I anticipate being wildly off-base with a significant percentage of these predictions. I have a long and storied history of middling picks, after all – why expect anything different this time around?

And so, here you have it – my monkey-dart-throwing attempt at prognostication. Ladies and gentlemen, your sure-to-be-inaccurate 2020 Maine Edge NFL Season Preview.

(y = division winner; x = wild card)

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Thursday, 02 July 2020 11:34

Patriots sign QB Cam Newton

It turns out that the New England Patriots might have a former MVP under center this season after all.

It won’t be Tom Brady, of course; the longtime Patriot has moved on to Tampa and will be playing for the Buccaneers this season. Instead, Pats fans may have the opportunity to watch Cam Newton do his thing from the quarterback position.

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Tuesday, 07 April 2020 14:58

NFL announces 2010s All-Decade Team

The NFL and the Pro Football Hall of Fame have officially announced the roster of the NFL’s 2010s All-Decade Team, naming 52 players and two coaches to the list.

It’s a who’s who of gridiron greats, packed with players whose careers will likely end with the donning of gold jackets at Canton. However, even among these legends, there are those who stand just the smallest bit taller.

Eight of these players – Tom Brady, Aaron Donald, Von Miller, Adrian Peterson, Joe Thomas, Justin Tucker, J.J. Watt and Marshal Yanda – were unanimous selections, named on every single one of the 48 ballots cast by the selection committee.

Let’s look closer at those eight, in alphabetical order; the full roster will be posted at the end of the story.

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The Pro Football Hall of Fame has announced the five players who will make up their 2020 class.

Longtime Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu leads the way, the only first-time eligible player to make the Hall this year. He’s joined by fellow safety Steve Atwater, wide receiver Isaac Bruce, offensive lineman Steve Hutchinson and running back Edgerrin James. The quintet will join the specially selected 15-man centennial selection group when they are inducted into the Hall in early August.

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About five months ago, the NFL regular season kicked off. All 32 teams – minus a wink-wink-not-tanking tanking team or three – set forth on a journey that only two could complete: a trip to the Super Bowl.

We’ve arrived at that place. The Kansas City Chiefs will face off against the San Francisco 49ers in Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium on February 2. The Chiefs – led by quarterback Patrick Mahomes and coach Andy Reid – make their way back into the big game for the first time in half-a-century; the last time K.C. was here, the NFL/AFL merger hadn’t happened yet. Meanwhile, the 49ers have a storied Super Bowl history, but other than the Colin Kaepernick-led 2012 run, San Francisco hasn’t made it this far since 1994. That’s 25 years without a championship.

A significant drought is ending, one way or the other. But for who?

Let’s take a stroll through the teams and break down some of the positional matchups to get a sense of which squad stands superior. Of course, the most talented team doesn’t always win. The most prepared team doesn’t always win. The team we think will win doesn’t always win.

You get the picture. Anyone who tells you they KNOW what will happen is a charlatan who is almost certainly trying to sell you something. No one knows how this will all play out, but here’s my best guess – the best guess of a guy who only just snapped the four-season winning streak put up by his prognosticating dog.

Breakdown time.

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Well, that was … better? Not by much, but by a little.

There wasn’t really anywhere to go but up after our abysmal Wild Card performance – Stella and I both went 1-3 – so there’s that. And we definitely did go up – just not by much.

Stella and I both went 2-2 in the Divisional Round. We went one-for-two on our mutual picks, which hey – not bad. We had Kansas City beating Houston – we sweated that first quarter or so out before Patrick Mahomes and company stepped on the gas and absolutely curb-stomped the poor Texans. On the flip side, we (along with literally everyone else in the world) had the Ravens beating the Titans. Imagine our surprise when Baltimore struggled and Tennessee’s Derrick Henry basically turned into the second coming of Earl Campbell.

As for our differing games: I picked the Vikings for some idiotic reason, only to watch them get easily handled by the 49ers. Stella picked the Niners because she’s not dumb. Meanwhile, I lucked out with my Packers pick; it seemed solid, but then we got to the end of the game and the Seahawks had a real chance of pulling it out. Happily, Green Bay held out, meaning that I avoided going 1-3 for the second weekend in a row.

And so, we’re tied going into the Conference Championships. Granted, it’s at 3-5, but a tie is a tie – it’s anyone’s game. And we will have a winner, because we are at odds on one of the weekend’s two contests.

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