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Wednesday, 12 September 2018 14:48

Kibbles and Picks 2018 – Week 2

Obviously, this isn’t going to last.

Yes, I have a two-game lead over Stella after Week 1’s games, sitting at 11-4-1 to Stella’s 9-6-1 (thanks to the still-kind-of-inexplicable Browns/Steelers tie). But does anyone out there REALLY think that this is any kind of harbinger of what is to come?

Basically, the Jets blowing out the Lions on Monday night was the difference between the 5-3 head-to-head record I put up and a 4-4 wash. Doesn’t seem likely that I’ll get that lucky every week.

As for Week 2, Stella and I are at odds regarding seven games on the slate. A lot of them have me picking the road team, while Stella prefers home cooking; we’ll see if that comes back to bite me.

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There are a lot of reasons that the NFL has become the preeminent league in American professional sports. The telegenic nature of the game, the strength of the marketing machine, the undeniably impressive on-field athleticism – all key components to the game’s massive success.

But one of the very biggest has to be the proliferation of fantasy football.

As we approach the season’s kickoff, thousands of fantasy football leagues are the in process of holding their drafts. Millions of people are making their selections, deciding which combination of players gives them the best chance of coming out on top and winning money, trophies and/or bragging rights.

There’s an entire industry built around giving advice to fantasy football players. There are experts out there who spend countless hours breaking down statistics and trying to project which players are going to have big years and which ones are going to regress. They’ll tell you why you should select a player and when.

I am not one of those experts.

What I am is someone who has played fantasy football regularly for nearly two decades. I’ve won a championship or two along the way. I’ve also finished dead last once or twice. Mostly, I’ve fallen somewhere in-between. And since I’ve lived my fantasy life as part of that vast middle class, I thought it might be interesting to pass along a few bits of wisdom that I’ve picked up along the way.

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Tuesday, 20 March 2018 16:44

An exodus from New England

Patriots say so long to some free agent talents

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Thursday, 05 October 2017 14:04

Kibbles and Picks 2017 - Week 5

That was fun while it lasted.

My lead over Stella lasted precisely one week, thanks to another break-even week from me and a solid 10-6 performance from the pooch. Only Stella’s odd affection for the Browns – I assume it’s a Dawg Pound thing – and a two-point win by the Eagles kept me from getting really trounced.

(For what it’s worth, she was right on the Saints, the Steelers, the Titans and the Broncos.)

We’re at odds on a half-dozen games – same as last week. Hopefully, I can keep things close, but it kind of feels like things are on the verge of getting a little bit out of hand.

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Thursday, 07 September 2017 10:56

Kibbles and Picks 2017 - Week 1

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the fifth year of Kibbles and Picks, the ongoing battle between man and beast in which I try to best my dog Stella in picking the winners during each week of the NFL season.

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Wednesday, 06 September 2017 12:38

Football forecast 2017

The 2017 National Football League season is upon us. In fact, many of you reading this may have already seen at least some of the first weekend of games, with the initial match-up taking place on Sept. 7 between the Kansas City Chiefs and the reigning Super Bowl champions, your New England Patriots.

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Wednesday, 05 April 2017 11:09

Tony Romo retires

Former Dallas QB heads to broadcast booth

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Wednesday, 29 March 2017 12:10

What’s in a name? A lot in the new NFL

League announces literal-minded new policy for team names

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Thursday, 08 December 2016 18:32

Kibbles and Picks 2016 – Week 14

It appears that Stella is done screwing around.

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Wednesday, 07 December 2016 11:59

Patriots Progress Report 2016 – Third Quarter

The third quarter of this New England Patriots football season has a definite “good news/bad news” vibe to it.

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