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Kibbles and Picks 2018 - Week 14

I’m running out of time.

After a spectacular performance in Week 12, I put up another solid number for Week 13, going 10-6. Unfortunately for my chances, so did Stella. This means that with just four weeks to go, her lead remains at 10.

And so … time to go big.

Stella and I are at odds on fully half the Week 14 slate. Eight games. It’s room enough for one of us to make a big move. Granted, I took some risks here – I had to if I was going to have any shot at catching up (or, perhaps more achievably, at least keep it close).

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Wednesday, 05 December 2018 15:13

Patriots Progress Report 2018 - Third Quarter

No one who has been a fan of the New England Patriots for any length of time would view this incarnation of the team as a particularly exceptional one. And yet … they’re 9-3 with an AFC playoff spot well in hand.

This last quarter of the season hasn’t been all that impressive, but the Pats still won three of four games. Sure, the competition wasn’t necessarily top-tier; they beat the Packers, the Jets and the Vikings while losing to the Titans of all teams. It wasn’t exciting football – all four games were won by multiple scores.

But hey – wins are wins.

This team might not be the powerhouse squad to which fans have grown accustomed over the years, but nine wins put New England in the mix for a first-round playoff bye; they even have the edge in potential tiebreakers for the top seed. The ongoing run of excellence continues.

On to the Progress Report.

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Wednesday, 28 November 2018 16:27

Kibbles and Picks 2018 - Week 13

I don’t want to alarm anyone, but this week, I … won?

I WON.

Granted, it was only by two games. And yes, I had to go 12-3 to do it – Stella put up a rock-solid 10-5 herself. But still – I WON. For the first time in weeks, Stella’s lead actually went down. There’s still plenty of ground to make up - her lead right now is still 10 games – but I’m actually trending upward. Hooray!

But my job is far from over. I took some risks last week to start swinging the momentum. For me to keep it up, I had to take a few more. All the teams have had their byes, so we’re back to a 16-game weekly slate. Of those 16, Stella and I differ on six. Let’s see if I can’t slice a couple off that big lead.

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Wednesday, 21 November 2018 13:45

Kibbles and Picks 2018 - Week 12

Yeah … I’m definitely in trouble.

See, while Stella didn’t have a spectacular week, going 8-5, I managed to fail spectacularly to the tune of 4-9. That’s four more games added to Stella’s lead, putting it up into double-digit territory – 12, to be exact.

What this means is that I am going to need some miraculous moves to get back into this thing. Granted, there are six weeks left counting this one; if I can pick up two games each time, I’ll finish in a tie. Of course, we all know how unlikely that is – I think I’ve pulled that feat off exactly once all season so far – but hey, at least there’s a chance.

We’re at odds in six of the 15 games on the Week 12 slate. It’s not an ideal situation, but I’ve made a couple of dice rolls and Stella has made some unorthodox picks, so who knows how it will play out?

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The NFL is America’s sport. Football is as close to monocultural as it gets these days; even in a world with nigh-unlimited options available for our entertainment, a lot of us choose football. It is shared culture and it is BIG business.

These teams, these billion-dollar entities – their on-field well-being is placed in the hands of a single man. What kind of person is capable of being all things to all (or at least most) people, in the pocket and in the studio? What kind of person is capable of being a quarterback?

That’s what author John Feinstein wants to tell us in his new book “Quarterback: Inside the Most Important Position in the National Football League” (Doubleday, $27.95). He takes a deep dive into the realities of the position – what it means to play at an NFL level, of course, but also what goes into dealing with the pressures of being THE guy, the one who gets credit for the wins, yes, but also takes the blame for the losses.

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Wednesday, 14 November 2018 16:39

Kibbles and Picks 2018 - Week 11

Another week, another tie.

Stella and I both handled our business to the tune of 9-5 – a good record, to be sure, but let’s be clear: 9-5 isn’t going to cut it. Not when I’m eight games back. I need to start making real gains soon if I’m going to have any chance of keeping this a contest.

I’ve got a shot to make up some ground this week – even with six teams on bye and just 13 games on the schedule, we’re at odds in just shy of half of them. A big week out of me could close the gap considerably.

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Wednesday, 07 November 2018 16:41

Kibbles and Picks 2018 - Week 10

Holy crap.

So Stella lit me up again in Week 9 – she put up a shocking line of 10-3 against my mere 7-6. That’s another three games tacked onto her lead, putting it up to eight games. Let’s bear in mind that we’ve passed the halfway point of the season – I’ve got a real uphill climb if I’m going to figure out how to make this competitive.

I’m not going to make up much ground this week, regardless of what happens. Stella and I differ on just five of the week’s 14 games; even if I run the table, she’s going to be comfortably ahead. And let’s be real – I’m not going to run the table.

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Thursday, 01 November 2018 13:15

Kibbles and Picks 2018 - Week 9

At least I didn’t LOSE any ground this week.

Under most circumstances, a 10-4 week could be considered quite good. It was a solid performance for me. Unfortunately, Stella put up an identically solid 10-4 of her own, meaning that Week 8 is a push and Stella maintains her five-game lead.

Now that we’re entering the bye-heavy weeks of the schedule, there are fewer opportunities available for me to make my move. However, I’m making the most of what I’ve got in Week 9; I’ve disagreed with Stella’s take on seven games – more than half the slate.

It looks to be a chaotic weekend, even less predictable than usual. And we’ve both made some questionable calls. Here’s hoping the ball bounces my way.

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It’s safe to say that the second quarter of the Patriots season was a heck of a lot better than the first quarter. After a rough start to the season, New England has cruised to victory in each of the last four games.

They haven’t all been easy. And a couple of them have been quite a bit closer than fans might like. There has been an uncomfortable amount of doing just enough to win – one-score victories over the Chiefs and the Bears left us sweating it out until the end.

But in the end, a win is a win. And four wins is four wins.

The offense definitely picked up steam and the defense held up its end of the bargain (albeit just barely at times). It’s the sort of strong stretch of play against some good teams that instills confidence in the team’s viability going forward.

The .500 team from the first quarter is gone. This is the New England Patriots squad we expected to see – one that appears poised to march to yet another AFC East title and a deep postseason run.

On to the Progress Report.

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Wednesday, 24 October 2018 14:34

Kibbles and Picks 2018 - Week 8

I suppose I should be grateful. After the drubbing I took in Week 6, getting beaten by just one game last week doesn’t seem so bad.

Of course, it means that Stella’s lead is now five games. It’s typical really – she lets be hang around for the first few weeks, then drops a monster week on me to establish a solid lead. From there, she just slowly (and adorably) grinds me into the dirt.

But hey – I’ve got a shot to get some back this week. We’re at odds on over half the slate; eight of the 14 games are in dispute. There’s potential for me to make a big move. There’s also potential for the hole I’m in to get MUCH bigger. We’ll have to see how it goes.

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