Rube Sports Radio #16
Getting you ready for the NFL playoffs:
Rube Mike makes a public service announcement. A couple days ago, Cheryl Reeve, Head Coach of the Minnesota Lynx, posted a picture on Twitter. She’s on a much-deserved vacation. But, it brings to the forefront a social media issue we find with a lot of women, posting pictures from the beach and showing their bare feet. It’s enough. I’m here to tell all people, men and women, that none of your feet are cute and nobody wants to see them. It’s appalling.
The Rubes do a bit, since it’s the week of Thanksgiving, they each list off three things they are each thankful for in sports:
Top college basketball storylines:
Scotts Terrible Takes: he’s like the guy in high school who brought a bottle of booze to school and tried to get you to take a drink in between classes.
Scott continues his streak with 3-in-a-row. This week his take is that Scott has started a pick-em game against the spread for Gophers basketball games, but everybody said they didn’t want to play. That hasn’t deterred Scott, though. He continues to send updates that show everyone in the text thread is winless and he has picked a couple right. Essentially, Scott has a losing record against himself.
Update on NFL football playoff predictions:
AFC top seeds:
Lance: Pittsburgh, Patriots, Kansas City, Tennessee Titans, Jacksonville at #5, and Oakland at #6.
New England Patriots – as always, they are awesome and Brady’s arm should be cloned and parents allowed to have the gene spliced into their child’s DNA. They have the best coach and the best QB.
Pittsburgh Steelers – continues to win with a suspect team. Doesn’t feel like a real super bowl contender.
Jacksonville Jaguars – right on the money. They continue to win games and perform expertly on defense, but hard to trust that they are going to get a playoff win because Brutal Blake Bortles is under center.
Oakland Raiders. This is looking more like a solid possibility that Oakland will sneak in but only if they figure out the offensive woes. I claimed Derek Carr was the second coming of Jim Plunkett, but he’s looking more like the second coming of Jim Carey in football pads. Let’s talk about Marshawn Lynch. He stands to honor Mexico, which is a country undergoing much social resistance. It is now, and has full of police corruption and murders. The government is thought to not be protecting its people from cartels, lack basic human rights, and the rule of law. Yet he stands for that but not for the United States. What is the message?
Kansas City Chiefs: as I suspected, the Chiefs are falling apart. Coach Andy Reid has made his bed and now he, and all the Chief fans, must sleep in the unwashed sheets. Alex Smith should have been benched weeks ago (as I was calling for).
Titans: no chance they do anything with Mariota coughing up the football like it’s a bolus of half chewed steak.
Top Seeds: Eagles – best team in the league.
Vikings – how will this team respond on the road, and when will the real Case Keenum show up? They have the upper hand on getting the other bye, but will Zimmer coach his way out of it?
Rams: exposed a bit on the road in Minnesota. Have to win out to have a legitimate chance of getting the bye.
Saints – one of the hottest teams in the league since Week 2.
Panthers – sneaky dangerous to get home field in the Wildcard and really the only threat to Minnesota for the bye.
Cowboys – I continue to be wrong about them. When will I stop being fooled?
Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints, Los Angeles Rams at #4, Carolina at #5 and Detroit Lions at #6.
Top Playoff implication:
Mike - Minnesota at Detroit – the Vikings finally go on the road but face a Lions team in a questionable state. They just aren’t very good. But, they can score. Minnesota is coming off an emotional win and on short rest need to play on the road. This feels like a trap game for the Vikings. Minnesota will win the division regardless, but they need this game to be taken seriously for the bye.
Lance – New Orleans at LA Rams. One of the teams will stay in contention for the final bye spot.
Top fantasy QB –
Mike: Tom Brady
Lance: Marcus Mariota
NFL Shot in the Dark –
Lance: San Francisco beats Seattle in Seattle.
Mike: Tyrod Taylor has something to prove, and prove it he will on the road at a crumbing Kansas City team that is doubting if Coach Andy Reid still has all his faculties. Buffalo wins in a run away in what is Alex Smith’s final game in KC.
NFL Locks of the week – Mike picks the games for Lance to pick, and vice/versa.
Last week, Lance went 3-0 and Mike went 1-2.
Mike: Minnesota at Detroit. Vikings are favored by 3. It is an easy pick. Take Minnesota and give up the points.
Lance: Los Angeles Chargers at Dallas. Chargers are favored by 1. Take Los Angeles and give up the point.
Mike: Jacksonville Jaguars at Arizona Cardinals. Jacksonville is favored by 4.5 points. Take Jacksonville and give up the points.
Lance: New Orleans at Los Angeles Rams. Rams are favored by 2.5. Take the Saints and the points.
Mike: San Francisco at Seattle. Seattle is favored by 6.5 points. There is no doubt here, but take Seattle and give up the points. It’s the most likely outcome.
Lance: Buffalo at Kansas City Chiefs. Chiefs are favored by 10. Kansas City will win the game, no doubt about that. Take Buffalo and the points.