Thursday, November 18, 2010

Game On?

I've decided to become a producer of content again; sports content specifically.  The NFL season is in full swing, yet I feel like an outsider. The Broncos suck, every team has at least two losses, and my three fantasy teams are owning (a combined 22-7-1... yes there was a tie). But for the life of me I can't figure out why I am more interested in the Rockies inquisition into getting Justin Upton than I am in the Broncos regular season.  I wait seven long months between the Super Bowl and the start of the regular season, yet now that it's here I feel indifferent. You know that first Sunday when the CBS football theme music comes on?  IT'S THE BRONCOS, IT'S THE JAGS, AND IT'S NEXT! Chills... Where has that gone? I have two ideas. (1) The NFL Redzone channel is a sure sign that there is a god. The channel tosses you from game to game so you can keep up with the happenings of the day in real time, all with zero commercials. In the meantime, the Broncos game (or whatever game may be on at the time) is playing over on a channel that breaks to commercial every five minutes and I feel like I'm missing out if I'm watching Redzone.  This so called grace from God Redzone channel has numbed me to the point at which it's all I care about. My passion for the Broncos alone has been spread out over the entire NFL.  (2) Reason number two is certainly something evil: the mute button. With two TV's in my main room, the main programming goes on the jumbo screen while the "auxiliary" programming goes on the tube TV... on mute.  Lately, the Broncos have gotten moved to "auxillary" while something deemed more important goes on the main TV.  Watching a game on mute removes you from the action... you glance away and miss something important (wait, we just had the ball, WTF just happened?)  It's like being forced to watch the Seahawks every weekend... them again? NOOOO!  Bonus reason: the Broncos suck this year (and the NFL as a whole, really. Where's the hitting?); there is no team identity so there is no reason to feel connected to them.

Ramble ramble ramble... I hope you follow.

I've been picking games on ESPN.com this season and I've been doing awfully against the spread (like 2-11 last week). New strategy this week: pick the games, then submit the opposite. Here's my backwards picks:
BENGALS (-5.5) over Bills
Lions over COWBOYS (-6.5)
PANTHERS (+10.5) over Ravens
JAGUARS (-1.5) over Browns
STEELERS (-7.5) over Raiders
Redskins over TITANS (-7.5)
Cardinals over CHIEFS (-7.5)
VIKINGS (+3.5) over Packers
Texans over JETS (-6.5)
Falcons over RAMS (+3.5)
49ERS (-3.5) over Buccaneers
SAINTS (-11.5) over Seahawks
PATRIOTS (-3.5) over Colts
Giants over EAGLES (-3.5)
CHARGERS (-9.5) over Broncos

Eww... remember that all these picks are opposite of my initial gut reaction. I have to change something up!