Posted on: September 10, 2009 6:44 pm
Edited on: September 18, 2009 7:17 pm
So another season is upon us and I am going to try and pick every week this season. I only got through week 7 last year, then the side effects from the surgeries I had prevented me from finishing. For those of you who remember, I only pick the winners and not against the spread, and it is just for fun. If you lose your car or house betting based on my picks, don't cry to me. Should have done your own research.
Thursday, Sep. 10
Tennessee at Pittsburgh - This should be a good game, but I think a defensive battle and low scoring game, Steelers defense is the key factor here, and they are starting D on my FFB team so they better come out swinging. Steelers 19-Titans 13.
Sunday, Sep. 13
Kansas City at Baltimore - Ravens will give the Chiefs more than they can handle on Offense and Defense. Chiefs are rebuilding and we will have to wait for Matt Cassell to heal up before we see if last year was a fluke or not. Ravens by 13.
Philadelphia at Carolina - I can't wait to see what the Eagles are going to do with Vick. It will either be fantastic or utter failure, no in between. But we will have to wait until week 5 at least. I like the Eagles by 3.
Minnesota at Cleveland - With or without Brett Favre, the Vikings are a formidable rushing team and tough defense, Minnesota by 10.
Miami at Atlanta - Both of these teams had great success last regular season, only to bow out of the 1st round of the playoffs. Is Miami going to continue their success? Will Matt Ryan have a sophomore slump? I like the Falcons wide outs and rushing game to edge the Dolphins in a shootout, 35-27.
Detroit at New Orleans - Matt Stafford is going to get to see what an NFL QB looks like. Saints by 10.
Jacksonville at Indianapolis - Colts without Tony Dungy at the helm. What is poor Peyton to do? I think he will be just fine. Colts by 7.
Denver at Cincinnati - OK, so I am a homer, but I like what I saw from the defense against the Cardinals. If Kyle Orton's finger is not that bad, I think the Broncos can win this road game. If Orton does flounder, hell, put Brandsteter in. The kid looked good last week. Denver by 6.
Dallas at Tampa Bay - The Cowboys have a lot to prove this season, and the Bucs no longer have Monte Kiffin at the helm of that once great defense. Romo airs it out to impress the new GF and Dallas wins by 10.
N.Y. Jets at Houston - Mark Sanchez is no more ready to start in the NFL than Brandsteter is. That said, he might surprise some people. Rex Ryan sees something in him to make him the starter. That being said, Gary Kubiak is going to take the Texans to the next level and show that he is a great offensive mind. If his QB can stay healthy, look out for Houston this season. Texans by 13. Sanchez throws 3 picks.
St. Louis at Seattle - Honestly, who cares? Just kidding, the Rams are definately rebuilding, Seattle by 13.
Washington at N.Y. Giants - What was considered the toughest division in football last year deflated somewhat at the end of the season. If Portis is 100%, and Jason Campbell has his head and heart in the right place after feeling unwanted a bit, I think the Redskins will upset the Giants. Can't wait to see Brian Arakpo and see if McDaniels is an idiot for passing on him in the draft. Washington by 2.
San Francisco at Arizona - Cardinals struggled in the preseason while San Francisco looked good. Will Arizona show that their Superbowl run was not a fluke? Warner looks old out there, real old. 49'ers by 6.
Chicago at Green Bay - Jay Cutler is a whiny biatch, will get sacked 4 times, and throw 3 picks. I hope. Green Bay has looked beastly so far this preseason. I hope Aaron Rodgers shows everyone he was the right choice for Green Bay. Packers by 13.
Monday, Sep. 14
San Diego at Oakland - If it was possible for both of these teams to lose, I would wish for that. Since the best case scenario is a tie in OT, I'll pray for that. Most likely, Chargers by 14.
Buffalo at New England - TO on Primetime! Brady's knee in HD! Edwards has a weak left side protection with his left Guard out and no real running game with Marshaun Lynch being suspended. Patriots by 10.
As ususal, Morpheus reserves the right to change his picks up until game time and if you don't like Morpheus's picks, petition your GM or coach to do a better job in next years draft.
Posted on: October 15, 2008 9:36 pm
Edited on: October 21, 2008 3:16 pm
Those of you who know me from the Bronco's message board know I have been predicting games every week since week 2. I missed week 1 because I was out of town. I'm 47 and 25 on the year, about 66%.
Here's this week's fun predictions. I'm just picking straight up winner's and not picking against the spread. As ususal, Morpheus reserves the right to change his picks up until game time and if you don't like Morpheus's picks, petition your GM or coach to do a better job in next years draft.
San Diego at Buffalo-At the beginning of the season, I was looking forward to this match up as a preview of the AFC play-off picture. Buffalo suffered a pretty bad loss to the Cardinals before the bye week and now that JP Losman is QB'ing, I don't see them rebounding from that loss, especially after the way Chargers they took care of business against the Patriots. Chargers win on the road.
After hearing that ROMO suited up, I think Brad Johnson will be self concious. Rams win in an upset.
Sat 3 PM-COlts defense is still banged up. Packers at home.
I predict none of these teams will lose: Arizona,Atlanta,Jacksonville,Philadelphia
The purpose of this thread is for a little fun. If you gamble, don't blame me if you lose your house because Detroit upset Houston.
Posted on: April 1, 2008 3:13 pm
This is a fun tailgating or summer recipe. Pretty easy. Prep at home and bring to the ballpark.
Container: grill, gas or charcoal, and ideally a food processor
Dissolve sugar in warm water and sprinkle yeast on top. (If using instant yeast, add it to the dry ingredients.) Let stand until yeast is foamy, about 10 minutes.
Posted on: March 31, 2008 9:21 pm
This is a great side dish that even kids will love (if you don't tell them what's in it). The roasting takes the bite out of the garlic, and carmelizing the onions makes them nice and sweet.
5# Yukon gpld potatoes You can use any potato, but the yukon Golds have a nice rich buttery flavor already.
5 yellow onions, 1/2" diced
1 head garlic
1/2 # butter
8 oz. sour cream
1 cup milk
Cut the stem end off of a garlic head and coat gernously with olive oil, season with salt & pepper and roast for about 1 hour @ 450 degrees. Let cool.
Sautee diced onions on medium heat in about 1/4 cup of olive oil and plenty of S&P. Reduce heat after 5 minutes and stir occasionally. Simmer for about 20-25 minutes until onions are a nice golden brown color. Add a couple of tblspoons of balsamic vinegar fpr flavor and sautee another 10 minutes. Set aside.
Cut potatoes into quarters ( I like to leave the skins on for flavor and vitamin content, but to each his own!) boil in salted water about 20-25 minutes or until you can easily mash them with a fork.
Drain potatoes and add butter, sour cream and milk, S&P and mash with large fork or hand masher until mixed well. The texture should be a little chunky. You can blend or use a mixer for a smoother texture, but I like a nice chunky texture. To cut down on fat, use olive oil instead of butter. Still has a nice flavor.
Remove cloves drom garlic head and mash into small bits. Add garlic and onions to potatoes and fold in with a spoon.
Great side dish with any meal!
Posted on: March 28, 2008 1:22 pm
1 (2 to 3-pound) whole chicken
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Wash chicken with cold water and pat dry with paper towels.
Place chicken in the oven for 10 minutes and then lower temperature to 325 degrees F and cook for another 1 hour, or until the internal temperature in the thickest part of the thigh reaches 165 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer.
Posted on: February 26, 2008 1:58 pm
Remove the meat from the grill. Heat a large saute pan over medium-high heat and place hickory smoking chips in the bottom of the pan. Cover the chips with a lid, which is slightly smaller than the pan, and then place each pork chop on top of the lid. This will allow the meat to smoke and become infused with the hickory flavor. Smoke the meat until it is fork tender. Serve with potatoes, pears and onion straws. Garnish with red pepper and mushroom strips.
Posted on: February 25, 2008 3:41 pm
These are really tasty. Great for any sports gathering.
1 1/4 cups apple cider vinegar
Combine all ingredients except chicken in heavy medium saucepan. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cover; simmer until chilies and cherries are tender, about 20 minutes. Working in batches, purée mixture in blender. Return sauce to pan. If necessary, simmer uncovered until sauce is reduced to 3 cups and thickens. Season with salt and pepper. (Can be made 3 days ahead. Cover and chill.)
Posted on: February 21, 2008 12:54 pm
Chicken and andouille sausage casserole (inspired by Emeril Lagasse)
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
Spice rub (or use essence of Emeril)
2 to 2 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 2-inch pieces
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
In a small bowl, combine the breadcrumbs, remaining spice rub, cheese, and butter and set aside.
In a large Dutch oven, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the chicken in batches as necessary and cook until browned on each side, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate.
Add the sausage and cook, stirring, over medium-high heat until almost browned, about 4 minutes. Add the onions, garlic, and cayenne and cook, stirring, until soft, about 3 minutes. Add the mushrooms and cook until they are soft and give off their liquid, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the reserved flour and cook, stirring, for 1 to 2 minutes. Add the chicken, artichokes, stock, cream, green onions, parsley, and tarragon, stir, and bring to a boil. Sprinkle the bread crumb mixture evenly over the top and bake until bubbly and the top has a golden crust, about 25 minutes.
Remove from the oven and serve hot over toasted French bread.