For the past three seasons, I have offered my Super Bowl picks, and over those years my record is 5-2 (nailing the over/under in all three of them). Why wreck a good thing? So I'm going to give it a go for the fourth year in a row.
- New England Patriots - Not a lot ot be said of the Patriots that hasn't been said ad nauseum (but I'll say something anyway, cuz that's how I roll...) In the last 11 seasons, the Patriots are 134-42. They don't do anything special except win. The Nattily-clad Bill Belichick is a bit of a standoff-ish but possibly brilliant cheater. This season, they won 13 games with no discernible defense, and a Tight End that was more wide receiver than their resident loudmouth. But they are so good.
- New York Giants - These guys strike me as a group of guys that play when motivated. This isn't necessarily a good thing... except when they are motivated. They overlooked the Seahawks in an October home game (which was the same week that I had heard a stat that west coast teams flying east across three time zones for a 1:00 Eastern time start were - no foolin' - 4-21 over the previous three seasons). Then after a now-typical Tony Romo air ball in the clutch late in the season in Dallas, they needed one more win to clinch and they lost - at home again - to the miserable Redskins. On the last day of the season, they needed to beat the hapless Cowboys again and make the playoffs. The Giants didn't win the playoff game in Green Bay as much as the Packers lost it, and they may still be playing in San Francisco if Dropsy Williams hadn't been in the game replacing the injured Ted Ginn). Which team is going to show up?
It could easily be said that this year's Milwaukee Wave is having the best year in its 28th season of indoor soccer. Their current record is 16-2 for an .887 winning percentage, which is significantly higher than their current record high percentage of .773 (done with a 34-10 record in a much longer 2001-02 season).
For the first time since 2008, the USBC Open Championships ("Nationals", for short) will not be held in Nevada. This year, the bowling tournament will be held in Baton Rouge, Louisiana for the first time since 2005.
This is not your complete trip report. That will be in a few days after I actually complete my trip to Louisiana. However, a buddy of mine made a comment to a post I made on my Facebook page along the way that has me a little complentative. He made a snide comment (which us guys do) to which I responded that he was jealous. He said he wasn't, but that he was saving money.