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I served in the US Navy from 2002-08; four of those years were as a Nuclear Propulsion Operator aboard an aircraft carrier. I engage in political activism in various Democratic circles when I am able to. I have a cat, and I am an uncle.

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Thursday, October 31, 2013


What a win by Dallas last Sunday. The Cowboys have a comfortable lead in the NFC East at 5-3. Maybe this team could make the playoffs as the NFC's darkhorse. Two of their final eight games include the Saints and Packers. Just maybe... MAYBE... this thing is coming together.

It's always something with the Cowboys.

A bothched snap. A game ending interception. A receiver getting caught in the lights. Coaching decisions that even a Pop Warner/middle school/high school league coach wouldn't make, A penalty at the most inopportune time. A player who is arguably the best wide receiver in the NFL right now having a career day.

It is that Achilles' heel that shows up.

Sure the defense forced 4 Lions turnovers, but they weren't able to stop Stafford from engineering a game-winning drive that kept the Lions in the hunt for a playoff spot.

Randy Galloway of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram put it best in his column after the game: "They are the Dallas Cowboys, once upon a time a somebody in the NFL, but over the decades having been reduced to that mass of football goo known as mediocrity."

It's very likely that Dallas will make the playoffs because the NFL is required to take the team that finishes in first place in the NFC East. Every team in the NFC East is at .500 (Dallas) or worse (Eagles 3-5, Redskins 2-5, Giants 2-6). Winning the division guarantees a team a home playoff game so that means that Jerry World would host a playoff game most likely against.... the second place team in the NFC West: either San Francisco or Seattle.

Cowboys fans, ask yourself this question: how confident are you that this team could beat one of those teams?

If you answer "Yes, Michael, the Cowboys could beat the 49ers or the Seahawks in the playoffs and make a deep run like the Giants did in January 2012" then you my friend are a damned fool, a liar, or both.

By the way, there are some AWESOME ocean front real estate opportunities in Amarillo that I think you would be interested in.

Well... on the plus side, quarterback Matthew Stafford got me 30 points in my fantasy league. Sometimes you need to find those silver linings.

Dallas comes back to Jerry World to take on the Vikings. Should be a W given the quarterback carousel in Minnesota, but knowing the Cowboys...

For the second week in a row, six teams will be on a bye week: Cardinals, Broncos, Lions, Jaguars, Giants, and 49ers. If you play fantasy football, you know what to do.

Besides Minnesota at Dallas.... let's see, there doesn't seem to be much in terms of viewing opportunities.

The Bengals make their second primetime appearance this season, this time heading down to South Beach to take on the Dolphins. Kansas City looks to keep their undefeated season going with a trip to Buffalo. The Patriots are hosting the Steelers in the late afternoon slot. Sunday Night is the Colts traveling to Houston to take on a Texans team that are in must-win mode from here on out. The only game featuring teams with winning records is the Bears visiting the Packers for a good old fashioned NFC North showdown.

Mr. Blake missed the perfect week by ONE game last week and he was able to rebuild his three-game lead over me. Ms. Roberts is trailing the front runner by 12 games and behind her is the Houston Astros and then bringing up the rear is the Jacksonville Jaguars.

I've got two battles: my hold on second place and trying to overtake Eli for first place. It should be interesting through the month of November.

Happy Halloween folks.

Week 8

Picks are in BOLD
Times are Central Time Zone
Games airing in DFW are noted by (DFW)

BYE WEEK: Cardinals, Broncos, Lions, Jaguars, Giants, 49ers

Dolphins at Bengals

Vikings at Cowboys (DFW)
Falcons at Panthers
Jets at Saints

Chiefs at Bills
Rams at Titans
Chargers at Redskins

Eagles at Raiders
Buccaneers at Seahawks

Steelers at Patriots (DFW)
Ravens at Browns

Colts at Texans

Bears at Packers

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