MLB Hall of Lame, Planet Rodriquez, NFL Playoffs Picks and Papa John

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PLANET RODRIGUEZ – Before getting to the free NFL Divisional Playoffs Picks, there are a few baseball-related items needing to be addressed, including a guy that clearly believes this isn’t Earth that we’re all rotating on – it’s Planet Rodriquez.

aroidAn equal number of managers and players gained the support necessary for enshrinement into the Hall of Fame. What used to be an honor, is now an exercise of suspicion and skepticism by the Baseball Writers of America, thanks to modern chemistry’s PED’s and players lining up to use them. Joe Torre, Tony LaRussa, and Bobby Cox guided teams to many victories, pennants, and World Series wins with rosters adorned with “users” or “juicers.” Can baseball and its fans possibly take a second or third glance at these managerial feats in the same manner the playing careers of Craig Biggio, Jeff Bagwell, and Mike Piazza are being scrutinized?

The State of Baseball is a mess and the 2014 Class of Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, and Frank Thomas – and many more to come – are to be put under the microscope until Cooperstown makes some sort of delineation of the era the Hall of Fame is now recognizing. As a result, I believe we will see more pitchers in an anti-slugger campaign or bias, gaining entrance as the new benchmark for victories dwindles from 300 to 250-275. And yes, amid all this debate, is the year’s suspension of Alex Rodriguez by the Commissioner’s Office and arbitrator Fredric Horowitz. The whole thing is a sh!t sandwich with a diarrhea milk shake.

imagesCAZ6O1B9Today in Carolina, the Panthers are looking to replicate the defensive battle of Week #10’s upset of the 49ers. Oddsmakers have shown the proper respect to Ron Rivera’s squad, going from six-point underdogs  that Sunday, to one-point ‘dogs today. What intrigues me a little more in gambling terms, is the Total. At 41 points, the game has set itself up to be another defensive struggle, but from my vantage point the return of Michael Crabtree makes San Fran much more competent in the passing game… and where the Panthers are best exploited. This fact alone should have the Panthers playing catch-up football on the offensive side of the ball. The pick: SF/CAR OVER 41

The second game on today’s menu pits AFC West Division foes San Diego and Denver for the third time this year and serves as the rubber match.  The final score of both contests were almost identical – Denver 27-20 and San Diego at Denver (like today) 28-20.  Having won five consecutive and six of seven, San Diego is peaking, like previous Super Bowl winners, at the right time. broncsBut today is a tall order with Cookie’s Broncos and Peyton Manning off a bye week.  The coaching comparison is one not to be overlooked as John Fox trumps anything rookie Mike McCoy serves up.  About the only negative for the Broncos are those dreadful Papa John’s commercials featuring Manning.  I’d rather catch a communicable disease than sit through another weekend of these ads.  This one goes downhill fast for the Chargers (41-10).  The picks: DENVER -9  & UNDER 54 1/2

Tune in tomorrow for DJ Eberle, whose high kicks and picks pale in comparison to mine.

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A man amongst men. Cheesy Bruin kicked cancer to the curb - twice. The Cheese Man's a big, tough teddy-bear who survived the Bronx despite being an unabashed Boston Bruins fan and Sargent-At-Arms for Angry Ward's Urban Spur Posse. Nuff said. Doctors have taken most of this throat and had to make him a new tongue from thigh-meat (his own) and still he won't shut up about the Bruins, Cowboys, Pirates and Cleveland Cavaliers. And yes, his kids do love him.

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  1. Cheesy Bruin says:

    When I type in here, it will open the Comments up but this comment will never show and the Comments will not be counted for people to see how many have been made. VERY FRUSTRATING.

  2. bosoxbruins04 says:

    A-Roid should have gotten more. But the best thing we can do is ignore him. Besides, the Pats are moving on… 🙂

  3. AngryWard says:

    Papa John’s pizza is so bad that it makes Dominos seem like Lombardi’s by comparison. I fully expected this column to be a celebration of my last round playoff pool pick LeGarrette Blount.

  4. Milkie Wilson says:

    Watch how fast people hop off of Planet A-Rod as this clown spends out of control.

    • But not before they get countless dollars off of him in legal fees and more courtroom dates… and how about the fact that he says he’s going to show up at spring training??? Do the Yankees now have an official stalker? Is A-Rod the crazy ex girlfriend???

  5. jgclancy says:

    I really want to know who these people are that order Papa John’s. As for those awful Manning commercials….he’s cashing that check and smiling…good for him.
    Well…Seattle’s defense looked great and then poor Indy—as soon as Luck threw that early INT for a TD it was over.Let’s hope today’s games are better.
    Now, I’m not saying the Chargers will win but that 9 point spread is a bit much.Look for a ball control slow first half. In the other game—everybody root against Harbaugh—right?
    After 3 days in CA the score JGClancy 3 – burritos 0 had a few rolled tacos too 🙂

  6. Time Warp Tony says:

    A black quarterback throwing to a white tight end?! What’s next, phones you can carry out of the house?

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