Friday, August 31, 2012

Dave's LOCKS of the Week: College Week 1

With exceptions, most of my football picks will be from NCAA Football this year.  So let's do it on

Dave's (BLAM)
LOCKS (clank)
of the Week (snap!)

Here's what I have on my mind for the Labor Day weekend:

I *love* Michigan State -7.0 at home vs Boise St.  Boise lost a lot of its starters, and Michigan State's defense is terrific.  In fact, I don't even know if Boise State has a good defense.   Either way, MichSt and MichSt *big*.

Hawaii should easily cover +40 at USC tomorrow.  It's forty points!   I know some teams are just that bad (Louisiana Tech or one of those teams), but Hawaii is worth its FBS, and they'll have a lot of gusto.  PLUS, the Trojans had a tough time putting away Hawaii when they last met in the Aloha State.

Soo, as I was saying, some teams are JUST that bad, and North Texas should be one of them.   I like LSU to cover -43 at home in Baton Rouge.  In fact, this is so lopsided a game, is it even on TV?

Enjoy your Labor Day everyone!

Dave's Thoughts of the Day: August 31st

Short series of thoughts for the day.  After all, it's a near half-day at work.   Happy Early Labor Day!

Labor Day weekend used to be one to dread.  Remember when you were young and Labor Day would signal the start of the school year?  Today, it's just a nice three day weekend.   Adults FTW.

I've got a few LOCKS of the Week for College this year.  I've abandoned attempting to do LOCKS for the NFL.   NFL point spreads and their resultant wagers are COMPLETELY arbitrary.   It's absolutely worthless to bet on an NFL game.  You might as well pick a number on the roulette wheel and get better odds.   With so much parity in the game today, week-to-week, it's impossible to reliably pick ANY team to win by any number of points.  Most games are decided between 3-14 points from what I've seen.   In Week 1 of the NFL last year, only six games out of 16 were decided by more than 14 points. In Week 2 last year only four games out of 16 had a margin of victory larger than 14 points.  You can even pick the teams pretty well striaght up, but miss the point spread by a point or two.  It's no secret that I've been flat out awful at "LOCKS" of the week in the NFL.  You can even read through past posts on here to see for yourself.

I'm listening to a Genesis album as we speak.  "Duke," specifically.   I've never heard it in full before, and this is *tremendous*.  I didn't realize "Misunderstanding" was on there.   Great listen so far.

Wow, Amanda Beard has an eating disorder too?   That opened my eyes... I feel bad for swimmers with that big a public spotlight.  Tons and tons of scruitny especially with swimming where pretty much every part of your body is exposed to the world.

Speaking of swimming, I felt great out there in sprints for what was a brutal "Fast Friday" workout.  We did a series of 50 meter sprints.   Push going one way, dive coming back.   On Long Course Meters, I managed around a minute each time in most sprints.  Some were from a push.  Others from a dive.  In particular, the dive was golden today.  I felt like a knife through butter!  Most of those I finished around 1:00, 1:02, and in one case 59 seconds.  I bet I did a couple others under a minute.  Major improvement from a year ago.  Experience swimmers will denote those as pretty slow times but I'm still a novice.  I'm happy with the effort.

Speaking of "effort," the Dodger lineup HAS NONE.   Season OVAH.   Serves them right.  4.5 games back with a month to go and the Giants playing an easy schedule makes it damn near impossible.   Not to mention -- no heart at all with this lineup.   Where is the urgency?  The Pitching works its butt off and they deserve better.

That's all for now.  LOCKS coming up next!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Dave's Thoughts of the Day: August 30th

Thrilling results show on "America's Got Talent" last night.  How about the Harp Dude William Close making the finals?  Do the dance!

...then you had the pretentious Sand Artist.  And his attitude about how important his "message" is is a joke.  YOU'RE A GUY WHO MAKES DOPEY DRAWINGS WITH SAND!  Reminds me of another "artist" out there.

Dittleman... I think I got the spelling right.  In any case, the man is an incredible showman.  His act is "mind reading."  But to me it's a math equation.  He has a system or an equation that will lead most of his subjects to draw, select, or write the predicted outcome.   Even though I know he's just using a formula (i.e. name two basic shapes that wrap around each other... eliminate the rectangle.  That would most times yield a circle around a triangle or vice versa), yes even if it's a formula Dittleman is a delightful personality.  Unfortunately he got eliminated last night.  It's too bad.

Some people were complaining about the NY Giants new Nike Uniforms last night.  Conversely, I like them quite a lot!   The numbers are huge, but the lettering is a dramatic improvement from what Reebok used to do.  I can READ the names now!  In addition, they don't stretch all over the place.  Nice improvement.

I might have to go back to Northridge for the sole objective of ordering a burrito at El Indio Mexicano.   Their burritos are spectacular.  Cheap too!   Someday soon...

This afternoon I'm going with my work colleagues to an Indian Food Restaurant.  Huge fan.  I'm always up for a little Naan and Chicken Tandoori.

Last night's DITC Podcast ( Tremendous topics last night.  Great to have Dave Griffin back to bring us a little insight between the headlines.   He made a great point about Adrian Gonzalez... the Dodgers primary objective was to get him.  The other guys were just a means to an end.  I can agree with that.

The Dodgers HAVE TO beat the Dbacks 3 out of 4 to have a chance at the playoffs.  It is their only chance.  Anything less than that will put them at a minimum of 2.5 games back (assuming SF wins one game in four).  It could put them at a maximum of 7.5 games back in one miserable weekend.  Now you tell me...   do you REALLY think the Dodgers can win 3 out of four knowing that they already are 4-8 vs Arizona and 1-3 in their last series with AZ **at home??!!**

Fox has ruined the Dodgers more than we will ever know.   Their purchase of the team back in the late 90's has held them back even today in 2013.  Observe:

HOT week in Los Angeles!   I had the fan running during the podcast.  AC too.

Nickelback blows.  They're not overrated:  when you're rated as "suck," there's a good degree of accuracy.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Dave's Thoughts of the Day: August 29th

Here's a few things I had on my mind but couldn't fit onto FB or Twitter.  Random thoughts, if there ever were any.  I'll add to this throughout the day:

I think I know why they say "carbs are so bad for you."   I had the pasta last night with marinara and added some Johnsonville Italian Sausage.  Boy was that thing a gut bomb!

I *hate* the song "Wild Thing."  Maybe in the 60's it was cool and "groovy," but it's extremely corny and impossible to sing along to.  EXTREMELY corny.

Good swim this morning.  I felt like my butterfly was much better than it was on Monday.   Really happy about it.  In fact, I was trying to judge how fast I could do 25m on a long course pool, so half the length of the pool.  At workout speed, I'm just over 30 seconds now.  I seem to remember it being about 35-40 seconds a year ago.  Big time.

Watch ESPN does nothing for me.  For a year it claims "your cable/satellite provider is not supported for Watch ESPN."  ESPN needs to get with the program.

Traffic coming home on the bus has been pretty good lately.   Not counting on that to last long-term.

I read an entire Wikipedia Entry on Johnny Carson last night.  I couldn't decide whether he was just a very private guy or a total egotistical douche.  On further review, I have decided he's both.   It's funny too, because critics often trash him for stealing other people's material.  It's a valid point!  The man was a wise businessman though.  #random

I bet you're wondering what got me to read a complete Wiki entry on Carson.   I was watching "America's Got Talent" on NBC.  It made me realize... "Hey!  This is just like 'Star Search'."  Then I looked up Star Search clips and remembered ole Ed McMahon.   Then I looked into McMahon's bio... naturally that led to an article about the old Tonight Show.  and, ergo, Johnny Carson.

Who gets suspended for refusing to wear a polo shirt?  I'm not buying it.  Link:

Looking forward to tonight's DITC podcast (10pm ET at   My buddy Dave Griffin will be on for all the baseball stuffs.  Plus, even though the Dodgers are winning right now, I'll be pretty vicious with the Dodger uppers about their frivolous overspending.    I'm *hoping* Kevin on the Cape can return via his loaner cell-phone for Random Questions.