The Man of Steel – DYKS Week 7

Our guest this week in the “Do You Know Sports” picks league (DYKS pronounced DICKS) is Ray Kandolin the big bopper from many years ago in slow pitch softball. The person who introduced me to flag football and scheduling a date night with your wife once a month after having kids. The first thing was the most fun recreation sport I had ever played and the latter was the best advice to stay connected with my wife during the craziness of raising children. The mountain of man is also a guru of steel and steel related products but he does have one blemish on his card, he’s a Cowboys fan. I targeted Ray for week 7 since the “League of DYKS” was formed back in August because the Cowboys and Giants game would have a lot on the line for division implications. The division implications are real but the path for both teams has been bumpy up to this point of the season. The Cowboys have struggled with injuries to their key players and have been dismal with Brandon Weeden as quarterback. The Giants have been wildly inconsistent. The blowing big leads in the fourth quarter early in the season, two strong games versus the Skins and Bills and finally stretches of poor play in their past two games against the 49ers and Eagles. I am going to hold off any trash talk with Cowboy fans this week as they have owned the Giants winning the last five matchups and are 7-3 against the G-Men in the last 10.

The last week of football and non-football events have been strange, very strange.

  • The Mets swept the Cubs ruining the connection of the Cubs winning the World Series and the Back to the Future II movie prediction. The Cubs in the playoff’s is not that strange as they have a good General Manager, Theo Epstein, the strange part is the Mets swept them in four games. The blown chance by the Cubs to come back from down 0-3 to win the series hurt Theo Epstien’s chance of becoming king of the world in two regions of the country. Imagine if the Cubs came back from down 0-3 against a New York team, won a World Series and broke an old curse after doing the same exact thing 11 years earlier with the Red Sox. Theo Epstein would get castles built for him in Chicago and New England and be a shoe in for the Hall of Fame.
  • The book about Louisville basketball and hookers for recruits is strange but not exactly shocking. Rick Pitino has had a weird sex extortion case in the past and one of his protégés John Calipari had a very familiar accusation that had the NCAA wipe University of Massachusetts and their Final Four appearance from the records.
  • The Michigan versus Michigan State ending was an extraordinary finish to a great game. The muffed punt by Michigan and return for a touchdown by Michigan State as time expired to win ranks up there with the Stanford and California band on the field game and the Giants and Eagles Joe Pisarcik game ending plays. All three were big rivalry games making the wins extra special and the losses more painful.
  • The Michigan punt wasn’t the strangest punt of the week though thanks to the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts were hanging with the Patriots on Sunday night and then they lined up for a fake punt, the Colts well thought out plan had them in an illegal formation and they actually snapped the ball instead of trying to draw the Patriots offsides. The Colts owner has been hinting about firing Colts coach Chuck Pagano because of their poor performance against the Patriots. If “Chuck Strong” gets fired and the special teams coach is named interim coach the fix is in. Those of you that haven’t seen the play I really enjoyed the Tecmo Bowl version and the WTFake punt and LOL Wait you’re serious selections for the game.
  • The strangest occurrence of the week has to be the appearance of the rare “Golden Sombrero”. The definition of the “Golden Sombrero” is four strike outs in one game but my definition is a bit different. I consider three strike outs a “Hat Trick”, four strike outs a “Sombrero” and five strike outs a “Golden Sombrero”. The baseball version I am very, very  familiar with but to get the “Golden Sombrero” in my football picks is a new experience and not one I plan on repeating. I blame it all on all the work I did getting the Podcast up and running that sucked up all my research time.

Good Luck to all in your Week 7 picks. I won’t need luck this week. Be sure to listen to the Jeffrey Belanger Podcast this week with League of DYKS guest “the Joker” (Joel) and “MJ Madness” (Dan).

Week 7 Picks

Do You Know Sports Guy The Worm AK47 East Coast Bronco MJ Madness Greenwell 39
Game 1 Bills -3.5  Jaguars +3.5 Rams -4.5  Bills -3.5  Jaguars +3.5
Game 2 Cardinals -7.5  Cardinals -7.5 Eagles +7.5  Eagles +7.5  Raiders +4.5
Game 3 Eagles +7.5  Raiders +4.5 Falcons -3.5  Chiefs +2.5  Steelers -2.5
Game 4  Patriots -9.5  Jets +9.5 Niners +5.5  Jets +9.5  Lions +2.5
Game 5  Falcons -3.5  Falcons -3.5 Cardinals -7.5  Falcons -3.5  Browns +4.5
Do You Know Sports Guy The Joker Bear Jonuts Guest – Ray K “man of steel”
Game 1 Sehawks -5.5 Chargers -4.5 Lions +2.5 Vikings -2.5
Game 2 Steelers -2.5 Eagles +7.5 Bucs +3.5 Falcons -3.5
Game 3 Vikings -2.5 Bills -3.5 Eagles +7.5 Dolphins -4.5
Game 4 Falcons -3.5 Steelers -2.5 Chargers -4.5 Bucs +3.5
Game 5 Giants -4.5 Falcons -3.5




League of DYKS Standings

Last Week Name W L Ovr W Pct.
2-3 Greenwell 39 19 11 0.633
2-3 The Joker 18 12 0.600
2-3 East Coast Bronco 15 13 0.536
3-1 Jonuts 11 10 0.524
2-3 Guest 14 13 0.519
0-5 The Worm 14 14 0.500
2-3 MJ Madness 14 16 0.467
3-2 Bear 14 16 0.467
1-4 AK47 13 16 0.448

Guest Standings – Top 4 qualify for week 17 playoff

Week Guest Records W L Ovr W Pct.
2 Steve Cervizzi Jr. 4 1 0.800
5 Jay Fitts 3 1 0.750
4 Jim Cardin/Wayne Turner 2 2 0.500
1 Ray Elliott 2 3 0.400
6 Buck Spruell 2 3 0.400
3 Keith Rice 1 3 0.250

Week 6 Results

Do You Know Sports Guy The Worm AK47 East Coast Bronco MJ Madness Greenwell 39
Game 1 Falcons -3.5 Bills +2.5 Bengals -2.5 Jets -5.5 Cardinals -3.5
Game 2 Skins +5.5 Skins +3.5 Titans -2.5 Jaguars +2.5 Bengals -2.5
Game 3 Broncos -4.5 Dolphins +2.5 Broncos -4.5 Broncos -4.5 Broncos -4.5
Game 4 Cardinals -3.5 Packers -10.5 Texans -2.5 Panthers +7.5 Panthers +7.5
Game 5 Patriots -7.5 Patriots -7.5 Ravens -2.5 Giants +3.5 Patriots -7.5
Do You Know Sports Guy The Joker Bear Jonuts Guest – Buck the “Eagle”
Game 1 Falcons -3.5 Saints +3.5 Lions -3.5 Eagles -3.5
Game 2 Dolphins +2.5 Bears +3.5 Chargers +10.5 Ravens -2.5
Game 3 Cardinals -3.5 Dolphins +2.5 Colts +7.5 Panthers +7.5
Game 4 Bengals -2.5 Skins +5.5 49ers +2.5 Chiefs +3.5
Game 5 Broncos -4.5 Chiefs +3.5 Patriots -7.5

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