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NFL Week #17: Analysis and Picks

Posted by on Dec 29, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

 

 

Handicapping the final week of the NFL regular season can be quite a challenge.  It’s unlike most other games.  Several games play much like during the pre-season.  Many starters are rested and younger, inexperienced players are given the chance to prove themselves.  However, all are inter-division games, which means the teams are more familiar with each other.  This raises many question marks but also provides unique opportunities to evaluate matchups based largely on motivation and situational handicapping where clear advantages exist.

Handicapping largely comes down to which teams appear most determined to win versus opponents who are playing out the final game and looking forward either to the upcoming playoffs, or a lengthy off-season and time for a re-evaluation.

I’ve tried to take all these factors into account entering the final full slate of games.  Here are my thoughts on all 16 games (listed below).

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Should Expressing Extremist Views on Social Media Be Grounds for Termination?

Posted by on Dec 17, 2018 in Blog, Essays, Politics, Rants and Raves | 5 comments

 

 

Should social media posts be banned if they offend a vast majority of people?

Most of us probably believe the answer is no.  We should all be allowed freedom of expression.  After all, free speech is a fundamental right.  Besides, who’s to determine what’s acceptable versus objectionable?

However, let’s also agree that social media posts widely considered offensive should be accompanied by consequences.

This too becomes problematic.

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On Tipping: Tapped Out and Pissed Off

Posted by on Dec 11, 2018 in Blog, Essays, Rants and Raves, Restaurant Reviews | 1 comment

 

 

I don’t mind tipping.

Some jobs pay such pathetically low wages that tipping is absolutely necessary to get people to do that kind of work.  Besides, anyone who repeatedly has to deal with the public probably deserves some kind of “survivor” bonus.  Hell, I’d rather dig a ditch in the summertime for minimum wage than serve a family at an Applebee’s with a couple of highchairs.  Please, hand me a shovel.  I mean hand me a shovel to dig the ditch — not to use on the kids.  Just want to make that clear.

The problem is….everyone who deals with the public now expects a tip.  Tip jars are placed everywhere.  Here in Las Vegas, tipping is probably my third-highest monthly expenditure, behind my mortgage payment and what I pay to the bookies.

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