Note: Here’s the follow-up to yesterday’s column on Democratic presidential candidates which focused on those who have announced, so far. Today’s continuation features a look at the top candidates who remain, at least for now — “undecided.” READ HERE: AN EARLY LOOK AT THE DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL FIELD
The 2020 presidential campaign started on November 9, 2016.
That’s the morning after the utterly unthinkable happened when an antediluvian mechanism known as the electoral college anointed an infantile reality television star to be the 45th President of the United States, this anomaly despite losing the popular vote to a pantsuited ragdoll by a whopping 2,915,391 ballots — all of which alleged to be cast by MS-13 gang members who usually hang out in the parking lot at Home Depot.
And now, here were are.
It’s one of those unusually ugly afternoons here in Las Vegas.
Cold. Clouds. Fog. Rain.
Given the collective dispirits of many in this city and beyond, the miserable weather is ideally suited for one thing — mourning.
This is an article I never expected to write.
Gavin Smith died last night.
Wait. Did I just type those words? Gavin Smith died? What the fuck?
Can Rest Lead to Rust?
Every week is different in handicapping. Circumstances which apply one week might not apply to the next. Yet, there are some commonalities which apply to the first two weeks of the NFL playoffs which are unique.
Heading into 2019, here are some random thoughts:
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).