An estimated 110 million Americans watched the Super Bowl last year.
But wait. That number can’t possibly be correct, can it? Given the U.S. population is currently 316 million, wouldn’t that mean 206 million other Americans didn’t watch the game? If television ratings are anywhere close to being accurate, nearly two-thirds of the American population doesn’t watch the Super Bowl.
I wonder. Who are these people? Babies? Little girls playing with dolls? Immigrants? The senile? The criminally insane? Hospital patients stuck in a coma? Who the fuck doesn’t watch the Super Bowl? Except for the very young, the very old, and the mentally deranged — everyone watches the biggest sporting event of the year. Right?
That’s what I used to think.
The NFL’s toughest player isn’t who you might think.
This weekend, as he starts his final game of what’s been a nightmare season, my vote goes to the bruised, battered, and too-often beaten quarterback of the hapless New York Jets — Geno Smith.
That’s right. The quarterback with one of the worst passer ratings in the league is my pick as the game’s toughest player.
Philadelphia Eagles’ Head Coach Chip Kelly is one of two things. He’s either a coward or a moron.
Take your pick.
There’s no other possibility, unless insanity is his defense.
Late in today’s NFL game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins, Kelly and his team faced a common dilemma which comes up all too often in football games. Yet, I rarely if ever see a head coach make the right decision.
NOTICE TO READERS:
For the first time since I launched this website (in August 2012), my football betting bankroll has been completely wiped out. Hence, this is the first football Sunday in more than two and a half years where I am NOT posting my weekly picks.
I could go off in many different directions about this — from expressing humor to outrage (sometimes one and the same). I could make lame-ass excuses or complain about my bad luck. But my decline and ultimate defeat as a football bettor for this period all boils down pretty much to three things:
NOLAN DALLA: 2014 NFL SEASON RECORD (through end of Week 10)
68 WINS – 62 LOSSES — 1 PUSHES
STARTING BANKROLL: $10,000.
CURRENT BANKROLL: $4,275.
NET GAIN/LOSS: – $5,725.
BEST BETS OF THE WEEK: 6 – 9 – 1
Must I do everything around here?
I already do your handicapping. Do I also have to do your thinking for you?
When I say “fire on the teaser wheel,” your only question should be “how high, Sir?”
Well today, my answer is — SKY’S THE LIMIT.
As in “bet it all.