Monday, January 23, 2017

Ouch! Two Losing Picks!

Boy, talk about catching a drubbin’! All year long, any Packers’s game I watched, I never saw them play so poorly. Five dropped passes – these guys are professional, for heaven’s sake, they’re not supposed to drop any passes. A fumble at the goal line? Receivers not getting open?  And as usual, the opposing QB had a field day picking apart the Green Bay secondary. The team really needs to work on recruiting some better help in the backfield in the off-season. Actually, I was quite pleased that they made it as far as they did, being ranked 31st in the league in yards allowed. Final score: 44-21. Ouch!

The Steelers didn’t fare much better, 17-36, against New England. I was biting my tongue when I picked them to win, knowing what a great team a Brady-led Patriot team is. Their receiving corp is better as is their secondary, prime requites for a primarily passing team. The Steeler lose of LeVeon Bell was not a good thing.

So, out of the ten games played in the post season, so far, I’ve won seven. 70 %. No too good. Only the Super Bowl  is left – two weeks away. The Atlanta Falcons vs the New England Patriots. What a game that will be! Of course, I and many others thought yesterdays games were going to be a lot closer than they were. Nobody expected the Packers and the Steelers to get run over like they did. (But you can bet there will be some loudmouths out there this morning crowing about how they knew it all along. Don’t pay them any mind.)


So who do you like in the Super Bowl? (this will be my 51st one to have watched, by the way.) I really don’t know at this point who to pick. If both teams play at the levels they played yesterday, it will be something to watch. If one team has a bad-luck day, like the Packers and the Steelers yesterday, it will be a groaner. But how do you know beforehand?

Tell me your pick at fvoss70@live.com.


Thursday, January 19, 2017

Newshawk Shakes Out Some Good News

Hey, folks, Newshawk here!

I have been receiving letters from fans complaining that all the news reported is bad news. They, the fans, complain bitterly that we newspeople report only negative events: earthquakes fires, floods, bank robberies, murders, terrorist attacks, all the juicy stuff.

Well, I thought about it, mulled it over, trying to figure what I could do to help bring a smile to your faces. So I set out in the Fredmobile to find some good news.

“Hi, folks, I’m here in balmy Canisteo, NY, where average temperatures range in the70s and low 80s. There is never any snow or any kind of crappy weather; the sun shines on us every day. It would be a lovely place to schedule your next golf outing.”

“Hey, folks, Newshawk again, this time reporting from Rochester International Airport. About a half-hour ago, at 10:27 a.m., an airliner bound for Madrid with 226 people aboard, including nine crew members, took off without incident. There were no terror threats and Flight 742  landed in Madrid without incident. All aboard deplaned without incident. It was indeed a incidentless flight (sic).  However, one man did complain that the little bottles of booze offered on the plane were too small.”

“This is the Newhawk, reporting from the business desk at The Evening Tribune with an important announcement. An oil industry spokesman revealed this morning that the real reason the price of gasoline remains below three dollars a gallon is because the industry already has enough money and wants to do its share to ease the burden on poverty-stricken America. (I thought this was nice).

In Detroit, formerly the automobile manufacturing capital of the world, a foreign car maker announced that 245,000 Toyotas made last summer will not be recalled. There is nothing wrong with any of them, said spokesperson Akimoto Tokomushi. However, he stated off-camera that investigators should look into the valve stems on the new Chevys.

A talking head for the liberal LA Times said this morning that the newspaper was “thrilled” that so many states are passing concealed carry laws allowing students to exercise their 2nd Amendment rights and giving them the ability to protect themselves on college campi (sic).

NEWSBREAKER!! CNN did not report that the assassinations of President-Elect Trump and Soon-to-be VP Pence would allow Obama to stay in the White House.

And finally, there is no truth to news reports stating that radical Democrats are threatening to disrupt the Inauguration ceremony. Nor is it true that there are a substantial number of Democrats planning to not attend the swearing in of the new president. It’s good to hear that these Democrats have no evil thoughts for Mr. Trump, don’t you think?

Well, I hope this news cheers you. It’s refreshing to hear good news from time to time, isn’t it? I’ll make it a point to check back later with similar developments.


This is the Newshawk signing off! Good day!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Conference Championships this Weekend

You football pickers did well over the course of the first eight games. 37 people responded, 25 got them all right. Most of the rest, including me, missed only one. Not bad, not bad at all.

This weekend the conference championships are played, two games, the winners which go to Houston two weeks hence to partake in Super Bowl. Regardless of who wins the S.B. promises to be a good one.

Both games are on Sunday. The Packers take on the Falcons at 3:05 and Steelers go against the Patriots at 6:05.

Since this is a game pitting the best quarterbacks against each other, and in my mind Aaron Rodgers leads in that category, I'll take Green Bay in a close one, 30-27.

In the 6 o'clock game, which should be another close one (if, unlike last weekend, the Steelers score any touchdowns), I'll take the Steelers, (though I'm not sure why). I'm not even going to predict a score and I sure won't bet any money on them.

Don't forget to update me on your picks at fvoss70@live.com




Monday, January 16, 2017

A Really Raunchy Place

I tried to think of something to write about Martin Luther King Day, but I couldn’t think of anything. So I wrote about something else.

Ever wonder when the world will end? Or if it will end? Christians wait for the Second Coming of Christ. Judgement Day. A thousand years of peace. What is meant by peace in this respect, anyway? Will all the bad guys be in Hell and the others lying around on the beach all day? Will we still have to work for a living? Will there still be unemployment and Social Security checks coming in the mail? Will we still need the money? How about health care? Will it be necessary? Will we still have pain. What about heart disease and cancer? Will they still plague us or will they go away? Will the survivors still need to buy life insurance? How about car insurance? Would it still be necessary to have a retirement plan? Or will life with Jesus be without stress altogether? Eat, sleep and be merry? To be truthful with you, it sounds a bit boring. I think humans need a bit of stress in their lives in order to be happy. Notice I said “a bit.”
There have been a few threats that the world may end. The end of the world was supposed to arrive on December 21, 2012, and that had quite a number of worriers worried. Of course, the world was supposed to end in the spring, three years ago, and it didn’t happen. But the guy who said it would said he was positive about the 2012 date. He has never been right in his predictions, but still, so many people worry. Like I said, some people need a little stress in their lives. A real fear of the world ending would certainly provide stress. Like this business with solar flares and EMPs. I don’t think about these dreaded events much; there is nothing to be done about them anyway.
I wonder how it will happen – the world coming to an end, other than the Second Coming, which could come at any time. Ever notice that some people will believe some guy screaming the world is coming to an end next month! The sky is falling! When nothing happens, they believe the next nut, then the next, but they never even consider the Second Coming as a possibility?
What might have happened on December 12, 2012? Any ideas? A huge meteor striking the earth and demolishing it? The sun flares up and sets us on fire? Some dread disease circles the globe and kills all it infects? A clan of paranoid pygmies attacks taller people? Mad cow disease causes angry bovines to attack those who would make hamburger out of them? (What a movie that would make – where’s Steven Spielberg?) Killer bees? Blood-thirsty vampires? Enraged werewolves? How about an invasion from outer space by giant frogs?
I can see it now. A giant, shiny saucer-shaped thing swoops across the planet, followed by a fleet of similar craft. They are casing the joint. They want to know what we are all about. Are we smart or stupid? What do we eat? How do we pass the time? What do we work at? Are we good shots with our hand guns?
Satisfied they had little to worry about, they land. They form into squads of reconnaissance units and spread across the land, hopping and croaking to beat the band. They creep up to windows and peek in at us. They slip into our attics and watch us do stuff they have no business watching. They see us watching reality TV and playing computer games hour after hour. They listen to us lie and cheat each other. They see young men walking around in public with the cracks of their butts showing, and they see young women walking around in public wearing tank tops with large amounts of fat hanging over their belts. They witness us conniving to get government checks and otherwise cheat the taxpayers, and they are appalled. They croak loudly at the effrontery of it all. They are left croakless in their attempts to describe our behavior. But they are brave, and they plod onward.
 They watch politicians lie to the voters, as they say one thing and do another. They watch business people cheat the government, and they watch business people cheat the public. They watch as people steal from their employers, and watch as they steal from each other. They watch as school teachers teach lies about the history of our country, and how they stood by and watched a wretched bunch of anti-Christian putzes remove all vestiges of religion from our schools. The aliens’ eyes were bulging in disbelief, their bodies quivered in disgust. They hopped back to the mother ship, hardly able to control themselves.
“My God (yes, alien frogs believe in God too),” they cried in unison. “It can’t be! It’s a horrible place.”
“Get us out of here! Pul-e-e-eze!”
“Never seen anything like it!”
“Bogus. Burn the place down!”
“It’s a  really raunchy place. Everything’s for sale. The universe will never miss the likes of it! Ditto to burn it!”


Well, we were wondering how the world might end. This is just one scenario. There are others.

Sunday's NFL games were great!

Wow, were Sunday's games terrific or what?

The Packer's win over Dallas, 34-31, was awesome; Aaron Rodgers' magic worked again esp. in the final play of the game when he hit Jared Cook with that great pass! I dared to think (but only for a moment) that the Pack might lose that game. With third down and 27 yards to a spot where Chris Boswell could hit a field goal, I had my doubts. Then Rodgers hit Cook for 36, Cook skidding out of bounds on his knees, the line ref calling the pass incomplete, only to be overruled by the line judge. Man, what a game!
The Packer's secondary nearly gave the game away in the second half with poor play. Dak Prescott hit every pass he threw, which is what made the game so close at the end. We shouldn't have expected anything better, really. Packer secondary is plainly poor, ranking 31st in the league in yards allowed. Many of their better defensive backs are on IR, but they better get better before Atlanta or they won't make the Super Bowl.

I was pleased to see Pittsburgh knock out K.C., 18-16. I like the Steelers but not scoring touchdowns isn't going to cut it New England. Tom Brady and the Patriots score touchdowns, lots of them. Ben, Brown and Bell better find ways to get into the end zone if the Steelers hope progress to the big game.

Of the eight games, so far I've won seven. The Patriots covered the point spread against Houston and I bet they wouldn't. That's 871/2 percent. I haven't received very many results from you guys as yet. Let me know how you made out. Fvoss70@live.com.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Sundays NFL Games

As you must know by now the Steelers-Chiefs game has been postponed until 8:15 p.m. due to an ice storm in Kansas City. The Packers-Cowboys game, played in balmy Dallas, stays at 4:30.

The Falcons handled the Seahawks rather handily, 36-20. As previous stated, the Falcons offense is really tough.

I goofed on the New England-Houston game. I thought the Patriots would win but not cover the points. They did by 2, 34-16.

As you may have guessed by now I’m a Packer fan. In what promises to be a tight game, I think the Pack can defeat Dallas, if Aaron Rodgers continues to display his magic. No reason to think otherwise.

The powerhouse Steeler offense and a great defense should be enough to defeat the Kansas City Chiefs, another very good team. The point spread is only 1, showing it should be a nail-biter.

Let me know how you made out through my email- fvoss70@live.com.

Enjoy

Saturday, January 14, 2017

NFL Divisional Playoff Games

This week features the NFL Divisional Playoffs.  The winners meet next week in the Conference Championships, the winners of which match up in the Super Bowl.

Let’s have some more fun and see if we can pick the winners in this weekend’s games.

Saturday:

Today at 4:35 the 10-5-1 Seattle Seahawks go against the 11-5 Atlanta Falcons, the Falcons favored by 41/2. I don’t like betting against the Seahawks by I’ve got a hunch Atlanta will take this one. QB Matt Ryan is on a tear and it’s foolish to bet against Ryan and WR Julio Jones. Falcons: 28-21.

At 8:15, the 14-2 New England Patriots host the 10-7 Houston Texans, the Patriots favored by 16. That’s a lot of points. The Texans and the Patriots have met four times in the past, the Patriots winning every game by no less than 27 points. But the Texans have the best defense in the league. I look for the Patriots to win but not cover the 16. 21-7

Sunday:

At 1 p.m the Pittsburgh Steelers take on the Kansas City Chiefs in K.C., Pitt favored by 1.
RB Le Veon Bell, WR Antonio Brown and QB Ben Roethles berger will lead the powerful Steeler offense to the win, 24-17.

At 4:30 Aaron Rodgers will lead the 11-6 Green Bay Packers into Dallas to meet the 14-2 Cowboys, Dallas favored by 4.

I look for the magic and the arm of Rodgers to carry the day. Cowboy rookies Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott will only stand by and marvel at the great Aaron. Prescott will get a real lesson in how to play his position. But it will be a close game. Green Bay, 24-20.

Good luck and don't forget to let me know at fvoss70@live.com how you made out .

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