As you may remember from last year, when we talked horror movies, Halloween is a special time around here. Honestly, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the only holiday I truly like. (New YearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s is okay.)
But I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t really get into the drunken nonsense this holiday has become for most people. Most parties are just an excuse to get hammered, which to me, isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t really what the holiday is about. I think itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the one time of year itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s totally acceptable to enjoy the macabre and become something different from what you actually are. (Or let your true colors show. I generally transform myself into some weird vampire with a Freddy glove)
In that spirit, if youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re in the New York/New Jersey area, I highly endorse that you check out Clinton Place in Hackensack, N.J., about 10 minutes from the George Washington Bridge. Put it in your GPS and take Route 4 West over to the old Bergen Mall, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a few blocks from that.
Since our name kind of sounds like an offshore gambling site anyway, I love that SportsAngle has added gambling lines to its oeuvre, with my 12-6 NFL record supplemented by our new associate Nick Benvenuto providing college football picks. Nick had a solid 2-2 record his first week, so all you really would have lost would have been the vig. (I think thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s what itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s called?) Regardless, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m glad to have him aboard, and below is this weekÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s installment of The Weekly.
As Halloween looms over this upcoming college football weekend, The Weekly is haunted by the ghosts of past losses — none more haunting than the one suffered last weekend in the Baylor-Kansas State game.
Again, later in the week working better, because of baseball and LeBron starring in the best Nike ad in years. It may become a trend. My usual reminder: IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m a football layman.
When I showed up at work on Monday, one of my co-workers said, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Obviously, youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re going to write about instant replay this week.Ã¢â‚¬Â Well, yes, but not in the way he was thinking
As a Dolphins fan, I do think they got shafted, much the way the Lions were in Week 1 when some obscure rule wiped out what was obviously a Calvin Johnson touchdown. They forced a fumble by Ben Roethlisberger before he crossed the plane of the end zone, and then Ikaika Alama-Francis recovered the ball and came away with it after the pile was sorted out.
And the referees said they couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t figure out who recovered it. I mean, thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s crazy. Anyone with eyes saw Alama-Francis with the ball.
But you canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t just roll over at that point. ThereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s still a game to win.
Since LeBron JamesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ reputation went straight to hell in the court of public opinion in early July, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve pondered how you can possibly market someone whose Q rating dropped like a stone following Ã¢â‚¬Å“The Decision.Ã¢â‚¬Â
As it turns out, Nike and ad agency Wieden+Kennedy knew exactly how to go about doing it.
Way late with football thoughts this week due to Larry Johnson and the baseball playoffs, so itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬Å“The Afternoon Before.Ã¢â‚¬Â I realize IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m beating a dead horse with the head injury thing, but as I was on this a few weeks back, I want to discuss this week, when it all came to a head, pun intended.
I remember way back in 1996, watching a rookie-year Zach ThomasÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ first game for the Dolphins, when New EnglandÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Shawn Jefferson came on a reverse and Thomas ran sideline-to-sideline, lowered his shoulder and leveled him, knocking him unconscious.
I still remember my reaction: Shock and horror at the brutality of the sport.
Except for the fact that it wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t my reaction at all. I told anyone whoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d listen that it was obvious from his very first hit that Thomas was going to be a special player.
Something new weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re trying here Ã¢â‚¬â€œ college football. Personally, I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know very much about college football, though I watch it casually. Luckily, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been put in touch with Nick, who appears to be somewhat of a gambling expert and picks the games by an e-mail newsletter every week. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s been doing this all season, but weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re jumping on board now. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been reading his stuff and like it, and his recordÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s pretty decent, so here goes. WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll try to get him a permanent posting name and such soon, I found this in my e-mail when I woke up today so IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m kind of working on the fly.
It took more time than we expected, but we’re grooving heading into Week 8. Our second consecutive winning week in a row still leaves us under .500 for the season, but gives us a renewed sense of optimism for the stretch run.
Larry Johnson is the epitome of a New York success story, and while laughing and joking with his fans at a Fila event on Thursday, it was obvious he was in his element.
Sitting in Madison Square Garden during last SundayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s open practice, it was obvious to me just how much the Knicks want to reconnect with their fans.
And itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s just as clear how badly the fans, myself included, want to reconnect with the Knicks.
Here are my weekly thoughts on the game of football, with my standard disclaimer that I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t profess to know a whole lot about the sport. Apologies for its lateness Ã¢â‚¬â€œ baseball, some Halloween activities and hanging out with Larry Johnson (post forthcoming) got in the way a bit.
ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s amazing to see the fall of Brett Favre, considering the heights he came from.
DonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t get me wrong, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m certainly not an enormous fan of FavreÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s apparent heavy-handed attempt at simultaneous sexual harassment and adultery.
But the visceral jubilation IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve seen for the destruction of FavreÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s legacy is baffling to me. It seems to stem from a deep-rooted dislike of Favre that has grown over the years, and one that seems somewhat outsized.
I mean, if you took out of context the euphoria on Twitter after Favre threw an interception on Monday night against the Jets, youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d have thought we caught Osama Bin Laden.
For a guy who highly prefers a masterful pitching performance over an inartistic slugfest Ã¢â‚¬â€œ and who has a pair of Tim Lincecum jerseys in his closet Ã¢â‚¬â€œ the first two days of the baseball playoffs were truly a treat.