So here we are, running straight into week fourteen with Dan’s dad and I neck and neck in the picks competition and both Dan and I failing to score points in the trivia last week. We should probably be awarding points for the weeks when Dan’s dad has stumped both Dan and I to give him the chance to win the competition! Anyway, I’m genuinely curious about tonight’s game so let’s get to it.
Gee: Week 13 9-7 Overall 101-91
Dan: Week 13 7-9 Overall 90-102
Jaguars @ Titans (-3.5)
I am really not sure what to make of these teams. The Titans have been inconsistent all year with some good looking wins but equally baffling losses but at 6-6 still have an outside chance of a playoff spot with a strong finish. It will be too late for the visiting Jaguars who finally broke their losing streak with a 6-0 win over the Colts last week but they have a poor record visiting the Titans having lost their last four games at the Nissan Stadium and nine of their last twelve visits there. The extra half point is a little concerning but at home on a Thursday night I’ll take it and hope that the Jaguars aren’t due a win on the road.
Gee’s Pick: Titans
Dan’s Pick: Jaguars
‘In the first of this week’s ‘opposite picks’ (going completely against my instinct) I’ll go with the Jags please!’
Week Fourteen Trivia
‘We are certainly heading into this season’s finishing strait and nip and tuck doesn’t even come close as the competition intensifies. I’m polishing my ‘picking pin’ and expecting the wheels to come off but until it happens I’ll keep breaking the plane.
Last week I posed the question about what rule change was instigated as a result of Oakland’s Lester Hayes.
Well Gee’s speculation of a dodgy Oakland tactic was closer than he might have suspected but didn’t butter any parsnips with an idea about on-field celebrations.
Dan conceded that he wasn’t familiar with this but did spot that it would have something to do with him being a Receiver.
This one is quite funny, in fact I came across this as one of the few NFL facts on QI. Lester, known as ‘The Judge’ or ‘Lester the molester’ (no no not that kind) used a product called Stickum, a glue-like substance, which he covered his hands with to aid catching. Banned in the early 80’s he is reportedly quoted as saying that ‘Without Stickum I couldn’t catch a cold in Antarctica’. It’s like the 12 inch wide cricket bat that covered the stumps. The rule was changed to close the loop hole and this is the case with Stickum.
I nearly asked about who introduced the face masks following some horrific injuries – that one I’ll leave hanging for now!
Onto week 14:
Which team ended last season with 5 straight wins having starting it 1-10?
I should really deduct points for wrong answers but not every question needs to be a stinker does it?