Week 13 NFL Picks

December 2, 2018

Lock Picks

PIT -3 vs LAC

Regular Picks

IND -4 at JAX
DEN -4 at CIN
ATL -2.5 vs BAL
CAR -3.5 at TB
MIA -3.5 vs BUF
HOU -5.5 vs CLE
PHI -6 vs WAS

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Week Nine NFL Picks

November 4, 2018

Lock Picks

SEA -1 vs LAC
WSH -2 vs ATL
DAL -4 vs TEN

Regular Picks

PIT +1.5 at BAL
NO +1.5 vs LAR
CAR -6 vs TB
MIN -5 vs DET


Week Eight NFL Picks – Abbreviated Version

October 28, 2018

Week 8 snuck up on us like Michael Myers in the new Halloween movie, which is awesome by the way. So we didn’t get around to making a full slate of picks. But we took a quick scan and here are some lines we liked. By the way, for those of you keeping score at home, we’re a subpar 14-15 this year against the spread.

Sunday Early Games

Denver Broncos (3-4) at Kansas City Chiefs (6-1)
Line: KC -8.0
GH Pick: Chiefs

Tampa Bay (3-3) at Cincinnati Bengals (4-3)
Line: Cincy -3.5
GH Pick: Bengals

Washington Redskins (4-2) at New York Giants (1-6)
Line: WSH -1.0
GH Pick: Skins

Sunday Late Games

Indianapolis Colts (2-5) at Wherever They Are Now Raiders (1-5)
Line: IND -3.0
GH Pick: Colts

Sunday Night Football

New Orleans Saints (5-1) at Minnesota Vikings (4-2-1)
Line: NO -2.5
GH Pick: Vikings


Grubb Hub Week Seven NFL Picks

October 18, 2018

Well, we went 8-7 last week. Not too great considering some of the dumb picks we made in hindsight (the Raiders…really? Why? WHY!?) but not too terrible considering there were a handful of games that were looking good until late comebacks against the spread.

This week we get things started with a pitiful Thursday matchup, Denver at Arizona. More picks to come as it gets closer to Sunday. As always, the lines posted here are what my ESPN app shows when I look at the games. So if your line is different, good for you.

Thursday Night Football 

Denver Broncos (2-4) at Arizona Cardinals (1-5)
Line: DEN -1.0
Grubb Hub Pick: One thing is for certain. If the Broncos lose this game, there won’t be many more games in which they are favored the rest of the season. For them though, the Arizona Cardinals are like the somewhat homely girl with a lazy eye at closing time: Attainable. Lots of people playing for their jobs in white and blue (and a frustratingly tiny amount of orange) tonight. Therefore, with the desperation factor in Denver’s favor, we’ll go with the Broncos for the win and the cover.

Sunday Way Too Early Games Where Football Actually Means Soccer

Tennessee Titans (3-3) at L.A. Chargers (4-2)
Line: LAC -6.5
Grubb Hub Pick: San Diego…Super Chargers!

Sunday Early Games

New England Patriots (4-2) at Chicago Bears (3-2)
Line: NE -1.5
Grubb Hub Pick: Patriots. No Gronk? No problem. By the way, there seems to be a lot of delusional Bears fans betting on games lately.

Buffalo Bills (2-4) at Indianapolis Colts (1-5)
Line: IND -7.0
Grubb Hub Pick: Colts. Although this is one of our least confident picks.

Houston Texans (3-3) at Jacksonville Jaguars (3-3)
Line: JAX -3.5
Grubb Hub Pick: We’re betting the Jags D gets well against a struggling Houston offense at home. Jaguars.

Detroit Lions (2-3) at Miami Dolphins (4-2)
Line: DET -3.0
Grubb Hub Pick: The Brock-et Launcher returns! Call us crazy, but we’re lovin’ us some B.O. and the Dolphins.

Minnesota Vikings (3-2-1) at New York Jets (3-3)
Line: MIN -3.5
Grubb Hub Pick: Vikings

Carolina Panthers (3-2) at Philadelphia Eagles (3-3)
Line: PHI -5.0
Grubb Hub Pick: Eagles

Cleveland Browns (2-3-1) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-3)
Line: TB -3.5
Grubb Hub Pick: Buccaneers. Although again, this is one of our special one-star, not-even-close to being a lock picks.

Sunday Late Games

New Orleans Saints (4-1) at Baltimore Ravens (4-2)
Line: BAL -2.5
Grubb Hub Pick: Ravens

Dallas Cowboys (3-3) at Washington Redskins (3-2)
Line: DAL -1.0
Grubb Hub Pick: Redskins

L.A. Rams (6-0) at San Francisco 49ers (1-5)
Line: LAR -9.0
Grubb Hub Pick: 49ers vs. the spread. Rams straight-up for the win.

Sunday Night Football

Cincinnati Bengals (4-2) at Kansas City Chiefs (5-1)
Line: KC -5.5
Grubb Hub Pick: Chiefs

Monday Night Football

New York Giants (1-5) at Atlanta Falcons (2-4)
Line: ATL -3.5
Grubb Hub Pick: Falcons

 


Week Six…NFL Picks!

October 11, 2018

Hey, that rhymes! The staff at Grubb Hub, fresh and rested from their six-year sabbatical, have decided to start picking NFL games for…Week 6. Six years? Week 6? Creepy coincidence if you ask me. Cue the Twilight Zone music. Now for less horrible anecdotes and more game pickin’.

We’ll start with the Thursday Night Football, not to be confused with Sunday Night Football, Monday Night Football, and at some point, Saturday. The Philadelphia Eagles are taking the last train to New York to take on the Giants.

Don’t worry, we’ll add the rest of the Week 6 picks later when we have more time. Possibly even before Sunday! Because that would be cheating. By the way, the lines shown here are from our iPhone’s ESPN app at the time we posted. If you’ve got a different line, good for you. Let’s get started, shall we?

Thursday Night Football

Philadelphia Eagles (2-3) at New York Giants (1-4)
Line: PHI -1.5
Grubb Hub Pick: In a showdown between two struggling NFC East teams, we’ll take the defending champion Eagles.

Sunday Early Games

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-2) at Atlanta Falcons (1-4)
Line: ATL -3.0
Grubb Hub Pick: Atlanta

Panthers at Redskins
Line: CAR -1.5
Grubb Hub Pick: Carolina

Seahawks at Raiders
Line: SEA -3.0
Grubb Hub Pick: Raiders

Colts at Jets
Line: NYJ -2.5
Grubb Hub Pick: Colts

Cardinals at Vikings
Line: MIN -9.5
Grubb Hub Pick: Vikings

Steelers at Bengals
Line: CIN -1.0
Grubb Hub Pick: Cincy

Chargers at Browns
Line: CLE -1.0
Grubb Hub Pick: Chargers

Bills at Texans
Line: HOU -10
Grubb Hub Pick: Bills

Bears at Dolphins
Line: CHI -7.0
Grubb Hub Pick: Dolphins

Sunday Late Games

Jaguars at Cowboys
Line: JAX -3.0
Grubb Hub Pick: Cowboys

Baltimore at Tennessee
Line: BAL -2.5
Grubb Hub Pick: Baltimore

Rams at Broncos
Line: LAR -6.5
Grubb Hub Pick: Rams

Sunday Night

Kansas City Chiefs (5-0) at New England Patriots (3-2)
Line: NE -3.5
Grubb Hub Pick: This schedule was by design. Patriots show the Chiefs they’re not quite ready for prime time. Not yet, anyway. Patriots

Monday Night

San Francisco 49ers (1 – 4) at Green Bay Packers (2-2-1)
Line: GB -9.0
Grubb Hub Pick: Packers, woo!


Mike Ditka: King of the Gridiron…and Comedy

January 6, 2012

Unless you woke up early New Year’s Day morning with such a bad headache and cotton mouth that you couldn’t even go back to sleep (of course I’m speaking hypothetically here, in no way do I know what that’s like), you probably missed Mike Ditka’s interesting analysis of the Indianapolis Colts’ decision of whether or not to take Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck with the first pick in April’s NFL draft.

Ditka argued that the Colts shouldn’t take Luck, in part because of the positive attributes of backup Dan Orlovsky, which included being “a good Polack.”

Now, before everyone starts running out to boycott products, it should be noted that Ditka is one of three children from a Ukrainian family. In fact, Ditka’s family changed its name from “Dyczko” because it was too hard to pronounce in his hometown in Western Pennsylvania.

Changed his name? What is he, an entertainer? Maybe that’s it, maybe Ditka fashions himself as a stand-up comedian instead of an analyst.

The way I see it, Ditka is just following the longstanding stand-up comedy tradition of “I Am One So I Can Make Fun of Them.” It is this unwritten but well-understood societal rule that has blessed us with the careers of many of today’s popular comedians, including Margaret Cho, George Lopez, and D.L. Hugley.

Hmm…maybe it’s time we re-thought this rule.

In any event, there really isn’t any sort of advantage to being Polish in the game of football, unless you count fans being able to make out your name on the back of your jersey more easily from the cheap seats.

If given the chance to take Luck, it’s not like the St. Louis Rams should get rid of Sam Bradford because he’s too much of a stuffy, uptight WASP (See, now I’m taking advantage of the rule, to similarly hilarious results).

But the whole ordeal does remind me of the old SNL Superfans skit, specifically the question of how many Ditkas does it take to beat the New York Giants?

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Denver Bronco Fans Starved for Halftime Entertainment

December 30, 2011

Admittedly, it can get kind of boring if you’re a Denver Broncos fan waiting around three-and-a-half quarters for Tebow Time to come (for a definition of Tebow Time, see this article).

Maybe that’s why the events coordinator at Sports Authority Field at Mile High (that name just rolls off the tongue) has been trying to spruce up the halftime show, to help fill the void between the opening kickoff and the last five minutes of the game.

When you’ve scored just 22 points in the first half of your last four home games, any kind of action is a welcome occurrence:

Monkey Rides Horse at Denver Broncos Game

No, it’s not a live-action representation of Tebow’s understanding of Darwinism. Nor is it one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse in an all-animal halftime production of The Book of Revelation. It’s just a good, old-fashioned monkey riding a horse.

I guess if Tim Tebow can pass for a legitimate NFL quarterback in Denver, this can pass for halftime entertainment. But hey, at least Bronco fans weren’t treated to this:

Apparently, the joke here is that NFL Network commentator Michael Irvin loves Tim Tebow. Judging by the awkward gyrations he’s making, I’d say he loves that horse more. Maybe that’s why he’s riding it more like a cocaine-fueled hooker from his Dallas Cowboy playing days than a children’s toy.

Let’s just hope that if the Broncos happen to play on NFL Network next year, Irvin leaves his horse in the stable. Either that or he learns to ride the thing without sodomizing it.

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Michael Grubb is a (semi) regular contributor to Team JSF. When he’s not training monkeys to re-enact the movie “The Ten Commandments”, he can be reached at:

@GrubbHub
GrubbHub.net
grubbhub@gmail.com