Bryan Paul’s Puzzling NFL Predictions: Week 13 (food and beverage)

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Thanksgiving celebrates three “f” words: family, food and football. National Football League games, traditionally featuring the Detroit Lions and the Dallas Cowboys, have been played on Thanksgiving since 1920. Broadcast announcers salute winning team members with honors such as the CBS All-Iron Award and the Fox Galloping Gobbler Award. During his broadcasting career, John Madden awarded players with a turducken, a poultry cornucopia consisting of turkey, duck and chicken.

Food perfectly complements football. Thanksgiving and Super Bowl Sunday are the top two days of food consumption in America, according to the National Chicken Council. Fox Sports said viewers ate 1.25 billion chicken wings during Super Bowl XLVI. NFL pregame tailgating fare ranges from Kansas City barbeque to Green Bay bratwursts.

Drinks also have a role in football. In 2010, TreeHugger.com said Americans drank 325.5 million gallons of beer on Super Bowl Sunday. Bud Light became the official beer sponsor of the NFL in 2011 in an agreement valued at over $1 billion. Pepsi purchased Super Bowl XLVI advertisement time, likely paying around the average of $3.5 billion, according to ESPN, for a 30-second commercial.

Foods and drinks certainly fill football fans’ bellies and the league’s wallet. In honor of Thanksgiving and the many edible and drinkable football connections, the Week 13 predictions theme is foods and beverages.

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Green Bay Packers (5-5-1) at Detroit Lions (6-5)-Nov. 28-12:30 p.m.-Fox

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The Packers and Lions first played each other on Thanksgiving in 1951, the year Robert O. Peterson founded Jack in the Box. The Lions are 22-31-2 on Thanksgiving since 1951.

Pick: Green Bay

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Oakland Raiders (4-7) at Dallas Cowboys (6-5)-Nov. 28-4:30 p.m.-CBS

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After being called Monterey Jack’s in 1985, Jack in the Box returned to its original name in 1986, the year the first Five Guys restaurant opened. Dallas is 7-5 on Thanksgiving since 2001, the year Zagat began rating Five Guys on its annual food survey.

Pick: Dallas

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Pittsburgh Steelers (5-6) at Baltimore Ravens (5-6)-Nov. 28-8:30 p.m.-NBC

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The Zagat Survey began in 1979, the year McDonald’s introduced the Happy Meal. The Steelers are 0-3 on Thanksgiving since 1979.

Pick: Baltimore

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Bryan Paul’s 2013 Puzzling NFL Predictions: Week 12 (the Kennedys)

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*This post is following this blog’s tradition of predicting NFL games in a unique and thought-proving way and is by no means trivializing the events that took place on Nov. 22, 1963.*

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Fifty years following the assassination of John F. Kennedy, many people continue to be inspired by his presidency’s ideals and ambitions. Following his death, the vast members of the Kennedy family continue to enthrall America’s political and social culture. Numerous books, television specials and films attempt to add insight into America’s 35th president, his family and legacy the Kennedy name carries today.

But can the members of Camelot and other the Kennedy legacy figures and institutions help predict NFL games? To commemorate the life of the 35th President of the United States, the Week 12 predictions theme is John F. Kennedy, the members of the Kennedy family and the institutions that bear the Kennedy name.

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New Orleans Saints (8-2) at Atlanta Falcons (2-8)-Nov. 21-8:25 p.m.-NFL Network

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Earling Carothers “Jim” Garrison, a former District Attorney of Orleans Parish, Louisiana known for his investigations into the Kennedy assassination, died in 1992. Since his death, the Saints are 131-130 against NFC teams.

Pick: New Orleans

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Pittsburgh Steelers (4-6) at Cleveland Browns (4-6)-Nov. 24-1 p.m.-CBS

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Kevin Costner portrayed Garrison in the 1991 film JFK. Pittsburgh is 234-141-1 since the film’s release.

Pick: Pittsburgh

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Carolina Panthers (7-3) at Miami Dolphins (5-5)-Nov. 24-1 p.m.-Fox

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Oliver Stone, director of JFK, was  born in 1946. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who married Maria Shriver, JFK’s niece in 1986, was also born in 1946. Since the couple separated in 2011, the Dolphins are 18-24.

Pick: Carolina

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The Michaels and Collinsworth Cliché Carousel: Chiefs at Broncos

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This blog series follows clichés said by Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth in NBC Sunday Night Football games this season, using the following scoring system:

Clichés: one point

(*Clichés that appear in the Snickers Broadcast Bingo advertisement=two points*) are as follows:

he gives 110 percent, they’re playing smashmouth football, he ran out of real estate, they’re playing against the clock, tack on an extra point, time to go out and execute, marching down the field, they’re in the red zone, time to go big or go home, bet they’d like to have that one back, these guys have got to stick to the game plan, he’s their go-to guy, they can practically taste victory, it’s gonna take a miracle, he’s got a quick first step, gonna have to settle for three, it is what it is, they left it all on the field, he’s got all day to throw it, now they’re just running out the clock, they’ve got to control the line of scrimmage, that’s key to the game, this guy just loves football, it’s gut-check time

Bingos: five points

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Game XII: Kansas City Chiefs (17) at Denver Broncos (27)-Nov. 17

  1. The atmosphere already electric-Michaels
  2. All eyes on that heavily trapped ankle of Peyton Manning-Michaels
  3. They cleaned house-Michaels
  4. Their toughest test-Michaels
  5. The big story-Michaels
  6. Right off the bat-Michaels
  7. Right off the bat-Collinsworth
  8. Picks up the first down-Michaels
  9. Have his hands full-Collinsworth
  10. That’s the key*-Collinsworth
  11. Right off the bat-Collinsworth
  12. Opens up the scoring-Michaels
  13. Not a cloud in the sky-Michaels
  14. Put it on the ground-Michaels
  15. Hung in there-Michaels
  16. Hasn’t taken a shot-Collinsworth
  17. Slings it-Michaels
  18. Short of the first down-Michaels
  19. Smith goes back to work-Michaels
  20. Third and long-Collinsworth Continue reading

NBTA (National Basketball Twitter Association): Nov. 8-14, 2013

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During the 2013-14 NBA season, this blog will NBTA (the National Basketball Twitter Association) games. These “Twitter” games will simulate the daily match-ups of the NBA season. But instead of tracking what teams scores more points in 48 minutes, these games will track what teams adds more Twitter followers over the 24 hours of its game day. The league standings will track wins, losses, conference record and average added followers per game.

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Nov. 8, 2013

New York Knicks at Charlotte Bobcats

12 a.m. 11/8

12 a.m. 11/9

Added followers

 2nn48xofg0hms8k326cqdmuis  785,891 followers (@nyknicks)  786,736 followers  845 followers (winner)
 tmjfk4voqo1v34rm65982p2hu  162,578 followers (@Bobcats) 162,940 followers 362 followers

Toronto Raptors at Indiana Pacers

12 a.m. 11/8

12 a.m. 11/9

Added followers

 yfypcwqog6qx8658sn5w65huh  285,012 followers (@Raptors) 285,705 followers  693 followers (winner)
 3083  264,105 followers (@Pacers) 264,680 followers 575 followers

Boston Celtics at Orlando Magic

12 a.m. 11/8

12 a.m. 11/9

Added followers

 slhg02hbef3j1ov4lsnwyol5o  1,278,422 followers (@Celtics)  1,279,381 followers 959 followers (winner)
 wd9ic7qafgfb0yxs7tem7n5g4  1,134,986 followers (@Orlando_Magic) 1,135,195 followers 209 followers

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Bryan Paul’s 2013 Puzzling NFL Predictions: Week 11 (broadcasting)

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In 1921, KDKA (AM) in Pittsburgh, Pa. presented the first college football game radio broadcast between the University of Pittsburgh and West Virginia University.

Broadcasting and football form a prosperous marriage.

According to SB Nation, National Football League teams received $322,000 in broadcasting revenue in 1962. In 2009, they collected $95.8 million.

Forty-five million people watched the Baltimore Colts play the New York Giants at Yankee Stadium according to the book The Glory Game: How the 1958 NFL Championship Changed Football Forever. Since that watershed contest, NFL games have produced other dramatic broadcast moments including “The Immaculate Reception,” “The Catch,” and “The Music City Miracle” and have made names such as Howard Cosell, Curt Gowdy and Pat Summerall famous.

In honor of the networks and individuals that present games, news and other stories about our world and culture, this week’s predictions theme is broadcasting.

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Indianapolis Colts (6-3) at Tennessee Titans (4-5)-Nov. 14-8:25 p.m.-NFL Network

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NFL Network went on the air in 2003. Indianapolis is 120-58 since the channel began operations.

Pick: Indianapolis

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Washington (3-6) at Philadelphia Eagles (5-5)-Nov. 17-1 p.m.-Fox

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Rich Eisen, an NFL Network program host, previously served as an anchor on ESPN’S SportsCenter. Washington 2-8 in Week 11 games since Eisen left ESPN to join NFL Network.

Pick: Philadelphia

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Detroit Lions (6-3) at Pittsburgh Steelers (3-6)-Nov. 17-1 p.m.-Fox

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Eisen was born in 1969, the same year as Fox football and baseball announcer Joe Buck. The Lions are 1-4 against Steelers since Buck began announcing NFL games in 1994.

Pick: Pittsburgh

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The Michaels and Collinsworth Cliché Carousel: Cowboys at Saints

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This blog series follows clichés said by Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth in NBC Sunday Night Football games this season, using the following scoring system:

Clichés: one point

(*Clichés that appear in the Snickers Broadcast Bingo advertisement=two points*) are as follows:

he gives 110 percent, they’re playing smashmouth football, he ran out of real estate, they’re playing against the clock, tack on an extra point, time to go out and execute, marching down the field, they’re in the red zone, time to go big or go home, bet they’d like to have that one back, these guys have got to stick to the game plan, he’s their go-to guy, they can practically taste victory, it’s gonna take a miracle, he’s got a quick first step, gonna have to settle for three, it is what it is, they left it all on the field, he’s got all day to throw it, now they’re just running out the clock, they’ve got to control the line of scrimmage, that’s key to the game, this guy just loves football, it’s gut-check time

Bingos: five points

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Game XI: Dallas Cowboys (17) at New Orleans Saints (49)-Nov. 10

  1. Plenty of buzz-Michaels
  2. You never know what you’ll get-Michaels
  3. Roaring out of the gate-Michaels
  4. A signature win-Collinsworth
  5. A marquee matchup-Michaels
  6. Going to work-Michaels
  7. Put a lot of heat on him-Michaels
  8. Picked up his game-Collinsworth
  9. The boo birds are out-Michaels
  10. Right off the bat-Michaels
  11. Goes to work-Michaels
  12. Going nowhere-Michaels
  13. A yard short-Michaels
  14. Right off the bat-Collinsworth
  15. The big hero-Michaels
  16. Sproles coughs it up-Michaels
  17. Short of the first down-Michaels
  18. Stretch this game out-Collinsworth
  19. Burning clock-Collinsworth
  20. Third and short-Collinsworth Continue reading

NBTA (National Basketball Twitter Association): Nov. 8, 2013

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During the 2013-14 NBA season, this blog will NBTA (the National Basketball Twitter Association) games. These “Twitter” games will simulate the daily match-ups of the NBA season. But instead of tracking what teams scores more points in 48 minutes, these games will track what teams adds more Twitter followers over the 24 hours of its game day. The league standings will track wins, losses, conference record and average added followers per game.

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Nov. 7, 2013

Los Angeles Clippers at Miami Heat

12 a.m. 11/7

12 a.m. 11/8

Added Followers

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418,825 followers (@LAClippers)

419,592 followers

767 followers

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 1,947,611 followers (@MiamiHEAT)

1,951,016 followers

3,405 followers (winner)

Atlanta Hawks at Denver Nuggets

12 a.m. 11/7

12 a.m. 11/8

Added Followers

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168,111 followers (@ATLHawks)

168,338 followers

227 followers

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241,755 followers (@denvernuggets)

241,998 followers 

243 followers (winner)

Los Angeles Lakers at Houston Rockets

12 a.m. 11/7

12 a.m. 11/8

Added Followers

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3,453,366 followers (@Lakers)

3,455,888 followers

2,522 followers

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 301,716 followers (@HoustonRockets)

302,435 followers

719 followers