The 5 Stages of Grief for a Tortured Football Fan

Disclaimer: As a lifelong Oakland/Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders fan, I do not lay claim to the Dickensian experience of sports suffering that Cardinals, Lions, or Bengals fans have historically endured. I am, however, quickly learning what a life of lowered expectations is all ...

Al Davis is Dead / Al Davis Will Live Forever

For years, I’ve been saying to people that the Raiders won’t be great again until Al Davis is dead.  Even though that sounds like it was wish for the man’s death, it most certainly wasn’t.  But given his mental (and physical) ...

DVD Review: “The Tillman Story”

“I’m Pat fucking Tillman!” Those were the last words shouted by Army Ranger, Pat Tillman, before he was killed in Afghanistan in 2004. By now, we all should know the facts about Tillman: He was an NFL star for the Arizona ...

I Call Him SON OF GAMBLOR! Week 8 NFL Picks

Well, I knew this run of good luck had to come to an end sometime.  Both models had their first losing week of the season, with Gamblor delivering a disappointing weighted win percentage of 27.7% and Son of Gamblor putting together a ...

All Geeked Up: The Popdose NFL Preview

“American cultural rituals for $400, please.”

ALL GEEKED UP.

“What are football fans as the NFL begins a new season?”

That is correct.

This weekend is just like Christmas and perhaps better than sex for millions of NFL fans. Starved since February ...

I Call Him Gamblor: Season Summary

There’s an ancient roulette scheme that’s probably about two hours older than the game itself. It’s a strategy known as the “martingale system” and was apparently popular in 18th century France, but it’s something that occurs to pretty much everyone who gives ...

NFL Picks: Superbowl XLIV

Gamblor was correct in both of the games last week, going 2-0, but unfortunately it wasn’t confident enough in either pick to wager any money, so it’s take for the week was absolutely nothing.  Of course, as I keep mentioning, Gamblor’s picks ...

NFL Picks: Conference Championships

Gamblor had a quiet week last week, going 2-2 for a small loss of $31.  The computer, like many bettors, anticipated that Arizona would put up a much bigger fight against the Saints.  As I’ve said before, Gamblor’s gambling season is over ...

NFL Picks: Divisional Playoffs

Gamblor finally scored a big victory against Green Bay last week and had an incredible week overall, going 3-1 with a truly amazing weighted win percentage of 97.0%.  Sadly, its profit of $487 was completely theoretical – as I mentioned last week, ...

NFL Picks: Wild Card Weekend

Gamblor finished its season in style, making the second-largest number of weighted picks in its entire 14-year (theoretical) history and finishing with a weighted win percentage of 57.5% and a profit of $153.  Its overall record was actually terrible at 5-11, but ...

NFL Picks: Week 17 (updated)

The spread for the Buffalo game is -8.5.  Yeah.  A 5-10 team is an 8.5 point favorite over a 14-1 one.  So of course Gamblor thinks this spread is about the most ridiculous thing it’s ever seen and wants to bet the ...

NFL Picks: Week 16

The computer had a nice week last week, going 9-6-1 against the spread.  Well, it was almost nice.  If I hadn’t dropped $340 on Pittsburgh, I’d have been up $40.  Yeah, Gamblor’s biggest bet of the year missed.  It was pretty brutal ...

NFL Picks: Week 15

Fucking hell.  I need to keep reminding myself that in the long run this program has actually still made money for me.  But another weekend like the last one and that won’t be true anymore.  Gamblor went 7-9 and dropped $90, missing ...

NFL Picks: Week 14 (updated)

UPDATE:  Hooray!  Gamblor got off to a great start this week, nailing its second-largest bet as Cleveland dropped Pittsburgh last night.  The 10.5 points that Atlanta is getting against the Saints has tempted it into a moderate hedge bet on the Falcons, ...

NFL Picks: Week 13 (updated)

UPDATE:  The line in the Arizona game finally got posted – the Vikings are favorites by 3 points.  Whisenhunt says that who’s starting at quarterback will be a game-time decision, but it seems pretty clear from this line that Vegas doesn’t believe ...

NFL Picks: Week 12 (updated x2)

UPDATE:  Both Gamblor and I are off to a good start this week, as my own picks are 2-1 and Gamblor hit the bigger of its two bets (on Denver).  I was way off on my prediction for the line of the ...

NFL Picks: Week 11 (updated x2)

UPDATE 2:  The line on the Houston game has moved down to 3.5, so I went ahead and took a longshot at hitting a middle – if Houston wins by 4 points, I’ll win $9.25.  If they win by more than 4 ...

NFL Picks: Week 10 (updated x2)

UPDATE 2:  The half-point movement in the Monday night game has convinced Gamblor to put down a small ($5.12) hedge bet on the Cleveland Browns.

UPDATE:  The biggest news is that the  line in the San Diego game has slid all ...

I call him GAMBLOR! (Part 3)

I promised a review of the year so far, and I’m happy to see that this last week’s performance has restored Gamblor to profitability for the season. And even though the model is slightly underperforming its target so far this year (winning ...

NFL Picks: Week 9

You’re in the wrong place – the picks for Week 9 of 2010 will be posted HERE on Thursday morning. You really should go read them because Gamblor is absolutely KILLING it this year. Enjoy!

GET THE CURRENT PICKS HERE!

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NFL Picks Week 8 (updated)

UPDATE:  The Giants line continues to see wild movement – it has shifted all the way to +1 and now the Eagles are considered underdogs.  Gamblor now likes the Giants well enough to bet above the $5.00 minimum on them.  I’d have ...

NFL Picks: Week 8

You’re in the wrong place – the picks for Week 8 of 2010 will be posted HERE on Thursday morning. You really should go read them because Gamblor is absolutely KILLING it this year. Enjoy!

GET THE CURRENT PICKS HERE!

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NFL Picks: Week 6

WELCOME!  If you’re here looking for the picks from Week 6 in 2009, you’ve come to the right place.  But you’re probably not.  So instead, go see my 2010 Week 5 picks here.

What are you waiting for?  Go.  ...

NFL Picks: Week 5 (updated)

WELCOME!  If you’re here looking for the picks from Week 5 in 2009, you’ve come to the right place.  But you’re probably not.  So instead, go see my 2010 Week 5 picks here.

What are you waiting for?  Go.  ...

Film Review: “Big Fan”

As the financial divide between fan and athlete grows with each year, our superstitions are becoming all that we have to identify with our favorite teams. We rarely get to the stadium these days, because we can’t afford tickets. And when we ...

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