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Popdose Conceptual Theater: All The President’s Men

Last weekend marked the fortieth anniversary of Richard Nixon’s resignation from office. The Watergate break-in and the subsequent cover-up that led to Nixon’s impeachment and eventual resignation is the greatest political scandal the United States has ever known. Given how much the political landscape has changed, it’s difficult to imagine a similar scenario playing out the same way in our current government. The Republicans’ efforts to impeach Bill Clinton over charges of perjury effectively destroyed what until then had been a dominant majority in Congress. Similarly, George W. Bush was insulated from attack by a Republican majority that – in the charged atmosphere following the September 11th attacks – would have been willing to overlook even the most unforgivable transgressions. More importantly, it’s unlikely that the fifth estate – the press – would have pursued a story as doggedly as Woodward and Bernstein chased down the story of the secret fund that was used to finance – and ultimately buy the silence of – the burglars who attempted to bug the Democratic campaign headquarters in …

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Popdose Conceptual Theater: Gone Girl

Most of these conceptual mixtapes are motivated by the book in question.  And while I enjoyed “Gone Girl,” it wasn’t really at the front of the line of books that I wanted to put together a mixtape for.  But one afternoon while I was at Home Goods I heard Greg Laswell’s “Nicely Played” on the overhead speakers, and thought that it fit perfectly with the general conceit of Amy Dunne’s vindictive scheme to destroy her husband. As with most best-sellers, the film rights to “Gone Girl” were very quickly optioned and the movie will be released in October.  I don’t know why, but I have this strange sense of misgiving that Gillian Flynn will not turn out to be a good screenwriter.  But I think the novel was great fun. Popdose Conceptual Theater – Gone Girl 1.  “Tallahassee” – The Mountain Goats Life in a soulless McMansion in North Carthage. 2.  “She’s Long Gone” – The Black Keys The first few desperate hours. 3.  “One Step Behind” – Palpitation Nick encounters and begins to decipher …

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Popdose Conceptual Theater: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

First published on the tenth anniversary of Douglas Adams’ passing, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series of mixtapes was one of the original prototypes for our current Conceptual Theater series.  The original mix consisted of three full albums of music with some stellar artwork provided by DwDunphy.  A year later, we produced a fourth album of material (along with more artwork).  This year, rather than having to apologize for the inconvenience of dredging up sad feelings, we’re posting this mixtape in anticipation of Towel Day, a much happier celebration of Adams’ life and work.  Please enjoy the original post below, along with the full package of artwork and music to accompany it.  Jack Feerick will be back in two weeks with “The World’s End” and my own production of Gillian Flyn’s “Gone Girl” will be along thereafter. Far out in the inland expanses of the unfashionable side of the eastern region of the city of Los Angeles lies a small unregarded engineering college. Visiting this college at a probability of roughly one in ninety-two million was …

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Popdose Conceptual Theater: The Maltese Falcon

I’ve always enjoyed the concept of the “MacGuffin,” which is a story element – some “thing” that’s used to propel the narrative – that we never get to actually see. Modern audiences are probably most familiar with it from Quentin Tarentino’s “Pulp Fiction”, but it’s a concept that has been in use for ages. And it was probably made most famous by Dashiell Hammett’s classic Maltese Falcon. I’ve never actually seen the film version of this story, but even so it’s impossible to visualize Sam Spade as anyone other than Humphrey Bogart. For this edition of Popdose Conceptual Theater I tried to hew closely to the spirit of the music from the region in which the book was set (San Francisco) and the period in which the book was published and became popular (the late thirties and early forties). Jack will be back in two weeks with the next edition of the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Popdose Conceptual Theater – The Maltese Falcon TRACK LIST “50 Ways to …

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Popdose Conceptual Theater: The Fool on the Hill

I read Matt Ruff’s fantasy classic “Fool on the Hill” at a rather strange time in my life.  I was living on the beach in South Africa, bartending sporadically, and generally enjoying the end of my twenties without much of a thought to the future.  Shortly after finishing the book, I went to a trance party at a secluded fishing camp north of Durban.  While I was about as geographically far away from upstate New York as it’s possible to be – and the warm beach was quite divorced from the icy gorges of Ithaca – I felt like I had stepped into a scene from the book.  I always felt that the good-natured debauchery of the Bohemians would blend well with rave culture, and the three pills of MDMA that I took at the trance party somehow led my brain back into the story for a while while my body took care of itself.  Much like the protagonist in the novel, I eventually found myself making out with a woman whose face I hadn’t …

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Popdose Conceptual Theater: Winter’s Tale

Ever since I picked up a paperback version of Mark Helprin’s “Winter’s Tale” while spending my summer vacation on a lake in New Hampshire, I’ve always had a hard time articulating why I liked it so much.  I never particularly cared for any of the characters, and I can’t really say that I found the story itself particularly compelling.  My best guess is that I appreciated the degree to which Helprin let his imagination soar, weaving fantastical elements over a framework of recognizable reality.  I’ve always held a cynical disdain for the city of New York and its inhabitants constant refrain of its superiority, but to me Winter’s Tale was a wonderfully crafted love song to the city that made me question whether there must be something I had missed. Popdose Conceptual Theater – Winter’s Tale TRACKLIST “Fire” – Noah Gundersen This song is an ideal overture for this story because it contains some nice allusions to the early story of Peter Lake’s life.  A boy born to a doomed mother…raised by the water…setting off…followed …

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Popdose Conceptual Theater: Neuromancer

Every so often here at Popdose we’re lucky enough to get an artist to list their Desert Island Discs for us – the five albums they’d take along if they were stuck on a deserted island.  Logistically, I always figured it would be a lot easier to have five books.  There’s no hesitation in my mind that one of the five books I’d bring would be William Gibson’s groundbreaking cyberpunk novel “Neuromancer.”  For me, Neuromancer has always been the Die Hard of cyberpunk – the one that set the standard for all others to follow, until Neal Stephenson’s “Snow Crash” came along ten years later to set the bar even higher (much as The Matrix did for action movies).  Gibson’s vision for how humans would interact with technology in the future influenced not only other authors within the science and speculative fiction genre, but also software engineers and user interface designers. While many familiar corporations and brands found their way into Neuromancer (such as Nikon, Honda, Mercedes, Mitsubishi, and Genentech), pop culture references from the …

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Popdose Conceptual Theater: Ghost Story

I’ve always been a big fan of concept albums. More specifically, I’ve always loved albums that try to craft an actual story – a true beginning-to-end narrative. Classics like “Tommy”, “The Wall”, and “Ziggy Stardust”, have always been among my favorite albums, and more recent records like “Tallahassee” by Mountain Goats, “Deltron 3030”, and even “American Idiot” by Greenday have hit the right spot for me. We’ll be dealing with concept albums on a more general level with an upcoming Popdose 100, but I’m thrilled to introduce a new feature here at Popdose where we’re going to do more than just celebrate the conceptual adventures that artists have put together for us to enjoy – we’re going to build our own. A few years ago, in honor of the anniversary of Douglas Adams’ passing, I put together an “Ultimate Mixtape” for the books in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series. It was a lot of work, consisting of three (and eventually four) albums worth of material, plus plenty of outtakes. The songs were originally …

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This Line is Disconnected: Caro Emerald @ The El Rey

Two quick points about last week’s Caro Emerald show at the El Rey here in Los Angeles. The first: it made me feel my age (37 years). The second: it was terrific. While the name Caro Emerald, particularly when framed by the plush ruby red drapings of the El Rey, invokes an impression of a Bolivian or Argentinian firebrand, the performer is actually Dutch, originally named Caroline Esmeralda van der Leeuw. And she’s a jazz singer. Caro was first introduced to the music world in 2009, and the following year had the biggest selling album in the Netherlands. This show was originally scheduled for November, but the entire tour – her first in the United States – was postponed due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy. Although I was appropriately fueled for the evening with a cocktail called “Up All Night” obtained at the nearby Luna Park restaurant, I was actually quite pleased that there wasn’t an opening band and that Caro’s performance began promptly at 9 – I’ve got a cat that wakes me …

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Gamblor’s Last Stand: Week 13 NFL Picks

It is with great regret that I must announce Gamblor’s imminent demise.  I simply don’t have time to keep it up anymore.  While Gamblor has ultimately lost money over its career, it’s not much more than a few weekends in Vegas would cost – and has certainly provided a great deal more entertainment value for me.  Gamblor is dormant during the playoffs, and I’ll be gone for much of the month of December, so this seemed like an appropriate time to make a last stand.  Apparently Gamblor isn’t interested in sending me off gracefully, as it is plunking down a pair of huge bets on a pair of terrible teams, the Jets and the Dolphins.  Don’t worry, I’ll still be active elsewhere on Popdose, you just won’t be subjected to my terrible gambling advice on a weekly basis anymore! Thanks to everyone who have been tuning in since Gamblor’s inception in 2009!  Best of luck. (If you need a fix for your weekly NFL gambling addiction, I recommend heading over to walterfootball.com – his picks …

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Rebirth of Gamblor: Week 11 NFL Picks

Last week was as close to perfect as I’ve ever seen the computer get. It came at a great time, too, because it had a lot of money on the line, with huge bets on the Colts and Bills both paying off and shooting the computer into the black again for the season.  Of course, that’s all on the line (and more) this week, so we’ll see what happens.  Gamblor hit 97.8% of its picks last week, with an overall record of 10-3, and Son of Gamblor was right on 3038 of its 3039 simulations, which rounds up to 100.0%.  That’s good stuff.  Coincidentally, both of the computer’s best performances this year have come after weeks when I didn’t have time to write up my thoughts on the games.  But I’m going to tempt fate and keep sharing my (typically wrong) opinions. This week’s Game of Thrones representative is the Indianapolis Colts as House Manderly.  As explained in A Wiki of Ice and Fire, “A thousand years before the conquest the Manderlys lived at the …

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Rebirth of Gamblor: Week 10 NFL Picks

For the second week in a row, the computer came within an eyelash of hitting a two hundred dollar bet as Dallas fell to the Atlanta Falcons by a six-point margin.  This week wasn’t quite as close as Dez Bryant’s fingertips coming down one inch out of bounds, but hurt much worse because the final field goal kicked by the Falcons was so much more meaningless.  Overall it could have been a much worse week; the computer hit its biggest bet on Baltimre but ended up losing $99 for the week.  Of course, it could easily win it all back this week with a huge bet on the surging Indianapolis Colts and a potentially risky shot at the Buffalo Bills. Again, I must apologize for not having time to write up capsules this week; my other project (a keyboard replacement called ASETNIOP) has been getting quite a bit of press this week so I’ve been happily busy focusing on that. In the interest of keeping the Game of Thrones thread moving, though, this week’s connection …

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Rebirth of Gamblor: Week 9 NFL Picks

Last week was an absolute disaster for the computer.  Although I wasn’t as nervous about it as I usually am, the Eagles continued to suck, and Vegas continued to overvalue them (seriously, making them three point favorites against an undefeated team?  What the hell is up with that?).  And then, to make matters worse, the computer’s second-biggest bet was ruined by Dez Bryant’s instinct to put a hand down first.  Tough break.  All told, Gamblor’s weighted win percentage was just 7.1%, and Son of Gamblor’s was even worse at 2.6%.  Total losses for the week: $952. This week’s Game of Thrones representative is the Cincinnati Bengals as the Night’s Watch.  Both are composed primarily of criminals and outcasts, both reside in a frozen wasteland with nothing but savages to the north, and both are generally divorced from the power struggles that takes place throughout the rest of the kingdom/league. A hot week by Gamblor could get it back to the breakeven point this season – I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed. Away Home Spread Gamblor’s …

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Rebirth of Gamblor: Week 8 NFL Picks

Last week featured a disappointing, if unsurprising, performance for the computer.  With its biggest bet coming in on Oakland to cover as four point favorites, the computer was starting out in a hole, and a surprisingly tough game from the Jets wasn’t enough for it to claw its way out.  Overall, Gamblor went 3-9 with a weighted win percentage of 37.2%, and Son of Gamblor went 4-1 which sounds a lot better than it actually was, because the weighted win percentage was just 38.8%.  Overall, the computer only lost a total of $70, which leaves it with a profit of $314 so far this season. This week’s Game of Thrones comparison?  The Philadelphia Eagles as House Tyrell.  Much like the Tyrell family, the Eagles are a venerable franchise, tracing their lineage back to the early days of the NFL, and having occupied the same city for their entire history.  Historically, the Tyrell family has been powerful, but has never ascended to the throne of Westeros, and similarly, the Philadelphia Eagles have been a strong franchise, …

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Rebirth of Gamblor: Week 7 NFL Picks

After having its worst week of the season two weeks ago, Gamblor fought back admirably and had, statistically, its best week of the season last week.  Driven primarily by Denver’s incredible comeback (or Philip Rivers’ incredible meltdown, depending on how you want to look at it), the computer managed a total proft of $420.  Both models performed brilliantly, with Gamblor making the right call in 9 of the 12 games it picked and hitting a weighted win percentage of 90.9%, and Son of Gamblor doing even better with a 6-1 record and a weighted win percentage of 97.9%.  The computer is spreading its money around a little bit more this week. This weeks Game of Thrones/NFL crossover is the Baltimore Ravens and House Greyjoy.  As those of us who watched The Wire learned, the ports of Baltimore are known much more for their corruption and thievery than as a bustling center of commerce, and the same holds true for the Iron Islands of Pyke – there is no safe harbor to be found in the …

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Rebirth of Gamblor: Week 6 NFL Picks

Last week was an absolute disaster for the computer.  It basically took all of the money it had made this season and threw it out the window, going 0-4 in its four big bets.  I’m not even going to list the percentages; they’re summarized on the table at the bottom of the page. I won’t be doing a Game of Thrones parallel this week, because I’m really pressed for time.  The regular capsules and analysis will be back next week.  I apologize for the brevity of this post, but as you can see, Gamblor is doubling down on Denver this week to avenge what was the roughest beat it suffered last week, as a pair of Willis MacGahee bumbles (one dropped pass, one fumble) kept Denver from at least salvaging a push and cost the computer a pretty penny.  Otherwise, it’s a pretty quiet week, with the only other significant bet being the computer’s decision to flambe a bit of cash against the Falcons.   Away Home Spread Gamblor’s Pick Bet Amount Son of Gamblor’s …

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Rebirth of Gamblor: Week 5 NFL Picks

Last week was another solid (albeit rather lucky) week for the computer.  With the gift of a push in the Eagles game, Gamblor went an impressive 9-4-1 with a weighted win percentage of 72.5%, and Son of Gamblor was 4-5-1 with a weighted win percentage of 62.6%.  This week, the computer is significantly more aggressive with its betting, having four bets of over a hundred dollars. This week’s Game of Thrones comparison is the San Diego Chargers as House Tarly.  Tarly is actually one of the lesser-known houses in Westeros, having a lengthy existence but not having achieved particularly significant fame within the realm.  Similarly, the Chargers have been a fixture in football since their inception in 1961, and have had various eras of success, but have only reached the Superbowl once (losing to the San Francisco 49ers).  The greatest parallel between the two, of course, comes from Randyll Tarly’s exile of his oldest son in favor of the younger, and the Chargers’ dismissal of Drew Brees in favor of Philip Rivers.  In A Game …

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Rebirth of Gamblor: Week 4 NFL Picks

Last week was a fantastic, if not quite perfect week for the computer.  It nailed its big bet on Buffalo, winning over $1300 in a single swoop.  Unfortunately, it gave a lot of that back when it lost bets with Denver and Washington, and pushed with its bet on the Jets.  Overall, Gamblor was 9-5-1 with a weighted win percentage of 73.7%, and Son of Gamblor was not nearly as strong, going 3-6-1 for 55.5%.  The total take for the week was $623, which brings the computer’s profit this season up to $937.  I have to blow my own horn a little bit here too – I called the Minnesota game correctly, and accurately forecast a push on the Jets-Miami game.  My other calls…not too great.  But that’s why I let the computer do the heavy lifting. This week’s Game of Thrones comparison is the Oakland Raiders as the Brave Companions, aka The Bloody Mummers.  As described in A Wiki of Ice and Fire, the Bloody Mummers are “are a sellsword company of considerably ill repute. It …

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Rebirth of Gamblor: Week 3 NFL Picks

Last week was another very fine week for the computer, with both models delivering solid performances.  Gamblor was 7-6 with a weighted win percentage of 66.6%, and Son of Gamblor was 4-4 with a weighted win percentage of 62.7%.  Given the low bet total, the computer’s profit was relatively slim at $58, but this week it sees a few games it has strong feelings about and is going to be more aggressive.  A lot more aggressive. This week’s Game of Thrones pairing is the New York Jets and the House Baratheon.  It’s a very easy parallel to make; House Baratheon was led by its eldest son, a loud, brash, overbearing bear of a man who eventually was undone by his love of feasts, wine, and wenches.  The Jets, of course, have been under the stewardship of a similar character, the larger-than-life Rex Ryan.  The youngest Baratheon son, Renly, had substantial support to ascend to the throne upon Robert’s death, but this was primarily due to his skill at socializing, rather than any particular talent for …

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Rebirth of Gamblor – Week 2 NFL Picks

Gamblor started out quite well last week, laying out $704 and winning it all back, plus a tidy profit of $255.  Both models had Houston as their biggest bet of the week, and it paid off nicely.  Overall, Gamblor went 7-9 with a weighted win percentage of 71.6%, and Son of Gamblor was even better, going 6-5 with a weighted win percentage of 72.6%.  The computer isn’t nearly as aggressive this week, with less than $200 on the line and its biggest bet on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This week’s football/Game of Thrones pairing is the New England Patriots and House Lannister.  For years, the Patriots were one of the laughingstocks of the league, much like House Lannister when it was led by the weak-willed Tytos Lannister.  Upon the ascendancy of the humorless and driven Bill Belichick – whose demeanor and undeniable effectiveness likens him to Tywin, the Patriots have made a return to glory.  Taking the place of Jamie Lanniester at Belichick’s side, Tom Brady has become known for his phenomenal prowess on the …

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Rebirth of Gamblor – Week 1 NFL Picks

A few months ago in a conversation with Sports Illustrated, “Game of Thrones” creator George R.R. Martin compared a few football teams to the major houses in his ongoing masterpiece.  For this year’s picks, I thought I’d extend this and match each NFL team with their Westeros equivalent.  To open things off, I’ll begin with one of the most powerful dynasties to ever rule the league (realm) – the Dallas Cowboys as House Targaryen.  They first came to power in the early nineties, winning three crowns through the offensive triumvirate of Troy Aikman (Vhagar), Emmitt Smith (Meraxes), and Michael Irvin (Balerion).  Despite having complete dominance over the kingdom, their power eventually waned due to the madness of their leader, Jerry Jones (Aerys II).  Jones feud with his most capable minion, coach Jimmy Johnson (Tywin Lannister) led to the latter’s departure, and the lack of a capable hand managing the franchise led to the Cowboys fall from dominance shortly thereafter.  Since then they have been living in exile, hoping for a return to glory. By the …

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HG2G Mixtape: So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish

One of the most sporadic contributors of the entire Popdose domain was a man who couldn’t keep his mind on the job at hand. Brilliant? Questionably. One of the foremost procrastinators of his or any other generation? Without a doubt. Last year, we put together the Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Mixtape, available in three volumes with an additional bonus volume of B-sides that didn’t make the cut.  What we didn’t tell you (but you were probably expecting if you were at all familiar with the books) is that there was a fourth volume to the trilogy.  And in keeping with Douglas Adams’ tradition of arbitrarily adding material in unexpected ways, we added an extra two weeks in front of its publication date.  At least…let’s say that’s why we did it that way.  As always, special thanks to DwDunphy for the stellar artwork.  Enjoy! The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Mixtape – Book 4 BOOK 4:  SO LONG, AND THANKS FOR ALL THE FISH      1.  “So Long & Thanks for All …

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The Popdose 100: The Greatest Love Songs of All Time

Much like our 100 Greatest Covers post last year, this was a collaborative effort for the Popdose staff.  Although our list of nominees was a bit smaller – only 300 songs – the voting was every bit as competitive, with our #7 and #8 songs being separated by just one tenth of a point.  As a collective, we wish you a happy Valentine’s Day, whether you’re a member of a Bizarre Love Triangle, a pair of Two Hearts, or even if you’re a member of the Lonely Hearts Club.  Love to all. — Zack Dennis If you’re listening on Spotify, you can find a link to versions of all of the songs here. 100. “You Belong to Me” – Bob Dylan. Of all the things that can cause friction in a relationship, physical distance can be one of the hardest to endure. It softens a couple’s strengths, and makes every single problem – even the smallest ones – harder to address. Without a definitive end in sight, very few long-distance relationships survive. And yet, almost …

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Gamblor Raids Again: Week 17 NFL Picks

Sorry, folks.  Gamblor actually had a profitable week last week, but I’m on vacation this week so I don’t have access to the software I need to run a simulation for this week.  I’ll update this post next week with Gamblor’s picks, for those who might be interested for academic purposes, but otherwise we’re flying blind this week.  My thoughts on the games are below: WAS @ PHI -8.5: This spread seems out of control to me for a divisional matchup between two teams who aren’t going anywhere.  The Eagles did a nice job of keeping themselves in the hunt with victories in their last three games, but the jig is finally up.  I don’t think they’ll bother to bring their A game to this one, which will give the Redskins a good chance to remain competitive. SNF @ STL +10.5: St. Louis has a pretty good reason to put forth zero effort in this game (draft standing) while San Francisco has a very reason to put forth 100% effort (home-field advantages in the playoffs). …

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Gamblor Raids Again: Week 16 NFL Picks

Gamblor was actually looking pretty sharp last weekend, having put together a tidy profit of about $200 by the end of the weekend.  Unfortunately, it lost all its profits and much, much more on Monday night as the Steelers got completely dominated by the 49ers in a game that Gamblor thought was a huge trap.  The stats for the week were 8-7 with a weighted win percentage of 25.1% for Gamblor and 8-3 and 31.6% for Son of Gamblor.  The total (theoretical, cause Gamblor is out of money) loss for the week was another $617.82.  It’s really been unbelievable how bad the computer has been this season – it has managed just two winning weeks out of 15 so far.  Odds are you’d do much, much better just flipping a coin. Here’s the computer’s picks for Week 16, for what it’s worth. Away Home Spread Gamblor’s Pick Bet Amount Son of Gamblor’s Pick Bet Amount Overall Pick Overall Bet HOU at IND 6 IND $1.77 IND $0.04 IND — OAK at KAN -2.5 OAK $8.69 …

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Gamblor Raids Again: Week 14 NFL Picks

Away Home Spread Gamblor’s Pick Bet Amount Son of Gamblor’s Pick Bet Amount Overall Pick Overall Bet CLE at PIT -14 CLE $3.46 PIT $1.32 CLE — IND at BAL -16.5 IND $4.50 — — IND — HOU at CIN -3 CIN $155.89 CIN $285.48 CIN $441.37 KAN at NYJ -9 KAN $10.94 NYJ $29.98 NYJ $19.04 MIN at DET -7 MIN $9.00 — — MIN $9.00 NOS at TEN 3.5 TEN — NOS $0.33 NOS — PHI at MIA -3 PHI $24.02 PHI $10.17 PHI $34.19 NEP at WAS 8 WAS $179.43 WAS $196.69 WAS $376.12 ATL at CAR 3 CAR $10.87 — — CAR $10.87 TAM at JAC 0 TAM $11.01 — — TAM $11.01 SNF at ARI 4 ARI $3.74 ARI $3.91 ARI $7.64 CHI at DEN -3.5 DEN — DEN $13.77 DEN $13.77 OAK at GNB -11 OAK $3.88 — — OAK — BUF at SND -7 BUF $13.91 SND $4.73 BUF $9.19 NYG at DAL -3 NYG $38.21 NYG $35.28 NYG $73.49 STL at SEA -6 STL $3.12 STL $0.19 …

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Gamblor Raids Again: Week 13 NFL Picks

I have to say, at this point the only positive thing I can find to say is that I’m glad I didn’t have much money left to lose last week.  After starting off with a solid Thanksgiving by hitting both its bets, the computer proceeded to lose in an epic fashion on Sunday, going just 2-5 and whiffing on its biggest pick of the week, the Eagles – again.  Here’s the thing.  Something very strange is happening with the sportsbooks this year.  Back in Week 1, I complained about the line on the New England-Miami game, which opened with the Patriots favored by a ridiculously low margin of 3 points.  The line shot all the way up to 7, but then slipped back down to 6.5.  Essentially, the books were begging people to bet on the Patriots.  It was such a terrible line that I refused to make the bet, even though Gamblor was screaming that it was a trap.  Well, it wasn’ t a trap, and the books lost a boatload of money as …

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Gamblor Raids Again: Week 12 NFL Picks

I don’t even know what to say anymore.  Gamblor has effectively gone bankrupt.  After hitting a peak of +$1,910 after Week 9 last season, Gamblor has proceeded to lose $2752 since.  During this stretch, it has lost money 13 weeks, won money just three times, and effectively broken even twice.  It’s been pretty unbearable, but the side effect is that I no longer get particularly frustrated when things go against me.  When Philip Rivers looks like he might drive the Chargers down the field for a miracle backdoor cover and throws an interception on a ball he meant to throw away, I don’t scream anymore.  When the Eagles blow lead after lead in the second half, I don’t throw whiskey bottles through windows.  I just shrug, write down that the computer was wrong again, and check on  my fantasy team.  I suppose years of rooting for the Raiders have prepared me for this; I think my brain is synthesizing its own version of Prozac to keep me from getting too upset about these things anymore. …