a jim jividen blog

Here's the thing. I'm watching one of these shows on the Cooking Channel featuring food trucks. There's a Scottish expat making fish and chips; in a thick brogue he somewhat wearily explains his irritation with Americans who habitually order a side of tartar sauce: "tartar sauce is basically gherkins." That's this blog. I claim no particular insight, no revelation. If you enjoy the flavor, great, but this blog is basically gherkins.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

I Pick Every NFL Game in 2011 - Week 16

Last week's here -  I'm 102-114-8 against the number, 152-72 straight up.

Texans -5.5 Colts (loss/loss)
Oakland +2.5 KC(win/win)
Jags +7 Titans (Tenn wins)(win/win)
Bengals -4 Cards(win/win)
Bills +3 Denver(win/win)
Rams +15.5 Steelers (Pit wins)(loss/win)
Giants +3 Jets(win/win)
Wash -6.5 Min(loss/loss)
Mia +10.5 NE (Pats win) (win/win)
TB+7.5 Carol (Panthers win game)(loss/win)
Ravens -12.5 Cle(loss/win)
Det -2.5 SD(win/win)
Dall -1.5 Phil(loss/loss)
Niners -2 Seattle(push/win)
GB -12.5 Chi(win/win)
Atl +7 NO (Saints win game)(loss/win)

8-7-1, 110-121-9
13-3, 165-75

2011 Athlete of the Year



Aaron Rodgers

This sneaked up on me a little bit.  Who I was tracking for most of the year was Djokovic, but in the end, the vote for Rodgers is based on the same rationale that earned Maya Moore the 2010 award - an early year title followed up by a nearly perfect season.  Dirk finished third.

Here's the history of my Athlete of the Year Award:

1990: Joe Montana
1991: Michael Jordan
1992: Mario Lemieux
1993: Michael Jordan
1994: George Foreman
1995: Hakeem Olajuwon
1996: Michael Jordan
1997: Tiger Woods
1998: Mark McGwire
1999: Tiger Woods
2000: Tiger Woods
2001: Barry Bonds
2002: Barry Bonds
2003: Lance Armstrong
2004: Peyton Manning
2005: Reggie Bush
2006: Roger Federer
2007: Tom Brady
2008: Usain Bolt
2009: Manny Pacquiao
2010: Maya Moore