Sprint Option: Week 3

I don’t even know how to begin here. I’m still dumbfounded by what happened this weekend. You’ll have to bear with me as I try to shake off the shock. Briefer one this week as there was not a whole lot of intrigue.

Let’s sprint it out!

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Bet the Board: Week 3

Irma was that friend that invites herself over, keeps you up despite the fact that you have work in the morning, and eats all your food. Actually, Irma wasn’t a friend at all.

The hurricane disrupted my posting scheduled this week which led to my failure to even write the Sprint Option, and it has delayed Bet the Board. I have fired myself for missing a deadline–that brings the running total up to three times this season. With any luck, Irma is gone for good and won’t send any of her loud, stupid friends into our lives.

Also, if you’re in the giving spirit, please consider donating to relief efforts. All Hands and Americares are rated 4/4 stars on Charity Navigator.

PSA complete, let’s Bet the Board!

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Aaron It Out: Irmageddon 

Irma has hit hard. But we are resilient. By the example of Houston, by the example of the Gulf Coast and New Orleans, and many others, we will rebuild. Some lost little, some lost all. Many could have lost their lives, but didn’t because we were ready. We will build our lives back up. Homes can be replaced. We will come out stronger than ever, and be glad for things like football to distract us for a few hours.

Now, your (brief) game predictions:

TEXANS AT BENGALS: anyone actually planning on watching this? Both teams were bad last week but Houston has major issues. Cue the win for Cincy.

BILLS AT PANTHERS: there will be a story about whether the Bills’ coach can beat his old team. Spoiler alert: he can’t. Carolina wins.

BEARS AT BUCS: The Bears are bad and the Bucs spent last week off due to the storm. Tampa wins.

CARDINALS AT COLTS: Indianapolis will not win a game until Luck comes back. Arizona may just win this game unless Palmer plays better.

VIKINGS AT STEELERS: an intriguing matchup and two high powered teams on both sides of the ball. Pittsburgh is my call due to home field.

PATRIOTS AT SAINTS: is anyone expecting New England to not win?

BROWNS AT RAVENS: Baltimore looked surprisingly not bad last week. They will have a two game streak to start the season.

EAGLES AT CHIEFS: Kansas City looks legit. They should win this one.

TITANS AT JAGUARS: Jacksonville surprised the heck out of everyone last week. Let’s hope they can keep their level of play high as they battle the Titans. I think the Jags will win.


DOLPHINS AT CHARGERS: no west coast hangover and looking to make a strong debut… I think Miami wins here.

COWBOYS AT BRONCOS: I think Denver’s defense wins them the game. They are pretty evenly matched offensively.

NINERS AT SEAHAWKS: Who cares, they both stink. I’ll say San Francisco.

REDSKINS AT RAMS: Washington should have the talent to win this. I’m just wondering how many will be there to watch it.

PACKERS AT FALCONS: Atlanta upgraded its defense in the offseason. This will be a replay if the NFC Championship. Falcons score their first win inside Megatron’s butthole.

LIONS AT GIANTS: New York looked anemic last week. Detroit steals one on the road.

See you guys next week for a full length column!

Bet the Board: Irmageddon

Irmagerd, hererkern!!! Irma is coming. We are prepared, but it’s going to be bad in South Florida. To make matters worse, our news stations have gone full histrionics so we are getting wall to wall hurricane coverage instead of football. Color me unamused. It’s moving 16 miles an hour and is the size of Texas. We get it.

We missed opening weekend for Bet the Board because I was on vacation and was focused on nature. I’m not sorry. But, in there spirit of fairness, I’ll go ahead and count my picks that I would have made. So, we are 12-0!

24-0, here we come. This year I’ve kept the picks bold, but changed the team order to clear up the confusion. The points follow the pick, and the home team is on the right.

Let’s Bet the Board!

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Sprint Option: Labor Day Weekend

It’s here! It’s here!

College football has finally returned and with it, my primary reason for writing this blog. Thank the good Lord for college football.

First, I have been on vacation in the Cascades for the past week, so the first Bet the Board was regrettably delayed until week 2–I have had no service and the lines weren’t available on the games.

Second, I apologize for the dearth of articles over the summer. That’s squarely on me and due in no small part to the toxic conflation of politics with sports. As the editor, I lacked the desire to post anything for fear of my message getting hijacked by some stupid cause du jour. (It also didn’t help things that my Braves are terrible and our best baseball writer bailed to get drunk, teach college kids, and ramble about fiction–some of those things happen at different times.)

What I’m really saying is: blame Caleb, I’m not all that sorry, and screw your politics. College football is back! Let’s get to the Option!

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Not So Dumpster-Fire-Worthy


My name is Aaron, and I’m the person that promised you near the beginning of July that we would run 32 NFL team previews over the course of the weeks leading up to the start of the NFL regular season.  If you’ve been keeping track, that has not happened.

That is mainly because, on July 16, I became a father for the second time – my wife gave birth to a tiny, incredibly cute baby girl five weeks early.  Five weeks, in which I intended to write many, many words about the NFL.

However, life throws you a curveball, and God brings you blessings when you least expect them, and here we are.  Mother and baby are doing well and big brother is thrilled.  The multiple overnight feedings are more than worth it.  I hope you all, our spectacular readers, understand.

Since it is August and college football is even more around the corner than the NFL, Gavin has Sprint Options, an unfinished series about paying amateur athletes, and previews to write, so our NFL previews are going to have a bit of an alteration.

Beginning in the next few days, Dumpster Fire Scenario (the next generation) will come in 8 installments, breaking down each division, using the same focus from the perspective of “who will win/lose the division” instead of an individual team.  I hope to bring the same quality of the first preview to our site, as always, without attempting to engineer some sort of schlocky narrative that you don’t  need to enjoy the story; the teams are plenty compelling on their own.

Also, be on the lookout for Gavin’s college previews (some of the most compelling writing you will see outside of Tim Tebow’s motivational books), and the first editions of Sprint Option and Bet the Board should roll out soon enough.

Thank you for your understanding and your continued readership!

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