NFL Week 6 Picks

The NBA Lockout makes me a sad panda

Hey guys, it’s been awhile since Chad or I have had much to say on the website. I’d like to say that I’m boycotting all sports talk until the NBA Lockout is over, but the way things are looking we may not have pro hoops until sometime next year – this makes me a very sad panda. By now you probably have a good idea about what the owners and players are arguing about, but for those in the dark, here’s teh cliffnotes version of why we may not have an NBA season this yera.The owners want a 50/50 split of all Basketball Related Income, a hard salary cap, and shorter contracts. The players are not willing to concede anything less than 53 percent of BRI, want nothing to do with a hard cap, and feel that the owners are basically trying to dummy proof their league by forcing an unfair CBA down their throats.

Both sides have good reasons for digging into their positions, but the longer this lockout drags on the more leverage owners have when it comes to negotiating a new deal. The players will hold out as long as they can, but once mid level and lower players start missing paychecks it’s only a matter of time before they crack. The owners know this, they are willing to sit out as long as it takes to get what they want, they can afford to take the financial hits that comes with missing games. This is the owners chance to create a system in which it is almost impossible for them not to make a profit. In the end the owners will get what they want because they know that the players have more to lose by missing games than they do.

Until the players finally cave all we can do as fans is imagine how awesome it would be if the NBA player created their own rogue basketball league – or – if Slamball somehow picked up steam and became a thing again. Just imagine NBA players throwing down 1080 dunks on 20’ hoops. It would be like NBA Jam coming to life before our very eyes… and would probably end horribly when Dwight Howard crashes into John Wall at 60 MPH ging millions of kids nightmares for the rest of their lives. I guess the best I can hope for is that my obsession with NBA 2K12 is enough to hold me over until the real games come back.

Oh yeah – football has been pretty good this year as well. My beloved 49ers are 4-1 and for whatever reason the gambling gods have been somewhat kind to me through the first five weeks of the season. I feel like a large part of my success in Pick’em this year boils down to the Lions, Bills and Cam Newton generally being awesome. I got a feeling Vegas is going to get their act together soon and my record will come back to Earth, but for the time being, 16-9! This week the Lions play the 9ers, and for the first time in longer than I can remember the game actually means something. It’s been a crazy year in the NFL, I’d like to thank the NFL for making the pain of missed NBA games that much easier to cope with.

But I still want hoops back.

Justin’s Picks
LIONS -4 over 49ers
Bills +3.5 over GIANTS
Eagles -1.5 over REDSKINS
Cowboys +7 over PATRIOTS
Texans +7.5 over RAVENS

Chad’s Picks
Panthers +4 over FALCONS
Bills +3.5 over GIANTS
Cowboys +7 over PATRIOTS
RAVENS -7.5 over Texans
JETS -7 over Miami

Last Week
Justin: 5-0
Chad: 3-1-1

Season
Justin: 16-9
Chad: 11-11-3

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