Week 3- WestGate Supercontest Picks

***Disclaimer- these picks are for fun and to see how bad I do. If you wager - only bet what you can afford to lose. Always assume you’re going to lose. Never risk the mortgage, rent, or your kid’s college education. There is NO such thing as a sure thing- especially with my lousy picks. If you risk more than you can afford and lose- that’s on you. I told you so! In the Supercontest - you must pick 5 games each week- whether you like them or not. I may not like some games but I still have to pick 5 so keep that in mind. Their rules not mine.

The 2018 winner beat out 3,122 other participants. Typically it takes around a 65% winning pct to have a shot at winning it all. In 2018 the winner went 70% against the spread- just unbelievable! Anyway I just want to do this for fun and see how it goes.

Week 2 Results 4-1-0

Week 2 went similar to week 1. Got 4 of them right- was off on Baltimore. I can’t believe the Ravens didn’t blow a depleted Cardinals team off the map at home. New England and SF 49’ers won easily. Miami is horrible and those are the Bengals I know so well. Dallas was tighter than it should have been but they pulled through. They’re a playoff team -Washington was banged up to boot. The Browns line was locked in before Sam Darnold was ruled out with mono. Everyone was on them. Still I’ll take all the easy wins I can get. 8-2 through two weeks for 80% winning pct works for me. As the father in law in the movie The Hangover says- never leave Vegas on a heater. That said, I don’t have a great feeling about this week. There are some huge spreads out there. I refuse to pic the Tenn-Jack game. Every year i try to pick that game and every year I’m wrong.

Full Disclosure- I’m still ticked at Seattle for not covering vs Cincy. I’m just not a fan of Teddy Bridgewater. When all else fails give me the team with the better QB- Seattle. The Browns offensive line is getting depleted with injuries. Aaron Donald could break Baker Mayfield in two. I’ll reluctantly try the Rams on the road- ugh! The Broncos look terrible on offense. Give me one of the all-time greats in Aaron Rodgers at home. Hopefully I don’t get hooked by that half point. I guess we’ll also try the Vikings at home. The Raiders defense looked terrible last week- but the Chiefs will do that to teams. Crowd noise could be a factor for Raiders offense on the road in the dome. Dalvin Cook is going berserk this year. and Captain Kirk seems poised for a big game. Finally, Dallas in what is honestly one of the biggest spreads I’ve ever seen. They’re stronger in the trenches. They should wear down this Miami team, but laying 21.5- that’s a lot of wood. Kind of hoping Miami’s front office has lost the team and their will to win. We’ll see how this goes.

Season Results 8-2-0

***Picks subject to change prior to game time

Seattle (-4) vs New Orleans

LA Rams (-3) at Cleveland

Green Bay (-7.5) vs Denver

Minnesota (-8.5) vs Oakland

Dallas (-21.5) vs Miami

Week 2- WestGate Supercontest Picks

Week 1 Results 4-1-0

Only the Seahawks prevented a perfect week. I can’t believe the Bengals covered, on the road, without any semblance of an offensive line. KC and Baltimore crushed Jacksonville and Miami respectively like I figured. San Fran outlasted Tampa in an ugly game. Winston played terrible and was under pressure a lot. The Colts hooked the Chargers by the dreaded half point- hey’ I’ll take it. If I could maintain an 80% win percentage 1st place would be mine. Unfortunately it’s never that easy. Here are week 2’s picks.

Season Results 4-1-0

Week 2 Picks

New England (-18.5) at Miami

SF 49’ers (+2) at Cincy

Baltimore (-13) vs Arizona

Dallas (-5) at Washington

Cleveland (-2.5) at NY Jets

Week 1 Westgate Las Vegas Supercontest Picks

Note- these picks are for fun and to see how bad I do. If you wager - only bet what you can afford to lose. Always assume you’re going to lose. Never risk the mortgage, rent, or your kid’s college education. There is NO such thing as a sure thing- especially with my lousy picks. If you risk more than you can afford and lose- that’s on you. I told you so! In the Supercontest - you must pick 5 games each week- whether you like them or not. I may not like some games but I still have to pick 5 so keep that in mind. Their rules not mine.

The 2018 winner beat out 3,122 other participants. Typically it takes around a 65% winning pct to have a shot at winning it all. In 2018 the winner went 70% against the spread- just unbelievable! Anyway I just want to do this for fun and see how it goes.

Record 0-0-0

Seattle (-9.5) over Cin

Baltimore (-7) over Miami

Kansas City (-4) over Jacksonville

Indy (+6.5) over LA Chargers

SF 49’ers (pick em) over Tampa Bay

Forrest Fenn's Treasure Hunt- Mark's Theory

Well, when I first created this website it was for fantasy football articles.  The last thing I thought I'd be writing about was a treasure hunt.  I didn't even know they still existed.  I guess this would go under the & More part of my website title haha!  Apparently this treasure hunt has been going on for eight years. It's the biggest race in the world.  Anyway, I just heard about it last week on the news.  Up until then I had no knowledge that this event was even going on.  After hearing about it though, It sounded really cool and for the hell of it I decided to take a look at the poem just to see if I could solve the riddle.  It was addicting.  Anyway, I think I solved in two days.  I tried posting my theory on Dal Neitzel's Thrill of the Chase website blog under The Nine Clues, but for some reason it still hasn't been posted so I'm posting it here, on my website.  My site is very basic. I'm not the most tech savvy guy on the planet, but at least my theory is out there- online for everyone to see and on the record.  Take a look and decide for yourselves.  

Okay, with that said,  let’s go through some background info and some clues outside of the poem.  Forrest said it was a place near and dear to his heart- which was a huge clue for me.  It eliminated random places & the key to the riddle was knowing that- at least for me.  He also indicated that it was in one of the following states: New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, or Montana. More research indicated that he used to love going fishing with his dad as a kid.  When his dad had cancer he took him one last time to go fishing.  I could relate as I had one final trip with my dad taking him to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.  It was an emotional and defining moment in my life.  That story struck a chord with me.  Anyway, because of Forrest's love of fishing I strongly suspected it was near a creek, river, or a lake to start with. Forrest and his dad spent a lot of time in Yellowstone, but also some time in Montana on the Madison River.  So I focused on those two locations when trying to decipher the clues.  I looked for geographic spots near those places that matched with the poem.  Forrest gave clues both inside and outside the poem.  He said he wanted people to visit Big Sky Country.  Montana’s state nicknames are Big Sky Country and the Treasure State- so I believed the treasure was in Montana and zeroed in on geographic locations there.  With that background info and now that you know what I was thinking- here’s my take on the cryptic poem.


As I have gone alone in there     Forrest would go there alone

And with my treasures bold,     I'm not sure let's skip for now


I can keep my secret where,     I'm not sure let's skip for now


And hint of riches new and old.      I'm not sure let's skip for now 


Begin it where Warm Waters Halt-   Cold Spring Rd Montana


And take it to the Canyon Down -   Hmnn.....there's a Bear Trap Canyon down river on the Madison River near Ennis Lake Montana  or a Bear Trap Canyon Rd & a Bear Trap Canyon National Trail.  That's odd- let's investigate this further. 


Not Far, but too far to Walk-      Sounds like I need a car or boat- too far to walk it


Put in Below the Home of Brown-     Madison River is known for Brown Trout fish and they live below the water


From There No place for the Meek-    McAllister, Montana


The End is Ever Drawing Nigh-     The end of the search is drawing near


There’ll be no Paddle Up Your Creek -     Barn Creek Rd is at the lower part of the Madison River. I don't need a paddle to use it. 


Just Heavy Loads and Water High-         Heavy loads of electric current= power plant/power lines  Water high means the lower Madison River (from what I read) & has high water . Also heavy loads and water high are fishing terms.

If you’ve been wise and found the blaze-      One of the definitions of blaze is marker.  People were looking for one outside, but I think he meant the marker on the map, (the marker on the website with the symbol ( i ) .   I'll talk about this clue later.   (Edit May 2018, my current theory is that it has to be a marker above the treasure.)


Look Quickly Down, your Quest to Cease-      Look down once you get to the marker at the site


But tarry Scant with Marvel Gaze-     A little tar on it perhaps & a spectacular site of riches in the chest


So why is it that I must go       So why is it that I must go away?    He possibly meant die.


]And leave my trove for all to seek     And leave my treasure trove (it’s hidden above ground, not buried) for everyone to find


The answers I already know        The answers I already know.


I’ve done it tired, and now I’m weak       I’m very tired and now I’m weak.


Just take the chest & go in peace -    Just take the chest quietly- don't scream like an idiot saying I found it.  Be subtle and inconspicuous


So here me all and listen good         So all of you listen and listen carefully


Your effort will be worth the cold-   It's worth the cold temperatures


If you are brave and in the wood-      If you're brave and in the woods... near a tree?


I give you title to gold (good)      I'll give you title to the gold for good


So all of this tells me it's at the Madison River, near McAllister, Montana.  Okay so let's take another look at the top of the poem to see if that reveals anything else.  This is what was going through my head anyway.  I've got to really read this & put the pieces together.


As I have gone alone in there-      I've gone there by myself

And with my treasures bold,    I've gone there boldly with my treasure

I can keep my secret where,     I can keep my secret to my favorite fly fishing spot on the Madison River and also to where my treasure chest is hidden

And hint of riches new and old.-    I believe old riches were the times Forrest spent with his dad fishing and new riches is the treasure he hid there in this contest.


What's the theme here?  He treasured his time fishing with his dad on the Madison River as a kid.  Life is an adventure, go outside and do stuff.  It's a place near and dear to his heart.  And now I learned it's something he can do by himself.  So I googled the Madison River and learned it's known for fly fishing.  Do It Yourself is similar to    As I have gone alone in there   the first verse in the poem.  So combine that with fly fishing & zoning in on that in my google search led me to the website below.


However, something about this website seemed off.  Something about it just wasn't right. It seemed fishy (pun intended).  I was listening to my inner Thomas Magnum detective instincts and my little voice/spidey sense was ringing loud saying, ”Mark I smell a rat.” The author of the website is Ken Sperry.  His bio says he has 40+ years of fishing experience, yet he looks like he’s only 40 years old.  Ken also rhymes with Fenn and Sperry is a store selling boat shoes.  So I think that Ken Sperry is really a pen name for Forrest Fenn the sportsman or the fisherman. And I also believe this website is related to the treasure hunt.

As I looked at the website closer I saw a map of the Madison River and decided to look at it.  It’s filled with various symbols indicating different spots and points of interest.  When I zoomed in to look at the lower part of the Madison River near Lake Ennis this is when I stumbled upon the clue of a lifetime in my opinion.  It was a point of interest on the map labeled with the symbol ( i ).  And when I hovered over it, it said FF Treasure. 


I thought to myself Oh my god!  I think I just found the map to Forrest Fenn’s treasure!  I triple checked it to see if I was hallucinating, but it was there every time I went back.  I knew what no one else in the world knew outside of Forrest Fenn!  Going back to the poem I believe this is what Forrest meant when he said   If you’ve been wise and found the blaze.  I think the blaze is the marker on the map. I also realized this was bear country- black bears and grizzlies.  Naturally I had an Indiana Jones type reaction, "Bears, why'd it have to be bears?"  As if that wasn't bad enough there were also mountain lions, wolves, moose, etc. all of which would be more than happy to ruin my day.  Okay back to the website- unfortunately I missed, or at least didn't study the next part, as close as I should have until it was too late.  Below the map of the Madison River is a link to an app.  If you copy and paste it, it shows a youtube video explaining the various benefits of downloading the app such as being able to get directions to various places to fish and points of interests on the map. 


I believe this was really a way to get pinpoint directions to the treasure chest.  I also believe there was a homing device or GPS inside the treasure chest similar to the scene in the movie No Country for Old Men which had a homing device inside the suitcase filled with money.  I believe that’s how the winners beat me on Tuesday April 24th 2018.  They had the app with the GPS directions leading them right to the treasure chest and I didn’t.  I only had the map- so I was using landmarks like the blue house and the island on google maps.  I wasn’t sure if I could cross the Madison River or if I had to hike up the West side of it and that’s what cost me the treasure in my opinion.  Once the chest was found I believe there were instructions to turn the GPS tracking device off.  Why do I think that?  Because I found the app later on Tuesday night and I tried using it the next day on Wednesday April 25, 2018 just to see if it worked.  It didn’t work and the FF Treasure point of interest symbol was gone on the app!  It's still there on the map on the website, but when one tries using the app the symbol is gone!  I think the reason for this is because it was disabled by the team who found the treasure.

So to sum it up.  I believe Forrest Fenn’s treasure was hidden near Ennis Lake near the Madison River in Montana.  I’m not sure if the town is McAllister, Montana or Ennis, Montana, but it was hidden where the map on the website indicates. I believe it was on top of a small flat gray platform, underneath and lying next to a tree, with a little barbwire fencing to the side of it- perhaps to keep animals away from it.  I saw that during my search, but I thought I was too late at the point. I also believe it was found on Tuesday April 24th, 2018 around noon by a team of 3 people in a light blue sedan who beat me to it by minutes.  I was in a gray Toyota Camry.  I think they stayed in the same hotel as me.  Here's why- on my way to dinner on Monday April 23rd 2018 I overheard three people in the hallway talking.  They seemed really happy. I wasn't trying to eavesdrop, but fate is a mysterious thing sometimes.   One of them said, "I can't believe you put it all together.  I had most of it, but couldn't figure it out."   I thought to myself, "Oh no they found the map.  They have the treasure.  It's over."  I was really down and frustrated at dinner, but decided to go search the next day anyway.  I didn't come all the way to Montana from the Midwest just for a hamburger.   On Tuesday I thought I saw them again, we passed each other twice that day- I believe it was the same folks in the hallway, it was hard to see, but that's who it looked like.  Once when I was walking on Ennis Lake Rd they drove by me (and when that happened I realized they didn't have the treasure chest yet. Now it was an all out sprint!), the other time was when I was driving on Barn Creek Rd and they were leaving, that's when I thought they had the treasure chest and it was over.  Why?  Because they had left too soon.  You don''t drive 1.5 hours to a place to search and then leave after only 40 minutes unless you've got the treasure chest.

So you're probably wondering well if they found it why hasn't there been an announcement yet?  I believe that there hasn't been an announcement yet because the winners are talking to Forrest Fenn as well as their attorneys right now.  They also had to drive back home from Montana. I doubt they took a plane or a train back with the treasure.  That process takes time.  If it was me I'd do the same thing, I would have driven back home, waited until I put the treasure in a safe deposit box, and then sought legal advice as well as advice from Forrest. No doubt the government will try and stake their claim to this fortune since it was on public land, which could result in a lawsuit.  I also wouldn't rush and yell out, "Hey look everyone I won the treasure hunt!  I've got $2 million worth of rare gold, jewels etc. in my car trunk!"  I'd keep a low profile and that's what they're doing right now in my opinion.

So, what was the main theme in the poem?  What was the big picture?  What was Forrest Fenn was really trying to say?  I believe the big picture, main theme of what Forrest was trying to say is that life is an adventure.  Go outside and do stuff.  He treasured the time when he went fishing with his dad on the Madison River as a kid just like I treasured the time I played catch with my dad as kid.  I also believe he was saying that not all treasures are in a treasure chest.  Some of the best ones are spending time with loved ones.  I’d give anything to have one more catch with my dad, just like I’m sure he’d love to have one more fishing trip with his dad, but unfortunately both of them are gone now.  He even mentioned that money isn't everything, but it makes life a lot easier of which I agree 100%.  Anyway that’s my theory, I was so steadfast in my belief that I put up my own money and flew out to Montana on Monday April 25th, 2018 to see if I was right.  Unfortunately, one team beat me to the spot. One team out of 350,000 people!  That's a tough pill to swallow.  I finished 2nd despite being a middle aged guy in his 40's who had never hiked, backpacked or even been to the mountains before, much less I did it all by myself.  So, not exactly a poor showing for one of the biggest longshots in this contest.  The odds in Vegas on a guy like me would have been astronomical!  Unfortunately, second in a race like this pays the same as last- and that absolutely sucks!  Just like Butler University in the national championship game a few years ago vs Duke I was a Gordon Hayward mid range jumper and a half court heave away, both shots which missed by mere inches from shocking the world!  The guy no one gave a chance to win, with no treasure hunting experience to speak of, almost won it all!  Well almost won a lot, but not quite all.  Wherever you are dad- I miss you and I love you!  This one was for you!  Only time will tell if I’m right or if it’s yet, just another flawed theory in the biggest treasure hunt of all-time. 

Don’t believe the media- Cubs are in on Bryce Harper

     In late December my health club was doing some renovations so I headed to another one in a different location  (North suburbs) to get in a late night workout.  As I was leaving I was talking to one of the workers there.  We talked about a bunch of stuff ranging from how nice the club is to some Chicago Bears players that work out there, women members (hey I’m a guy that’s what we do), etc.  when he told me something I couldn’t believe.  He had heard from some of the members that Bryce Harper was looking for houses in the neighboring town.  He said some of the members were buzzing and that there was chatter that the prize free agent and his wife were in town. He told me the name of the suburb, but I will not reveal it out of respect for the Harpers’ privacy just in case this is true.  I wasn’t fishing for information.  I wasn’t even looking for it- just making small talk. Truth be told I’m much more of a football fan than a baseball fan.  However, the old adage goes where there‘s smoke there’s fire.  And I think there’s fire here in Chicago- and I’m not talking about the soccer team or the one started by Catherine O’Leary’s cow.  People don’t just say stuff like that out of the blue. There’s usually something to it. (Disclaimer-  I don’t know Bryce Harper or any of his friends.  I don’t have any sources in the Cubs organization. I really wish I did I could use a great job in sports. )

 Does it make sense for the Cubs?

The short answer is yes although it’s more complicated than that.  The Cubs financial issues are well publicized.  Big contracts to Jason Heyward, Yu Darvish, & Tyler Chatwood as well as a depleted farm system are significant hurdles which could limit their interest.  However, just because they have those contracts right now doesn’t mean they’ll have them forever.  Moving contracts like Heyward’s isn’t easy, but it’s possible if the Cubs are willing to include a sweetener like Ian Happ.  Remember though, they’re not doing that unless they know for sure Bryce is coming to Chicago.  Why upset the clubhouse if the deal falls apart or leave the team shorthanded in the outfield?  Hence the waiting game- what’s the final annual offer they’ll have to compete with- 30 million, 35, 40?  Once they know that- then they can decide whether to match it and to trade Heyward.  So why does it make sense for the Cubs?  Harper is a generational talent who has YET to hit his prime.  Players like that rarely come along in free agency before their prime and Theo & Jed know it.  Also signing Harper wouldn’t cost them any prospects or players to acquire him. After trading top prospect Eloy Jimenez to the White Sox you have to wonder if the thinking was let’s get Quintana’s team friendly contract and we can replace Eloy with Harper.  They also have a window for a title run now.  Jon Lester is no spring chicken, they also signed veteran Cole Hamels- and you’re not signing Hamels unless you’re trying to go for it now. Despite 95 wins -the Cubs offense struggled last year.  Part of the blame was Bryant’s injury, but adding a force like Harper to the lineup is a major upgrade any way you slice it.  Scouts figure Happ will have a good career, but he’s not expected to be a game changer like Harper can be. Heyward is a gold glove and solid leader, but Harper’s bat and upside to be one of the game’s greats surpasses that. Signing Harper not only improves the offense, but could help mend fences with Kris Bryant who was not happy about having his service time delayed his rookie year.  It could pay dividends in retaining Bryant when he becomes a free agent.  Bryant and Harper grew up together in Las Vegas and are close friends as are their wives.  And as many of you know first hand- Happy wife=happy life. If you were Bryce Harper‘s wife wouldn’t you want to hang out in the same town with your good friend while the boys are on the road, go out to dinner together, go shopping with the kids together etc.? This is most likely a family decision. Don’t underestimate that advantage the Cubs have. Harper’s respect for Theo and Joe Maddon is well documented as is his love for Wrigley Field.  This is a perfect fit and everyone knows it.   Here’s the other side of the coin- if the Cubs don’t sign Harper then the opposite side of the spectrum is that they have to go against him.  If a weapon like Harper falls into the wrong hands- LA, NY Yankees, or Houston it changes the balance of power in the league and could form a powerhouse too tough for even the Cubs to overcome.  And that’s the dilemma Theo & Jed face which is I why I believe they’re making a run at Harper.  That’s what I’d do if I was them. When you’re so close to another title and you have a chance to get a game changer like Harper you go for it. If their offer is anywhere in the ballpark (pun intended) of the other suitors they should land him.  The odds of them getting Mike Trout in a few years are less likely with Trout hailing from the East Coast. 

I suspect the pursuit of Harper is being kept on the down low for several reasons: not to get the fans hopes up in case they don’t get him, not to upset the current roster (Heyward, Happ, Almora), not to get into a bidding war with a team like the Phillies, Dodgers, or Yankees, etc. The local media keeps quelling reports of the Cubs interest, but what’s being reported appears to be different than what’s being said.  Several reporters wrote that Kris Bryant said Harper is not coming to Chicago.  I have yet to see that interview. Bryant said in an interview with Dave Kaplan recently (January 18, 2019 see link below) that he didn’t know if Bryce was coming to Chicago- NOT that he wasn’t coming. 



How can some reporters misinterpret what Kris Bryant said to Dave Kaplan? It seemed pretty easy to hear what he said which was, ”I don’t know”. Is the Cubs brass is being straight up with their pessimistic outlook on signing Bryce Harper or are they simply using the media to broadcast a message, and not necessarily an honest one, to the fanbase & other potential bidders that the Cubs are out on Harper? It wouldn’t be the first time the Cubs have been less than honest for the team’s best interest. Remember in the 2017 postseason when Theo was asked a point blank question about retaining the Cubs pitching coach Chris Bosio? The Cubs ultimately fired him despite saying differently prior to that. And I’m not blaming Theo for what he told the press. There’s a time and place for everything and I think that’s what this situation is. My spidey sense is telling me something doesn’t seem right here.  I smell a rat.  The truth is only the Cubs know if they’re in on the star outfielder and only Bryce Harper (and his wife) know where he wants to play and where they want to live.  My best guess is, when it’s all said and done, that it’s going to be in Chicago for the Cubs. I mean why would there be chatter out there of the Harpers looking for a house in the North Suburbs if there wasn’t some level of interest on both sides?

Mark's Week 5 picks

Did well in my pool in week 4 although i didn't post it.  Here are my picks for week 5.

NE (-10.5) at Clev-  Tom Brady is back and Bill Belicheck returns to the team t aht fired him.  Add in a healthy Gronk and this has the makings of a blowout.  Give me the Pats 

TB (+7) at Car-  Cam Newton is out for Carolina along with Doug Martin and Gerlad McCoy and several others out for Tampa.  This seems like a toss up so I'll take the points and hope the Bucs keep it close.

Cin (-1) at Dal- Andy Dalton returns to the state where he starred in college (TCU) and has something to prove.  Dallas is without Dez for the 2nd straight week.  I think Cincy's defense is better than the Cowboys so I'll take the visitors in a high scoring game.

Pit (-7) vs NY Jets-  The Jets are without Eric Decker and Darrelle Revis while the Steelers have Leveon Bell for the 2nd straight week.  I think Pitt has too much firepower for the Jets.  If Ryan Fitzpatrick has a bad start he could get benched.  Give me the Steelers at home.


Mark's week 3 picks

Last week 4-3

Season 6-8

I went 4-3 should have went 5-2.  How Green Bay lost to the Vikes is beyond me.  Sam Bradford had 8 days to learn the offense- 8!!!  The Vikes couldn't run the ball because their line is terrible and AP got hurt.  Didn't matter I still lost- ugh!! well try to do better this week.

Hou (-2.5) at New England-  I know it's in Foxboro and it's against Coach Belicheck but it's a 3rd string rookie.  You still need the horses to win the Kentucky Derby.  The Pats line is banged up as well .  This sets up well for the visiting Texans.  JJ Watt and JaDaveon Clowney should own the line of scrimmage.  

Pitt  (-4) at Philly-  One of the best teams in the league travels across the state to take on rookie Carson Wentz.  Wentz has been impressive, but the Steelers are a much different animal than the Bears or Browns.  The loss of all pro lineman Lane Johnson hurts the Eagles o-line.  Antonio Brown is due for a big week- mainly because I'm playing him in my fantasy league.  The zone blitz of Pittsburgh could cause some turnovers.  Give me the Steelers

Car (-7.5) vs Minn-  The Vikings have lost AP and their starting tackle Matt Kalil. A bad o-line gets worse.  Sam Bradford did well in his Vikings debut but he['s not very mobile and Carolina's front four should own the line of scrimmage.  I think the Vikes defense gets worn down and Cam and the Panthers pull away.

GB (-8) vs Det-  The Packers offense should rebound.  Detroit has a banged up defense losing Levy and Ansah and the retirement of Wr Calvin Johnson is a welcome site for Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers.  Jordy Nelson continues to get better and Aaron Rodgers is due for a big game.  Packers roll at Lambeau.

Dal (-7.5) vs Chi- Chicago's is banged up on both sides of the ball- especially on the line.  Trying to stop Zeke Elliott and the Cowboys all pro offensive line seems unlikely.  I think the Cowboys control the line of scrimmage and run at will.  Dak Prescott has poise of a savvy veteran and is due to connect with Dez Bryant.  For the Bears 2nd year wr Kevin White is very raw and not ready.  Give me Dallas at home.


Mark's Week 2 Picks


Last week 2-5-0

Season 2-5-0

Well last week was brutal.  I told you guys I'm terrible at this.  As Harry Caray used to say to a hitter in a slump- he's due.  Here are my week 2 picks.

Green Bay (-2) at Minn  The Packers have Aaron Rodgers at qb at the Vikes have either Shaun Hill or Sam Bradford.  I'll take the all pro Rodgers.

NY Giants (-4.5) vs New Orleans.   The Giants have an improved defense and a talented rookie in Sterling Shepard.  I don't see the Saints stopping them.  New York at least has a fighters chance of stopping the Saints thanks to an improved defense.  In addition, the Giants have Odell Beckham and the Saints don't.  I think the former LSU Tiger goes wild against his old state.  Give me the G-Men minus the points.

Carolina (-13) vs SF-  The Panthers are well rested and the 49'ers travel cross country on a short week.  I don't think there as good as the Rams made them look.  I'll take Cam and the Panthers to cover a big number.

Pitt (-3) vs Cincy-  These games are always tough.  The Steelers are at home and the Bengals are without Tyler Eifert, Vontaze Burfict, and their rookie corberback William Houston who's out for the year.  I'll go with Pitt in a close one.

Oak (-4.5) vs Atl-  The Raiders have an improved offensive line and Atlanta usually struggles on the road. The Falcons defense is terrible. Oakland should have their way with them.  Khalil Mack is a matchup nightmare for Atlanta.  I think Matt Ryan has a long day and the Raider Nation celebrates a 2-0 start.

Ariz (-6.5) vs TBay- The Cardinals looked awful against a Bradyless Patriot team.  Coversely, Tampa looked great on the road vs the Falcons.  David Johnson is a future star.  I think Arizona is better than they showed and Tampa is due for a letdown.  Give me the birds minus the points.

Hou (-2.5) vs KC-  The Chiefs are without two of their starting offensive lineman.  That's not recipe for success vs JJ Watt and JaDeveon Clowney.  Add to that mix a vastly improved Texans offense - give me Houston minus the points to knockoff the Chiefs



NFL- Week 1 Picks

**Disclaimer- Just for fun I'll pretend I'm in Vegas and these would be my picks.  Please do NOT bet any of your hard earned  money on them.  Think about it- if I was that good I'd be in Vegas betting them instead of typing them on my computer.  This is strictly for entertainment purposes only.


Pitt (-3) @ Wash       Big Ben and the Steelers rip through a porous Redskins secondary.  

Ariz (-6) @ NE   Here's the story about a man named Garroppolo.  Hmnn...doesn't have the same ring to it.  Neither will the Patriots offense.  Ex-Patriot Chandler Jones has something to prove.  Cardinals roll in their opener.

Hou (-6) vs Chic   The Bears offensive line is a wreck.  They lost their starting center for the year and Kyle Long is hurt.  Add to that a banged up secondary and JJ Watt, DeAndre Hopkins, and Will Fuller should do well.

Sea (-10.5) vs Mia  The Legion of Boom spells the Legion of Doom for the fish.  10.5 is a big number for a team with a lousy offensive line, but the Dolphins offense looks horrible right now and traveling to other side of the country doesn't help.  Christine Michael is on a mission and Russell Wilson is too elusive.  Give me the birds.

GB (-4.5) at Jack   Last year was a disaster for the Pack.  Aaron Rodgers and Eddie Lacy get the offense back on track.

Car (-3) at Den.  Trevor who???  Give me Supercam in a revenge matchup from last years Super Bowl.

LA Rams (-2.5) at SF  The 49'ers are a train wreck- check that, make it a trolley wreck.  I don't love the Rams as much as I hate the Niners.